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This will be the twelfth year of the Come to Galapagos Marathon. We will hold the event in the same manner we have the last five years as a private event for international runners, each of whom sponsors a local runner by paying for their entrance fee (included in the tour price) and optionally sending them running gear before or bringing it to them. The event is open to international runners that also participate in the Come to Galapagos Marathon Tour Packages, Aug. 4 through Aug. 13 and Sept. 30 through Oct. 8, 2023
Types of Races
Each marathon runner has a personal caddy. This is someone on a small scooter or truck who drives ahead two kilometers and waits for you to provide you with water, Gatorade or whatever you need. He can take articles of clothing, etc. He will stop where the race changes course, be sure you make the change then drive ahead two kilometers again. Runners love this set up and I like it because I can keep track of where every runner is and how each runner is doing. Also, it gives us some flexibility. For example a family member will want to run a 10k, but they would like to run with their father or daughter who are running the marathon, they can either do it the first or last ten kilometers of the race. Sometimes significant others just ride in the car the whole way. Taking pictures etc.
The people overseeing the event will be the Come to Galapagos family: hotel owners, farm workers, restaurant staff, fishermen, Galapagos Park guides, all the people that will be benefiting from the runner’s arrival.
Meals on San Cristobal will feature locally caught fish (you may be catching it), locally grown produce and fruits, cheeses and yogurt.
Registration fees for the marathon are included in the package.
When booking your flights
-Arriving Guayaquil GYE on Aug. 4 or Sept. 30 (Home airport > GYE)
-Arriving San Cristobal, Galapagos Aug. 5 or Oct. 1 Guayaquil-San Cristobal (GYE-SCY)
-Aug. 12 or Oct. 8 Baltra-Guayaquil (GPS-GYE)
-Aug. 13 or Oct. 9 Guayaquil-returning international flight (GYE > Home airport)
Note, of course “add ons” will have different flights and please run your flights by us to be sure you have this correct before the expiration of your free cancellation period.
Deposit: Initial deposit is one half of the tour cost. Final payment is due no later than 75 days prior to your tour date. June 1 or July 17, 2023. We can begin making reservations upon receipt of deposits. The travel industry has been changing over the past few years with the introduction of Airbnb et al so that now many operators are requiring deposits, hotel owners, small boat and plane operators, etc.
Travel Insurance: We highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance (it appears likely the country of Ecuador may be requiring this soon). Connecting flights arrive late, people get sick before they travel, all kinds of things. The best insurance to not need travel insurance is to purchase it, reverse Murphy’s law. We have to honor our cancellation policy as it reflects industry standards here for hotels, guides etc. We highly recommend Travel Insurance Center. You may request a quote directly through this link.
Laundry: Pack light, laundry can be done.
Please check our Terms and Conditions
Arrive from US on flights scheduled by travelers. Wyndham Hotel shuttle receives guests. We like the Wyndham in Guayaquil because it is close to the airport, reliable with its shuttle services and has English speaking help.