Do I need a Visa for Ecuador?
You only need a valid passport issued by your country of residence, except for some countries that need a special visa. For more information, take a look at Visas.
What is Galapagos' currency?
The currency in Ecuador is the U.S. dollar. For more information, check Money.
Do I need to learn Spanish?
Even though Spanish is the official language, the crew members and guides are fluent in English, and some in French and German too. English is spoken in hotels, tourist shops, and in major visitor centers. However, local people will appreciate any attempt you make to speak a bit of Spanish.
How much to tip?
The quality of the service should determine the amount of any tip. Based on average tipping, you may use the following chart as a guideline:
|Restaurants and coffee shops||10% of the bill|
|Hotel/airport portage||US $1 per suitcase|
|Guides in Ecuador mainland||US $3/day/person|
|Driver in Ecuador mainland||US $3/day/person|
|Guides in Galapagos||US $8 /day/person (if excellent US$10/day/person)|
|Cruise crew in Galapagos||US $15/day/person for all crew members|
These are only a suggestions as gratuities are a very personal matter.
When to tip?
On the last evening of your cruise you will find, in your cabin, two envelopes for tips. At the reception you will find two boxes, one for the crew and one for the guides, where you can deposit the envelopes.
How big will my group be?
The maximum group size on an excursion to the Galapagos is 16 people per guide.
When should I go?
There is no "best time" to visit the islands as there is an abundance of unique flora and fauna year round. Take a look at Weather.
What are the National Park Fees and the Tourist Card?
All tourists are required to pay the national park fees of $100/adult or $50/child.
All tourists visiting the Galapagos are required to have a $10 tourist card.
What time zone is used in Galapagos?
Local time in Galapagos is GMT -6 (one hour earlier than in Ecuador's mainland). However, the yachts and vessels work with Ecuador's mainland time.
Is there any physical condition required for the cruise?
We recommend that passengers be in reasonably good physical condition as some trails are difficult. Therefore, the elderly and disabled people may have difficulties.
What is the electric current on board?
The M/VGalapagos Legend has 110/220 Outlets and the Coral I Yacht has only 110 outlets.
Is Internet access available aboard the ships?
Unfortunately, there is no access to Internet on the ships.
What happens if I get seasick?
We hardly ever get a seasick passenger onboard, however there is seasick medication on board all our ships. If you are particularly sensitive you can bring your own medication. Take a look at Health.
Are there any park regulations?
Galapagos National Park regulations are a way to keep the islands intact for your enjoyment and for future generations. The most important rules are
- Do not disturb or remove any plant, rock or animal.
- Do not take "natural" souvenirs from the islands (bones, pebbles, feathers, etc.).
- Be careful not to transport any organic material from island to island.
- Do not touch or handle the animals.
- Do not feed the animals.
- Do not startle or chase any animal.
- Stay on marked trails, doing so will avoid damage to vegetation and prevent erosion.
- Do not leave or throw any litter on or off the ship.
- Please, do not buy souvenirs made from native Galapagos products (except from wood)
- Do not smoke on the islands.
- Always stay together with your group.
- Clean your shoe soles before disembarking on the islands. You may carry seeds from one island into another.