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Destination: The Western Galapagos Islands

Wellness Protocol

For the duration of your tour, you will be accompanied by your Orbridge Travel Director as well as local guides. Be aware that some areas visited on tour may experience staffing constraints occurring in the tourism and hospitality sectors at this time. Your Tour Director will keep you apprised throughout your trip to help ensure an uninterrupted tour experience as best as possible. We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding in the event that you experience longer wait times at restaurants, hotels, and sites visited on tour.

Given the remoteness of the Galapagos Islands, we highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance with medical coverage including emergency flight evacuation. Without this, it may be difficult (and at great cost to you) to obtain emergency medical assistance while on the islands. Contact your travel/medical insurance carrier specialist for international coverage questions or contact our Guest Services department at for travel insurance provider recommendations. We ask that guests understand the details of COVID-specific coverage, and be prepared to make arrangements to extend your stay for longer than planned.

Tour Participation Requirement: Vaccination

We are requiring all guests to have either two doses of the Pfizer/Moderna COVID-19 vaccine or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. These can be administered at any point, so long as they are done no less than two weeks prior to arrival on tour. Guests are required to bring and present a paper or digital copy of their COVID-19 vaccination card, including any boosters. This requirement will be verified by the on-tour Travel Director. This policy is subject to change depending on conditions and guidance available at the time of scheduled travel. All travelers, including Orbridge Travel Directors, will be required to follow this protocol.

If you are participating in the optional Mashpi Lodge pre-tour or the Machu Picchu post-tour only, the same vaccine documents will need to be provided prior to boarding your transfer to Mashpi Lodge or upon your arrival in Peru for the post-tour. 

Destination Specific Wellness Protocols:

  • Wearing a face mask is recommended in public spaces and aboard public transportation, but not required. We request that you bring a face mask and be prepared to wear it if asked.

Air Travel:

Specific protocols and expectations for air travel vary by airline. To learn more about airline protocols, visit

We invite you to familiarize yourself with what Orbridge is doing, and what is requested of our guests while on tour by learning more at Note that this site is updated as new information becomes available from local, state, and international agencies. It is advised that you regularly check this page so that you are aware of the most current information for your tour. If you have additional questions, contact our dedicated Guest Services team at 866-639-0079.

This information is up-to-date as of April 28, 2023.