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Tour Overview

Looking to give your kids a crash course in exotic wildlife? What better place to visit than “Darwin’s test kitchen,” the Galápagos? On this multi-activity trip, you’ll have the chance to snorkel, hike, kayak, and swim the islands, as well as visit a giant tortoise breeding centre and the Charles Darwin Research Station. Who says learning about nature has to be boring?

Highlights

  • iconEncounter incredible wildlife
  • iconEncounter incredible wildlife, snorkel and swim with sea turtles and manta rays, kayak at Tortuga Bay, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, see giant tortoises in their natural habitat.
  • icon visit the Charles Darwin Research Station
  • icon snorkel and swim with sea turtles and manta rays
  • icon see giant tortoises in their natural habitat.
  • icon kayak at Tortuga Bay

Places You'll See

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icon Day 1: Quito

Location: Quito

Accommodation: Hotel Mercure

Arrive at any time.

Additional Information: Opt to pre-book the "Quito City Tour & Equator Line" activity on the checkout page ahead of time to include this optional on your tour.

ACTIVITY: The adventure begins today. Feel free to explore, but make sure you're back in time to meet the group. Your G Representative will review the details of your tour.

icon Day 2: Quito/San Cristóbal Island

Location: Quito

Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH

Fly to San Cristóbal. Visit the Interpretation Centre in the afternoon to learn about the natural history of the area.

Fly to San Cristóbal, the easternmost island of Galápagos and one of the oldest. The principal town is Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of the Galápagos. After lunch, visit the Interpretation Centre and learn more about the history of the Galápagos, sometimes referred to as “the Enchanted Islands.” Spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing on Mann Beach or swimming with playful sea lions as the frigate birds glide on the thermals. In the evening, opt for a dinner and sample some of the island's fresh fish and produce.

TRANSPORT: Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

ACTIVITY: Learn about the history of the Galápagos Islands from the very beginning of their volcanic origins through to today’s conservation efforts. Tour the Human History exhibit to learn about the islands’ discovery and colonization, and discover the natural history and variety of flora and fauna that make the Galápagos so fascinating.

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON Free time on San Cristóbal gives an opportunity to make the most of the variety of activities available here. Hire a bike for a ride around the island or rent snorkelling equipment and search for marine life. Choose to take a walk around the area and enjoy island life.

icon Day 3: San Cristóbal Island

Location: San Cristóbal Island

Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH

Snorkelling trip to Isla Lobos to search for marine life like sea turtles and manta rays and swim with sea lions. The afternoon is free to enjoy the beaches and surrounding area.

The day begins with a short boat ride to Isla Lobos, an islet populated by numerous sea lions, which give the island its name. Spend the day snorkelling – a fantastic opportunity to observe the abundant marine life that Galápagos is renowned for. Back aboard the boat, sail to San Cristóbal and have free time to enjoy the beaches and surrounding areas.

TRANSPORT: Climb aboard and get your float on.

ACTIVITY: Snorkel the waters of peaceful Isla Lobos, amid the families of sea lions and their inquisitive pups looking to play. Spot nesting frigatebirds and the famous blue-footed boobies resting on the shore. Be sure to bring your camera to catch some snaps at this prime wildlife watching haven.

TRANSPORT: Climb aboard and get your float on.

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON Free time on San Cristóbal gives an opportunity to make the most of the variety of activities available here. Hire a bike for a ride around the island or rent snorkelling equipment and search for marine life. Choose to take a walk around the area and enjoy island life.

icon Day 4: San Cristóbal Island/Santa Cruz Island

Location: San Cristóbal Island

Accommodation: Hotel Isla Azul

Meals: BREAKFAST

Travel by boat to Santa Cruz Island. On arrival, visit the highlands of the island to see Galápagos giant tortoises in the wild.

TRANSPORT: Cut swiftly through the water en route to the next stop (and hang on to your hat).

