Galapagos Adventure Travel Planner

May 6 - 11, 2023

Welcome To Your Adventure

The Galapagos entry fee is currently 100 USD per person This fee must be paid, in cash, at the your airport of arrival. If you do not pay, you will not be allowed to leave the terminal – so please make sure you have the means to pay the Galapagos entrance fee! We have also been told there is an additional $20 entrance 

In the last decade, tourism has spiralled in the islands and the transit card allows the INGALA (the Ecuadorian governmental agency that regulates the Galapagos Islands) to keep solid records of the number of visitors, length of stay, etc. The card costs $20 USD and must be obtained at the airport prior to departure. 

Don’t forget to fill out your Declaration of Health. Please read and understand all information on the site. There is then a link to the Traveler Health page below “Country Specific Information”

Please remember, 1 piece of luggage and 1 carry due to space limits.

Additional resources: https://www.klm.com.ec/en/information/covid-19/travel-requirements/country

Please make sure we have your flight information so we can provide transportation.  If you have questions please contact us at Events@My1FitLife.com

Please visit the following link for all entrance requirements. My1FitLife Adventures does it’s best to keep up with COVID related requirements, however, we highly encourage you to talk to your travel agent  as well as your doctor for additional vaccinations they recommend. 

Entrance Requirements

 

Welcome to My1FitLife Adventures first ever Galapagos Adventure! We will use this page for any updates we receive, as well as to assist with packing, traveling, and miscellaneous information. As we get closer to the trip and once we are traveling we will use the group chat in What’s App. 

We have unfortunately seen first hand what happens when you do not have travel insurance. Due to the pandemic and the ever-changing world of travel we now require each traveler to purchase travel insurance. Typically it is very affordable and can save you thousands if needed. We use World Normads

Travel Insurance policies differ, so please be sure to ask and get specifics about what your policy will and will not cover. 

In 2016, we embarked on our first ever international My1FitLife Adventure to Costa Rica. It was an epic experience that filled us all with so much joy and stories for years to come (20-more minutes? Ha).

Since we are launching our first ever INTERNATIONAL FAMILY event, we figured what better spot than Costa Rica!!!

Our goal with this event is to practice what we preach and encourage the concept of memories and experiences over STUFF.

So, we decided to host this event over Christmas 2021!!

Join our family; yes, we are beginning all four kiddos and enjoy the sunshine, the warm breezes, the adventure, and the Pura Vida spirit in a country we love!

We are excited to spend the holidays with our adventure group!!

Ages 5 and up are welcome and you do NOT have to bring a kid to come and enjoy this event. We will have activities for all age groups.

Spots are limited!

**SAVE $150 when you use the COUPON CODE: RICAXMAS

One coupon only per family only please!** This coupon is for past adventure clients only. 

Getting Travel Insurance. Reasons why you need it!

This is another really important thing to do before you head off to the other side of the world. Having proper travel insurance can be a lifesaver if you’re unfortunate enough to have something go wrong on your trip. Hopefully, your trip will be trouble-free but having good travel insurance is an important safety net to have if you’re unlucky enough to have any problems. 

Here are a few situations when having good travel insurance can prove a real lifesaver:

Getting Sick Abroad

Getting ill in a foreign land where you don’t speak the lingo and where medical standards perhaps don’t quite match those in your own country is bad enough. Not being able to pay for your treatment is more like a disaster. In many countries medical fees for high-quality treatment are extortionate and if you don’t have the funds, you simply won’t get treated unless your situation is critical (in which case you risk running up huge debts). Having travel insurance that will cover your emergency medical costs is therefore vital.

Traveling during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Needless to say, this isn’t a great time to be backpacking or traveling for all kinds of reasons. Once the world starts to get a grip on Coronavirus, things will eventually return back to something like normality and inevitably people will start traveling again. However, this virus isn’t going to totally disappear any time soon, even with a vaccine.

From a backpackers’ perspective, this means even when the worst of the outbreak is over, it’s still possible that you could end up being forced into quarantine once entering a new country or in the worst-case scenario, you could become ill with COVID-19 somewhere with limited healthcare facilities. It’s at times like these when having proper travel insurance can make all the difference in terms of the treatment you will be able to get access to.

