Hi, my partner and I are trying to plan a trip to the Galapagos and do it on a budget. We have done quite a bit of research and thought we had found a great trip but have now found out the itinery has changed! I read somewhere about basing yourself in a hotel at Puerto Ayora and doing day trips from there. All I was wondering is, would there be trips to all the main Islands and would this be a cheaper option than a cruise which may go to places you don't want to go to.
Also if we did it ourselves, would it be possible to get on a boat to an island and follow the paths ourselves or do you require a guide at all times on the islands?
P.s. the islands we really want to go to are Rabida, Bartholomew, Islas Plaza, Florenana and Espanola.