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Latest News from A&K Ecuador
Snorkeling & Diving Temporarily Restricted in Galapagos
Please note that following the measures of the Galapagos National Park, all snorkeling and diving activities are temporarily restricted in the Santa-Fe-Bay area, in the Galapagos Islands.
The Galapagos National Park will be conducting shark research in the area.
Will this affect my itinerary?
No, there will be no changes, except for snorkeling and/or diving activities during the visit to the island. Other activities such as: hiking and visits to the viewpoint will remain the same.
When will the restriction end?
The research is expected to go on until March, 2019.
Health Insurance Update
Good news! The health insurance decree for entering Ecuador is no longer a requirement! This means that no extra paper work is needed, and visiting Ecuador will be just as easy and enjoyable as it has always been! Remember that you can always reach out to us, should you have questions. However, we will stay in touch and keep you updated on any further information we receive.
What's New in Ecuador?
Galapagos is Single-Use Plastics Free!
From now on, the entering of single-use plastics to the Galapagos Islands will be regulated. The long-term goal is to eventually find and use only eco-friendly products on the “Enchanted Islands”.
The Festival of Lights
Please note that from the 8th to the 12th of August, 2018, the Festival of Lights will take place in Quito. Remember that you can always contact us, for questions or alternatives of hotels and activities, depending on guests’ interests.
Baltra Island: Shuttle Service Update
Please note that starting on July 30th, non-Galapagos residents will have to pay a USD 5 fee, per person, per trip, for using the shuttle service from/to the Baltra Airport.
This change has been introduced by the Galapagos National Park, after the implementation of new buses for the service, which will include a luggage supervisor per unit and frequencies every 20 minutes.
TAME Airlines Operational Changes
Please note that TAME Airlines has recently announced operational changes, along with a possible fare increase on their flights to/from Coca, for which we suggest you may keep in mind the following:
*Guests’ information and passport copies must be sent to us no later than 60 days before their arrival in Ecuador.
*All changes that may be requested after the ticket has been issued, will be subject to a penalty of USD 60.
*The above changes are for guests going to the Ecuadorian Amazonia.
* Not going by the above periods may incur higher rates and/or no flight availibility.
The Cotopaxi Again Welcomes High-Altitude Climbers
If you enjoy higher level experiences (literally), we have excellent news for you! After a preventive closure, the authorities of the Cotopaxi National Park have determined that it is 100% safe to resume all climbing activities. Guests can climb as high as 5300 meters asl!
This is the perfect time to dust off your climbing gear, and reach for the sky, as you experience the perctly cone-shaped Cotopaxi Volcano (5897 masl), definitely one of the most beautiful snow-capped mountains in the world.
A&K Ecuador's New Address
Please note that effective May 1st, 2017, A&K Ecuador's new address and phone numbers will change to:
* Address: Av. Naciones Unidas y Núñez de Vela, Ed. Metropolitan, 7th floor. Quito, Ecuador
* Phone number: +593 2 244 0428 * Fax: +593 2 243 9943
Our emergency lines and email addresses will remain the same.
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