Galapagos Island Hopping

8 Days | Discover the abundant, varied wildlife of the Galapagos Islands

5 out of 5 based on 214 reviews submitted.
Explorer
Wildlife
From
CAD $2,855
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Amazing wildlife, both on land and under the water, is the main drawcard of the remote Galapagos Islands. On this eight-day trip, you’ll explore this otherworldly archipelago on foot and by boat with an expert naturalist guide to lead the way. Swim with sea turtles, see giant tortoises up close, watch sea lions lounge around town and discover fascinating, varied landscapes. Learn about the conservation efforts on Isla Santa Cruz, take a cooking class to make a famed Ecuadorian soup and enjoy multiple snorkelling opportunities, as well as a full-day hike to the second-largest volcanic crater in the world! This trip will have you cruising and exploring by day and relaxing on land by night, with all the logistics taken care of for you.

Trip overview

Map of Galapagos Island Hopping including Ecuador
Start
Isla San Cristobal, Ecuador
Finish
Isla Santa Cruz, Ecuador
Theme
Explorer, Wildlife
Destinations
Ecuador
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
Trip code
GGTG
This trip generates 25 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Learn about the unique habits of the marine iguana with your expert naturalist guide. This dinosaur-like creature has an iridescent sheen and is only found on the Galapagos Islands.
  • Snorkel the incredible waters of Leon Dormido (Kicker Rock) – an eroded volcanic cone where sea turtles, rays and colourful fish call home.
  • See the giant tortoises that freely roam the islands. Many visitors come to Isla Santa Cruz just to see these enormous creatures in their natural habitat!
  • Watch the aerobatic routines of blue-footed boobies and the death-defying stunts of the frigate birds as they whizz through the air. Calling all avid birdwatchers!
  • Start and end your trip in the Galapagos (as opposed to mainland Ecuador) – this means it’s easy to stay longer if you fall in love with the archipelago.

Is this trip right for you?
  • If you would like your return travel from Quito included, please search the website for our trip Best of Galapagos (GGTF).
  • This trip includes a 17 km hike (approximately 6 to 7 hours) on rocky terrain. We recommend bringing sturdy, comfortable hiking or trail shoes with good support. Please see Day 5 of the Itinerary for more information.
  • This trip involves a lot of travel by speedboat between the various Galapagos Islands. The rides can be quite bumpy at times, but the good news is that seasickness can often be managed with medication. Please consult a health professional to assess your suitability for such medication.
  • From June to August the water in the Galapagos can be rougher than usual. Consequently, travel times will be longer than usual. If you suffer from seasickness you may want to reconsider travelling during this period.
  • Proximity to the equator means the sun in the Galapagos is incredibly strong. Ensure you are prepared with sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses. We also recommend a rash guard.
  • This trip includes snorkelling on multiple days. Confident swimming skills are required to take part. Alternative activities will not be available.
  • Many travellers express interest in diving in the Galapagos. We are now able to assist with booking this activity, but only through a provider that meets our internal safety policy. Speak to your agent at the time of booking for more information.
  • The Galapagos is a great place to switch off and take a break from your phone, as internet access can be patchy and wi-fi is not always available or reliable.
  • Hot water can be sporadic in some parts of the Galapagos, so there may be a few cold showers on the trip.

Itinerary

Map of Galapagos Island Hopping including Ecuador

Inclusions

Meals

7 breakfasts, 4 lunches

Transport

Boat, Public bus, Speed Boat, Private Vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (7 nights)

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 - Kayaking
  • Isla Isabela - Sierra Negra Volcano Hike (5-6 Hours)
  • Santa Cruz Highlands Visit (3 Hours)
  • Santa Cruz – Organic Farm Tour
  • Santa Cruz – Encebollado Cooking Class
  • Isla Santa Cruz - Tortuga Bay walk
  • Isla Santa Cruz - The Galapagos Conservancy visit
  • Isla Santa Cruz - Charles Darwin Research Centre
Add on activities
  • Wetsuit (shortsleeve) hire for 5 days - USD60

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2. Full passport details are required at the time of booking. The passport you travel with must match the booking details provided to us. This information is necessary to purchase entry permits to certain sites. Delays in providing this information could result in additional booking fees or changes to your itinerary.
3. All visitors to the Galapagos must have a Transit Control Card. Please see the Passport, visas and entry requirements section of the Essential Trip Information for more details.
4. The Galapagos National 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.
From the 1st of August 2024 the Galapagos Islands National Park fee will be increasing from US$100 to US$200.
5. Please refer to the Special information section on Day 1 of the Itinerary for instructions on how to join your group.
6. Strict rules apply in the Galapagos Islands to protect and preserve its unique biodiversity. Intrepid supports these rules, which range from times of the day that a destination can be visited to the distance kept between people and wildlife. In particular, not removing anything from the environment (shells and corals, for example). All rules will be explained in more detail by your leader when you join the trip. Not adhering to these rules can lead to hefty fines for travellers and Intrepid losing the license to operate in the Galapagos Islands. Failure to adhere to the rules can result in your removal from the trip without a refund.
For more information: http://www.galapagos.org/travel/travel/park-rules/

Essential Trip Information

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Reviews

5 out of 5 based on 214 reviews submitted.
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Pamela · Traveled June 2024
This was an action packed experience. It provided both a cultural experience as well as a variety of activities, lots of education and close up encounters with animals.
Review submitted 30 Jun 2024

Pamela Rosalyn · Traveled May 2024
I cannot recommend this visit to Galapagos enough it was out of this World and a dream come true! The organisation and care of Intrepid is second to none. I would travel with them again anywhere in the World and feel safe and taken care of no stone left unturned
Review submitted 05 Jun 2024

Lesley · Traveled May 2024
Intrepid once again met and exceeded all my expectations and hopes, making for another fabulous, active, energising holiday. Intrepid’s environmental responsibilities and thoughtfulness added to my enjoyment, knowing how they help the are we travelled to too. I will definitely travel with Intrepid again. Thank you for an amazing trip.
Review submitted 03 Jun 2024

Susana · Traveled May 2024
My trip to Galapagos with Intrepid was unforgettable and mesmerising. It was like I was part of a documentary. I gained so much knowledge and the tour was so well organised . Would highly recommend this beautiful nature experience in one of the most unique and beautiful places of the world.
Review submitted 29 May 2024

Cindy · Traveled May 2024
Review submitted 30 May 2024
Galapagos Island Hopping
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CAD $2,855