Javier Plua Rizzo
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Visiting the Galapagos islands in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and you should not miss a single moment because of problems obtaining cruising permits or unexpected boating problems, for that reason we have combined continental-level service and local expertise to deliver everything needed for an enjoyable visit.

Partner with YACHT AGENTS GALAPAGOS Co. for an unforgettable and stress-free cruise. We provide a full-range of marine services and are accustomed to working with a demanding international clientele and serve sailing vessels and yachts of any size.


  • Cruising Permits
  • Fuel Services
  • Concierge Services
  • Fresh Provisions
  • Tour and Excursions



Javier Plúa Rizzo
Office:  +593 – 53 – 014 958
Mobile:  +593 – 987 – 229 577
Email:  javier@yachtagentsgalapagos.com
Web:  www.yachtagentsgalapagos.com 
Address for Mail and Packages: Media Luna Street and La Pinta
Santa Cruz Island
Galapagos 200105

CHECK IN Location:
0°53.9896′ S  089° 36.7937′ W
Wreck Bay, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, 



The Galápagos Islands are an archipelago of volcanic islands distributed on the equator in the Pacific Ocean. Located 490 nm due west of continental Ecuador and 800 nm SW from the Panama Canal, the islands are known for their large number of endemic species that were studied by Charles Darwin during the second voyage of HMS Beagle and contributed to the theory of evolution.

The first crude map of the islands was made in 1684 by the buccaneer Ambrose Cowley, who named the individual islands after some of his fellow pirates. These names of the islands were used in the authoritative navigation charts of the islands prepared during the Beagle survey under captain Robert FitzRoy, and in Darwin’s popular book The Voyage of the Beagle.

Galápagos Islands original chart by buccaneer Ambrose Cowley

The Galápagos Archipelago is characterized by numerous contemporaneous volcanoes, some with plume magma sources, others from the asthenosphere, possibly due to the young and thin oceanic crust and group consists of 18 main islands, 3 smaller islands, and 107 rocks and islets.

Although the islands are located on the equator, the Humboldt Current brings cold water to them, causing frequent drizzles during most of the year. The weather is periodically influenced by the El Niño events and are characterized by warm sea surface temperatures, a rise in sea level, greater wave action, and a depletion of nutrients in the water.


Galapagos Island Names


During the season known as the garúa (June to November), the temperature is 22 °C (72 °F) and a steady and cold wind blows from south and southeast, frequent drizzles (garúas) last most of the day, and dense fog conceals the islands. During the warm season (December to May), the average sea and air temperature rises to 25 °C (77 °F) but there is no wind at all and sporadic rains and the sun shines.



  1. Galápagos land iguanas
    Galápagos land iguanas, Conolophus spp.
  2. Marine iguana  the only iguana feeding in the sea
    Galápagos land iguanas, Conolophus spp.
  3. Galápagos tortoise  known as galápago in Spanish, it gave the name to the islands
    Galápagos giant tortoise
  4. Galápagos green turtle a subspecies of the green turtle
    Galápagos green turtle
  5. Galápagos racer,  an endemic species of snake with two subspecies
    Galápagos racer snake
  6. Sea cucumbers, the cause of environmental battles with fishermen over quotas
    Galapagos Sea Cucumber
  7. Flightless cormorant, Phalacrocorax harrisi
    Galapagos flightless Cormorant
  8. Great frigatebird and magnificent frigatebird
    Galapagos Frigatebird
  9. Blue-footed booby very popular among visitors for their large blue feet which they show off in courtship
     Galapagos Blue-footed booby
  10. Galápagos penguin the only living tropical penguin
    Galápagos penguin
  11. Waved albatross, the only living tropical albatross
    Galapagos waved Albatross
  12. Galápagos hawk,  the islands’ main scavenger (at the top of the food chain) and “environmental police”
    Galápagos Hawk
  13. Four endemic species of Galápagos mockingbirds, the first species Darwin noticed to vary from island to island
    Galápagos Mockingbird
  14. Thirteen endemic species of tanagers, popularly called Darwin’s finches.
    Among them is the sharp-beaked ground finch  called the “vampire finch” for its blood-sucking habits, and the tool-using woodpecker finch
    Galapagos Vampire finch
  15. Galápagos sea lions  closely related to the California sea lion, but smaller
    Galápagos sea lions 
  16. Two endemic genera of cacti, each with a single species: Jasminocereus thouarsii, the candelabra cactus, and Brachycereus nesioticus, the lava cactus
    Galapagos endemic genera of Cacti






We offer the services you need for a stress-free adventure in the protected waters of the Galapagos National Park.