ACTIVITY: Visit the highlands of Santa Cruz and see the Galápagos giant tortoise in its natural surroundings. Explore the area and its incredible wildlife.

icon Day 5: Santa Cruz Island

Location: Santa Cruz Island

Accommodation: Hotel Isla Azul

Meals: BREAKFAST

Take a sea kayaking adventure at Tortuga Bay to explore the mangroves. Opt for a surf lesson in the afternoon.

ACTIVITY: Grab a life jacket and go for a kayak adventure in the mangroves of Tortuga Bay. Keep an eye out for a wide variety of marine life, including colorful reef fish, rays, and sea turtles, as you paddle the blue waters. Relax after on a beautiful fine white sand beach, and soak up some sun – you may spot some iguanas also trying to catch some rays on the shore.

icon Day 6: Santa Cruz Island

Location: Santa Cruz Island

Accommodation: Hotel Isla Azul

Meals: BREAKFAST

Head out on a boat tour to Lobería, Las Grietas, and Playa de los Perros, where there's time for some swimming or snorkelling. In the afternoon, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station.

Start the day on a boat tour of Lobería, Las Grietas and Playa de los Perros, spending time exploring, swimming, and snorkelling in the crystal clear water. Afterwards, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, one of the places where you can easily spot the famous Galápagos tortoises.

ACTIVITY: Take a boat ride out to Isla Loberia and enjoy the amazing wildlife and scenery at Playa de Los Perros and Las Grietas. Named for the sea lions that inhabit the beach, Loberia is a coral sand beach with an abundance of wildlife. Keep an eye out for the sea lions as they bask on the beach.

ACTIVITY: Visit Fausto Llerena Breeding Center a great place to observe many species of tortoises and land iguanas in captivity. Brought back from the brink of extinction, see the famous Galápagos tortoise up close – a corral houses adult tortoises, and a nursery cares for the young until around age three when their shells have hardened. This area also houses the Charles Darwin Research Station, a scientific organization initiated in 1964, which works to preserve the Galápagos' ecosystem through the conservation efforts of scientists, researchers, and volunteers. While the offices themselves are not open to visitors, the research station provides a study location for international scientists and environmental education for the local community.

icon Day 7: Santa Cruz Island/Quito

Location: Santa Cruz Island

Accommodation: Hotel Mercure

Meals: BREAKFAST

Fly back to Quito, where the rest of the day is free to explore the city.

After a transfer over the island of Santa Cruz, arrive at Baltra Island for our return flight to Quito. Upon arrival in Quito, transfer to the hotel for free time and one last night with newfound friends.

TRANSPORT: Transfer over the island of Santa Cruz to Baltra Island to catch our flight back to Quito.

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON Explore the city of Quito at leisure and enjoy the best of this cosmopolitan city.

icon Day 8: Quito

Location: Quito

Meals: BREAKFAST

Depart at any time.

ACTIVITY: Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

What's Included

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    Accommodation

    Hotels (7 nights).

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    Meals

    7 breakfasts, 2 lunches

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    Internal flights

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    Visit to a wildlife interpretation centre (San Cristóbal Island). Snorkelling trip to Isla Lobos (San Cristóbal Island). Swimming and snorkelling in Lobería (Santa Cruz Island). Excursion to see giant tortoises in the wild (Santa Cruz Island). Tortuga Bay walk and kayaking excursion (Santa Cruz Island). Charles Darwin Research Station visit (Santa Cruz Island). Internal flights. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

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    Swimming and snorkelling in Lobería (Santa Cruz Island)

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    Tortuga Bay walk and kayaking excursion (Santa Cruz Island)

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    Charles Darwin Research Station visit (Santa Cruz Island)

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    Snorkelling trip to Isla Lobos (San Cristóbal Island)

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    All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

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    Excursion to see giant tortoises in the wild (Santa Cruz Island)

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    Visit to a wildlife interpretation centre (San Cristóbal Island)

Meals Included

7 breakfasts, 2 lunches

Transport

Plane, speedboat, van, pickup truck, local bus, panga.

Accommodation

Hotels (7 nights).

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    Low Deposit

    G Adventures requires a deposit of 200 GBP to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 60 days before departure..

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    Secure payments

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Saturday Mar 19, 2022

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