Like everybody else, travel insurance companies are still in the process of adapting to the coronavirus outbreak. As well as the medical T’s & C’s, also look out for their conditions in the eventuality that your airline goes bust or cancels flights. Both scenarios are highly likely to affect many travelers over the coming year or so.

Theft

Petty theft is often a big problem in popular travel destinations and cities all over the world. As a traveler, you are an attractive target for thieves. By applying common sense and looking after your belongings you can generally avoid being the victim of theft. That said, if the worst should happen, you can usually at least recover the value of your stolen belongings providing your insurance package covers theft.

Accidents

Accidents do happen whether you’re home or abroad. However, they are more likely on an active backpacking trip that may involve several adrenaline-pumping activities. Very occasionally (and it is very occasionally), accidents can leave travelers needing emergency and in very rare cases life-saving treatment.

Without proper travel insurance, you can end up with extreme medical bills that might take years to fully pay off if you’re uninsured.

Packing List

*YOU ARE ALLOWED ONE PIECE OF LUGGAGE AND ONE CARRY ON ONLY. 

  • Lightweight clothing that can be layered
  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Sweaters or fleece jacket
  • T-shirts and tank tops (be respectful of the culture you are visiting)
  • Pants and/or shorts
  • Belt (check out this one for a ingenuitive money protection option)
  • Comfortable walking shoes and hiking shoes 
  • Rain jacket, windbreaker, or umbrella
  • Pajamas/sleepwear
  • Underwear
  • Sunglasses and glasses case
  • Hat or sun visor
  • Scarf or bandana
  • Swimsuit or swim trunks (consider a clean/dirty organizer)
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Travel pillow, eye mask, and earplugs
  • Electric converters and adapters
  • Travel apps that will help with language, directions, money conversion, and digital journaling. We Use What’s App. Free download and very user friendly. 

You’ll want to pack smart (not lots of) clothing options if your trip will take you to a variety of places, or conversely if you will be navigating off the beaten path. Having a packing list with several options doesn’t mean you’ll need to over-pack. (And in fact, you shouldn’t.) Just pack smart. Include clothing that can be worn on your daily adventures and then dressed up slightly with a different pair of shoes and a scarf. Maybe a dress that becomes a skirt, or comfortable travel pants that can be dressed up for a day at the market. Also, consider clothing with SPF or mosquito repellency if you’ll be in environments where that would be beneficial.

PACK YOUR TOILETRY BAG
If you’re carrying on, keep your toiletry bag light and TSA-compliant. The TSA’s 3-1-1 rule makes it easy to remember: liquids, gels, aerosols, creams, and pastes must be 3.4 ounces (100ml) or less per container, and they must be stored in one quart-sized, clear plastic, zip-top bag. To make this as easy as possible for you, we suggest a toiletry set that includes four 3-ounce silicone bottles in a quart-sized clear pouch that’s wipeable and has a water-resistant zipper.

HERE’S A COMPLETE PACKING LIST OF TRAVEL ESSENTIALS FOR YOUR TOILETRY CASE:
THE TOILETRY BAG BASICS

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash
  • Hairbrush or comb, hair ties, barrettes/bobby pins
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo and conditioner (Dr. Bronners is a good option all-in-one option for hair care, face wash, laundry, and more.)
  • Sunscreen and face lotion with SPF
  • Makeup packed in a washable sac
  • Face wash and/or makeup remover wipes and Q-tips
  • Nighttime moisturizer/lotion
  • Lip balm with SPF and lipstick or lip gloss
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Extra contacts, solution, and contact case
  • Glasses and prescription sunglasses
  • Prescription medication with the label/script so that you can refill if needed and not be questioned by TSA.

TOILETRY BAG EXTRAS

  • Cologne/perfume
  • Personal mini mirror
  • Hair products like hairspray, hair gel, and beard oil
  • Clothesline and detergent
  • Shaving kit and extra razors
  • Sewing kit/clothing care kit, stain remover
  • Facial tissues and/or toilet paper
  • Travel Towel
  • Nail clippers and tweezers (optionally, scissors, which must be in checked luggage)

TECHNOLOGY

  • Mobile device and charger
  • Laptop, iPad, or E-reader and charger(s)
  • Headphones (consider noise-reducing headphones if you’re sensitive to sound)
  • Camera and GoPro/video camera, memory card, and chargers
  • Electrical converters and adapters

