Galapagos islands on a budget

Staying on an island/s and doing day/weekend trips

galapagos on a budgetThis is a great option for those wishing to travel the Galapagos islands on a budget. The best starting point is Puerto Ayora. From here you can visit independently many of Santa Cruz’s free or cheap sites and wildlife (see our page on Santa Cruz and things to do). You can also take day tours to Bartolome and North Seymour.


Then take the fast boat to San Crisbol. Again, there are many free or cheap sites and wildlife to see. Take a day trip to Kicker rock.  You need to return by fast boat to Puerto Ayora before taking a day trip to Fernando (great snorkeling) or to Española Island to see the albatrosses and blue footed boobies. , and then by fast boat to Isabela (our favorite!). Here is so much to see and do… and all very close to where you would be staying in Puerto Villamill.


This way provides you will great flexibility, and is much cheaper than any other option. So what’s the downsides? There is very little information on where to visit (as everyone is selling tours). Even an internet search wont help you that much!. It takes time to organize each day (when you could be out there doing!) and you need to find your own accommodation and transport. And, there is no guide to explain anything to you. Lastly, again you can only access the ‘public’ sites and not the restricted site.

If you are a confident independent travelling, speak Spanish, have time on your side, and are not going in the main peak season, then this is an excellent option!