Best of Galapagos

Start: Quito Finish: Quito

Visiting: Quito, Isla San Cristobal, Galápagos Islands, San Cristóbal Island, Floreana Island, Isabela Island, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Islands


Duration: 9 Nights

Physical rating: Medium

Special diets catered: Vegetarians

Tour code: GGTF

Tour operator: Intrepid Travel

Group size: 1 - 16

Age range: 15-99 years

Tour operated in: English


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Tour Overview

Amazing wildlife, both on land and underwater, is the drawcard of the remote Galapagos Islands. Tour the Galapagos' outstanding natural beauty and interesting history by foot and boat on this active adventure. Trace Darwin's theory of evolution, spot colourful, bizarre and beautiful creatures and have an experience that is completely out of this world as you discover the incredible Galapagos Islands.

Highlights

  • iconGet your blood pumping as you scale a volcano on Isabela Island, get up close and personal with giant tortoises on Santa Cruz Island. These nearly extinct creatures are one of the greatest drawcards to the Galapagos
  • iconGet acquainted with the beautiful churches and graceful boulevards of Quito, Ecuador's capital
  • iconThis is a land based Galapagos trip, we use locally owned hotels on the islands. On this trip you will have more opportunities to interact with the locals as opposed to staying on a boat.
  • iconThe Galapagos Islands played a profound role in forming Charles Darwin's Theory of Natural Selection. Explore the islands on this in-depth adventure, coming face-to-face with some of the most extraordinary wildlife on earth

Places You'll See

Countries:
Quito
Isla Santa Cruz
Isla Floreana
Isla San Cristobal

Itinerary

icon Day 1 : Quito

Location: Quito

Meals: No Meals

Bienvenidos! Welcome to Quito, Ecuador. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 2 pm. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader. Quito is one of the most attractive cities in South America, sitting at an altitude of 2,850 metres with a view of Volcan Pichincha on the horizon. We’ll be back in Quito at the end of the trip, giving you a chance to further experience the city.

Optional Activities:
-Quilotoa - Quilotoa Lagoon (Full day)
-Quito - Papallacta Hot Springs (Full day)
-Cotopaxi - National Park Hiking Tour
-Urban Adventures: Quito Market Discovery
-Urban Adventures: Quito Sweet & Culinary Experience
-Urban Adventures: Condors and Culture in Otavalo
-Urban Adventures: Quito Legends and Culture Tour

icon Day 2 : Isla San Cristobal, Galapagos

Location: Isla San Cristobal, Galápagos Islands

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: No Meals

Early this morning, catch a flight to Isla San Cristobal, your gateway to the galapagos Islands! After joining up with your fellow travellers who are starting and ending their trip on the Islands, head to La Loberia where you'll put on snorkelling gear for the first time and go for a swim among sea lions, perhaps spotting sea turtles too. Return to town for a free evening. Perhaps head out with the group and enjoy some fresh seafood available.

Included Activities:
-Isla San Cristobal- Snorkeling in La Loberia (1.5 Hours)

Optional Activities:
-Wetsuit (shortsleeve) hire for 5 days

icon Day 3 : Isla San Cristobal

Location: San Cristóbal Island

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today begins with a 45-minute boat ride to Leon Dormido (Kicker Rock). On the way we might be able to spot nesting frigates and blue-footed boobies. There is also potential to swim among playful young sea lions. At Leon Dormido you can snorkel and look for sea turtles, manta rays and maybe the odd harmless Galapagos shark. Currents can be quite strong so it's important you are a confident swimmer to participate in this activity. If you have any concerns, please ensure you speak with your leader. Eat lunch on the boat then head to the Interpretation Center. Learn about the history of the 'Enchanted Islands' and the conservation projects which seek to preserve them. Continue to Frigatebird Hill (Cerro Tijeretas), which is located two kilometres from the Interpretation Center. It's quite a climb to the top, but well worth the amazing views of the bay. Return to town in the late afternoon or early evening.

Included Activities:
-San Cristobal - Excursion to Leon Dormido or Lobos Islands
-Isla San Cristobal - Interpretation Center (45 minutes)
-Isla San Cristobal - Cerro Tijeretas View Point (1 Hour)

icon Day 4 : Isla Floreana / Isla Isabela

Location: Floreana Island, Isabela Island

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Take an early morning boat ride towards Isla Floreana, which should take about 2.5 hours. Along the way keep your eyes peeled for wildlife such as dolphins and whales. On arrival to the island, snorkel in the clear blue waters and then break for lunch. Afterwards venture to a black-sand beach which belongs to the Witmers, decedents of some of the first settlers on the Galapagos. The town here, Puerto Velasco Ibarra, has about 150 residents and an intriguing history involving deaths, disappearances and murders. Later in the afternoon, wave goodbye to Floreana and continue to Isla Isabela (approximately 2 hours). From Isabela Port it's a short transfer to the hotel where we will spend the night (approximately 15 minutes).

Included Activities:
-Floreana - Snorkeling

icon Day 5 : Isla Isabela

Location: Isabela Island

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Start your second day on Isla Isabela with a short bus ride (approximately 15 minutes) to the Arnaldo Tupiza Tortoise Breeding Center where you'll observe giant tortoises in all stages of development. The centre has almost a thousand giant tortoises preparing for life on their own. Afterwards, head to a brackish lagoon to observe flamingos. In the afternoon, board a small Zodiac (panga) and cruise to Las Tintoreras (Shark Alley), looking out en roue for blue-footed boobies and the famous Galapagos penguin. On arrival, take a short walk on this isolated islet and popular iguana nesting site. Snorkel in a calm inlet with colourful fish and winding underground lava tubes. This area is frequented by green sea turtles that like to rest on the calm, sandy bottom. In the late afternoon return to town in search of your own sandy resting spot and enjoy your first Isabela sunset, arguably the most beautiful of all the islands.

