The US dollar is the official currency of Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. The Ecuadorian government adopted the dollar as its national currency in 2000.
There are no vaccinations required to visit the Galapagos Islands. If you are planning to spend more time in Ecuador, especially in the rain forest or Amazon area, vaccinations and immunizations are strongly recommended. However, health recommendations and required vaccinations change frequently, so we recommend that you consult your health provider several weeks before your […]
Although never guaranteed, chances are that you will see an abundance of wildlife each and every day you are visiting the Galapagos Islands. There are 27 species of reptiles found on the Galapagos, which are divided into five families as follows: snakes, geckos, Iguanas, lava lizards and the giant tortoises. There are around 29 types […]
The Galapagos is always abuzz with wildlife activity, from curious mating dances and building nests, to drastic appearance changes (makeover!) and raising young. Although Mother Nature has a mind of her own and doesn’t always adhere to the following, below you will find what is most common to see in the Galapagos each month of […]
The best time to go SCUBA diving in the Galapagos is from September to November when the water is clearest. During these months, seal pups are abundant, booby, frigate and albatross chicks can be seen. However, also rougher seas can be present in these months. From Novermber to April, the water is warmer and calmer […]
The Galapagos Islands (or Archipelago de Colon) make up a Province of Ecuador. They are located 600 miles (1000 kilometers) directly west of the Ecuadorian coast on the Equator. They were formed from underwater volcanoes, with the oldest islands in the southeastern section of the archipelago. The nineteen islands vary widely in flora, fauna, size, and landscape.
The fuel surcharge for a Galapagos cruise is a rather complicated affair, as it has nothing to do with the retail price of gasoline or diesel in Ecuador. Fuel prices in Ecuador have been subsidized by the Ecuadorian government for quite some time. In 2008, for the first time, the government decided to adjust their […]
The Galapagos Islands are part of the Ecuador National Park system and a US$100 per adult, or US$50 per child (12 and under), user fee is charged (subject to change). Please keep in mind that the fee must be paid in cash upon entry at the airport; there is no ATM in the airport, so […]
The most common ailment of the tourist in Central or South America is traveler’s diaherra; about 50% of tourists to Central and South America suffer from this at one point or another. To prevent traveler’s diarrhea, drink bottled water, use a water filter, or iodine tablets. Most cases of travelers’ diarrhea are mild and do […]
In order to enter Belize, all travelers will need a passport valid for at least 6 months after they depart. Visas are not currently required for travelers from the US, Canada, the United Kingdom, and most other countries.
In an emergency dial 911. There are excellent hospitals in certain areas of Belize. Clinics are spread throughout the country but are not equipped for certain emergencies and may not have an English speaking doctor.
The tap water is generally not safe to drink in Belize. Bottled water is readily available at tourist sites, hotels, and restaurants. Don’t forget to use bottled water when brushing your teeth as well. Ice is not always made with boiled/ bottled water. Order your beverages without ice or ask your tour leader if the […]
As Belize is a member of the British Commonwealth, English is the primary language spoken. You will hear some locals speaking in various dialects, but local kids are educated in English and English is widely spoken.
No immunizations are currently required for visiting Belize. Hepatitis A and Typhoid are recommended. Medications to prevent malaria are also recommended, though some travelers opt not to take them. For the most current information, please consult your doctor and/or check out the Center for Disease Control’s page on Traveler’s Health in Belize.
Rice, beans, tortillas, tropical fruit, and fresh vegetables are some of the standard foods that travelers can expect in Belize. Much of the cuisine is borrowed from Mexico, the US, the UK, and the Caribbean.
Belize is six hours behind GMT, the same as Central Standard Time (CST). They do not observe daylight-savings time so during the months of April-October, Belize is on Mountain Standard Time (MST).
The weather is similar to Southern Florida with slightly warmer winters and summers. In the winter the occasional cold fronts, “northerns” do come down from the gulf of Mexico and pass through Belize. At these times it can be overcast, windy, rainy and choppy on the water. The dry season is April, May and late […]
The local currency in Belize is the Belizean dollar. The exchange rate is about US$1 = BZ$2, though many banks will give you a slightly lower rate. Most restaurants, markets, and other service providers will readily accept US dollars. They will generally give you change in Belizean dollars unless you request otherwise. ******** Looking for […]
Belize uses 110 volt, 60 cycle electricity, same as the US. Plugs are typically the 2 pronged flat type so US travelers will not need a converter or adapter. Looking for a great trip to Belize? Check out Detour’s Belize Trips.
When you’re excited about an upcoming trip, what do you do? Do you make all your friends jealous by talking about it non-stop? Do you check your passport expiration date for the millionth time? Or do you write poems?? World traveler Glenn Nelson was so excited about his upcoming trip to the Galapagos Islands that he […]
Trip: Galapagos Islands on the Eden We went aboard the Eden with very average expectations and were overly impressed in every area, especially the guide, Reuben Montalvo and the crew. Helpful, careful, knowledgeable, cheerful, fun and always sensitive, inclusive and caring. As good as good could be. We loved it all and were sad to […]
Trip: Galapagos Islands Multisport Adventure This trip kept two very energetic people pretty darn busy! The snorkeling was so amazing. The animals did not spook easily. We played with a sea lion pup for 1.5 hours and could have stayed ALL day. We were the only people in the popular snorkeling area at the time […]
The New Quito International Airport is scheduled to open on February 21, 2013. When this airport opens, all air traffic to and from Quito will be routed through this airport, and the old airport (Mariscal Sucre) will no longer be in use. So you don’t have to worry about which you will use for your […]