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 San Cristobal, Isabela and Santa Cruz 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.
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 2018 to 31 December 2018. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2019 - 31 December 2019
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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
Before you board your flight to the islands, at either Quito or Guayaquil Airports, you need to purchase your Galapagos Transit Control Card (US$20) at the Consejo de Gobierno counter in the entrance hall; if you haven’t purchased this card you might be denied boarding. You will need to be at the airport at least 2 hours prior to the departure time as this can be a lengthy process. You will also need to have cash on hand as credit cards are not accepted.
After you have purchased Transit Control Card you will have to check your luggage at SICGAL counter where they seal your check in bags; then proceed to the check in counter of your respective airline.
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. It's important you let us know no later than 15 days prior to departure, where you plan to join this trip
TRIP FINISH POINT
This trip finishes at the Santa Cruz Hotel (for departure flights Baltra airport is the closest airport)
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 4.78 out of 5 based on 175 reviews in the last year.
Trip was brilliantly set up with great activities and was supported by a great leader who organised everything and provided great local insights throughout the trip
Review submitted 16 Sep 2018
A good short introduction to the Galapagos Islands. While I didn't have any problems, definitely take precautions if you are a candidate for sea-sickness; lots of people were "uncomfortable" on the inter-island speed boat rides.
Review submitted 14 Sep 2018