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.
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!"
"Thank you so much again for the helping us coordinate this unforgettable travel experience. We're so impressed by how organized Yampu was - from the moment we landed to the moment we left, we were attended to by the most knowledgeable and friendly local guides, and the logistics went so smoothly that we never had to spend a moment being anxious as we navigate our many flights, hotels, and locations across different countries and was able to instead thoroughly immerse ourselves in the beauty of Galapagos and the wonders of Peru. I can see why two different friend groups had recommended Yampu to us, and I've already sang Yampu's praises to several of my friends who marveled at our Instagram / Facebook photos :) All of us cannot imagine travelling again across different countries without Yampu - and we're already excited for our travels in 2018 and onwards!"
"My family and I had a great time on the trip to Peru and the Galapagos - I really enjoyed the tour guides in Peru who were very professional and informative, and the Galapagos was unforgettable. If only we had had more time to experience more of the islands. I thought the visit to Misminay was a very nice touch as well - my mom had a lovely time bonding with the villagers in particular and the food was very good. The hike to Huayna Picchu was certainly not easy, but worth it. We didn't have an issue with it, but I think that some travelers might benefit from knowing that the hike to Huayna Picchu itself is strenuous, while the additional circuit to the Temple of the Moon (which we also did) is also difficult, as correctly advertised. I definitely wouldn't do it if it had been raining, but we lucked out and it was sunny on that day. The restaurant you recommended in Cuzco - Cicciolina - is excellent as well. Definitely would encourage anyone to visit that place. The city tour that Ernesto gave us was also great - he had a lot of great insights we wouldn't have known. In terms of the Galapagos and Ecuador, Guayaquil is obviously not a place with lots of tourist sights, but I think Felix did a good job and the tour of the Las Penas area was quite interesting. I'm not sure if it would have been useful to have the hotel located in an area such as downtown though, as there weren't many eating options around the Wyndham except for Las Penas which is more bars than restaurants. The Galapagos obviously was great, and the Isabela II is a wonderful ship. 3 people in one room would've been tight though, but we got lucky as the boat wasn't at capacity and so the boat had an extra room for us."