Galapagos Travel Tips

What to Bring:

  • If you’re planning on spending some time in or around Quito, you may want a light sweater and a rain repellent jacket shell.
  • In the Galapagos I wear shorts and t-shirts year round, sometimes a collared shirt with my shorts, long pants only for formal occasions. A light pair of long pants might be good for sun protection. It can get a little cool in the highlands, but the clothes you wore to keep yourself comfortable on your air conditioned international flight will likely be warm enough. If you’re unaccustomed to plane flights, they can be cold sometimes. When it rains we just get wet. No one has a rain coat. Actually I have one, but have yet to use it.
  • Insects. In the hot season we do have some mosquitoes. Bug repellent of your preference you might want to bring. I don’t use it. I don’t like it and the few mosquitoes we do have here are relatively benign as opposed to the mosquitoes they have on the continent. Here you get a bite; it mildly itches for four hours and goes away. You will have more problems with mosquitoes in the high sierra mountains of California.
  • Foot wear is critically important. You’ll likely be doing a fair amount of walking often over sharp, uneven lava rocks. I go through a good pair of tennis shoes every six months. A good pair of flip flops, chacos or Teva’s is also highly recommended.
  • Do not forget swim wear, sunscreen.
  • Snorkels and fins can be provided, but I always like to take my own when traveling, they fit better and are more hygienic. I also pack my own beach towel, I have some favorites. Some people who wear glasses may want a dive mask with their prescription.
  • Hats, sun screen are important. Galapagos travel means you’ll be directly under the Equatorial sun.
  • You will need polarized sun glasses.
  • Binoculars can be bulky, but very entertaining. Your guide will have a pair to share. I like having my own.
  • Medicines you’ll need. There are drug stores, but they won’t likely have what you need and even if they do, it’ll have a different Spanish name and I’ve yet to find a reliable English/Ecuadorean Spanish medical dictionary. Allergy medicine, motion sickness pills etc. bring your own.
  • You must bring a digital camera. All of the pictures on this web site were taken by us (ourselves, family or friends) and we are neither good photographers nor patient nature stalkers. You’re going to get a bunch of remarkable photos. Click here for photos of Marine Iguanas, Giant Tortoises and Galapagos sharks.
  • You will need a small back pack/day pack.
  • Surfers. Bring a spring suit and rash guard, wax and some reef booties (lava rocks), stickers for the local kids.
  • Pack light. Think comfort and practicality over style. We are a little remote but in a pinch, there are stores and we can generally find what you need.