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.
of the things you should bring from home or the mainland are:
pair of scissors
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.