You need to be prepared to carry you luggage a small distance, hotel to car to hotel, upstairs if the hotel has no lift, etc. but normally this is not far. Please try to keep some space in your luggage for those all-important souvenirs and presents you are going to buy. Wheeled bags are ideal for this trip. We urge that you keep the weight to 10-14 kgs. Travel is rarely kind to luggage and Era Luna cannot be held responsible for any damaged to your luggage while on tour.
Make sure all your valuables are on your body NOT in your main luggage. A small backpack for day use is also useful aside from your camera bag, make sure all compartments of your luggage can be locked.
Suggested Packing List.
· Tour voucher, any extra pre and post accommodation voucher,
· Passport with any necessary visas (with 6 months validity from end of tour)
· Your cash, credit/debit cards, travellers cheques
· Airline tickets
· International vaccination certificate (Yellow fever)
· Money belt
· Universal wash basin plug (most hotels don´t provide this)
· Alarm clock
· Travel adapter (Ecuador has 2 flat pins/or 2 flat pins and one round, the same as the USA)
· Small Medical kit
· Small Sewing kit
· Lip balm and sunscreen
· Insect repellent for the Amazon
· Ear plugs
· Extra set of glasses/contacts/cleansing solution
· Fleece for the cooler nights
· Sturdy footwear and sandals
· Wide brimmed hat/cap/headwear
· Long trousers/or trousers that zip-off into shorts.
· Light weight rain/wind proof coat
Photographic Equipment for Photography Tours.
Camera. ANY camera will do, as long as you enjoy taking photos, but you will be able to experiment more if you have a camera that allows you to use manual settings.
Memory cards: bring plenty. We can make back-ups on DVD for you along the route, but it is always better to bring more than you think you need, this is an amazingly beautiful country. You can purchase more here, but they are expensive and only available in larger towns and cities.
Batteries. Make sure you have plenty, if you use AA style you will be able to find them here, but again expensive and only in larger towns and cities, it is better to bring them from your home country, if you have the lithium style, you will not be able to find spares for your camera. Every night you will be able to recharge but during the day this will not be possible.
Camera bag or backpack whichever is more comfortable.
Any cables you may require for you camera
Tripod or bean bag (you can bring a small bag then buy beans/rice and fill the bag for stability)
Any other accessories you see fit, flash, extra lenses, filters, remote control, external hard drive (can be used for back-up), laptop, etc.
You will need to carry your own equipment, so make sure it is not too heavy for you to manage. Please make sure this is not flashy or that advertises “I have an expensive camera inside, please steal it”.
Easily available here are tampons, insect repellent, toilet paper, antibacterial hand cleansing gel, moistened face tissues (wet ones), all these items can be bought in the local pharmacy but you may wish to bring them from home.
Don´t forget to pack breakable items and liquids into plastic bags, as arriving at high altitude can cause bottle to expand/explode.
Laundry will be available along the tour.
This is just to give you an idea. By no means all items are obligatory. But they can make your trip a little easier.
On the Galapagos Islands Tour you can use the ATM´s on San Cristobal and Santa Cruz Islands, but there is no ATM on Isabela. You can find pharmacies on Santa Cruz easily and not so easy on San Cristobal and Isabela and even then you may have dificulty finding what you need. If you need prescription medication please bring the prescription as your bags may be checked at airports.
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