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Galapagos Islands, Ecuador Travel Information

According to behealthybytomorrow, the Galapagos Islands (English: Galápagos Islands, Spanish: Islas Galápagos) is an archipelago in the Pacific Ocean (South America) and consists of 13 large islands and 115 smaller islets. All these islands are of volcanic origin. The largest islands of the Galapagos Islands are: Isabela, Santa Cruz, Fernandina, Santiago (San Salvador), San Cristóbal, Floreana (Santa Maria) and Marchena. The Galapagos Islands are part of Ecuador and are approximately 1000 km from the mainland. The capital of the Galapagos Islands is Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

The Galapagos Islands is known for its rich ecosystem. On and around the Galapagos Islands there are many plant and animal species that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. New species are being discovered to this day. Unfortunately, many plant and animal species are becoming extinct due to environmental degradation. The Galapagos Islands are often visited by tourists who come for nature and to dive for the rich marine life. The islands are also known for the visit of Charles Darwin, the many giant tortoises and the very active volcanoes. See clothesbliss for Ecuador and the Galapagos.

Where are the Galapagos Islands?

Travel information of Galapagos Islands

Official name: Galapagos Islands
Continent: South America
Area: 7,880 km²
Capital: Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
Country code: EC, ECU
Population: 31,600 inhabitants (2018)
Form of government: Republic
Highest point: 1,707 m (Volcán Wolf)
Distance (Amsterdam – Puerto Baquerizo Moreno): 10,395 km
Flight time: approximately 14 hours and 40 minutes

Travel advice
Current status: Attention, safety risks.
Current color code: Yellow.

Corona
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), there may be (temporary) measures in place on the Galapagos Islands that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs of the Galapagos Islands, please visit Countryaah.

Travel offer
On our travel offer page you will find an overview of reliable travel organizations that offer complete trips and holidays to the Galapagos Islands. In addition, you will find an overview of separate travel components (hotels and airline tickets) with which you can compile your ideal trip yourself.

Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, walking map, cycling map, book or DVD about the Galapagos Islands?

Excursions, activities and day trips
With the help of Countryaah you can reserve an excursion, activity, tour, entrance ticket and/or day trip for your stay on the Galapagos Islands at a discount. This way you are assured of a place, in some cases you can skip the queue and you can already plan your travel program.

Weather and climate
The Galapagos Islands have a (sub)tropical climate. Temperatures are around 25 to 30 degrees all year round.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for the Galapagos Islands can be found on our extensive weather page.
Extensive information about the climate of the Galapagos Islands can be found at Climate info.

Best time
April and May are the best months to travel to the Galapagos Islands. In these months the sea water is clearest and the wind is fairly calm.

Language
Spanish is the official language in the Galapagos Islands. In addition, Quechua is spoken by local Indian tribes.
Would you like to translate from or into Spanish for free? Use the Google translator for this.

Travel documents
You must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months upon arrival at the Galapagos Islands.
A visa is not necessary if you stay in the Galapagos Islands for less than 3 months.
When visiting the Galapagos Islands you must have travel insurance with medical coverage.
Note: You must pay USD 100 at the airport to enter the Galapagos Islands. This money is used to protect the islands.

Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in Peru (also for Ecuador):
netherlandsworldwide.nl.
Dutch consulates in Ecuador: netherlandsworldwide.nl.
Embassy of Ecuador in the Netherlands: rijksoverheid.nl.
Consulates of Ecuador in the Netherlands: rijksoverheid.nl.
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.

Vaccination (inoculation)
Before visiting the Galapagos Islands it is advisable to get one or more vaccinations.
For extensive vaccination advice and to make a vaccination appointment at home, please visit Thuisvaccinatie.nl. You can also see here whether your health insurance reimburses the vaccination(s).

Money and Currency
In the Galapagos Islands, payment is made with the US dollar (USD).
The current position of this currency (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page.
An overview of all ATMs on the Galapagos Islands can be found on our ATMs page.

Price level
The prices on the Galapagos Islands are a lot lower than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is -37% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (62% cheaper), food (20% cheaper), imported beer in catering (20% cheaper), cigarettes (26% cheaper) and public transport (92% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.

Tipping
In the Galapagos Islands it is customary to give a tip of approximately 5-10%.

Time difference
During our summer time it is 8 hours earlier on the Galapagos Islands.
During our winter time it is 7 hours earlier in the Galapagos Islands.
The Galapagos Islands have no difference in winter time and summer time.
The local time, date and time zone for the Galapagos Islands can be found on our time difference page.

Traffic
On the Galapagos Islands you must drive on the right.
You do not need an international driver’s license to drive and/or rent a motor vehicle on the Galapagos Islands.

Electricity
On the Galapagos Islands you need a travel plug. In addition, in some cases you need an inverter.
More information about common plugs and sockets on the Galapagos Islands can be found on our electricity page.

Emergency services
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 911
– Fire: 911
– Ambulance: 911

Tap water
Tap water is so heavily polluted that it is strictly advised not to consume this water. You can buy the best bottled water in the Galapagos Islands that comes from the mainland.

News and newspapers
The latest news related to the Galapagos Islands can be found on Google news.
Online newspaper from the Galapagos Islands: Igtoa.

Internet
Websites from the Galapagos Islands end in.ec.
Official websites of the Galapagos Islands: ecuador.travel and galapagospark.org.

Telephony
The country code (international access code) to call someone in the Galapagos Islands is 00593 or +593.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from the Galapagos Islands? Then use the Dutch country code 0031 or +31.
(If using a country code, omit the leading 0 of the number to be called.)

Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos from the Galapagos Islands.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from the Galapagos Islands.

Public holidays
An overview of all public holidays on the Galapagos Islands can be found on Beleven.org.

Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations on the Galapagos Islands, supplemented with photos, videos and points of interest.

Travelogues
Are you looking for a travelogue about the Galapagos Islands?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited the Galapagos Islands. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.

Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) on the Galapagos Islands can be found on Protected Planet.
An overview of the world heritage sites on the Galapagos Islands can be found on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Customs rules
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to the Galapagos Islands? On the IATA website you will find an overview with the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol and money, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. In addition, on this website you will find the laws and regulations regarding the importation of pets and a list of everything that may not be imported and/or exported to the Galapagos Islands.

Relevant legislation
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to the Galapagos Islands.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking from the age of 18.
– Alcohol and traffic: The maximum permitted alcohol content is 0.7.
– Tobacco: Buying and/or smoking from the age of 18.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Allowed

Did you know…
…In 2001 the ecosystem of the Galapagos Islands was threatened by oil?
…The ecosystem of the Galapagos Islands has been seriously affected by humans?
…The Galapagos Islands have been designated a World Heritage Site since 1978?
…The name Galapagos is the Spanish word for turtle?
…Darwin’s theory of evolution is partly based on the Galapagos Islands?
…There are turtles on the Galapagos Islands that can live to be 150 years old?

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