Frequently Asked Questions
About Your Trip
All you must take to snorkel is swim-wear, but a t-shirt and water-resistant sun cream are strongly advised to help keep that equatorial sunshine off your back. You can hire a snorkel and mask and fins (flippers) on the boat (each $2.50 per day) if you don't want to bring your own.
Karol Rogacki - Customer Operations
This is the Equator, but due to the currents waters are generally cool. Saying that, most people are comfortable without a wetsuit. If you are sensitive to cold you may want to take your own, but you can hire a wetsuit on the boat ($30 for the week). You don't need to prebook this, so you can always decide once you feel the water temperature for yourself!
Karol Rogacki - Customer Operations
Yes - all cabins have power points. You will need to take an adaptor for US plugs (a universal adaptor is probably best).
Catriona Griffin - Sales
The seas are generally roughest from June - October, but sea sickness can affect people at any time of year. As a motor yacht, the Cachalote has a deep keel and this helps reduce rocking of the boat, but if you think you are susceptible or unsure, then we recommend taking anti-motion sickness pills with you. Stugeron is a brand that many clients have found helps. Most people only get minimal symptoms of sea sickness at most and this should in no way dissuade you from visiting these incredible islands.
Dan Cockburn - Product Manager
Ecuador Specific Questions
Most clients are eligible to travel via the US under the US Visa Waiver Programme, however to do this you must register for an ETA (Electronic Travel Authority). This must be done prior to departure - more details can be found at www.exodus.co.uk/usvisa.
Rebecca Caldicott - Customer Operations
Since US dollar is the official currency of Ecuador it is definitely the best option to go for. Sterling. although not necessarily very difficult to change. may incur a poor exchange rate. ATMs are becoming more common but you shouldn't rely on them 100% in case there are any problems. Exchanging travellers cheques could be a pretty time consuming operation.
Obtaining change for larger denomination banknotes (US$100 and US$50) can be very difficult, and in many cases they may not even be accepted (especially $100 notes) so our suggestion is not to bring them with you at all. You may find it strange but people in Ecuador (and other South American countries) could be a bit fussy about the condition of banknotes and may not be happy to accept a torn or heavily used note (the higher denomination, the more likely it is).
If flying to the Galapagos you will be asked to pay $110 in cash to cover for the immigration control card ($10) and Galapagos tax ($100). If you are sailing on the Cacholote, you will actually only need some money for alcoholic drinks on board (soft drinks $1.50, beer $2, cocktails $3-6), gratuities and souvenirs. You will need to take a bit more cash with you if you want to hire snorkelling equipment or a wetsuit on the boat. Cards or travellers cheques are not accepted on board the yacht and ATMs in the Galapagos are very limited.
Karol Rogacki - Americas Operations
Please visit the Exodus Travel Guide to Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands where you can find out what plugs they use, as well as more detailed Country information in the menu on the left of the page.
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