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Visit Galapagos Islands – Epic 9-Day Adventure

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Visit Galapagos Islands – Epic 9-Day Adventure

 

Highlights

  • Kayak in Punta Estrada
  • Visit North Seymur island
  • Visit the Twin craters
  • Encounter with wild giant tortoises
  • Charles Darwin research station
  • Hiking the top of Sierra Negra active volcano
  • Snorkeling with sharks, sea turtles, sea horses and sea lions
  • Swimming through lava formations and tunnels
  • Snorkeling Tintoreras
  • Biking to the wall of tears and the wetlands
  • Relax on the white sand beaches
  • Our expert trip leaders and naturalist guides

Description

Discover the enchanted Galapagos Islands on this island-hopping tour! The islands offer endless opportunities to investigate and explore a unique abundance of life in a setting unlike any other on earth. The Galapagos form a natural sanctuary that preserves species, allowing them to evolve in isolation over countless millennia. This is one of the few places on earth that allows such intimate contact with so much wildlife. The tour also provides many benefits to local communities and is socially and environmentally responsible. Be part of an educational and inspirational journey of a lifetime in one of the most fiercely protected marine wilderness areas in the world! It’s such a magical place, travelers often have to be reminded to stay on their guard, and even the animals allow such intimate contact with them. You’ll want to visit Galapagos again and again!

Duration

9 Days

Itinerary

Day 1

Quito

Arrival in Quito city

Airport Transfer, pick up at the airport welcome to Quito UNESCO city, the biggest, best-preserved colonial city of America was already in 1978 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site declared. The city is considered the Cultural Capital of South America and the second most important city of the old Inca Empire.
Depending on arrival time, you can spend your day exploring the old town of Quito and the surrounding area. We also can help you to organize a day trip such as: • Quito City tour (including a visit to the equator line) • Mindo Cloud forest • Cotopaxi national park • Quilotoa Crater Lake • Otavalo indian market • Papallacta hot springs, and many more….
In the evening, one of our trip leaders will organized a welcome meeting to talk about the Galapagos expedition and after you will go out for dinner at local restaurants to see the real Quito night life..

Accommodation: Anahi Boutique Hotel or similar

Day 2

Galapagos – Santa Cruz island

Flight to Galapagos – kayak in Punta Estrada

Today we get ready to explore the most amazing archipelago in the Pacific coast and the place where Charles Darwin based its theory of the evolution of species, a magical place where dreams of swimming with sea lions, turtles and fish are a reality.
We board a morning flight from Quito to the island of Baltra. Once arrived, we head to the town of Puerto Ayora, the biggest town in Galapagos.
In the afternoon we will enjoy our kayaking expedition in Punta Estrada to view sea turtles, rays and sharks as well as the fantastic volcanic formations into the sea.

Accommodation: Galapagos Inn or similar.  Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3

Santa Cruz island

North Seymur – hike and snorkel

Today we go to North Seymour, is an small island and is the home of many different species of animals, here is the best place to see the frigate birds with red balloon, the very romantic blue footed boobies dance, land and marine iguanas, Galapagos sea lions and fur seals, and other sea birds as swallow-tailed gulls, shearwater, and tropic birds, this walk takes around 2 hours in this magic place.
After the walk we go back to the boat for lunch, and then we sail to Bachas beach which is a nesting area for sea turtles and there is small lagoon where flamencos can be seen occasionally, and we do snorkelling activity.

Accommodation: Galapagos Inn or similar.  Meals included: Breakfast and box lunch

Day 4

Isabela island

Tortuga bay and Isabela

Amazing morning by the best beach in the archipelago tortuga bay exploring cristal color waters and white sandy beaches pack with wildlife.
In the afternoon we board a  fast boat to Isabela, the largest island in the archipelago and the place where most volcanic activity in the Galapagos is reported. The island is being formed by 6 shield volcanoes, Alcedo, Cerra Azul, Darwin, Ecuador Sierra Negra and Wolf, 5 of them still active and therefore the island is one of the most volcanically active place on earth. During our island crossing, we will be on the lookout for dolphins and whales (July to October).

