Destination guide: Galapagos Islands

Useful information about Galapagos Islands



The cuisine of the Galapagos Islands is characterized by the unique flavor and freshness of its preparations such as ceviche of lobster and a seafood called "canchalagua."

On the other hand, those who have visited the islands recommend not leave without first testing a delicious fish and onion soup.



The official currency of Ecuador is the US dollar (US$) which replaced the country's former currency - the Sucre - in 2000. Bills are available in 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 dollar; coins are available in 1 dollar and 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 cent.



All goods and services for purchase on the Galapagos Islands and in Ecuadorian territory include a 12% Value Added Tax (VAT).


Official language

The official language spoken on the Galapagos Islands and throughout Ecuador is Spanish, but there are variations depending on the zone of the country including Coastal, Andean and Amazonian.


Time zone

Ecuador is divided into two time zones: GMT -5 on the mainland (also known as ECT or Ecuador Time) and GMT -6 in the Galapagos province.


Electric current

Electrical outlets in the Galapagos Islands operate at 120 volts and 60 Hertz. If any of your electronic devices operate at a different voltage, you are encouraged to travel with a power adaptor.


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