Galapagos Experience

7 Days | Explore these islands and see the wildlife in a week

4.9 out of 5 based on 49 reviews submitted.
ZAR  25,571
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Follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin on this wildlife-filled adventure through nature’s playground. Snorkel with sea lions, get up close to giant tortoises, scale a volcanic crater and discover the incredible evolutionary history of the Galapagos Islands, all under the guidance of an expert naturalist guide. With accommodation on Isla San Cristobal, Isla Santa Cruz and Isla Isabela, this trip is perfect for people who don’t want to tour the islands on a cruise. Included activities are both educational and immersive, while still allowing you plenty of free time to relax or get active at your own pace.

Trip overview

Map of Galapagos Experience including Ecuador
Isla San Cristobal, Ecuador
Isla Santa Cruz, Ecuador
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Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 15
Trip code
This trip generates 18.96 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
  • Snorkel in Tijeretas and keep an eye out for eagle rays, Galapagos sea turtles, sea lions and plenty of colourful fish.
  • Scale a volcano on Isla Isabela, a 17-kilometre hike that rewards you with epic views across the island plus the possibility of sighting the rare, red-feathered vermilion flycatcher.
  • Head to the highlands of Isla Santa Cruz to see giant tortoises munching grass, walking slowly and chilling in their natural habitat.
  • You have the option to tailor your experience with unforgettable optional excursions like nature hikes, boat trips and scuba diving.
  • Learn about Galapagos’ natural and exploratory history with a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station and learn about conservation efforts to preserve their ecosystems.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This trip involves day travel by boat between the various islands of the Galapagos. The good news is that seasickness can often be managed with medication and by consulting a health professional before you travel.
  • The trip includes a 17-kilometre hike (approximately 5–6 hours) on rocky terrain. We recommend bringing comfortable walking shoes that offer good support.
  • Understandably, many of our travellers express interest in scuba diving in the Galapagos. We are now able to assist with booking this activity, though please note that our staff are only able to do this through a provider that meets our internal safety policy. Speak to an Intrepid agent at the time of booking for more information.


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 Galapagos Experience including Ecuador



6 breakfasts


Speed boat, Private Vehicle, Public bus


Hotel (6 nights)

  • 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)
  • Isla Isabela - Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre (1 Hour)
  • Isla Isabela - Sierra Negra Volcano Hike (5-6 Hours)
  • Santa Cruz Marine Reserves - Half Day Boat Tour
Add on activities
  • Kicker Rock excursion - USD120
  • Frigate Bird Hill - Free
  • Mann Beach - Free
  • Snorkelling gear rental - USD5
  • Isla Lobos. - USD80
  • Isla Tintoreras - USD47
  • Isla Isabela - wetsuite rental - USD15
  • Kayak rental - USD50
  • Isla Isabela - Snorkeling in Concha y Perla - Free
  • Isabela Island – Snorkelling gear rental - USD5
  • Tunneles Snorkelling - USD120
  • Isla Santa Cruz - Tortuga Bay walk - Free
  • Scuba Diving - Galapagos islands - USD280

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4.9 out of 5 based on 49 reviews submitted.
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Kate · Traveled October 2023
This trip is a great way to explore the Galapagos and all the incredible wildlife it has to offer. Being led by a certified Galapagos guide was invaluable to my experience and I learnt so much during my time there! I would 100% recommend taking this trip.
Review submitted 30 Oct 2023

Valerie · Traveled October 2023
The round trip is priced much lower than most other Galapagos tours. However, you have to keep in mind that there are some extra costs, because the most beautiful activities (Kicker Rock, Los Tunneles) and the food (except breakfast) are not included. Also not all the fees on Galapagos. I had about 500$ extra. Nevertheless, it is overall a nice tour on which I learned a lot about Galapagos and also saw some of Galapagos. I can recommend the tour.
Review submitted 15 Oct 2023

kerry · Traveled September 2023
Review submitted 28 Sep 2023

Ole · Traveled August 2023
We saw more wildlife on land and in the sea than on any other trip we've been on. The Galapagos Islands are a special place on my bucket list and Intrepid Travel delivered a dream trip in large part because of Genesis Coronel, our tour coordinator.
Review submitted 04 Sep 2023

Madeleine · Traveled August 2023
Great experience, will never forget this trip! Local leader in the Galapagos was amazing, hope to see her again. Hotels were all very nice, 2ppl per room with private bathrooms. Only 7 in our group, all included and optional tours were great with enough free time. Did Isla Lobos and Tintoreras per leader recommendation
Review submitted 04 Sep 2023
Galapagos Experience
ZAR  25,571