Category Archives: Quito

Increase in Cost of Galapagos Flight

The Ecuadorian government has decided to stop subsidizing the cost of jet fuel for the airlines in 2012. As a result, airlines will face a 15 to 20 percent increase in the cost of fuel starting January 1st, 2012. Local airlines have not yet said anything regarding how these costs will affect ticket rates but we are expecting to see a resulting increase of 15 to 20 percent which will result in price adjustments from January 1st ,2012.

Ecuador – Volcano Erupts

Two huge volcanoes in Central and South America are spewing lava, rocks and debris, forcing thousands of people to flee their homes.

A volcano known as Tungurahua — Throat of Fire — came to life Friday morning, 130 kilometres southeast of Ecuador’s capital, Quito, and exploded continuously through the night.

People in several nearby villages were forced to leave their homes, while officials shut down the international airport in the city of Guayaquil. Air travel between Quito and Lima, Peru, was also suspended because of ash from the volcano.

More information coming…

Flights for Sacha & Napo Wildlife Center

We have been informed that due to some logistical problems, the Lago Agrio airport authorities had to change flight schedules for Sacha Lodge and Napo Wildlife Center.

The new flight schedules for SACHA LODGE are:

Monday to Friday:                                               Saturdays:

QUITO-LAGO AGRIO-COCA                 QUITO-LAGO AGRIO-COCA

Flight Tame EQ211                                              Flight Tame EQ207

Departs Quito:09h30                                          Departs Quito: 10h00

Arrives Lago Agrio:10h00                                  Arrives Lago Agrio:10h30

COCA-LAGO AGRIO-QUITO                 COCA-LAGO AGRIO-QUITO

Flight Tame EQ214                                              Flight Tame EQ212

Departs Lago Agrio: 12h30                                Departs Lago Agrio: 13h00

Arrives Quito:13h00                                           Arrives Quito: 13h30

The new flight schedules for NAPO WILDLIFE CENTER are:

Monday to Friday:                                                               Saturdays:

QUITO-LAGO AGRIO-COCA                                 QUITO-LAGO AGRIO-COCA

Flight VIP – D 328 aircraft, for 31 pax                             Flight VIP – D 328 aircraft, for 31 pax

Departs Quito: 07h55                                                         Departs Quito: 07h00

Arrives Lago Agrio: 08h30                                                 Arrives Lago Agrio:07h35

COCA-LAGO AGRIO-QUITO                                 COCA-LAGO AGRIO-QUITO

Flight VIP – D 328 aircraft, for 31 pax                             Flight VIP – D 328 aircraft, for 31 pax

Departs Lago Agrio: 14h50                                                Departs Lago Agrio: 12h00

Arrives Quito:15h25                                                           Arrives Quito: 12h35

As previously advised a transfer service using comfortable and safe ground transportation will be provided from Lago Agrio to Coca and vice versa.

Flu Precautions Put in Place in Galapagos

The National Park Service together with other relevant institutions in the Galapagos Islands have announced the following preventive measures at all main entry points to the Galapagos Islands in order to protect the fragile ecosystem from a possible infection with Swine flu.

– All employees at the airports and ports must use disposable gloves and masks

– Foot disinfection at the arrival gate of the airports in Baltra and San Cristobal and at the docks while embarking and disembarking– All arrival halls will be fumigated with a wide spectrum disinfectant prior to the arrival of each aircraft

– Any waste material must remain on board the aircraft and cannot be unloaded in the islands

– All passengers arriving to the islands must disinfect their hands with alcohol prior to leaving the arrival halls

Furthermore, the Ministry of Tourism is working closely with the private sector of tourism in order to centralize all the important and correct information regarding the measures that tour operators should take into consideration for their daily operations. Currently they are in the process of elaborating a leaflet that will be distributed to all service providers and arriving tourists.

International arrivals to Ecuador are currently limited to the main airports in Quito and Guayaquil; secondary airports are temporarily closed as a preventive measure. At this moment Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands have not reported any infected persons.

We will keep you updated about future developments.

Ecuador Restricts Travelers from Mexico

QUITO, April 29 (Xinhua) — Ecuador on Wednesday declared a national state of emergency and barred foreigners who have been in Mexico from arriving in the country on commercial flights as a precaution against swine flu, officials have said.

According to a decree signed by President Rafael Correa, the state of emergency will last 60 days starting from Wednesday. The decree also ordered the Internal and External Security Ministry to coordinate with the Committee of Emergency Operations (COE) and the Health Ministry to take necessary measures to contain the spread of the swine flu virus.

Meanwhile, the authorities also suspended charter flights to and from Mexico to prevent the spread of the virus. Aviation officials have notified airlines that passengers who have been in Mexico will not be allowed into Ecuador, although Ecuadoreans will be allowed to return home. Travelers who want to enter the country from Mexico have to be closely monitored for flu symptoms.

Ecuador has not confirmed any swine flu cases. The authorities are carrying out medical checks on travelers arriving from Mexico and the southwest United States and have placed regional hospitals under alert to monitor for symptoms.