TRAVEL COMFORT, ENTERTAINMENT, AND INFORMATION

  • Travel pillow, blanket, eye mask, and earplugs
  • Travel journal and pen (it’s awful when you forget your pen!)
  • Books and magazines
  • Deck of cards and travel games
  • Chapstick and lotion (t’s dry up there)
  • Water bottle (you’ll need to fill it up once you get through TSA)
  • Guide books, travel guides, maps, language guides, etc. (if you will need any of these upon arrival at your destination, put it in your carry-on)

Not sure what you need? Here’s your international travel checklist, document-wise:

  • Passport/visa(s)
  • Personal ID/Student ID card
  • Frequent flyer card(s) and other loyalty program card numbers (ex: hotel chains and AAA)
  • Cash and credit card(s) (call your credit card companies before you travel to inform them of your travel, otherwise they might turn them off to prevent perceived fraud. Also, consider how travel hacking can save you money on the road!)
  • Health insurance cards/document(s)
  • Travel insurance information
  • Reservations and itineraries (print them and save them electronically for easy access)
  • Hotel and/or tour contact information
  • Transportation tickets (plane, train, bus, car, etc.)
  • Emergency contacts and important addresses
  • Copies of all these things in case you lose your wallet
  • Guide books and maps

CHOOSE THE RIGHT TRAVEL BAG FOR YOUR TRIP
Before you even begin deciding what to pack, it’s important to find a travel bag that’s as versatile as you need it to be, while also fitting all your stuff and being easy to carry. Consider the length of your trip, as well as if it’s an international vacation if you’ll be using budget airlines, and your primary activities—all of these considerations impact which bag is best for your trip.

Wherever you’re planning to go, pick luggage that is versatile, lightweight, and big enough to hold all your travel essentials. The most important decision you’ll make is (as far as luggage is concerned) is buying a bag that has an awesome warranty. Traveling with a piece of luggage with a broken wheel, handle, or zipper is the absolute worst! Brands that back their gear with stand-up warranties build that promised durability into their gear.

Rolling Luggage: Let’s face it. Wheels are nice. There’s no need to carry all your gear on your back or via a duffle bag if you know you’re going to be traveling in a city where there are paved roads and sidewalks. You may also want to consider a bag with off-road wheels, making them extra durable for trips even when there isn’t a smooth path.

4-Wheels: As you fill up your wheeled luggage, weight can become a bit restrictive—especially if you have to walk long distances. Consider 4-wheels to keep the weight off your wrist and effortlessly roll your bag by your side.

Duffel Bag: These are simple, lightweight, and Eagle Creek’s duffel bags are crazy durable. Sling it over your shoulder, or put some wheels on it and get on your way. These are the most versatile travel solutions you can get, with everything from classic duffels to convertible backpacks, wheels, and more.

Wheeled Backpack: If you’ll be going through different types of terrain, or switching from airports to cobblestones, having a bag with the option to roll it or carry it like a backpack or duffel is really handy.

Travel Backpack: If you know you don’t want the extra weight of wheels, traveling with a travel pack is going to mean hands-free mobility and ultimate versatility.

Carry-On: Whenever possible, travel with carry-on luggage. It means you can save time at the airport, save on check-in fees, guarantee the airlines won’t lose your bag, have everything you need with you at all times, ensure you don’t have to wait at baggage claim…the list goes on and on.

 

ORGANIZE YOUR TRAVEL ESSENTIALS
If you plan to do lots of different types of activities on your vacation, you’ll have a fair amount of gear you need to pack into your suitcase. Keeping everything organized can be a challenge. One of the best things you can do when you’re packing for any trip—especially one that requires packing lots of layers—is to use packing organizers.

START WITH THIS CLOTHING PACKING LIST:
THE BASICS

  • Lightweight clothing that can be layered
  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Sweaters or fleece jacket
  • T-shirts and tank tops (be respectful of the culture you are visiting)
  • Pants and/or shorts
  • Belt (check out this one for a ingenuitive money protection option)
  • Socks (wool socks are best for hiking and camping)
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Rain jacket, windbreaker, or umbrella
  • Pajamas/sleepwear
  • Underwear
  • Sunglasses and glasses case
  • Dresses and/or skirts
  • Jewelry (organize in a small cube or sac)
  • Hat or sun visor
  • Scarf or bandana
  • Swimsuit or swim trunks (consider a clean/dirty organizer)
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Travel speakers
  • Travel pillow, eye mask, and earplugs
  • Electric converters and adapters
  • Travel apps that will help with language, directions, money conversion, and digital journaling

