Galapagos Island Travel Tips

Useful Galapagos Island travel information and tips for those who would like to visit and explore this Archipelago in a safe way.


How to Arrive to Galapagos?

The best and most convenient way to get to Galapagos is by airplane.

If you live out of Ecuador you must travel to Quito or Guayaquil first. Then you'll have to arrange a "Flight to Galapagos" in one of these two National Airlines: Tame or AeroGal. Find Cheap Air Flights to Galapagos here

But there are also other ways to arrive to Galapagos like in your private airplane or if you like sailing you can cross the Pacific Ocean in your boat and arrive to one of the ports in the Islands.

The recommended ports could be at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno or Puerto Ayora in Santa Cruz Island.

Once you arrive you have plenty of ways to travel around the different islands in Galapagos. You can hire a cruise boat with a naturalist and travel around the major Islands.

The best or most economic way during your Galapagos island travel adventure is to stay at a hotel either in Santa Cruz Island or San Cristobal Island and then hire one of the several land and sea tours provided by most of the hotels in Galapagos.

You can take a look at our recommended Galapagos Hotel and also see these excellent Galapagos Land Tours

Galapagos Climate

The Galapagos Islands are located in the Equatorial Line, but the weather in Galapagos is not as hot as other tropical places in the world.

One of the reasons is that Galapagos is cooled by the Humboldt Current. In many Islands of Galapagos the water temperature is around 20° C (68° F).

There are Two Seasons in Galapagos:

  1. The first one goes from July to December, this is known as the dry season. During this time there is a slight fog that covers the highlands of Galapagos known as Garua.

    The temperature during this season ranges between 20° C and 24° C.
  2. The second season goes from January to June. This season is hot and rainy (sometimes), and it's the best time to visit the Galapagos Island. The sea is warmer and calmer. The temperatures vary from 26° C to 30° C.

Flights to Ecuador and Galapagos

Most of the World's major airlines fly to Ecuador and you can choose to fly to either Quito or Guayaquil.

I highly recommend the City of Quito because you can have the opportunity to visit its historic downtown, buildings and churches built in the 17th century.

For your Galapagos Island travel adventure it is good to know that there are two airports on the Galapagos Islands located on Baltra and San Cristobal Islands.

The only flights to the Galapagos Islands are from mainland Ecuador. Only Ecuadorian national airlines travel to Galapagos. There are three flights every day. Find Cheap Air Flights to Ecuador here

Galapagos Island Travel Checklist:

  • Small backpack (waterproof)
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sneakers or rubber soles
  • Shorts, Trousers and T-shirts
  • Long and Short sleeved shirts
  • Windbreaker fro nights
  • Bathing suit and Wet suit (for snorkeling)
  • Socks and underwear
  • Hat or cap
  • Toilette kit and biodegradable shampoo if possible
  • Sun block, Sunglasses, Binoculars, Camera & camcorder
  • Your favorite magazine or a Good Book About Galapagos
  • Your personal medicines if you are taking any

Galapagos Island Travel Rules:

The Galapagos National Park has developed certain rules that must be followed by all visitors of the Islands.

  1. Do not feed the animals.
  2. Do not touch or handle the animals.
  3. No plant, animal, or remains of such (including shells, bones, and pieces of wood), or other natural objects should be removed.
  4. You should not transport any live material to the Islands, or from Island to Island.
  5. Do not take any food to the uninhabited Islands.
  6. Do not startle any animal from its resting or nesting spot.
  7. Do not deface the rocks.
  8. Stay within the areas designated as visiting sites.
  9. Look for the trails and areas marked by the white wooden stakes.
  10. Do not leave any litter on the Islands, or throw any off your boat.
  11. Do not buy souvenirs or objects made of plants or animals from the Islands.
  12. You cannot visit the Islands unless accompanied by a licensed National Park guide.

Recommended Galapagos Restaurants and Hotels

Here are some recommended Restaurants and Hotels to choose during your Galapagos island travel adventure.

Galapagos Restaurants in Santa Cruz Island:

    Address: Av. Charles Darwin right in front of the Navy port (Puerto Ayora)
    Phone: 5935 252-6196
    Address: Av. Charles Darwin (Puerto Ayora)
    Phone: 5935 252-6759
    Address: Av. Charles Darwin (Puerto Ayora)
    Phone: 5935 252-6868
    Address: Av. Charles Darwin, muelle municipal (Puerto Ayora)
    Phone: 5935 252-6418

Galapagos Hotels in Santa Cruz Island:

    It's a modern shore-front hotel with beach, very comfortable and highly recommended. More Information About Finch Bay Hotel
    Address: Av. Charles Darwin
    Phone: 5935 252-7011
    Very nice, shorefront hotel
    Address: Av. Charles Darwin
    Phone: 5935 252-6330
    Address: Av. Charles Darwin y Piqueros
    Phone: 5935 252-6277
    It is the former Hotel Argermeyer is a first class hotel with 22 bedrooms.

Galapagos Hotels in San Cristobal Island:

    Phone: 5935 252-0137
    This hotel has six rooms
    Phone: 5935 252-0139
    Phone: 5935 252-0157

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