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Perhaps it was a photo depicting an iguana gracefully swimming underwater, tales of a bird with wings so small it can no longer fly, or recollections of Charles Darwin from school lessons that first sparked your intrigue about the Galapagos Islands.
Whatever it may be that draws you to this remote archipelago off Ecuador's coast, the allure of its living displays of natural history and breathtaking beauty are undeniable. It’s one of the few destinations in the world for which the phrase “one of a kind” can be used to describe both the unique wildlife found nowhere else as well as the thrilling excursions to observe the island’s animal residents who are for the most part unafraid of humans.
Advanced planning is the best way to ensure booking your desired travel package and roundtrip airfare. This is particularly true if you visit during high season months as some cruises book 12 to 18 months in advance.
Flights to the Galapagos Islands depart mainland Ecuador from Quito, the country’s capital, and Guayaquil. We recommend our travelers arrive to the airport 3 hours before their outbound flight to the archipelago. Airline weight restriction for checked luggage is 44 lbs (20 kgs).
There are 2 airports in the Galapagos.
Your travel advisor will advise you of the best airport to fly to during your vacation. Some Galapagos travel packages include airfare.
All travelers are required to pay the national park fee at the beginning of their visit. Payment is made in US cash at the airport in the archipelago. It’s $100 for foreign tourists 12+ years and older and for children 11 and under the fee is $50.
Travel to and from the Galapagos Islands is tightly monitored by the government for both foreigners and Ecuador nationals. At the airport in Quito or Guayaquil, you need to visit the INGALA window in the domestic terminal to get your transit control card before passing though the security checkpoint. The fee is $20 for the card per passenger. At time of purchase you must present your boarding pass and passport. Once you have it, fill it out and keep it as you'll need to show it again when you depart the Galapagos.
Your travel advisor will let you know if it’s possible to receive a pre-issued card with your custom travel package.
Daily excursions for cruise itineraries indicate dry or wet landings and determine what footwear and clothing you will suit up in for that day’s adventure.
Here’s what these terms mean:
Note: Airline weight restriction for checked luggage is 44 lbs (20 kgs) to the Galapagos.
Clothing & Footwear
Yes, there is Internet in the Galapagos but Wi-Fi connections are notoriously slow. Some cruises offer Wi-Fi for an additional (often pricey) fee.