Frequently asked questions
Though what you should bring varies with each individual, the length of your visit and even the season; finally it depends on your personal needs and interests. We will give some general indications and suggestions to start with and you decide yourself what is important to you.
The airlines allow you to check-in 20 kgs (44 lbs) for your flight to Galapagos (plus carry on hand luggage). Motor catamaran Galapagos Treasure counts with ample space to store your luggage. The crew helps to carry your luggage safely on board and to your cabin. One of the few complications of a cruise is that the planned route seldom passes by a shop where you can buy something you have forgotten…
But less weight means less hassle, and is more ecological as well. The challenge of every traveller lies in not becoming too bulky, and just bring what is really important. Heavy luggage becomes particular unhandy when you cruise in a narrower yacht, or when you are island hopping and have to haul your luggage in local transportation. When you start and finish in the same mainland hotel you can leave luggage that you don’t need on Galapagos in its depot.
Before you check-in to your flights to and from Galapagos your luggage is X-rayed and hand-controlled to check if you are not bringing or taking prohibited items that seriously threaten the unique ecosystem on and around the islands.
Besides forbidden items, more luxury yachts provide items that you don’t have to bring either (unless you prefer your own items, brands, or have booked an island extension and will stay longer).
Photographers can leave their flashguns at home as well, because it is not allowed to take flash pictures of wildlife (unless they want to take interior pictures during the cruise, of course).
Money & documents
Please bring clean sporting shoes with rubber soles for on board use when you don’t want to walk barefoot. Walks over rough lava fields require sturdy hiking boots, while you probably rather desire to walk beaches barefoot or on light airy sandals, which also serve for wet landings. During your quest for Galapagos giant tortoises in the often muddy highlands you best wear rubber boots, which are provided by the tortoise farm you visit (except for large shoe-sizes; some plastic bags can offer a practical solution for this short walk). The hike to Sierra Negra (Route C) can be muddy as well; in case of really severe climatic conditions we will head to the snorkelling site Concha de Perla as an alternative.
For ecological reasons we recommend to wash your footwear thoroughly before departure, to prevent that you will introduce undesired plant seeds on the islands.
You have to count with all kinds of weather; from intense sunshine (especially in the hot season), drizzle and mist in the highlands, up to fresh morning and evening sea breezes (especially in the evenings, or in the second half of the year). Shorts or bermudas are very practical for hot days and wet landings, as an old T-shirt is, to avoid sunburn during snorkelling without a wet-suit (the salty sea water may affect the textile).
We don’t have a dress-code, so aboard comfortable, casual clothing will do, but when you love to pass a lot of time on the outside decks we suggest to bring some extra pairs of long pants and sweaters with long sleeves. We don’t have laundry service aboard.
Partly optional, depending on your special needs.
Small backpack (for island excursions)
Plastic water bottle (for island excursions and for filling with on board provided water)
Waterproof watch and/or alarm clock (the program is strictly scheduled)
Sunglasses (with a strap)
Extra eye glasses/ extra contact lenses with lens solution (optional)
Ear plugs for reducing engine noise (just in case)
Padlock (optional; only if you feel more comfortable locking your luggage; it’s safe on board)
Plastic bags (always handy, for example for laundry)
Field guide-book (optional, we have a small library on board)
Galapagos map (optional)
Reading book (optional)
Notebook and pen (optional)
Pocket torch/flashlight (optional)
Swiss army knife (optional)
Optional equipment, depending on your special interests and needs.
Motion sickness & first aid
Best consult your doctor which medicine suits best your personal situation (especially in combination with other medications. Moreover, some medicines are prescription-only in most countries).
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