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Galapagos Islands Vacation tour

Galapagos Islands Vacation

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Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
6 days
From: $ 2,705 $ 451 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Begin your Galápagos Islands vacation upon landing on Baltra Island.
  • Explore some of Santa Cruz’s lava tunnels and witness the powerful volcanic forces
  • Enjoy the day adventuring toward Tortuga Bay’s white sand beaches
  • Explore the mangrove-lined beaches, cacti-dotted forest, and calm waves
  • Hike up two powerful volcanoes responsible for creating Isla Isabela: Sierra Negra and Volcan Chico
  • Enjoy one of San Cristóbal’s fine dining spots and take in the sights at your own pace

Short Description

An Exclusive Lodge to Lodge Tour. Galapagos Guarantee Special Not only are we offering $200 off per person, we are also guaranteeing you'll see all of the Galapagos Big 5.

Kayak along idyllic beaches with magnificent frigatebirds wheeling above you, Snorkel & swim amongst friendly sea lions, sea turtles, and if you are really lucky, Galápagos penguins. Amble alongside Galápagos giant tortoises at the Charles Darwin Research Center, Hike along a caldera’s rim surrounded by aa and pehoehoe lava flows


Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
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Itinerary Focus N/A
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Guayaquil
End City Guayaquil

Trip Includes

  • 5 nights standard accommodations
  • All land and sea transportation in the Galapagos
  • Naturalist English speaking guide
  • All activities as stated on the itinerary
  • All equipment required for activities
  • Drinking water

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Itinerary

Day 1: Journey to the Islands, Santa Cruz Lava Tunnels and Puerto Ayora

Meals Included: Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Maineo or Hotel Posada del Mar

Begin your Galápagos Islands vacation upon landing on Baltra Island. Meet with our waiting guides and start your adventure off with your first island hop to neighboring Santa Cruz.

Upon landing, we make our way to a private giant tortoise reserve so that you can witness the iconic creatures up-close and in their natural habitat. Wander alongside these massive, centenarian tortoises as they cool off in some mud or munch on some greens. After our time with the tortoises, we explore some of Santa Cruz’s lava tunnels and witness the powerful volcanic forces that created these islands.

We continue to Puerto Ayora, where we check into our lodgings before heading out to explore the Galápagos Islands’ busiest city. During the evening, walk the Calle de los Kioskos, a picturesque back street closed down every night as restaurants set up in the street for outdoor dining. Enjoy a delicious dinner in true local Galápagos style.

Day 2: Tourtuga Bay and Charles Darwin Research Station

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Albermarle or Casa de Marita

We begin our day adventuring toward Tortuga Bay’s white sand beaches. Look for blue-footed boobies, lava lizards, and marine iguanas as we stroll along a brick path to the isolated bay. Once there, explore the mangrove-lined beaches, cacti-dotted forest, and calm waves with your choice of activity. Take a walk, soak in the sun, or take a dip to look for friendly baby sharks that are sometimes spotted here.

We enjoy Tortuga Bay for as long as we wish before heading back into Puerto Ayora. Then, you have the option to further explore the city or visit the Charles Darwin Research Station (CDRS). The CDRS offers a wealth of information regarding Galápagos conservation as well as an excellent opportunity to witness Galápagos Giant Tortoises at all stages of growth, from unhatched eggs and squirming babies to the lumbering adults.

Enjoy a fresh lunch before hopping onto a boat to Isabela Island. There’s plenty to see on the archipelago’s largest island, and we start out with a stroll through vibrant Puerto Villamil. At sunset, toast to the first full day of your Galápagos Islands vacation on a white sand beach.

Note: There’s the possibility to boogie board or surf at Tortuga Bay. Please speak to your guide in advance if you’re interested in these activities.

Day 3: Hike Sierra Negra Volcano and Volcan Chico

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today you hike up two powerful volcanoes responsible for creating Isla Isabela: Sierra Negra and Volcan Chico. Begin your day hiking Sierra Negra, one of the Galápagos Island’s most active volcanoes. Take in the expansive volcanic terrain and keep an eye out for the vivid Vermillion flycatcher and the rare short-eared owl as we make our way to the caldera. Hike around the rim of the 9km-wide caldera as we continue onward to Volcan Chico. The lunar landscape is dotted with aa and pahoehoe lava flows, slithering tunnels and steaming vents. Stop at lookouts along the way until we reach Volcan Chico, whose lookout offers panoramic views stretching to Isabela’s northern shores.

Return to Puerto Villamil by early afternoon and partake in activities of your choice. If you wish, cool off with a relaxed kayak around Puerto Villamil with views of sea lions, rays and sea turtles swimming below or Galápagos penguins, blue-footed boobies, pelicans and frigate birds hopping along the rocky shores. If you wish to stay on land, you also have the option to rent a bike and pedal to the historic Wall of Tears, painstakingly built by the island’s former inmates. Later, you should have plenty of time to cool off from the day’s activities with a sunset swim. Enjoy a dinner of your choice out on the town, though our guide has plenty of recommendations of the best local spots.

Day 4: Visit Isabela's Giant Tortoise Breeding Center and explore San Cristóbal

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Casa Blanca

Begin your morning with a leisurely stroll along a mangrove-lined lagoon where flocks of pink flamingos may be seen sunning their feathers and marine iguanas cool off in the salt water. The path leads to Isabela’s Giant Tortoise Breeding Center, a center fundamental to bringing the archipelago’s tortoise population back from the edge of extinction. Watch a mass of tortoises at various stages of development grow in safety and seclusion before being let out into the wild.

