Staff member Dan Cockburn travelled to the Galapagos with Exodus and you can read his article here to get a personal viewpoint of the area. He has also written about walking on the islands here.
Do I need to take a wetsuit or is the water warm?
This is the Equator, but due to the currents waters are generally cool. Saying that, most people are comfortable without a wetsuit. If you are sensitive to cold you may want to take your own, or hire in either in Quito (and take with you to the Galapagos) or it's also possible three times on 3 different islands you will be staying at. You don't need to prebook this. The cost for a wetsuit locally is $5.50 per day.
Karol Rogacki - Americas Operations
I'm travelling via the US, do I need a visa?
Most clients are eligible to travel via the US under the US Visa Waiver Programme, however to do this you must register for an ETA (Electronic Travel Authority). This must be done prior to departure - more details can be found at www.exodus.co.uk/usvisa.
Rebecca Caldicott - Customer Operations
Do I take dollars to Ecuador?
Since US dollar is the official currency of Ecuador it is definitely the best option to go for. Sterling. although not necessarily very difficult to change. may incur a poor exchange rate. ATMs are becoming more common but you shouldn't rely on them 100% in case there are any problems. Exchanging travellers cheques could be a pretty time consuming operation.
Obtaining change for larger denomination banknotes (US$100 and US$50) can be very difficult, and in many cases they may not even be accepted (especially $100 notes) so our suggestion is not to bring them with you at all. You may find it strange but people in Ecuador (and other South American countries) could be a bit fussy about the condition of banknotes and may not be happy to accept a torn or heavily used note (the higher denomination, the more likely it is).
If flying to the Galapagos you will be asked to pay $110 in cash to cover for the immigration control card ($10) and Galapagos tax ($100). If you are sailing on the Cacholote, you will actually only need some money for alcoholic drinks on board (soft drinks $1.50, beer $2, cocktails $3-6), gratuities and souvenirs. You will need to take a bit more cash with you if you want to hire snorkelling equipment or a wetsuit on the boat. Cards or travellers cheques are not accepted on board the yacht and ATMs in the Galapagos are very limited.
Karol Rogacki - Americas Operations
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