The best amount of time when you’re visiting the Galapagos Islands is 5 days, minimum. However, the longer you stay to enjoy most of what Galapagos has to offer, the greater the amount of time you’ll have to experience a wider variety of magical moments. Such moments will hinge on the immensely iconic wildlife, gorgeous visitor sites, and the numerous activities through which you can experience the archipelago!
Keep these two very important things in mind when traveling to Galapagos:
In short, you lose 1.5 days just traveling into and out of Galapagos!
The third and fourth things to consider:
By giving yourself 5 days as the bare minimum recommended amount of time for visiting Galapagos, you open the door to having a full 3.5 days to relish a decent amount of what the archipelago has to offer.
This minimum amount of time is best used by embarking on a cruise-based tour of Galapagos. Yacht Isabela II’s Central and Southern Galapagos Islands Itinerary perfectly fall in line with this minimum time frame. If you’re looking to really make the most out of what Galapagos Islands has to offer (which you’ll definitely want to, after reading what’s below!), then our 7-day Northern Galapagos Islands Itinerary is perfect for you!
If a land-based tour is what you’re looking for, then be sure to check out Metrojourney’s day trips aboard Sea Lion Yacht to visit some fantastic islands.
Let’s face it, for most of us, a visit to Galapagos is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It makes perfect sense to fill this journey with as much as you can, given however much time you have available. The benefits of having 5 or more days in Galapagos include:
Anything less than 5 days, and it’s almost absurd to come this far!
Don’t forget that:
Having anything less than 5 days in Galapagos means you fall under the true 3.5 days that you’ll actually have in the archipelago (after you consider travel time). This means you’ll have less time to calmly enjoy and pick between the numerous activities available. This also means you’ll effectively start to spend more time traveling to Galapagos than actually exploring it!
If you happen to find yourself in this conundrum, then we highly recommend saving the Galapagos Islands for another moment when you have more time.