Our Llama Expeditions adventures are designed for the physically active and culturally curious who want to reconnect with their inner Indiana Jones.
You’ll need to be fit enough to hike, snorkel, swim, kayak or do any of the other activities described in the itinerary.
You’ll also need to be flexible and open-minded. Things work differently in other countries. And, while we are on top of all the details, unexpected events can occur. It’s all part of the adventure.
Our trips are designed for travelers who are 21+.
All participants must be 21 and over for liability reasons.
Our guides are phenomenal!
All of our guides are licensed by the Ecuadorian government and have many years of experience leading adventures.
They all have first aid training and many have earned a Wilderness First Responder certificate.
Our guides speak both English and Spanish. They love what they do and are thrilled to have the opportunity to show you their homeland.
We follow the protocols of whichever country we visit.
Our COVID-19 policies are subject to change and we will update them as new information becomes available.
We like to keep groups small.
Groups are generally no bigger than 8 to 12 participants. We cap our group size at 8 for the Galapagos.
Our adventure are designed and priced assuming that you will.
But if you need your own space, just let us know.
We are happy to offer you your own room for the additional cost of the room.
We can easily accommodate a variety of dietary restrictions.
Please let us know about your dietary requirements in advance.
We cannot cater for those with severe nut allergies.
If you have any other medical requirements, please advise.
The Galapagos Islands is one of those rare places that you can truly enjoy all year round.
That said, what animals you see can depend on the time of year.
For example, your best chance of seeing the Galapagos penguin is during June through August.
The weather can be downright steamy during the day and then cool off during the evening.
Dressing in layers is a definite must.
We will also send you a packing list to help ensure that you come prepared
Yes. Because the planes are small, baggage must NOT weigh more than 35 pounds per person.
There is a $2/lb. charge for additional weight. However, there are no guarantees that the airline will be able to accommodate you.
Keep in mind that there are no other flights or airlines flying this route.
The hotels have fans. And, some hotels even have pools or are beachfront properties.
But, alas, there is no air conditioning.
Good news US travelers. Ecuador uses the US dollar.
There are ATMs with directions in English readily available in Guayaquil and at the airport. There are also ATMs on the Galapagos Islands.
If you are not sure if you will find an ATM at a particular place, check with your guide.
Be aware that some ATMs in Ecuador do not automatically release your card when they dispense cash. You may need to request card return by pushing a button. Always take an extra few seconds to verify that you have your card before you walk away.
Many ATMs have instructions in English and your guide can also help you use them, if necessary.
Make sure to talk with your bank before you leave for Ecuador. You should find out what, if any, fees you’ll be charged.
Also have your bank note the dates you will be in Ecuador to avoid the possibility of having problems using your ATM card. Just in case there is a problem, you should also get the number of the bank to call from Ecuador. There is often a different customer service number to call from overseas.
Credit cards are accepted in many hotels, restaurants, and shops in major cities such as Quito and Guayaquil. However, in small towns on the Galapagos Islands, cash is still king.
Some hotels and restaurants also charge a different price if you use a credit card. They will add an 8 to 10 percent surcharge to the bill. In these situations, clearly, using cash is preferable.
You should check with your credit card company before you leave for Ecuador to find out what, if any, fees they will charge if you use your card in Ecuador.
Be sure that your credit card company notes the dates you will be in Ecuador to avoid problems with your credit card. Just in case there is a problem, get the number of the credit card company to call from Ecuador. There is often a different customer service number to call from overseas.
US citizens need a passport with 6+ months of validity remaining to enter Ecuador. The Galapagos Islands are a part of Ecuador.
It is your responsibility to check on current entrance requirements with local immigration offices or the Ecuadorian embassy.
You can plug in Apple devices (iPhone, Mac) without a problem.
You will need to bring a converter and an adapter in order to plug in other devices (camera battery chargers, blow dryers, etc.)
You should check the CDC website to see which immunizations are currently recommended.