Galapagos Adventure Planner
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The Galapagos entry fee is currently 100 USD per person This fee must be paid, in cash, at the your airport of arrival. If you do not pay, you will not be allowed to leave the terminal – so please make sure you have the means to pay the Galapagos entrance fee! We have also been told there is an additional $20 entrance
In the last decade, tourism has spiralled in the islands and the transit card allows the INGALA (the Ecuadorian governmental agency that regulates the Galapagos Islands) to keep solid records of the number of visitors, length of stay, etc. The card costs $20 USD and must be obtained at the airport prior to departure.
Don’t forget to fill out your Declaration of Health. Please read and understand all information on the site. There is then a link to the Traveler Health page below “Country Specific Information”
Please remember, 1 piece of luggage and 1 carry due to space limits.
Additional resources: https://www.klm.com.ec/en/information/covid-19/travel-requirements/country
Please make sure we have your flight information so we can provide transportation. If you have questions please contact us at Events@My1FitLife.com
Please visit the following link for all entrance requirements. My1FitLife Adventures does it’s best to keep up with COVID related requirements, however, we highly encourage you to talk to your travel agent as well as your doctor for additional vaccinations they recommend.
Welcome to My1FitLife Adventures first ever Galapagos Adventure! We will use this page for any updates we receive, as well as to assist with packing, traveling, and miscellaneous information. As we get closer to the trip and once we are traveling we will use the group chat in What’s App.
We have unfortunately seen first hand what happens when you do not have travel insurance. Due to the pandemic and the ever-changing world of travel we now require each traveler to purchase travel insurance. Typically it is very affordable and can save you thousands if needed. We use World Normads.
Travel Insurance policies differ, so please be sure to ask and get specifics about what your policy will and will not cover.
*YOU ARE ALLOWED ONE PIECE OF LUGGAGE AND ONE CARRY ON ONLY.
Lightweight clothing that can be layered
Sweaters or fleece jacket
T-shirts and tank tops (be respectful of the culture you are visiting)
Pants and/or shorts
Belt (check out this one for a ingenuitive money protection option)
Comfortable walking shoes and hiking shoes
Rain jacket, windbreaker, or umbrella
Sunglasses and glasses case
Hat or sun visor
Scarf or bandana
Swimsuit or swim trunks (consider a clean/dirty organizer)
Cell phone and charger
Travel pillow, eye mask, and earplugs
Electric converters and adapters
Travel apps that will help with language, directions, money conversion, and digital journaling. We Use What’s App. Free download and very user friendly.
You’ll want to pack smart (not lots of) clothing options if your trip will take you to a variety of places, or conversely if you will be navigating off the beaten path. Having a packing list with several options doesn’t mean you’ll need to over-pack. (And in fact, you shouldn’t.) Just pack smart. Include clothing that can be worn on your daily adventures and then dressed up slightly with a different pair of shoes and a scarf. Maybe a dress that becomes a skirt, or comfortable travel pants that can be dressed up for a day at the market. Also, consider clothing with SPF or mosquito repellency if you’ll be in environments where that would be beneficial.
PACK YOUR TOILETRY BAG
If you’re carrying on, keep your toiletry bag light and TSA-compliant. The TSA’s 3-1-1 rule makes it easy to remember: liquids, gels, aerosols, creams, and pastes must be 3.4 ounces (100ml) or less per container, and they must be stored in one quart-sized, clear plastic, zip-top bag. To make this as easy as possible for you, we suggest a toiletry set that includes four 3-ounce silicone bottles in a quart-sized clear pouch that’s wipeable and has a water-resistant zipper.
HERE’S A COMPLETE PACKING LIST OF TRAVEL ESSENTIALS FOR YOUR TOILETRY CASE:
THE TOILETRY BAG BASICS
Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash
Hairbrush or comb, hair ties, barrettes/bobby pins
Shampoo and conditioner (Dr. Bronners is a good option all-in-one option for hair care, face wash, laundry, and more.)
