Guest bloggers Illia and Nastia from Crazzzy Travel share their best tips for saving money on food, accommodations, and tours on the beautiful Galapagos Islands.
Galapagos Budget Accommodations
For $20-$25 per night you can stay in an apartment with a double bed, well-equipped kitchen, small patio, living room, and dining area. Towns are really small on Galapagos islands, so no matter where your apartment is located the beach is within the walking distance.
It is worth mentioning that apartment rentals are available only on developed islands, such as Santa Cruz, San Cristobal, and Isabela. If you want to stay overnight on scarcely populated island, such as Floreana, you will have to stay in local family-run guesthouses, a night in which cost $35-$50.
Inside the Galapagos Food Scene
They are open from 11 am to 3 pm for lunch and after 7 pm for dinner. Lunch (almuerzo) costs $4-$5 and consists of a soup, a glass of juice, rice, beans, ceviche, fish or meat, and some vegetables. The portions are large, so we usually took one almuerzo for two of us. We highly recommend trying ceviche on Isabela island: it is prepared from locally caught octopuses.
For dinner try crayfish, also at a restaurant for locals. Depending on a specific dish, the price should vary from $8 to $12, also quite a reasonable price for such exotic food. Complete your dinner with a coconut milk, bought for $1 from a cart on your way home.
Touring For Less
Once you are on an island, just walk around to ask drivers if they can take you to the destination you want (for example, to the giant turtle farm or a famous volcano). We had an excellent tour by a taxi driver around all Santa Cruz for just $35 (we bargained hard). On Isabella you can walk yourself to flamingo lake, turtle farm, and all major surfing points, so there is little merit to hire a driver unless you want to go to the volcanos. If you want to save even more, it makes sense to join the tourist groups by just asking the bus driver to let you sit next to him (tip of $2-$5 is always welcomed).
Illia and Nastia are passionate about each other, traveling around the world and sharing their experiences at crazzzytravel.com, a blog where you can find plenty of budget travel tips as well as practical information about numerous destinations. They have already been to 42 countries on 5 continents and ain’t no stopping. Visit their website to learn more about backpacking in the US or check their latest story about how they chased the Argentinian clown (who stole their iPhone in Bolivia) with the help of Peruvian police