Most people visiting Galapagos opt for the boat experience lasting from 4 days/3 nights to 12 days/11 nights. Cruise itineraries take advantage of the night hours, and travel the long distances between islands then, so by the time you've had a good night's sleep you've arrived at the next island and ready to explore! If youre considering a trip and there are at least 12 of you in your party, you might want to consider chartering an entire boat, as it can actually be less expensive per person than joining an organised tour.
Another option is to stay ashore in a hotel on one of the larger populated islands (Santa Cruz, San Cristobal, or Isabela) and take day trips to nearby uninhabited islands. Whilst this option can be more economical, the range of islands that you'll be able to visit will be limited because of the distance between some of them. Each visitor site has a marked trail, most of which are less than a mile long, often passing over rough lava or uneven boulders. Some sites have "wet landings" (visitors wade to shore from rafts or dinghies) and others have "dry landings" (passengers step foot directly onto dry land). All in all, the Galapagos Islands make for a very interesting and once in a lifetime holiday experience.
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