Galapagos Islands are the Eden garden on Earth. Imagine a beautiful pacific island, with turquoise crystal waters and astonishing volcanic landscapes. Walking among playful sea lions, idle marine iguanas and fearless giant turtles are certainly a dream come true for nature lovers. Undoubtedly, what it makes these islands so unique is that they are bursting with incredible endemic wildlife. It's believed that a trip to the islands is very costly. Purchasing a 7-day cruise can be insanely expensive, but if you plan it on your own, you might be surprised to see the difference.
The main expense in this trip is the flight to the islands. It costs around $480 return from Quito. Ecuadorians can enjoy a lower fee ($280) while this is even lower for locals ($200). Foreigners cannot benefit of any discount from the airline. It's cheaper to fly from Guayaquil. The second main expense is the entry ticket to Galapagos National Park. Babies under 2 are free of charge. International tourists pay ($100, $50<12 years) Latin- Americans ($50, $25<12 years) and Ecuadorians ($6, $3<12 years). Once the tourist arrives to the islands the cost of life is a lot more manageable. Accommodation starts from $30 per couple, a full meal is $5 and taxies charge a flat rate of $1.5 within the city. Ferries between the islands cost $30. ATM machines are available in the most populated islands. Credit card payments entail a 28% commission and very few establishments accept credit cards. It's recommended to withdraw cash before you reach the islands to avoid these high fees.
It's quite easy to spend more than a week exploring the fascinating landscapes of Galapagos without spending a cent. However, some of the most spectacular attractions are away from the villages. Daytrips work daily and can take you to these fantastic destinations. Prices range from $35 to $200, depending on the activity and the trip. To sum up, to make the most of your experience in Galapagos, it's required to spend 7 to 15 days and at least $80 a day. Most people dedicate 6 to 9 days. Itï¿½s not advisable to spend less than 5 days.