Why should I consider solo travel in the Galapagos Islands?

One of the most underrated destinations for traveling alone is the Galapagos Islands. Solo travel is recommended for people in search of an adventurous destination where one can enjoy islands in pristine condition, as well as exotic native and endemic animals.

Remember that a solo vacation is an ideal time to connect with your thoughts and emotions, and gain a clearer understanding of yourself. Why not enhance this experience by spending your solo travel in the Galapagos Islands?

For solo travelers, we can’t think of a better place to recommend than the Galapagos Islands. In fact, our expedition vessel offers one of the best deals when it comes to traveling alone aboard a ship in the archipelago. Here’s why you should choose the Galapagos Islands for your solo vacation:

The Galapagos Islands is one of the safest destinations in the world

Woman On A Beach In The Galapagos Islands
Traveling Solo To The Galapagos Islands You Can Spend More Time Connecting With Nature.

In total, the inhabited islands of the Galapagos combine for a population of about 40,000 people with most of them residing on Santa Cruz Island. With such a small population, most of the locals seem to know each other and always display a warm and welcoming attitude towards every visitor. Galapagueños, (as the locals are known), are most respectful when it comes to their native neighbors, the Galapagos animals.

The Galapagos Islands are free of diseases and major viruses such as Zika and Malaria; both are practically non-existent. It’s also very safe to walk the streets any time of the day, as towns in the Galapagos are relatively small, there’s no need to worry about getting lost or wandering into any unsafe neighborhoods.

There is high interest in protecting the Galapagos Islands

Sea Lion At Santa Fe Island
There Isn’T Any Other Place In The World Where You Can Encounter So Many Animals Unafraid Of Human Visitors!

If you’re worried about the number of visitors you’ll encounter on your journey, fear not, the Galapagos Islands are highly safeguarded from mass tourism.  In fact, 97% of the archipelago comprises the Galapagos National Park – A UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve. It’s one of the most highly regulated and protected destinations in the world.

If you’re worried about how your visit will impact the Galapagos Islands’ ecosystem, as a solo traveler, you can find an affordable eco-friendly option.

Santa Cruz II Galapagos Cruise is one of the few tour operators in the Galapagos Islands that are Carbon Neutral, which means that when you take a solo trip, you’re doing fully sustainable travel across the Galapagos Islands.

Galapagos cruises allow you to easily move between islands

Guest Viewing Rock Formations In The Galapagos Islands.
Though Galapagos Cruises Can’T Get Too Close To The Shore, You Will Be Safely Transported To The Islands Aboard A Panga (Dinghy Boat).

Are you planning a solo vacation to the Galapagos Islands?

If you’re traveling by yourself to the Galapagos Islands, consider a tour aboard Santa Cruz II Galapagos Cruise as it offers its “Voyager cabins” for solo travelers or only charges an additional 15% of the original cost to occupy a double room. Other cruises in the Galapagos will charge you up to 100%. Also, be aware that Santa Cruz II Galapagos Cruz provides the best levels of service, different catering options and fun activities that allow you to interact with other guests aboard.

Though it might not be possible to see all the Islands in the Galapagos in a single journey, choosing a cruise over a hotel will help you maximize the number of species and islands you can see during your vacation in the Galapagos. Before you select a cruise, watch out for those that bring you the maximum benefit at an unbelievable cost. In the Galapagos Islands, it’s more important to pay for what you need rather than save money. If it’s too good to be true, it might just be.

Also, remember that a Galapagos vacation involves traveling to different islands, which is much easier done on an expedition ship rather than a smaller boat. Aboard a Galapagos cruise large portions of traveling take place overnight. This way, passengers can wake up in a new destination!

Updated:May 23, 2023

Published:January 22, 2020


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Santa Cruz II is a replacement for the much-loved Santa Cruz, which plied the waters of the Galapagos for 36 years. It is not a new ship; it was built in 2002 and sailed as Mare Australis under the Australis cruise brand, operating expedition cruises around Cape Horn and to Antarctica. Metropolitan Touring bought the ship in 2015 and completely refurbished it, launching it as Santa Cruz II in October 2015.

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