Galapagos Islands

Travelers: up to 16
9 Days
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Galapagos Islands

Between the blue footed boobies flying overhead, beaches home to families of sea lions, and incredibly diverse landscapes, you will feel like you have been transported to another planet.

We will visit up to 7 islands, hiking and snorkeling along the way to see islands inhabited only with nature. Our naturalist guide will show us ‘secret’ spots with the best sunset views and chances to spot wildlife.

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Bartolome Island view

Highlights

Snorkel with sea lions, turtles, loads of tropical fish, and more.

Spot giant tortoises in their natural habitat.

Visit a family run sugar cane and coffee plantation.

Marine Iguana on the beach

Visit Tortuga Bay, an endless white sand beach with a bay to kayak.

Get to know our own naturalist local guide, with us the entire tour.

blue footed boobie

Watch blue footed boobies and frigatebirds perform their mating dance.

Itinerary

Quito Airport

Day 1
Airport Pickup

Welcome to Ecuador! We’ll pick you up from the Quito’s international airport today and spend a night near the airport to talk about our adventure together and wait for the rest of the group to arrive.
Santa Cruz Highlands

Day 2
Flight to Baltra, Santa Cruz Highlands

This morning we will jump on a 3 hour flight to Galapagos! We will land in Baltra and start with a tour of the highlands. We will meet the giant tortoises on a local property where these animals live in their natural habitat. This afternoon we’ll learn how sugar cane juice and aguardiente is produced and give it a try. Next up is an organic coffee demo from bean to mug. Enjoy lunch in the highlands before we check into our hotel. After you settle in, your guide will show you around the port. Meals: breakfast, lunch
iguanas in Galapagos

Day 3
Bartolome or Seymour

Today we will visit our third and maybe fourth Galapagos Island on an all day boat tour. The Galapagos Islands are carefully monitored to protect the incredible bio-diversity, so we will be visiting one of four islands, depending on the national park’s schedule. Read more for all the details. Meals: breakfast, lunch


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Bartolome Island:
Bartolome is the most recognizable and photographed island in the archipelago thanks to its distinctive pinnacle rock. You’ll walk along a wood trail to the top of this once-active volcano, seeing the different lava rock formations that were created during the formation of island on the way. At the top you’ll have a fantastic panoramic across to Santiago Island’s Sullivan Bay – look out for the surrounding plants like lava cactus, as well as Darwin`s finches. After the walk, take a zodiac ride along the island to meet the cheeky Galapagos penguins, and then disembark on the beach for snorkeling. This is a great place to see white tip reef sharks, sea turtles, many fish, and maybe swim alongside sea lions. 

Seymour Island:
The small island of North Seymour is home to many different species of animals, and is the best place to see the frigate birds with their bulbous red throats, watch the iconic blue footed boobies dance, spot land and marine iguanas, and search for Galapagos sea lions and fur seals. On a two-hour walk around this magical island you’ll also spy other sea birds like swallow-tailed gulls and shearwater, as well as many tropical birds. After the walk you’ll return to the boat for lunch, then sail to Bachas beach on Santa Cruz Island. This is a nesting area for sea turtles and there’s a small lagoon where flamingoes can occasionally be seen. You’ll also strap on your mask again for some snorkeling through the beautiful waters. 

Santa Fe Island:
Taking an 80-minute boat ride from Puerto Ayora, cruise to one of the most beautiful bays in the Archipelago. The pristine color of the water allows you to see the bottom, and you might swim alongside eagle rays, sting rays, sea turtles and lots of fish. Santa Fe is known for its large colony of sea lions that lounge around on the two beaches. On the shore there are two trails – both give you the opportunity to see the Santa Fe land iguana, which is found only on this island. One of the trails is into the opuntia forest, home to the archipelago’s largest trees, and you can hike along the cliffs. The vegetation of Santa Fe is notable for the very large Prickly Pear Cacti. After the walk, return to the boat, where it’s time for some snorkeling in the clear, blue waters – sea lion pups will be eager to swim along too. 

