Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the climate like?
A: As the islands lie directly on the Equator, you can expect it to be warm for most of the year. The hottest season is generally from January to April with average temperatures ranging from a low of 70 to a high of 84 F (22 - 31 C). It is during this period that you may expect afternoon thundershowers. During a severe El Nino, you can expect rain or thundershowers at any time. From April to December is considered the "cool" (and dry) season with average temperatures ranging from a low of 68 to a high of 82 F (19 – 27 C). During this time of year you may encounter "garua" (misty rain) early in the morning and in the highlands of Santa Cruz and San Cristobal. For more information please click here
Q: When is the best time to travel to Galapagos?
A: Anytime is a good time! During the "hot" season with it's frequent afternoon rain showers the islands are generally much greener and the land birds most active. It is also during this period that the ocean temperature is warmer for swimming and snorkeling. During the "cool" season the land birds and sea mammals are most active. This is the best time for observing courtship displays in the sea birds. No matter what time of year you visit the islands, you will always find the wildlife activity to be absolutely amazing!
Q: How do we get there?
A: From North America there are daily flights via Miami and Houston to Quito and Guayaquil, Ecuador. Give us a call we can arrange your air with our prefer prices.
Q: Can you arrange our air to Ecuador?
A: Yes of course we can arrange international air as well as your local air.
Q: How do we get to Galapagos from Quito and Guayaquil?
A: Flights to Galapagos depart daily from both Quito and Guayaquil. We will arrange the Galapagos flight for you. The owners of the boats in Galapagos block book spaces on these flights to ensure our passengers are on the flight to meet the boat. You will fly to Galapagos in the morning of first day of the cruise and return to the mainland in the afternoon of the last day of the cruise. Click here for more information on air from Quito or Guayaquil to Galapagos Islands
Q: Where are the Galapagos Islands?
A: The Galapagos Islands (or Archipelago de Colon) is a Province of Ecuador located 500 miles (800 kilometers) west of the Ecuadorian coast. They lie directly on the equator.
Q: May we fly to Galapagos from Quito and just back to Guayaquil (or vice versa)?
A: Yes, we would be able to arrange that for you. We can also arrange flight into Peru if you want to visit both countries.
Q: When do we have to pay?
A: A 20% deposit is required at the time you decide to confirm your reservation and the balance is due 60 days before departure.
Q: Are all your prices in US dollars?
A: All of our rates are quoted in US dollars. We are a USA based wholesaler and we have all the linceses requiered by law. Your money is very safe with us.
Q: What form of payment do you accept?
A: We accept Visa, Mastercard and American Express. Payment may also be made by international money order, bank draft, cashiers check or electronic bank transfer (wire) as well as personal check.
Q: What is included in the rates for the yachts and ships?
A: The rates for the ship or yacht includes accommodation aboard the ship or yacht, all meals, island sightseeing, all guides and lecture services, transfers in the islands and between the airport and yacht in Galapagos. Itineraries are subject to change without notice (for safety, environmental or any other reasons). We you buy a package from us we will also included the air from Ecuador to Galapagos Islands, hotel, arrival and departure transfers.
Q: What is not included in the rate for the yachts and ships?
A: Galapagos flights, Galapagos Entrance Fee (includes the municipal tax, currently $110 US per person payable in cash to the national park authorities in Galapagos)or we can collect it and pay it for you, tourist transit card ($10 US), tips (it is customary to tip the guide, chef and crew) soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, and any other extras not specifically mentioned. There is also a $41 US per person departure tax from Quito and $28 US per person from Guayaquil on all international flights. All prices are subject to change without notice.
Q: Can you make hotel and other tour reservations for us in Ecuador?
A: Yes! We are able to assist you with hotels and tours throughout Ecuador and into Peru and Bolivia. We can also help you to plan an efficient itinerary that will make the most of the time you have available and at a price you can afford. We specilized in tailor made itineranier made for you.
Q: Can we purchase trip cancellation and travel insurance for this?
A: We offer trip cancellation, travel and medical insurance just ask us.
Q: How do we receive our vouchers and tickets for the Galapagos?
A: We will e-mail (and/or fax or mail if requested) a travel voucher and receipt that is valid for the ship or yacht and for the flight to Galapagos. The ticket for the Galapagos flight is held by the ship or yacht owners and will be issued to you by our associates once you are in Ecuador.
Q: What level of Naturalist Guide will be aboard the boat and do they speak English?
A: All of the boats we use employ highly experienced and qualified level II and III naturalist guides who are fluent in English (and often other languages as well).
Q: How much should we tip the guide and crew?
A: We recommend that you consider tipping 1) the guides, and 2) the rest of the crew. As a general rule-of-thumb, we recommend between $5 - $8 US from each passenger to each group per day. If you have received very good and exceptional service, please be more generous!
Q: Will there be time for snorkeling?
A: There is plenty of time for snorkeling for those who are interested. Snorkeling gear is provided aboard most of the boats. For personal hygiene, we recommend that you bring your own gear.
Q: Is there a rental charge for snorkeling equipment?
A: Some boats offer the equipment at no charge and some charge a nominal rental fee of up to $25 US for 8 days.
Q: Is a wetsuit necessary for snorkeling?
A: No, a wetsuit is not necessary, but we suggest that you bring a 2mm "shorty" to help keep you warm in cold water.
Q: Will we have to exchange any money before we travel to Ecuador or once in the country?
A: Not if you have US dollars. Ecuador has adopted the US dollar as its official currency.
Q: What should we bring?
A: A "What to Bring" list is located online at please click here
Q: What shouldn't we bring to Galapagos?
A: A list of items NOT ALLOWED to be brought to the islands is located please click here for the list