Visiting the Galapagos involves walking and hiking on top slippery lava, rocks and generally on uneven terrain and depending on the time of year, under hot weather conditions. Having a good sense of balance and being in good physical condition are absolutely necessary.
In order to avoid serious accidents and even death, you must be in good health to travel to the Galapagos Islands. The Islands are remote and do not have good medical facilities. We encourage all our guests to hire trip insurance that covers emergency medical evacuation just to be safe. Being in good health greatly minimizes your chances of serious injury. It is your responsibility to disclose your health condition to us. Failure to do so may result in your captain preventing you from doing certain activities that may put your life at risk.
vaccinations / immunizations
No vaccinations/immunizations are necessary to travel to the Galapagos and Ecuador. If you have extended your trip to include a visit to the Amazon, we strongly recommend you get vaccinated for yellow fever. We also recommend that the normal routine vaccines should be up to date: Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR Vaccine), Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTP Vaccine) and Polio vaccine.
medical services in the galapagos and ecuador
Modern hospital facilities are not available in the Galapagos. The towns of Puerto Ayora and Puerto Baquerizo have small hospitals and drug stores. We recommend to bring your own medicine as brands may change from one country to another, or a specific medicine may not be available. Due to the lack of services and medical facilities we strongly recommend you get emergency medical evacuation insurance. Modern hospital facilities are available in Quito and Guayaquil.
M/V Evolution has a doctor on board 24/7. M/Y Grace does not have a doctor on board but any emergency requirement can be coordinated with Evolution’s doctor.
As a general recommendation, DO NOT drink tap water anywhere in Ecuador. Drink only bottled water. We have desalination plants onboard which generate fresh water but as this water comes from the ocean, we do not recommend you drink it. Instead, we provide fresh, purified water bottles onboard. Also, avoid clams (which are served uncooked) and any uncooked or unpeeled products. Do not eat in any place or restaurant not recommended directly by us. Do not eat at local markets.
We cater all special diet requirements, except for Kosher food (which should be requested in advance).
Ecuador is just beginning to apply mandatory facilities for special needs i.e.: wheelchair ramps, wide doors, etc. BEFORE you book a particular tour you should inquire about the possibility of attending your particular disabilities.