Galapagos Travel Itinerary – 6 Nights

It’s a common misconception that enjoying the Galapagos islands can only be done if you spend thousands of dollars. I’m proud to report that I’ve personally debunked this myth without skimping on world-class snorkel tours and consuming as much seafood as possible. I was able to spend 6 nights on 3 islands in the Galapagos for an incredible value of $1111 (including my flight) for the entire trip. For all of my inside tips, check out my full guide on how to travel the Galapagos on a budget. In this article, I’m going to share my detailed itinerary on where I stayed, what I ate, and tour companies I used so you can do the same.

Tip: Traveling with a friend can help immensely when it comes to sharing taxi and accommodation costs.

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La Loberia (free attraction) on San Cristobal is filled with jolly sea lions that are happily napping in the sand or playing in the waters. The security guard on the beach told us that a mother had just given birth to her pup just two hours before we arrived there. These sea lions were the sweetest!

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Day 1: Quito to San Cristobal

  • Obtain Galapagos transit control document at the airport before departure (it should cost around $20)
  • Fly with TAME Airlines from UIO to SCY
  • Pay $100 Galapagos visitor fee upon arrival to the airport
  • Short taxi ride to hostel
  • Book Kicker Rock snorkeling tour and arrange ferry tickets with Galapagos Fan Dive
  • Taxi ride (or walk) to La Loberia (free) to view sea lions, birds, and marine iguanas
    • Ask your taxi driver if they can wait for you or if they can return at a specific time since there are limited taxis in the area
  • Grilled lobster skewer dinner at El Rincon De Sebas
  • Buy pastries for breakfast the next day
  • Stay overnight at Hostal Los Algarrobos

Day 2: Kicker Rock from San Cristobal

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I couldn’t stop screaming (with excitement) in my snorkel mask to swim beside so many giant sea tortoises during the Kicker Rock snorkeling tour off the coast of San Cristobal.

Day 3: San Cristobal to Santa Cruz

  • 7:00am departure for 90-minute ferry ride from San Cristobal to Santa Cruz
  • Taxi to El Chato Dos giant tortoise reserve ($5 entry free) and free lava tunnels (ask the driver to wait for you for the entire duration of your visit because there are few taxis available in the area)
  • Walk to the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn more about giant sea tortoises, visit Lonesome George, and learn more about animal conservation efforts
  • Seafood pasta dinner on Santa Cruz’s restaurant street called Los Kioskos
  • Stay overnight at Hostal Morning Glory

 

Day 4: Santa Cruz to Isabela

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I couldn’t decide if the piles of marine iguanas were cool or creepy. These mini-dinosaur looking creatures could be found everywhere throughout the Galapagos. Some of my favorite ones nonchalantly hung out on the sidewalks sleeping under the sun while people walked by.

Day 5: Isabela

 

Day 6: Isabela to Santa Cruz

  • Breakfast at an outdoor food vendor
  • Rent snorkel mask (no fins needed) at Galapagos Bike and Surf
  • Self-guided snorkeling to see tortoises, marine iguanas, and sea lions at Concha de Perla (walking distance from Puerto Villamil; free attraction)
  • 3:00pm departure for 120-minute ferry ride from Isabela to Santa Cruz
  • Coconut lobster dinner on Santa Cruz’s restaurant street called Los Kioskos
  • Souvenir shopping
  • Stay overnight at Galapagos Dreams Hostal
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The waters around the Galapagos can be quite cold due to several cool currents that run through the islands. Be sure to ask for a full-body wetsuit if you run on the chilly side.

Day 7: Santa Cruz to Quito

  • Breakfast at Galapagos Dreams Hostal
  • Taxi ride (30-minutes) from hotel to Baltra island ferry dock
  • Ferry ride (less than 5 minutes) across the waterway
  • Airport shuttle bus ride (5 minutes) to GPS
  • Fly with TAME airlines from GPS to UIO

 

My Galapagos budget breakdown

**There aren’t many ATMs located on the islands, so it’s best to come prepared with enough cash to cover your lodging, tours, and accommodations. There is an ATM on Santa Cruz, and you might be able to use your credit card in some places but there may be an extra service fee to do so.

Ferries $90.00
Flight $293.43
Food $133.35
Gear Rentals $15.00
Taxis $34.00
Tips $25.00
Visitor Fees $135.00
Tours $230.00
Hotels $155.67
Total: $1,111.45

 

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Isabela is the perfect island to rent a bicycle on. There are plenty of great trails to check out that’ll take you past beaches, tortoises, and through interesting terrain.

I felt that visiting the Galapagos was truly a trip of a lifetime– there are animals that exist on these islands that can only be found in this one place. It was there on the islands that I truly learned how important it is for us to protect endangered species and take action on repairing the damage we have caused over time. All creatures– from giant tortoises, blue-footed booby birds, to the finches need our help to protect the ecosystems they greatly depend on to survive. Coming to the Galapagos is more than just diving or seeing rare animals. It is living proof that we must do everything we can to preserve the beauty of our planet. If you’re ready for the next step in planning your trip to this unforgettable place, check out my Galapagos packing list.


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