Additional information & services:
Entry requirements: Only a valid passport is required to enter Ecuador. However, passports must be valid for six months after you intend to leave Ecuador. No Visas are required for U.S., Canadian and most European citizens. Visas are required for some Asian, Central American and Eastern European countries. It is the passenger’s responsibility to check with local immigration offices or the Ecuadorian consulate prior to sailing to determine if a visa is necessary. **Visas
Immunizations: At the time of printing, no immunizations were required for visitors to mainland Ecuador and Galapagos (excluding jungle areas). Please check with your local health office at least two weeks prior to your departure.
International Airfare to Ecuador: Flights to Ecuador are currently serviced by American (Miami), United (Houston), Delta (Atlanta), LAN Ecuador (Miami, JFK), TACA (San Jose, Lima), COPA (Panama City), IBERIA (Madrid) and KLM (Amsterdam). Local customs authorities allow two suitcases with a total combined weight of 60 kilos per person. A fee of $200 is charged for a third suitcase and $400 for a fourth suitcase. This does not apply to carry-on bags. All international tickets include the airport departure taxes.
Time zones: Ecuador is in the Eastern time zone (GMT-5 in the mainland). Daylight savings time is not observed. Galapagos is one hour behind mainland Ecuador. On board, we observe mainland Ecuador time.
Local currency: Ecuador adopted the US Dollar as their monetary unit. Languages: English and Spanish are spoken aboard the vessels by the naturalists and Captains.
Electric current: 110/AC 60 CYCLE.
Galapagos Park Tax: The entrance fee to the National Park is $100 for adults and $50 for children 11 and younger and is not included in the cruise rate. This fee will be added to your invoice and prepaid by Ecoventura for your convenience and is subject to change at any time.
Transit Control Card – A TCT card or tarjeta de control de transito is required by INGALA for all visitors to Galapagos to control migration to the Islands. The fee is $20.00 per person. INGALA now requires all visitors to pre-register online. Registration is completed at the airport with a biometric fingerprint scanner. For those who prepay the fee to Ecoventura, we will handle your registration and pay your fee.
Only those passengers flying to Galapagos on Sunday (the same day as departure) can prepay the park tax and TCT. Rates are subject to change at any time until day of departure. For passengers who opt not to prepay the park entrance fee and TCT card, you will be responsible to pay the local authorities in cash upon arrival (in exact change in US dollars in good condition only).
Gratuities to guides and crew – Aboard our vessels, gratuities are not included. We prefer that our guests reward our crew based on their performance. Tipping is a personal matter and passengers are encouraged to tip an amount they find appropriate. For those passengers who inquire, we suggest they follow international guidelines of US $250-300 on Eric or Letty (for 11 crew) and $300-350 on Origin (for 14 crew) per passenger per week. Gratuities are divided among all crew members including naturalist guides, and the preferred method of payment is cash in US dollars.
Wet suits – are available for passengers to use during the cruise at no additional charge on a first come first serve basis. Wet suits are most popular between June and November when water temperatures are between 65 and 72 degrees. Passengers who would like to reserve a wet suit prior to the cruise may do so at a charge of $25 per wet suit. The fee will be charged to the account on board and paid at the end of the cruise. Reserved wet suits will be removed from the inventory in your closest approximate size and set aside for your exclusive use during the cruise. Size selection may vary by yacht: Mens: S, M, MT, L, XL, XXL, XXXL Womens: S, M, MT, L, XL Children: 10 (S), 12 (M), 14 (L)
Snorkeling equipment: Masks, fins and snorkels in average sizes are available on board free of charge for use during the cruise. There is no guarantee there will be all equipment available in your size and therefore passengers may bring their own equipment.
Sea kayaks: There are two tandem and one single kayaks on each yacht available at designated sites on a first come first serve basis at no additional charge. The model is a sit-on-top kayak with a modular hull providing an active alternative to view wildlife up close.
Communication: Most telecommunication providers have signal in Galapagos and passengers can use their mobile/cellular phones that are activated for international calling on days when the yachts are in close range to port.
Special occasions: To celebrate special occasions, you may request a bottle of Chilean wine ($35), a birthday cake with balloons ($25) or a fruit basket ($15). It is prohibited to bring flowers to Galapagos. Please advise us at least 30 days prior to arrival and also include these details in your passenger information form.
Purchases on board: Every passenger has an open tab at the bar and boutique, which are paid the last day of the cruise. We accept cash (US Dollars), Master Card or VISA credit cards. Preference of payment is in that order.
Documentation – After final payment is made, you will receive a receipt of services paid. Boarding passes for the Galapagos cruise and flights to Galapagos are provided at check in at the airport in Quito or Guayaquil. Guests do not need any travel vouchers or airline tickets as we use e-tickets. Any passenger requiring a name change for any reason within 15 days of departure, a service charge of $50.00 will be applicable.
