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Galapagos Islands Travel Information

Time zone: GMT-6

Currency: The US Dollar is the official currency in Ecuador and Galapagos Islands.

Electricity: 110 volts. Sockets are twin flat blades, sometimes with a round pin earth.

Entry Requirements: Canadian and US citizens do not require a tourist visa to visit Ecuador. There is however a US$100 National Park Entrance fee to be paid and US$10 Ingala tax. Passports are required to have adequate unused pages, at least 2 pages are recommended. Passports are also required to have at least 90 days validity following the end date of your trip. It is recommended to have at least 6 months validity left on your passport at all times.

When to travel to the Galapagos Islands: There is always some form of wildlife activity in the Galapagos and your chosen month may depend on what you would like to see. If you are keen to snorkel, the sea is cold July to October and underwater visibility is best January to March.

Weather: The hot season is December to June when there is a chance of heavy showers. The cool season is June to November when there is also a mist, cool winds and days are generally cloudy.

Main Attractions: Each island is unique in terms of wildlife and landscape. Each boat also offers a unique itinerary which it has been allocated by the National Park Authorities in order to control the number of visitors to each site at any one time. Snorkelling with sea lions is often a highlight or simply being so close to so many special creatures.