The hottest months in Galapagos are January-April.
What is the best month to snorkel in Galapagos? When the seas are calm, particularly the months of May June July!
No! No need, lots of cheap taxis and ferries abound!
For the lowest budget Id take ferries between the islands and taxis on the islands themselves, thats how the locals do it!
You should get to the Quito airport 1.5 hrs before any Galapagos flight. The airlines may say to get there sooner but its a small airport and the process is straightforward. When checking in the airline will tell you what to do next, you need to wait in another line and pay a fee, then go through security, thats it! Also fill out a form.
No! In fact, its better if you dont! Get the last minute rates booking in the small mom and pop agencies in the port in Puerto Ayora, some of which are not even online! Often, you can get a $10,000 cruise for $1500 if booked last minute once in Galapagos. Also, theres many free or budget things to do on the islands too like rent a bike!
The ferries in Galapagos are more for the locals transiting between islands and generally cost around $25 one way.
Do you need cash in the Galapagos Islands? Cash is king in a place like Ecuador, take as much as you feel comfortable carrying, many places still entering 2024 dont take cards or Venmo or Paypal. Some places that may sell to you online prior to arrival may accept cards though.
What month is best for Galapagos?
Any month except October when seas are particularly rough. Id also avoid peak travel times like mid-summer in North America and late December, and also spring break March.
Is 3 days enough for Galapagos? I would say NO. COnsidering many of the islands are quite different, id suggest at least a 5 day trip to visit 2 islands is best. but for those with more time 7-14 days may be better.