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Galapagos Islands & Epic Ecuador tour

Galapagos Islands & Epic Ecuador

Singles Travel International
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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
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
10 days
From: $ 3,999 $ 400 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Explore Quito
  • Explore San Cristóbal
  • Visit the Interpretation Center
  • Hike to Tijeretas Point and Loberia
  • View Sea Lion in Playa Mann
  • Visit Cristóbal Highlands, El Junco Volcanic Crater
  • Enjoy Puerto Chino Beach 
  • Snorkeling at Kicker Rock
  • Walk through the Lava Tunnels of the Santa Cruz Highlands
  • Yacht Tour to Bartolomé Island
  • Walk, swim & snorkel at Las Grietas and Tortuga Bay Beach

Short Description

During our visit to the Galapagos, you will quickly understand why Spanish pirates named the islands "The Enchanted Islands”. This carefully planned journey will take us to the best destinations in the Galapagos Islands, San Cristóbal, Santa Cruz and Bartolome. We'll see wildlife closer than we ever thought possible! Sea lions, giant tortoises, pelicans, iguanas, and more interact with visitors daily. The endemic fauna and volcanic island rock formations provide so many incredible landscapes that we’ll have a hard time putting our cameras down. In addition, this trip will feature a special tour of Quito and the Ecuador mainland.

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
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Internal airfare and ground transport
Start City Quito
End City Quito

Trip Includes

  • 9 Nights Accommodations at Mountain Views Inn, Hotel Fiesta or similar
  • 20 Meals: Breakfast and Lunch Daily (18)
  • Welcome and Farewell Dinners at Mountain Views Inn, with Beer & Wine (2)
  • Roundtrip Flights between Quito and Galapagos Islands
  • All Excursions, Tours, Airport Transfers, and Transportation
  • Full Service, Bilingual Tour Guide, with time available for personal exploration
  • All Gratuities to Hotel Staff and Guides are INCLUDED! ($150 Value)
  • Full tour of Quito, the most Beautiful City in South America with Highlights including Independence Plaza, La Mariscal Artisan Market and Intiñan Interactive Solar Museum
  • All Top-Ranked Activities and Attractions of the Galapagos Islands (Top 11 of 15 on Trip Advisor): Tortuga Bay Beach, Snorkeling at Kicker Rock, Giant Tortoise Reservations, and the Charles Darwin Research Station with Snorkeling Gear provided
  • More Time in the Galapagos with Incredible Interactions with Wildlife: Walking among Iguanas, Sea Lions & Giant Tortoises or Snorkeling with Sea Turtles, Manta Rays & Penguins
  • All Ecuadorian Taxes and Service Fees (22%)

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Quito, Airport Pickup, Welcome Dinner at Mountain Views Inn

Upon arrival, Mountain Views Inn will arrange Airport Transfer. Settle in by relaxing for the evening in our room or unwind by the game room, outdoor pool and hot tub. Meet others as they arrive throughout the evening. Enjoy a special Ecuadorian meal with your host at MVI.

Day 2: Quito City Tour, La Mariscal Artisan Market & Intiñan Interactive Solar Museum

See the city that has been declared by many to be the most beautiful in South America. This city was the first declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979. With its cobblestone streets, colonial architecture, and gilt decorated churches, there is much to see. Take some time exploring Ecuadorian culture and shopping in La Mariscal Artisan Market. Then travel to the always fun, interactive Equatorial Intiñan Solar Museum located at 0 degrees latitude. Learn of the indigenous culture and understand the effects of the natural gravitational forces while standing on the Equator!

Day 3: Departure to San Cristóbal, Visit the Interpretation Center, Hike to Tijeretas Point, and Loberia Sea Lion Viewing at Playa Mann

Travel from mainland Ecuador to San Cristóbal Island. After registering in the national park and checking in at the hotel, kick off Galapagos tours with a visit to the Interpretation Center. The museum holds a brief history on the Galapagos Islands, then opens to a unique dry forest filled with cacti, finches, and little lava lizards. Hike the volcanic rock trail to Tijeretas Point and Darwin Bay. You will be treated to your first sweeping views of the Galapagos and Puerto Baquerizo Moreno Bay, with Tijeretas and Blue Footed Boobies flying by. This is a great area to snorkel, see exotic fish and swim with sea lions in a turquoise pool set inside a stunning Volcanic Rock shoreline.

