Itinerary and budget for seeing the best of the Galapagos

Itinerary and budget for seeing the best of the Galapagos

How many days do you need to get to explore the Galapagos? What are the best islands to visit to make the most of your trip?

I’ve been fortunate enough to have traveled to the Galapagos Islands many times and in different ways: as a couple with my wife; as a family with my cousin and her 6-year-old son and also as a solo traveler. Traveling this way in different contexts has given me perspective and allowed me to write this itinerary and budget for visiting the Galapagos islands.

The Galapagos is an expensive place to visit, definitely one of the most expensive places I’ve ever been to, and I recommend you save up enough money to be able to stay for at least 6 nights. You’ll have the chance to stay on Santa Cruz and Isabela islands and enjoy daily tours to Bartolomé and Santa Fé islands as well as the Cabo Rosa tunnels, aka ‘Los Tuneles’.

 

🇪🇨 ITINERARIO Y PRESUPUESTO PARA CONOCER LO MEJOR DE LO MEJOR DE LAS ISLAS GALÁPAGOS

 

Below you’ll find a budget for 6 nights and 7 days on the Galapagos Islands,

an ideal budget for a trip without spending a lot, and a great way to explore the best of the best of the Galapagos

  • US$ 250 to 350 – Flight for Ecuadorians and residents of Ecuador from Guayaquil/Quito to Baltra (Santa Cruz)
  • US$ 300 to 500 – Flight for non-Ecuadorian tourists from Guayaquil/Quito to Baltra (Santa Cruz)
  • US$ 6 – National park entrance fee for Ecuadorians / children under 12 pay half
  • US$ 50 – National park entrance fee for the Andean and Mercosur community / children under 12 pay half
  • US$ 100 – National park entrance fee for all other foreign tourists / children under 12 pay half
  • US$ 20 – TCT card / Children also pay $20
  • US$ 2 – Ferry service from Baltra to Santa Cruz, round-trip
  • US$ 4 – Bus from the Santa Cruz pier to Puerto Ayora, round-trip
  • US$ 150 – Lodging for 6 nights per person (including breakfast)
  • US$ 40 – Taxi to the giant tortoise reserves of Las Primicias, el Chato and Charles Darwin
  • US$ 1 – Round trip boat, passing by Playa Los Alemanes and Las Grietas
  • US$ 5 – Entrance fee to Las Primicias
  • US$ 5 – Entrance fee to el Chato
  • US$ 30 – Round trip taxi to Garrapatero beach
  • US$ 120 – Tour of Santa Fe island from Santa Cruz Island
  • Between US$ 200 to 287 – Tour of Bartolome island from Santa Cruz Island
  • US$ 60 – Ferry from Santa Cruz to Isabela island – round trip / Under 6s pay half
  • US$ 5 – Entrance fee for Isabela island for Ecuadorians
  • US$ 10 – Entrance fee for Isabela Island non-Ecuadorians
  • US$ 120 – Tour of Cabo Rosa tunnels from Isabela Island
  • US$ 15 – Bicycle rental on Isabela island
  • US$ 60 – Dinners for 6 nights per person
  • US$ 25 – Lunches for 5 days per person
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    It is advisable to take cash (US dollars) because many tourist establishments do not accept card payments and there are limited numbers of ATMs (cash machines) on the islands, just Banco Pacifico, Banco Bolivariano and Banco Pichincha.

     

    Where to stay on Santa Cruz Island Reserve your accommodation in Puerto Ayora

    Hostal Baltra (Galapagos Apart and Suites)

    Hostal Baltra

    Hostal Estrella de Mar

    Hostal Estrella de Mar

    Hotel Ninfa

    Hotel Ninfa

    Hotel Fiesta

    Hotel Fiesta

    Search accommodation in Santa Cruz: here

    Itinerary for 6 nights and 7 days on the Galapagos Islands:

  • Day 1 – Arrival to Santa Cruz on Baltra island. Visit the Tortoise Reserves of Las Primicias or El Chato (to see the Giant Tortoises in their natural habitat) and then indicate to be dropped off at the Charles Darwin Station. If there’s time, go and see the German Beach – Playa de los Alemanes (to get there, you need to go back to the harbour and go by boat) and then walk along a pathway which takes you to Las Grietas
  • Day 2 – Tour of Bartolome Island. 6am to 5pm
  • Day 3 – Ferry from Santa Cruz to Isabela Island leaving at 7am
  • Day 3 – Arrival to Isabela Island. 9am
  • Day 3 – Tour of Cabo Rosa Tunnels. 11am to 5pm
  • Day 4 – Rent a bicycle and make your own way to ‘El muro de lagrimas’ (Wall of Tears) then to ‘Pozo de los Flamingos’ (Flamingo Pond), ‘Centro de Crianza de tortugas’ (Tortoise Breeding Centre) and to ‘Piscina Natural Concha de Perla’ (natural swimming pool of Concha de Perla)
  • Day 5 – Ferry from Isabela Island to Santa Cruz Island. 6am
  • Day 5 – Arrival to Santa Cruz. 8am
  • Day 5 – Free morning on Garrapatero Beach and then from midday, to Tortuga Bay beach
  • Day 6 – Tour of Santa Fe. 8am to 3pm
  • Day 7 – Return to Quito/Guayaquil
  • Where to stay on Isabela Island Reserve your accommodation in Puerto Villamil

    Hotel Albemarle

    Hotel Albemarle

    Iguana Crossing Boutique Hotel

    Iguana Crossing Boutique Hotel

    The Wooden House Hotel

    The Wooden House Hotel

    Hotel Coral Blanco

    Hotel Coral Blanco

    Search accommodation in Isabela: Here

     

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