The Galápagos Islands aren’t a common backpacker destination due to how expensive they can be. A week-long trip can cost an entire month’s budget for a backpacker. Don’t stress though, because there’s a way to visit and have a great time without breaking the bank. Here are our best tips for visiting the Galápagos Islands on a backpacker budget.
The ideal time to visit the Galápagos islands will depend on what you hope to get out of your trip. Here’s a simple guide to the different seasons on the Galápagos Islands and the best times to visit the islands for weather, animals, diving, and low prices.
The Galápagos islands are one of the world’s most popular destinations for rare wildlife watching from sea lions and marine iguanas on land, to green sea turtles, manta rays and sharks in the sea. Throw in pristine beaches, towering volcanoes, and lush highlands, and you have one of most diverse and beautiful places in the world. Here are 15 reasons why the Galapagos Islands are worth visiting.
The Galapagos islands are host to some of the rarest land animals in the world, attracting visitors all year round. The same holds true when you dip your head under the waves, with the volcanic rock formations and ocean currents around the islands drawing in a diverse range of sea creatures, both big and small. Visiting the Galapagos islands over land can be a bit of an organisational mess if you don’t know what you’re doing (so you may want to read our guide here to get you started with planning) and the same can be said for diving in the Galapagos Islands: with multiple islands to stay on, multiple dive sites from each island and also the option of staying on a dive boat. Planning your dives can get a bit confusing.
Luckily for you we’ve broken it down into this simple article for you, detailing each island we visited, the dives we did there, and all the other useful advice you need on dive companies, cost and the best times of year to visit. We also include some great advice on how to get the cheapest and best deal on a liveaboard dive boat so keep reading.
With two airports on the mainland, two airports on the islands and the added admin of paying park fees and extra checks on your baggage, getting yourself to the Galapagos Islands can be a bit of a hassel. There’s a lot of information to sift through and some important things you need to know as its different from a normal internal flight. We’ve broken it down for you in this handy guide so you know where to fly from, where to fly to, how to travel between the islands and how to check in to your flight without any stress. Here’s everything you need to know on how to get to the Galapagos Islands.
Scared of going to the Galapagos Islands and blowing your budget? Or having to shell out on an expensive liveaboard tour? Two big myths about the Galapagos islands is that one, you need to do a tour to see everything, and two, you have to spend lots of money. These are both FALSE. We think everyone should visit the Galapagos islands, a once in a lifetime opportunity for most, and that its shame that people will miss out in due to worries about tours and expenses. Lucky for you we’ve been there ourselves and have written up an itinerary for how you can see much as possible without spending any money on liveaboards or tours. So, let us bust both myths for you by sharing our experience, how you can see almost everything the islands have to offer and all without booking a single tour.