Afterward it’s a short walk to Playa Mann, where the remainder of the afternoon will be spent relaxing on the beach and enjoying the Loberia. Since so many Sea Lions share the island, Cristóbal is also known as Isla Lobo and has many protected breeding areas. You’ll enjoy watching Sea Lions play in the sand alongside sun bathers and swimmers.

The sun sets about 6pm daily in the Galapagos. Each evening we will return to the hotel to freshen up and make dinner plans. You can choose to explore the downtown areas at your leisure or join the group for dinner. The hotels in both Cristóbal and Santa Cruz are located within walking distance to the restaurant and shopping districts. At both islands you’ll easily be able to choose from an array of restaurants featuring both local seafood specialties and traditional international meals. There will be a different, top rated restaurant chosen each evening with a special group dinner and drink available.

Day 4: Tour Cristóbal Highlands, El Junco Volcanic Crater Walk and Enjoy Puerto Chino Beach

Start off the day with an early and refreshing breakfast at the hotel so that we can hit the road for the beautiful highlands of San Cristóbal. A small hike leads up the side of an extinct volcano to El Junco, a miraculous fresh water lake in the center of the volcanic crater. This beautiful site offers both incredible panoramic views of the island and ideal bird watching. You may see many of the endemic bird species including Galapagos mockingbirds, pintails, moorhens, pied-billed grebes and frigate birds as they swoop down to the water to wash off the salt from the ocean and dive for fish.

Next it’s a short ride to the San Cristóbal Tortoise Reservation. In conjunction with the Charles Darwin Research Center, this Reservation is a remarkable sanctuary and breeding center for the Giant Tortoises. Quietly wander through open trails to see these gentle giants in their natural habitat. They are often at arm’s length, sharing the trails and searching for leafy greens.

Finally, spend the afternoon in the beautiful and secluded Puerto Chino. This sandy beach is a surfer’s paradise and the perfect spot to enjoy a swim and look for Blue-footed Boobies & Ghost Crabs on the Rocky shore. In the evening take time to stroll through Downtown Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, where sea lions share the cobblestone streets and harbor benches. Have dinner with the group at a delicious local restaurant (at own expense). Our STI Concierge will be on hand to offer recommendations.

Day 5: Boat Tour and Snorkeling at Kicker Rock

After breakfast, prepare for an unforgettable snorkeling experience. Enjoy a refreshing boat ride with beautiful views of the coastline. Then look at the volcanic rock formations ahead, two towers rising out of the water. Between these towers is an incredible channel filled with colorful schools of fish as well as exciting marine life. Float on the waves above while you watch all the beautiful life below swimming through the channel. This truly is a once in a lifetime snorkeling experience with tropic fish and sea turtles passing alongside you, and eagle rays and hammerhead sharks swimming in the distance. The boat will take us around Kicker Rock to view the best snorkeling sites and wildlife observation sites. After a day of sun, swim and snorkel, take some time to relax before enjoying a final evening and dinner in Puerto Moreno.

Day 6: Boat Taxi to Santa Cruz, Walk through El Chato Tortoise Reserve and the Lava Tunnels of the Santa Cruz Highlands

After an early morning boat taxi to Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz, take some time to check in and relax at the hotel. Then an official Galapagos National Park guide will take everyone to El Chato Tortoise Reserve Ranch. Step deeper into the Giant Tortoise’s natural environment as an official guide leads the way through lush endemic Galapagos ferns to ponds were the Giant Tortoises congregate. The ranch is also one of the islands best restaurants, a hidden gem. After you’ve worked up an appetite on the short hike, enjoy a delicious lunch including freshly made empanadas and locally grown organic coffee – a favorite souvenir to take home.

After lunch visit Los Tuneles for an impressive walk through the underground Lava Caves. See the incredible rock formations created in these amazing underground caverns. After the walk through the Lava Caves, our ride back to the hotel will take us into the evening. We will have time to relax or change before enjoying our first dinner in the lively and beautiful downtown area of Puerto Ayora. Our evening is at leisure to enjoy dinner with friends in town.

Day 7: Yacht Tour to Bartolomé Island, Lava Field Hike, Penguin Viewing & Snorkeling

After breakfast, leave for a ride through the highlands to Puerta Itabaca on the far North Side of the island. From this port, board a luxury Yacht for a comfortable ride to Bartolomé, an uninhabited island off of Santiago. The day will be filled with the best snorkeling in the Galapagos Islands, a walk through fields of cooled lava, and a ride along the shore looking for the endemic Galapagos Penguins. If you are lucky, the penguins, sea lions or iguanas might swim along by during your incredible snorkeling experience.

