Galápagos Islands 2019 Updated Information about visiting the Galápagos Islands in Ecuador, from how to get there, prices, itineraries and frequently asked questions.
Below, we have created our extensive guide to the Galápagos Islands based on our expert local knowledge and experience transporting countless people in Ecuador each year.
Numerous daily flights to the Galápagos Islands are available from the mainland Ecuadorian cities of Quito and Guayaquil. There are multiple airports on different islands in the Galápagos, so make sure you keep this in mind when booking accommodation and tours.
Ecuador Hop does not currently operate any tours to the Galápagos Islands, but our guides can assist you with booking a tour if you decide to add one to your trip. Alternatively, if you’d like to have your Galápagos Islands tour booked before you begin your trip (recommended), you can visit Find Local Trips to compare tour prices and itineraries. Below are a couple of the most popular options.
Price: $720 USD
duration: 5 Days
Price: $1020 USD
Duration: 5 Days
The following is a list of essential items to bring to the Galápagos Islands:
The introduction of any nonnative plant species poses a grave threat to the Galápagos Islands and preventing it is considered a top priority of local authorities. This means that it is strictly prohibited to bring any outside fruit or vegetables with you to the islands. You should also take care to wash your shoes, clothes or camping equipment if there is a possibility that anything might contain organic matter such as spores
Yes! While trips to the Galápagos Islands are, of course, subject to the availability of plane tickets and tours, your Ecuador Hop on-board guide will gladly assist you with booking an extra tour to add to your itinerary. Alternatively, you can visit the tour comparison website Find Local Trips to take a look at available tours with the option to book now.
There are many factors which go into choosing your Galápagos Islands tour. Visit our Choosing A Galápagos Tour page for an in-depth guide.
Any time of year is a good time to visit the Galápagos Islands! The year is divided into two seasons: the wet season (December to June) and the dry season (July to November). You can expect daily rain showers during the wet season, however this is also the warmest time of the year and the best time of year to go snorkeling due to warm ocean currents.
The amount of money you budget for your trip to the Galápagos Islands can depend on a number of factors. While the Galápagos are generally considered a pricey destination, a lot of this perception is because of the expensive plane tickets and park fees. Once you’ve squared away those entry costs, a complete range of accommodations and tours are available, from the affordable to the best in luxury. As a general rule, land-based tours are more affordable than cruises. The expertise level of your naturalist guide also plays a factor in the cost of tours and cruises. Visit our Choosing A Galápagos Tour page for more complete information.
With a little common sense, the Galápagos Archipelago is generally a very safe destination for travelers. Visit our Galápagos Safety Tips page for more complete info.
Health and travel insurance is now a requirement to enter the Galápagos Islands, so all visitors should make sure to purchase this before arrival. In addition, it’s best practice to be insured on any trip to Ecuador and the rest of South America, in case of any unforeseen circumstances.