Galapagos Experience

Ecuador
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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.

Availability

From 08/03/2024 to 01/01/2026

Departure dates & prices

Dates Availability Price
  • Mar Fri 08 2024 to Mar Thu 14 2024
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    $1,724*
  • Mar Fri 22 2024 to Mar Thu 28 2024
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    $1,836*
  • Apr Fri 05 2024 to Apr Thu 11 2024
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    $2,000*
  • Apr Fri 26 2024 to May Thu 02 2024
    Limited Availability
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    $2,240*
  • May Fri 03 2024 to May Thu 09 2024
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    $2,255*
  • May Fri 17 2024 to May Thu 23 2024
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    $2,295*
  • Jun Fri 07 2024 to Jun Thu 13 2024
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    $2,180*
  • Jun Fri 21 2024 to Jun Thu 27 2024
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    $2,081*
  • Jul Fri 05 2024 to Jul Thu 11 2024
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    $2,295*
  • Jul Fri 26 2024 to Aug Thu 01 2024
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    $2,171*
  • Aug Fri 09 2024 to Aug Thu 15 2024
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    $2,125*
  • Aug Fri 23 2024 to Aug Thu 29 2024
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    $2,125*
  • Sep Fri 06 2024 to Sep Thu 12 2024
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    $2,125*
  • Sep Fri 20 2024 to Sep Thu 26 2024
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    $2,140*
  • Oct Fri 04 2024 to Oct Thu 10 2024
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    $2,180*
  • Oct Fri 18 2024 to Oct Thu 24 2024
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    $2,180*
  • Nov Fri 01 2024 to Nov Thu 07 2024
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    $2,180*
  • Nov Fri 15 2024 to Nov Thu 21 2024
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    $2,180*
  • Nov Fri 29 2024 to Dec Thu 05 2024
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    $2,180*
  • Dec Fri 06 2024 to Dec Thu 12 2024
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    $2,255*
  • Dec Fri 13 2024 to Dec Thu 19 2024
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    $2,255*
  • Dec Fri 20 2024 to Dec Thu 26 2024
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    $2,255*
  • Dec Fri 27 2024 to Jan Thu 02 2025
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    $2,255*
  • Jan Fri 03 2025 to Jan Thu 09 2025
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    $2,280*
  • Jan Fri 24 2025 to Jan Thu 30 2025
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    $2,280*
  • Feb Fri 07 2025 to Feb Thu 13 2025
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    $2,280*
  • Feb Fri 14 2025 to Feb Thu 20 2025
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    $2,280*

What's included

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.
Breakfasts Included: 6.
Hotel (6 nights).
Speed boat,Private Vehicle,Public bus.
Age: min 15.
Group Size: 1 - 15.
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.
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Itinerary

  • 1 - Isla San Cristobal Welcome to the Galapagos! Meet the other travellers in your group at 1pm, at the hotel listed in the 'Joining point' section of the Essential Trip Information. Check in to your hotel and then kick-start your adventure with an included visit to the Galapagos Interpretation Center to learn about the human and natural history of this island cluster. Afterwards, you'll have your first snorkel at Tijeretas where you may be joined on your swim by sea turtles, rays, fish and sea lions.
  • 2 - Isla San Cristobal Enjoy a free day on Isla San Cristobal, with plenty of optional activities on and off the island if you want a little structure. The optional boat ride to Isla Lobos is one of our favourite excursions and gives you the chance to snorkel with varied marine life, spot birdlife on shore and relax near sea lions on the beach.
  • 3 - Isla Santa Cruz Early in the morning, take a 2.5-hour public speed boat ride to Isla Santa Cruz. On arrival, have breakfast and settle into the hotel before a mid-morning visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station. The station's visitor centre and museums contain information about the islands and the conservation efforts being made to preserve the unique ecosystem here. It's also a great place to have close encounters with giant tortoises. In the afternoon, head to the higher part of the islands to observe these giants roaming in their natural habitat.
  • 4 - Isla Isabela Today you'll travel to Isla Isabela where you'll check-in to the hotel and enjoy breakfast. The island is the largest in the Galapagos and one of the most volcanically active places on earth - and you have a free day here to explore at your own pace. A worthwhile optional activity today is an excursion to Las Tintoreras, where white-tipped sharks rest during the day and marine iguanas nest.
  • 5 - Isla Isabela Start the day with a visit to the Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre for a close encounter with these placid giants. Here you can see tortoises in different stages of development as well learn about the preservation program for this unique species. Take a bus to the highest part of Isabela where Sierra Negra Volcano is located. Weather permitting, go for a hike up to the crater to enjoy spectacular views and the possibility of sighting the rare vermillion flycatcher. The challenging 17-kilometre hike takes between 5-6 hours, but at the top you'll be able to enjoy spectacular views. After the hike, make your way back to town in the late afternoon for some free time to curl up with a book or venture down to the water for a relaxing swim before dinner.
  • 6 - Isla Santa Cruz Return to Isla Santa Cruz in the morning and enjoy breakfast on arrival at the island for some free time this morning. Maybe take part in an optional activity like the excursion to Tortuga Bay - an immaculate natural paradise where you can go kayaking, observe marine iguanas or swim with harmless sharks. After lunch (own expense), jump on a boat to La Loberia where you can swim in the waters that the area's sea lions call home. Then, it's off to Punta Estrada to observe birds like blue-footed boobies and pelicans. Finally, visit Playa de Los Dogs to see a large number of iguanas, the only sea-going lizard in the world that lives in these volcanic landscapes.
  • 7 - Isla Santa Cruz With no activities planned for today your Galapagos adventure comes to an end after breakfast. Bid any travellers continuing on to Quito goodbye. You are free to leave the accommodation at any time, provided you comply with the hotel's internal check-out policy. If you wish to leave the Galapagos Islands today, you are responsible for organising your own flights, as well as travel arrangements to the airport.
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