Sunscreen and face lotion with SPF
Makeup packed in a washable sac
Face wash and/or makeup remover wipes and Q-tips
Lip balm with SPF and lipstick or lip gloss
Personal hygiene items
Feminine hygiene products
Extra contacts, solution, and contact case
Glasses and prescription sunglasses
Prescription medication with the label/script so that you can refill if needed and not be questioned by TSA.
TOILETRY BAG EXTRAS
Personal mini mirror
Hair products like hairspray, hair gel, and beard oil
Clothesline and detergent
Shaving kit and extra razors
Sewing kit/clothing care kit, stain remover
Facial tissues and/or toilet paper
Nail clippers and tweezers (optionally, scissors, which must be in checked luggage)
- Mobile device and charger
- Laptop, iPad, or E-reader and charger(s)
- Headphones (consider noise-reducing headphones if you’re sensitive to sound)
- Camera and GoPro/video camera, memory card, and chargers
- Electrical converters and adapters
TRAVEL COMFORT, ENTERTAINMENT, AND INFORMATION
- Travel pillow, blanket, eye mask, and earplugs
- Travel journal and pen (it’s awful when you forget your pen!)
- Books and magazines
- Deck of cards and travel games
- Chapstick and lotion (t’s dry up there)
- Water bottle (you’ll need to fill it up once you get through TSA)
- Guide books, travel guides, maps, language guides, etc. (if you will need any of these upon arrival at your destination, put it in your carry-on)
Not sure what you need? Here’s your international travel checklist, document-wise:
- Personal ID/Student ID card
- Frequent flyer card(s) and other loyalty program card numbers (ex: hotel chains and AAA)
- Cash and credit card(s) (call your credit card companies before you travel to inform them of your travel, otherwise they might turn them off to prevent perceived fraud. Also, consider how travel hacking can save you money on the road!)
- Health insurance cards/document(s)
- Travel insurance information
- Reservations and itineraries (print them and save them electronically for easy access)
- Hotel and/or tour contact information
- Transportation tickets (plane, train, bus, car, etc.)
- Emergency contacts and important addresses
- Copies of all these things in case you lose your wallet
- Guide books and maps
Transportation / Accommodation information
Transportation will be provided once you arrive to Baltra Airport. Specific information will be shared on What’s App group chat, however, please head to the main exit of the airport and look for a sign with either your name or My1FitLife Adventures name/Logo.
Please note there is a $100 entrance fee that must be paid in cash when you arrive the the islands. This is included on your adventure, so more information will be posted closer to.
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In consideration of my participation in the foregoing, the undersigned acknowledge and agree to the following:
I am aware of the existence of the risk on my physical appearance to the venue and my participation in the activity of the Organization that may cause injury or illness such as, but not limited to Influenza, MRSA, or COVID-19 that may lead to paralysis or death.
I have not experienced symptoms that of fever, fatigue, difficulty in breathing, or dry cough, or exhibiting any other symptoms relating to COVID-19 or any communicable disease within the last 14 days.
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Following the pronouncements above I hereby declare the following:
I am fully and personally responsible for my own safety and actions while and during my participation and I recognize that I may be in any case be at risk of contracting COVID-19.
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COVID-19 Daily Self- Screening Questions
Do you have a fever (temperature over 100.4F or 38C) without reducing medications?
Do you a loss of smell or taste?
Do you have a cough?
Do you have muscle aches?
Do you have a sore throat?
Do you have shortness of breath?
Do you have chills?
Do you have a headache?
Have you experienced any gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or loss of appetite?
Have you, or anyone you have been in close contact with, been diagnosed with COVID-19 or placed in quarantine for possible exposure to COVID-19?
Have you been asked to self-isolate or quarantine by a medical professional or a local public health official?
If you reply YES to any of the questions in the checklist, stay home.
