Galapagos Discovery

Terms & Conditions

Trip Date
Price from
$3499
Single Supplement
$800
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 
  • 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
  • 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 

Alternate hotels may be used.

National Park fees are not included in the price of your tour and are to be paid in USD at the airport upon arrival in the Galapagos:

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

This adventure will have two separate Local Leaders, one on mainland Ecuador and then will be met by a Naturalist Leader on the Galapagos.

Itinerary

An abundance of majestic natural wonders

The Galápagos Islands combine stunning beaches, the world’s most unique wildlife, and genuine local culture. Get up close and personal – exploring Quito, Ecuador’s capital city and spending six nights on the Galápagos Islands. Discover the archipelago staying on land, instead of onboard.

Day 1: Quito
Bienvenidos! Welcome to Ecuador, a country full of culture and natural wonder. Kick off your adventure as you connect with your Local Leader and fellow travelers at a welcome meeting this evening.

Day 2: Quito > Baltra Island > Santa Cruz Island
Today we head to Baltra Island — our first island of the Galápagos. Upon arrival, we meet our Local Leader (a licensed Naturalist Guide) who guides us to the highlands of Santa Cruz. Here, we visit the Giant Tortoise Reserve to observe these magnificent animals in their natural habitat. We then head to Puerto Ayora — the Galápagos’ most populated town — and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. The evening is yours to explore; you might opt to enjoy dinner at a local restaurant and wander through the local shops. (b)

Day 3: Santa Cruz Island > Isabela Island
Hop aboard a speed boat today as we head to Isabela Island, where we visit Las Tintoreras — a highlight of the Galápagos. You have an opportunity to go snorkeling in this spot teeming with marine iguanas, the rare Galápagos penguin and “Shark Alley” (where white-tipped sharks swim). (b)

Day 4: Isabela Island
Today begins with a visit to the Sierra Negra Volcano to view the second largest crater in the world —Sierra Negra remains active today. A short hike up the rocks provides spectacular views. This afternoon, enjoy your time unscripted to relax or explore the island on your own. (b, l)

Day 5: Isabela Island > Santa Cruz Island
We return to Santa Cruz by boat this morning where we visit Tortuga Bay, a gorgeous white-sand beach considered to be the most beautiful in the entire archipelago — and a favorite location for sea turtles to lay their eggs. Soak up the rest of the day with some bird watching, kayaking, snorkeling, surfing or just exploring — the choice is yours. (b)

Day 6: Santa Cruz Island > San Cristobal Island
Our next visit is to San Cristobal Island, where we visit the Interpretation Center and dive into the history of the islands and challenges faced by local conservationists. Next, we enjoy a leisurely hike to the top of Cerro Tijeretas (Frigate Bird Hill) for amazing views of the bay below. In the afternoon, you can enjoy snorkeling with sea lions and sea turtles in La Loberia Bay. (b)

Day 7: San Cristobal Island
After a short boat ride to Kicker Rock and Lobos Island, we have the opportunity to spot nesting frigates and blue-footed boobies. Here, choose to enjoy some open sea snorkeling with sea turtles, manta rays and the harmless Galápagos shark. (b, l)

Day 8: San Cristobal Island > Quito
Our last day in the Galápagos starts with a visit to El Junco Lake, an ancient crater formed during the last ice age. Visit La Galapaguera and learn more about the giant tortoise before returning to Quito this afternoon for our final night together. (b)

Day 9: Quito
Our Galápagos adventure ends today after breakfast, with an included group transfer to the airport. (b)

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