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

Should you visit La Plata or Galapagos Islands?

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

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between La Plata and Galapagos Islands can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: La Plata or Galapagos Islands?

La Plata

Just over an hour from Buenos Aires, the bustling university city of La Plata is notable for being South America's first planned city. Indeed, also known as the City of Diagonal, La Plata's intricate grid system includes diagonal streets that run through it, contributing to easy navigation but confusing intersections.La Plata is the Capital of the Province of Buenos Aires, the main Argentine state, so you will find lots of elaborate government buildings alongside leafy green plazas in this laid back as well as active city. La Plata is a happening university town with a population of over 700,000. You can walk the width of it in under an hour, stopping at trendy craft beer bars, local music joints, and great restaurants along the way. Also, football is a religion in Argentina and if you're looking for some local atmosphere, La Plata is the place to go! Two of Argentina's biggest football teams, Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata and Estudiantes de La Plata challenge each other each year. If you are around during that special day for the city, you will witness thousands of fans wearing the relevant colours heading off to watch the match and parade by calle 7.

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 One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Buenos Aires, The Best 2-Week Tours from Buenos Aires, The Best Romantic Tours for Couples in Ecuador, and The Best Honeymoon Tours in Ecuador.

Which place is cheaper, Galapagos Islands or La Plata?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in La Plata is $8.17, while the average daily cost in Galapagos Islands is $0.00. 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 La Plata and Galapagos Islands in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    La Plata $3.29
    Galapagos Islands -
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    La Plata $6.58
    Galapagos Islands $0.00
Compare Hotels in La Plata and Galapagos Islands

Looking for a hotel in La Plata 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 La Plata

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: La Plata Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    La Plata $2.34
    Galapagos Islands -

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: $159
  • Private Transfer from Hotels in Santa Cruz to Baltra Airport: $159
  • 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 La Plata or Galapagos Islands?

Prices for flights to both Galapagos Islands and La Plata 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
    La Plata $3.20
    Galapagos Islands -
Typical Food Prices in La Plata

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

  • Ice Cream

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    La Plata $2.05
    Galapagos Islands -
Typical Entertainment Prices in La Plata

For La Plata, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:

  • Sciencias Naturales Museum Entrance Fee

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: $197
  • Day tour to Pinzón Island and La Fé/Palmitas Bay with snorkeling and fishing: $215
  • Day tour to San Cristobal Island with private Land Tour and snorkeling: $249
  • FERRY TICKET From: Santa Cruz / To: San Cristobal (PM): $65

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    La Plata $1.14
    Galapagos Islands -

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between La Plata and Galapagos Islands, we can see that La Plata is more expensive. And not only is Galapagos Islands much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Galapagos Islands would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Galapagos Islands 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 La Plata would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in La Plata than you might in Galapagos Islands.

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