Galapagos Islands Adventure
GALAPAGOS TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
The Galapagos Islands, you’ve watched them on David Attenborough documentaries for years, teeming with wildlife and extraordinarily beautiful scenery. And now you can visit them for yourself! Travelling to these islands is a truly once in a lifetime experience, and with only 230,000 visitors a year, these magical islands remain one of the world’s best preserved destinations. On this trip we’ll be travelling to the islands of Santa Cruz, Floreana and Isabela. We’ll snorkel with the hopes of seeing and swimming with sea lions, turtles, reef sharks, marine iguanas and lots of tropical fish, we’ll do a gentle hike to the rim of the world’s second largest crater on the Sierra Negra volcano, we’ll kayak in the crystal clear waters these islands are famous for, and of course we’ll venture to the highlands to see the giant tortoises in their natural habitats, as well as learning about the breeding process at the Charles Darwin Research Centre. The Galapagos is one of the most magical places on earth, join us and see for yourself.
Stay on and explore 3 of these magnificent islands
Endless snorkelling opportunities to get up close to the underwater wildlife
Hike the rim of the Sierra Negra – the world’s second largest crater
Watch the beautiful giant tortoises in breeding centres as well as their natural habitat
Once in a lifetime trip to an incredibly well-preserved part of the world
Day 1 – Arrive Quito
Upon arrival in Quito, make your way to your hotel for check-in, which will be from 2pm. A welcome dinner will be arranged for your first night. Overnight in Quito.
Day 2 – Quito
Today we will be given a city tour of the Ecuadorian capital, Quito. Perched at 2850m above sea level, this city is well known for its beautiful colonial centre and stunning mountainous backdrop. Highlights of today’s tour will include the UNESCO World Heritage ‘Old Town’, packed with historical monuments and architectural delights from the 16th and 17th centuries. Overnight in Quito.
Day 3 – Quito / Isla Santa Cruz, Galapagos
Today we will take an early morning transfer to the airport to catch our flight to Baltra Island and then make our way to the island of Santa Cruz (flight time is approx. 3 hours). Upon arrival we will be transferred to our hotel for check-in, and shortly after we’ll head off for our first excursion at the Charles Darwin Research Centre to learn about conservation in the area. This is a great place to see the famous Galapagos giant tortoises. Overnight in Isla Santa Cruz.
Day 4 – Isla Santa Cruz, Galapagos
This morning, we’ll be heading out on a kayaking excursion down the Itabaca Canal, followed by a spot of snorkelling in the clear blue waters. Look out for turtles, sea lion pups and maybe even a small, white-tip reef shark – harmless of course! In the afternoon, we’ll be visiting the higher part of the island to see the giant tortoises in their natural habitat. The highlands are also famous for their amazing lava tunnels! Overnight in Isla Santa Cruz.
Day 5 – Isla Santa Cruz / Isla Floreana, Galapagos
After breakfast you will have some free time to further explore the Island of Santa Cruz (we highly recommend visiting Las Grietas – a deep pool of fresh and salt water that lies between a crack in the landscape… it’s beautiful!), before taking the speedboat to Isla Floreana (approx. 2-3 hours). Depending on the time of year, watch out for dolphins and albatross on the way! Upon arrival we’ll get checked-in to our guesthouse before heading out on a snorkelling excursion at Black Beach. Overnight at a guesthouse on Isla Floreana.
Day 6 – Isla Floreana, Galapagos
After breakfast, we will take a short walk to another beach for more snorkelling or swimming. Currents can be strong in this area so please be sure you are a confident swimmer. Afterwards, we’ll venture up to the islands highlands for amazing views and to learn about the first settlers on Floreana. The rest of the day will be spent at your leisure. Overnight on Isla Floreana.
Day 7 – Isla Floreana / Isla Isabela, Galapagos
This morning we’ll be taking a speed boat to Isabela Island, where we’ll enjoy a kayaking excursion near Tintoreras to observe the whitetip reef sharks that are often found swimming here. Afterwards, we’ll be able to go snorkelling in the area – look out for manta rays, sea turtles and marine iguanas! Overnight on Isla Isabela.
