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.
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.
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.
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.
One of the questions we get asked the most at Quasar is this -
What's the best time of year to travel to Galapagos Islands?