Galapagos Tours

Budget Galapagos tours

BUDGET GALAPAGOS TOURS

Have you always dreamed of exploring the Galapagos Islands but have been scared away by the costs? Well, our budget Galapagos tours are designed for travelers like you who want an amazing ‘once in a life time’ experience at an affordable price. 

Depending on the tour package you choose, you can visit up to three amazing islands in the Galapagos: Santa Cruz, Isabela and Floreana. These magical islands are home to some of the most extraordinary and diverse marine wildlife found nowhere else on earth. Here you can join other travelers on shared day excursions that include snorkeling, hiking, cycling and viewing amazing marine wildlife in beautiful surroundings.

Our island coordinator will attend to your needs so all you need to do is enjoy yourself and explore the exotic surroundings. At night, you will stay in clean, comfortable accommodation on a shared room basis (2-4 guests per room) and enjoy three meals a day. You can also book a private room on request.

Highlights

  • Visit beautiful beaches like Tortuga Bay
  • Swim in deep water chasms among colorful fish
  • Enjoy magical beach sunsets
  • Hike up an active volcano
  • Snorkeling at Concha de Perla
  • *Experience a full day visit to Floreana Island
  • Visit the Charles Darwin Research Centre on Santa Cruz
  • See amazing wild life such as penguins, gigantic tortoises, marine iguanas, turtles, flamingos and seals

*Please note – Only the 6 day tour includes Floreana Island.

Quick details

  • Departure: Any day of the year from Quito
  • Tour duration: From 5 to 6 days
  • Accommodation: Shared or private room
  • Effort level: Easy to strenuous activities
  • Tour type: Shared tour with guests from different agencies
  • Tours exclude flights and Galapagos entrance fees
  • Please note: Our Galapagos tours are land based and not boat cruises.

How to book one of our budget Galapagos tours

  • Book your tour online with a non-refundable 30% deposit. This is done with credit card through our secure payment portal.
  • Balance of the payment is required 7 days prior to your departure. This can be done via internet bank transfer.
  • Please provide us with full names, passport details and your accommodation in Quito for your entire group on our payment portal.
  • We can book your return flight to the Galapagos Islands. Please email us a request and we will gladly assist you.
  • Please read all the below information before making a booking.

Schedules & Prices

6 Days / 5 Nights

Stay on Santa Cruz and Isabela. Includes a day tour to Floreana.

Day 1 – Quito to Santa Cruz

Morning

Your services will begin with a private transfer to Quito International airport. Here, you will be accompanied by an assistant to the gate. After arriving at Baltra Airport in the Galapagos, you will transfer to your accommodation for check in and lunch. 

Afternoon

Enjoy a boat ride to a beautiful beach called Finch Bay. Afterwards, you can walk to Las Grietas, a deep natural rock pool. Here you can swim or snorkel among the fish and relax. Return to the hotel for a dinner and a chilled evening. Accommodation at Hotel Descanso del Guia (or similar). Inclusions: lunch and dinner.

Day 2 – Santa Cruz and boat transfer to Isabela

Morning

After an early breakfast, you will be able to hike to one of the most beautiful beaches in the Pacific Ocean, Tortuga Bay. It is a picturesque beach where you can swim in turquoise waters and find marine iguanas bathing in the sun. 

Afternoon

After lunch, we will transfer by boat boat to Isabela Island. To cap the day off, you can visit La Playa Grande and watch a golden sunset over the Pacific Ocean. Accommodation at Hotel Iguana (or similar). Inclusions: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 3 – Isabela 

Morning

Today we rise early to hike up Sierra Negra, an active volcano. It is a 4 hour hike with the majority of the hike being flat with a few ascents and descents. From the summit, you will have incredible views over an extraordinary landscape. Please note that this activity is fairly strenuous.

Afternoon

After lunch, will travel on foot and discover flamingos and a breeding center for giant tortoises. Some of theses tortoises are over 150 years old! Accommodation at Hotel Iguana. Inclusions: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 4 – Isabela & boat transfer to Santa Cruz

Morning

Today you will be able to snorkel in an incredible location called Concha de Perla (or pearl Shell). 

Afternoon

In the afternoon, we return by boat to Santa Cruz. Accommodation at Hotel Descanso del Guia (or similar). Inclusions: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 5 – Full day Floreana (& return to Santa Cruz)

Morning & Afternoon

Enjoy a full day full tour on the beautiful island of Floreana. Here you may encounter pink flamingos, marine turtles and penguins. 

Accommodation at Hotel Descanso del Guia (or similar). Inclusions: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 6 – Santa Cruz to Quito

Morning

After breakfast, you will visit the Charles Darwin Scientific Station. Before flying back to the mainland, you will stop off at the Gemelos Craters. 

Afternoon

Flight back to Quito and transfer. End of services. Inclusions: breakfast. 

$ 895 pp on a shared room basis

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5 Days / 4 Nights

Stay on the islands of Santa Cruz and Isabela.

Please note: This tour does not include a visit to the island of Floreana.  

Day 1 – Quito to Santa Cruz

Morning

Your services will start with a private transfer to Quito International airport. Here, you will be accompanied by a guide to the gate. After arriving at Baltra Airport in the Galapagos, you will transfer to your accommodation on Santa Cruz to check-in and have lunch. 

