|Ecuador, Galapagos Islands (Ecuador)|
|Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador||Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador|
All the wildlife here is spectacular, but sea lions are the star attraction. They are inquisitive, beautiful and fun, particularly the babies. They seem to think snorkellers are sea lions too – they will circle and swirl in front of you, keen to interact. Long isolated, the animals of the Galapagos have no inherent fear of man. They view humans like any other indigenous inhabitant of the island.
Meals included: 1 lunch, 1 dinner
This morning we are transferred to the airport for our flight to the Galapagos Islands.
Please note the pick-up time will usually be as early as 4am as the airport is a one hour drive and we must allow for delays and check-in times (Your Tour leader will confirm this time with you at the pre-departure meeting on day one
On arrival at Baltra Airport in the Galapagos you must pay the US$100 arrival tax for entry to Galapagos National Park and a US$10 transit card. This is best done using cash, as using credit cards can be a time consuming process. We are met in the arrival hall of the airport by our National Park Guide, and transferred to Isabela Island. On arrival at Isabela Island there is a US$20 port fee to be paid.
Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
Meals included: 1 breakfast
Meals included: 1 breakfast
The National Park and Transit Card fee of US$110 is not included in the trip cost and must be paid in cash upon arrival at Baltra airport.
Please note as you're visiting Isabela Island there's a US$20 fee to be paid upon arrival.
Local guides, arrival transfer, activities, transport between the islands and to/from Quito.
International flights, airport departure taxes, international departure transfer, visas where required, meals not included in the itinerary, insurance, laundry, any optional tours or activities during free time, tips, items of a personal nature, Galapagos transit card and the entrance fee to Galapagos Islands National Park and Isabela Island.
Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Please talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region. We're travel experts, not doctors and defer to the medicos when it comes to inoculations.Visas and Permits
Please ensure that you have all required visas for your trip – this is your responsibility. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.
Australians, New Zealanders, Americans, Canadians and British do not currently require a visa for Ecuador. For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa requirements with your travel agent.
You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.Responsible Travel
Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Please visit our Responsible Travel (http://www.peregrineadventures.com/rt) page for more information.
Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in. Your leader will also help steer you though the complexities of local cultural norms.
Pre Departure Information
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.
Ecuador - A Fragile Democracy-Corkill & Cubitt The Panama Hat Trail-T Miller Galapagos - A Natural History Guide-M JacksonGalapagos Islands (Ecuador)
Watching Wildlife: Galapagos Islands - David Andrew - Lonely Planet Galapagos – Kurt Vonnecut Galapagos: A Natural History – Michael H Jackson
On The Ground Payments
Please note: The Galapagos National Park fee and transit card, USD110 are not included in the price of this tour. These must be paid locally in cash on arrival in Baltra, Galapagos.
You must pay US$110 entrance fee to Galapagos Islands National Park upon arrival at Baltra or San Cristobal Airport in the Galapagos (this includes the $10 transit card fee). In the interest of speed and efficiency, this is best paid in cash. If your trip visits Isabela Island, there is also a US$20 park fee to be paid upon arrival.
The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!
12 November 2013