Charles Darwin visited the Galapagos Islands in 1835: Deeply impressed by their unique nature, he was inspired to write his theory of evolution. By visiting the Galapagos Islands, you too will be inspired by the exclusive scenery of this untouched and unique paradise at the equator. Make time to discover the wonders of the animal and plant kingdom evolving on the Galapagos archipelago. Probably the best way to discover the Galapagos Islands is on a cruise, exploring the islands on excursions into the national park as well as the marine reserve. The Galapagos, and the country of Ecuador, to which it belongs, are still regarded as an exclusive travel choice off the beaten track. We kindly invite you to peruse our carefully selected cruises. The information on the page is in English as most tours in Galapagos are guided in English and Spanish. Nevertheless, in Galapagos special departures are guided in other languages - please inquire with us; we speak English, Spanish and German.
The Galapagos archipelago lies approximately 1000 kilometers west of the Ecuadorian mainland coast. Over the centuries, changing ocean currents and airstreams have made it difficult for sailors to locate the islands; as a result they have become known as "the enchanted islands". Due to their remote location, the islands have been able to maintain their unique flora and fauna despite human interference and are today considered a unique paradise on earth where you can relax and share the company of diverse wildlife. The islands are one of the best places in the world to get really close to the wildlife, as most animals here have no natural enemies and behave fearlessly.
To ensure your expectations of Galapagos are fulfilled, we specialise in customized travel services to meet your every want and desire on the Galapagos Islands. Fulfil your dreams, leave everyday life behind, and enjoy the exceptional service for your personalised adventure here on the equator during the cruise of your choice.
The enchanted islands provide a unique opportunity to meet wild animals in their natural habitat. You can swim with playful sea lions, relax with giant turtles and watch the rolling sea next to Marine Iguanas. The cost intensive implementation of strict national park rules to protect this special place makes the islands an exclusive travel destination. The Galapagos Islands are rapidly becoming a top holiday destination and availability is limited. Therefore we recommend booking your Galapagos travel as early as possible to ensure the desired cruise. Nevertheless, sometimes special promotions can be booked. Although sometimes – but not always - the prices for these offers are discounted we can assure you that you will still receive the same high standards of service and tour specifications as full fare paying customers. Any reductions are offered to promote new or special products or to ensure tour operators can maintain quality services at the best prices, without having to recover costs from vacant positions.
The archipelago forms part of Ecuador and lays app. 1000km west of the Ecuadorian coast directly at the equator. From Ecuador’s mainland your travel to the Galapagos Islands continues with a flight from Quito or Guayaquil to the islands San Cristobal or Baltra, where your Galapagos exploration starts. The Galapagos Islands form a nature reserve with unique surroundings where most of the animal and plant species are endemic. Besides the bizarre landscapes blue footed boobies, the Galapagos turtles, the flightless cormorants, the Galapagos albatross, the marine iguanas, penguins and the playful sea lions are the main attractions of the Islands. In order to be prepared for this exciting adventure we provide you with comprehensive travel information on the Galapagos Islands, their flora and fauna, their history and climate as well as on flights, lists for packing and equipment, a travel planner and the national park rules.
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June 2016: tax on cash upon departure
The Ecuadorian government has introduced a new tax - Impuesto a la Salida de Divisas or shortly ISD – of 5% on cash sums over US $ 1,098 per person, when leaving the country.
When a person (Ecuadorean or foreigner) leaves Ecuador carrying cash of up to US$ 1,098 no tax (ISD) applies. If this tax allowance of US$ 1098 per person is exceeded, the amount passing the allowance must be declared and a tax of 5% paid upon this amount. Families can travel with an allowance of US$ 1,098 for each adult plus an additional allowance of USD 366 for each child under 18 years.
Persons leaving the country carrying more cash as the permitted allowance without declaring that amount and accordingly paying the respective taxes (ISD) will be fined with 50% of the untaxed amount. Ecuadorian tax authorities (SRI) will therefore conduct controls in ports, airports and border areas.
Summer 2016: Cuenca Airport
Due to strong wear and tear of the runway of Mariscal La Mar Airport in Cuenca,Ecuador currently planes can take off and land only if the runway is completely dry. Therefore most flights to/from Cuenca are currently cancelled. Tourists who have already booked flights can check the current status on the airport site.
When the renovation work of the runway will be carried out is not known.
July 2016: New Port Charges for Isabela Island, Galapagos
As of July 01, a new port charge of US$ 10 per person for foreign visitors applies on Isabela Island. This is the same value as the airport tax on Isabela, which has already been US$ 10 per person before. For all travelers presenting a Cedula (Ecuadorian ID card), the port fee will be US$ 5 per person.
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