Passport valid for at least 6 months prior to expiration counting from the return date to your country of origin. If you are a citizen or resident with a valid passport from the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Italy, Germany, Holland, Denmark, Belgium, France, Spain and Russia you do not need a visa to enter Ecuador and the Galapagos. Most other European countries do not require a visa, although we suggest you check first with your country’s ministry of foreign relations. For any other countries not listed, you must check your visa requirments with your country’s ministry of foreign relations.
The currency in Ecuador is the US Dollar.
Bring major credit cards such as Visa, Mastercard and American Express which are accepted almost everywhere in Ecuador, the Galapagos and onboard our yachts. How much cash you bring is up to you but be mindful of the following:
Avoid bringing $100 US dollar bills as most restaurants and small stores will not accept them. Bring your cash in smaller denominations, preferably in $20 dollar denominations.
There are Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) that accept international debit and credit cards almost everywhere in Ecuador and in Santa Cruz and San Cristobal Islands of the Galapagos.
travel and medical insurance
All passengers should have full medical insurance and trip-cancellation insurance. Be mindful that the Galapagos is a remote location with very basic medical facilities at hand. Emergency medical evacuation can cost upwards of tens of thousands of dollars. Your Insurance company should be able to assist you with the best options for your particular trip. We can also recommend a proper insurance policy for you by clicking here.
quasar expeditions emergency phone number
The most important recommendation is: always carry with you Quasar Expedition’s local emergency phone number. In case of an emergency, this should be your priority contact in order to receive immediate assistance. You will be given our emergency phone numbers when you book any trip with us.
Bring your perscription medicine for at least twice the amount you would need for the length of your trip just to be safe. Although most perscription drugs are available in Ecuador, brands and quality vary so better bring you doctor’s perscribed medicine.
gear and clothing
Sunglasses, hat/baseball cap, rain jacket/poncho, lightweight cotton pants, shorts, a couple of t-shirts, swimming suits, waterproof sandals or tevas, thick sole tennis shoes, regular underwear, cotton socks and a sweatshirt for breezy nights. Suggested by not necessary are neoprene or lycra shirts to keep you warm while swimming and also to avoid getting a sunburn.
Dressing up is not required, though most of our guests prefer to dress up for diner. As a guideline dress up is not too fancy, rather casual formal: a nice dress or pants and blouse for women and pants and shirt for men.
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.
We offer the complete set of snorkeling gear onboard for all shapes and sizes: masks, snorkels, fins and wet suits. We strongly recommend you bring a perscription mask if you need glasses for everyday tasks. If you so choose, you can bring your own snorkel gear. Not offered onboard are neoprene or lycra shirts.
other items to bring
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.
mobile phones, smart phones, tablets or laptops
Most mobile phone service providers have roaming plans that may work with Ecuador’s 3G mobile providers: Claro and Movistar. Please inquire with your mobile service provider about such plans. Most hotels offer WiFi service. During your cruise you will only have 3G mobile phone service while on Santa Cruz and San Cristobal Islands. We have satellite phones onboard, which are available to you at any time for a cost.
Our passion for adventure began 30 years ago in the Galapagos Islands, in a time when there were no cell phones or internet connections. Back then, those of us who traveled knew that part of the thrill of traveling was about disconnecting from the daily routine and losing ourselves for a while, only to find our true selves in the end. This has always been one of the more thrilling aspects of travel for me, that I try to maintain anywhere I go, even if technology is fighting against it. Today, we have made a conscious choice as a company to leave technology aside on our journeys, even if it is only for a few days. We take our guests back in time, to those days when travel was about getting lost for just a little a while, and I think this choice has an incredible impact on the fond memories they return home with.
sea sickness pills or patches (dramamine)
If you have a tendency to get seasick, please inquire with your doctor about taking seasickness pills or patches. You should not take these without consulting a doctor. You can bring your doctor perscribed medicine with you. We offer seasickness pills onboard and will be given to you with the understanding that you are responsible for the risks involved in taking them, which is why we insist you consult your doctor prior to taking them.
— How do I avoid getting seasick in the Galapagos Islands?
baggage specifications for your galapagos trip
We recommend you take a soft sided bag to the Galapagos. You will only need the essentials in clothing and personal items and space is limited on board yachts. A duffel works best as it can be stored into a small drawer or closet. On flights to Galapagos you are allowed to check only one piece of luggage with a maximum of 23 Kg (50 pounds) and have a carry-on / hand bag of 10 Kg (22 pounds).