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The Essential Galápagos Packing List


athan Krohn, UnCruise Adventures

You’ve booked your dream vacation aboard the La Pinta and you’re ready to explore the Galápagos Islands like Charles Darwin himself.

The mail has been stopped, the dog sitter called and you can’t wait to set sail for 9 adventurous days in paradise. But what should do you pack?

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered (literally!).

Active Wear and Layers

Whether you’re exploring the culture in Quito or hiking through the lava tubes on Isla Santa Cruz, the adventure doesn’t end.

Quito, Ecuador

Make sure to bring comfortable active wear such as shorts, t-shirts and khaki’s that you can move around in, as most days you’ll be on the go.

One of the reasons Quito and the Galápagos are such amazing places to visit is the beautiful year round weather.

However, like most places, the temperatures can fluctuate. We recommend packing several thin layers that can be adjusted for different weather conditions as well as protect you from the sun.

A hooded windbreaker or fleece also works well for cooler evenings.


Whether you're exploring the impressive geological formations at Punta Vicente Roca or taking a stroll down the warm maroon-colored beach on Isla Rabida, you might think you’re in paradise

You’ll also be glad you packed your shoes accordingly. We suggest bringing comfortable sneakers for the day hikes and waterproof sandals or reef shoes for water activities.


On day eight, you’ll travel to the island of Floreana and take in the island’s geologic history with a panga ride or kayak investigation of its maze of volcanic channels. And later, a stop at Baroness Viewpoint provides the perfect vantage for a photo-op.

Hiking in the Galapagos

Follow that up with a snorkel and walk along the green olivine beach of Punta Cormorant to a brackish lagoon known to be a flamingo hideout, before arriving at a white-sand beach where green sea turtles come ashore to rest at night.

Be sure to not only bring your camera but also several extra memory cards and batteries. We have a feeling you’re going to want to take a lot of pictures on this trip.

Also consider a waterproof camera case for protection or cool underwater shots.


Whether you’re on the Isla Santa Cruz observing the magnificent giant tortoise or on the La Pinta spotting something on the horizon, binoculars are a good item to pack away.

Tortoise in the Galapagos

Chances are there will be a pair on board for your use but bringing along a pair you’re already familiar with is recommended.


You will be kayaking off white sand beaches, snorkeling with the sea lions and cruising in glass-bottom boats so make sure and pack for the water.

Sea lion in the Galapagos Islands

A bathing suit, beach cover up and sunglasses are suggested. A wetsuit, snorkel, mask nd flippers are provided for guests on the La Pinta.

Sun Protection

You’ll certainly catch some rays during your adventure in the Galápagos and return home with a bronze that’ll be the envy of all your friends.

Be sure and include sun protection items on you packing list to ensure that bronze doesn’t turn into a burn. A brimmed hat and waterproof sunscreen are a must.

Throw them into a small day pack and you’ll be ready for your daily excursions!

Now that you’re all set for the adventure of a lifetime, you can go back to crossing off the days on the calendar until you set sail.

If you’re having trouble finding some of the items on the packing list, check out our travelers shop here.

And if you have yet to reserve a spot on the Darwin's Islands and Colonial Quito itinerary, this once-in-a-lifetime experience awaits you!

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