The Galapagos Islands in Ecuador are located in the Pacific Ocean and attract nature and animal lovers from all around the world. The Galapagos Islands are one of the most spectacular big fish areas. One of the biggest attractions include huge schools of hammerhead sharks and Galapagos sharks, sea lions and many sea turtles.
The gateway to the Galapagos Islands are Quito and Guayaquil in Ecuador. Divers have to overnight here before continuing on to the outer islands.
Depending on your origin of travel there are several international gateways to Quito and Guayaquil:
From North America
Flights from the United States to Quito are operating with Delta Airlines from Atlanta or New York, with United Airlines from Houston and with American Airlines from Miami. Guayaquil can also be reached with American Airlines from Miami or New York.
From South America
Flights to Quito are operating with Avianca or TAME from Bogota, with LAN from Buenos Aires, with LAN or Avianca from Lima and with Copa Airlines from Panama City. Copa Airlines also flies into Guayaquil from Panama City. LAN and Avianca operate from Lima to Guayaquil on a daily basis. Avianca has daily schedules between Bogota and Guayaquil. LAN also flies daily from Santiago de Chile to Guayaquil.
From Australia and Asia
There are no direct flights from Australia and Asia to Ecuador. If you travel from this region, you need to fly via the United States or South America.
There are flights from Sydney to Santiago with LAN or Qantas. You can also fly from Sydney to New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles with American Airlines, Delta Airlines or United Airlines or to Vancouver with Air Canada or Air New Zealand.
The 2 main hubs in Asia are Singapore and Hong Kong. Singapore Airlines flies to New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Houston, whereas Cathay Pacific flies from Hong Kong to Toronto, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. United Airlines and Delta Airlines also operate flights from Asia to North America.
There are flights from many European cities like Frankfurt, Zurich or London to Quito or Guayaquil. They are operated by Iberia or LAN via Madrid. Another possibility is to fly via Amsterdam with KLM.
There are currently 3 airlines (TAME, LATAM and Avianca) that fly from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos Islands. Depending on your final destination, you need to fly to Baltra or San Cristobal, the two local airports. The airport you have to fly to depends on your chosen liveaboard.
As part of your travel plan we will happily assist you in finding the most suitable flight connections to your dive destination. In many cases we can issue the tickets on your behalf.
Air taxes are subject to strong fluctuations and can change daily or until your flight ticket has been purchased. Taxes generally include local airport/security fees, departure taxes, ground handling fees and fuel surcharges.
Should the most convenient route involve instant purchase airfares we can still issue them with your authorisation. All airfares issued by us will attract a small service fee and might be slightly more expensive then the cheapest offers online.
In general, airfares available for purchase online depend on day of departure and time of travel. Those instant purchase airfares require full payment at time of booking. If you choose to arrange your own flights online, we won't be able to provide any services for seat reservations, schedule or itinerary changes.
Please note that baggage rules and regulations are subject to change at any time.
From North America, most carriers charge fees for check-in baggage. Up to 2 pieces (max. 23kg/50lbs each) can be checked in. From Europe, Iberia allows 2 checked pieces of baggage (max. 23kg/50lbs each) at no charge. From Asia, the 2 piece concept also applies, usually at no extra charge and as long as weight limits are not exceeded. From Australia, charges apply for checked baggage.
Fragile items such as camera, regulator, dive computer etc., should be packed in a small bag and taken as carry-on luggage. Batteries from dive torches, strobes, cameras and other devices should be removed prior to check-in. Be sure your baggage is properly tagged.
International airport information
We highly recommend to fly into Guayaquil (instead of Quito) when joining a cruise to the Galapagos Islands.
Quito's Mariscal Sucre International Airport is the busiest airport in Ecuador and one of the busiest in South America. It is located about 18km (11mi) east of the city. It has an international and domestic terminal.
Guayaquil's Jose Joachin de Olmedo International Airport is only about 5km (3mi) north of Guayaquil's city centre. It has an international and domestic terminal.
TAME, Avianca and LATAM airlines fly from both cities domestic terminals to the two airports in the Galapagos (Baltra, San Cristobal). Aircrafts usually start in Quito and do a stopover in Guayaquil on their way to the Galapagos Islands.