Sunday, 22 July 2012

How to get to The Galapagos Islands?

The Galapagos Islands are located 1060km (600miles)  west of the Ecuadorian mainland in the Pacific Ocean.

You must take an international flight to Ecuador, to arrive either at the city of Quito or at the city of Guayaquil. There are non-stop flights from several US cities like Houston (United), Atlanta (Delta) and Miami (
American Airlines), as well as from European cities like Amsterdam (KLM) and Madrid (Iberia).
From other cities in US or Europe 1 stop flights are available either via US cities above or via Bogota and Panama City.

It is recommend to arrive into Quito or Guayaquil at least two days before the scheduled Galapagos travel dates (especially for cruises) in case there are flight delays or cancellations.

Transportation from the Ecuador mainland to Galapagos is somewhat limited.
There are 2 airlines that fly out to the Galapagos on a daily basis: TAME Airlines and AEROGAL Airlines.
There are two airports in Galapagos: One on Baltra Island (Where Celebrity Xpedition cruises starts from) and the other in the port town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, on San Cristobal Island. Which airport you fly to will depend on where your Galapagos trip starts from.

Flights departing from Quito stop in Guayaquil before continuing to the Galapagos Islands.
The flight time between Quito and Guayaquil is roughly 35 minutes and from Guayaquil to Galapagos is roughly 1½ hour..
 Things to keep in mind when checking your bags in at the Quito/Guayquil airport: 
  • All of your luggage will undergo a search for food or plant products that could introduce harmful organisms into the Galapagos ecosystem. Be prepared to open your bags before you check them in at the desk. 
  • Strict luggage allowances are vigorously enforced. You are permitted 20 kg (44 lbs) of checked luggage. 

We have selected the 10-nights  Celebrity Xpedition cruise tour,  where flight from Quito to Baltra is included.

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