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Planning your Galapagos Trip

A visit to the Galápagos is the trip of a lifetime, and it needs to be planned accordingly! There are a limited number of visitors who are allowed to go to the islands every year and the cruise ships tend to fill up at certain times of the year. You’ll want to start planning long before your actual trip. Here are some of the questions you need to ask yourself while still in the early planning stages.




Galápagos is always nice, but there are other factors such as animal life cycles and high/low tourism seasons to consider. See the following section for details.




Unless you have a minimum of about $1500 for a five-day trip, not counting airfare from wherever you are to Ecuador, you will not be able to afford a cruise and will have to see the islands while staying in Puerto Ayora or one of the other towns. That’s not necessarily a bad thing; many people choose to see them this way. Just bear in mind that Galápagos is expensive. Even if you’re already in Quito, it will cost you some $600 for the flight and park entrance taxes...just to set foot in Galápagos! If you can afford a little more, services improve greatly the more you spend, and you’re more likely to have a memorable time.




Do you want to spend a day SCUBA diving? Then you’ll need to stay in one of the towns for a while. Do you want to shop for souvenirs? You’ll want to go to Puerto Ayora or Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Want to try some local food? Puerto Ayora is your best bet. Need a few days on the beach? Head for Isabela Island. This goes for the animals, too. Do you want to see a Galápagos Penguin? They are only at certain visitor sites. Same goes for the albatrosses, cormorants, tortoises and land iguanas. If you desperately want to see one of these species, look closely at our Wildlife and Visitor Sites sections while planning your trip, and only go on a cruise that visits those sites.

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to The Galápagos Islands: Galápagos Adventure Tours, Sharks in the Galápagos, Flamingo, Reptiles - Galápagos, Galápagos Giant Tortoise, Lava Heron, King Angelfish, Stingrays, Puerto Egas Visitor Site and Galápagos Wildlife Guide.

By Christopher Minster
I am a writer and editor at V!VA Travel guides here in Quito, where I specialize in adding quality content to the site and also in spooky things like...
23 Mar 2011

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