Day 8 – Isla Isabela, Galapagos
We will be spending today at the Sierra Negra Volcano, the second largest crater in the world. Weather permitting, a gentle hike up the rocky mountain will reward you with incredible views of the caldera and surrounding landscape. You’ll head back downhill on bikes, visiting the Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre on the way. Spend the afternoon relaxing or head down to the water for a swim before dinner. Overnight in Isla Isabela.
Day 9 – Isla Isabela / Isla Santa Cruz, Galapagos
Today will be spent at your leisure. In the afternoon we’ll head back to Santa Cruz where we will spend our last evening on the Galapagos!
Day 10 – Isla Santa Cruz / Quito
After breakfast, we’ll be heading across Santa Cruz Island to Baltra Island, where we will say goodbye to the Galapagos Islands and fly back to Quito (approx. 3 hours). Upon arrival in Quito, we’ll get checked-in to our hotel. A group dinner will be arranged for your final night in Ecuador.
Day 11 – Depart Quito
Your tour has come to an end! Depending on your flight schedule, you may have some free time to further explore this intriguing city. Transfer back to the airport for international flights home.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE TOUR
- Sharing a twin room at 3-star hotels and guesthouses (please note that accommodation in the Galapagos is basic but always clean and comfortable)
- Transportation throughout (includes airport transfers if travelling on suggested flights)
- City tour of Quito
- All excursions as mentioned in itinerary
- Internal flights
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED IN THE TOUR
- International flights
- USD$100 per person Galapagos Islands Park Entry Fee (payable at the airport upon arrival to the park – must be paid in cash – funds go towards park maintenance, ecological study, conservation projects)
- USD$20 per person Transit Control Card (payable at the airport in Quito before boarding flight to the Galapagos)
- Up to six weeks before departure, a place can be reserved on payment of a deposit of £250.00, after this date it would be the full amount of the trip.
- Click the book now button and fill in the details and tick the box confirming you accept booking conditions.
- The outstanding balance is due 8 weeks before travel.
- International flights into and out of Ecuador are not included in the cost of the tour and will need to be organised separately. Please get in touch for recommended flights, and do not book anything until we give the go-ahead.
- Please ensure you have checked visa requirements. Get in touch if you are unsure.
- Ensure you have purchased travel insurance, as this is mandatory for all trips.
Trip Type Wildlife
Group Size Between 8 – 14
Physical Rating Active
Currency & Spending Money US Dollars / Spending £30 and upwards per day
Hosts One of our local guides will be your main point of contact throughout this trip. You will also be accompanied by one of our UK based representatives for the duration of your tour.
Clothing The weather will be very hot in the day with temperatures reaching 30° at very high humidity (the Galapagos lie on the equator!) so make sure you pack plenty of light, loose-fitting clothes. Please also bring closed shoes as well as sandals as there will be a number of places visited that require trainers or hiking boots.
Other Useful Items A torch, mosquito repellent, eco-friendly shampoo and soap, sunscreen, a hat, a micro-fibre towel, long-sleeved tops and light trousers for the evenings, binoculars, good camera with a long lens, long-sleeved swimming items to protect you from the sun whilst snorkelling.
Health Quito is located 2850m above sea level, which can cause problems with altitude sickness. Remember to stay hydrated. The Galapagos Islands are located on the equator, so year round the sun is strong and the weather is humid. You will need to wear a hat and sunglasses at all times to protect yourselves. We also recommend you seek medical advice from your local GP or travel nurse a minimum of 8 weeks before departure and make sure your vaccinations are up to date. Remember that your travel insurance may not cover you if you do not have up-to-date vaccinations. This will also allow time for you to have any inoculations that you may require.
Single Supplement £459
Travel Advice We highly recommend that you read the foreign travel advice for Ecuador and the Galapagos before your departure date.