Solo Female Travel in Galapagos Islands

Let’s talk solo female travel!  And more specifically, let’s talk “Solo Female Travel in Galapagos Islands.”  If you asked me to name my “Top 3” favorite female travel destinations: the Galapagos Islands would be right at the top.  Why?  Because the islands are so laid-back, safety isn’t much a concern.  I can’t recall one time, while walking around the islands, where I felt unsafe.  And the ANIMALS!!!  There are so many amazing animals in the Galapagos ~ & they are so friendly & unafraid of humans, you’ll never really feel alone in the Galapagos.

Best Things to Do in Puerto Ayora in the Galapagos Islands, Girl Who Travels the World

How many animals can you spot in this photo??! (Hint: marine iguanas blend in exceptionally well with the rocks ; )

And, as you’ll see in the video below: it’s easy to meet real people too!  On my first Galapagos tour, I met the awesome (& guapo) island local, Adicho ~ & he ended up showing me all around his homebase. 

Take me back to the Galapagos….

Solo Female Travel in Galapagos Islands ~ Video!

What You Need in the Galapagos

It’s almost always warm & balmy in the Galapagos Islands ~ & people are dressed accordingly.  I felt entirely comfortable walking around the island in cute cover-ups & cut-off shorts: it’s just that kind of a place.  So what do you need?  BIKINIS.  ROMPERS.  Basically, any cute, beach-ready clothes that you’ve been dying to wear.  

But what is the absolute, #1 most IMPORTANT thing you need for solo female travel in Galapagos Islands??  STRONG SUNSCREEN!!!  That sunscreen needs to be the absolute strongest you can find ~ & ideally, it should contain titanium and/or zinc oxide, so that it starts working RIGHT AWAY!!!  I cannot emphasize this enough.  Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands sit directly on the equator (Ecuador = equator).  The sun is SO powerful here, I got a horrendous third-degree burn after only 20 minutes in the sun!!!  Even locals cover up in hats & UV-resistant sunglasses: no one is immune to the powerful effects of the sun in the Galapagos.  A hat & UV-resistant sunglasses are also a MUST. 

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Where I Stayed in Galapagos Islands~

  • Under $40/night: For solo female travel in Galapagos Islands, especially if you’re not doing an (expensive) boat tour, I highly recommend the Gloria Galapagos Hotel on Isla Santa Cruz ~ the same island as the popular Baltra Airport (there are only two airports in the Galapagos, & Baltra is the busier one).  Gloria Galapagos is located right in downtown Puerto Ayora, & is walk-able to the water, restaurants, & great coffee at OMG Galapagos!  With its sunny yellow rooms & cheap price ($35/night), this hotel is a little gem.  
  • For a more complete list of Galapagos Island hotels, click here.  

Solo Female Travel in Galapagos Islands

For reference, some of my other favorite solo destinations include Iceland, Austria, & Ireland ~ & the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico.

xoxo Noelia

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