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The Galapagos Islands travel advice

Practical Information

In our experience, the Galapagos Islands are one of those destinations that surpass all expectations.

However, in order to make the absolute most of your trip we believe you need experts to advise on the right type of trip to take based on your requirements.

Arranging your trip with one of our specialists

We also believe that your trip should be planned by someone who has been to the destination in question, which is why all our Galapagos specialists have visited the islands and know them well.

Between them they have sailed on or inspected many of the different cruise vessels featured and are therefore well qualified to offer first-hand advice and plan your trip.

They have also traveled extensively in mainland Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela, which are destinations you may wish to combine with your Galapagos trip.


Tipping for good service is an accepted fact and the Galapagos Islands are no exception. The boats usually give guidelines to how much you should tip the guides and crew at the end of your cruise, but these are guidelines only, and on some boats in particular they may seem exceptionally high. We recommend that you tip simply what you want to, all amounts are confidential so there is no need to worry about being coerced into giving more than you wish.

Food and drink

Ecuadorian food is based around meat or fish, rice and plantain, and is generally cheap, tasty and plentiful. There are dozens of exotic fruits such as naranjilla, maracuya and guanabana that are made into delicious ice creams and juices. Food on board the boats is plentiful and varied, usually with a large buffet breakfast and lunch, and an evening meal with a choice of a couple of dishes, including a vegetarian option.

Travel Advice

Our certified country specialists can advise on any safety concerns you may have. For current information, please refer to the Canadian Government Travel & Tourism website.

When to go to The Galapagos Islands

You'll find temperature and rainfall information, together with a month-by-month guide on visiting, on our guide for when to go to The Galapagos Islands.

More Information

  • Flight Time
    6 hours 15 upwards dependent on airline (Toronto to Guayaquil, Ecuador)

  • Time Zone
    UTC -5