If you begin to feel ill while at work, you should immediately go home. If possible, avoid all public transportation, or ridesharing. See the “What Should I Do If I Feel Sick” under Novel Coronavirus Virus (COVID-19), Frequently Asked Questions…located on Student Health Services Website. You will be expected to leave campus and self-isolate until all appropriate criteria for your return are met.
WE CANNOT STRESS THIS ENOUGH…Although this adventure does not require any training, you do recommend that you are very comfortable in water activities and being in the ocean as well as being able to carry your own luggage. Galapagos number one priority is the wildlife so finding modern day help ie elevators really do not exist. Please pack accordingly.
Trip Outline and Itinerary
If you are arriving earlier to staying later please make your own transportation arrangements.
Day 1 (May 06th)
Welcome to Galápagos – Santa Cruz Island: Twin Craters (Cráteres Gemelos) – local ranch (Giant Tortoises) ¨El Chato¨
- Arrival at Baltra airport (Galapagos Islands).
- Travelers are responsible to pay $100 cash fee to enter Galapagos Islands.
- Travelers are responsible to pay $5 cash to get the public bus ticket.
- We will make our way to neighboring Santa Cruz with a quick local ferry.
- We will jump right in with a stop in the highlands of Santa Cruz to visit Los Gemelos – or “The Twins” in English – are actually sinkholes.
- After go to a local Giant Tortoise reserve – private area.
- Enjoy lunch at a local ranch.
- Observe these huge, magical creatures in their natural habitat – Giant tortoises.
- After the visit, we will continue to Puerto Ayora-the main town in Santa Cruz Island.
- Deja Vu hotel
- Lunch & Dinner
Day 2 (May 07th)
Santa Cruz: Full day tour North Seymour (Hike and snorkel)
- Take a chartered boat to an uninhabited island for a hike where you will get to experience spectacular panoramic views of the island.
- Get acquainted with the local wildlife as you walk with land Iguanas, Blue-Footed Boobies, Frigates, and more.
- Lunch on board
- Go on an awesome adventure snorkeling among a wide variety of marine life including friendly sea lions, sea turtles, and a huge variety of fish that make this a fantastic place for nature enthusiasts.
- The boat will bring you back to Santa Cruz, and you will take included transportation back to Puerto Ayora for some free time in this wonderful little town.
- Deja Vu
- Breakfast – Lunch & Dinner
Day 3 (May 08th)
Navigate to Isabella Island: Pink Flamingos pond – Arnaldo Tupiza breeding center – PM Snorkeling Concha Perla
- We must be ready in the hotel at 5:30 am to catch up our luggage, head to main port, and take our speedboat to Isabela Island.
- Travelers are responsible to pay $10 cash fee to enter Isabela Island.
- We will visit on our trip to Arnaldo Tupiza breeding center where that are the different species of tortoises of Isabella.
- After take a stroll to Poza de Flamingos and observe the local wildlife in their natural habitat.
- Enjoy a delicious lunch right at the local restaurant
- After lunch, a wooden path are reached Concha Perla. The calm, clear and shallow waters of the bay are ideal for observing the incredible variety of marine life while we do snorkel.
- Visitors can swim and snorkel with tropical fish, sea lions, sea turtles, and observe up to species of birds.
- Cally Hotel
- Breakfast – Lunch & Dinner
Day 4 (May 09th)
Isabela Island – Santa Cruz: Snorkeling and walk Tintoreras Islet – PM Santa Cruz Island
- After our breakfast, we will take a short boat ride toward Islote Las Tintoreras where we will look for the famous Galapagos penguin, white tipped reef sharks, blue-footed boobies, sea turtles, and more!
- Get back in the water for a snorkeling adventure where you will have the chance to swim with sea turtles, colorful fish, and manta rays, among other marine life.
- We will enjoy our last lunch in the Isabela Island
- We must be ready in the hotel at 2.00 pm to catch up our luggage and head to main port and take our speedboat to Santa Cruz
- Deja Vu hotel
- Breakfast – Lunch & Dinner
Day 5 (May 10th)
Santa Cruz: AM Charles Darwin – Coffee natural farm – PM Tortuga Bay
- 08:00 AM Visit the Charles Darwin Station, inaugurated in 1964 so that scientists could use the station as a base for their research on the Galapagos Islands.
