♥ Frequently asked questions about Ecuador → Here we present the most frequent questions that our clients usually ask us before traveling to the Galapagos Islands – Ecuador.
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the best time to visit the Galapagos Islands is from December to May. tough is beautiful all year round, but especially those months offer to range from the low 70s to the mid-80s which is great for a hike and explore the Galapagos with pleasant conditions especially for wildlife spotting.
from anywhere from the world arrive first to the Guayaquil or Quito, either way, is recommended before you take a domestic flight into Baltra airport that is in the Galapagos
The most recommended city is Guayaquil for the sea level altitude is better for everybody without acclimatizing and more activities to do it’s easy to plan at the list for few more day to stay in with the best hotels at your leisure. in the other site Quito is full of history with its beautiful colonial building makes unforgettable experiences plus museums to visit too choose what you like been on sea level or been up to 9.350 ft
We recommend staying 8 to 10 days in the Ecuador Andean Highlands region of the country this will allow you to see the best of Ecuador but mainly even taking more days you can explore the highlands and the Galapagos Islands in about 11 to 14 days without missing anything.
Our trip advisors are the experts to give you an idea and recommendations and more places to explore at this point mostly depends on your time and budget.
arrival 24 hours before is the best option that even gives you some time to explore the city but if you can be there 48 hours early gives time to enjoy any of the cities.
essentially there is no direct connection from Puerto Ayora to Baltra Island Airport, the options are to take the bus to Santa Cruz Ferry Terminal, once you arrive at Santa Cruz Ferry Terminal, take a public Ferry to Baltra Island Ferry Terminal then take a shuttle to Baltra Island Airport.
The flight to Galapagos from mainland Ecuador takes around two hours, although, from Quito, the flight is usually considerably longer as most flights touch down in Guayaquil to pick up passengers.
Mainly most airlines will allow you to check one bag and one carry-on bag with a maximum weight limit of 50 pounds also the size restriction is important normally allowed is 62 linear inches, a regular size for checking is 27 x 21 x 14 inches.
all the flights are connected once you return to Ecuador according to your schedule but if you don’t have an international flight you can book last minute at the airport without restriction always remember to be at least four hours before an international flight to avoid any inconvenience.
QUITO: The Mariscal Sucre International Airport is located in the town of Tababela, about 11 miles east of Quito. It takes approximately 45 minutes from the airport to the city of Quito. You can also take a taxi or book a private transfer through our company.
GUAYAQUIL: The Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport is located inside the city of Guayaquil, is pretty close to most of the hotels, and taking a taxi is easier.
Avianca, Latam, or Tame are the most reliable that goes into the Island also they offer connections with your international flight worldwide.
At your leisure, if you want to change your flight route without penalties but always remember all changes should be at least 24 hours in advance or before you do the final payment otherways you get a penalty price that will be according to your fly company terms and conditions.
before you start booking your dream vacations, we recommend purchasing in your country way before you get your International flight.
The World Health Organization doesn’t recommend vaccination proof as a requirement for international travel, citing unequal distribution of vaccines, even as it consults on interim guidance for developing a “Smart Vaccination Certificate. however, you can research more into https://www.cdc.gov/ if you are planning to stay longer or traveling to the deep Amazon.
All we recommend is to drink water that helps your cardio system and if it gets worse we do have Soroche pills that can calm your Motion sickness that is in the worse case this common medication can be found in Ecuador without prescription, other than Motion sickness you have to check with your doctor before your vacation.
Our weather temperatures are always warm so recommended to have lightweight clothing sandals and suns creme and a hat highly recommended travel light to the Galapagos makes easier your vacations.
No problem bringing alcoholic drinks but most of the hotels and lodges are offering all kinds of beverages.
You can buy souvenirs in the main towns at the beginning and end of your cruise.
You can buy a cell phone chip at any shopping center in Quito or Guayaquil.
There is limited phone coverage in Galapagos, but you can buy a SIM card that will work with the main towns. Once you start sailing, cellphone reception will be very limited/nonexistent at some point every hotel and cruises had wifi coverage.