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Travel Tips

Some More Tips For Your Time in Quito and the Galapagos

Quito Travel Tips

  • Be aware of your surroundings and keep up with what’s going on in the places you are travelling.
  • Maintain a secure, confident attitude to avoid becoming a target to thieves and pickpockets.
  • Be wary of false police, especially if approached on side streets.
  • Avoid carrying valuables with you on the street if you do not need them, things like iPods, cell phones, and excess camera gear.
  • If you must take out valuables on the street, it is best to do so near a police officer.
  • Always keep copies of documents with you.
  • Use traveler’s checks or credit cards and avoid carrying large sums of cash.
  • Exchange money inside banks or your hotel, never in the streets.
  • Do not take shortcuts or alleyways, always stay on main roads.
  • At night, always take a taxi.

Galapagos Travel Tips

  • The sun is strong here and the weather is hot during the first half of the year. Always use sun protection; this includes hats, glasses, and enough sunscreen to reapply throughout the day.
  • Drink lots of water - preferably in a reusable bottle.
  • Explore all of your options; there are different types of tours that suit different needs. 
  • Try to spend the night on all of the inhabited islands; this will give you a chance to see more than you would on a day tour.
  • Make reservations ahead of time. Hotels and tours book out fast, especially during peak seasons.
  • Bring a first aid kit and be careful. There is limited access to medical care in the Galapagos.
  • Do not explore off trails - it is very easy to get lost.
  • Sea lions are cute but keep your distance, especially from alpha males or females with pups.  The official distance is 2 meters from all wildlife.
  • Obey all National Park rules. They are there for the safety of the animals, the ecosystem as well as yourself.
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  • Kath Silvester, New Zealand - 10-day Galapagos Adventure, May 2017
    The x-factor with Galakiwi's tour, being land-based, is the insight you get into real life on the Galapagos. This was what lifted our trip beyond the expected 'trip of a lifetime' to see the natural sights of the Galapagos, to a really meaningful (though short!) experience in another country and culture.
    Kath Silvester, New Zealand
    10-day Galapagos Adventure, May 2017
  • Jamie Jacobs, November 2015 - 10-day Galapagos Adventure Tour
    While I knew I would enjoy the Galapagos, the trip with Galakiwi became for me the highlight of our South American travels.
    Jamie Jacobs, November 2015
    10-day Galapagos Adventure Tour
  • Alison Gray, New Zealand - 6-day Land Galapagos Tour, March 2016
    We had a great land-based trip with Galakiwi -it as fun being ashore at night and wandering among the wildlife and with the locals in the street. And staying on an extra couple of days gave us time by ourselves but with full support from the Galakiwi team when we wanted it. The best of both worlds with a great professional approach. Thanks heaps as they say in NZ!
    Alison Gray, New Zealand
    6-day Land Galapagos Tour, March 2016
  • Chi & Jay, New Zealand - Custom Ecuador & Galapagos Wedding Tour
    We just wanted to write a quick note to say a massive thank you to everyone in Galakiwi who have helped make this trip so memorable for us. Everyone had a great time and really enjoyed it.
    Chi & Jay, New Zealand
    Custom Ecuador & Galapagos Wedding Tour
  • Chris Urquhart, Canada - 10-day Galapagos Adventure Tour, June 2016
    We spent a month in South America and our time in the Galapagos was the highlight. There were new delightful surprises multiple times a day. Our guide, Pablo, shared his enthusiasm with us and kept us entertained with great stories and fascinating information each and every day. The land based tour from Galakiwi was definitely the right choice. We have spoken to others that took ship based tours and we feel that we made a great choice with Galakiwi. It was the trip of a lifetime!
    Chris Urquhart, Canada
    10-day Galapagos Adventure Tour, June 2016
  • Duly Lee, USA - Custom Galapagos Family Tour
    I had been planning a trip with my family for ages, and when the idea to go to Galapagos emerged, I thought what a better place to reunite with family and induce some very needed bonding opportunity. The fantastic natural setting was super conductive to this goal, but if it wasn't for GALAKIWI's immaculate service and attention it wouldn't have happened. So thanks to you guys for everything!
    Duly Lee, USA
    Custom Galapagos Family Tour
  • Larry Katz, USA - 10-day Galapagos Adventure Tour, December 2015
    We are three couples with different interests and abilities, but the trip was great for all of us. The activities were a blast, our guide was top-notch and everything went just as we had hoped. We really loved it and would highly recommend Galakiwi to anyone thinking of a land-based Galapagos trip.
    Larry Katz, USA
    10-day Galapagos Adventure Tour, December 2015
  • Rachel Mundy, New Zealand - Galapagos Biking Tour
    The Galapagos mountain biking adventure trip was an amazing experience. Having to dodge a giant tortoise in the middle of the road is not something that happens every day. A great way to see these beautiful and unique islands in a slightly more detailed way.
    Rachel Mundy, New Zealand
    Galapagos Biking Tour
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