Galapagos Islands for All Budgets 7 Days

Trip Overview

Affordable land-based tours to Galapagos Islands available year round. We hand-picked the most dramatic spots for snorkeling and wildlife watching to increase the chances of successful viewing. And fun! These trips support the local economy.

7 Days
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This 7-Day itinerary can be arranged year round.

Day 1: Fly to Guayaquil (or Quito) Ecuador

Transfer to hotel for overnight.

Day 2: Fly Ecuador Mainland to San Cristobal Island, Galapagos

Transfer to airport for checkin at least 3 hours hours before scheduled departure to San Cristobal Island. Welcome lunch with guide / checkin to hotel /checkout snorkel equipment which you will take on every island. Explore Frigate hill, interpretation center and sea lion beach. Dinner is in restaurant of your choice. (BLD) 

Day 3: Day boat trip to Kicker Rock/Snorkeling

08:00 AM Guided boat trip for snorkeling at Kicker Rock/ sea lions, rays, hammerhead sharks.  2:30 pm /Return to hotel for free afternoon. Guide will brief you about air taxi flight next day / 25 lb weight limit combined weight of checked bag & carryon (BL)

Day 4: Fly to Isabela Island / Snorkel & Walk around Tintoreras

Transfer to airport / Small plane to Isabela 45 min / Driver will meet you & transfer to hotel. Lunch on your own. Pick up for transfer to dock about 2:30 - 2:45 pm to board boat to Tintoreras Islet to explore on foot. Here, white-tip sharks known as “tintoreras” come daily to rest on the bottom of the sea. We can also observe penguins, sea lions, and marine iguanas, as well as go snorkeling with sharks and other colorful tropical fish.  Return to hotel where you walk to dinner. (BL)

Day 5: Day boat trip to The Tunnels / Snorkeling

After breakfast, pickup for transfer to the dock for day boat trip to The Tunnels. Includes box lunch. Striking geological formations are home to collection of sea creatures including Blue Footed boobies, sea horses, star fish, sea lions, hammerhead sharks. Trek on lava arches & bridges then 2 snorkels.  Return to dock and transfer to hotel by mid-afternoon. Free afternoon to explore village. (BL)

Day 6: Boat Transfer to Santa Cruz / Guided Tour of Highlands / Dine on Kioska Street

6 am early speed boat (2.5 hrs) to Santa Cruz Island / Guide takes you to hotel for checkin, then eat breakfast.  Begin tour of highlands by car. Bring shoes/strapped sandals (not flipflops) and hat, sunscreen, bottled water. Return to hotel. Walk to small local restaurants on KIOSKA STREET for fresh seafood.  (BL)

Day 7: Transfer to Airport / Flight to Mainland / Make International Connection

Transfer to airport  (1 hr/ 20 min) at least 3 hours prior to scheduled departure. The car will stop at the Itabaca Channel where you will transfer your luggage to a ferry boat which costs $1 USD pp and takes 5 min to cross. Then you will board a large bus for 5 min ride to airport. (no added cost)  Flight to GYE or UIO (Quito) where you make your international connection later the same evening or transfer to hotel for overnight if needed. (B)

Tour Options

7 Days

7 D / 6 N
Difficulty Level:
Easy to Moderate
Custom dates
Starting From$2592per person

Frequently Asked Questions

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This Adventure Includes

    • Roundtrip flights from mainland to Galapagos
    • 1 Way Air taxi between San Cristobal and Isabela Islands
    • 1 night hotel in GYE or UIO 
    • All accommodations in 3* hotels with private bath 
    • Meals as noted (BLD)
    • All transportation
    • Boat transfer between Isabela and Santa Cruz Islands 
    • Local English-speaking guide service
    • Snorkel, mask, fin rental

Not Included

    • International flights to/from GYE or UIO
    • Galapagos National Park Entry Fee & Visitors Card - $120 USD pp cash
    • Gratuities at your discretion
    • Travel insurance (Beginning FEB 1, 2018, Proof of Insurance will be required)
    • Bottled water
    • Some meals  (BLD)
    • Mountain bike rental 
    • Kayak rental in Santa Cruz or Isabella. Pay directly, approx. $25 pp/$2 per hr in Isabela


    • Beginning FEB 1, 2018 proof of travel insurance will be required
    • Visitors who arrive without insurance will be required to buy local plans upon arrival
    • Minimum 2 people / Maximum 14
    • Can be combined with Ecuador Jungle Cruise
    • Single supplement add $389 USD pp
    • Rates may be higher during holidays
    • Free days can be added on any island
    • Scuba diving can be added / Begins and ends on Santa Cruz Island
    • Option to hike to Sierra Negra Volcano on Isabela Island (requires full day)
    • Two seasons:  June - Nov is Dry Season / Dec - May is Wet Season