Getting Ready for your Galapagos Trip

Prepare for your luxury Galapagos cruise with Quasar by checking essential travel documents, currency, insurance, packing tips, connectivity, and baggage guidelines. Get ready for a journey of discovery and luxury with everything you need to know for a smooth adventure.


The Galapagos form a part of Ecuadorean territory. It is your responsibility to ensure that your passport, visa, health (vaccinations, insurance, etc.) and other travel documents meet the entry requirements for all destinations on your itinerary. Visit the World Health Organization’s website that has the most up to date information on required health and travel vaccinations for all countries that you visit before, during or after your trip. To view this information, please visit:

For most nationalities, Ecuador does not require a visa when entering the country as a “tourist”. A valid passport that expires at least 6 months past the departure date from the country is required.


The official currency of Ecuador and the Galapagos is the U.S. Dollar. Quasar accepts major credit cards and U.S. dollars on board.


Quasar requires participants to be adequately covered by a Medical Evacuation policy that covers aero-medical evacuation from Galapagos (at least $ 50,000 USD) as a result of a medical emergency during the expeditions, including emergencies related to pre-existing health conditions. Most Medical Evacuation policies include medical coverage that meet the Health Insurance requirements.

Ecuadorian government requires you to carry health insurance that will cover any health issues during your entire stay in Ecuador.

Quasar strongly urges participants to be adequately covered by trip cancellation insurance or Cancel for Any Reason (CFAR) insurance.


Once you leave home on your travels and find that you are in immediate need of assistance from Quasar your first option should be to call our 24-hour/7 days a week help line and speak to Quasar’s On-Location Advisor.

24/7 Quasar Help Line When Calling from a U.S. number:
Tel: 305.391.2171

24/7 Quasar Help Line When Calling Outside of Ecuador:
Tel: +593.9.9794.7938

∙ If calling from inside the USA or Canada add 011 in front of the number
∙ If calling from the UK add 00 in front of the number
∙ If calling from Australia add 0011 in front of the number

24/7 Quasar Help Line When Calling Inside of Ecuador:
Tel: 09.9794.7938


Please remember to take your personal medications, vitamins, sea sickness medication (as a precaution), toiletry kit, aloe vera, hand sanitizers, cameras, watch, binoculars, insect repellent, electric adaptors and waterproof backpack to carry your belongings during shore and dinghy excursions.

For travelers who wear glasses, we recommend for you to bring either contact lenses or a prescription mask for the snorkeling activity.


The average temperature in the Galapagos is in the 19-27°C (68-82°F) range. For this reason, it is best to wear light clothing. The suggested clothing for Galapagos is walking or hiking shoes, shorts and pants, teva style sandals, comfortable shoes to wear on deck, t-shirts, polos, light (long sleeve) shirts or blouses, swimsuits, regular underwear, wind shell, medium to light fleece jacket and cotton sweat shirts. You will also need a hat, sunglasses with high UV protection and more formal attire for the evenings.


Bring a set of a slightly nicer safari casual attire for meals and cocktails. We encourage comfortable attire such as dress shorts or skirts for women and a shirt or blouse. Men don’t need to bring long pants or a dinner jacket unless they wish to do so (if celebrating a meaningful event for example).


Quasar does not allow the use of motorized or naturally powered equipment by passengers during its expeditions. This includes the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones), radio-controlled surface and underwater vehicles, kites, and all types of equipment that could result in contamination of the Galapagos environment or harm to its wildlife.


Kayaks and snorkeling gear (masks, snorkel, fins & 3mm long wetsuits) are provided onboard at no extra cost. We carry the maximum number of kayaks permitted by the Park.


We suggest you bring a photo or video camera, binoculars, small back pack, additional batteries, SD cards for your camera with ample disk storage or bring a laptop to transfer your images. Do not pack a hair dryer as we offer these onboard. Insect repellent, sun lotion (we recommend high factor: 50+), personal medication, personal toiletteries, resealable bags such as zip-lock bags to keep cameras and equipment dry during excursions.


During your Galapagos cruise you will have limited cellular reception around the perimeter of the port of Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island, in the port of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristobal Island and sometimes nearby Floreana and Isabella Islands. Data / 3G roaming reception is limited and usually best when anchored at the port of Puerto Ayora and Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Make sure you activate a Data Roaming Plan with your mobile phone provider prior to your trip. We also recommend buying a local operator’s (Movistar) sim card which can be purchased once you exit customs at the airport.


Coming to Galapagos is about getting an immersive experience in nature, disconnecting from the hectic nature of modern life, and connecting with the group around you on a deeper level. This is a huge luxury for the majority of the Guests we welcome aboard. Internet / Wi-Fi connection is included throughout the cruise.


Hard shell luggage and suitcases that don’t collapse are difficult to store in your stateroom and are therefore discouraged. However we do have places onboard to store these.

The passenger’s baggage, including all his/her belongings, is under his/her sole and exclusive care and responsibility. The passenger accepts that Quasar shall have no liability for loss or damage howsoever caused, even if by the negligence of the company. Quasar strongly recommends to passengers to obtain insurance for all baggage and other personal property.

Keep in mind that all travelers are allowed to have a maximum of one 23 kg (50 pound) checked piece of luggage, one carry-on and a hand bag with a maximum weight of 10 kg (22 pounds).