Accommodation: Isabela Beach House or similar.  Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5

Isabela island

Hike to Sierra Negra and Tintoreras

After driving up from Puerto Villamil to the trailhead, we prepare our backpacks and hike into a young dry forest ecosystem, into a world of recent geological history. Our destination is the rim of Sierra Negra Crater, an active volcano which last erupted in October 2005. Upon arrival, we take in breathtaking views and explore the circumference of the massive, lava-filled crater, over six miles across at its widest point. If we feel energetic enough, we can continue our hike to Vulcan Chico, a secondary crater that has a wild landscape of puffing fumaroles and colorful lava formations, great examples of the dramatic geological events that have forged the Galapagos Islands over millennia.

In the afternoon we will visit the Tintoreras Islet on a shared tour, located a short distance from Puerto Villamil and is the home to a great variety of wildlife. Its turquoise, crystalline waters are inhabited by white-tipped reef sharks, Galapagos Penguins, marine turtles and sea lions. One of its beaches, surrounded by mangroves is one of the few sites where marine iguanas can reproduce successfully.

Accommodation: Isabela Beach House or similar.  Meals included: Breakfast and box lunch

Day 6

Lava Tunnels – Isabela

Lava Tunnels snorkeling

Today, we explore the amazing formations of lava created by the last eruptions of the Volcanic Island along the seashore. This magical place is been used by the staff of BBC /National Geographic for documentaries. It is a labyrinth of lava arches inside the breakers with crystal clear water full of huge sea turtles, eagle rays, sea lions, fish, white tipped reef sharks and more. Turtles navigate their own highway from the mangroves to the open sea through “Los Tuneles”. Over here, we will have the best snorkeling opportunity with all these beautiful animals, including the curious Galapagos penguin playing around.

In the afternoon is optional to go biking to the Wall of Tears.

Accommodation: Isabela Beach House or similar.  Meals included: Breakfast and box lunch 

Day 7

Santa Cruz island

Santa Cruz highlands & Charles Darwin research station

In the morning we embark in a fast boat from Isabela to Santa Cruz Islands. During our island crossing, we will be on the lookout for dolphins and whales (July to October). Once we arrive, we will check in at the hotel. We have time to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn more about many of the endemic species we met during our adventure, as well as the ongoing conservation and management efforts on the Galapagos Islands.

In the afternoon, we head to “El Chato” Reserve in the highland of Santa Cruz, home to the famous Galapagos tortoise. Hiking through El Chato’s beautiful scenery with those lumbering giants is an unforgettable experience! We also see other highland wildlife such as pintail ducks, egrets, flycatchers, and finches on our hike. We can also observe frigate birds which gather to wash the salt off their feathers at a fresh water lake.

We return to Puerto Ayora to spend the evening at leisure in the Galapagos’ most populous town.

Accommodation: Galapagos Inn or similar.  Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8

Quito

Transfer to Baltra airport – flight back to Quito

After our final breakfast on the Galapagos Island and the last photos taken of sea lions, we have a transfer to Baltra’s airport in time to catch the flight back to the mainland.

Accommodation: Nu house or similar.  Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9

Quito – Departure

Departure day

We wish you a safe journey home and hope that you will visit us again in our paradise home of Ecuador.

Meals included: Breakfast

What’s Included

  • Speed boat Santa Cruz – Isabela – santa Cruz, comfortable land and sea transportation.
  • Accommodations based in double occupancy: 2 nights in Butique Hotel in Quito, 3 nights in 4 stars hotel in Isabela and 3 nights in 4 stars hotel in Puerto Ayora.
  • Kayak in Santa Cruz, Visit the giant tortoises in the wild, see the twin craters, Trekking lava flows to the top of Sierra Negra active volcano in Isabela Island, Snorkeling at Tintoreras, Day trip of snorkeling to lava formed tunnels, See the famous Charles Darwin research station, possible biking to the wall of tears, enjoy and relax some time at white sandy beaches.
  • 8 breakfasts and 3 lunches
  • Gear: life vest, snorkel gear, kayak gear
  • Certified expert leaders and local guides.

