I'm a swimmer, but my friend/spouse/partner is not. Can they still come? Is there a price difference for them?
Non-swimming attendees are more than welcome to join us! They have as good a time as swimmers do. They are encouraged to travel with you. The price does not change for non-swimmer guests.
I have very particular dietary restrictions. Can they be accommodated?
Yes! In your registration form, mark your needs in the dietary section. We are more than happy to accommodate.
Can I bring swim aids or my own equipment?
If you have favorite flippers, snorkels, swim paddles, or other aids/tools, you are welcome to bring them. We will also have some on hand if you'd like to try.
I am coming on this trip alone. Will I have to share a room with a stranger?
Not if you don't want to! Let us know if you'd like a private room. We have been able to accommodate at no extra charge.
What currency is used in the Galapagos?
US dollars! Cash or credit - no need to exchange to any other currency. If you’d like to have cash on hand, about $250-350 should be plenty.
Is Guayaquil safe to walk around at night?
Yes, both men and women will be fine to walk around Guayaquil if you have a stop there for a night (not everyone does).
If I have a night in Quito, what hotel do you recommend?
Ricardo Arenas recommends you check out Hotel Rio Amazonas.
Which hotel are we staying in in the Galapagos?
The hotel is called Hotel Cucuve. It’s a very comfortable and well located hotel that was remodeled this year. Pedro and Mike will be staying there too, so we’ll all be there as a group. It is about 2 people per room, so let us know if you'd rather be alone or have someone you'd like to room with.
What about WiFi and cell service?
The hotel has free wifi. There is also cell service on the islands.
Will we be able to snorkel in the same locations we are swimming in?
Yes! Snorkeling will always be available when we head to water. Kayaking will be optional too.
What about water conditions? Any dangerous animals?
The water is in the 70s, and not very rough at all. We will have two experienced divers with us. You’ll be seeing all kinds of marine life - marine iguanas are very shy, sea lions are very friendly. There are some small sharks but they have never expressed an interest in swimmers or people in general, so they are completely non-threatening. Our swimmers have been thrilled to swim with sharks! We are prepared to handle the rare event of jellyfish stings - but in our experience in the islands, we've never seen one. So in summary - there are no real fears to be had about the wildlife especially as there is no record of any marine life attack on a person, but we are prepared for worst case scenario nonetheless. Safety is our priority but there is nothing alarming out there.
I’m traveling elsewhere afterwards/bought some big souvenirs and want to ship some stuff home. Is that possible?
Yes, we can help you ship anything home. However, it will require DHL, which is a little expensive but most reliable.
Do we need insect repellent?
There are not that many mosquitos, but if you are often regarded as a tasty morsel by no-see-ums, then make comfort your priority 🙂 Right by the sea at sunset can be a hot time for mosquitos.
How long will the longest walk be?
The longest walk will be about 3-4KM. The islands are small. Wearing shorts, sports shoes and sun block are recommended - long pants are unnecessary unless you have sensitive skin.
What do we wear in the water?
In addition to your swimsuit, you might want to consider a wetsuit if you like having the option or you’re more comfortable in one. However, the water is very warm in the 70s, so it is not entirely necessary. We do recommend a rash guard - it is basically a long-sleeve top often worn by surfers and other boarders to prevent chafing as they lay on boards. However, it is also excellent as sun protection, and will serve you well as you will be right on the equator. You can get one at any sports store - Sports Basement, sports Authority, Big 5, etc - even Target and Walmart may have some.
What do we wear to dinner?
Galapagos is pretty casual. No need to fret over suiting up! Something light and casual is fine.
Who is coming on this trip?
Once the trip is full, we will have a video chat to answer questions and say hello. You will all be copied in on emails and have the chance to see the names and hometowns of fellow adventurers. Coach Mike and Coach Pedro will be there.