 

You’ll want to pack smart (not lots of) clothing options if your trip will take you to a variety of places, or conversely if you will be navigating off the beaten path. Having a packing list with several options doesn’t mean you’ll need to over-pack. (And in fact, you shouldn’t.) Just pack smart. Include clothing that can be worn on your daily adventures and then dressed up slightly with a different pair of shoes and a scarf. Maybe a dress that becomes a skirt, or comfortable travel pants that can be dressed up for a day at the market. Also, consider clothing with SPF or mosquito repellency if you’ll be in environments where that would be beneficial.

PACK YOUR TOILETRY BAG
If you’re carrying on, keep your toiletry bag light and TSA-compliant. The TSA’s 3-1-1 rule makes it easy to remember: liquids, gels, aerosols, creams, and pastes must be 3.4 ounces (100ml) or less per container, and they must be stored in one quart-sized, clear plastic, zip-top bag. To make this as easy as possible for you, we have a toiletry set that includes four 3-ounce silicone bottles in a quart-sized clear pouch that’s wipeable and has a water-resistant zipper.

HERE’S A COMPLETE PACKING LIST OF TRAVEL ESSENTIALS FOR YOUR TOILETRY CASE:
THE TOILETRY BAG BASICS

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash
  • Hairbrush or comb, hair ties, barrettes/bobby pins
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo and conditioner (Dr. Bronners is a good option all-in-one option for hair care, face wash, laundry, and more.)
  • Sunscreen and face lotion with SPF
  • Makeup packed in a washable sac
  • Face wash and/or makeup remover wipes and Q-tips
  • Nighttime moisturizer/lotion
  • Lip balm with SPF and lipstick or lip gloss
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Extra contacts, solution, and contact case
  • Glasses and prescription sunglasses
  • Prescription medication with the label/script so that you can refill if needed and not be questioned by TSA.

 

TOILETRY BAG EXTRAS

  • Cologne/perfume
  • Personal mini mirror
  • Hair products like hairspray, hair gel, and beard oil
  • Clothesline and detergent
  • Shaving kit and extra razors
  • Sewing kit/clothing care kit, stain remover
  • Facial tissues and/or toilet paper
  • Travel Towel
  • Nail clippers and tweezers (optionally, scissors, which must be in checked luggage)

TRAVEL HEALTH

As soon as you decide to travel internationally, check the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website for comprehensive information on travel vaccines, medicines, and local travel advice. Whether you decide to get vaccinated or not is your decision, but many vaccinations require administration two months before travel begins. So get informed! And if an emergency does happen, here’s everything you should know about travel clinics and handling medical emergencies abroad.

  • First aid kit (bandages, gauze, adhesives, etc.)
  • Personal prescriptions (copies of scripts)
  • Pain and fever relievers (also children’s strength if you are traveling with kids)
  • Thermometer
  • Cold medicines and throat lozenges
  • Diarrhea/laxative medicines
  • Oral rehydration salts
  • Allergy medicines
  • Hydrocortisone cream/antibacterial ointment
  • Multivitamins
  • Sunburn relief
  • Insect repellent/mosquito net/sting reliever
  • Motion sickness pills or bands
  • Altitude sickness pills (if you are planning to hike in higher altitudes)
  • Eye drops
  • Moleskin
  • Medicines and vaccinations specific to the region/activity

ADDITIONAL HEALTH ITEMS

  • Hand sanitizer or wet wipes
  • Prescriptions in the original packaging (you’ll want to make sure you have these in your carry-on bag just in case something were to happen to your checked luggage)
  • Sleeping medicines
  • Glasses and glasses case (email yourself a copy of your prescription, just in case)

Travel Tip: Your under-the-seat bag can hold a lot! Some travelers can even pack an entire trip in a small bag—at the very least learn how to put your under-the-seat bag to good use when packing for international travel.

PREPARE YOUR PERSONAL ITEM CARRY-ON BAG
The next thing you’ll want to do is prepare a packing list especially for your personal item carry-on bag with anything that you’ll want with you on the flight. It’s always a good idea to make sure you have an outfit (or two) and a few essential toiletries in your personal item just in case your luggage is lost.

