We are a group of friends and we have two offers for the next Xmas for 1 week tour at Galapagos for the same price of 1300 usd/person both options. I think it is very difficult to review which option suits us the best. We are not looking for any luxury, but more like adventurous and independent way of sightseeing and seeing the Islands.
-An economic class boat SULIDAE -budget yacht Dec. 21-27
-A hopping tour (visit during the day and sleep in hotels during the
night, transport between the islands in speed boat).
We are first timers at Galapagos (though travelled a lot elsewhere), so we are looking for the best option of course. It is hard to decide between these two options as they are on the same budget level.
The budget boat Itinerary is like this:
Fri. San Cristobal - Galapaguero
Sat: Española Island
Sun: Florerana Island
Mon: Santa Cruz Island
Tue: Isabela Island
Wed: Santa Cruz
Thu: North Seymour Island
Island hopping itinetary:
Day 1: Arrival in San Cristóbal
Day 2: Highlands of San Cristobal
Day 3: boat tour to snorkel to Lobos Islands and Kicker Rock
Day 4: In the morning we?ll fly to Isabela
Day 5: Hike to Sierra Negra volcan
Day 6: Early departure by speedboat to Santa Cruz.
Day 7: Today well have a daily trip to Floreana island
Is there something important we might miss if choosing hopping-itinetary or likewise if we choose the cruising option? What are the benefits of choosing the island hopping? What are the benefits of choosing the cruise-option?
Thank you so much for all the comments and tips already.