Galapagos Discovery

Terms & Conditions

Trip Date
Price from
$3499
Number of Days
9
Highlights & Inclusions
  • Explore Quito, Ecuador’s capital city 
  • Spend 6 nights on the Galapagos Islands 
  • Visit the Giant Tortoise Reserve to view tortoises in their natural habitat 
  • Explore Tortuga Bay on Santa Cruz Island
  • Snorkel with Galapagos Sharks at Kicker Rock 
  • 8 breakfasts, 2 boxed lunches 
  • 1 night: La Cartuja Hotel, Quito 
  • 1 night: Villa Laguna Hotel, Santa Cruz
  • 2 nights: San Vicente Hotel, Isabela Island
  • 1 night: Villa Laguna Hotel, Santa Cruz
  • 2 nights: Miconia Hotel, San Cristobal
  • 1 night: La Cartuja Hotel, Quito 

The following fees are not included in the price of your tour: 

  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee: $ 100 p.p. 
  • Isabela fee $10 p.p.
  • Galapagos Transit Control Card: $ 20 p.p.

The Local Leader in Quito will provide local services upon arrival until the flight to the Galapagos, where the group will then be met by their Naturalist Local Leader upon arrival in Baltra Island.

Itinerary

Day 1: Quito

Bienvenidos!Welcome to Ecuador, one of the most attractive cities in South America. Take time to explore - take a walk down the famous Calle La Ronda, Quito's oldest street, or explore beyond the city in Otavalo and the Equatorial Monument. Our adventure starts tonight with a welcome meeting with our Local Leader. 
 

Day 2: Quito – Baltra – Puerto Ayora 

We travel together today to Baltra Island – our first island in the Galapagos! Upon arrival, our Insider Expert (a licensed Naturalist Guide) will meet us and bring us to the highlands of Santa Cruz. Here we will visit the Giant Tortoise Reserve to see these magnificent animals in their natural habitat. We’ll arrive this afternoon in Puerto Ayora, the Galapagos’ most populated town, where we will visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. Go out and explore this quaint town this evening, where you may enjoy dinner at a local restaurant and visit local shops.(b)
 

Day 3: Puerto Ayora – Isabela

We’ll board a speed boat to Isabela Island today, where we’ll visit Las Tintoreras – a highlight of the Galapagos. You’ll have an opportunity to go snorkeling in this spot teeming with marine iguanas, the rare Galapagos penguin and “shark alley” where white tipped sharks swim. (b)
 

Day 4: Isabela

Visit Sierra Negra Volvano this morning – one of the most active volcanos in the Galapagos and second largest crater in the world. If you’re feeling up for it, hike up the rocky mountain for spectacular views. This afternoon, enjoy time unscripted to relax or explore the island on your own. (b, boxed lunch) 
 

Day 5: Isabela – Santa Cruz

We return to Santa Cruz by boat this morning where we visit Tortuga Bay – a stunning white beach considered to be the most beautiful in the entire archipelago – and a favorite location for sea turtles to lay their eggs. Enjoy time to explore, kayak, or snorkel! (b) 
 

Day 6: Santa Cruz – San Cristobal 

Traveling together to San Cristobal Island, we’ll first visit the Interpretation Center to learn about the history of the islands and challenges local conservationists face. After, a leisurely hike will bring us to the top of Cerro Tijeretas (Frigate Bird Hill) for amazing views of the bay below. This afternoon, enjoy snorkeling with sea lions and sea turtles in La Loberia Bay.  (b)
 

Day 7: San Cristobal

A short boat ride out to Kicker Rock and Lobos Island will give us the opportunity to spot nesting frigates and blue footed boobies. If you’d like, partake in open sea snorkeling with sea turtles, manta rays and the harmless Galapagos shark. (b, boxed lunch)
 

Day 8: San Cristobal - Quito

Our last day in the Galapagos will start with a visit to El Junco Lake, an ancient crater formed during the last ice age. After, a visit to La Galapaguera will give us the opportunity to learn more about the giant tortoise. We return to Quito this afternoon for our final night together.  (b)
 

Day 9: Quito

An included group transfer to the airport will conclude our amazing Galapagos adventure! (b) 

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