Top Tips for Galapagos Vacations

Before you set out on Galapagos vacations, use our travel tips to ensure that you pack correctly, travel safely, and get the most out of your trip.

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Galapagos vacations with useful travel tips, packing checklist and information about this Archipelago

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LUGGAGE
No more than 20 Kgs. (44 pounds) of luggage (one suitcase) may be checked on flights to or from the Galapagos Islands. Additional luggage may be stored at your hotel.

These restrictions do not include small carry-on flight bags or camera cases. Currently there are "no international Airlines" that fly directly to the Galapagos Islands.

You must fly to Ecuador first, either to Quito or Guayaquil and from here take a national flight to the Islands. Find Cheap Galapagos Islands Flights here

CLOTHES TO TAKE
For your Galapagos vacations, clothing ranges from informal to very informal.

Essentials Include: proper footwear, shorts, long- and short-sleeve lightweight shirts, bathing suit, a wide-brimmed hat, long pants, and a wind breaker or light jacket for evenings. Be sure to bring sunblock (SPF 30), sunglasses and lots of film.

SHOES
Most walking ashore is over rocky lava terrain. Therefore tennis shoes, sneakers or walking shoes with rubber soles must be worn. For easy walks like on gravel or sand terrain Tevas or aqua socks are suggested.

GALAPAGOS HOTELS
There are several hotels in Santa Cruz Island that offer to its guests daily activities and navigations to the nearby Islands. See More About Galapagos Hotels and Tours Available

WEATHER
The Galapagos Islands are located on the equator. The tropical heat, however, is tempered by Pacific breezes, and these by the South Equatorial Current. More about the Weather in Galapagos from February to April

During your Galapagos vacations keep in mind that there are two seasons in the Islands:

The hot season from December to May when humidity is high and average temperatures are in the 80s F (26°-30° C). There may be occasional showers, but the days are generally hot and sunny.

From June to November, the dry season, you can expect cool winds, occasionally bringing with them a light misty-type drizzle called garúa.

The hot season is typically more popular among vacationers. Visitors who travel to the Galapagos Islands during the dry season can find great deals at many hotels, which will cut room rates to encourage higher occupancy.

Temperatures in Galapagos average in the 70s F (20°-24° C) during the day and lower at night.

If you want to do some Snorkeling in the Galapagos Islands I recommend to bring a shortie wet suit, since the Galapagos waters cool down to temperatures that range in the 60s F (18°C to 20°C).

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SUNBURN
Because the country is located right on the equator, sun rays are direct.

Fair-skinned persons should use sun protection at high altitudes and seashore at all times, even if the weather is cloudy, as UV rays penetrate light clouds. I strongly recommend sun block with SPF30 or higher.

PASSPORTS
Guests must travel to the Galapagos with their passports. Names and passport numbers must be scanned and sent to the travel company one month prior to arrival.

GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK ADMISSION FEE
In your Galapagos vacations US$100 per person must be paid upon arrival at the airport in Galapagos (rate is subject to change without notice) to be able to enter to this national park.

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ELECTRIC CURRENT
110/AC. Electric shavers and hair dryers can be accommodated.

LOCAL TIME
GMT minus 6 hours in the Galapagos Islands. GMT minus 5 hours on mainland Ecuador.

PURCHASES ON BOARD
When planning your Galapagos vacations is good to know that... US dollars or traveler checks may be used on most of the cruise ships in the Islands.

Credit cards (Visa, Mastercard and American Express) are also accepted specially aboard Santa Cruz Ship or Isabela II deluxe yacht and the all new Yacht la Pinta

SAFETY
All safety and fire prevention measures have been implemented on most of the vessels cruising the Islands, for a comfortable and secure Galapagos vacations. MT ships are all ISMC compliant.

There is a resident medical officer aboard the M/V SANTA CRUZ and ISABELA II. Life jackets are mandatory for all panga rides (outboard motorized Zodiacs) and outings.

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MEALS
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included on every ship cruising the Galapagos. Wine, beer and soft drinks are extra. Bottled water is supplied in each cabin free of charge.

If you want to spend your Galapagos vacations in a safe way, I recommend "Metropolitan Touring" travel company for their superb service and experience.

Galapagos Packing Checklist

  • Small backpack (waterproof)
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sneakers or rubber soles
  • Shorts
  • Trousers
  • T-shirts
  • Long and Short sleeved shirts
  • Windbreaker
  • Bathing suit
  • Wet suit (for snorkeling between June - November)
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Hat or cap
  • Toilette kit
  • Biodegradable shampoo please
  • Sun block
  • Sunglasses
  • Binoculars
  • Camera & camcorder
  • Any medicine you may be taking
  • Your Favorite book Maybe a Book About the Galapagos Islands could be a good idea to read.

The Galapagos Islands Archipelago is an enchanted place, its very nature is powerful and inspiring; peaceful and magical, and above all, unique.

These Islands are the ideal spot for an unforgettable vacation full of outdoor activities, fun and adventures.

The Diving Guide to the Galapagos Islands, a highly recommended book for Galapagos Islands scuba divers

Recommended Reading

The Diving Guide to the Galapagos Islands
The Galapagos Islands, is world renowned for adrenaline-charged diving and unique, fearless wildlife. These "Enchanted Islands" beckon both divers and non-divers from around the globe, who come to dive with whale sharks and walk with giant tortoises. (This is the best diving guide I've ever read.)

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