Be in the know before you go
A valid passport is required to travel and should have at least 6 months validity after your return home. You should have at least 2 blank pages per country that you are visiting. If your passport does not meet this requirement at the time of departure, you can be denied boarding for your international flight and may consequently incur additional expenses You do not need a visa to enter Ecuador as a tourist with a US passport. However, we always recommend that you double check this for last minute changes with your local consulate.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued a travel alert for countries and territories where Zika virus has been found in Ecuador. If you are pregnant or plan to be pregnant, please consult your doctor before traveling to Ecuador. For up to date information on recommended and required vaccinations and general health travel tips for Colombia please visit the CDC Website, then use the drop down menu to select the countries you are visiting. Please consult with your physician for clarification or concerns regarding recommended or required vaccinations.
Special Considerations for Travel to the Galapagos: Your Galapagos Island Fee ($100) and INGALA card ($20) have been pre-paid by Yampu Tours on your behalf unless you have been advised otherwise by your Tour Consultant. The Galapagos itineraries are subject to change without previous notice, due to weather conditions or Galapagos National Park regulations. The order of the activities is also subject to confirmation by the Galapagos cruise company and will be reconfirmed on arrival.
By traveling to the Galapagos with Yampu Tours, you will be making the choice to travel responsibly. As members of IGTOA (International Galapagos Tour Operators Association), Yampu donates $7 for every traveler that travels to the Galapagos with us. We are dedicated to helping preserve the islands while supporting sustainable ecotourism. As an IGTOA member, we are informed, involved, and concerned.
There will also be an optional Galapagos Conservation contribution of $50 per passenger added to your final proposal. The contribution will go towards:
* Creating benefits and educational opportunities for local people.
* Strengthening responsible tourism management.
* Building strong financial support for conservation among the travel industry and travelers.
* Promoting high professional standards for the tourist industry.
IMPORTANT NOTE: As of August 21st, 2018, foreign tourists entering Continental Ecuador will no longer need to take out health insurance, according to the recent Organic Law for the Promotion of Production, Attraction of Investments, Employment Generation and Fiscal Balance
Please note these FAQ’s and Special Considerations for Travel to the Galapagos Islands:
- The representative of the cruise company will meet you at the airport in Quito. They will meet you at the LATAM Airlines exclusive counter and assist with your check-in and luggage. This representative will also deliver your cruise voucher and boarding pass.
- Included in the vouchers you will have a receipt for the Galapagos National Park Fees ($100) and the Ingala ($20) which have been prepaid on your behalf.
- On arrival in the Galapagos, the customs agent will have a list of all clients that have prepaid the fees so all you will need to do is show your passport and voucher. You will then receive a copy of the entrance ticket.
- The Anti-Narcotics Police in Quito are randomly checking the luggage of travelers flying from Quito to the Galapagos Islands. If you are taking one of these flights, you will be required to check your own luggage at the airline ticket counter and you must keep your luggage tag with you. Please be aware that a police officer may ask you to open your suitcase(s) for a more in-depth inspection.
Additional notes for the Galapagos:
The Galapagos cruise takes you to Isabela Island. Please take note that the local authorities in Puerto Villamil, Isabela charge a tax/landing fee of $20 US dollars per person, and must be paid upon arrival. This tax is for maintenance and the use of the town’s facilities (landing dock).
The itineraries are subject to change without previous notice, due to weather conditions or Galapagos National Park regulations. The order of the activities is also subject to confirmation by the Galapagos cruise company and will be reconfirmed on arrival.
The daily boat trips are subject to availability, weather conditions and Galapagos National Park authorizations. Possible places to visit Bartolome, North Seymour, South Plazas and Santa Fe.
Please note that we need scanned copies of your passport(s) for travel to the Galapagos. Please provide us with a copy of your passport at your earliest convenience.
Travelers must clean and wash their shoe soles before arrival to the Galapagos Islands and in this way avoid any inconvenience, trouble or even a fine considered by the Galapagos National Park Officer.
"Great boat/accommodations; guide; every member of the crew was helpful and disciplined (without being obnoxious). The food was very good. Our brief time in Quito was great, too: very good guide, driver and hotel. We got a good feel for the city in a day and a half.We will highly recommend working with Yampu if anyone wants to know about our trip."
"Karolina helped me to plan a custom trip to three places in South America that were on our wish list. She bundled flights to get a better price than I could do on my own. The accommodations were outstanding for the areas we visited. We had excellent local guides. In addition, she corresponded with me during the trip to make sure that everything was going smoothly. Karolina was recommended by a friend and she delivered for us."
Nothing but top-notch guides and accommodations made our trip an amazing experience and adventure!"
Our experience with Yampu was a clear win for us. We were treated by every guide with the utmost respect, patience and dignity. We often had to depend on our guided for language interpretation, currency information and assistance at borders. Each one was knowledgable of their locale and had an obvious love of their job and culture."
"Yampu tours created the most amazing experience in Ecuador for us! I traveled with my sister and my dad and the trip was enjoyable for all of us with varying interests. We had amazing guides for every leg of the trip and everything was flawlessly coordinated including the (many) boats we took throughout the Galapagos. Most importantly, we felt safe and well-cared for. Cannot recommend this company enough!"
"What a wonderful experience! Started when we were met at the airport and transferred to our hotel. Our Yampu tour agent made sure everything was taken care of and then the next day met us and delivered us to the airport where we were met by the guide for our Amazon jungle tour. Every step of the way we were met by friendly, knowledgeable people who took care of us and made traveling in a foreign country not only stress-free but fun. Can’t say enough good things about the experience. Thank you so much."
We just got back from a three-week private tour of Ecuador, Peru, and Chile that involved 12 flights, 9 hotels, two trains, and countless buses and trains. Every single aspect of this challenge was executed without a hitch. To make things even more challenging for them, we have very defined preferences for accommodations and activities. Maggie and Yampu did a fabulous job picking properties that provided us great variety while remaining true to our tastes and tolerances. Their onsite guides were all very good, too. I look forward to the opportunity to use them again soon!"