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1. Posted by buttmunch (Inactive 77 posts) 11y

I relised that it is going to be expensive either way ... but does anyone know of a cheap (er) way to do the Galapagos. I do not mind sharing, living on a dingy or eating bread and butter for the whole trip I just really really want to go! PLease Help!

Amy

2. Posted by cdntrvl (Full Member 50 posts) 11y

I was in the Galapagos for 2 weeks in 2002 and it is an amazing place. I spent 8 days on the boat "The Seaman". Held 16 passengers plus crew; the 8 days was around $1000. You can't get around the $100 US National Park entry fee however you can save a bit of money by flying from Guayaquil instead of Quito. The other option is to fly into Baltra and stay in one of the hotels in Puerto Ayora and enjoy what you can get to from there (Charles Darwin Research Centre - say hello to Lonesome George, beaches with some birds and marine iguanas). Undoubtedly the best way to see the islands is on one of the cruises. With all the restrictions on the islands its not really one of those places you can go to on a shoe string budget. But it is so worth it to swim with penguins and sea lions and hammerhead sharks.

3. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting cdntrvl

But it is so worth it to swim with penguins and sea lions and hammerhead sharks.

Hi cdntrvl, I snorkeled in the Galapagos with Sea Lions and Penguins, but didn't see any Hammerhead sharks. Did you swim with Hammerheads? I didn't even know they were around there. Might not have been so relaxed had I know they were in the neigborhood.

4. Posted by buttmunch (Inactive 77 posts) 11y

Thank you cdntrvl!

So.... it is worth the money!? I could push the boat out (no pun intended) but it will mean substituting other stuff. I think if I go I may as well do a cruise. Does anyone else have any advice?

Amy

5. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting buttmunch

Thank you cdntrvl!

So.... it is worth the money!?
Amy

I think if I was on a "limited" budget, that I would spend the money elsewhere. I'd compare how long I could travel in other South American areas for the same amount of money. However, if you know that you "really" want to go, then you may want to sacrifice something else. Also consider if you will ever get to South America again. I skipped the Galapagos the first time I was in Ecuador, but was pretty sure I'd be back. The following year I returned and did the Galapagos. It is a special place, but to me, not as special as my time in Botswana or Namibia. The animals you see are mostly birds (lots of birds), lizards, crabs, & sea lions.

6. Posted by buttmunch (Inactive 77 posts) 11y

I'm torn! Is it easy enough to book up on a Galapagos tour in Ecuador? I will be in Quito for a month before I plan to go to the Galapagos and will have a better idea of how much money I can spend! Also, do they offer any lastminute discount?

Amy

7. Posted by buttmunch (Inactive 77 posts) 11y

Also, also, would a trip into the Amazon be money better spent? I am sooo bad at making decisions!

8. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

You can definitely book the Galapagos Trip after you arrive in Ecuador. It will also probably be cheaper that way. There are plenty of agencies that offer the Galapagos trip. Don't know about last minute discounts, but it would seem like a real possibility to me. If they have a boat going out with space, seems like they would want to fill it.

9. Posted by buttmunch (Inactive 77 posts) 11y

Thank you Travel100, I think that is what I will do. I don't really want to have to skimp on other stuff.

Amy

10. Posted by Pati (Full Member 120 posts) 11y

I was there last year, and i got the cruise by internet before to get there, becouse I didn't have enough time to travel Quito and look for a last minute discount but i think i got a good tour with good price,however a guy who were with me in the boat paid less money for it cos they got it in Puerto Ayola and in the last minute.
My advice, go by your own to Galapagos and once you are there book a last minute tour. The fly prices from Quito-Galapagos or Guayaquil-Galapagos are the same.
Keep in mind that if its low season you won't have any trouble to find a good tour operator.

Good luck!