A valid passport is required to enter Ecuador. Passports must be valid for 6 months after departure from Ecuador. Citizens of countries other that United Stated should check with the Ecuadorian consulate to determine if visas are necessary.
No inoculations are required to enter Ecuador or Peru, due to the high altitude in certain parts of Ecuador and Peru, anyone with a heart condition or high blood pressure should check with their physician.
The U.S. Dollar is the accepted currency in Ecuador.
Most hotels and ships offer both 110 and 220 volt electrical outlets.
Quito and the highlands enjoy spring like temperatures during the day. From December to April there is a possibility of afternoon showers. During the dry months, May to October, expect pleasant days and cooler evenings.
Since the Galapagos Islands are located on the equator, there is not a great variation in temperature throughout the year. December to May are the warmer months, sunny with few occasional showers, from June to December temperatures are cooler with moderate breezes. Since the average rainfall per year is only 10 inches, there is no actual “Rainy Season” to be concerned about.
Guayaquil and the Pacific coastal area have a tropical climate with temperatures in the 80’s and possible rain showers from December to May, the “Dry Season” is June to November.
There is a 40 pound baggage allowance on all flights to the Galapagos, which permits one checked and one carry-on bag.
Ecuador and Peru are in the Eastern Time Zone, Daylight Saving Time is not observed. Galapagos is one hour behind the mainland time. Most ships observe mainland time on board.
There is a $10 fee for a Galapagos Transit Control Card to be paid upon checking in for a domestic flight to the Galapagos and a $100.00 Galapagos National Park Tax to be paid on arrival in the Galapagos. Quito has a $40.80 departure tax and Guayaquil has a $27.15 departure tax to be paid upon leaving the country. Peru departure tax is $30.25.
Suggested Items To Bring For Your Galapagos Adventure
Khaki Pants, cotton slacks, Bermuda shorts, cotton shirts, T-shirts, rubber soled walking shoes, beach sandals, backpack, sun hat, scarf, sweater, windbreaker, small binoculars, bathing suits, sun glasses, sun screen and, for convenience and economy, a digital camera with plenty of memory. If using a conventional camera bring plenty of film.
Terms and Conditions
On all cruises a non-refundable deposit of $300.00 per person is required within 7 days of confirmation.
Due 60 days prior to sailing date.
For cancellations received 59 to 30 days prior to departure, 50% of total cruise rate will be forfeited. There is no refund on cancellations made fewer than 30 days prior to departure.
We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance that includes: trip cancellation and interruption, travel and baggage delay.
Cruise Rate Includes:
Cabin accommodations, all meals, shore excursions with naturalist guides, evening briefings, transfers from aircraft to ship in Galapagos.
Cruise Rate Does Not Include:
Air transportation to Galapagos, Galapagos national Park taxes. Ecuador departure tax, alcoholic beverages and, on some ships, soft drinks, or personal purchases aboard ship.
Under 7 years of age, children are only allowed to travel with special prearranged conditions.
Galapagos, Inc., 7800 Red Road, south Miami, Florida 33143, and its agents, act only as agents for the various companies over whose lines tickets are issued and whose facilities are sold. Galapagos, Inc., and its agents assume no responsibility or liability in connection with the services or transportation so provided. Specifically but not in limitation of the above, Galapagos, Inc., and its agents will not be responsible for any act, error or omission, or for any injury, illness, loss, accident, delay or irregularity which may be occasioned for any reason, including but not limited, to any defect in any vehicle or vessel, or through neglect or default of any company or person engaged in conveying, feeding or housing the passenger. The passenger will look solely to the respective owners or operators of such services for any damages or injuries that may arise. In the even it become necessary or advisable, for any reason whatsoever, to alter the itinerary or arrangements, such alterations may be made without penalty. Additional expenses, I any, shall be borne by the passengers, conversely refund will be made to the passengers, if any saving is effected thereby. The right is reserved to withdraw any or all tours, also to decline to accept or retain any passengers as members of the tours in the sole discretion of the tour operators. In such instances full or equitable amount will be refunded.
Passengers are advised that political and social unrest may be present in the areas to be visited. Inquiry of the U.S. State Department, its embassies and consulates, can be made by the passengers to determine the best information on such matters. By embarking upon his/her travel, whether expected or unexpected. Passenger is hereby warned of such risks, and is advised to obtain appropriate insurance coverage against them. The retention of tickets, reservations or bookings after issuance shall constitute a consent to the above and the agreement on the part of the passenger to convey the contents hereto to travel companions or group members.