What’s Not Included

  • Airport international transfers
  • Flights to and from Galapagos
  • Travel insurance mandatory
  • Extra meals no discribed in the program, drinks
  • INGALA transit card: USD 20
  • Galapagos National Park fee (USD 100 per person).
  • USD 5 per person for a “pier use fee” at Puerto Villamil (Isabela Island)
  • Wet suit rent $10 per day.
  • Tips
  • SINGLE SUPLEMENT COST: $ 719 USD

What to Bring

  • Passport
  • Travel insurance
  • Airline tickets
  • Credit or debit card (see personal spending money)
  • Fleece top
  • 4 shirts/t-shirts
  • 1 pair of short
  • 2 pairs of long trousers
  • 1 pair hiking pants/track pants
  • Sport sandals
  • Watch or alarm clock
  • Quick dry clothing
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof binoculars
  • Bug spray
  • Sun cream
  • Flashlight
  • Sun Hat
  • Waterproof camera if possible
  • Swimming suit
  • Waterproof back pack
  • Water bottle
  • Tennis shoes
  • Hiking shoes
  • Money belt
  • Sunglasses
  • First-aid kit(should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking.
  • Dry bag for all your belongings

Important Notes

Minimum age: 8 years old

Group size: 2 — 12 people

Travel style: Active

Itinerary disclaimer: It is our intention to adhere to the itinerary described; however, due to our travel style, on occasions it may be necessary or desirable to make small changes. Weather conditions and unpredictable local circumstances may lead us to make alterations to the route and/or travel times. Hotels and flight schedules might change according to availability. Any mention to specific wildlife in the itinerary or trip details is not a guarantee that it will be seen during the trip.

Activities time: Kayaking — 1-2 hours; Snorkeling — 1-2 hours a day; Biking — 1 hour each way; Hiking — Short hikes 1 – 2 hours, Sierra Negra hike 6 hours

Average temrerature: Day 15-34ºC / 59-93ºF – Night 12-17ºC / 53-62ºF

Water temperatures: The waters of the Galapagos Islands are a unique mixture of warm and cold water, ranging between 65ºF and 85ºF

Weather temperatures: December to May: 80ºF to 90ºF / 25ºC to 30ºC. June to September: 60ºF to 70ºF / 15ºC to 20ºC. October to December: 70ºF to 80ºF/ 15ºC to 25ºC

Difficulty level: Moderate to Challenge. This program is located in The Galapagos Islands, includes multisport activities, long hike to the Sierra Negra volcano, snorkeling almost every day, sea kayaking to view wild life, and biking mostly on flat roads.

Meals: Travelling with our company you will have the possibility to experience and taste local food and snacks. Your guide will help you identify typical food and suggest the best places to enjoy it. Some meals are not included in order to give you some flexibility about where, what and with whom to eat. You have the option to share these meals with the group, however there is no obligation to do this. If you have any allergies or food restrictions, please inform us prior to your departure.

Accomodation: All prices are based on double-occupancy. If you are travelling solo, you will be matched with another participantof your same sex. If you prefer to have a single room, please contact us prior to your departure to arrange your accommodation at an extra cost.

Sustainable eco and cultural tourism: Clients receive a conservationist interpretation of the ecology of the Andes, Amazon Rainforest and Galapagos Islands with the factors that threaten it. We aim to promote long-term conservation of both Local People cultural identity and their environment. Your visit will encourage them to support responsible ecotourism. We transport out and recycle all non-organic garbage.

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