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Time Zone


GMT - 6 hours, one hour behind Ecuador's mainland.

 

Language


Ecuador's official language is Spanish, but English is spoken in major visitor centres. Both Spanish and English are spoken onboard the Eclipse and Athala II.

 

Currency


Ecuador's currency is the US Dollar.

 

Money Matters


There are no ATM facilities in the Galapagos Islands. Onboard our boats, the following are accepted for payments over US $50: travellers cheques, Visa, MasterCard and American Express. You do not need to carry cash on board and bills will be settled the evening before the last day of the cruise in order to avoid any inconveniences during disembarkation.

 

Tipping


We recommend an amount in the range of US $100 - 200 per passenger per week for the crew (this will be divided among all the crew members) and between US $40 - 80 per passenger per week for the guide. The total tip would therefore be somewhere between US $140 - 280 per per passenger. However, this is merely a suggestion as we consider gratuities to be a very personal matter.

 

FLIGHT ACCESS & TRANSFER DETAILS


Flights to the Galapagos Islands leave from Ecuador's capital Quito with a stopover in Guayaquil. We recommend arriving to Quito or Guayaquil 2 days prior to your cruise departure.

Upon arrival on Baltra Island passengers are met by our guides after passing through passport control. Passengers are then transported on Aerogal buses to the
vessel anchored nearby.

 

PASSPORT & VISA INFORMATION


All passports must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry to Ecuador and have two free pages. Please check if a visa is required for your nationality.

 

Weather


December to June is the hot season with occasional tropical showers. Temperatures range from 25°C to 32°C (77°F to 90°F). During this season, warm waters from the Panama Basin flow through the Galapagos, producing a sea temperature of 20°C to 27°C (68°F to 80°F).

From July to November is the dry season and temperatures range from 20°C to 27°C (68°F to 80°F). During this season, cooler waters from the Humboldt
Current are driven to the islands, causing the water temperature to drop to 18°C to 24°C (64°F to 75°F).

 

Health


No vaccinations are required for entry to Ecuador. However, travellers with heart conditions or high blood pressure who will be arriving in Quito before continuing to the Galapagos Islands should check with their physicians about high altitude travel prior to travel.

Good medical care is available in major cities. However, we suggest seeing your doctor at least 4 weeks before your trip.
 
For Galapagos, guests should be in good physical health, due to the fact that the daily nature treks may include walking on irregular and elevated terrain. Getting in and out of the zodiacs occasionally requires some physical effort and some of the landings are on wet and slippery lava rocks. If a passenger suffers from any medical condition, we advise him/her to consult a physician prior to booking the cruise.

 

Electricity


110 volts, 60 cycles AC is used. Most outlets are for two flat prongs. Onboard all cabins have both 110 & 220 volt electrical outlets.

 

Photography


The main rule when visiting the Galapagos Islands is "take nothing but photographs and leave nothing but footprints". If you wish to take close-up photos of the animals, please always stay on the trails that are marked out by the National Park Service, don't step off the trail. Do not use flash photography for close-up animal shots. We recommend disposable underwater cameras for capturing amazing shots during snorkelling.

 

Clothing


There is no formal dress code on board, but we require that shoes, shirts and trousers/shorts be worn in the lounge, dining room and library. We also require that gentlemen wear long trousers for dinner. Bring plenty of T-shirts, fast drying slacks, shorts, wind-breaker, sweater in the cooler months, hat with a brim and string, walking shoes/boots, sandals and comfortable shoes for on board.

We suggest you pack the following: one small daypack/backpack; t-shirts; shorts; light-weight waterproof jacket; sweater in the cooler months; hat; walking shoes; sandals/flip flops; bathing suit/swimming trunks; sunglasses; sunblock; insect repellent; camera; extra camera batteries.

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

Both boats are equipped with a satellite phone for emergency calls. Internet service is currently unavailable on board; however, during your visit to Puerto Ayora, Internet cafés will be available and national and international calls can be made using the local telephone company.