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Galapagos Islands pre-registration for tourist

The Government's Council of Galapagos has issued mew migratory control system for the Galapagos Islands.

According to this new system , since March 11th 2013 , every person who wishes to visit the Galapagos Islands must fill out a registration form online , this has to be filled personally and can't be done by travel agencies .The registration form can be found in the following link , once there please go to PRE-REGISTRO on the left hand side menu , in the middle of this page click on PRE-REGISTRO TURISTAS (TCT) and follow all the steps.

After completing the form , before checking in for your flight at the airport , please go to the "Tarjeta de control de Transito" counter where they will validate your form and verify your identity via biometric control.

Once this procedure is done, please find the door to "Control Pasajeros Galapagos" where the airport workers will check your luggage and aouthorize it to be checked in and finally you can go to the airlines counter and get your boarding pass.

The pre-registration can also be done at the airport but it will only cause you delays  so we recommend doing it before.


Isabela island new visitors tax

Dear Friends

Saludos from AIDA MARIA TRAVEL / Galapagos tours

We hope this email finds you very well , we would like to share last minute information regarding Isabela Island in Galapagos, the
local authorities in Puerto Villamil , Isabela , have started charging a new tax / landing fee of 20 US dollars effective immediately,
this new tax as they say is for the use of the towns facilities (landing dock) and its maintenance .

As You might understand this is completely out of our hands and control ,please we advice all your passengers traveling on our
yachts with itineraries B and/or F that they will have to pay this tax upon arrival to Puerto Villamil , Isabela.

We thank you for your understanding and we apologize for the inconvenience this new law might cause to your passengers but
again, this is absolutely a decision taken by the local authorities.

Please find in the attachment a copy of the law ,which was actually issued in September 2012 but has not being applied until this
week, this is the REGISTRO OFICIAL which is where all ecuadorian laws are published and made effective.

As it reads in paragraph 5 article 25 , " Mandatory .- All persons using the landing dock known as El Embarcadero must pay a
fee upon arrival to Isabela (Puerto Villamil only) for the use of this dock "

Article 26.4 .- " All tourist arriving on day trip yachts and live aboard cruises 10 US dollars for ecuadorians 20US dollars for foreigners"

Thank you very much , please if you need more information contact us at

Kind regards

AIDA MARIA TRAVEL / Galapagos Tours




Quito´s new Mariscal Sucre International Airport was inaugurated Tuesday, February 19th, 2013. It is located in the Tababela Parish, about 12.4 miles (20 km) northeast of downtown Quito. The new airport started operations on February 20th, 2013. Reaching the airport will take you 40 to 90 minutes, according to your location of departure.
There are several ways to arrive to Quito's new airport, the local puplisc transportation offers buses from Quito but this will probably would take a very long time since they stop all the time to pick up new passengers,the second option are direct buses that leave from the old airport on the north side of Quito , they cost 8USD aprox. , the third option are smaller vans that offer the same service from the old airport at a cost of aprox. 16USD , the next option is to go by taxi ,the price depend on the location you are taking the taxi from but for example if you leave from central Quito the price starts at 25USD and can go up to 45USD if you are further away from central Quito.
If you plan to drive yourself, several routes will be available to reach the new terminal. Even though, these will be completed within the next few weeks up to 24 months. Interoceánica Ave Interoceánica avenue will be part of a road network with Ruta Viva and Vía Intervalle. Ruta Viva is parallel to Interoceánica Ave.
Vehicular traffic side rails will be ready on February 20. Ruta Viva will be ready in full in April 2013. Traffic exchanger Las Bañistas Las Bañistas is located in the former roundabout of Cumbayá. This will separate, through an underpass, the traffic flows between those who go to Cumbayá and those who go to the airport.
Traffic exchanger Auqui – La Primavera This traffic exchanger allows the integration of Ave Interoceánica with Ruta Viva through Lumbisí exit. It will be located about 5 minutes east from the mall Paseo San Francisco. The route Cumbayá-Tumbaco has two lanes in each direction in underpass. On the surface there will be two lanes in each direction, which will allow the turns to and from Lumbisí exit.
Ruta Collas-New Airport From Km 7 1/2 of the Panamerican Highway, north, this route will reach Tababela through a bridge which will be built over the Guayllabamba River. The municipality is considering to build a temporary bridge that would allow the use of the road at the end of 2013.
Ruta Viva This route will allow the connection of several northeastern towns (Cumbaya, Tumbaco, Puembo, Tababela, Checa, Pifo, Yaruquí and Quinche) and the Amazon region with dowtown Quito, and the Quito´s new International Airport. This route will be ready in full within two years. Phase 1 of Ruta Viva starts at Simon Bolivar Ave, near San Juan neighborhood, and ends in La Primavera neighborhood. Phase 2 runs from La Primavera to the Puembo traffic exchanger.
E-35 Route This is a way that will bypass the capital. It starts at El Colibrí, located in the area of Sangolquí, southeast, to the intersection of Santa Rosa de Cusubamba, located in the canton of Cayambe. In this way there will not be tolls. Tunnels will be used instead of left turns at surface level.
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