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Payment

Payment can be made by bank wire transfer to our Bank accounts in Ecuador or United States, the payment can also be made with PayPal.

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Not if you have US dollars. Ecuador has adopted US dollars as its official currency since 1999.

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Preparation

The Galapagos Islands or (Archipielago de Colon) is a province of Ecuador, located 600 miles (1000 km) west of the Ecuadorian continent on the Pacific Ocean. They lie directly on the Equator line.

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Ecuador is located in South America, it limits with: to the North with Colombia, East-south with Peru, an West
the Pacific Ocean.

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From North America and Europe there are daily flights to Quito and Guayaquil. U.S. the airlines that fly into Ecuador are: American Airlines, Ecuador flights Avianca, United, COPA, Delta Airlines, LAN,TACA,Iberia,KLM

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TAME and Avianca-Aerogal, as domestic airlines have daily flights from Quito and Guayaquil to Baltra and San Cristobal in the Galapagos Islands.

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You can check 20 kilos of luggage per person on board the flight to the Galapagos Islands, 10 kilos for handbag is also accepted.

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You can visit Ecuador any time of the year. Due to the geographical location of Ecuador there is little seasonal change. Although there is a period of humidity or dryness, these variations are unpredictable and the months vary depending on their location in Ecuador.
Quito and the Andes have a moderate climate throughout the year with temperatures between 60 F (15.5 C) during the day and occasional showers. The Amazon region is hot, humid and rainy all year round with a slightly drier season during April and June. Rains can be refreshing from the heat and humidity making it a destination that can be visited any time of the year.

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You can visit Ecuador any time of the year. Due to the geographical location of Ecuador there is little seasonal change. Although there is a period of humidity or dryness, these variations are unpredictable and the months vary depending on their location in Ecuador.
Quito and the Andes have a moderate climate throughout the year with temperatures between 60 F (15.5 C) during the day and occasional showers. The Amazon region is hot, humid and rainy all year round with a slightly drier season during April and June. Rains can be refreshing from the heat and humidity making it a destination that can be visited any time of the year.

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Ecuador requires that all travelers have a valid passport issued by their country of residence. Visa is only required for visitors from the following countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan and Somalia. The traveler must also have a proof of return. We recommend that you confirm with an embassy or consulate in your country.

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Spanish is the official language of Ecuador, all our tours are guided by English Speaking guides, in case you need guides in other languages we can also find them for you with an additional fee.

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it is not advisable to drink non bottle water, Bottled water is alwaysd available in tourist sites, hotels and restaurants.

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In Quito and other cities of the Highlands you should wear comfortable clothing during the day and a woolen coat or coat during the night. On the páramo winter-warm clothing is essential. Dressing in layers is ideal. Afternoons can be rainy and we suggest an umbrella.

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Bring comfortable breathable clothing, sandals or the like, bathing suits, sunscreen, repellent, wide-brimmed hat, glasses, binoculars, eye drops. For the night clothes and accessories are not necessary, what is advised is semi-formal clothes.

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For the Amazon and its explorations we advise you to wear long sleeves and long trousers to protect against mosquitoes. Pack insect repellent, sunscreen, hat or cap and eye drops. A camera, binoculars and flashlight are needed to enjoy the ride, as well as a waterproof jacket, rubber shoes and swimwear.

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Local time in Galapagos is -6 GMT (one hour less than in mainland Ecuador). On our ships we work with continental time.

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Check in at Quito or Guayaquil airport:

If your transportation service is included, the day before the start of your cruise o Island Hopping program our Operations Department will call you to confirm the time you will be picked up at your hotel.

If you come alone You must go to the airport two hours before departure, the first thing to do, as soon as you arrive at the airport, is to pass the baggage control with SICGAL, which is outside before the entry of National Departures. For environmental reasons, your baggage will be checked to ensure that it is free of animals, seeds, plants, fruits, vegetables or anything that is considered banned in the Galapagos Islands, you then need to pay the 20 USD per person fee on the INGALA both, then, go to the Airline counter to proceed with check-in.

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You will be allowed to check a piece of luggage per person of maximum 20 kilos (44 pounds approximately) and a bag of 7kg. per person. We recommend that you carry a lightweight suitcase to make it more comfortable in the cabin. Please secure your luggage during the flight.

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Acording to the Ecuador’s Interior Ministry, visitors from just 11 countries have to get a visa before entering Ecuador, the countries that need a visa to enter Ecuador are:

  • China
  • Afganistán
  • Bangladesh
  • Eritra
  • Etiopía
  • Kenia
  • Nepal
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistán
  • Somalia
  • Senegal.
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Weather

The warmest months range from December to June. January to March can be hot and humid but greener during this time. From July to November it is colder. The average temperature throughout the year is 24 ° C.

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