FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION

Do you have questions about traveling to the Galapagos Islands or your trip aboard the Anahi Yacht Catamaran? Relax, we have the answers below. Click on any of the categories to display the most frequently asked questions related to these topics.

ENTRY TO THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

What is the transit control card (TCT)?

The Government Council of Galapagos uses the Transit Control Card (TCT) to monitor the time of stay of visitors on the islands. The TCT is mandatory for all travelers and has an additional value that must be paid before your trip to the islands.

Where can I pay for the TCT and how much does it cost?

The Transit Control Card (TCT) costs USD$20.00 and must be paid in cash at your departure airport (either Quito or Guayaquil) before checking in for your flight to the islands. Visitors must approach a booth designated for this purpose at the airport with their airline tickets to obtain the card.

Can I pay the TCT with a credit card or other forms of payment?

The Transit Control Card (TCT) can only be paid in cash. Other forms of payment are not accepted.

How much is the entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park (PNG)?

The entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park (PNG) depends on the age and nationality of the traveler.

  • Foreign tourists (without Ecuadorian nationality): Over 12 years old pay USD$100.00 and children 12 years and under pay USD$50.00.
  • Tourists from the Andean Community and Mercosur: Over 12 years old pay USD$50.00 and children 12 years and under pay USD$25.00.
  • Tourists with Ecuadorian nationality: Over 12 years old pay USD$6.00 and children 12 years and under pay USD$3.00.
Where can I pay the entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park (PNG)?

The Galapagos National Park (PNG) entrance fee must be paid in cash at the Galapagos airport (Baltra or San Cristobal) upon arrival. At the arrival airport you will find a stand designated for this purpose.

Can I pay the entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park (PNG) using credit card or other forms of payment?

The entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park (PNG) can only be paid in cash. Other forms of payment are not accepted.

WHAT TO BRING?

What should I pack for my trip to Galapagos?

Although the Galapagos Islands are located on the equator, the temperature varies during the year between 18°C and 30°C (64.5 ° F and 86 ° F). We suggest that you include light clothing, a windbreaker jacket, sports shoes, a bathing suit, a sun hat, and sun cream in your luggage.

How much money should I bring?

The amount of cash you should bring depends on the duration of your cruise, however we suggest that you bring enough cash to cover the following expenses: transit control card (TCT), entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park ( PNG), alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, souvenirs, wetsuit, tips, etc.

Can I withdraw money from an ATM in Galapagos?

Few navigation itineraries offer free time in the main ports and towns where you can find ATMs to withdraw cash. We suggest that you bring enough cash with you to cover any additional expenses you may have during your trip.

ON BOARD EXPERIENCE

Are there age restrictions to travel aboard the Anahi Yacht Catamaran?

Travelers of all ages are welcome aboard the Anahi Yacht Catamaran. However, children under 18 must be accompanied by their parents who must sign a disclaimer form.

Is there internet on board?

Our yacht does not have internet service on board. In case of emergencies we have a satellite phone as well as all the security equipment required nationally and internationally.

Is there a telephone signal on board?

In the Galapagos Islands the telephone signal is very limited. Although at certain points of visit there will be no telephone signal, in the main ports of the islands you can have access to telephone signal. We suggest purchasing a national SIM card to have greater telephone coverage.

Can you smoke on board?

According to regulations of the Galapagos National Park, it is strictly forbidden to smoke at visiting points. Similarly, smoking is prohibited on board the yacht due to the risk of fire and accidents.

Can I extend my stay before or after my cruise?

Yes! The Galapagos Islands are a natural paradise to which you will always want to return. Ask our travel advisers about programs to extend your stay in Galapagos. We will be happy to organize an unforgettable experience together with our sister companies: Ikala Galápagos Hotel and our Island Hopping Yacht Galapagos Elements Wind.

PAYMENTS ON BOARD

What is included in the package tour?

All our tours (of 4, 5, 8, 11, 12, or 15 days) include: all the meals indicated in the itinerary, coffee and tea station, purified water dispenser, excursions mentioned in the program, transfers to and from the Anahi Yacht Catamaran, bilingual naturalist guide (Spanish / English) certified by the Galapagos National Park, and mask + fins for snorkeling.

What is not included in the package tour?

All our tours (of 4, 5, 8, 11, 12, or 15 days) do not include: meals not indicated in the itinerary, additional alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, domestic and international flights, entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park, Transit Control Card, personal travel insurance, tips for guide and crew, surcharges for increased fuel costs, and wetsuit for snorkeling.

How much are drinks on board?

All our tours include a permanent coffee and tea station as well as a purified water dispenser. Any other alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink have an additional cost. Prices may vary but generally cost between USD$5.00 and USD$10.00 for non-alcoholic beverages and beer, between USD$10.00 and USD$15.00 for cocktails, and between USD$30.00 and USD$60.00 for a bottle of wine.

How much is the rental cost of a wetsuit for snorkeling?

Although the rental of a wetsuit is not mandatory for snorkeling, we suggest doing so because the water temperature can vary between 18°C and 24°C (64.5°F and 75°F). Below the costs for wetsuit rental:

  • Itineraries B1 and B2 (8 days): $ 40.00
  • Itinerary A2 (5 days): $ 25.00
  • Itinerary A1 (4 days): $ 20.00
  • Cost per day: $ 10.00
How much is the cost of uncorking alcoholic beverages?

The uncorking value varies between USD$20.00 and USD$40.00 according to the alcoholic beverage consumed on board.

What payment methods are allowed on board?

Debit or credit cards (except American Express) with a minimum consumption of USD$50.00 or cash (only American dollars USD $).

How much is it suggested as tip for the guide and crew?

Tips for the guide and crew are at own will and represent additional income for the local families of the crew members. If you want to leave a tip, we suggest the amounts per person as described below:

  • Itinerary 4 days: crew $50.00 and guide $30.00
  • Itinerary 5 days: crew $60.00 and guide $40.00
  • Itinerary 8 days: crew $100.00 and guide $60.00
  • Itinerary 11 days: crew $130.00 and guide $80.00
  • Itinerary 12 days: crew $140.00 and guide $90.00
  • Itinerary 15 days: crew $160.00 and guide $110.00