Immunizations are not required to visit Ecuador or the Galapagos. That said, we always recommend consulting your doctor or travel clinic, especially if you also plan to visit the rainforest.
If an ongoing medical condition may require attention, please let us know so we can be prepared should an emergency arise. Should you become ill we can provide you with details of English speaking physicians or help contact your Consulate or Embassy. If you take regular medication, don’t forget to pack enough for your whole trip!
The sun in the equatorial latitude is quite strong, even on cloudy days, so we recommend you wear and carry sunscreen at all times. In particular, some islands have little shade so it’s a good idea to protect your head, face, arms and legs while visiting them. Sunglasses are also useful against glare.
Please consider these recommendations while you are here:
- Do not drink tap water
- Avoid ice in your drinks – although it is usually fine in larger hotels, restaurants, and cruise and liveaboard boats (check with your guide).
- Be careful of eating raw foods, vegetables and salads, always prefer cooked food.
- If you have any allergies or dietary requirements be sure to advise your travel agent, tour operator or us in advance.
- Always use sunscreen even on cloudy days
Good general health is recommended for visitors to the Galapagos as it is a more active holiday destination. On most days you will probably be taking long walks in warm weather, cycling and swimming, snorkeling or diving in cooler seas all of which can be tiring. If necessary, include a bit of extra exercise (walking, swimming, cycling) in your trip preparation so that you can really enjoy your time here.