Should you visit Galapagos Islands or Bogota?
If you're trying to decide where to visit between Galapagos Islands or Bogota, this travel cost comparison can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.
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.
Sprawling across a high altitude in the Columbian Andes region, Bogota is the capital city of Columbia. It is a mix of the old and new with century-old plazas and churches shadowed by towering skyscrapers, museums representing the history, art, and culture of the region, as well as a mix of distinct neighborhoods from quaint and historic to trendy and contemporary.
Which city is cheaper, Bogota or Galapagos Islands?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Galapagos Islands is $111, while the average daily cost in Bogota is $43. 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 city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Galapagos Islands and Bogota in more detail.
The prices for places to stay in Galapagos Islands can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is $52, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around $104.
The prices for places to stay in Bogota can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is $21, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around $42.
The average traveler spends about $27 per day in Galapagos Islands for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.
Food in Bogota costs travelers about $11 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.
Meals for one day
Galapagos Islands $27
Typical Food prices in Bogota
For Bogota, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bogota
For Bogota, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Food Tour in La Candelaria Bogotá:
Bogotá Street Food Tour:
PALOQUEMAO MARKET FOOD TOUR. EXOTIC FRUIT. LOCAL SNACKS. /Min 2 pax:
Flavors of Colombia: Chapinero Street Food Tour:
Cooking Lesson and Gourmet Colombian Meal with a Professional Chef in Bogota:
Local Market Tour and Private Gourmet Cooking Lesson with a Chef in Bogotá:
Private Street Food Tour In Bogota:
Tropical Abundance: Interactive Cooking Class in Bogota:
Private Gastronomy Tour Including Cooking Class:
To get around in Galapagos Islands, the average visitor spends $43 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.
To get around in Bogota, the average visitor spends $7.10 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Galapagos Islands
Also for Galapagos Islands, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Private Transfer In from Baltra Airport to Hotels in Santa Cruz Island:
Typical Local Transportation prices in Bogota
Some typical examples of transportation costs in Bogota are as follows:
Taxi from Airport
2 Bus Passes
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bogota
Also for Bogota, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Arrival Private Transfer from Bogota Airport BOG to Bogota City by Minibus:
Departure Private Transfer from Bogota City to Bogota Airport BOG in Minibus:
Salt Cathedral Zipaquira • Premium Private Transfer • Keep Safe from Covid:
Departure Private Transfer Bogota City to Bogota Airport BOG in Luxury Van:
Arrival Private Transfer Bogota Airport BOG to Bogota City in a Luxury Van:
Private Bogota Layover Tour with transfer in & out - 4 hours:
Arrival Private Transfer Bogota Airport BOG to Bogota City by Business Car:
Departure Private Transfer Bogota City to Bogota Airport BOG in Business Car:
Andres Carne de Res Restaurant Round-Trip Transfer Private Tour:
Departure Private Transfer from Bogota City to Bogota Airport BOG in Minivan:
Arrival Private Transfer from Bogota Airport BOG to Bogota City by Minivan:
Private Bogotá City Tour + In&Out Transfer + (9 hours):
In Galapagos Islands, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $28 per person, per day.
In Bogota, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $11 per person, per day.
Tours and Activities in Galapagos Islands
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Galapagos Islands.
4-Day Budget Isabela Tour:
4-Day Galapagos Islands Express Tour:
4-Day Galapagos Land Tour Visiting Isabela and Santa Cruz:
4-Day Galapagos Tour: Santa Cruz & 2 Uninhabited Islands:
4-day Galapagos on a Budget Experience:
5 days in Galapagos | Bonita Tourist Superior Cruise | Northern Itinerary 2021:
5-Day Cruise of Galapagos Islands:
5-Day Galapagos Diving Tour: Accommodation and Full-Day Diving Excursions:
5-Day Guided Galapagos & Los Tuneles Tour:
5-Day Tour Galapagos Multisport:
5-day Galapagos on a Budget Experience:
6 Days in Galapagos | Eco Galaxy First Class Cruise | Western Itinerary 2021:
Typical Entertainment prices in Bogota
Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Bogota's activities, tours, and tickets:
Tours and Activities in Bogota
For Bogota, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
2-Day Private Tour to the Tatacoa Desert from Bogotá:
2-Day Tour to Villa de Leyva Town & Surroundings from Bogota:
23 Day Ultimate Colombia Experience:
3 Day Desert of the Tatacoa, an unforgettable experience closer to the stars:
3-Hour StopOver—Sightseeing Walking Tour: Historical Center + Flagship Museums:
3-Hour Walking Tour and Musical Picnic in the Heart of Ibague:
4-Day Jungle Tour to the Amazon from Bogota:
4-Hour Private Transportation with an Experienced Driver in Bogota:
4-hour Paragliding Adventure from Bogota:
5 hour Bogotá City & Monserrate Hill Tour:
5-hour Bogota Coffee Experience: from roaster to cup:
5-hour Bogota Night City Tour:
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Galapagos Islands, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $12.
Typically, people visiting Bogota spend on average $11 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Sample the Local Flavors in Bogota
Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Bogota:
Brewery and Craft Beer Tour in Bogotá:
Pub Crawl in Bogotá:
Pub Crawl Tour in La Candelaria:
Gay bar crawling in Bogotá!:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Galapagos Islands and Bogota, we can see that Galapagos Islands is more expensive. And not only is Bogota much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Bogota would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Bogota 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 Bogota.
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