$3595per person sharing a roomPlease add $599 for a single room for the entire trip
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 park. It is not included in the cost of the tour, and must be paid in CASH. This fee funds Park maintenance and supervision in Galapagos, as well as ecological study, conservation and infrastructure development in Ecuador's other National Parks. Entry fees and the funds they generate for the National Park System are among measures taken by the Ecuadorian government to protect its natural heritage.
The Galapagos National Park authorities have implemented a system of Transit Control Cards at a fee of $20 USD per person. This card is to be purchased in CASH at a counter in the Quito airport before boarding the flight to the Galapagos. Please retain this card along with your passport as you will be required to present this upon arrival to the Galapagos Islands. Please note that this applies to all tourists entering the Galapagos Islands and is a supplement to the existing entry fee to the National Park and is not controlled by tour operators or travel agencies. It is the first 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 in an attempt to preserve the fragile environment of the archipelago.
When is the best time to visit the Galapagos Islands?
Fortunately, there is truly no “best time” for Galapagos Islands travel. There is always a variety of wildlife.
The official currency on mainland Ecuador and the Galapagos is the US Dollar. It would be wise to already bring some Dollars in cash with you. You will want to have some cash on you while you are on board and in port to buy a t-shirt, a refreshing cola on deck, etc. The airports in Quito and Guayaquil, as well as the mayor hotels have money exchange facilities. There is a bank in Puerto Ayora (a typical stop on your itinerary) that can change your traveler's checks, give cash advances on most credit cards, and ATM cardholders may be able to take out money. Carry your money, credit cards and the like in a money pouch (held close to your body).
Passport – Must be valid for 6 months after departure from Ecuador.
Credit cards – Visa and Mastercard are most often accepted.
Cash – Local Currency is US Dollars
Sunglasses – you might want your sunglasses to have a strap so you don’t lose them.
Sunscreen – We suggest waterproof with at least SPF 30. You need to be careful, the sun is much stronger near the Ecuador.
Toiletries – (toothbrush, toothpaste, razors, comb, etc.) Be sure to remove all the packaging from toiletries and do not dispose of them in the Galapagos. Take these items back with you to the mainland.