Embark on a captivating adventure through the Galapagos Islands

Take a thrilling sojourn around the highlights of the unique flora- and fauna-rich islands of the Galapagos. From rubbing shoulders with prehistoric-looking giant tortoises and marine iguanas, to gazing up in wonder at the spectacular blue-footed boobies’ synchronised fishing technique, the Galapagos offers the chance to see an abundance of rare creatures at close range. There are also heaps of opportunities to explore the underwater world of the Galapagos by snorkelling and diving in the surrounding waters - usually in the good company of playful sea lions and sea turtles. With just the right amount of relaxation, adventure and wildlife-filled awe, this Galapagos Venture is the way to see the very best of the Galapagos.

Start
Quito, Ecuador
Finish
Quito, Ecuador
Countries
Ecuador
Themes
Explorer
Code
GGRR
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
846kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Discover Quito’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Learn about the unique habits of marine iguanas
  • Be shell-shocked by giant tortoises on Isla Santa Cruz
  • Witness the splendor of the 150 m tall Kicker Rock
  • Swim with sea lions off Isla San Cristobal
  • Dive among white-tipped reef sharks, sea turtles and rays
  • Go kayaking in the Pacific Ocean
  • Watch the aerobatics of blue-footed boobies and frigatebirds

Itinerary

Nestled in a sprawling valley, Quito is one South American capital well worth exploring. Wander the colonial-style cobblestone streets and elegant architecture of the UNESCO-listed Old Town, learn about the city's history at one of the many museums or enjoy a drink at one of the trendy bars, cafes or restaurants lining the Mariscal district.
Catch a morning flight out to the Galapagos’ largest island: seahorse-shaped Isla Isabela. The result of six large volcanoes merging into one single landmass, Isabela offers a fantastic introduction to Galapagos landscapes and wildlife. The island’s Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre is a great place to learn more about these ancient creatures, while sea turtles, rays and a kaleidoscope of tropical fish can often be spotted on snorkelling outings off the coast.
Visit the pristine, white sandy beach of Tortuga Bay on Isla Santa Cruz for the opportunity to view some of the Galapagos’ most famous critters. For a surreal surfing experience, why not hit the waves among the resident population of marine iguanas and sea lions.
Once home to the late, great Lonesome George (the Galapagos’ most famous giant tortoise), the Charles Darwin Research Station is the perfect place to observe up close the many species of tortoises and land iguanas that have been brought back from the brink of extinction. Opt to hike to the top of Frigatebird Hill for panoramic views of the Pacific towards Santa Cruz, Floreana and Santa Fe, or observe sea lions and magnificent frigatebirds on the shores of Mann Beach.
Bid farewell to the wildlife wonderland that is the Galapagos Islands. Head back to Quito for the final night of this trip, where there's time to enjoy the city’s night-life and get a last taste of Ecuadorian cuisine and culture.
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Inclusions

Meals
2 breakfasts
Transport
Plane, Speed boat
Accommodation
Bed and breakfast (2 nights), Hotel (6 nights)
Included activites
  • Isla Isabela - Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre
  • Isla San Cristobal - Interpretation Center
  • Isla Santa Cruz - Charles Darwin Research Centre
  • Isla Santa Cruz - Tortuga Bay visit

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Reviews

Our Galapagos Venture trips score an average of 4.61 out of 5 based on 28 reviews in the last year.

Galapagos Venture , April 2015

Galapagos Venture , April 2015