offers and discounts are much sought after, but not so easy to find.
In reality, cheap Galapagos tours do not really exist, and
nor does a cheap Galapagos cruise. There are ways to keep
costs down on your Galapagos Islands vacation, or get more bang for
your buck, but it is never going to be a cheap trip.
minute deals are one way to get a Galapagos cruise cheap, or at least
cheap as compared to the regular price. See last
minute Galapagos tips and tricks
to help you find a good deal.
on Galapagos flights are rarely found simply because the flights are
usually full, so the airlines have no need to reduce ticket prices in
order to sell them. In addition to the tourist traffic, the
Galapagos islanders travel backwards and forwards to the mainland, so
there is rarely an empty seat on a flight to or from the islands.
So, it's not usually worth hanging out for cheap flights to
the Galapagos Islands, and you are more likely to get a fair price by
booking well in advance. Volunteers
those with an empadronamiento
may get discounted flights - ask your travel agent
or volunteer agency about any relevant offers.
budgeting, remember Galapagos
cruise prices rarely include the National Park entrance fee of $100 or
the control card fee of $10. Look out for other omissions
special offer packages. What looks like an attractive
cruise can actually be very expensive if you must add on meals, are
charged a fortune for drinking
water or have to pay extra for excursions. Tips and alcoholic
are almost never included in package deals.
discount on the National Park entrance fee might be available to
of a valid visa
with "empadronamiento" (this
replaces the old censo) - enquire with your travel agent about the
noting that flight prices and the National Park entrance
fee and control card are the same no matter how long you spend in the
islands. A 4 day cruise (really only 2 whole days and 2 half
days) may be cheaper but is perhaps a false economy as you get so
little time in the islands. Most visitors wish they had been
to spend more time in Galapagos - it's probably a
once-in-a-lifetime experience, so I would recommend doing it properly
with an 8 day cruise on the nicest boat you can afford.
can only afford a four day cruise, you could consider a few days before
or after in one or more of the Galapagos
to do some walking. It's not really a cheap Galapagos tour,
but it could be a way to stretch your budget and see a bit more of the
Galapagos weather and wildlife will make a big difference to your trip,
so see the Galapagos
Climate Calendar and Wildlife
pages before deciding
is best to visit the Galapagos islands.
When you have identified the time of year you would most
then search for the best deals to find a relatively cheap
Galapagos tour or cruise.
Spanish Vocabulary for finding discounts in the Galapagos Islands:
Islands Deals, Discounts, Special Offers
Cheap Galapagos tours? Galapagos offers, cruise deals, bargains &
discounts for boats &
tours. How to find a cheap Galapagos cruise.
Website www.ecuadortravelsite.org, text and photos by Sarah Clifford.
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