What should I pack for Galapagos?

Nov 26, 2021

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).

 

Passport

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

Clothes

  • Light casual clothing includes T-shirts, shorts, long pants and cotton socks.
  • You will need two or more bathing suits and a towel to use on the beach.
  • Comfortable sandals or sandals with straps are best for walking on trails.
  • Waterproof jacket or windbreaker
  • Cool evenings with a light wool sweater (17°C/62°F).
  • Sun protection and personal health
  • Cap or hat
  • Sunglasses with UV Protection
  • Sun protection factor 100 is strongly recommended.
  • Aloe vera cream or gel for sunburns
  • Prescription medication
  • Insect repellent
  • Motion sickness medication for land or sea travel
Galapagos islands
 

Electronics

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!

Travel adaptor – Ecuador and Galapagos have two identical prong-plugs that are compatible with the 110 V voltage in the US.

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.

Extras

  • Binoculars
  • Water bottle, preferably reusable.
  • Toiletries include shampoo, toothpaste, soap, and shampoo. They are more effective if they are biodegradable. They are usually provided by hotels or cruise ships.
  • Small backpacks are ideal for personal items and can be taken on trips.
  • Below is a list containing all the taxes and fees that you will need to pay for your trip. These fees and taxes can change at any time.

Ingala's Transport Control Document

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.

Galapagos national park entrance

Galapagos National Park

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.

Galapagos Islands: New Entry Rules (last updated Oct. 26th 2021)

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.

Antigen testing is no longer acceptable

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 Brazil and India

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.

What happens if you don't have your PCR tested upon arrival?

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:

Quito:

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

Guayaquil:

HOSPITAL LUIS VERNAZA - Phone: (04)2560300

PLENISALUD S.A. Phone: 0987067952

LABORATORIO ALIVER / HIPERBARICA – Phone: (04)3711980

Andre Robles
Andre Robles
Andre Robles is an expert in everything South America, his passion for the region and exploring off the beaten path makes his travel writing both useful and interesting. He has written for several mainstream publications and you can read his guides on Ecuador, Peru, the Galapagos Islands and the Amazon. Andre is also an accomplished photographer and has been recognized as one of the best wildlife photographers in the region, his photos have been featured in National Geographic and other journals. As a travel agent Andre specializes in curating unique experiences, crafting tailor made itineraries and helping visitors make the best of their vacation, always putting the experience first
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