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Fuel costs for certain Galapagos Islands vessels to increase 30%   Leave a comment

You probably have already heard the news, the Ecuadorian government has announced new measures effective this month (April 2011) that will increase the cost of diesel nearly 30% only for certain vessels operating in the Galapagos Islands.

We will keep readers up to date as official, confirmed details become available.  In addition, we will inform readers which Galapagos Islands cruise operators are directly effected and the associated measure they are taking.

For example, the operators of the sister boats Eric, LEtty, Flamingo have just communicated the following …

You probably have already heard the news, the Ecuadorian government has announced new measures effective this month that will increase the cost of diesel nearly 30% only for certain vessels operating in the Galapagos Islands.  Instead of tacking on a “fuel surcharge” (we abhor that word and assume you do as well), and in an effort not to pass along additional costs to the consumer, we at Ecoventura prefer to revise the structure of our promotions offered going forward. Additional savings has been eliminated entirely, some departure dates have been removed and the amount of discounts have been reduced. All confirmed reservations are locked in and have received a really good deal by booking early. All cabins under option have until April 12 to confirm and receive the former discounts.

Ecuador National Travel Advisory: Ecuador Census 2010 – November 28th 2010   6 comments

Censo Ecuador 2010

As we quickly approach the National Census Day [Censo de Población y de Vivienda – link] here in Ecuador – November 28th 2010 – only partial information is currently available mixed with a great amount of suppositions and rumours.

According to latest unofficial available information [NOVEMBER 15/2010] Galapagos Islands flights, along with International flights only will be operating as normal on November 28th, 2010.

El censo se realizará en el horario de las 7h00 hasta las 17h00, y la población debe permanecer en sus hogares ya que existe prohibición de salir ese día. Inclusive permanecerán cerrados puertos, aeropuertos y terminales de buses. Las fronteras con Perú y Colombia también serán cerradas impidiendo de esta forma la libre entrada y salida de personas. Estan suspendidas también todas las actividades comerciales y los espectáculos públicos, como los partidos del Campeonato Ecuatoriano de Fútbol.

The census will run from 07h00 until 17h00, and the population must remain in their homes as no one is permitted to leave this day. In addition, all sea ports, airports and bus terminals will also remain closed and nonoperational. The borders frontiers with Colombia and Peru will also be closed, restricting the the entry and exit of individuals. Commercial activities and public events will also not be permitted.

According to informal / unofficial sources on November 15th, 2010 there has been a slight change (from the previous notification that all tourism activities – including the Galapagos Islands – would be forced to suspend activities) in that the Government apparently is permitting normal tourist air traffic to/from the Galapagos Islands, in addition to regular International flight traffic.

As official information becomes available, we will keep our readers updated.

Forewarned is forearmed.  Happy travels.