- Head out for a scenic walk around the coffee plantation and test the local coffee.
- Head back to Puerto Ayora.
- Head out for a scenic walk to one of the largest white sand beaches in the Galapagos.
- Tortuga Bay is a gorgeous beach accessible only by foot and filled with a variety of activities. A leisurely 45-minute path leads to the beach and along the way; you may spot lava lizards, native birds, and massive marine iguanas.
- Here you will have the option to swim, kayak, or you can just hang out with your friends and the local marine life.
- Deja Vu
- Breakfast – Lunch & Dinner
Day 6 (May 11th)
- Our last breakfast in the Galapagos Island.
- Take our private transportation to Itabaca Channal, go to the airport, and catch up our flight back to Quito.
- Tour leader from CamiAdventures (Galápagos Islands)
- Certified Galapagos Naturalist on the Galapagos Islands.
- Accommodation Deja Vu
- Accommodation Cally
- Meals according in the program.
- Private local transport Santa Cruz Island.
- Private local transport Isabela Island
- Round-trip Speedboat (charter) between Santa Cruz and Isabela Island.
- Chartered boat to Seymour
- Guided tour and entrance to Giant Tortoise Reserve and Local Ranch.
- Experience the largest white sand beach in the Galapagos at Tortuga Bay
- Snorkeling and hiking experience in Tintoreras islet
- Hiking and snorkeling experience in North Seymour
- Airport pick-up upon arrival (Galapagos)
- Airport drop-off upon departure (Galapagos)
- Water taxis (Santa Cruz – Isabela)
- Ferry Baltra – Santa Cruz – Baltra.
- Local flights (Quito – Baltra – Quito).
- Transit control card to Galapagos (It is a permit to enter and to leave for Galapagos – $20 dollars per person). Passengers must pay in Quito or Guayaquil airport.
- Entrance fee to Galapagos National Park ($100 dollars per person) passengers must pay in Galapagos airport.
- Tickets: $5 for public transport from Airport to Itabaca channel per way.
- Entrance fee to Isabela Island ($10 dollars per person)
- Naturalist guide in other language (German, Italian, French, etc.).
- Extra beverages and alcoholic drinks.
- Personal expenses.
- Activities or things not mentioned in the program.
- Tips for guides ($200ish)
Above itinerary are scheduled to change. My1FitLife Adventures team will be sure to try to update everyone on site as much as possible. Please be sure to join the What’s Up Galapagos chat as well.
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Cancellation Policy Reminder
If you must cancel your reservation, your cancellation fee will be determined accordingly:
For US Retreats:
- A $499 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your spot for domestic adventures
For International Retreats:
- A $699 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your spot.
Cancellation :Please understand that the Non-Refundable deposit CANNOT be refunded due to the upfront costs we have to pay.
- If the cancellation occurs 176 days or more prior to trip start date, a refund will be issued in the way the funds were originally received, less the non refundable deposit.
- If the cancellation occurs 175 days or less prior to retreat start date, a credit to a future trip will be issued less the non-refundable deposit and $150 admin fee.
- If a cancellation occurs within 90 days of adventure start date, a credit will be issued for 50% of the funds received, less non-refundable deposit and $150 Admin fee.
- If a cancellation occurs 89-30 days of an adventure, a 25% credit will be given to a future adventure.
- Less than 30 days prior to retreat start date funds are forfeited. No credits issued. Please let us know what your travel insurance company requires for reimbursement.
Travel insurance is designed to help cover your expenses if something goes wrong on your trip, and fill any gaps that wouldn’t be covered by your primary health insurance or other insurance you may have. It’s not meant to be a substitute for health insurance and won’t cover non-essential overseas medical treatment, such as routine exams.
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