Revealing the Galapagos Islands

 

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A journey to the Galapagos Islands will bring you face to face with some of the most remarkable wildlife on the planet.

We book a variety of Galapagos itineraries ranging from tourist boats, motorised sailing ships, luxury catamarans and stylish yachts with a capacity from 10 to 48 passengers, to larger cruise ships for up to 100 passengers, offering more facilities and a greater choice of cabins and decks. We also offer some specific diving itineraries for experienced divers.

The Galapagos National Park authorities carefully control the numbers of ships and passengers arriving at any one island at any time.

We have updated the Galapagos pages of our Ecuador Revealed website to include more of the itineraries we book.

Link:  Galapagos Revealed

Best Time of the Year

The best months for the Galapagos Islands are December to March, when the seas are at their calmest. You should avoid September-October as there is a sea mist at this time.

Entry Fees & Transit Control Card

The Ecuadorian government currently levies a Galapagos Islands Park entry fee of $100 USD per person. This is payable at the airport upon arrival in the Galapagos. It is not usually included in the cost of the tour, and must be paid in cash. This fee funds park maintenance and supervision in the Galapagos Islands, as well as ecological study, conservation and infrastructure development in Ecuador’s other National Parks.

You also have to obtain a Transit Control Card, for which there is a current fee of $20 USD per person.

The Transit Control Card has to be purchased at a counter at Quito airport before boarding your flight to the Galapagos. You will be required to present this on arrival in the Galapagos Islands.

This is a supplement to the existing entry fee to the National Park and is not controlled by tour operators or travel agencies. It is understood to be one of a number of initiatives to track, control and maintain the sustainable tourism targets set out by the Galapagos National Park and the Ecuadorian government as part of their drive to preserve the fragile environment of the archipelago.

Inspections

Travellers to the Galapagos will understand the need for strict controls and inspections. All bags are checked prior to arriving at the Galapagos archipelago. No fresh fruit, vegetables, meat or dairy products are allowed to be taken to the Galapagos or indeed livestock.

 

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