Updated 04:52 AM EST, Thu, Feb 25, 2021

How to Explore the Galapagos Islands on a Budget

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The breathtaking Galapagos Islands in Ecuador are a favorite destination for tourists and travelers because of the rich marine wildlife.

Despite its natural beauty, many are hesitant to travel to this paradise because of budget concerns.

However, traveler and Trip Advisor contributor Raereen disagreed, noting that there are cheap alternatives when traveling to the Ecuadorian travel spot.

She mentioned on a Trip Advisor post that a cheap tour around the islands would cost $950 for about 16 people with food provided to travelers. 

As for diving adventures, Raereen advised tourists to negotiate, with prices usually starting at $120.

"You can spend anywhere from US15 a night if you are prepared to stay in hostels or dorms. If you want a private room it can start from US20 per night," she added.

On the other hand, Departful noted that travelers should also choose the low season when visiting Galapagos, which is from September to October.

It explained that during low seasons, few people travel to the area so there are more vacancies on cruises, tours, and accommodations. Lower prices or discounts are also found during low season. 

The same travel website highlighted that individuals planning to visit the destination should book directly with cruise operators. Through this, they can save around $350 per person.

Contact details of cruise tour operators can be found on the tourist information guide of Galapagos.

Travel to Galapagos is another thing to consider when on a budget. Thrifty Nomads said the cheapest way is traveling between Quito, Ecuador and Baltra Airport in Galapagos.

Booking a flight in advance should be highly considered, since deals less than $200 could be available.

"You will find the best rates by searching Skyscanner. If you're not planning to be in Quito, try searching from your preceding destination to the Baltra Airport anyway," advised Thrifty Nomads.

When it comes to food, the same travel website noted that travelers can opt to just make their own meals and save a lot of money in doing so. 

Stacking up on snacks is also advisable to avoid paying more for big meals when you are really hungry.

But if you are too tired to prepare or cook your own food, Thrifty Nomads said some good meals are available for $2.

As per UNESCO, The Galapagos Islands are a "melting pot for marine species," since it is where three ocean currents merge.

Since it is isolated from the rest of Ecuador, the islands contain unusual animal species, like the giant tortoise and iguana.

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