Emily with Sea Lions, Isla Mosquera, Galápagos

Going Solo in the Galapagos Islands

While planning your Galapagos vacation, you undoubtedly have read many tips for families and honeymooning couples. But you, you will be journeying there alone.

Whether you decide to see the Galapagos with a multi-day cruise or on your own with land-based tourism, here are a few tips to get you on your way.

  • On multi-day Galapagos cruises, single rooms are usually scarce. Be sure to check whether there is a surcharge for staying as a single aboard, or whether you will be sharing a cabin with another solo traveler. In the latter case the cruise operator will match you with a cabin-mate of the same gender.
  • A smaller yacht or catamaran will allow you to mingle more with the other passengers.
  • In the low season, solo travelers will find it easier to get a last-minute spot on a cruise than a couple or family group.
  • Land-based tourism can offer you more freedom on when and where to go – thus allowing you to avoid groups of people and enjoy the islands’ pristine nature alone.
  • Many of the attractions on Santa Cruz, San Cristóbal and Isabela islands are easy and safe to do on your own, and do not require a guide.
  • Choose to stay at smaller hotels. You may meet other travelers with whom you can share a taxi for a private tour to the Highlands or Garrapatero Beach on Santa Cruz Island, or to Puerto Chino on San Cristóbal – or to take advantage of the 2-for-1 day tour specials often offered in the low season.
  • Without a traveling companion, it’ll be much easier for you to meet the local Galapagos residents and get an inside view of island life.

The Galapagos Islands are one of the most tranquil and safest places for solo travelers. It is a perfect destination if you are looking for deep chill time or to meet new faces. Going there solo will provide innumerable adventures to tell your family and friends.

 

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Photo credit: Paul Krawczuk

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