Galapagos Islands

Tips to Have a Galapagos Trip on a Budget

Many tourists think that traveling to the Galapagos Islands is expensive. Some people assume the activities on the island are pricey while others assume cost is due to the fact that it is one of Latin America’s top destinations. In reality, a trip to the Galapagos could be very affordable if you plan your trip accordingly. Make sure to do it ahead of time and do a bit of research on activities and places that interest you. With a proper plan, you can experience these beautiful islands on a budget. Here are some tips to bear in mind:

Make a Plan

Without a doubt, planning your steps ahead of time is the key to staying on a budget. It’s important to be realistic and have a solid budget plan. Keep track of costs and research prices beforehand.

First, you’ll need to book a flight. Getting to the islands from mainland Ecuador involves a short flight from Quito or Guayaquil airport, and prices vary between $350 – $450. The further in advance you book, the better the deal. Look for deals online and set price alerts.

You will make landfall in the Galapagos on San Cristobal island or Baltra, a former military base. Upon arrival you’ll have to pay the Galapagos National Park entrance fee of US $100.00 in cash, per person. You’ll also need to pay a ferry fee to get to and from islands.

Learn more about the things you should know before traveling to Galapagos here.

Book Accommodation in Advance

Unfortunately, the internet service on the island is slow. Conducting your research ahead of time will ensure that you find the proper accommodation. Make sure to book a room in a hotel that truly exists; some people take advantage of the tourists’ desire to visit the islands and offer fake accommodations.

Location is a very important thing to consider when choosing the right accommodation. The most populated island is Santa Cruz, specifically the Puerto Ayora area, which is home to many restaurants, stores, cafes, bars, etc. Thanks to its geographic location, the town is considered to be the main hub for transport to the other islands. Make sure to explore different tours and excursions.  

If you’re looking for a combination of comfort and privacy, quality service, and  useful amenities, check out Ikala Galapagos Hotel located in Puerto Ayora. The hotel works hand in hand with local tourist service providers. Their luxury rooms are fully-equipped with air conditioning, private bathrooms, and silent fans. Book a suite today here.

Choose Tours Wisely

Activities such as hiking, scuba diving, snorkeling, and sailing are available. We recommend that you research and select a few tours that you might be interested. Stick with your plan and keep in mind that you’re on a budget. Choose the most convenient tour, they’re all fun!

Don’t forget to ask the tour agency for a discount if you’re booking multiple tours through them.

Take advantage of free activities

At the archipelago you’ll find a variety of free activities that ensure you’ll have a blast. The most popular free activity of course is to visit the beach. The Galapagos islands are home to some truly amazing and pristine beaches. Tortuga bay, for instance, is one of the top-rated beaches in the world. Its pristine condition and open layout makes it an excellent spot to watch the sunset. Sit and watch baby sea turtles walk while sea lions take a nap on the sand. Another great place to explore is Las Grietas (“The Cracks”). These are jagged cliffs filled with crystal clear water where tourists can jump off and have fun. There are endless free and low-cost activities to enjoy at the Galapagos, just make sure to plan ahead of time!