What kind of payment options exist? Can I get cash?
On board our Galapagos cruises you will be able to pay with both cash and credit cards. You will find various ATM’s, but only on the islands of Santa Cruz, San Cristobal and Baltra. You might be able to pay with credit cards at the bigger and touristier stores, but most of them accept only cash and they tend to prefer small bills.
Is there access to internet?
Yes, depending on the option you have chosen for your journey, it is possible to stay connected even in some of the most remote areas of the archipelago. A handful of multi-guided vessels have invested in the technology necessary to make such connectivity possible, but keep in mind that it still has its limits and the connection isn’t always strong or reliable. On most of the inhabited islands, there is some access to internet.
Will I have cell phone coverage?
Only in the vicinity of the inhabited islands. Aboard your Galapagos cruise, especially when travelling from island to island, cell phone coverage will be non-existent. Even if there were cell phone coverage inside the GNP, the GNP rules prohibit use of cell phones within park boundaries. Therefore, cell phones used as cameras should be used in airplane mode when inside park boundaries. International data roaming does not usually work well in the islands due to weak signals so if it’s crucial to you, make sure you find a vessel or hotel that offers internet service.
Are there internet cafes in the local towns?
What kind of electrical plugs do I need and for what voltage?
Ecuador uses Type A plugs (two flat, parallel prongs) and Type B plugs (with grounding pin) for 120 volts.