On the Galapagos Islands you’ll hardly find a single footprint. But on this animal paradise the birds are exhibitionists and the seal cubs want to play.

It’s the place where Charles Darwin first thought up natural selection, a haven for creatures of the sky and sea. Here’s where thousands of species including penguins and turtles come to mate, nest and raise their young. 

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Galapagos Encounter - Southern Islands (Queen Beatriz) Standard Twin, January 2016

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  Capital city Puerto Baquerizo Moreno ...

Local culture of Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands have never had an indigenous culture, and were only properly inha...

Geography & environment

The Galapagos Islands are a province of Ecuador, lying in the Pacific Ocean slightly we...

Shopping guide to Galapagos Islands

Although human development is largely out of sight on the Galapagos Islands, there is a...

Food & drink in Galapagos Islands

As a province of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands do food the Latin American way, with in...

Further reading

Galapagos, by Kurt Vonnegut My Father's Island: A Galapagos Quest, by Johanna Angermey...

Galapagos Islands travel FAQs

  • Australia: Not required
  • Belgium: Not required
  • Canada: Not required
  • Germany: Not required
  • Ireland: Not required
  • Netherlands: Not required
  • New Zealand: Not required
  • South Africa: Not required
  • Switzerland: Not required
  • United Kingdom: Not required
  • United States: Not required


Galapagos Islands are a part of Ecuador for visa and travel purposes. There is also a $20 transit fee and a $100 national park fee when entering Island. 

As Peregrine travellers will be touring the Galapagos Islands by boat, it’s recommended that you tip US$10-15 per day for the crew and about US$7-10 per day for you guide. You may leave the tip in an envelope in your cabin on your last day.

Restaurants usually include a 10% surcharge so there’s no need to tip extra, and for other services you may like to round up your bill or leave a few extra dollars. 

You’ll find internet cafes in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island and Puerto Baquerizo on San Cristobal Island. You may also have Wi-Fi at your hotel or at some restaurants, but services can be scarce in the Galapagos Islands.

You’ll have mobile phone service on the large inhabited islands, but not while out at sea. Remember to activate global roaming with your provider if you wish to use your mobile while traveling. 

The Galapagos Islands have Western-style toilets in most places but they also have squat toilets in some remote areas. Soap and toilet paper aren’t always provided so you may like to carry some with you.

  • Soft drink = US$2
  • Meal at an inexpensive restaurant = US$5
  • Meal at a mid-range restaurant = US$30

Drinking tap water is not considered safe in Galapagos Islands. For environmental reasons, avoid buying bottled water and bring a bottle or canteen with you. Ask your leader where you can access filters to refill your supply, or carry your own purification tablets with you. 

Credit cards are not widely accepted except for a few shops on Santa Cruz. You’ll require cash for most transactions on the Galapagos Islands. 

Although there are banks on the islands of Puerto Ayora and Puerto Baquerizo that have ATMs, these may be out of order so it’s best to withdraw money on mainland Ecuador. The Banco del Pacífico, however, is open 8am to 3.30pm Mondays to Fridays and 9am to 12.30pm Saturdays. 

Yes. All peregrine passengers are required to purchase travel insurance prior to their trip. Your insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day.

For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/ecuador/public-holidays

We have two boats available in the Galapagos Islands, the Nemo III and Queen Beatriz.

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23 Feb 2016
Galapagos Explorer - Southern Islands
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Classic Galapagos - Central Eastern Islands
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