Visiting Galapagos from 1 or more hotels on the islands has its drawbacks. You will only get a limited view of the archipelago.
After all, the distance between islands is great: with a cruise ship, you sail at night and visit the islands during the day. If you stay overnight on an island, you can only visit the sites of that island and the nearest sites of other islands.
The days on the equator offer only 12 hours of sunlight: subtract from that the time for breakfast and boarding, plus the travel time there and back, and not much is left for touring the islands.
It can sometimes be quite crowded in Santa Cruz due to the many local Ecuatorian tourists who take in Santa Cruz or San Cristobal….
However, there are two good reasons to do book a hotel on Galapagos:
If the cruise ship of your choice follows an itinerary that does not call at the visitor sites of Santa Cruz or San Cristobal, you can book a few extra days at a hotel on Santa Cruz or San Cristobal to visit the most beautiful sites of those islands from there. Santa Cruz and San Cristobal are the islands with an airport where you arrive and/or depart.
If you want to extend your stay in Galapagos with a relaxing beach vacation, you can either visit the Machalilla region from Guayaquil, or book a few days of beach vacation in a hotel on the islands.
The price difference between the better hotels on Galapagos and a cruise is quite small. We offer you a choice of the better hotels on Galapagos.
I am Tom from Belgium and I have been living in Ecuador for more than 10 years. I got my guiding diploma here. Traveling and discovering new places is my passion. Together with the travel agency Descubre-Ecuador, we offer tailor-made tours in Galapagos and on the Ecuadorian mainland.