Galapagos FAQs

How do I get to the Galapagos Islands?
You’ll need to get a flight to Quito, Ecuador. From here, you will be flown to the Galapagos Islands, arriving at either San Cristobal or Baltra airports. When you depart Ecuador, there is an international departure tax of around US$50.

When is the best time to travel to the Galapagos?
Since the islands sit on the equator, the climate is pleasant year-round. But temperatures reach their highest from January-April. The low season tends to be around April/May and September/October, but no matter what time of year you travel, the wildlife activity is guaranteed to delight.

What should I take with me on a trip to the Galapagos Islands?
If you’re on a sailing trip, make sure you don’t over-pack, and check luggage size limitations in your trip notes. Sitting on the equator, the islands are blessed with year-round balmy temperatures, so lightweight summer clothing is best for day-to-day, and warm layers for cooler nights. Swimwear is a must for anyone intending to take advantage of the pristine waters, as well as good footwear for trekking, and sunscreen, insect repellent, hats etc.

Is the National Park Fee included in the cost of the trip?
The National Park and Transit Card fee of US$110 will need to be paid in cash when you enter the Galapagos Islands, on the first day of arrival. This charge is not included in the cost of your trip.

What type of boats are used on your Galapagos sailing trips?
We use two boats for sailing in the Galapagos: The M.Y. Pelikano, and the M.C. Beatriz. The Pelikano is used for our Original trips, and the Beatriz is used for our Comfort trips.

M.Y. Pelikano – Our Original, comfortable, air-conditioned, 21 metre yacht, featuring a 2 level wraparound deck with a comfy seating area, plus an indoor dining room with presentation facilities.

M.C. Queen Beatriz – Our Comfort vessel, boasting large, en-suite cabins, air conditioning, ocean views and several cabins with private balconies, indoor and outdoor dining areas, a spacious lounge, outdoor Jacuzzi and two bar areas. Snorkelling gear and beach towels are available onboard.

Will there be ensuite facilities?
Yes, both of our boats offer en-suite facilities.

What meals are included in the trip price?
On the cruising itineraries, most meals will be included, and on the land-based itineraries it will vary from trip to trip. Check individual trip notes for specific meal inclusions.

Can we dive and snorkel?
Snorkelling equipment is available onboard the boat at no extra cost. Wetsuits can be hired for an additional fee if required. Diving is not available directly through Intrepid, but there are many reputable dive schools in the Galapagos if you are interested in diving excursions. Your crew will be able to help you get in touch with local dive operators.

Are these trips suitable for kids?
Unfortunately not. The minimum age for this trip is 18 years old and bookings for minors, even if accompanied by a parent, cannot be accepted. If you are looking for a suitable adventure to take the whole family on, why not take a look at our family trips.

Are these trips suitable for solo passengers?
Our rooms are double or twin, but a single supplement fee is available on most itineraries. Check at time of booking.

How much should I allow for tips?
Although obviously not compulsory, tipping is customary on Galapagos sailing trips. If you have enjoyed the services provided by your boat crew, we usually recommend that each passenger consider US$15 per day for your crew and US$7-10 per day for your guide.

What is the food like onboard?
With an onboard chef, you’re guaranteed a feast. Expect lots of fresh Ecuadorian seafood, as well as classic international dishes. If you have any dietary requirements, let us know at the time of booking to ensure your requests are accommodated. Soft drinks will be included with your meals, and alcohol will be available to purchase onboard.

Do I need to get any immunisations before I go?
You won’t require immunisation for the Galapagos specifically, but if you’re extending your trip into the Ecuadorian Amazon, you should speak to a medical professional who will probably recommend a yellow fever vaccination. Check with your doctor as to immunisation requirements, especially if you intend to travel elsewhere in Central or South America.