What to wear and what you will need when visiting the Galapagos Islands:
Basic Gear:
    • Since there is a weight restriction of 44 lbs. or 20 kg for flights to the Galápagos
    • Good traction walking shoes, sandals or water shoes, 2 pairs one to keep dry and the other for wet landing, we recommend a pair of strap sandals better than flipflops, you will be walking/hiking in small trails when visiting the islands.
    • Shorts or pants made of water repelent material, so you do not stay wet for long time
    • Shirts of water repelent material, similar as then pants, better if they have ultraviolet proctection in their fabric, remember you are at the Equator Line, here the sun ramains at an angle of 90 degrees almost all year

  • A hat to protect not only your face, but you neck and ears, if it is ultraviolet fabric much better
  • T-shirts or short sleeved shirts (quick drying ideal)
  • Long sleeve t-shirt
  • A fleece or warm top (the evenings on the boat get cool)
  • A waterproof shell
  • A pair of long pants
  • A good Sun glasses with string attached
  • A top to wear during swimmin,  because of the sun, long sleeves and long pants if you have sensitive skin to the sun
  • A camel pack that is a backpack with a water pouch incorporated, water bottle that can be refilled
  • Small or day backpack to carry your: water bottle, couple of snacks, sun
  • Camera, tripod (if you like to take sunsets or low light pictures)
  • Water proof box for your camera, so you can take picutres under water
  • Water proof bag for your gear
  • If you are still using film, bring many rolls, in the islands are rare and expensive
  • Extra memory cards (SD, Compact Flash, Memory Sticks)
  • Laptop to make backups of your memory cards
  • Camera battery charger
  • Cellphone charger (wall and car)
  • Extra film if you still use film camera
  • X-Ray proof bag for film
  • Bathing suit and towels
  • Sunblock couple of bottles
  • Bug repellent
  • Dramamine or motion sickness pills
  • Basic toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, towel, shampoo, soap, shaving gear, and all prescription medicine
  • A small flashlight
  • A journal or notebook to jot down those wonderful Galapagos memories
  • Light cotton scarf to protect your neck
  • Ziploc Plastic Bags
  • Extra batteries
  • Passport
  • Copy of passport, scan your passport an upload the file to your email account, Google Docs
  • Travel insurance
  • Credit Card (s) Visa, Mastercard the most popular
  • Debit Card (small fee to get cash) no exchange rate, Ecuador uses US Dollars
  • Travelers Checks
  • US Dollars
  • Spare pair of prescription glasses
  • Water bottle (1 litre) stainless steel is the best or BPA-free Plastic bottle
  • Notarized letter from other parent authorizing travel if both parents are not traveling together
  • Binoculars

For more adventurer traverler

  • Your scuba diving lincese
  • Snorkel, mask (with prescription lenses if you require them), and fins
  • Snorkel, mask, fins are provided most of the time in the tour package for light snorkling, and during the cool months (June to December) a shortie or a short version of a wet suit (2mm) will be adviced
  • International flights to and from Ecuador, can be purchased at discount prices here. International flights are not included in quoted prices and must be purchased separately.
  • Flights from Mainland Ecuador to the Galápagos. We will arrange your flight from the Ecuador Mainland (Quito or Guayaquil) to the Galápagos. “Cruise only” prices do not include the cost of flights, and most “complete packages do” Especially during high season, it is often hard to get a flight to the Galápagos and spaces on boats. Therefore, we advise you to make reservations as early as possible to guarantee availability.
Entering National Park
The entrance fee amounts to $100. You’ll pay it in cash when you enter the Galápagos National Park on the first day of your arrival.
  • Pepto Bismol (or Kaopectate) for stomach upset and mild diarrhea
  • Immodium or Lomotil for more severe diarrhea 
  • Vaccinations. If you intend to only travel to Quito and the Galápagos Islands, there are no vaccinations required. If, however, you intend to visit mainland Ecuador, especially to the Amazon or coastal regions, we recommend you to ask your doctor. Tell them exactly where you intend to travel to. Possible recommended vaccinations for Ecuador are typhoid, hepatitis A, diphtheria, and yellow fever. Do this well ahead of time since some vaccinations, like diphtheria, need to be administered three months prior to your trip!
  • Visas. Ecuador welcomes tourists and travelers from every country. Citizens of the United States, Canada and most European countries traveling to Ecuador for tourism, business or to study do not require a visa unless they expect to stay in Ecuador for more than 90 days in one calendar year (that is, 90 days adding every entry in one year) or if they are drawing income from an Ecuadorian source
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