A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Curitiba vs. Galapagos Islands for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Curitiba or Galapagos Islands?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Curitiba and Galapagos Islands can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Curitiba or Galapagos Islands?


Curitiba is a relatively large city that is convenient to visit if you're traveling to Iguazu Falls from either Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paulo. It is worth a day or two stop over because it has a great old city that has been restored. It's also the capital of Parana, Brazil. Curitiba is one of the more wealthy cities in the southern region of Brazil. It has a diverse population with many immigrants and some interesting cultural events.

Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands are a small archipelago of islands belonging to Ecuador in the eastern Pacific Ocean. The Galapagos archipelago is world-renowned for its unique and fearless wildlife, much of which was inspiration for Charles Darwin's Theory of Natural Selection. Thanks to a lack of natural predators, friendly wildlife such as sea lions and gigantic sea tortoises let visitors get up close. This archipelago of about 19 islands and many smaller islets found over 620 miles off Ecuador's coast in the Pacific Ocean is a double World Heritage site, where both land and sea are protected. Each island boasts its own unique landscape, ranging from black, volcanic rocks to white sand beaches and gemstone-blue waters. There is no bad time to visit the Galapagos Islands but the busiest months for tourism tend to be June, July and August, as well as mid-December to mid-January. This is when prices are at their highest.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Wildlife Tours to Brazil, The Best Hiking & Trekking Tours in Brazil, The Best Romantic Tours for Couples in Ecuador, and The Best Honeymoon Tours in Ecuador.

Which place is cheaper, Galapagos Islands or Curitiba?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Curitiba is $72, while the average daily cost in Galapagos Islands is $138. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Curitiba and Galapagos Islands in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Curitiba $30
    Galapagos Islands $65
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Curitiba $60
    Galapagos Islands $130
Compare Hotels in Curitiba and Galapagos Islands

Looking for a hotel in Curitiba or Galapagos Islands? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Curitiba

Hotels in Galapagos Islands

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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Curitiba Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Curitiba $16
    Galapagos Islands $54
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Curitiba

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Curitiba:

  • Taxi Ride

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Curitiba

Also for Curitiba, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Curitiba Airport PrivateTransfers Round Trip or One Way: $106
  • Private Transfer from Curitiba Airport: $106
  • Afonso Pena Airport (CWB) to Beach Resorts - Round-Trip Transfer: $88
  • Private Transfer from Curitiba City Hotels to Porto Belo Port: $76
  • Private Transfer from Curitiba Airport (CWB) to Porto Belo Port : $76
  • Shared transfer between Curitiba Airport and Hotels: $71
  • Afonso Pena Airport CWB to Beach Resorts : Arrival Transfer: $44
  • Shared Transfer: Curitiba International Airport: $39
  • Private Transfer from Curitiba City to Curitiba Airport (CWB): $35
  • Curitiba Airport (CWB) to Downtown - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $33
  • Curitiba to Afonso Pena Airport (CWB)- Departure Private Transfer: $18
  • Curitiba Airport CWB to Downtown hotels- Arrival Private Transfer: $17

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Galapagos Islands

Also for Galapagos Islands, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Transfer Airport - Hotel in Santa Cruz including the Highlights: $295
  • Private Transfer from Baltra Airport to Hotels in Santa Cruz Island: $143
  • Private Transfer from Hotels in Santa Cruz to Baltra Airport: $143
  • Transfer from Santa Cruz Island to Isabela Island: $64
  • Transfer from Santa Cruz Island to Isabela Island: $55
  • Transfer from Santa Cruz Island to San Cristobal Island: $48

Is it cheaper to fly into Curitiba or Galapagos Islands?

Prices for flights to both Galapagos Islands and Curitiba change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.

  • Food Meals for one day
    Curitiba $28
    Galapagos Islands $33
Typical Food Prices in Curitiba

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Curitiba:

  • Chips

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Curitiba

For Curitiba, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Bar-hopping and Food Tour in Curitiba: $30
  • Curitiba's History Food Tour: $70
  • Curitiba's History Food Tour: $75
  • Curitiba Tour by Night with Dinner: $94
  • 4-Hour City-By-Night Tour with Dinner: $94

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Curitiba $19
    Galapagos Islands $35

Tours and Activities in Curitiba

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Curitiba.

  • Full Day Tour to Vila Velha and Buraco do Padre: $152
  • 2-Day Rafting and Rappelling Adventure in Tibagi: $184
  • 4-Hour Private Tour of Curitiba City: $68
  • Arte Bike Tour - Bike Tour with Kuritbike: $24
  • CRAFT BREWERS TOUR By Jens Tours: $70
  • Complete Tour to Ilha do Mel: $144
  • Curitiba City Tour: $58
  • A complete city tour: $101
  • A private 4 hour city tour: $68
  • Tour in Barigui Park: $117
  • Walking tour from past to present: $12
  • From Vila Velha State Park Full-Day Group Tour: $142

Tours and Activities in Galapagos Islands

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Galapagos Islands.

  • Isla Pinzón - Day Tour - From Santa Cruz - Islas Galápagos: $250
  •  Tour of the city to Isabela + Tintoreras from Santa Cruz: $256
  • Bay Tour in Santa Cruz - Galapagos Islands: $60
  • Beach Wildlife and Snorkel Adventure with Underwater Specialist : $129
  • Cabo Rosa (Tuneles) Hiking & Snorkeling Tour from Isabela: $199
  • Daily diving tour in Gordon Rocks: $280
  • Day Tour to Floreana Island with Snorkeling and Fishing: $249
  • Day Tour to Isabela Island with Tintorera Islet, Snorkeling Wetlands & Flamingos: $249
  • Day Tour to Santa Fe Island and Hidden Beach with snorkeling and fishing: $219
  • Day tour to Pinzón Island and La Fé/Palmitas Bay with snorkeling and fishing: $239
  • Day tour to San Cristobal Island with private Land Tour and snorkeling: $249
  • FERRY TICKET From: Isabela / To: Santa Cruz (AM): $65

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Curitiba $14
    Galapagos Islands $15
Typical Alcohol Prices in Curitiba

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Curitiba:

  • Beer

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Curitiba and Galapagos Islands, we can see that Galapagos Islands is more expensive. And not only is Curitiba much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Curitiba would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Curitiba and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Galapagos Islands would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Galapagos Islands than you might in Curitiba.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Curitiba Expensive? and Is Galapagos Islands Expensive?.