If you’ll be traveling around to multiple destinations, make sure this small bag has items to keep you comfortable on any train, boat or bus rides. It’s always nice to have a bag that’s easy to access so you don’t have to get into your luggage each time you need your eye mask. But remember, you’ll be carrying all of this, so keep it light.

We recommend you consider using a small daypack, shoulder bag , or waist pack as your personal carry-on item. Here are some good things to include in your carry-on bag packing list:

TECHNOLOGY

  • Mobile device and charger
  • Laptop, iPad, or E-reader and charger(s)
  • Headphones (consider noise-reducing headphones if you’re sensitive to sound)
  • Camera and GoPro/video camera, memory card, and chargers
  • Electrical converters and adapters

TRAVEL COMFORT, ENTERTAINMENT, AND INFORMATION

  • Travel pillow, blanket, eye mask, and earplugs
  • Travel journal and pen (it’s awful when you forget your pen!)
  • Books and magazines
  • Deck of cards and travel games
  • Chapstick and lotion (t’s dry up there)
  • Water bottle (you’ll need to fill it up once you get through TSA)
  • Guide books, travel guides, maps, language guides, etc. (if you will need any of these upon arrival at your destination, put it in your carry-on)

COLLECT IMPORTANT TRAVEL DOCUMENTS, CASH, AND CREDIT CARDS
Start by collecting all of your important documents in a travel document organizer. (This travel organizer holds a passport, ID, credit cards, coins, documents, a boarding pass, and a pen!) By bringing all your important information together, will help ensure you have everything you need to get from one place to the next.

Not sure what you need? Here’s your international travel checklist, document-wise:

  • Passport/visa(s)
  • Personal ID/Student ID card
  • Frequent flyer card(s) and other loyalty program card numbers (ex: hotel chains and AAA)
  • Cash and credit card(s) (call your credit card companies before you travel to inform them of your travel, otherwise they might turn them off to prevent perceived fraud. Also, consider how travel hacking can save you money on the road!)
  • Health insurance cards/document(s)
  • Travel insurance information
  • Reservations and itineraries (print them and save them electronically for easy access)
  • Hotel and/or tour contact information
  • Transportation tickets (plane, train, bus, car, etc.)
  • Emergency contacts and important addresses
  • Copies of all these things in case you lose your wallet
  • Guide books and maps

Travel Tip: As soon as you book a trip, it’s a good idea to double-check that your passports and IDs aren’t expired and that they will not expire while you are traveling internationally. You’ll also want to inform your bank if you’re traveling abroad so they don’t assume fraudulent activity and freeze your credit card. Also consider emailing yourself a copy of your passport, driver’s license, medical cards, and itinerary, so if anything happens to them you’ll be able to access them online.

CONSIDER TRAVEL SECURITY
In most large cities, travelers should always be on the lookout for pickpockets. The easiest way to keep your belongings safe is to keep them hidden and close to you. One way to do this is to stash your valuables underneath your clothing. Another way is by locking your bags closed and using reflective accents to help folks see you at nighttime.

CONSIDER THIS LIST OF SAFETY TRAVEL ESSENTIALS:

  • Money belt or hidden pocket
  • Neck wallet
  • Undercover Bra Stash for credit cards and cash only
  • Leg wallet
  • Incognito All Terrain Money Belt which looks like a real belt!
  • Luggage Travel Lock
  • Reflective clothing and luggage accessories
  • Bring a headlamp or mini flashlight, better to be safe than unprepared

Wearing a money belt or neck wallet lets you keep your valuables close to your body and away from prying hands.

PREPARE YOUR HOME
If you’re going on an extended trip, it’s essential to get your home in order before you go. Here are some simple tasks to think through before you head to the airport. (And yes, this travel checklist also includes thinking through home care.)

  • Have the post office hold your mail
  • Stop newspaper delivery
  • Set up an email autoresponder (unless you plan to be connected)
  • Arrange for the care of pets, lawn, and plants
  • Pre-pay your bills
  • Prearrange school absences for children and get any home study assignments required
  • The empty refrigerator of this that will expire
  • Unplug appliances
  • Turn off heater/air conditioner
  • Turn down the water heater
  • Turn off washing machine taps
  • Lock all doors and windows
  • Set up timed light system
  • Store valuables in a safe place
  • Leave house key and trip itinerary with a trusted friend
  • Leave flight and hotel itineraries with a relative
  • Reconfirm/check-in online with the airline before you Uber, train, or shuttle to the airport

Travel Tip: If you will be gone for more than 30 days, it’s a good idea to check with your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance for specific instructions.