Included Activities:
-Isla Isabela -Tintoreras or Shark Alley (2.5 Hours)
-Isla Isabela - Flamingo lagoon visit (30 Minutes)
-Isla Isabela - Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre (1 Hour)

icon Day 6 : Isla Isabela

Location: Isabela Island

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Start your last day on Isla Isabela by heading towards the Sierra Negra Volcano (approximately 45 minutes by bus), one of the most active volcanoes in the Galapagos and the second-largest crater in the world. Weather permitting, take a challenging hike of around 17 kilometres up the rocky mountain, which takes 5—6 hours. After the hike, make your way back to town for some free time to curl up with a book or venture down to the water for a relaxing swim before dinner.

Included Activities:
-Isla Isabela- Sierra Negra Volcano Hike (5-6 Hours)

icon Day 7 : Isla Isabela / Isla Santa Cruz

Location: Isabela Island, Santa Cruz Island

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Start the day with a kayak around Isabela before transferring by private speedboat to Isla Santa Cruz. Once you arrive on Santa Cruz head to a restaurant that offers a typical Eduadorian lunch package, simply referred to as ‘Menu’. This usually this consists of a fresh juice, a basic entree (usually a soup) and a main meal. These lunch deals are very popular throughout Ecuador so it’s a great way to eat like a local. In the afternoon enjoy free time to further explore the town or go on an optional excursion to the Charles Darwin Research Centre.

Included Activities:
-Kayaking - Isla Isabela

Optional Activities:
-Isla Santa Cruz - Charles Darwin Research Centre (45 Minutes) - Free

icon Day 8 : Isla Santa Cruz

Location: Santa Cruz Island

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

In the afternoon visit the highland of Isla Santa Cruz to observe the giant tortoise roaming the wild. Afterwards visit a locally owned sugar cane farm. Here the farmers will show us the ways sugar cane is processed and turned into alcohol. Along the way, keep an eye out for eagle rays, sea turtles and blue-footed boobies. Later, head back to Puerto Ayora.

Included Activities:
-Santa Cruz Highlands Visit (3 Hours)
-Isla Santa Cruz - Tortuga Bay walk

icon Day 9 : Isla Santa Cruz, Galapagos/ Quito

Location: Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Islands, Quito

Meals: Breakfast

We say goodbye to the Galápagos today and take a flight back to Quito (Please note the flight will make a stop in Guayaquil) You'll arrive back to Quito later afternoon. Perhaps head out for a final group dinner.

icon Day 10 : Quito

Location: Quito

Meals: Breakfast

This morning your adventure comes to an end in Quito. As there are no activities planned for the final day, you can depart the accommodation at any time. Because there is little time spent in Quito on this trip, we recommend staying a few extra days to see more of Ecuador. If you choose to stay on, we’d be happy to assist you with booking accommodation. Ecuador has some of the most beautiful churches in the Americas, including the lavish La Compania de Jesus, which is decorated with seven tonnes of gold. Not far from the capital, there are volcanoes, hot springs and Incan ruins to explore. Consider doing one of our one-day sightseeing tours of Quito, which can include the Old Town, markets and the city's culinary delights (see urbanadventures.com).

What's Included

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    Isla San Cristobal - Interpretation Center (45 minutes)

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    Accommodation

    Hotel ( 9 nights)

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    Isla Isabela - Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre (1 Hour)

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    Santa Cruz Highlands Visit (3 Hours)

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    Isla Isabela- Sierra Negra Volcano Hike (5-6 Hours)

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    Isla Isabela - Flamingo lagoon visit (30 Minutes)

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    Isla Santa Cruz - Tortuga Bay walk

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    Isla San Cristobal - Cerro Tijeretas View Point (1 Hour)

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    Isla Isabela -Tintoreras or Shark Alley (2.5 Hours)

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    San Cristobal - Excursion to Leon Dormido or Lobos Islands

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    Isla San Cristobal- Snorkeling in La Loberia (1.5 Hours)

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    Floreana - Snorkeling

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    Meals

    8 breakfasts, 4 lunches

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    Transport

    Plane, Speed boat, Private vehicle, Taxi, Public bus

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    Kayaking - Isla Isabela

What's Not Included

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    Tipping and Gratuities

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    Airport Transfers at Destination

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    International Travel

Included Activities

  • Isla San Cristobal- Snorkeling in La Loberia (1.5 Hours)
  • San Cristobal - Excursion to Leon Dormido or Lobos Islands
  • Isla San Cristobal - Interpretation Center (45 minutes)
  • Isla San Cristobal - Cerro Tijeretas View Point (1 Hour)
  • Floreana - Snorkeling
  • Isla Isabela -Tintoreras or Shark Alley (2.5 Hours)
  • Isla Isabela - Flamingo lagoon visit (30 Minutes)
  • Isla Isabela - Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre (1 Hour)
  • Isla Isabela- Sierra Negra Volcano Hike (5-6 Hours)
  • Kayaking - Isla Isabela
  • Santa Cruz Highlands Visit (3 Hours)
  • Isla Santa Cruz - Tortuga Bay walk

Transport

  • Plane , Speed Boat , Private Vehicle , Taxi , Public bus

Book with Confidence

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    Low Deposit

    Intrepid Travel requires a deposit of 200 GBP to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 21 days before departure..

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    Secure payments

    All payments to TourHub are deposited into an externally regulated Trust account.


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