Plaza Islands:
South Plazas was formed from uplifted marine lava and is one of the smallest islands on the archipelago. It’s one of the most concentrated wildlife sites around through. Disembark at a small dock frequently occupied by sea lions, then walk through a small forest of prickly pear cacti, decorated with their yellow flowers, and look out for land iguanas waiting for the fruits and flowers to fall to the ground. Make your way up to the top of a cliff, where you can often see a shoal of the native yellow-tailed mullet in the waters below. Look up for views of swallow- tailed gulls, tropical bird, frigate birds, and pelicans. At the eastern end of the island bull sea lions congregate to rest and recover their energy after losing their territory; and plot to once again become the beach master. After this enjoyable walk, return to the boat for lunch, and then sail to Punta Carrion for some more snorkeling. This is a great chance for underwater photos of sea turtles, white tip reef sharks, sea lions and many fish.

Galapagos Island and boat

Day 4
Santa Fe or Plaza

Today we will visit another Galapagos Island on an all day boat tour. The Galapagos Islands are carefully monitored to protect the incredible bio-diversity, so we will be visiting one of four islands, depending on the national park’s schedule. Read more for all the details. Meals: breakfast, lunch


Read more

Bartolome Island:
Bartolome is the most recognizable and photographed island in the archipelago thanks to its distinctive pinnacle rock. You’ll walk along a wood trail to the top of this once-active volcano, seeing the different lava rock formations that were created during the formation of island on the way. At the top you’ll have a fantastic panoramic across to Santiago Island’s Sullivan Bay – look out for the surrounding plants like lava cactus, as well as Darwin`s finches. After the walk, take a zodiac ride along the island to meet the cheeky Galapagos penguins, and then disembark on the beach for snorkeling. This is a great place to see white tip reef sharks, sea turtles, many fish, and maybe swim alongside sea lions. 

Seymour Island:
The small island of North Seymour is home to many different species of animals, and is the best place to see the frigate birds with their bulbous red throats, watch the iconic blue footed boobies dance, spot land and marine iguanas, and search for Galapagos sea lions and fur seals. On a two-hour walk around this magical island you’ll also spy other sea birds like swallow-tailed gulls and shearwater, as well as many tropical birds. After the walk you’ll return to the boat for lunch, then sail to Bachas beach on Santa Cruz Island. This is a nesting area for sea turtles and there’s a small lagoon where flamingoes can occasionally be seen. You’ll also strap on your mask again for some snorkeling through the beautiful waters. 

Santa Fe Island:
Taking an 80-minute boat ride from Puerto Ayora, cruise to one of the most beautiful bays in the Archipelago. The pristine color of the water allows you to see the bottom, and you might swim alongside eagle rays, sting rays, sea turtles and lots of fish. Santa Fe is known for its large colony of sea lions that lounge around on the two beaches. On the shore there are two trails – both give you the opportunity to see the Santa Fe land iguana, which is found only on this island. One of the trails is into the opuntia forest, home to the archipelago’s largest trees, and you can hike along the cliffs. The vegetation of Santa Fe is notable for the very large Prickly Pear Cacti. After the walk, return to the boat, where it’s time for some snorkeling in the clear, blue waters – sea lion pups will be eager to swim along too. 

Plaza Islands: 
South Plazas was formed from uplifted marine lava and is one of the smallest islands on the archipelago. It’s one of the most concentrated wildlife sites around through. Disembark at a small dock frequently occupied by sea lions, then walk through a small forest of prickly pear cacti, decorated with their yellow flowers, and look out for land iguanas waiting for the fruits and flowers to fall to the ground. Make your way up to the top of a cliff, where you can often see a shoal of the native yellow-tailed mullet in the waters below. Look up for views of swallow- tailed gulls, tropical bird, frigate birds, and pelicans. At the eastern end of the island bull sea lions congregate to rest and recover their energy after losing their territory; and plot to once again become the beach master. After this enjoyable walk, return to the boat for lunch, and then sail to Punta Carrion for some more snorkeling. This is a great chance for underwater photos of sea turtles, white tip reef sharks, sea lions and many fish.