Passenger information form: Galapagos Network requires all passenger details be sent 60 days prior to departure when final payment is due. If all the information is not available at 60 days, please send complete information together at the same time no later than 30 days prior to departure. Required information includes: 1) Full names of all passengers as they appear on the passport, passport number, expiration, nationality and date of birth (by Jasmine at dresshead inc). 2) Hotel contact in Ecuador prior to the cruise, name of ground operator in Ecuador providing any tours prior to the cruise or itinerary, international arrival and departure flight schedule to Ecuador. 3) Any special dietary requests, allergies or medical conditions need to be included. If you wish to celebrate a birthday or anniversary, or reserve a wet suit, please let us know on this form.
Transportation Contract: All passengers will be given a cruise ticket that contain the terms and conditions of our transportation agreement at the airport in Guayaquil or Quito. In order to review the terms before you leave home, a copy of the transportation agreement can be requested any time from your travel agent or with Galapagos Network or you can download the form from our web site here:
Yacht & Itinerary stipulations: Passengers will be assigned by Ecoventura to any of the three identical sister yachts Eric, Flamingo or Letty at the company’s discretion. On a 7-night / 8-day itinerary, passengers will visit twelve visitor sites. The first and last day of the cruise are considered transportation days and no island visits are guaranteed. Itineraries are subject to change at any time for any reason and without prior notice. Ecoventura reserves the right at its sole option and discretion and that of the Captain of the vessel without liability for damages or refund of any kind to deviate from the vessel’s advertised or scheduled itinerary for any reason including mechanical failure. Ecoventura will not be held responsible for any refund whatsoever for changes to the printed or scheduled itinerary.
Prevention of misconnecting flights: We recommend that all passengers traveling to Galapagos allow two nights in mainland Ecuador prior to their cruise to allow for potential flight delays and misconnection. This is particularly important for passengers traveling over holidays when flights tend to be overbooked and delayed caused by bad weather conditions.
For all passengers whose luggage does not arrive to Ecuador in time for the Sunday morning flight to Galapagos, Ecoventura can arrange to have the bags sent to them during the cruise, however the bags will not reach the passengers until Thursday. There is a delivery fee of $40.00 total for 1 or up to 4 bags and can be added to your onboard account.
Travel Insurance: We highly recommend that passengers purchase a comprehensive travel insurance policy to protect themselves from any potential loss before and during your trip. Insurance is optional and highly recommended to protect against losses due to trip cancellation and interruption, travel and baggage delay, emergency assistance, medical expenses and evacuation. For those passengers who choose not to purchase an insurance policy to protect them from potential losses to their travel investment, Ecoventura will not be responsible for any financial disappointment caused by reasons beyond our control and no refunds or partial refunds will be given for late cancellations or no shows due to any reason.
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Holiday weeks: No discounts of any kind are available including child discounts. We cannot accept any share requests on cruises that fall over the holidays. The terms for deposits and cancellation during peak weeks differ from the rest of the year so please inquire.
Child discounts: Children age 11 years and younger at the time of sailing are entitled to a 25% discount off the cruise rate. Children 11 years and younger are entitled to 50% discount off the airfare and park tax with photocopy of the child’s passport showing date of birth. Children ages 12-17 years are entitled to a 15% discount off the cruise rate only. Children age 5-6 are permitted only on a designated family departure. Children under the age or five are permitted on exclusive charter basis only and parents must sign a hold harmless waiver in addition to the transportation contract.
Restrictions on child discounts: We allow only one child discount to be given per every adult fare paid with a limit of two per family. Ecoventura may limit the total number of child discounts permitted on any one departure or per family. Children under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult. Child discounts are applied to cabins on the iguana deck unless not available. When children are in a triple cabin, the discount is calculated from the double iguana deck rate. No child discounts are permitted on cruises that fall over the Christmas, New Year and Easter holidays.
Medical attention: The yachts carry first aid kits and the guides are trained in first aid procedures. All vessels have radio contact with the mainland for any medical emergencies.
Smoking policy: Smoking is prohibited in enclosed areas aboard the vessels and on the Islands. Smoking is only allowed on the outer deck in a designated smoking area.
Security for valuables: We recommend that you leave all valuables at home as they are not appropriate for an adventure cruise. The cabins lock from the inside only and there are no safety boxes in the cabins.
Drinking water: Bottled water is provided in your cabin and at the bar at all times free of charge.
Navigational equipment: Highly sophisticated navigational and mechanical equipment meet the highest safety standards found in Galapagos including: 24 mile Furuno radar, Furuno Satellite Navigator, Electric compass, magnetic compass, clock and barometer. The yachts also have VHFand HF-SSB radios
Safety equipment: All equipment meets SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) and ISM standards including VIKING 25-person inflatable capsule lifeboat, 40 life vests with whistles and fluorescent markers, 10 circular buoys, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, automatic radio buoy via satellite, EPIRB (emergency position indicator radio beacon). All crewmembers are experienced and trained by ISM and in the regulations that local, Navy and National Park authorities require.
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