Galapagos FAQ – FREQUENTLY ASKED TRAVEL QUESTIONS

A. The $100 Galapagos National Park fee can only be paid with USD cash at the airport upon entering Galapagos.

A. It depends on the boat, most boats provide snorkeling equipment that you can rent at a low fee, while some include snorkeling equipment at no additional cost.

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

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

A. Galapagos is on the Equator and the climate is pleasant year-round. The best times to travel to Galapagos are generally December through June, when the skies and water are clearer and warmer. Please click here for detailed info on the best time to visit Galapagos.

A. We have been operating trips to the Galapagos since 1997 and have thousands of elated clients.

A. Level I has the least experienced guides that may not speak English well. Level II are more experienced, and most of naturalist III level guides are biologists and speak multiple languages well. Nearly all guides on luxury class cruises are level III.

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.

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.

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

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.

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