Explore Galapagos

Travel tips

Here some advice when planning your trip to and travelling in the Galapagos:


Book early, especially in high season, to ensure the best experiences.


Stay for longer: if you’re going to invest in the air-fare to the islands, plus the $100 entrance fee, make your money go further by staying longer.


In general, the better the yacht or cruise, the better the guide. So it’s worth investing more for a better experience.


Be careful with the sun! Since the Galapagos are on the Equator, the sun’s rays are particularly powerful. Be sure to wear a hat, plenty of sunblock and long-sleeved shirts and trousers for longer land visits. When snorkelling, be careful not to burn the backs of your legs!


Try to build in extra, free time into your plans. There’s plenty to see and do in and around Puerto Ayora, or sometimes it’s nice just to have an afternoon to relax on a beach (Tortuga Bay is your best option).


If taking inter-island transport, it’s wise to take a sea-sickness tablet before the journey since the sea can be rough.


When travelling to Isabela Island, consider taking the small, light planes that fly from Baltra, and doing this as the first part of your itinerary (when landing from the mainland). You can then return from Isabela’s Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora by boat. This saves on travel times.


If you’re interested in SCUBA diving, plan your itinerary so as not to dive on your last day, to avoid any pressure problems when flying back to the mainland.


Avoid bringing $50 bills to Ecuador and the Galapagos, since businesses don’t generally accept them. $20 are best.


And finally, please follow the rules established by the Galapagos National Park since these ensure generations to come will be able to enjoy the experience you’ve had.

What to pack for your trip to The Galapagos Islands:

  Sunscreen minimum SPF 30

  Sunglasses with tie/strap

  Sun hat, cap or bandana

  T-shirts and long sleeve shirts

  Light fleece and/or wind shell

  Light back pack or fanny pack

  Hiking shorts and light full-length hiking pants

  Hiking shoes or boots

  Teva-style sandals or water shoes

  Deck shoes or sandals

  Thin and breathable hiking socks

  Water bottle

  Charging cables

  Plug adaptors (Ecuador uses us-style two flat prong plugs)

  Notebook / sketchbook – nothing like getting inspired!

Ideal for friends and family!

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Office Galapagos

Puerto Ayora, Galapagos Islands
Av. 18 de febrero S/n y Rodriguez Lara
+593 5 526-084
+593 99 103-0947

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Quito, Ecuador
Eustorgio Salgado
N19-243 y Santa Rosa
+593 2 250-5756
+593 99 414-6421


• The WindRose yacht is the fastest day cruiseyacht on the island
• You can visit two islands each day.
• One snorkel activity each day.
• Towels for guests’ use.
• Wetsuits available to rent onboard


  +593 5 526-084
  +593 99 103-0947
  Av. Conocarpus S/N – Isabela
Puerto Villamil Galápagos – Ecuador

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