#1. Cruises Are the Way to GO
When I say cruises, I don't mean ones with water-slides and a casino. The cruise boats that go to Galápagos are small, twenty to two-hundred passengers per ship. The companies usually offer a room or suite, depending on what you chose, with a nice common eating place, maybe a lounge with a game board, a gift shop, and a big meeting room. Though there can be slight variations, that's what how it was with the ship we went with, the Galapagos Explorer II. Right after we visited our ship was bought by Silver Seas, but you can still see it here. A group of well-educated naturalists is usually on board too, and they spend a lot of time getting to know you as well as giving you information on the islands and the animals that occupy them.
#2. It's Difficult to Fly Directly In
Once we arrived in Quito and waited a few days, we took a taxi to a small airport, where I was given the regular security check and dropped off my baggage. From there, we were flown on a small plane and dropped off at Baltra Island at Seymour Airport, which was also very small. Ecuadorians have a thing for small airports. Once we arrived at Seymour, our luggage was given yet another screening, and we forced to throw out any food or eat it there, and waited about an hour until a bus came, picked us up, and dropped us off at a port, where our cruise company came and picked us up with several Zodiacs (small, inflatable boats). This whole process took about seven hours, which leads me to my next tip--
#3. Plan Ahead!
(Also, it goes without mentioning that when planning what to bring to Galapagos, you should count on bringing a wet suit and good hiking shoes. The water is freezing if you decide to snorkel, and walking on lava field is painful without good-soled shoes. Sunscreen, of course, and a camera are always good to bring as well).
Another benefit of planning everything out ahead is that you'll know exactly how much time you will spend travelling, and you can configure your schedule around the trip. The fact that you won't be stressed and worrying that you booked the wrong flight or are going to the incorrect hotel will also allow you to enjoy the trip to its full potential.
#4. Make Sure yoU have a Big Budget
However, if you choose tickets ahead of time and take advantage of special deals, the cost should be more manageable. After all, it really is about being money-smart and realizing when something isn't a good deal.
That said, I'd say a reasonable cost is around six-thousand American dollars per person for five days spent in Galápagos. Again, it can vary based on the company you go with (and the time of year you go), but that's the amount of money you'll be spending for a quality experience. And because thinking about the price makes me cry inside, let's move onto the fifth tip.
#5. Visiting Galápagos Is Totally Worth It
This now concludes my five things you should know before visiting the Galápagos Islands. If you have any questions, comment below or click that comment button. And if you've visited Galápagos and have any other tips you think I missed, definitely share them down below! We could use your advice.