Over the course of a month AJ and I flew, bussed and hiked our way around Ecuador, soaking up everything the country had to offer. We found Ecuador to be a land of wildly varying climates and environments – from the humid and lush cloud forest of Mindo, to the scorching hot beaches of the Galapagos Islands, to the ever-changing weather within the urban landscapes of the mountainous cities and towns. We had the opportunity to experience many different activities during our time there and came away from this incredibly beautiful country with a whole slew of amazing memories. Here are my favourite memories from our time in Ecuador.
You can read all about my Ecuador adventures here.
The Galapagos Islands is easily one of the major highlights of AJ and I’s travels so far (and 100% will be a major highlight of the entire year); we got up close with allsorts of beautiful and amazing wildlife including the blue-footed boobys, Galapagos penguins, sealions, marine iguanas, sea turtles, giant tortoises, and the ever-adorable finches. In the space of 8 days we managed to explore three islands, go hiking, snorkelling, explore beaches and rock pools, wander through wetlands and mangrove forests, and learn all about the fascinating history of the islands and the work being done to conserve their environment.
We had planned to go to the Galapagos from the moment we started planning our trip however we knew that because we were travelling long term we would have to make it as “budget” as possible. I say “budget” because even on a budget the Galapagos is far more expensive than travelling around mainland Ecuador, everything from the food to the accommodation to the transport just costs more. In this article, I will talk through the budget breakdown for our 8 days in the Galapagos, and how we kept our trip as “budget-friendly,” as possible. I will also list the different activities we did on each island and offer some tips to travellers planning on going to the Galapagos.