Wherever you are headed, you’re going to have a great time! Just make sure you think through your list of activities beforehand so that you’re able to bring everything you need and pick the right luggage. And pack light if you can using this ultimate packing checklist. It always helps with mobility. And remember, you’re a traveler: Respect the people and places you go to visit. Respect their customs, tip accordingly, try and learn their language, and truly immerse yourself in the culture. Travel changes us to be better than we were by opening our eyes and giving us newfound respect.

Transportation / Accommodations

Transportation will be provided once you arrive to Baltra Airport. Specific information will be shared on What’s App group chat, however, please head to the main exit of the airport and look for a sign with either your name or My1FitLife Adventures name/Logo. 

Please note there is a $100 entrance fee that must be paid in cash when you arrive the the islands. This is included on your adventure, so more information will be posted closer to. 

 

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Important Forms

The World Health Organization has declared the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) a worldwide pandemic. Due to its capacity to transmit from person to person through respiratory droplets, the government has set recommendations, guidelines, and some prohibitions which XYZ Company, LLC. (the “Organization”) adheres to comply.

In consideration of my participation in the foregoing, the undersigned acknowledge and agree to the following:

I am aware of the existence of the risk on my physical appearance to the venue and my participation in the activity of the Organization that may cause injury or illness such as, but not limited to Influenza, MRSA, or COVID-19 that may lead to paralysis or death.
I have not experienced symptoms that of fever, fatigue, difficulty in breathing, or dry cough, or exhibiting any other symptoms relating to COVID-19 or any communicable disease within the last 14 days.
I have not, nor any member(s) of my household, traveled by sea or by air, internationally within the past 30 days.
I did not, nor any member of my household, visit any area within the United States that was reported to be highly affected by COVID-19, in the last 30 days.
I have not been, nor any member(s) of my household, diagnosed to be infected with the COVID-19 virus within the last 30 days.

Following the pronouncements above I hereby declare the following:

I am fully and personally responsible for my own safety and actions while and during my participation and I recognize that I may be in any case be at risk of contracting COVID-19.
With full knowledge of the risks involved, I hereby release, waive, discharge the Organization, its board, officers, independent contractors, affiliates, employees, representatives, successors, and assigns from any and all liabilities, claims, demands, actions, and causes of action whatsoever, directly or indirectly arising out of or related to any loss, damage, injury, or death, that may be sustained by me related to COVID-19 while participating in any activity while in, on, or around the premises or while using the facilities that may lead to unintentional exposure or harm due to COVID-19.
I agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the Organization from and against any and all costs, expenses, damages, lawsuits, and/or liabilities or claims arising whether directly or indirectly from or related to any and all claims made by or against any of the released party due to injury, loss, or death from or related to COVID-19.
By signing below I acknowledge that I have read the foregoing Liability Release Waiver and understand its contents; that I am at least eighteen (18) years old and fully competent to give my consent; That I have been sufficiently informed of the risks involved and give my voluntary consent in signing it as my own free act and deed; that I give my voluntary consent in signing this Liability Release Waiver as my own free act and deed with full intention to be bound by the same, and free from any inducement or representation.

This waiver will remain effective until laws and mandates relevant to COVID-19 are lifted.

COVID-19 Daily Self- Screening Questions

Do you have a fever (temperature over 100.4F or 38C) without reducing medications?

Do you a loss of smell or taste?

Do you have a cough?

Do you have muscle aches?

Do you have a sore throat?

Do you have shortness of breath?

Do you have chills?

Do you have a headache?

Have you experienced any gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or loss of appetite?

Have you, or anyone you have been in close contact with, been diagnosed with COVID-19 or placed in quarantine for possible exposure to COVID-19?

Have you been asked to self-isolate or quarantine by a medical professional or a local public health official?

If you reply YES to any of the questions in the checklist, stay home.

