One other thing. I know that the rules change all the time in the Galapagos, but the reception
we got from the port captain
was quite different when we arrived from Mexico
then from when we arrived from Ecuador.
From Mexico, they basically let us stay as long as we wanted within reason. From Ecuador, we were given 24 hours to clear out, and even that took some negotiation. Basically, we were told to get our fuel and supplies and be on our way.
We arrived both times with no permits. At that time, this was accepted practice for everybody arriving from foreign ports
. I think that because we were travelling within the country, they expected us to have procured the permits. It was all very murky back then regarding the rules, and I suspect that the port captain's word was law, and there had been a change of staff during the time we were on the mainland.
The nice old official who greeted us in November had been replaced by a young guy with a ramrod up his ass.
Funnily, the old guy who was retiring bumped into me at the office-he was going in to gather some things-, and he went to bat for us with the new guy. Possibly without his help, we would have been kicked out of there without fuel.
Anyway, I have no idea what the current
rules are, but it does seem that if you arrive from Ecuador it's a bit different. Have a look at the regs before you leave.