Best of Backpacker

5 days

Galapagos on a backpacker budget

This backpacker version of our popular Me Gusta Galapagos Programs, will include a self-guided instruction manual that will be provided to you during your meet & greet at Galapagos, and you can easily make your own way to and from places. If you would prefer more assistance, please refer to our normal Me Gusta Galapagos packages.

Mapa Santa Cruz San Cristobal
Day 1 
Arrival Santa Cruz

Today you will arrive to the airport of Baltra, one of the Galapagos Islands. You will be picked up at the airport and transferred to the island Santa Cruz. You will first cross the Itabaca channel by a ferry boat and then you will continue by car. Your first stop will be at the highlands of Santa Cruz. The “Parte Alta” as the highlands are called in Spanish is very lush and green and is the natural habitat of the giant Galapagos tortoises. You will visit a private ranch where you will have lunch. Here you walk between the trees and search for the giant tortoises that prefer to stay close to the small lagoons. You also will visit the lava tubes, which are formed when the surface of a lava stream solidifies, but the inside stays liquid and flows out like a river. After this tour you continue by private transport to your hotel. Here you will have a meet & greet with one of our staff members who will explain the rest of your itinerary to you. You have the rest of the afternoon free to explore Santa Cruz on your own.

galapagos santa cruz highlands turtle

Day 2
Snorkel tour

Today you will have a snorkeling tour to one of the neighboring islands of Santa Cruz, to Santa Fe or Pinzon. This tour includes snorkeling to explore the underwater wildlife, a national park guide and a lunch. Which one this is, will be confirmed with you in a later stage. See the descriptions of the day tours in the next tab. In all tours lunch and snorkeling equipment are included.



Day 3
Morning off, boat to San Cristobal

You will have the morning off to explore the beautiful island Santa Cruz on your own. In the afternoon you will need to be on time at the dock of Santa Cruz from where you will take a lancha (motorized small boat) to the island of San Cristobal. The boat ride will take about 2 hours and depending on the weather, it can be a bit bumpy. Arriving to the dock of San Cristobal you will go by yourself to your hotel.

galapagos san cristobal beach sea lions


Day 4
Tour to Isla Lobos or Kicker Rock

Today you will have a full day tour to either Kicker Rock or Isla Lobos. Please be aware that you will only visit one of these places. See descriptions of the tours in the next tab.



Day 5
Transfer to airport of San Cristobal

In the morning you will have time to explore the island of San Cristobal on your own. Depending on your flight time you will have to make your way to the airport. From here you will take your flight back to the mainland.