Tour Galapagos' wildlife highlights on an active adventure from Quito

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, boat and bike 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.

Start
Quito, Ecuador
Finish
Quito, Ecuador
Countries
Ecuador
Themes
Walking & Trekking, Wildlife
Code
GGTF
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
1 191kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Get acquainted with Quito's dizzying altitude
  • Bike around San Cristobal
  • Enjoy an in-depth exploration of the Galapagos Islands
  • Scale Isabela's volcano
  • Snorkel over underwater worlds
  • Meet near-extinct Galapagos tortoises
  • Kayak in Isabela Bay

Itinerary

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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Inclusions

Meals
7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 4 dinners
Transport
Bicycle, Boat, Plane
Accommodation
Hotel (9 nights)
Included activities
  • Isla Isabela - Flamingo lagoon visit
  • Isla Isabela - Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre
  • Isla Isabela- Kayak rental
  • Isla Isabela- Sierra Negra Volcano
  • Isla San Cristobal - Cerro Tijeretas View Point
  • Isla San Cristobal - Interpretation Center
  • Isla San Cristobal - Leon Dormido or Isla Lobos visit
  • Isla San Cristobal - Snorkelling in Las Loberias
  • Isla Santa Cruz - Charles Darwin Research Centre
  • Isla Santa Cruz - Tortuga Bay visit
  • Santa Cruz Highlands Visit

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Important notes

1. Compulsory Galapagos park entry fee US$110, Transit control card fee US$10 and Isabela Island port fee $5 are payable locally to the relevant government authorities and are subject to change.
Please note the Transit Card fee has recently increased from US$10 to US$20 and will come into place from March 1st 2015.
2. A single supplement is available on this trip.

Trip notes

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