They are picky. But they are also corrupt. Have you had experience with bribes, in such a way that you don't insult anyone and don't get yourself in more trouble?
They also want a fumigation certificate from your last port. Costs $20 in Panama
. If you don't have it, it will cost $70 in Galapagos
They are also open to "inducements" in Panama. I organised our zarpe while still in Colon prior to going thru the canal and prior to the arrival of an additional crew member
. So our zarpe had 4 people on the crewlist even though there were only 3 onboard and the 4th had not even arrived in Panama. Just did it to save time on the Panama City side.