A valid passport is required to enter Ecuador. Passports must be valid for 6 months after departure from Ecuador. Citizens of countries other that United Stated should check with the Ecuadorian consulate to determine if visas are necessary.
No inoculations are required to enter Ecuador or Peru, due to the high altitude in certain parts of Ecuador and Peru, anyone with a heart condition or high blood pressure should check with their physician.
The U.S. Dollar is the accepted currency in Ecuador.
Most hotels and ships offer both 110 and 220 volt electrical outlets.
Quito and the highlands enjoy spring like temperatures during the day. From December to April there is a possibility of afternoon showers. During the dry months, May to October, expect pleasant days and cooler evenings.
Since the Galapagos Islands are located on the equator, there is not a great variation in temperature throughout the year. December to May are the warmer months, sunny with few occasional showers, from June to December temperatures are cooler with moderate breezes. Since the average rainfall per year is only 10 inches, there is no actual “Rainy Season” to be concerned about.
Guayaquil and the Pacific coastal area have a tropical climate with temperatures in the 80’s and possible rain showers from December to May, the “Dry Season” is June to November.
There is a 40 pound baggage allowance on all flights to the Galapagos, which permits one checked and one carry-on bag.
Ecuador and Peru are in the Eastern Time Zone, Daylight Saving Time is not observed. Galapagos is one hour behind the mainland time. Most ships observe mainland time on board.
There is a $10 fee for a Galapagos Transit Control Card to be paid upon checking in for a domestic flight to the Galapagos and a $100.00 Galapagos National Park Tax to be paid on arrival in the Galapagos. Quito has a $40.80 departure tax and Guayaquil has a $27.15 departure tax to be paid upon leaving the country. Peru departure tax is $30.25.
Suggested Items To Bring For Your Galapagos Adventure
Khaki Pants, cotton slacks, Bermuda shorts, cotton shirts, T-shirts, rubber soled walking shoes, beach sandals, backpack, sun hat, scarf, sweater, windbreaker, small binoculars, bathing suits, sun glasses, sun screen and, for convenience and economy, a digital camera with plenty of memory. If using a conventional camera bring plenty of film.