The people of the Galapagos are on the whole Roman Catholic, and speak mainly Spanish. They are used to tourists, and are, generally speaking, very friendly and helpful. They spend a lot of their time being photographed and I can imagine it can get quite tedious. So don’t forget to ask before taking photos, as it’s quite rude not to, and people can take offence.
On San Cristobal there is a Banco del Pacifico with a money exchange service and an ATM. Cash in the form of US$ or Travellers cheques are accepted, but not credit cards, elsewhere on the islands.

High seasons --> Dec/Jan & Easter & Jun/Aug

The electricity is cut off at 11pm or earlier.

Some of the things you should bring from home or the mainland are:
  • Seasickness pills
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera Film
  • Batteries
  • Toiletries
  • Medication
  • Mosquito net
  • Swiss army knife
  • Needle and cotton
  • Tampons
  • Condoms
  • Universal sink plug
  • Small pair of scissors
  • Padlock
  • 1 or 2 good long novels

As with all third world countries there is a lot of poverty, so take care of revealing expensive items, cameras, jewellery, and the like In some of the countries you travel through to get to the Galapagos, it can encourage thieves. Even though problems of this nature are rare on the islands. Although you will be on the equator, it is cooler than expected and you may be travelling through forests, climbing volcanoes, horse riding, mountain biking, and getting wet a lot of the time, there is also a sociable night life, and sunbathing, in fact there are no end of activities for you, so make sure you bring adequate clothing for all occasions.