Afternoon

Enjoy a boat ride to a beautiful small beach, called Finch Bay. Afterwards, you can walk to Las Grietas, a deep natural rock pool. Here you can swim or snorkel among the fish and relax with new found friends. Return to the hotel for a dinner and a chilled evening. Accommodation at Hotel Descanso del Guia (or similar). Inclusions: lunch and dinner.

Day 2 – Santa Cruz and boat transfer to Isabela

Morning

After an early breakfast, you will be able to take a hike to one of the most beautiful beaches in the Pacific Ocean, Tortuga Bay. It is a picturesque beach where you can swim in turquoise waters and find marine iguanas. 

Afternoon:

After lunch, we will transfer by boat boat to Isabela Island. To cap the day off, you can visit La Playa Grande and watch the sunset over the Pacific Ocean. Accommodation at Hotel Iguana (or similar). Inclusions: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 3 – Isabela 

Morning

Today we rise early to hike up Sierra Negra, an active volcano. It is a 4 hour hike with the majority of the hike being flat with a few ascents and descents. From the top, you have incredible views and may even possibly think that you are on another planet. 

Afternoon

After lunch, will travel on foot and discover flamingos and a breeding center for giant tortoises. Some of theses tortoises are over 150 years old! Accommodation at Hotel Iguana. Inclusions: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 4 – Isabela and boat transfer to Santa Cruz

Morning

Today you will be able to snorkel in an incredible location called Concha de Perla (or pearl Shell). 

Afternoon

In the afternoon, we return by boat to Santa Cruz. Accommodation at Hotel Descanso del Guia (or similar). Inclusions: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 5 – Santa Cruz to Quito

Morning

After breakfast, you will visit the Charles Darwin Scientific Station. Before flying back to the mainland, you will walk to the Gemelos Craters. Its a nice scenic walk through forest filled with indigenous bird life. 

Afternoon

Flight back to Quito and transfer. End of services. Inclusions: breakfast. 

$ 695 pp on a shared room basis

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Inclusions

  • Airport transfers in Quito and Galapagos
  • Pre-embark assistance in Quito Airport
  • Transport on islands to attractions located far away
  • Inter-island transfers by ferry or speed boat
  • Tour coordinators on each island
  • Local tour guides (English and Spanish speaking)
  • Activities (shared with other travelers)
  • Equipment hire for snorkeling
  • Bicycle hire
  • Accommodation (on a shared room basis 2-4 guests per room)
  • Meals (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Exclusions

  • Return flights to Galapagos
  • Galapagos NP entrance fee ($100 in cash)
  • Migratory Control Card ($20 in cash)
  • Isabela dock fees ($5 in cash)
  • Gratuities
  • Activities not listed in the daily schedule
  • Wet suit hire
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Day snacks

Our budget Galapagos tour price EXCLUDES flights and national park entrance fees (see exclusions). We are able to book flights on your behalf. Please let us know in advance if you wish for us to book your flights.

Meals are NOT ‘a la carte’. Typical menus for lunch and dinners include soup, main dish (meat, rice and vegetables), a small desert and juice. Coffee and alcoholic drinks are not included.

Accommodation in hostels/hotels is on a shared room basis (single beds) with 2-3 other guests. Should you wish to have your own private room then this can be booked on request at an additional charge.

Transfers between islands are by ferry/boat. Therefore, you will need to be comfortable traveling by sea. 

It is compulsory for guests to have medical and travel insurance. Please inform us of any current medical conditions.

Drink only bottled water on the islands.

Organisation

Everything is organized for you from transfers between islands, hotels, meals and activities (which you will share with other travelers).

Activities

In the Galapagos Islands, you can experience some truly unique activities like hiking up active volcanoes and snorkeling near beautiful beaches surrounded by marine wildlife.

Tour groups

Each day you may have different travelers in your group as well as a different guide. 

Coordinators

On each island there is a coordinator who will assist you on a daily basis.  

Accommodation

We make use of clean hostels/hotels (on shared basis of 2-4 guests per room each with their own single bed. We normally use Hotel Descanso del Guia (on Santa Cruz) and Hotel Iguana (on Isabela). Should you wish to have your own room this will cost slightly more.

Inter-island transport

Transfers between Galapagos islands are by ferry/boat.

Meals

You will receive typical breakfast, lunch and dinner. Please let us know in advance if you have any dietary restrictions.

Beach activities 

Bathing suit/costume, t shirt, shorts, sandals, beach towel, hat/cap, sunglasses.

Evening  

Wear comfortable clothing. You do not need to dress formal. Long trousers or just shorts and long/short sleeve shirts or t shirts depending on the temperature.

Hiking activities 

Comfortable walking shoes, socks, buff, long sleeve shirt or t shirt (and rain jacket just in case), light fleece jacket, shorts or long lightweight trousers, cap/hat.

Passport

Sun protection cream (factor 50+)

Sunglasses

Camera/binoculars 

Beach towel 

Personal toiletries

Insect repellent 

Reusable water bottlesDrink only bottled water on the islands. Please bring two reusable water bottles which can be filled at your hotel/hostel.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions about our budget Galapagos tours.

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