Galapagos Travel Information

The best time to travel to the Galapagos:

The Galapagos Islands are located on the Equator, which means they have excellent weather year around, so you can visit the islands year round. Being on the Equator means, the islands have two well-marked “seasons”.

Warm season: December – May
A tropical climate characterizes this season, with occasional changes in temperatures from 23 to 27 degrees Celsius. The islands are blooming and the water can reach a temperature of up to 25 ° C, which is ideal for underwater diving and snorkeling.

Dry season: May-November
This season brings blue skies and sunny days. Birds and marine mammals are more active, and courtship displays abound.


There are two seasons in the Galapagos Islands:
December to May – warm and humid
June to December – cool and dry.
Annual rainfall in the lower regions is 2-4 inches (60-100 mm) and the air temperature varies between 69 ° -84 ° F / 21 ° -29 ° C. The climate in the islands is dictated by the various ocean currents present in the islands. Below, month-by-month climate info:

Monthly Highlights

Monthly Highlights     Outside    temp *    Water temp *
January: Excellent snorkeling , green sea turtles arrive, land birds start nesting, Manta Ray season (diving)22-3024
February: Marine iguanas start nesting, Manta Ray season (diving)24-3024
March: Tropical rains commence, albatross arrive, Manta Ray season (diving)24-3124
April: Giant tortoise hatching season, Iguanas hatch, Manta Ray season (diving)24-3124
May: Blue footed boobies begin courtship,  Sea turtles hatch, Manta Ray season (diving)22-2824
June: Giant turtle nesting season, Whale shark season (diving). Increased whale activity21-2623
July: Whales are present, sea birds in numbers, Whale shark season (diving)20-2622
August: Migrant shore birds start to arrive, Whale shark season (diving)19-2622
September: Penguins and sea lions very active October – boobies raise their chicks, Whale shark season (diving)19-2622
October: Blue-footed boobies nesting, marine life very active, sea lions breeding, Whale shark season (diving)  20-2623
November: Sea lion pups born, green sea turtles display their mating behavior , Whale shark season (diving)  21-2623
December: Giant tortoise’s eggs hatch, Manta Ray season (diving)22-2723

Flights to the Galapagos

If you are going on a Galapagos cruise, your local flights should be booked with GalapagosAboard This will help us make sure you book the correct flights.

Important Galapagos Flight Tips:
If you book your flight when reserving your Galapagos cruise, you can often save big. For free help planning a cruise + flight package, which is right for you, contact us. All flights to the Galapagos Islands depart from mainland Ecuador, from either Quito or Guayaquil; currently there are no direct international flights to the islands.

Be sure to coordinate your flights to Galapagos with your selected cruise or land program operator. There are two airports in the Galapagos (Baltra and San Cristobal). Please note that cruises and tours start on different islands on different days.
Keep in mind that return flights from the Galapagos will arrive to Guayaquil between the 13:00 to 16:00 and to Quito between 15:00 to 18:30, depending on the airline. For this reason, we advise to have at least 3-4 hours for international connections.
Other Flight Tips

Some international airlines have daily flights to Quito and/or Guayaquil from North America. Contact our travel consultants to help you find and book the best airfare.

AirlineRouteDeparture from QuitoArrival to GalapagosRound trip Referral Price
LANQuito — Baltra

Quito — Baltra

Quito — San Cristobal







$530 – $580


AVIANCAQuito — Baltra

Quito — Baltra

Quito — San Cristobal







Low Season: $500 – $530

High Season: $540 – $570


TAMEQuito — Baltra

Quito — Baltra

Quito — San Cristobal







$500 – $570


Visa requirements

Ecuador requires visas to a few countries in the world, to get more information, please contact
Additional Fees or taxes….
At the Quito or Guayaquil airports, you must purchase your Transit Control Card before check-in (US $ 20 per person). Once you arrive at the Galapagos Islands, you must pay an entrance fee to the National Park (US $ 100 per person). Both fees must be paid in cash in US Dollars.
On board: Credit cards are accepted in most cruises (Visa / MasterCard); please check with
your travel advisor.
Currency: The legal currency in Ecuador and Galapagos is US dollars. ATMs for international
cards are available in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (San Cristóbal Island) and Puerto Ayora (Santa
Cruz Island). In mainland Ecuador, withdrawing money is easier and safer at Banco del Pichincha ATMS (you can easily spot their ATMs they are bright yellow).
Tips: Tips are not included in the cruise rate. Tipping amounts vary but they range between $ 15-30 per day per traveler. Some yachts will provide a tipping guide. Tips are paid in cash
aboard in US dollars

Internet in the Galapagos Islands

Some of the luxury cruises provide Internet access, usually with an extra charge. Other class yachts usually don’t offer this service.
Cybercafés are common throughout South America and it general has a low cost. In addition,
most hotels offer Wi-Fi that is often included with the hotel booking.
Phone calls
Using your mobile phone or landline can be very expensive. We recommend using Wi-Fi to access apps such as Skype or WhatsApp to make free calls to family and friends.
Nowadays, you can purchase a SIM card here in Ecuador at the airport from Movistar or Claro, which is not expensive at all ($6-10 USD) and you can add minutes and data to it.
Electrical outlets in the Galapagos and Ecuador
Most of the yachts and hotels in the Galapagos Islands use the American style plug with 110v.
Galapagos Packing List
Since the islands are on the Equator, the climate is pleasant throughout the year, so it is ideal to pack lightly. Upon arrival, all passengers are required to make sure they do not bring plants, animals or agricultural products.
Recommended Packing List:

  • Valid passport and travel insurance.
  • Cash (USD) and credit cards
  • Day pack / backpack
  • Personal medications such as motion sickness medication, Aloe Vera gel,
    sunscreen and insect repellent.
    Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sandals or Tevas: during wet landings, sometimes we go directly to the water, so
    you must wear shoes that have a good grip and can get wet.
  • Toiletries
  • Swimsuits.
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen: we suggest at least sunscreen SPF 30
    Light to medium wool jacket and/or windbreaker: the weather can get windy, foggy and cold on certain occasions.
  • Hat/cap/safari hat
  • Rain jacket
  • Shorts
  • T-shirts
  • Long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
  • Camera with additional memory card
  • Travel adapters and chargers