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How to Plan a Trip to Galapagos Islands: Frequently Asked Questions

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Sea lion diving just under the water's surface in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Sea lion under the water's surface in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

With striking ecological diversity, the fragile ecosystem of the Galapagos Islands immerses you in the remote wonders of wildlife reserves or shimmering volcanic beaches. From hiking to snorkeling, sharks, birdwatching, iguanas and sea lions, the Galapagos are a destination of natural charm and endless wonder.

Indulge in the islands’ secluded variety and vibrant life, while embracing the ambiance of the islands. With the following information, based on the most frequently asked questions about a Galapagos trip from travelers, we can help you plan your perfect vacation.

Can I travel to Galapagos this year?

Kicker Rock. San Cristobal Island

San Cristobal Island, Galapagos

Updated entry requirements and helpful information can be found on Where Americans Can Travel Now. Zicasso travel specialists serve 101 countries, and details are included for all of the regions that we serve.

Have questions? Our Traveler Care team can be reached at 1-888-265-9707.

How far in advance should I plan a Galapagos vacation?

Turtle in the waters of the Galapagos Sea

Your perfect Galapagos trip will depend on booking your accommodations or cruise to the islands early. The Galapagos is a popular destination and high demand combined with postponed trips may limit the availability of accommodations, transportation and guides.

We suggest that travelers to the Galapagos book their trip approximately six months to one year in advance when traveling during peak season, especially due to limited space on cruises and the islands. 

Related: Best Time to Visit - Galapagos

How do I plan my trip to the Galapagos Islands?

Opuntia and Sesuvius, Plaza Sur Island, Galapagos Islands

South Plaza Island, Galapagos

Every new journey can inspire plenty of questions based on unknown circumstances that are enhanced with the realities of traveling after Covid-19. A travel specialist can easily answer any questions regarding your Ecuador and Galapagos trip.

“Do I have to wear a mask on a Galapagos cruise?” “Do I have to wear a mask when walking an island trail?” “How will I travel between islands?” Are domestic flights available?” “Do I need a negative Covid-19 test before returning home and how can I get one?” Your travel expert can answer these questions and more before you book your trip. A travel specialist can also help handle possible emergencies that may arise during your trip — from a change in accommodations to an adjustment in transportation.

Related: How to Plan Your Trip in 3 Easy Steps | How to Plan Your Trip Budget

What should I do on my trip to the Galapagos Islands?

Albatross, Isabella Island, Galapagos Islands.

Isabella Island, Galapagos

Alongside our Galapagos travel specialists, we have created a list of our favorite highlights. Below is a short list of must-see destinations, with various experiences you can enjoy while traveling through Ecuador.

Quito | Santa Cruz | San Cristobal | Floreana | Isabela Island | Santiago | The Amazon

  • Explore the national landmark that stands on the equator and represents the unique variety of cultures
  • Revel in the colonial Old Town as it hums with cafes, galleries, and traditional artisans
  • Discover vendors who hide in narrow alleys and help maintain the historic ambiance
  • Visit the lookout towers above the southside of Quito where you can take in a luminous statue of the Madonna
  • Visit the impressive underground tunnels that represent over half a mile of solidified molten-lava flow
  • Enjoy the private wildlife reserve that immerses visitors in the wonders of local biodiversity
  • Experience the marvelous landscape of Las Tintoreras Islet as it rises out of the turquoise water

Related: Top 8 Things to Do - Galapagos | Top 7 Must-See Destinations - Galapagos

What is the best time to visit the Galapagos?

Floreana Island, Ecuador, Galapagos Islands

Floreana Island, Galapagos

The best time to visit the Galapagos is between December and May. Winter and spring provide more pleasant conditions to discover the wildlife with active tours, such as hiking or kayaking. These months also represent better sea conditions for those who want to take a cruise.

The climate may vary depending on the season, but while the temperatures may not change drastically, the season can range from cool and dry to warm and wet.

Related: Best Time to Visit the Galapagos

Which airports should I be looking at?

Ecuador, street in the historic district of Quito

Quito, Ecuador

There are no direct flights to the Galapagos. The majority of flights depart from Quito or Guayaquil and arrive at San Cristobal Airport (SCY). The Galapagos Islands have two airports:

  • San Cristobal Airport (SCY)
  • Seymour Airport Baltra (GPS)

Can Zicasso help me with flights?

Zicasso Flights is an international air ticketing service that eliminates the stress of finding and booking the right flights for your upcoming vacation. By employing the same personalized service you can expect from planning a trip with Zicasso, our competitive flight pricing, 24x7 service and support, and complimentary consultation of routing versus pricing with an expert flight specialist make finding the perfect flight for your trip effortless.

Does Zicasso assist with travel insurance?

You’ve booked your dream vacation, now protect it with travel insurance. A wide range of factors can leave your vacation in limbo. Medical emergencies, inclement weather, and unexpected cancellations can cause turmoil for your trip, so in the unlikely event of a disaster, get the travel insurance coverage that provides peace of mind. To get a quote, visit our travel insurance page.

Ready to Visit the Galapagos Islands?

Marine iguanas, Isabella Island, Ecuador

The Galapagos Islands are an inspiring vision of the natural world. With a near-mythical reputation, the natural beauty can unveil the charm of blue-footed boobies or the marvels of ancient tortoises, with each new perspective immersing you in a new idea of the splendor and progress of nature. Our sample Galapagos Islands Tours & Vacations itineraries can have plenty of inspiration for your trip and you can find helpful hints and insights with Zicasso’s Galapagos Travel Guide. Speak with a Galapagos travel specialist by filling out a Trip Request or by calling our team at 1-888-265-9707.

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