Tortuga Bay kayaking

Day 5
Santa Cruz

This morning we’ll visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, whose mission is to preserve the rare species that the Galapagos is known for. During your visit you’ll learn about the conservation efforts happening for the giant tortoises and some surprising things about the man this place is named after. In the afternoon, we’ll enjoy a 45 minute walk to stunning Tortuga Bay, a white sandy beach with turquoise water. There is also a bay you can rent kayaks to look for baby sharks and turtles hiding in the mangroves. Meals: breakfast
on the beach with sea lions

Day 6
San Cristobal

Today we say goodbye to Santa Cruz and jump on a 2.5 boat ride to another beautiful island, San Cristobal. After we check into our hotel, we’ll stroll along the promenade of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of the Galapagos Islands. Enjoy the sound (and smell) of hundreds of sea lions during your walk and find a good spot for lunch. We’ll then go to the Loberia, a white sandy beach, to find great quantities of sea lions bathing in the sun or cooling off in the sea. Snorkeling is a highlight here with chances to spot sea turtles. Meals: breakfast
Kicker Rock with a boat

Day 7
Kicker Rock or Lobos Island

Today is all about the incredible sea life the Galapagos is known for. We’ll jump on a short boat ride to snorkel either at Kicker Rock or Lobos Island, whichever has clearer water that day! You might see the graceful and harmless hammerhead shark, turtles, loads of colorful fish, and maybe even play with sea lions in the water. Meals: breakfast, lunch
cloudy sunset at San Cristobal

Day 8
Tijeretas Hill and Solo Time

Today is a low key day to grab some more photos of the sea lions and walk up to Tijeretas Hill, also knowns as Frigatebird Hill, where you enjoy an amazing view of Kicker Rock and Shipwreck Bay. This evening we will meet for a farewell dinner and talk about an amazing week. Meals: breakfast, dinner
Penguin on Galapagos

Day 9
Goodbye for now

After breakfast, we will get on a flight back to Quito and say goodbye at the airport. Meals: breakfast

Accommodation

Here are a couple of the hotels we use to give you an idea of where you will be staying when you travel to Galapagos with us. 

Ikala Hotel, Santa Cruz

We love this hotel for its central location, the spacious rooms, and it’s poolside bar. Plus, it’s just gorgeous. 

Ikala Hotel, Galapagos
Casa Opuntia, San Cristobal

These rooms are breezy and beautiful, many with balconies,  perfect for hammock lounging. 

Details

*THIS TOUR INCLUDES THE FLIGHT FROM QUITO TO GALAPAGOS.*

  • Round trip Galapagos flight from Quito
  • Accommodation in twin rooms
  • Naturalist guide
  • 8 Breakfasts
  • 4 Lunches
  • 1 Dinner
  • Local transportation
  • Airport pickup on day one
  • All entrance fees and activities in the itinerary unless specified as optional

Activities and Experiences:
Bartolome Island
Seymore Island
Sante Fe Island
Plaza Island
San Cristobal Island
Lobos Island
Tortoise sanctuary
Sugarcane and coffee making/tasing
Charles Darwin Research Station
Tortuga Bay visit
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
Loberia beach
Kicker rock snorkel tour
Tijeretas hill snorkel and hike
Shipwreck Bay

We will pick you up from the airport any time on day one from Quito International Airport (UIO). If fellow travelers arrive around the same time, we’ll bring you to our first hotel together. 

Your flight back to the Quito International Airport is included, any further transportation is not.

More details to follow once your spot is booked.

  • A deposit of $500 is required to hold your spot.
  • Final payment is due 60 days before departure.
  • Pay as much as often as you like until the due date.
  • If you cancel your spot earlier than 60 days before departure, you can apply your payment to any trip within the next year.
  • No refunds, just transfers if applicable.
  • International airfares
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • $100 national park fee
  • $20 tourist card
  • Covid PCR test (currently mandatory to enter Galapagos)
  • The itinerary is subject to change due for any reason – weather, unexpected cancellations, park regulations, impromptu local opportunities, or surprise additions.
  • Comprehensive travel insurance is mandatory or you may be refused to join the tour. See our guide for help choosing a plan.
  • All bookings are subject to our terms and conditions.

Most countries are able to visit Ecuador without a visa. Please check the requirements for your country. A COVID test is currently required to enter Galapagos, even with a vaccine. 

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