Get back on board for a freshly prepared lunch while the boat travels back to Itabaca Canal. Relax on the boat and taxi rides back to the hotel. In the evening, share stories of the day’s incredible sites over a delicious meal.

Day 8: Walk, swim & snorkel at Las Grietas and Tortuga Bay Beach

After so many amazing locations, you won’t believe we’ve saved the best for last! After breakfast, head to Las Grietas. The guide will lead the way through volcanic terrain to a rocky crevasse that opens to a beautiful lagoon filled with crystal clear water. Everyone will appreciate a refreshing swim and amazing snorkeling in the peaceful cool turquoise waters.

Then spend the afternoon at Tortuga Bay, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The walking path to the beach is about 1.5 miles and worth every step. While at the beach you can stroll along the pristine white sand while watching iguanas, herons or pelicans. Put on your snorkeling gear to see sea turtles, sea lions or manta rays and more colorful fish. The beauty of this bay will make it hard to leave. Catch a couple minutes of beautiful sunset views before hitting the trail back out of the park. Celebrate the time with your new lifelong friends over a dinner in Puerto Ayora.

Day 9: Return to Quito, Farewell Dinner at Mountain Views Inn

An early breakfast will allow an opportunity to check out some sights in the highlands on the way to the airport. As the taxi travel north, stop and see Los Gemelos or Twin Craters. Though they are called craters, these formations are actually the result of collapsed dormant volcanos. The Taxi will continue north to Itabaca Canal for a Ferry ride to the airport on Baltra Island. After our flight back to Quito, we will return to Mountain Views Inn for a delicious traditional Ecuadorian dinner.

Day 10: Departure

Unfortunately, our adventure comes to an end, but leaving us with wonderful photos and memories. Our airport transfers are included and will be arranged by our host at MVI. We look forward to having you and your friends with us soon on a Singles Travel International vacation! Have a safe journey back home!

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Flights & Transport

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Group Size:

Independent

Cancellation Policy:

All cancellations must be in writing. For all air-inclusive packages cancelled after airline tickets have been issued, tickets are non-refundable and often times unusable. See Terms & Conditions for specifics on cancellation of this tour.

Our bank allows a refund to your credit card as long as the reservation was made within 60 days of cancellation. Beyond 60 days, a check will be sent in US funds. Refunds, when applicable, are paid 14 days after cancellation as long as STI is in possession of funds from our vendors.

Additional Information:

Itinerary Changes:

Itinerary details are established in advance and subject to change according to unforeseen factors and local conditions such as availability, weather, traffic or construction. In the event that conditions prevent an excursion your host and hotel staff will accommodate to the best of their ability a similar tour. If personal needs or preferences do not align with a certain day or portion of the trip, and the guides will do everything possible to accommodate or assist. However, changes will be the guest's responsibility and priority will be given to the planned itinerary. Singles Travel International and Mountain Views Inn are not liable for itinerary changes.

Trip ID#:

GalIslSin

Trip Excludes

  • Galapagos Island Entrance Fee ($100) and Visitor Card ($10)
  • Scuba Diving with Wet Suit, Gear Rental and Certified guide may be arranged at Kicker Rock and Santa Cruz instead of Yacht Tour for an additional $195 per day. Scuba diving will be arranged at the time of request, pending availability.
  • 7 Dinners, Alcoholic Beverages, and Personal Snacks
  • Additional Hotel options including but not limited to Phone Calls, Internet, or Massage Services
  • Any personal changes to the planned itinerary
  • Additional Night Stays and Excursions at Mountain Views Inn may be added before or after the tour. Each additional night is $150 per person and includes Meals, Taxes, Tips and Service fees. Excursion packages available starting at $100.

Meals Included:

Breakfast and lunch will be provided daily. STI members will be responsible for their own dinner on 7 nights in the Galapagos.

Each morning there will be an American style breakfast provided.

Moderate lunches and snacks will be provided throughout the tour including local treats such as Empanadas, freshly prepared Fish or Chicken with Rice & Vegetables, or traditional favorites like Pizza and Sandwiches.

Each night there will be a Restaurant selected and recommended for the group based on menu options and reputation or reviews of quality. Dinner prices in the Galapagos range from $10-$25. Beer prices start at $3, and Wine or Cocktail prices start at $6. Guests will also have the flexibility to explore other locations at their discretion to suit their personal tastes or budget.

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