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Booking a last-minute Galapagos cruise

If your time in Ecuador isn’t limited, and you’re willing to be flexible about what you see and when you go to the Galapagos, booking a last-minute cruise could be a good option for those on a budget.

Make sure you have time to spare

  • First, do your research. Know what types of cruises are on offer, so that you have an idea of what you want in terms of price, itinerary, and vessel. Bear in mind, however, that if you really want to get a good last-minute deal, you’ll need to have flexibility in terms of your itinerary – you won’t find all types of itinerary on offer with last-minute deals.
  • If you can only spend a certain amount of time in Ecuador but you’re able to book with only two or three weeks’ notice, book online. Remember that if you’re booking your flights to Ecuador and/or to the Galapagos with only a few weeks’ notice, they are likely to be more expensive than if you book in advance.
  • If you really have a lot of flexibility, consider flying to the islands without booking a tour first. Fly to Baltra Island, then head to Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz. Here, you’ll find a number of tour operators. Bear in mind that you may need to wait a few days or more before you can get on a tour, so prepare for this in terms of your flight dates and hotel/food budget while you’re waiting.
  • Going in low-season (April-June and September-November) can help in finding last-minute deals.

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