If you begin to feel ill while at work, you should immediately go home. If possible, avoid all public transportation, or ridesharing. See the “What Should I Do If I Feel Sick” under Novel Coronavirus Virus (COVID-19), Frequently Asked Questions…located on Student Health Services Website. You will be expected to leave campus and self-isolate until all appropriate criteria for your return are met.

The World Health Organization has declared the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) a worldwide pandemic. Due to its capacity to transmit from person to person through respiratory droplets, the government has set recommendations, guidelines, and some prohibitions which XYZ Company, LLC. (the “Organization”) adheres to comply.

In consideration of my participation in the foregoing, the undersigned acknowledge and agree to the following:

I am aware of the existence of the risk on my physical appearance to the venue and my participation in the activity of the Organization that may cause injury or illness such as, but not limited to Influenza, MRSA, or COVID-19 that may lead to paralysis or death.
I have not experienced symptoms that of fever, fatigue, difficulty in breathing, or dry cough, or exhibiting any other symptoms relating to COVID-19 or any communicable disease within the last 14 days.
I have not, nor any member(s) of my household, traveled by sea or by air, internationally within the past 30 days.
I did not, nor any member of my household, visit any area within the United States that was reported to be highly affected by COVID-19, in the last 30 days.
I have not been, nor any member(s) of my household, diagnosed to be infected with the COVID-19 virus within the last 30 days.

Following the pronouncements above I hereby declare the following:

I am fully and personally responsible for my own safety and actions while and during my participation and I recognize that I may be in any case be at risk of contracting COVID-19.
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This waiver will remain effective until laws and mandates relevant to COVID-19 are lifted.

COVID-19 Daily Self- Screening Questions
Do you have a fever (temperature over 100.4F or 38C) without reducing medications?

Do you a loss of smell or taste?

Do you have a cough?

Do you have muscle aches?

Do you have a sore throat?

Do you have shortness of breath?

Do you have chills?

Do you have a headache?

Have you experienced any gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or loss of appetite?

Have you, or anyone you have been in close contact with, been diagnosed with COVID-19 or placed in quarantine for possible exposure to COVID-19?

Have you been asked to self-isolate or quarantine by a medical professional or a local public health official?

If you reply YES to any of the questions in the checklist, stay home.

If you begin to feel ill while at work, you should immediately go home. If possible, avoid all public transportation, or ridesharing. See the “What Should I Do If I Feel Sick” under Novel Coronavirus Virus (COVID-19), Frequently Asked Questions…located on Student Health Services Website. You will be expected to leave campus and self-isolate until all appropriate criteria for your return are met.

Training- Water Activities

WE CANNOT STRESS THIS ENOUGH…Although this adventure does not require any training, you do recommend that you are very comfortable in water activities and being in the ocean as well as being able to carry your own luggage. Galapagos number one priority is the wildlife so finding modern day help ie elevators really do not exist. Please pack accordingly. 

Trip Outline

If you are arriving earlier to staying later please make your own transportation arrangements. 

May 6th – Day 1

Quito – Santa Cruz Island: Twin Craters – Local Giant Tortoise reserve – Lava Tunnel – Charles Darwin Station

Morning

– Travelers responsible for $100 cash fee to enter Galapagos Islands.

–  Fly to Baltra Island, a small island of the Galapagos. After landing, we will make our way to neighboring Santa Cruz with a quick local ferry.

–   Travelers will pay public transportation from Baltra – Itabaca Chanel $5.00 cash per way

–   We will jump right in with a stop in the highlands of Santa Cruz to visit Los Gemelos – or “The Twins” in English – are actually sinkholes. When the volcanoes on the islands were still active, lava flows would roll down the hills to get to the sea. Lava, being a liquid, behaves like one as well. This means it gets into any crevasse or space through which it can flow.

–  After go to a local Giant Tortoise reserve. 

Afternoon

–  Enjoy lunch at a local ranch in the highlands of Santa Cruz.

–  Observe these huge, magical creatures in their natural habitat and have the opportunity to explore some nearby lava tunnels while you gain a better appreciation of the natural forces that created these islands.

–  After the visit, we will continue to Puerto Ayora-the main town in Santa Cruz Island.

Evening

–  Take a little time to explore or unwind before we get together for dinner. 

–  Dinner together in Puerto Ayora.

Accommodation: Deja Vu hotel or similar one (there are no elevators at the hotel but bell service can assist with luggage). 

