Useful Info

Getting to Ecuador

There are direct daily flights from the US and Europe to Ecuador, both to Quito and to Guayaquil. Click here for a map of Ecuador.

Getting to the Galapagos Islands

There are daily flights from Quito and Guayaquil to Baltra and San Cristobal with Tame , AeroGal and LAN. All flights leave in the morning and booking early is recommended. Click here for a map of Galapagos.

Getting to Galapagos Safari Camp

Fly to Baltra where a member of our staff will meet you and escort you across the Itabaca Channel to Santa Cruz Island. From there, it is a 40 minutes drive to GSC. Click for a map of Santa Cruz Island.

Travel Arrangements & Trip Extensions

Please refer to our Safaris & Activities page for a selection of itineraries. We are happy to assist with any travel arrangements.

Weather

December to June: Possibilities of rain Temperatures range from 26oC to 35oC (80oF to 90oF)

July to November: Dry (garúa) season Temperatures range from 20oC to 26oC (70oF to 80oF)

Water temperature

During the wet season, warm waters from the Panama Basin flow through the Galapagos, producing a sea temperature of 20oC to 26oC (70oF to 80oF). During the dry season, cooler waters from the Humboldt Current are driven to the islands, causing the water temperature to drop to 18oC to 23oC (65oF to 75oF).

Time Zone

Local time in the Galapagos Islands is GMT minus 6 hours, one hour behind Ecuador's mainland.

Time Zone

Local time in the Galapagos Islands is GMT minus 6 hours, one hour behind Ecuador's mainland.

Currency

The monetary unit of Ecuador is the US Dollar. There are ATMs throughout Ecuador and on Santa Cruz Island. GSC accepts MasterCard and Visa.

Language

Ecuador's primary language is Spanish, but English is widely spoken by guides and staff in Galapagos Safari Camp.

Internet

Wi-Fi is available in the main lodge.

Electricity

Electrical outlets are 110V, with a US two-pin plug.

Immunizations

Not required for entry to the Galapagos Islands, but please check if you are travelling in mainland Ecuador or other South American countries.

Medical Assistance

GSC is equipped with an excellent first aid kit, and local pharmacies are also well stocked. There is a local clinic for minor ailments, and for emergencies there is a hospital in Puerto Ayora with an air ambulance service should patients need to go to the mainland for treatment. We recommend that you travel with medical insurance.

What to bring

Good walking shoes, sandals, hat, sunglasses, swimwear, sun protection, insect repellent and a waterproof jacket.

Reading List

A selection of recommended reading can be found here.