Uncover the legendary Galapagos Islands
The mythical status of the Galapagos Islands is richly deserved. Find out why on a wildlife-filled adventure that’s within everyone’s reach. Isolation from the rest of the world for millions of years has given the islands a unique biodiversity and they’re filled with rare and distinctive species. Cruise between the volcanic islands of Isabela, Santa Cruz and San Cristobal and get up close to these animals as you wander alongside giant tortoises in the highlands, glide through azure waters with sea turtles and make friends with sea lions as blue-footed boobies and frigates land on volcanic rocks next to you. You’re sure to feel like a professional naturalist on this unforgettable trip to the Galapagos.
2018 TRIP ITINERARY CHANGE – From January Next year this trip will operate in the reverse order, starting in San Cristobal. Please follow the link below to view the 2018 Essential information.
The 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
Get 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
Snorkel through underwater worlds replete with colourful wildlife
This trip involves a lot of travel by boat between the various Galapagos Islands.The good news is that seasickness can often be managed with medication and by consulting a health professional before your trip.
This trip includes a 17 km hike (approximately 6-7 hours) on rocky terrain. We recommend bringing comfortable walking shoes that offer good support.
Wildlife is a big focus on this trip, with activities like bird-watching, swimming and visits to museums.
While you're free to go diving if you so choose, our leaders are specifically prohibited from recommending or assisting with booking this activity. This is part of Intrepid's internal safety policy.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2017 to 31 December 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2018 - 31 December 2018
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There are currently no scheduled departures on our Galapagos on a shoestring trip. If you are interested in other trips in the region visit one of the links below.
GALAPAGOS PARK, TRANSIT CARD & ISABELA PORT FEES
A Galapagos Transit Card fee of US$20 is payable on departure from Quito airport (or whichever airport in Ecuador you are flying to the Galapagos from). The Galapagos park fee (US$100) and Isabela Port fee (US$10) are payable upon arrival to the islands (cash only). These amounts are in addition to your trip payment.
When booking, please ensure that your details are correct and they match your passport. Your passport must match the booking details provided to us; otherwise it could cause issues with your transit card and internal flights resulting in purchasing a new card and flights at your own expense.
JOINING POINT INSTRUCTIONS
Please see the joining point instructions included in your essential information.
Please see the final itinerary day for more information
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT NOT AVAILABLE
Due to hotel availability a single supplement is not available on this trip.
STARTING IN THE QUITO:
This trip has a longer version GGRR which includes return flights from Quito.
INTERNET IN THE GALAPAGOS:
Some of the hotels in the Galapagos do have internet connections however it's often very slow and may not always be functional.
DIVING IN THE GALAPAGOS:We do not offer diving as a part of our Galapagos program and due to Intrepid's internal safety policy our leaders are specifically prohibited from recommending or assisting with booking this activity.
Our Galapagos on a shoestring trips score an average of 4.79 out of 5 based on 110 reviews in the last year.
It was such an amazing trip. The people we met were lovely, the places we saw were stunning and it seemed like the Galápagos were a world of their own. It was such a wonderful experience. Would definitely recommend it.
Review submitted 12 Oct 2017
Galapagos Venture is an excellent value for the location and the length of stay, in comparison to other tour companies. We stayed on the islands and were able to experience more to the island life and the local people. The included activities allowed us to get the most sought after sites in the Galapagos such as sea lions, giant tortoises, giant turtles, marine iguanas, and many types of birds. We hiked around volcanoes and beaches, snorkeled with sea lions and sea turtles and ate loads of good grub. Be prepared for rough 2.5 hour speedboat rides between the islands, even for those people that don't usually get seasick. Bring more sunscreen than you think you need and reapply and reapply. You'll need warm weather clothing as well as rain protection for Quito (and you may need warm clothing for the nights in Galapagos as well). If you wish to book any of the optional activities in Quito, then do so before you leave for the trip or be spontaneous like I did. I note that the optional activities are priced for a group of 2 or more, as a solo traveller you would be asked to pay more.
Review submitted 10 Oct 2017