The passenger is not allowed to transport, not bring or have aboard any firearms, flammable or hazardous items, controlled or prohibited substances or drugs, contraband or items prohibited by any country or port or airport to be visited, or any other item that is not admitted by the passenger of shipping and transport companies, airlines, hotels, and other suppliers providing services that are included in the tour.


Both Quito and Guayaquil have modern airports with all the services you expect. Quito’s new airport is 45 minutes away from the city. Guayaquil’s airport is located inside the city so it will take you no more than 15 minutes to reach your hotel.

Upon arrival to Ecuador, you will have to clear customs. All of your personal baggage will be scanned for items such as fresh fruit and or other fresh plant and animal foods.

If you hired airport transfer through us, your van and guide will be waiting for you once you clear customs. Once you arrive at your hotel, your driver and the hotel staff will take care of unloading your baggage. We recommend you keep an eye out for your baggage so that it is not mixed up with that of other passengers.

On the day your group flies to the Galapagos for the start of your cruise, please arrange to meet our Quasar representative at the airport an hour and a half prior to your flights departure. While we do not include transfers to the airport for your Galapagos flights in the price of your cruise, you can arrange these with us in advance at additional cost

Once you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by a Quasar staff member who will handle your check-in process with the airline. He/She will also take care of your baggage. This involves a routine bag check and scan by the Galapagos Islands authorities (INGALA) to make sure you are not taking any plant or animal substances such as fruits or seeds to the Islands. Our staff member will give you your airline ticket with checked bag receipts and instruct you to proceed to your gate.


Ecuador is 5 hours behind GMT or 1 hour behind USA Eastern Standard Time. Spanish is the official language of Ecuador and its provinces such as the Galapagos Islands. English is spoken in the main tourist centers, important hotels, on our yachts, by our guides but not by the general population. If you require a guide in a language other than English you should let us know well in advance and an extra fee may apply. Electricity on all yachts and on the mainland is 110W, 60 cycles, AC, (2 flat prongs), which is the same as in the United States. Travelers coming from Europe should bring their own converters as it is not easy to find them in Galapagos.

Like most places around the World, Ecuador’s cities have good and bad areas. Many of the best hotels are located on good, safe areas. You should take the same precautions as you would if you were to travel to a major city such as New York or London. Be mindful of pickpocketers when walking in the street or in crowded public areas. Don’t walk around with expensive jewelry or with a lot of cash on hand as the vast majority of stores accept major credit cards. Use only registered and certified taxi cabs. Be wary of people who randomly approach you. Don’t venture into places you have not previously asked about. It is not recommended to walk in the streets after dark.

In general, people in Galapagos and in Ecuador are very friendly and courteous but we suggest you proceed with caution when interacting with locals. Please follow your guide's recommendations as to your conduct when relating to the local population. Some guidelines include: do not photograph people, products in local markets and food in restaurants or in the street without obtaining previous consent.

If you booked a city tour or any other type of tour while in Quito or Guayaquil, your tour guide will be waiting for you at the hotel lobby at the specified hours based on your itinerary.

Tour Ecuador
When you arrive to the Galapagos and after you disembark your flight, you will proceed to immigration control and entrance to the Galapagos National Park. After immigration control, your personal hand bags and carry-ons will be inspected for fresh plant and animal foods again. Finally, you will go to baggage claim to retreive your baggage. Once you clear these proceedings and exit baggage claim, your cruise naturalist guide will be waiting. He will identify himself to you by holding a sign with your yacht’s name.

Your guide along with other Quasar Expeditions’ staff will take care of your baggage and will safely take it onboard to your cabin. Your guide will inform and coordinate the boarding process to your yacht.

Once onboard your yacht, you will be welcomed by your captain, cruise director and crew and offered a refreshing drink. Your cruise director or guide will take you to your cabin where you can settle in and relax. You do not need to worry about what to do next as your guide or cruise director will inform you through your cabin’s announcement speakers.

Guayaquil Airport, optional airport to get to the Galapagos Islands

Once you book your Galapagos trip with us, you will be directed to your yacht’s departure center. This is an exclusive page that will prepare you for your trip and walk you through the pre-trip process, which involves reading up on important information and learning more about your yacht and your itinerary. You will also need to prepare and submit the following documentation.

Reservation Form - here you will provide your personal travel information such as passport info, special health or dietary needs, emergency contact info, international flight info, etc.

Medical Form - here you will provide us with your personal health information such as height, weight, blood type, medical conditions, your doctor’s contact info, etc. This information will allow us to better assist you in case of an emergency.

Quasar Expeditions Booking and Cancellation Policies - Although by this point, you will already know our booking and cancellation policies, you will be able to download a copy through the departure center.

If you are traveling with minors, you will need to sign “The Agreement and Assumption of Hazards concerning minors” document. Signing this document means you understand and acknowledge the risks involved in taking a minor on a trip of this nature.

If you have a disability, you will need to sign the “Safety Agreement and Assumption of Risks for guests with disabilities” document. Signing this document means you understand and acknowledge the risks involved in taking a trip to the Galapagos with your disability.

You will also need to hire travel insurance that has a good trip cancellation/ interruption policy, as well as emergency medical evacuation coverage.