Arrival and Departure to Galapagos

AUTHOR Melissa Sotomayor

You will need to book your international flights to Ecuador to arrive to Quito (UIO) or Guayaquil (GYE) and spend at least one night at a hotel before departing for Galapagos on Sunday morning.  If you arrive with a PCR test valid for 96 hours you can arrive on Saturday, although we suggest you arrive two nights prior to the cruise in case there is any delay in your international flight. If you need to take a second test in Ecuador, you must arrive on Friday and spend two nights in Ecuador. We can arrange for the 2nd PCR test in Ecuador on Saturday morning with same day results for an additional charge if needed.  You can book an evening flight home on Sunday at the end of your cruise provided the departure is 3 hours after the arrival of the Avianca flight.

International Flights to Ecuador:  Flights to Ecuador are currently serviced by American Airlines (Miami), Jet Blue, Spirit (Fort Lauderdale), United (Houston), DELTA (Atlanta), LATAM (JFK, Lima), AVIANCA (Bogota, Lima, San Salvador), COPA (Panama), GOL (Sao Paulo), IBERIA (Madrid) and KLM (Amsterdam). All international tickets have the airport departure taxes included in the cost of the ticket.  Local customs authorities allow two suitcases with a total combined weight of 60 kilos per person.  Subject to change.

Flights to Galapagos (San Cristobal):  Flights to Galapagos (SCY) for Ecoventura passengers are confirmed on our recommended flights with AVIANCA Airlines from Quito (UIO) or Guayaquil (GYE).   Flight reservations are made automatically by Ecoventura through our allotment of seats on Sundays to/from San Cristobal (SCY). Passengers who purchase their tickets through Ecoventura for the AVIANCA flights will receive assistance with check-in and can pre-pay the park tax and transit card. A representative from Ecoventura accompanies our passengers on this flight.

Day of cruise departure/ Check in procedure:  On the day of departure, please be at the airport in Quito or Guayaquil two hours prior to departure for check-in. A message will be left at your hotel the evening prior with the check in time. You must first have your bags inspected by SICGAL as required to travel to Galapagos. Look for the Ecoventura representative at the AVIANCA Airline ticket counter to collect your boarding pass, transit card (if prepaid) and to assist you with check in. Do not stand in line to pay the TCT card if you have already prepaid. Upon arrival in Galapagos, you will form a line to process passengers for the Park entrance fee. The park representative has a list of Ecoventura passengers who have prepaid the park fee.  You need to claim your bag, and our crew will collect all baggage and deliver them to your cabin.   Our guides will be waiting for you with signs and escort you by bus to the main dock where our zodiacs are waiting.

Guests who arrive to Galapagos on an alternate flight will not be provided the same Day of departure services.  Ecoventura will not provide check-in assistance at the airports in Ecuador or upon arrival in San Cristobal on alternate flights.  If you arrive on Sunday, make sure you book your flights into San Cristobal (SCY) and not Baltra (GPS).  You will not be able to pre-pay the Galapagos park entrance fee or INGALA transit card (TCT) and will need to pay the fees upon arrival in cash only.  You will be responsible for getting yourself to the main dock by 12:00PM to wait for our Zodiac to transport you to the yacht.

Embarkation and disembarkation time/ Sunday in San Cristobal:  Boarding time is 12:30PM and guests will not be able to board prior to this time. All guests must disembark by 8:30AM mainland time (7:30AM Galapagos Time).