Day 1.- ARRIVAL IN QUITO
transfer IN not included. Acclimatation day, welcome briefing
DAY 02: GALAPAGOS SANTA CRUZ (B,L)
Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Baltra in the Galapagos. On arrival you will be picked up and transferred to Santa Cruz. Your first stop will be at the highlands of Santa Cruz. The Highlands home of the iconic giant Galapagos tortoises. Here you will visit a private ranch where you will enjoy lunch before heading out for a walk in search of the giant tortoises. During this visit, you will also visit some lava tubes, which are formed when the surface of a lava stream solidifies.Later we will continue on our bikes to the other side of the island to Garrapateros beach, and on the way we will stop at the Trapiche to learn about the process of making sugarcane liquor.
Biking Time 3/4 h to view landscapes and wildlife
DAY 03: BAY TOUR (B)
Half-day tour of Academy Bay. Be sure to pack everything you need for this trip. Optional snorkel equipment will be provided free of charge to anyone who wishes to use it. During the tour, you will take a boat to Academy Bay where you can swim and snorkel with sea lions and all kinds of colourful fish.
Snorkeling time: 1 hour
DAY 04: Stand Up and Paddle - SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND. (B)
Boat to San Cristobal Island one of the oldest in the archipelago, this ride will take about 2 hours and with some luck, you might see dolphins on the way.
Meet your guides for the fantastic activity of Stand Up and Paddle, while exploring the bay of this magical island we will be searching for wildlife such us, sea lions, rays, frigate birds, blue footed boobies and other beautiful species from the Galapagos, we will also have chances for swimming and snorkeling.
SUP time: 2 hours
DAY 05: SNORKEL AT KICKER ROCK (B,L)
Boat to Kicker Rock, also known as the Sleeping Lion. This site is located off the coast of San Cristobal. The remains of a lava cone eroded by the sea, two vertical rocks rising 500 feet above the ocean, form a small channel that is navigable by small boats. This Galapagos Islands natural monument has become a favorite sight due to the many tropicbirds, frigate birds and boobies that fill the sky in this area. Beneath the sea, the crystal waters offer a brilliant show of colorful tropical fish, such as rainbow fish, and sharks, like hammerhead-, reef- and white tip sharks.
Boat ride to the Kicker Rock time: 1H
Snorkeling time: 2 times of 1H each
DAY 06: SAN CRISTOBAL FREE MORNING -QUITO (B)
Enjoy some more free time this morning before going to the airport of San Cristobal and taking a flight back to Quito.
DAY 7: QUITO DEPARTURE (B)
Transfer Out not included
- Mobile Voucher Accepted
- Free Cancellation
- Duration: 7 Days
Departure Details :
Pick up from hotel
Return Details :
Drop off at hotel
OverviewDiscover the enchanted Galapagos Islands through this island-hopping tour! The islands offer endless opportunities to explore a unique abundance of wildlife in a setting unlike any other on earth. The Galapagos form a natural sanctuary that preserves species, allowing them to evolve since 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!
- Santa Cruz, Snorkeling in Santa Cruz, Snorkeling in Kicker rock, SUP in San Cristobal, biking to Garrapateros Beach.
- Accommodation based in double occupancy: First Class hotel in Quito, 4-star hotels in Galapagos
- Transportation: Airport transfers (for domestic flights), sea transportation Santa Cruz San Cristobal, comfortable land transportation
- Gear: Snorkeling mask and fins, life vest, SUP gear, Trek bikes Marlin 7 with rock shock suspension and hydraulic brakes, bontrager helmets.
- Trip Leader: Certified AJ expert English-speaking Adventure Trip Leader and naturalist local guides in Galapagos National Park
- International flights
- Airfare Quito - Galapagos - Quito round trip: estimated Budget $ 500 USD
- My Own Room supplement: estimated budget $ 510 USD
- Airport transfer (international flights)
- Travel insurance (mandatory)
- Meals not described in the itinerary: estimated budget $ 180 USD
- INGALA transit card: $ 20 USD per person, cash only (subject to change)
- Galapagos National Park fee: $ 100 USD per person, cash only (subject to change)
- Snorkeling gear (mask and fins) for optional activities: $ 8 USD per day per person
- Wetsuit for rent: $ 10 USD
- Tips for guides and drivers: estimated budget $ 140 USD
Know More about this tour
Day 1.- ARRIVAL IN QUITO
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
EXTRA IMPORTANT DETAILS
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.
1 hour for airport transfers both in Ecuador and The Galapagos
Pichincha and Galpagos.
Quito the Capital of Ecuador, and The Galapagos National Park
Quito: 2.810 m (9.186 ft.)
Galapagos: sea level
Day 15-34C / 59-93F - Night 12-17C / 53-62F.
Easy.- All activities are very easy, both on the water and on land, in case you do not feel very comfortable with the water, ask your guide to provide you a life jacket or a floater to make your snorkeling experience more pleasant. For the bike tour is mostly on roads of dirt and asphalt, and there is always a car support.
NOTE.- For specific details of activities please view the Full Itinerary.
All prices are based on double-occupancy. If you are travelling solo, you will be matched with another participant of your same sex. If you prefer to have a single room, please contact EPL prior to your departure to arrange your accommodation at an extra cost, it is very important to notice that the hotels listed on the Itinerary description may change according to availability so we do not guarantee you stay there, but we will make sure you will stay in a similar one of the same category.
Travelling with Adventure Journeys 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 EPL prior to your departure.
Vegetarians, Vegans and Gluten Free people are very welcome in our trip, our guides are always ready to coordinate with chefs and restaurants fantastic meals for them, as Ecuador is very well known for its great diversity of gastronomy.
YOUR TRIP LEADERS AND GUIDES
All AJ guides and trip leaders are highly experienced, licensed from the Tourism University to operate in Ecuador and certified as Wilderness Adventure First Aid responders, they all have approved several extra training courses for kayaking, rafting, biking and horse riding, besides this they all are Ecuadorian and have an amazing personality.
In some location and for some activities, local guides join the trip leaders to provide an added service and make sure we practice sustainable tourism involving local indigenous people in our operation.
SUSTAINABLE ECO AND CULTURAL TOURISM
Clients receive interpretation and education about the ecology and conservation of the Andes, Amazon Rainforest and Galapagos Islands, and learn about the factors that threaten it. We aim to promote long-term conservation of both local people cultural identity and the environment. We transport out and recycle all non-organic garbage and we prefer to work with local suppliers. Your visit will encourage the local communities to support responsible eco-tourism as a sustainable alternative for their living.