Domestic Airfare Details
DivEncounters, Inc. and M/V Galapagos Sky do not include airport transfers for passengers in Quito or Guayaquil prior to the flights to Galapagos.
Flights to Galapagos (San Cristobal) for M/V Galapagos Sky passengers are serviced by Avianca Airlines from Quito and Guayaquil to San Cristobal. Flight reservations for confirmed passengers are made automatically through our allotment of seats. Passengers who purchase their tickets through M/V Galapagos Sky (DivEncounters) for the Avianca flights will receive assistance with the check in procedure and the option to pre-pay the transit card and park entrance fee. A representative from our parent company, Ecoventura, accompanies our passengers on this flight.
If you chose to fly with another carrier or on an Avianca flight departing other than Sunday morning, Avianca Flight 1636, please note you will have to check in at the airport yourself, make the queues and pay for your transit card and park entrance fees in cash. Upon arrival, you will need to claim your luggage and make your way to the dock by taxi or bus (at your expense) and to the yacht (by speed boat) if after our standard boarding time (M/V Galapagos Sky will depart from the dock once guests arriving Avianca flight 1636 have boarded).
DOMESTIC FLIGHT SCHEDULE each Sunday as follows:
Quito to Guayaquil
Avianca 1636 ETD 9:00AM ETA 9:50AM
Guayaquil to San Cristobal
Avianca 1636 ETD 10:35AM ETA 11:30AM
San Cristobal to Guayaquil:
Avianca 1637 ETD 12:30PM ETA 3:25PM
Guayaquil to Quito:
Avianca 1637 ETD 4:05PM ETA 5:00PM
On the day of departure, please be at the airport in Quito or Guayaquil one and a half hours prior flight departure for check-in. A card from our operations staff with Ecoventura will be left at your hotel the evening prior with the exact check in time if you are confirmed on Avianca flight 1636. You must first have your bags inspected by SICGAL as required to travel to Galapagos. Next, look for the Ecoventura representative at the Avianca Airline ticket counter to collect your boarding pass, transit card (if prepaid) and get assistance with check in. Do not stand in line to pay the TCT card if you have already prepaid. Upon arrival in Galapagos, you may be selected to be fingerprinted to complete the process of the migration control. You will form a line to process passengers for the Park entrance fee. Inform the park representative that you are traveling with Ecoventura if you have prepaid the fee. They will have a list of prepaid passengers. Once through, our guides will be waiting for you with signs. New airport policy now requires that you claim your bag. Our crew will deliver your checked bag to your cabin. Passengers who choose to travel to Galapagos earlier or choose to purchase tickets on another carrier will not be provided with the same services.
The airline allows one checked suitcase (up to 50 lbs./ 23 kg and up to 62″/ 158 cm) and one carry-on bag (up to 22 lbs./ 10 kg and up to 45″/ 115 cm) per passenger. All overweight, over sized and excess baggage will be charged additional and are checked subject to space available.
The fees are: Excess Baggage fee: $20 + IVA for up to 50 lbs/ 23 kg; $30 + IVA 51-70 lbs/ 23-32 kg; $40 + IVA 70-99 lbs/ 32-45 kg. Overweight baggage fee: $10 + IVA 50-70 lbs/ 23-32 kg; $20 + IVA 70-99 lbs/ 32-45 kg. Oversize baggage fee: $50 + IVA for 63-85″/ 159-215 cm. IVA (tax) is 12% and is subject to change.
HIGH SEASON: July 1-August 31
LOW SEASON: January 1-June 30 & September 1-December 31
From time to time we are asked to book return flights on days other than Sunday and also returning from Baltra versus our standard disembarkation city of San Cristobal. Please note the following:
For any passenger requesting to fly into and/or out of Baltra (GPS) airport, there is an additional airport tax of $26.00 per person each way. Any special flight request will require guest full name as on passport; date of birth; passport number, expiration date, and nationality.
Airfares and schedules are subject to change at any time up until the day of departure and even after tickets have been paid in full.
Transit Control card (TCT) procedure
Passengers traveling to Galapagos are required to be fingerprinted at the airport in Galapagos as part of the process to obtain a transit control card or TCT. The current fee is $20.
For passengers who have prepaid DivEncounters/Galapagos Sky the TCT fee:
DivEncounters/Galapagos Sky will register you with the Consejo de Gobierno del Regimen Especial de Galapagos and pay the fee.
The TCT receipt will be given to you at the airport in GYE or UIO by our representative when you check in for the flight at the Avianca counter on Sunday morning. We encourage all our passengers to pre-pay, however, only those traveling on Sunday (our day of operation) to Galapagos can prepay the TCT. It is important to note DO NOT stand in the long line which is for those who have not prepaid the TCT
For passengers who have not prepaid DivEncounters/Galapagos Sky the TCT fee
Passengers who do not prepay the fee, will need to register themselves and pay the fee prior to flight check in. It is recommended you arrive to the airport in UIO or GYE airport 2-3 hour prior to departure as the wait times to pay the TCT at the airports can be long.