Meals: Lunch – Dinner 

May 7th – Day 2

Santa Cruz Island- Full Day to Bartolome Island

Morning / Afternoon 

–   Enjoy a delicious breakfast right at the hotel.

–   Excursion on boat to Bartolome Island, our tour guide will give you the information one day before about the departure time to visit this spot.

–  Bartolome: This small island is located on the center of the archipelago, and on a clear day, more than ten islands can be spotted from the top of the viewpoint. The diversity and richness of this island is related to the Upwelling Phenomenon, very cold water surrounds the shore and provides food for many marine species.

–  Enjoy the activities (hiking & snorkeling)

–  Lunch on board 

Evening

–  Dinner.

Accommodation: Deja Vu or similar one 

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

May 8th – Day 3

Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Station – Coffee Farm 

Morning

–  Breakfast.

–  Visit the Charles Darwin Station, inaugurated in 1964 so that scientists could use the station as a base for their research on the Galapagos Islands.

–  Afterwards you will take the transportation to visit aside from the regular Puerto Ayora, a coffee plantation in the Galapagos, where you will have the opportunity tasting the Galapagos coffee and the process.

Afternoon

–  Lunch in Cerro Mesa an ecological reserve.

–  Then if we have time as an optional activity, we will visit the Garrapatero beach. This beach is a 3km stretch of gorgeous golden sand on Santa Cruz Island at Galapagos, Garrapatero Beach is a top spot to snorkel, swim or just kick back and enjoy the sunny skies.

Evening

– Dinner at local restaurant. 

Accommodation: Deja Vu hotel or similar one 

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

May 9th – Day 4

Santa Cruz Island: Full Day Tour to Seymour Island

Morning / Afternoon 

–  Enjoy a delicious breakfast right at the hotel.

–  Excursion on boat to Seymour Island, our tour guide will give you the information one day before about the departure time to visit this spot.

–  Seymour: This small island is one of the most important fishing sites for Marine Birds. This place is the reason for many travellers and ornithologists to observe the spectacular and diverse amount of birds of the Galapagos. Seymour is a fascinating place with open nesting grounds of blue-footed Boobies and the archipelago’s largest colonies of Great and magnificent Frigate birds.

–  Enjoy the activities (hiking & snorkeling)

–  Lunch on board 

Evening

–  Dinner at local restaurant. 

Accommodation: Deja Vu or similar one 

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

May 10th – Day 5

Tortuga Bay Beach + Kayak 

Morning

–  Breakfast

–  Head out for a scenic walk to one of the largest white sand beaches in the Galapagos optional for people who are in good conditions or we can take the boat to this beautiful Island.

–  Tortuga Bay is a gorgeous beach accessible only by foot and filled with a variety of activities. A leisurely 50-minutes path leads to the beach and along the way; you may spot lava lizards, native birds, and massive marine iguanas.

–  Here you will have the option to swim, kayak or you can just hang out with your friends and the local marine life.

–  Back to Puerto Ayora, same way – 50-minutes (optional) or we can take the boat back to Puerto Ayora. 

Free Afternoon

–  Lunch

–  Relax back at the hotel or get some last-minute shopping in before heading out for the final dinner and night out on the Galapagos Islands.

Evening

–  Dinner

Accommodation: Deja Vu hotel or similar one 

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

May 11th – Day 6

Transfer out of Baltra Airport

Departure Day

Galapagos – Quito 

Morning

–  Last breakfast in Galapagos Island 

–  Take included transportation to the airport where you will catch your local flight back to Quito.

PLEASE NOTE THESE ADVENTURES ARE PLANNED FAR IN ADVANCE. ITINERARY IS SUBJECT TO BE TWEAKED SLIGHTLY BASED ON AVAILABILITY. 

Trip Includes

  • Airport transportation – Baltra Airport pick up and drop off
  • Private transportation for all activities indicated in itinerary 
  • Hotel accommodations 
  • Meals indicated on itinerary – anything above and beyond that is your responsibility. 
  • Round-trip boat ride between Santa Cruz and an uninhabited island. Visits according to the itinerary. Snorkeling equipment: mask, tube and flippers (Concha Perla, Tintoreras & Uninhabited Island).

Misc.

Above itinerary are scheduled to change. My1FitLife Adventures team will be sure to try to update everyone on site as much as possible. Please be sure to join the What’s Up Galapagos chat as well. 

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