This is the worst thing you can do before traveling. It is possible to forget something. This guide will help plan your next trip to the Galapagos Islands.
Don't forget your personal documents
Passport must be valid for at least six months before you arrive in Ecuador. Originals and color copies are preferable.
Identification Card (Ecuadorians)
Information about your flights, services vouchers, and itineraries.
Cash (USD) is preferred for personal expenses. Small-denomination bills in the $10-$20 range are best. The Galapagos Islands has very few ATMs.
Visa or Mastercard credit cards preferred (These are valid for certain cruises and other destinations).
Note on Baggage Allowance
Galapagos airlines allow you to carry only 23kg (or 50 lbs) luggage. This includes your handbag. If you exceed the weight limit, additional baggage fees will apply of $5 per kg
Photographers will find paradise in the Galapagos Islands. No matter what kind of photographer you are, your friends will envy your photos. Which camera is the best? There were many times when I used simple point-and-shoot cameras, DSLRs with multiple lenses, and, most recently, a bridge camera called the Sony RX10 IV. All of my images were great, but the bridge camera was my favorite. This camera is my favorite because it offers both image quality and ease of use.
Camera accessories include a charger for your camera and memory cards. It will be amazing how many photos you take! Additional accessories: A polarizing lens to reduce the ocean's glare, a cleaning kit, and an extra battery. If you have a DSLR camera, a prime portrait lens or telephoto should be your first choice. A tripod can be useful but it can prove cumbersome if you are traveling with others.
GoPro Underwater Cameras are a must-have item for snorkelers and divers! Galapagos' underwater action has world-class quality, so don’t miss it!
Cellphone - Use your cell phone to take photos and videos. Keep up with social media for updates and to connect with others back home. While Wi-Fi can be found in Galapagos hotels it can sometimes be slow or difficult to access. You will not be connected to the internet on most cruise boats.
In November 2007, all passengers visiting the Galapagos Islands received a Transit Control document to Galapagos. Some procedures will be handled by the vessel's operator.
The document will be given to you at Quito airport if you have paid in advance. The document must also be presented to the INGALA representative at Galapagos Airport upon arrival or departure. This document allows INGALA to determine how long each visitor will stay on the Islands. This document costs US$ 20,00. Prices are subject to change without notice. Cash can be paid at the INGALA Counter in Quito, Guayaquil, or through the tour operator.
The entry fee for Galapagos National Park is US$ 100. Children younger than 12 years pay US$ 50. All above amounts must be paid in cash. MasterCard and Visa are not accepted. Galapagos does not accept $ 100 bills.
This resolution was approved by COE and will be in effect October 26, 2021
All passengers over 2 years old must possess a COVID-19 Card valid for at most 14 days following completion of the vaccination schedule.
The Ministry of Tourism will not regulate accommodation tour operators, except for the safe-pass that was established by the Tourist Guidance Regulations of the Government's Galapagos Special Council.
Travelers from India and Brazil must submit a negative RTPCR/antigen test within 72 hours of arriving in Ecuador. They are also required to adhere to a ten-day isolation period at the accommodation or residence they live in. They will be reimbursed for their expenses. They do not need to be isolated if they arrive from Brazil. They must however present a Covid-19 vaccination certificate that meets all of the above requirements.
These guidelines now cover people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 for more than one month and still have positive PCR results. If the patient is not suffering from symptoms, they can enter Ecuador as long as they have a valid Medical Certificate that proves their good health. This document must be valid in Ecuador, where it was issued.
No matter the PCR results that travelers bring, everyone must be tested by Ministry of Public Health personnel for coronavirus. Anyone with symptoms that might indicate contagion will be evaluated by them. If the results are positive, the person must be kept isolated at home for 10 days or in another type of accommodation. If the result is negative, travelers will be permitted to continue their journey.
You can take a test at the airport. You will need to be quarantined in a hotel or hostel until you receive your positive test. Some labs deliver the test within 24 hours. Before you can resume your travel plans, you must have negative results.
The PCR COVID-19 test can be taken at Medical VIP in Quito's Airport. The test is $80 and results can be obtained in 48 to 72 hours.
We are able to recommend some other local labs:
Ecuamerican – Phone: 0995613302 (offers 24-hour testing that can be done at your hotel).
SISTEMAS MEDICOS DE LA USFQ - Phone: 0984534943
HOSPITAL DE LOS VALLES - Phone: 0991941758
HOSPITAL LUIS VERNAZA - Phone: (04)2560300
PLENISALUD S.A. Phone: 0987067952
LABORATORIO ALIVER / HIPERBARICA – Phone: (04)3711980