Is there Zika in Galapagos and Ecuador? Enjoy Peace of Mind Before Traveling This Year

Zika in Galapagos and Ecuador in 2021 was nonexistent. Having reached its zenith in 2016, overall numbers have fallen dramatically since then, with zero cases recorded in Galapagos over the past few years, and only 2 cases recorded in 2017 on the mainland down in the coastal lowlands of Ecuador (1 in Manabi, 1 in Santa Domingo de Los Taschillas). The highlands of Ecuador remain immune to the virus. As such, the presence of the Zika virus in Ecuador is at an all-time low, with virtually zero cases. This is a recent graph with data through 2018

Zika Virus In Ecuador
Notice The Steady Decline Of Reported Cases Of Zika In Galapagos And Ecuador In 2018 Throughout The Year, With Zero For This Year. Information Courtesy Of: Http://

Why is the Zika virus of such great concern?

Zika has raised global concerns due to how strongly it is correlated with the fetal deformity known as microcephaly, which affects brain and skull development. This is a link that arose when, in Brazil, an extraordinarily high level of Zika and microcephaly occurred in the second half of 2015. Zika may also be linked to Guillain-Barre syndrome, which affects a person’s immune system and causes nerve cell damage that leads to muscle weakness and paralysis, even. Fortunately, this latter effect is pretty rare.

How is the Zika virus transmitted?

The Zika virus is mainly transmitted to people via mosquito bites. Intercourse with infected individuals is also another form of transmitting the virus.

Zika In Galapagos And Ecuador In 2018
Photo By: Coniferconifer

Where does Zika in Galapagos and Ecuador in 2018 occur?

There have been zero reported incidents of Zika in Galapagos this year. The Galapagos terrain is simply so isolated that it rarely ever even sees mosquitoes. Connecting airports and the Galapagos National Park do an outstanding job of keeping at bay any invasive threats to Galapagos, too. You’ll find that airlines disinfect and spray airplane cabins with a non-toxic bug spray. They also screen luggage and individuals to prevent any unwanted “guests” from creeping onto the beautiful islands. Our guests’ safety is one of our main concerns during their tours. 

Family Enjoying A Vacation In The Galapagos Islands
There Are Several Precautions Taken By Galapagos National Park To Ensure The Safety Of Guests And Its Endemic Wildlife

According to Ecuador’s Ministry of Health, Zika has been known to occur on the mainland at elevations below 1,200 meters (3,937 feet). This risk is easily circumvented by visiting the spectacular highlands of Ecuador – including the capital city of Quito – which are replete with places to visit and natural wonders to see! This includes Mashpi Lodge, meaning you can visit the jungle in Ecuador’s incredible Andean-Choco bioregion without having to worry about the threat of Zika.

What other viruses/diseases are Galapagos free of?

Malaria is non-existent in the Galapagos and has not been reported in the Ecuadorian highlands.

Can’t Zika be passed from person to person? How easily does it spread?

A person with Zika can only pass the virus on to another person via intercourse. Once individuals recover from the illness, however, traces of the virus disappear completely within a matter of days or, at most, a week. This means that people formerly infected with the virus can’t pass it on to other people (via intercourse); mosquitoes that bite them, too, won’t be able to carry the virus. An infant conceived after the virus has left the blood of the infected person will be safe from the virus.

Zika Virus In Galapagos And Ecuador In 2018
A Male Aedes Aegypti Mosquito. Credit: Niaid

What are the symptoms of Zika?

Most people that have been infected with Zika often won’t even realize they have the virus. But studies have shown that around 1 of 5 people infected with Zika will exhibit noticeable symptoms of the virus. These will manifest themselves in the form of a fever, rash, pain (particularly in the joints) and irritated eyes. Symptoms often don’t last any longer than a week.

How can I avoid Zika at lower altitudes in the Ecuadorian mainland?

The best way to avoid Zika is to avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes, particularly from mosquitoes that inhabit the lower, aforementioned altitudes. As a result, keeping your travels throughout Ecuador close to the highlands and Galapagos means you are guaranteed to be completely safe from Zika.

Avoid Zika In Galapagos And Ecuador In 2018
Photo By: Mike Mozart

As you can see, Zika in Galapagos and Ecuador in 2018 is nothing to worry about, given the tremendous nosedive that the presence of the virus has taken over the course of the past several months!

Yacht Isabela II, alongside Metropolitan Touring, prides itself in offering our guests the safest and best experience of the Galapagos via our multi-guided expedition ship. Not to mention: We have a 24-hour Medical Officer onboard that is sure to assist our guests in the event of any emergency.

Updated:May 22, 2023

Published:February 21, 2018


Machu Picchu & Galapagos Islands Tour 2024 Package: 12 days / Quito, Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu / From USD 9,598 per person



Condé Nast Traveler ONLINE

This small, secret rooftop of the restored Casa Gangotena mansion peers over Plaza San Francisco in the center of Quito’s colonial Old Town, the world’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. Order a Cedrón Spritz, a refreshing mix of rum, lemon, sparkling wine, and fresh lemon verbena (cedrón) syrup and leaf, then revel in the mesmerizing, real-time montage of daily life in Ecuador’s capital as it parades past.

National Geographic Traveller

A Font of information, Klaus has spent decades in the field, leading tours in the Amazon, Andes and Galapagos Islands. He hung up his guiding boots a few years back and now creates itineraries for the tour operator, Metropolitan Touring. Adrift in the Pacific Ocean, hundreds of miles from mainland South America, Galapagos is one of the most biodiverse locales on Earth.

Cruise Critic

Santa Cruz II is a replacement for the much-loved Santa Cruz, which plied the waters of the Galapagos for 36 years. It is not a new ship; it was built in 2002 and sailed as Mare Australis under the Australis cruise brand, operating expedition cruises around Cape Horn and to Antarctica. Metropolitan Touring bought the ship in 2015 and completely refurbished it, launching it as Santa Cruz II in October 2015.

Telegraph Ultra Travel: 50 Greatest Hotels in the World

When this modern, minimalist, glass-walled jungle lodge opened in 2012, it changed the accommodation game in South America. Arquitect Alfredo Ribadeneira’s “protective cocoon” would impress in a modern city; in the depths of an Andean cloudforest, it is wild, audacious and beautiful. Though only 70 miles from Quito, Maspi Lodge sits in splendid isolation, perched on a cliff at the end of an unsealed road.

Terms and Conditions

Itinerario de 5 días / 4 noches: Basado en la tarifa regular (4214 USD + impuestos por persona)
Itinerario de 7 días / 6 noches: Basado en la tarifa regular (5672 USD + impuestos por persona)
No reembolsable. Aplica únicamente para residentes ecuatorianos en nuevas reservas directas realizadas, hasta el 30 de junio del 2022, con un ejecutivo de ventas del hotel. Válido para estadías hasta el 31 de agosto de 2022. No puede ser combinada con otros descuentos, promociones u ofertas. El descuento no aplica para otros servicios. El precio no incluye recargo de combustible de $20 por noche de crucero.

We have what you are looking for!