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Frecuently Asked Questions - FAQ

Q. Can we use traveler checks to pay the Galapagos National Park fee?

A. No, the park fee can only be paid with USD cash.

Q. Is snorkeling and diving equipment provided on the ships?

A. It depends on the boat, most boats provide snorkeling equipment which you can rent at a low fee.

Q. What are the flight fares from/to Quito or Guayaquil?

A. Please click here for fares, high and low season.

Q. What is the difference between economic, tourist and tourist superior boats?

A. Economic and tourist class boats are quite basic without biology guides (but with guides category 2). The cabins do not have air conditioning or hot water. Some tourist superior boats have biology guides and they have hot water and air conditioning.

Q. Will the navigation be mostly during the day or during the night?

A. Boats navigate during the night and spend the day on the islands.

Q. How many hours per day do we spent on the different islands?

A.You will normally visit two islands a day and spend 2 to 3 hours on each one.

Q. How is the climate the month we will travel?

A. Please click here for weather information.

Q. How long have you been organizing trips to the Galapagos Islands?

A. We have been operating for 7 years now and have had hundreds of clients going to Galapagos.

Q. Which is the difference between Naturalist I, II and III?

A. Most of naturalist 3 level guides are biologists.

Q. What sort of food can I expect on the boat ?

A. We always receive favorable reports on the food on the boats. The better the boat the better the food and expect high quality on the food on the bigger boats.

Q. How much luggage can I take on the flight to Galapagos? (Kg, pounds)?

You can bring 20 kg, 44 pounds.

Q. What languages do the guides speak?

A. It depends on the category of the boat. On the bigger boats and the first class and luxury boats expect the guide to speak English, French and German in addition to Spanish. On the other boats, most of the guides are bilingual Spanish/English.

Q. Is there any recommended time of the year to visit Galapagos?

A. Galapagos is good to visit all year round but there is more sun and warmer water from December to May.

Q. Is there any special tax when leaving Ecuador?

A. The international departure tax is US$ 25 if you are leaving Ecuador from Guayaquil. The tax is US$ 40.80 if you are leaving Ecuador from Quito. This tax does not apply for domestic flights within Ecuador.

Please note that the Galapagos National Park fee, population control card and the International Airport Departure tax are ONLY payable in cash.