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Active Galapagos Itinerary
Travel to the Galapagos Islands from Quito, Ecuador. Tour the Galapagos' highlights from Isla San Cristobal to Isla Santa Cruz on this active wildlife adventure.
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Trip Price tool tip
USD $2,840CAD $2,880AUD $2,990EUR €2,080GBP £1,790NZD $3,550ZAR R27,240CHF FR2,565
Extras tool tipUSD $110 Galapagos National Park Fee (Paid locally)USD $10 Galapagos Transit Card FeeUSD $5 Isla Isabela Port Fee
Total price tool tip
USD $2,965*CAD $3,013*AUD $3,128*EUR €2,176*GBP £1,872*NZD $3,713*ZAR R28,497*CHF FR2,683**
- Walking, Wildlife
Day 1 Quito
Travel to Quito, Ecuador's vibrant capital nestled beneath Volcan Pichincha. Explore the city's picturesque streets and cobblestone alleys on a walking tour. The many churches, cathedrals and colonial mansions reflect the fascinating history of the region and deserve to be explored further.
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Days 2-3 Isla San Cristobal
Fly to San Cristobal Island in the Galapagos archipelago. Mountain bike around the island, stopping off to see cheeky sea lions sunbathe at La Loberia, before a well-earned dinner back in town. The next day, head out to Isla de Lobos and Cerro Brujo Beach to observe blue-footed boobies and to swim or snorkel among turtles and manta rays. Visit the Interpretation Center to learn about the Galapagos’ history before heading to Mann Beach for another swim.
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Days 4-6 Isla Floreana/Isla Isabela
Glimpse dolphins frolicking in the waves and experience some of the Galapagos' best snorkelling at Isla Floreana. Venture into Floreana’s highlands to visit the mysterious pirate and whaler caves. Walk along mangrove-lined paths to the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center and learn about the efforts being made to prevent their extinction. Hop aboard pangas (small boats) to explore Shark Alley, a popular nesting site for marine iguanas. On day six, get a bird's-eye view of this magical landscape from Volcan Sierra Negra – one of the most active volcanoes in the region – and then settle into island life before dinner.
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Days 7-8 Isla Santa Cruz
Head out on a morning ocean kayak in search of the Galapagos penguin before sailing to Isla Santa Cruz. Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to meet the various tortoises and land iguanas rescued from the brink of extinction, then head to the white sands of Tortuga Bay and swim among the thorny marine iguanas bobbing in the breakers.
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Days 9-10 Quito
Journey into the highlands of Santa Cruz and see the amazing lava tunnels that have created a unique habitat for wildlife. Observe giant tortoises in the wild before saying goodbye to these incredible islands and jumping on a flight back to Quito. Enjoy free time to sample traditional Ecuadorian cuisine at a local eatery or street stall and revel in the night-life of this enchanting city. There should also be a chance to hit the markets for a spot of souvenir shopping.
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