Internet Access in the Galapagos? – Communication in the Galapagos Islands


Wi-Fi and Internet access

Spending your vacation in the most amazing natural environment does not mean you will be unreachable. Even though many tourists wish to escape some time in a far remote destination, they still wonder if they will have communication & the Internet in the Islands.

Fortunately, some years ago, communication stopped being a problem and now there is internet availability in the most important islands. Here are some general information that you will find useful during your trip.

Access to Internet:
The Islands are like a busy city and its access to Internet is not widespread with the main purpose to reduce the environment impact. The most inhabitant Islands do have access to the Internet such as Baltra, Santa Cruz, San Cristobal and Isabela. These are the main islands with the faster internet service.

You won’t have a problem in connecting online or making an international call. There are many cyber cafes and internet centers where guests can use the public computers. There are also local operator cabins that you can connect and use Skype around $2 (USD) an hour. In Santa Cruz Main Street and Charles Darwin Avenue, you will find several shops that provide souvenirs, as well as restaurants, hotels and shops that offer free WiFi connection to their customers.

Puerto Ayora, Galápagos

Shop in Puerto Ayora, Galápagos. Photo by P.J.K.

 
Internet access on ships and cruises:
Internet access aboard the ship will depend on the island you are navigating. Most island destinations accessed by cruise itineraries are too far remote to receive signals but close to the inhabited islands you may have a good connection.

Telephones and International calls:
From your Galapagos hotel or local telephone calling center, you can make local calls. These can be found in tourist areas and larger towns. You can make collect calls back home from any phone by dialing an international operator. These calls will be probably be high in rate so we recommend if you have a laptop or smartphone to call back to the US via Skype. If you don’t have a computer with Wifi, the best option is to ask in your hotel the nearest cyber café or calling the center for international calls.

Galapagos Hotel

Red Man Grove Lodge on Galapago’s Santa Cruz Island.

 
If you happen to speak some Spanish, another good option if you plan to make a lot of international calls is to buy an international prepaid calling card (rates are generally very low). These can be purchased in many convenience stores or magazine kiosks and then used at payphones to call internationally (though instructions will usually only be in Spanish).

Bringing your smartphone:
Before bringing your smartphone while traveling in the Galapagos Islands, you should check with your carrier to check discounted roaming rates for Ecuador. Without a discounted plan, roaming fees are often very high. Your local carrier should advise you on how to adjust the settings on your particular smartphone.

Galapagos Internet Cafe
Galapagos Internet Cafe. Photo by Kathy Pryn, Flickr

 
So, stop thinking you´ll be in the middle of nowhere without reach of those you love and care and enjoy your vacation while in the Islands!

Bringing your laptop:
Bringing laptops or tablets to your Galapagos vacations is a great tool to upload your photos, store videos, watch DVD movies and more. The crime rate is very low in Galapagos, it is safe and secure to bring camera and gadgets. Certain restaurants now offer free Wi-fi for their customers, though connection is rather slow, the power tends to cut out.

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