A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Guayaquil vs. Galapagos Islands

Should you visit Guayaquil or Galapagos Islands?

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Guayaquil or Galapagos Islands, 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.

Guayaquil

Guayaquil is Ecuador's largest city and seaport. From a tourist perspective, the city acts primarily as a transportation gateway to the country and the Galapagos Islands. While the city can be skipped altogether, should you have a free day to spend here, there are a few noteworthy things to do, as well as some terrific dining and nightlife options. Guayaquil’s main tourist attraction is Las Penas, a hill with old, colorfully painted buildings at the north end of the Malecon, where you can walk the 400 steps to the lighthouse at the top for good views of the city. The neighborhood is filled with cafes, bars, restaurants, and art galleries and is relatively safe. Other important sights include the Malecon 2000, a massive urban development project that has brought new life to the riverside in the city center and the Parque Seminario, filled with fountains, trees and iguanas, located at 10 de Agosto Ave and Chile Ave.

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.

Which city is cheaper, Galapagos Islands or Guayaquil?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Guayaquil is $76, while the average daily cost in Galapagos Islands is $111. 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 Guayaquil and Galapagos Islands in more detail.




Accommodation

The prices for places to stay in Guayaquil can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is $25, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around $50.

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.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Guayaquil $25
    Galapagos Islands $52
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Guayaquil $50
    Galapagos Islands $104


Food

In Guayaquil travelers spend around $23 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.

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 Meals for one day
    Guayaquil $23
    Galapagos Islands $27

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Guayaquil

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

  • Homemade Local Food Tour in Guayaquil: $95
  • Cooking Class with Market Visit!: $103
  • Half Day :Eco Cooking Class and culinary Experience (Departure from Guayaquil): $135


Local Transportation

Guayaquil's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend $12 per person, per day on transportation in Guayaquil.

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.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Guayaquil $12
    Galapagos Islands $43

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Guayaquil

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

  • Private Transfer: Guayaquil to José J. de Olmedo International Airport (GYE): $622
  • Private Transfer: José J. de Olmedo International Airport (GYE) to Guayaquil: $622
  • Golf at Lacosta Country Club in Guayaquil with Transfers: $175
  • Private Transfer from Guayaquil to Cuenca: $83
  • Guayaquil Airport Private Transfer Service: $80
  • Departure Private Transfer: Guayaquil City to Guayaquil Airport GYE by Minivan: $74
  • Arrival Private Transfer: Guayaquil Airport GYE to Guayaquil City by Minivan: $74
  • Transfer Guayaquil Hotel - Aeropuerto: $27
  • Transfer Airport - Guayaquil Hotel: $27
  • Transfer from Guayaquil Airport to Hotel: $20
  • Private Airport Transfer from Guayaquil Airport to Hotel: $19
  • Private TRANSFER OUT from Hotel to Guayaquil Airport: $15

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: $115


Entertainment

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Guayaquil can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $17 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.

In Galapagos Islands, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $28 per person, per day.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Guayaquil $17
    Galapagos Islands $28

Tours and Activities in Guayaquil

For Guayaquil, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • 'Hacienda La Danesa' Cacao & Chocolate Experience: $200
  • 'Tren del Hielo I' Experience: Riobamba - Urbina - La Moya - Riobamba: $206
  • 3 Days - Sun Route of Ecuador & Montañita Experiences from Guayaquil: $1,242
  • 3-Day Tour to Salinas and Montañita from Guayaquil: $469
  • 4 Days Guayaquil " Total Experiences ": $734
  • 9-Day Ecuadorian Coast Tour Including Isla de la Plata from Guayaquil: $2,295
  • Canal del Morro Boat Tour and Varadero Beach from Guayaquil: $195
  • Canyoning level IV Adventure day trip near Guayaquil: $86
  • City Tour Guayaquil: $20
  • City Tour in Guayaquil, Ecuador: $55
  • Contrasts of Ecuador 7-Day Adventure Tour: $1,012
  • Cultural tour, 3 days, INCA EXPRESS Ingapirca - Cuenca - Cajas Nationalpark: $667

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: $1,106
  • 4-Day Galapagos Islands Express Tour: $714
  • 4-Day Galapagos Land Tour Visiting Isabela and Santa Cruz: $876
  • 4-Day Galapagos Tour: Santa Cruz & 2 Uninhabited Islands: $1,239
  • 4-day Galapagos on a Budget Experience: $1,090
  • 5 days in Galapagos | Bonita Tourist Superior Cruise | Northern Itinerary 2021: $2,287
  • 5-Day Cruise of Galapagos Islands: $2,849
  • 5-Day Galapagos Diving Tour: Accommodation and Full-Day Diving Excursions: $1,286
  • 5-Day Guided Galapagos & Los Tuneles Tour: $1,289
  • 5-Day Tour Galapagos Multisport: $1,599
  • 5-day Galapagos on a Budget Experience: $1,195
  • 6 Days in Galapagos | Eco Galaxy First Class Cruise | Western Itinerary 2021: $4,590


Alcohol

Typically, people visiting Guayaquil spend on average $14 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.

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.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Guayaquil $14
    Galapagos Islands $12

Sample the Local Flavors in Guayaquil

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Guayaquil:

  • Process and Wine Tasting in Cellar Two Hemispheres - Puerto El Morro: $294



When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Guayaquil and Galapagos Islands, we can see that Galapagos Islands is more expensive. And not only is Guayaquil much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Guayaquil would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Guayaquil 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 Guayaquil.

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