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Galapagos Packing List

Packing Tips

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

Guayaquil boasts mild days and cool nights almost year round—and a nearly constant annual temperature. Average highs are in the mid-60s with lows in the upper 40s.

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

  • December-June is warmest. Temps range from 72 to 90°F (22 to 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 to 75°F (18 to 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 the Malecon 2000 boardwalk in Guayaquil or 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) and no bigger than 62 linear inches (width + height + length). Carry-on is restricted to 1 piece of hand luggage, weighing no more than 17 lbs (8 kg), with size restrictions of 43 linear inches (13 wide x 21 high x 9 long). Excess baggage is subject to additional fees. See our Galapagos cruise FAQs for more information.

Download our handy Galapagos packing checklist and review our packing notes below while "gearing up."

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.


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.

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, and flippers 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.

Machu Picchu Land Extension

If you've opted to add on our Machu Picchu land extension, please keep in mind specific park regulations while packing.

Backpacks: The park allows guests to bring in backpacks, however size is strictly regulated. Your pack cannot exceed 40 x 35 x 20cm (15 ½ x 13 ½ x 7 ½ inches) or have a capacity greater than 20liters. Park personnel will be checking pack size at the entrance of the citadel. If yours exceeds the allowable limit, you can leave it in onsite storage for approximately $2. 
Water bottles: Single-use plastic bottles, bags, straws, or Styrofoam containers are forbidden in the park. Bring your own reusable water bottles.

Additional Machu Picchu packing recommendations are listed on the packing list pdf linked above. 

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