Credit Cards in Galapagos

What credit cards are accepted in Galapagos Santa Cruz Island in the Puerto Ayora area restaurants and shops?

Your Answer

Major Credit cards such as Visa, Mastercard and American Express are accepted mainly on board Galapagos Cruise Ships.

In the town of Puerto Ayora it would be difficult to find a shop or a restaurant that will accept credit cards.

Cash is the rule in the different Islands of Galapagos. There's a bank with ATM for international withdrawals with credit cards on Santa Cruz Island.

I am including a packing checklist to the Galapagos Islands and some useful information.

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

Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee

In your Galapagos vacations US$100 per person must be paid upon arrival at the airport in Galapagos to be able to enter to this national park. Besides this entrance fee you will have to pay $10 for the immigration card.


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.


Comfortable informal to very informal clothes can be wear. You can wear sneakers, shorts, long or short sleeve lightweight shirts, bathing suit, a cap or a hat, and a light jacket for the evenings. Sunglasses and a camera (with spare batteries) are a must.


The maximum weight you can carry on flights to or from the Galapagos Islands is of 20 Kg (44 pounds) of luggage.

If you have additional luggage, it can be stored at your hotel in Quito or Guayaquil. These restrictions do not include small carry-on flight bags or camera cases.

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