Galapagos is known to be one of the most expensive destinations in the world, and even the budget cruises often costs thousands of dollar. In addition, the flights to the islands usually costs approx. 500USD return (from Ecuador mainland), and to visit the islands fees of 120USD will apply. It is recommended to spend at least a week when you first visit the islands. I visited Galapagos as the last destination of my backpacking trip to Central and South America last year. I had pre-booked the flights a few months earlier, but I didn’t do any other planning before I arrived in Ecuador. Thus, I soon realized that I faced two challenges; First of all, I only had 4,5 days in Galapagos – much less time than what people recommend to explore the islands. Second, I didn’t want to pay the big bucks for a cruise, and going on a cruise is by far the way most people explore the islands. Saying this though, just because I didn’t want to pay to go on a cruise, it doesn’t mean that you can’t, if that’s what you want to do. Everyone experiences things in different ways. So if you are thinking of planning a trip here, it may help to do a quick google search into something simple like galapagos tours and see what there is on offer. It all depends on what you want to see and do on your trip. At the same time, I wanted to see as much wildlife as possible – who knows, will I ever go back to this destination, and if I do, will the wildlife still be the same? Here is how I managed to see and experience quite a lot in only 4,5 days, on a tight budget and without going on a cruise.