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Galápagos Packing List

Packing Tips

The climate and conditions of Quito are quite different than the Galapagos, so pack for versatility.

Quito boasts mild days and cool nights almost year round--and a nearly constant annual temperature. Average highs are in the mid-60s° F, and lows in the upper 40s° F.

Galapagos, located on the equator, is nearly always warm and the islands experience 2 seasons:

  • December-June is warmest. Temps range from 72-90°F (22-33°C) and the water is in the mid 70s°F (mid 20s°C ). The islands receive the most rainfall in this season with short, daily showers concentrated in upper elevations.
  • July-November is the Garua season. Garua is a mist that forms in the highlands of the islands, providing moisture but not a lot of rain. On average, the temps are cooler, from 60-75°F (18-24°C) with the water averaging 70°F (21°C).
  • No matter the season, the sun is intense on the equator--packing clothing that provides sun protection is a plus!

Every day you’ll have opportunities for adventure, whether you are strolling old Quito, exploring Galapagos flora and fauna, in the water snorkeling or kayaking. Keep the weather, and activities in mind while packing.

A special note on luggage: checked luggage for your Galapagos flights is restricted to 1 bag, with a total weight of no more than 50 lbs (23 kg). Carry-on is restricted to 1 piece of hand luggage, weighing no more than 17lbs (8kg), with size restrictions of: 22 in long x 17 in wide x 10 in deep (56 cm long, 45 cm wide and 25 cm deep). Excess baggage is subject to additional fees. See our FAQs for more information.

Download our full Galápagos packing checklist and review our packing notes below, before "gearing up"...

Need to purchase gear for your trip? Our gear up partner Ship to Shore Traveler offers clothing recommendations for purchase!

Clothing & Layers

The UnCruise style is casual. Shorts, convertible hiking pants/khakis, skirts, plus tank tops, t-shirts, and breathable long-sleeved shirts that layer easily together will be comfortable and appropriate at any time. Bringing clothing that layers together will allow you to easily peel them off, or add them on to adjust for varying weather, temperatures, and protection from the sun.

While days are warm, bring a hooded rain/wind jacket, fleece, or zip-up vest, light sweater, sweatshirt, and/or casual jacket for cool evenings.

Footwear

Comfortable sneakers, sturdy walking shoes, or day hikers will do well on hikes and walks on land and on the vessel. Sandals or reef shoes that can get wet are best for kayaking, paddle boarding, and on wet landings from the skiff.

Gear up and get outfitted... Ship to Shore Traveler offers clothing recommendations on an easy-to-purchase platform.

Other Items

On the Equator, the sun is intense--waterproof sunblock, sunglasses, and a brimmed hat for sun protection are a must. A hat with flaps on the side and back will protect your neck from the sun.

Shorty wetsuits (2mm), snorkels, masks, flippers, and binoculars are provided on the yacht, but you may be more comfortable with your own gear (remember: luggage size is limited).

And don't forget your swimsuit and a beach cover up.

Cabin Amenities

On board La Pinta, your cabin is equipped with a hair dryer, alarm clock, towels, and shampoo, conditioner, and bodywash.

We know you're as excited to sail as we are. Discover more about Quito & the islands by pulling a few books of the shelf—here's our recommended Galápagos reading list.