Galapagos Coronavirus Updates and Protocols

*Updated April 28, 2021*

Safe and Secure in the Galapagos 

We hope you are excited for your upcoming Galapagos trip. We look forward to having you with us!

We know there are a lot of questions and uncertainties around travel as the pandemic situation evolves. This letter is to update you on the protocols in place to ensure your safety and comfort on your cruise.

On Arrival into Ecuador:

Guests need to have a negative COVID 19 molecular test within 4 days of arrival to the country. As soon as you have your negative test result, you should email that result to Karolina Aldaz as well as keeping it with you to provide to officials at the airport. 

Guests must have evidence of health insurance that will cover you in Ecuador.

Guests will be required to fill in a Health Status Declaration

Guests will have their temperature checked.

 In Guayaquil:


Metropolitan staff will meet you at the airport in Guayaquil and take you directly to the Wyndham Guayaquil.

Disinfectant gel or spray and masks are used by the drivers and are available for all guests who do not have their own.

All vehicles are cleaned before and after each service.

 The Crew:


Staff and crew have passed the ServSafe certification and have received over 190 hours of training.

All crew undergoes screening and a COVID test prior to embarkation of each sailing. Crew health is closely monitored by the onboard physician.

Aboard La Pinta:

All luggage will be sanitized prior to being placed in cabins.

La Pinta has a doctor on board who will meet all guests at their arrival to the vessel.

The doctor oversees sanitation of all equipment onboard the vessel as well as guest and crew health. 


Housekeeping deep cleans all cabins with ozone cleansing machines and electrostatic sprayers with hospital-grade disinfectant.

Dining areas are disinfected completely before and after each meal service. Tables are spaced for social distancing.

During the Cruise:

Provided walking sticks, masks and wetsuits, and life jackets are sanitized.

Kayaks are thoroughly and regularly cleaned.

Snorkel masks are provided with single-use mouthpieces.

Guests should bring their own binoculars.

​​​​​​By Ecuadorian law it is mandatory to wear facemasks at all times in public areas and while visiting the islands. Complimentary facemasks are available.


After the cruise:

As of January 26, 2021, the CDC requires all guests of any nationality flying into the United States to have a negative COVID test within 72 hours of arrival. Metropolitan Touring, the local operator, will provide testing to all guests from La Pinta free of charge on arrival at the Wyndham Guayaquil approximately 4pm on disembarkation day. Results have taken approximately 4-5 hours, so it is possible that guests can take a redeye flight out that night.

Guests who prefer to stay overnight can book a post cruise hotel night at the Wyndham Guayaquil via UnCruise Adventures at a rate of $195 per person. 

Current travel restrictions from the government of Peru require a 14 day quarantine after arrival in the country. If this restriction remains in effect, guests who are booked on a Machu Picchu land package will not be able to take this extension. 

Guests currently booked on the Machu Picchu land package can wait and see whether the restriction is lifted or cancel the package portion now. Any funds paid for the Machu Picchu package will be applied toward final payment of the cruise or to a travel certificate.


Remember that local and international travel requirements may well change between now and your travel date. Stay informed and get updates here:  Center for Disease Control Travel Guidelines

La Pinta has successfully been operating during the pandemic with these measures since August 2020. Approximately 15,000 guests have sailed without a single COVID case. These measures and the attentive crew provide a safe bubble for you to experience a wonderful escape from the world’s worries and to see creatures that live nowhere else.