Galapagos – FAQ’s – General

Galapagos – FAQ’s – General

How do I get there?
All international flights coming to Ecuador will stop directly at either Mariscal Sucre International Airport (Quito) or José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport (Guayaquil). If you are changing flights from Quito to Galapagos, you will have a mandatory stop in Guayaquil. If you travel directly to Guayaquil, you will fly directly to the Galapagos. Depending on your departure date and itinerary, you will be landing in the Galapagos at either Baltra Airport or San Cristobal airport.
How much luggage can I bring in with me on an international flight?
You’ll have to check on the restrictions for your specific airline and country of departure, but passengers are usually allowed to check up to two 32 kg. (70 lbs) pieces of luggage for free. One piece of carry-on luggage is typically allowed for free and limited to 23 kg. (50 lbs).
How much luggage is allowed on domestic flights to the Galapagos?
Domestic flights to the Galapagos allow only one 23 kg (50lbs) and one standard piece of carry-on luggage.
When is the best time to go?
The good thing about the Galapagos Islands is that they can be visited all year long. During both hot and dry season, the Galapagos wildlife is always on display. Choosing a time to go really depends on your interests.
Hot season, for example, is the breeding season for land birds and iguanas. This means that there’s a lot of activity in the realm of winged and terrestrial species. The dry season, with its nutrient rich waters, attracts plenty of aquatic species and seabirds (including penguins!).
Case in point: Many of the animals and iconic species in the islands spend the entire year in the Galapagos and don’t migrate.
What are the ways I can experience GPS?
The Galapagos Islands can be experienced in many ways. A cruise is the best way to make the most of your time in the archipelago, as it means you’ll get to visit more places and see more wildlife in the company of an expert guide. Most of the time, many of the islands can’t be accessed when staying at a hotel or even through island hopping.
Staying on land allows guests to enjoy the Galapagos at a more leisurely pace while soaking in the local island culture. Additionally, land-based tours are rather flexible in the sense that they can be combined with cruise tours, either before or after. While conventional island hopping focuses mostly on the inhabited islands in Galapagos, the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel’s island-2-island hopping programme is the perfect blend of land-based tours along with a greater level of wildlife coverage.
Why is it costly to travel to Galapagos?
The Galapagos are extremely isolated and the archipelago is not self-sufficient in agricultural production. Consequently, it is very expensive to transport goods, fuel, and services to and from the islands. Add to this the fact that there are no direct international flights to the Galapagos PLUS a Galapagos National Park entrance fee of $100 and a $20 transit control card (INGALA), and it’s a little easier to understand why and how it all adds up so quickly. That said, anyone who has ever been there will tell you it is a trip of a lifetime and well worth the cost.
Can I combine an expedition cruise with an island stay?
Yes. In fact, this option can provide the best of both worlds: finish off your adventure and exploration of the archipelago with a paradisiacal vacation from your vacation.
What are the wildlife viewing opportunities (Big15)?
The Galapagos Islands are home to an abundance of endemic species. This is one of the big reasons behind our BIG15 list of iconic species a compilation of must-see animals, separated by island, throughout the archipelago.
What activities are available?
A varied range of activities are offered to visitors both on land and on cruise ships. Most tastes can be met, from sports like snorkelling, diving, kayaking, hiking, cycling, swimming and surfing, etc. to walks along the beach, shopping and dining out.
How many itineraries do you handle?
Every one of our cruises handles no less than three itineraries, usually divided into Northern Islands, Southern Islands and Central Islands. They have been carefully designed to make the most out of your time in the Galapagos.
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