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Hotels on the Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands are famous for being the site where Charles Darwin conducted his groundbreaking studies on animal diversity that eventually led to his theory of evolution, but in the modern day, the Galapagos are a wonderful tourist destination for nature lovers. Finding a hotel on the Galapagos can be tough, but stick with our guide here at Skyscanner, and you won’t have any problems finding the biodiverse Galapagos experience that you’re looking for.

Where is the hotel located?

The vast majority of the hotels on the Galapagos are located on the central island, Isla Santa Cruz. On Isla Santa Cruz, most of the hotels are clustered around the central dock, though there are a few other hotels scattered along the long road to Isla Baltra, a small and uninhabited island.

There are also a couple of hotels located on islands other than Isla Santa Cruz, but these are resort style hotels which are extremely expensive.

Can I book a hotel near the turtles?

The giant Galapagos tortoises that draw so many visitors live on most of the islands in the Galapagos, but their roaming isn’t constrained anywhere except in the zoo. So, if you pick one of the hotels farther from the main dock, you have a better chance of having a spontaneous tortoise interaction. Remember to be respectful to the turtles—most of them are probably 80 years older than you!

For the best chance of seeing turtles, you should probably head over to the zoo rather than try to book your hotel room near their habitats.

What prices are hotels?

Hotels are expensive on the Galapagos. Most rooms will cost you upwards of $100 per night, and costs greater than $300 are common. If you’re trying to do the Galapagos on a budget, it’s possible to find a cheap room, if you book off-season and at the right hotel. The hotels closest to the dock are the best place to hunt for deals, but remember, these are also the hotels that are most likely to sell out the fastest.

What should I expect from my hotel room?

Hotels in the Galapagos are about letting you enjoy nature as much as possible. Your hotel will be cleaned daily and will probably have a TV, but don’t expect an exhaustive list of amenities like pools or spas unless you book your room at one of the resort style hotels. Your hotel should have a fantastic view of the surrounding turf, and perhaps even a view of the water as well.

Your hotel probably won’t have a concierge or any kind of shuttle service, although there may be shared seating areas outside for enjoying the beautiful landscape.

Can I book a specific hotel/hotel brand?

There aren’t any international hotel chains or chain hotels of any kind on the Galapagos Islands, so you won’t be able to book any specific brands. The most common type of hotel on the Galapagos is the small bed and breakfast style hotel.