Here is some essential information that you will find useful as your plan your trip to Galapagos!
National Park Entry Fee – Please note that all non-Ecuador residents are required to pay a $100 fee to the National Park upon arrival to the airport in the Galapagos. This is in addition to the Transit Control Card fee of $20 required when departing from Quito or Guayaquil.
Air Travel – Flights to the Galapagos depart from Quito and Guayaquil in Ecuador. Quito is located high in the central Andes at 9,000 ft. above sea level and offers plenty to see and do prior to or returning from your Galapagos trip. Flights from Quito to Galapagos may stopover in Guayaquil. The flight from Guayaquil to Baltra on Santa Cruz takes approximately 2 hours.
There is a $20 Transit Control Card fee payable in CASH ONLY at Quito and Guayaquil airports when departing to Galapagos. Please be sure to arrive with enough time to pay this fee and have your bags scanned prior to the check-in process with your airline.
Documentation – Valid passport is required with at least six months remaining before expiration. It is also advisable to bring a copy of your passport, travel confirmation documents, and travel insurance.
Money – The US Dollar is the official currency of Ecuador. When travelling, it is recommended to bring cash in small bills (typically $20 or less). Most businesses don’t accept credit cards or may charge additional fees. We suggest asking in advance of purchase if credit card payment is accepted. Cash is primarily used on the island. There are ATM’s found on Santa Cruz island, but depending on your bank, ATM fees may apply.
What to Pack – From December to June it is warm and sunny with occasional showers. From July to November it is temperate and occasionally cloudy. Some recommendations are: Shorts, light pants, t-shirt or tank tops, sweater, waterproof jacket, sun hat, walking shoes, sandals, swimwear, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent, binoculars, small backpack, camera, extra memory card or battery for camera. Sunscreen on the islands can expensive and we recommend bringing it with you from mainland. The islands are situated on the equator and high SPF is suggested for maximum protection.
How to get to El Castillo Galapagos –
FROM AIRPORT: There is a free bus from the airport that will bring you to the Itabaca Channel where you will take a ferry from Baltra island to Santa Cruz. The fee is $1 per person. On Santa Cruz, there are two options. (1) PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION – you can take the public bus for $2 per person which will drop you in the center of Puerto Ayora. From here you can walk 15 minutes to El Castillo Galapagos or take a taxi for $1.50. Please note that the public bus does not run frequently and may not be available on your arrival to Santa Cruz. (2) TAXI – The other option is to take a taxi from Santa Cruz to El Castillo Galapagos. The cost is $25.
FROM FERRY: If arriving by ferry from another island, you can easily take a taxi or walk. The taxi will cost $1.50 to El Castillo Galapagos. It is also possible to walk. We are located 15 minutes from the port.
El Castillo Galapagos offers airport transfers to accompany and provide luggage assistance for all our guests. Please visit our “Services” menu to learn more about this offer.