All I can say is wow, wow, wow! I've never experienced anything like it before! It was like being in an open air zoo with no cages. We saw several animal species in addition to flora and fauna that you won't see anywhere else!
The Galapagos is a pricey trip no matter how you go about it BUT we did it as a land vacation and so can you! We landed in Guayaquil and from there transferred to a quick 1.5 hour flight to Baltra - -the airport town in Santa Cruz Island - the biggest island in the archipelago. We spent four nights there and then took a small boat over to San Cristobal island -- boat ride is 2 hours long and very choppy ($30 pp)!! Food was delicious everywhere we went and very reasonable! If you like seafood, you'll be in heaven!!
I'll have several Travel Minutes giving you details on how to do what we did! I have to say the islands are place that should be on everyone's bucket list.
Total cost: $750 for hotels, another $2000 for both flights and once you add meals, souvenirs and that boat ranger - the trip was around $3,500k. Sometimes a Galapagos tour can cost you well over 3k or more for one person for a boat trip!! Stay tuned for my minutes coming soon!