Galapagos: Overview of the hotel
In the past those travelers who wanted to see the Galapagos Islands in a comfortable and stylish manner had to book a cruise on a cruise ship or a yacht, since the Galapagos hotels were too expensive and not very impressive. This is no longer the case. With improving tourism services in the Galapagos, there are now many excellent hotels to choose from on four different islands and many visitors choose to sleep on the ground and take day trips to visit the fascinating Galapagos visitor sites.
Hotel Galapagos: what you need to know
Not so long ago, there were relatively few hotels on the islands, but the recent tourism boom has led to an increase in hotels, restaurants, travel agencies and other visitor services. Now the question is: how do visitors choose the right hotel?
costs: Hotels in the Galapagos Islands are much more expensive than they are in the continental Ecuador. Expect to pay at least double what you would pay for a similar hotel in Quito, Otavalo or elsewhere. The cheapest of the cheap hotels costs at least $ 20 per person per night and the most expensive costs hundreds of dollars per night. There are many options in between, so a few tasks will help you find the right hotel.
Services and equipment to look for:
- Conditioned air: The days are very hot in the Galapagos; The air conditioning is a must during most of the year. Most hotels have them, but not all, and some advertise it but the service is sporadic. Cheaper hotels will often have electric fans as an alternative.
- Internet: Most modern hotels will have Wi-Fi and free internet for guests. Look for this if you use the Internet a lot, because internet cafes in the city are expensive and unreliable.
- Ocean view: A nice thing about the Galapagos cruises is the weather on the water and the constant view of the ocean. Many hotels, especially the most exclusive options, offer ocean view rooms on request.
Galapagos city and their hotel
There are four cities in the Galapagos and there are accommodation options in each of them. Here's a quick look:
Puerto Ayora – Santa Cruz Island: Not surprisingly, the largest city in the Galapagos also has most of the options. There are many choices: the most expensive are on the waterfront or in the highlands, while the economic choices are a couple of dusty roads back from the water. Puerto Ayora is probably the best place to stay, as it is centrally located, has a number of restaurants, is known for good dive shops and is close to numerous visitor sites such as Los Gemelos.
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno – San Cristobal Island: the capital and the second largest city, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is a little more relaxed than Puerto Ayora. There are fewer hotels and restaurants and luxury accommodations are limited, but there is still some choice. Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is also close to some good sites for visitors and diving.
Puerto Villamil – Isabela Island: Puerto Villamil is a very small city and the accommodation options are new. Most hotels tend to be cheap or expensive, and so far there is not much choice in the mid-range.
Puerto Velasco Ibarra – Floreana Island: this city is so small that it is better called a settlement: only a handful of people live there. Here the options are limited, but the island is a favorite.