Health safety advice in the Galapagos

Health safety advice in the Galapagos

There is no current risk of malaria in the Galapagos and at the time of writing no other immunizations are required for travel on the mainland UNLESS you plan to visit the rain forests.

In this case, prevention against malaria is recommended and yellow fever vaccination is required.

Avoid ice in beverages, except on board luxury yachts/ships and in the main hotels and restaurants.

Try to avoid eating raw vegetables, salads, and any raw foods while traveling on the continent (one exception is fruit that you peel).

Again, there should be no problem with anything served on most live-aboard yachts and ships and in most hotels in the Galápagos.

Because the sun is extremely strong and air temperatures hot, it is most important to avoid dehydration by drinking plenty of water all day long.

The hospital (in Puerto Ayora) is not very sophisticated and is poorly supplied.

Most people who develop serious illnesses fly to the mainland for medical care.

Most prescription drugs don't require a written prescription, but the name may be different in Spanish, so bring the chemical name.

For the most part, pharmacy personnel speak Spanish only.

Galapagos´ Inter-Island Transportation

Galapagos´ Inter-Island Transportation

There is daily boat service connecting Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz with Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristóbal and Puerto Villamil on Isabela.

These services cost $25 to $35 per person one way and take about two hours to get to San Cristóbal and 2 1/2 hours to get to Isabela.

The ferries leave Isabella at 6 AM, San Cristobal at 7 AM and depart from Puerto Ayora at 2 PM.

Emetebe is an inter-island airline that has an office on Santa Cruz.

What to do when you arrive at the Galapagos airport?

 What to do when you arrive at the Galapagos airport?

Upon arrival into Galapagos , tour participants who will be on a yacht or ship will be met by representatives from their vessel (usually the guides) and are then transferred to their vessel.

Individuals or groups scheduled to stay at a hotel in Galapagos may or may not have a representative at the airport to assist them depending on what has been included in the tour.

Communicate with the company that booked your tour or the hotel where you made your reservations and ask them how to get from the airport to your hotel.

The crew members from your vessel will handle transferring all of your luggage between the airport to the yacht/ship and they are very efficient and careful, but it is still a good idea to carry your documents, personal items and camera/video gear yourself.

If you are arriving at the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno airport on San Cristobal , tour participants are met and transferred to the dock by a small bus.

If you are arriving at the Baltra airport, the yachts and ships are usually moored in the Baltra harbor.

Occasionally the yacht will be moored in Puerto Ayora , on the southeast side of Santa Cruz Island.

In this case, passengers take the free bus to the ferry landing for a 10-minute ferry ride across the Itabaca Channel to Santa Cruz Island, and then board another bus for a 45-minute drive to Puerto Ayora .

If you are staying at a hotel in Puerto Ayora the process is the same minus the guide (unless that has been prearranged).

If you get confused, you can always just follow “the locals” as the vast majority of them are heading to Puerto Ayora.



·  The time it takes from downtown Guayaquil (where most hotels are located) to the Guayaquil airport (there is only one) is about 20 minutes.
·  Please be at the airport (National departures) two hours before the time of your flight.
·  Once you arrive at the airport you must go direct to “INGALA” to pay your Galapagos transit card (USD $ 20.00)
·  Check your luggage at SIGAL
·  Then you have to go to the AIRLINE to check your flight, with your passport or identity card and get your boarding pass.
·  Baggage allowance limit (23 kilos) and a hand bag of (5 kilos)
·  Sportswear, tennis shoes, bathing suit, insect repellent (bug spray), sunscreen (sun- block), sunglasses, windbreaker jacket, sweater.
·  Please bring your medications often used
·  Hot season: from December to May, where the humidity is high with temperatures around 26-30º C or 78.8-86ºF (warm, sunny days)
·  Dry season: from June to November, you may feel some cool winds during the day and the weather cools down at late afternoon, the temperature is around 20-24º C or 68-75.2º F
·  Low Season: from 01 May to 14 June and from September 15 to October 31, peak season the rest of the year.
·  The flight from Guayaquil to the Galapagos Islands is 1.5 hour. There is also a time difference of one hour between mainland Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, with the Galapagos 1 hour behind the mainland.
·  Upon arrival at the airport in the Galapagos , you must pay the entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park
- Foreign USD $ 100.00
- Children under 11 pay 50% of adult fare
·  Personal items such as cameras, video recorders, laptops, cell phones, valuables belongings, and luggage in general are under entire responsibility of the passenger, Galasam and his team of guides is not responsible for loss, theft or damage of them.
·  Follow the guide`s instructions when you are making visits.
·  Remember that the Galapagos Islands are a natural heritage site, for that reason you won`t find the same facilities as mainland Ecuador.

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