The Galapagos Islands’ unique wildlife and beautiful landscapes attract travelers that seek a destination unlike any other. If you decide to go to the Enchanted Islands, you should make the most out of your time spent on the archipelago. There are two options for exploring the Galapagos: by Cruise or Island Hopping (land-based), if you choose the second option, it means you’ll be staying at different hotels when you visit each island.
Staying on the islands gives you the opportunity to interact with the locals and get an authentic insight into the Galapagos lifestyle. Additionally, a land-based tour allows you to personalize your itinerary, this way you’ll spend as many days as you like on each island and choose the tours and activities that interest you the most, including the accommodation of your preference. Not to mention that Island Hopping can be more affordable and it can be easier to accommodate your itinerary into your specific budget. Another factor to consider when you are choosing your tour is if you are prompt to suffer seasickness, it would be better for you to stick with an Island Hopping tour to prevent any discomfort. Finally, if you consider yourself an active and adventurous traveler, a land-based tour offers a wide range of activities such as kayak, snorkeling, hiking, surfing, and biking.
If you have opted for a land base tour, then the next step will be choosing between the best hotels, lodges, resorts, and accommodations in the Galapagos. Whether you’ll like to have a day packed with activities and tours or spend a relaxing moment at your hotel, an informed decision of where to stay will ensure you make the most out of your experience in the islands.
The following Galapagos Island hotels have been personally selected by Rebecca because they are boutique-style and family-owned. These hotels and accommodations will give the best service and quality during your stay in the magical Galapagos Islands.
Here are our top hotel picks at each destination, that can meet all your needs and specific budget.
Isabela is the largest island in the archipelago and it’s easy to recognize due to its seahorse shape form. It was formed by the merge of six volcanoes, which are all, except one, still active. Isabela is home to lots of interesting flora and fauna, including the pink iguana, a unique species that can only be found in Wolf Volcano. Some of Isabela’s main points include Los Tuneles, and Tintoreras, both great places to snorkel and see marine wildlife, and for those who are looking for a good hike Sierra Negra volcano and the Wall of Tears are great options.
Santa Cruz Hotels
Santa Cruz located at the center of the archipelago is the most populated of all islands. This island is the economic center of the Galapagos and has plenty of restaurants, bars, and discotheques. However, despite being the main town it still has incredible natural sites, perfect to spot wildlife, one of them being the breeding center. With white sand and crystal clear waters, Tortuga Bay is another must-visit in Santa Cruz. Other locations that you might want to add to your bucket list are Garrapatero Beach, Bachas Beach, and the Twin Craters.
San Cristobal Hotels
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the Galapagos capital is located at San Cristobal. The island is one of the most popular destinations in the world, and it’s known for having the largest sea lion colony in the Galapagos. San Cristobal is ideal for adventure sports and perfect for anyone who is looking for wonderful landscapes. Some of them can be found in ¨El Junco¨ Lagoon, ¨La Lobería¨, ¨León Dormido¨, ¨Tijeretas¨, and of course the world-famous diving spot, Kicker Rock! All of them are perfect for different activities, like snorkel and hiking.
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