After our morning spent ambling alongside these gentle giants, hop onto a short flight to San Cristóbal, the archipelago’s easternmost and oldest island. After landing, enjoy a refreshing lunch before setting out toward La Loberia. La Loberia was named after the sea lions who favor the area. Experience the sea lions’ frolicsome antics in and out of water; if you find yourself so inclined, hop on in yourself and swim with the sea lions. Return to town, enjoy one of San Cristóbal’s fine dining spots for an independent dinner and take in the sights at your own pace.

Day 5: Snorkel Kicker Rock

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel Casa Blanca

Today we cruise to Kicker Rock for our first glimpse of the Galápagos Islands’ underwater world. Look for sea and shore birds as we sail to Kicker Rock, or León Dormido, which is said to resemble a sleeping lion. Snorkel and explore the rich marine life of the Galápagos Islands that congregate within the narrow channel formed by the two volcanic rocks. Spotted eagle rays, sea turtles, tropical fish, Galápagos and occasionally Hammerhead sharks enjoy Kicker Rock’s calm-water sanctuary. Meanwhile, the standing rocks also form a nesting sanctuary for many blue-footed boobies and frigate birds.

After our snorkel we head to a white sand beach accessible only by boat for lunch and further swimming opportunities. We’re back in town by late afternoon with the rest of the evening ahead of you. Relax with a sunset cocktail by the shore or hop on a bike to explore the town until dinner. Dine out in the fresh Galápagos air for dinner at one of our favorite spots this evening. It’s a delicious farewell dinner together for the final night of your Galápagos Islands vacation.

Day 6: Return to Mainland Ecuador

Enjoy breakfast before spending your final morning in the Galápagos as you wish. Take a final swim with Galápagos marine life, stay in town for some shopping or visit the Interpretation Center to learn about the archipelago’s rich history. There’s also the option to take the short hike to Tijeretas, which offers incredible views of the town as well as Kicker Rock.

Choose to extend your stay in the Galápagos Islands with one of our day tours, or fly to mainland Ecuador this afternoon before starting your journey home!

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Cancellation Policy:

CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS

If you find it necessary to cancel your trip, you should notify Adventure Unbound in writing, by e-mail or fax immediately.  If written cancellation is received (call to verify) before the final balance is due, you will be given a refund less the amount of the deposit.  Deposits are not refundable.  If cancellations are made on or after the final due date, no money will be refunded.  If you are unable to go on the trip, you are welcome to find a replacement for yourself.  Please understand that once you’ve signed up, we lose the right to sell your reserved space to other individuals or groups.  Therefore, we regret that we cannot make exceptions for personal emergencies.  For this reason we strongly recommend you consider purchasing the Travel Protection Plan we offer.

For non USA-based trips, Adventure Unbound must make substantial payments to its suppliers (hotels, transportation companies, etc.) far in advance of the trip departure date.  If Adventure Unbound cancels any tour, trip or expedition due to acts of insurrection, force majeure, strikes, popular demonstrations, acts of God, earthquake, flooding, or any cause beyond its control, Adventure Unbound will refund the portion of the trip cost not already advanced to suppliers and use its best efforts to recover and refund the balance as promptly as possible.

If we are not able to provide a substitute trip, river, or altered itinerary and have to cancel the departure completely, you will be refunded in full. Refunds are limited to the amount actually paid to Adventure Unbound.

CANCELLATIONS FOR EXTENSIONS

There is a $100 per person non-refundable cancellation fee for all extensions.  Cancellations must be received no later than 60 days prior to departure to avoid additional penalties.  Cancellations made 59-30 days prior to departure incur a cancellation fee of 50% of the total fare.  Cancellations made 29-0 days prior to departure forfeit all fees paid.  For groups of 10 or more, cancellations must be received no later than 120 days prior to departure.  Cancellations made between 119-60 days incur a cancellation fee of 25% of the total fare.

Age Notes

Min. Age: 7

Additional Information:

Where are the Galapagos Islands are located?

The Galapagos Islands (or Archipelago de Colon) are a Province of Ecuador located about 500 miles (800 kilometers) west of the Ecuadorian coast and are located directly on the equator.

What is the weather like?

Because the Galapagos Islands are on the equator, it’s warm most of the year. The warmest season is usually January to April and average temperatures range from a low of 70F/22C to around of 84F/31C. This is also the “wet season” and there may be afternoon thundershowers. During a severe El Nino year, it’s more likely to rain at any time of day. April to December is considered the “dry season” and is cooler, with average temperatures ranging from around 68F/19C to 82F/27C. At this time of year it is not uncommon to have the "garua" (misty rain) early in the morning and in the highlands of Santa Cruz. Our experience is that the time of year doesn’t make a lot of difference in terms of the amount of rain as there isn’t enough to impact your trip too much.

Are you able to arrange extensions to our Galapagos tour?

We would love to! We have plenty of ideas for extending your trip whether it be to the Amazon, the Cloud Forest, the highlands in the north or south, or whatever might be your special interest. We can also arrange extensions to Peru and Machu Picchu.

Do I need previous snorkeling experience?

If you’ve never been snorkeling we highly recommend you practice before the trip.

Do I need to bring snorkel equipment?

You are of course free to bring your own equipment, however if you would rather not bring them, the equipment will be provided for you.

Trip ID#:

GalVacAdv

Trip Excludes

  • $100 park entry fee (cash only)
  • $20 immigration fee (cash only)
  • 3 evening meals (allow around $15 per person)
  • Isabela arrival tax $10 (cash only)
  • Drinks other than water
  • Gratuities for guides and support crew
  • Flights between Quito and the Galapagos
  • Flight between islands
  • International flights

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