Yacht Agents Galapagos Co. Entry Permit for Sailboats


An entry permit called Autografo is required for every vessel with the intention to visit the Galapagos islands, either the protected areas or the inhabited ports only. Yachts arriving with an Autografo in hand are given up to 30 days with the possibility of a 30-day extension.


The process to obtain the entry permit normally takes a while (according to the season), therefore we highly suggest you to start the application at least six weeks in advance.


In the Galapagos islands is mandatory to use an agent in order to arrange all the clearance in & out process and the coordination before arrival, your agent will represent you during the whole stay.


As your agents, we will guide you through the procedures, send you the most useful information to be known regarding the requirements and regulations and will act as a go-between you and the local authorities upon your arrival.


When you arrive, several officials will board your vessel at the same time, you will request to fill some forms asking for some information about your crew and the vessel, they will also inspect the boat very thoroughly, looking in the bilges, at your security equipment, navigation equipment, etc.



Due to the archipelago is a national park, there are no marinas in the Galapagos islands

Javier was raised in Galapagos and has a deep familiarity with the entire archipelago. He studied environmental tourism, is a certified naturalist guide through the Galapagos National Park Service and a licensed Yacht Agent by the Ecuadorian Navy.

After more than 10 years of experience within the yachting industry and working alongside other yacht agents in Galapagos, decided to branch out with the goal of better serving the visitors who flock to the islands from all over the world.

Thanks to his unique skills and vast knowledge has built a stellar reputation in the yachting world and the local community.

Javier leads the team at YACHT AGENTS GALAPAGOS, the mission of his company is to ensure reliable yacht services, efficiency with all the clearance formalities, permits and smooth entry into the islands.

He also develops customized itineraries and arrange private excursions on land and underwater.


Yacht Agents Galapagos





We sailed to the Galapagos Islands in September of 2020 and spent nearly 7 weeks exploring this amazing place. Our voyage began with a search of the requirements to enter the islands and we learned we needed to secure an agent. A quick search of online reviews on Google, Noonsite, etc. quickly turned up one name as “the best” and that was Javier.

From our first email, Javier was incredibly responsive, knowledgeable, and helpful. He provided us with the regulations and requirements, tips on the islands and pro-forma to clearly explain costs. We used Javier for every aspect of our trip from the application, details on special requirements due to COVID and every other step of the process. He far exceeded any expectations and made our entry to the Galapagos a simple and enjoyable process.

He and his team on San Cristobal, Isabella, and Santa Cruz where there to assist with all the formalities of port entry/exit, tours, best restaurants and have an incredible abundance of local knowledge. On Javier’s home island of Santa Cruz, he even took our propane tank for us to get refilled and delivered it via water taxi to our boat. If you plan to visit the Galapagos on your own boat, Javier is the agent you should choose.

Kevin and Carla Nash

Sailing Gargoyle



We have had the pleasure of working with Javier Plúa Rizzo when he was manager in other company as our Agent. Javier has recently branched out to start his own business, Yacht Agents Galapagos Co. We would like to highly recommend Javier and his services.

Javier and his team were nothing short of fabulous. Javier answered questions we had about the entry paperwork and regulations. When we first hired him, he sent to us several documents he had made that explains the rules and regulations in a clear manner. Javier also sent information about each island (i.e.: anchoring, services, attractions). Prior to arrive we notified Javier and his team who then notified the Authorities of our arrival time. Within about two hours of arrival we had all of our inspections completed and we were free to go to shore (this was prior to Covid-19).

During our visit Javier’s team worked with us to obtain fuel which was delivered to our boat on time as promised. We also asked to set up private tours for us on each island with English speaking guides. The tours were tailored to our needs and very informative. Javier is quick to respond to all inquiries and works hard to resolve any questions or issues. He meets each client personally and asks how they can improve their services. We found the islands of Galapagos to be a wonderful, once in a life time adventure that we are so happy we did not pass by. The people of Galapagos are kind and work hard to make visitors feel welcomed. The month there and the memories made will be with us for a lifetime.

We highly recommend Javier at Yacht Agents Galapagos Co. He goes above and beyond to make the Galapagos experience easier and memorable.

Cindy on SV Cream Puff


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