How much tip in the Galapagos?

 How much tip in the Galapagos?

Tourist guides and other workers in the tourist industry expect a tip, but taxi drivers do not. The higher-level restaurants can add 12% tax and 10% service charge to their accounts, while less expensive restaurants generally do not, so you should check your bill to find out. Except for yachts and boats, tips must be given directly to the person who provides the service.

In case of owning in yachts or boats it is recommended that it be placed in an envelope so that the captain distributes the entire crew (including the captain), according to the rank.

Many passengers are still in a bind about how much to tip when it's time to pay off their bill, so remember that it's just a suggested figure and, in the final analysis, it depends on the individual and the quality of the service provided.

Because the archipelago is so remote and the transportation costs of all goods are relatively high, most prices are non-negotiable. You can try to ask for a discount although in Galapagos the prices are relatively standard.

In the craft markets you can negotiate. Ecuador has a system of pricing at two levels. Foreigners pay more for certain services, which include taxes, flights, transportation and lodging in certain hotels in Galapagos.

What is the currency in Galapagos, Ecuador and methods of payment are accepted?

What is the currency in Galapagos, Ecuador and methods of payment are accepted?

The US dollar was made legal tender in Ecuador as of March 2000.

Most places accept US dollars, traveler’s checks and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard and American Express), but some merchants add a 6-8% surcharge for credit card use.

Ecuadorian ATMs increasingly accept foreign credit and debit cards.

Banks and Casas de Cambio (currency exchanges) are the best places to change money if necessary.

Galapagos and Ecuador Time Zone

Galapagos and Ecuador Time Zone

The Ecuadorian mainland is five hours behind Greenwich Mean Time, and the Galapagos are six hours behind, one hour behind Ecuador's continental time, so keep that in mind when figuring out airplane connections.

A few day yachts operate on mainland time to simplify contact with their offices.

Ecuadorian time is in the same time zone as the Eastern Standard Time Zone of the United States.

Recommended vaccines for your trip to Galapagos

 Recommended vaccines for your trip to Galapagos

Hepatitis A : This is a viral infection of the liver and is contracted mainly from contaminated food and water.

The vaccination is strongly recommended, and a booster after 6 or 12 months guarantees protection for over 10 years.

Typhoid fever : This dangerous gut infection is also acquired from food and water.

Yellow fever : This vaccination is necessary when entering Ecuador from Peru and Columbia (both officially infected countries), but it’s a good idea in any case because it’s a dangerous disease.

Hepatitis B : This is a less-common travelers’ disease because it’s contracted through sexual contact or exposure to infected blood.
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