Frequently Asked Questions
Feel free to read our customer’s most frequently asked questions below.
First, you have to arrive in Mainland Ecuador, either Quito or Guayaquil city, and stay for one night before you travel to the Galapagos Islands.
This is one of the most frequently asked questions by our passengers. To travel to the Galapagos Islands you need your personal passport.
Yes, You need to pay:
– Transit Control Card TCT $ 20
– Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee.
Foreign tourists over 12 years old US $100
Foreign tourists under 12 years old US $50
Foreign tourists nationals of one of the countries belonging to the Andean Community of Nations or Mercosur US $50
Foreign tourists under 12 years of age, nationals of one of the countries belonging to the Andean Community of Nations or
Mercosur US $25
National or foreign tourists residing in Ecuador, over 12 years old US $6
National or foreign tourists residing in Ecuador, under 12 years old US $3
Tourists, foreign students not resident in Ecuador who are enrolled in national educational institutions US $25
Children under 2 years of age, nationals, or foreigners are exempt from paying this tax.
You can reach this site and introduce the product you would like to bring to the Galapagos Islands, and check if it is prohibited or not: https://bioseguridadgalapagos.gob.ec/productos/#
If your travel from Quito Airport, first you will fly for about 35 minutes to Guayaquil City. At this airport, the airplane will be refueled, and passengers whose destiny is Guayaquil, will go down, and passengers who travel to Galapagos from Guayaquil will come up to the airplane. Then, It will take approximately 1 hour 45 minutes flight to arrive at the Galapagos Islands.
Once you arrive at the Galapagos Islands, you should go to the line for foreign passengers, and here you will have to pay your Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee, then you will go for your luggage and the Galapagos staff will check you do not have any prohibited seed, product, plant, or animal to introduce in the Galapagos Islands. Then, will go out the door and your Galapagos Naturalistic Guide will be waiting for you.
There are two commercials airports, it means you can flight from Quito or Guayaquil cities to San Cristobal Airport “San Cristobal Island” or to North Seymour Airport in Baltra, if you are going to start your tour from “Santa Cruz Island”. There is also a small airport at Isabela Island and it is used for inter islands flights.
You can visit the Galapagos Islands either by Island Hopping Tours (your overnights are at hotels in the inhabited islands), or by Cruise (your overnights are on the ship and you will go from one place to another while you rest or do any others activities).
No, it is not. The time at the Galapagos Islands is one hour less than in Continental Ecuador.
The Galapagos Islands are located in an area where its topography, ocean currents, and winds interact and mark two weather stations:
The Cold or Dry Season: It occurs between the months of June to December, where the winds strengthen and the cold Humboldt current arrives from the south, bringing waters rich in nutrients that help maintain the great biodiversity of the islands. The ambient temperature ranges from 20 ° C – 24 ° C (68 ° F – 75.2 ° F); and the sea temperature between 20 ° C – 26 ° C (68 ° F – 78.8 ° F).
The hot or humid season: It occurs between the months of January to May, where the winds decrease as well as the cold water currents of Humbolt. The environment and the water become hotter. The ambient temperature ranges between 24 ° C – 27 ° C (75.20 ° F – 80.6 ° F) and the sea temperature between 24 ° C – 27 ° C (75.2 ° F – 80.6 ° F ).
The Galapagos Islands is a great place to be visited any time of the year, however, if you´d like warmer weather, we would recommend you to travel from December to June.