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I am traveling to the Galápagos Islands in February and am wondering if there is anywhere on the islands to rent a small airplane (Cessna 172). I have my private pilots license and would love to rent a plane while down there and do some flying.

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1. Re: Flying

Dear Casey,

no. This is a national park. You can't just rent a plane and fly around in it. You can't even charter one of the small commercial airplanes there (they provide inter-island service) for a touristic fly-over. It's a good thing. Imagine being out there in the middle of nowhere, only to have small planes buzzing overhead. You can't even fly a drone there.

Warmest regards,

Heather Blenkiron

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2. Re: Flying

According to Emetebe's website Emetebe.ec.com, you CAN charter a plane but you won't get to pilot it that's for sure. Here's the info from their site:

Private Charter

Chartering an aircraft is about freedom and the chance to explore and experience the Galapagos in a way most people rarely do.

When you fly private charter for the first time, one of the first things you'll discover is that your flight revolves entirely around your schedule, not the airline's schedule. There is no need to check pre-existing flight schedules to choose a time that is 'close' to the time you'd like to travel. And no more arriving hours ahead of the actual time you're required for a cruise, a tour or a meeting. You choose exactly when to fly, based on what's best for you, not based on which flights are available.

Unlike our island transfer service, there are no baggage limits and no overweight charges. You can bring whatever luggage will fit on the plane. But always work with our sales agent, especially if you'll need to accommodate extra bags or heavy equipment.

When you book a private charter flight, our sales agent will review all aspects of your flight schedule. This may include: shuttle services to and from the airport, hotel reservations, flight duration / details and connection flights to or from Quito / Guayaquil that you may not be familiar with - to determine the most efficient routes to meet your schedule needs.

Also have Scenic Flights as per below:

The Galapagos is a unique place whichever way you look at it. From the air it is magical, breathtakingly beautiful and almost surreal.

Wherever you look you will find a perfect frame for a shot that you can be proud of. Our Scenic flights can be customized to suit your specific wishes. We can arrange Scenic flights over a particular island or region you wish to capture for your pleasure or for your business.

Scenic flights can be arranged in association with your travel agent or directly through us to suit your requirements.

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