Galapagos Islands: Isla Isabella turtle swimming


an alternate universe

How to tavel the Galapagos Islands without a cruise

Imagine a place where sea lions and lizards are just hanging out in the village like its the most normal thing to do. That’s Galapagos islands for you! We were blown away after our first minutes. A visit to the Galapagos Islands with its unique inhabitants has long been on our bucket list. Both of us are wildlife enthusiasts, and we were excited to see magical wildlife and follow the traces of Darwin.

Galapagos islands backpacking

Shortly after purchasing our flight we were getting a little worried: the Galapagos islands are supposedly one of the most expensive destinations in all of South America! There was no way we would be able to afford a Galapagos cruise, so we decided to backpack the islands. Ecuador’s volcanic archipelago is home to a unique wildlife system. Endemic species inhabiting the islands, amongst them hundreds of year-old sea turtles, huge lizards and large populations of sea lions. It seems like nature at its best and most bizarre. The truth is, a visit to the Galapagos is likely to prompt you to see the world differently.

How to visit the Galapagos Islands without a cruise

While the majority of islands is uninhabited and can only be visited by a cruise, the three populated islands of San Cristobal, Santa Cruz, and Isabella offer visitors incredible glimpses into an alternate universe. We were actually quite surprised to find so much life and development on the islands.

Backpacking may not be the typical way of discovering the Galapagos islands, but it’s definitely possible! Even without a cruise, the islands of Santa Cruz, Isabella, and San Christobal offer plenty of things to do!



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