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One Week in the Galapagos Islands

7 Days | You’ll never know unless you Galapa-go.

4.7 out of 5 based on 7 reviews submitted.
18 to 29s
Wildlife
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GBP £630
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This trip is for the 18 to 29 year olds

The Galapagos Islands have a bit of a reputation – think the wildest wildlife, colourful underwater worlds and some of the most remote beaches and rock forms on earth. Spend seven days discovering this explorer’s dream, staying at the bustling centres of Isla San Cristobal, Isabela and Santa Cruz. Volcanoes, marine iguanas, playful sea lions and the giant tortoise all await on this animal-focused island getaway – what’s not to love about the Galapagos?

Trip overview

Map of One Week In The Galapagos Islands including Ecuador
Start
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Finish
Isla Santa Cruz, Ecuador
Theme
18 to 29s, Wildlife
Destinations
Ecuador
Physical rating
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Style
Basix
Ages
Min 18 - Max 29
Group size
Min 1 - Max 15
Trip code
GGYT
This trip generates 16.46 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.
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Why you'll love this trip
  • The Galapagos Islands are home to some of the most unique wildlife on earth – many you may not have heard of before! Spot blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas, frigate birds and so much more on your island escape.
  • Consider a range of optional activities to enhance your wicked wildlife stops with your small group. Snorkelling at Kicker Rock? Swimming alongside sea lions near Isla Lobos? It’s up to you!
  • Take land-side visits to San Cristobal’s Interpretation Center and Isabela’s Giant Tortoise Breeding Center to discover more about the islands’ history and conservation efforts to preserve this far-flung paradise.
  • By staying on the islands, you’ll get the best of both worlds – discovering the forests, beaches and marine hotspots by day, and chilling out in town by night.
  • Collect solid gold bragging rights after climbing Isla Isabela's volcano. The views up the top don't get much better than this!

Is this trip right for you?
  • 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.
  • As this tour starts and finishes on the islands, there is the opportunity on the final day to forgo your flight back to Quito to stay on for Scuba Diving. We can offer this activity on the final day of the tour but it will require an extra night on the islands. See "Important Notes" below for details.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2023 to 31 December 2023.

View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2024 - 31 December 2024

Map of One Week In The Galapagos Islands including Ecuador

Inclusions

Meals

6 breakfasts

Transport

Speed boat, Private Vehicle, Public bus

Accommodation

Hostel (2 nights), Hotel (4 nights)

Activities
  • Isla San Cristobal - Interpretation Center (45 minutes)
  • Isla San Cristobal - Snorkelling in Tijeretas Hill
  • Isla Santa Cruz - Highlands Visit (1.5 hours) - Dry Landing
  • Isla Santa Cruz - Charles Darwin Research Centre (45 Minutes)
  • Santa Cruz - Los Kioskos Food market by Night
  • Isla Isabela - Sierra Negra Volcano Hike (5-6 Hours)
  • Isla Isabela - Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre (1 Hour)
  • Isla Santa Cruz - Tortuga Bay walk
  • Las Grietas - Swimming Hole & Canyon
Add on activities
  • Isla Lobos. - USD80
  • Snorkelling gear rental - USD5
  • Kicker Rock excursion - USD120
  • Frigate Bird Hill - Free
  • Mann Beach - Free
  • Isla Tintoreras - USD47
  • Kayak rental - USD50
  • Wet Suit rental - USD10
  • Tunneles Snorkelling - USD120
  • Quito - Market Discovery Urban Adventure - USD99
  • Quito - Sweet & Culinary Experience - Urban Adventures - USD103
  • Quito - Condors and Culture in Otavalo Urban Adventures - USD156
  • Quito - Old Town & Gastronomic- Urban Adventures - USD99

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Important notes

1. Ecuador has implemented COVID-19 testing requirements for entry to the country, including special conditions for Galapagos. Please refer to your government's foreign travel advice for the most up to date information.
2. Parts of your trip go above 2800 metres / 9200 feet where it is common for travellers to experience some adverse health effects due to the altitude - regardless of your age, gender and fitness. It even happened to Sir Edmund Hillary!
Please read the following document carefully and, during your trip, utilise the table on the back daily to record your own perspective of your general health and any symptoms you may experience:
https://www.intrepidtravel.com/en/altitude-sickness
3. Please provide your full name exactly as per passport at the time of booking (including any middle names listed on your passport) for train tickets. Fees may apply for amendments to details within 45 days of departure, and in some cases, you will be required to cover the cost of issuing new tickets.
4. 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.
5. Single supplements are not available on this trip due to hotel capacity restrictions.

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Reviews

4.7 out of 5 based on 7 reviews submitted.
Reviews are from travellers who have completed their trip and want to share their experience. We show all reviews, but may remove any that include profanity or inappropriate content, are unrelated to the trip or reveal personal details.

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Veronica · Traveled June 2023
This trip was a perfect budget trip to see the beauty of the Galapagos, I felt I was able to see everything I wanted to with this itinerary. It was really helpful to have a National Park Guide with us for many of the activities and to not worry about transportation. Our tour guide, Karla, was absolutely amazing!!
Review submitted 05 Jul 2023

William · Traveled April 2023
This trip was really fun and we saw and did a lot of amazing things like snorkelling with a shark. Our guide, Wilson, was amazing and very helpful and even organised my ferry back to San Cristobal to catch my flight. Would really recommend this tour to anyone
Review submitted 20 Apr 2023

Thomas · Traveled November 2022
One week in the Galapagos was an amazing trip! The experience of a lifetime. The tour was organized and conducted in a way that gave it the perfect vacation vibe and we're very happy to have gone!
Review submitted 08 Dec 2022

Oliver · Traveled September 2022
The tour was great! Our guide, Ivanova, was phenomenal. The Galapagos has been the best holiday I've ever been on (and I've been on a lot of holidays).
Review submitted 19 Sep 2022

Frederick · Traveled September 2022
Galapagos is a safe bet and land travel is the best way. Just make sure you have enough cash money as payment with credit card is limited.
Review submitted 25 Sep 2022
One Week in the Galapagos Islands
From
GBP £630