THE BEST OF ECUADOR & GALAPAGOS ACTIVE EXCURSION 11 DAYS

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Unique lifetime adventure blending the fascinating geography of Ecuador's mainland, made of active volcanoes, big canyons, large tropical rainforests and huge waterfalls, with the mythical Galapagos Islands, where the magic diversity of fearless animals and the stunning landscapes of the volcanic islands create a unique atmosphere. This is a perfect combination that includes a wide variety of outdoor activities, while discovering the highlights of Ecuador
ItineraryDay 1: Arrival day to Quito CityStop At: Quito Old Town, Quito, Pichincha ProvinceWelcome to Quito! The largest, best-preserved colonial city of America - declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. The city is considered the Cultural Capital of South America and is located on the equator in a valley at the foothills of the Pichincha volcano.Depending on arrival time, you can spend your day exploring the old town of Quito and the surrounding area. ADVENTURE JOURNEYS can help you to organize a day trip (please request in advance). In the evening, one of our trip leaders will meet you at the hotel’s lobby for a welcome briefing at 18:00 hours. At this time we will discuss the details and questions you may have regarding the adventure. Our first day is an acclimation and information day.Duration: 1 hourNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Dann Carlton HotelDay 2: Trek in Cotopaxi National ParkStop At: Cotopaxi National Park, Cotopaxi ProvinceAfter breakfast, we leave Quito driving southwards along the gorgeous Avenue of Volcanoes, getting the chance to see the colorful Andean fields. On our way, we will reach 12,000 feet. (3657 meters). After arriving at the Cotopaxi National Park, we will go hiking around Limpiopungo lagoon of the foot hills of the Rumiñahui volcano. From here, we have the best views of Cotopaxi, the highest active volcano in the world. If the weather conditions permit, we will attempt to trek to the basecamp at 16000 ft. (4876 m).In the afternoon we continue our drive towards the Llanganates National Park, known as the sacred mountain, until we reach the town of Baños, located at the entrance of the Amazon. Here we can enjoy the best night life by drinking cocktails and dancing salsa.Trekking Activity Level - Moderate, this adventure is at high elevation, make sure you drink a lot of water or coca tea (in case of altitude sickness). The trail is on dirt surrounded by bushes and grass.Trekking Time: 3 hoursTrekking Distance: 4 miles (6.4 km)Elevation Gain: 1200 feet (366 meters)Minimum Elevation: 12700 feet (3870 meters)Maximum Elevation: 13850 feet (4222 meters)NOTE - In case the weather and physical conditions are good you may trek to the Basecamp and the maximum elevation would be 16000 feet. (488 meters). What to wear today: Pants, t-shirt, fleece, hiking shoes, gloves, hat, buff, bring rain jacket and pants, water bottle, sun cream, binoculars.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchAccommodation included: Casa de Luis or SimilarDay 3: Biking in the Llanganates National ParkStop At: Tungurahua, Banos, Tungurahua ProvinceThis morning we cross country mountain bike from the Llanganates National Park down to the Pastaza River Canyon, enjoying the beauty of the special cloud rain forest climate. The road brings us through some Andean farms and a great canyon with many waterfalls.While descending into the jungle, we will have a breath-taking view of Baños, a town well known for its spectacular location right at the foothills of the Tungurahua volcano, which has been active since 1999. The volcano is the main attraction of this region. In the afternoon we will have some time to explore the town and also go to The Swing of the End of the World, where the winner of the 2014 National Geographic photo contest took his photo.Biking Activity Level - Moderate, mostly downhill, the first 45 minutes up hill and then afterwards just down. You will be riding on cobblestone and dirt roads for the first two hours, and 1 hour on asphalt.Biking Time: 3 hoursBiking Distance: 20 miles (32.18 km)Elevation Gain: 500 feet (152 meters)Minimum Elevation while Biking: 5500 feet (1676 meters)Maximum Elevation while Biking: 10450 feet (3185 meters)NOTE - In case you want to avoid the uphill, there will always be the support of our transportation, and our driver will be happy to give you a ride till you decide to join the biking group. What to wear today: Shorts, t-shirt, fleece, tennis shoes, buff, bring rain jacket and pants, water bottle, sun cream, mosquito repellent.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Casa de Luis or SimilarDay 4: Canyoning in the AmazonStop At: Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron), Banos, Tungurahua ProvinceThis morning we will hit the road of the waterfalls. The first stop will be at the Bride´s Veil waterfall, where we will take the Tarabita (cable car) to get across the Pastaza River. Then we will hike down to the Pailon del Diablo waterfall, the second highest in Ecuador.Later, we will go deeper into the jungle inside the Llanganates National Park. The name “llanganates” comes from “beautiful mountain” in the local native language. Here, 600 years ago, the Incas hid their golden treasures. Many explorers have spent years looking for these treasures, some have even disappeared with no luck in this dense pristine jungle.During a hike through the tropical rain forest, we will climb through several waterfall canyons. Our local native guide will teach about the incredible flora and fauna that thrive in this unequaled habitat.We will spend the night at the Local Basic Jungle Lodge run by a kichwa indigenous family.Canyoning Activity Level - Moderate, the jungle exploration will be done while hiking on the canyon that has been formed by the waterfalls and the Pimpilala river, so you will be hiking on irregular terrain and water surrounded by rain forest. The weather can be hot and humid which would make this a very refreshing activity. The highest waterfall to climb is 16 feet (4.87 meters) and the rest are smaller, we will use helmets, ropes and bring optional harnesses for people that want to use them.Canyoning Time: 3 hoursCanyoning Distance: 2 miles (3.22 km)Elevation Gain: 500 feet (152.4 meters)Minimum Elevation while Canyoning: 2000 feet (609.6 meters)Maximum Elevation while Canyoning: 2500 feet (762 meters)What to wear today: Shorts, water long sleeve t-shirt, water sandals, rain jacket, water bottle, sun cream, mosquito repellent.NOTE - This is a very basic accommodation, you will have your own room but will have to share the bathroom. The rooms are very clean and all the beds have mosquito nets. There is no electricity in the room but there is a social area where you can have access to power to charge your batteries.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Basic Lodge - Home stay Day 5: Rafting and Hot springsStop At: Termas de Papallacta, Papallacta, Napo ProvinceWe greet the day by preparing our gear to paddle the wild waves of the Jatunyacu River, located just a 5 minute drive from the homestead. The beauty of this river will inspire you and reveal the magic of the Amazon rain forest.After a very important safety briefing from our rafting guides, we will start our class III rafting expedition down the Jatunyacu River, well known for its clear waters and awesome rapids. We will have a lot of fun playing some games and also exploring one of the canyons. The end of the journey offers us a stop for a picnic, prepared by our guides.We conclude our day with a drive back up to the Andes, stopping to visit the paradise of hummingbirds at the Guango Reserve.Finally, we will continue up to Papallacta, where we will stay the night and recharge in the volcanic hot springs high in the midst of the cool Andes.Rafting Activity Level - Moderate, this is considered a class III river for white water rafting. There are some awesome waves and also plenty of flat water to go swimming. The river is surrounded by amazing views of the Amazon landscape.Rafting Time: 4 hours, depending on the level of the water, it can be less time.Rafting Distance: 18 miles (28.96 km)What to wear today: Shorts, water long sleeve t-shirt, water sandals, water bottle, sun cream, mosquito repellent.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchAccommodation included: Termas de Papallacta Hotel SpaDay 6: Travel day to GalapagosStop At: Isabela Island, Isabela, Galapagos IslandsToday we get ready to explore the most amazing archipelago in the Pacific coast and the place where Charles Darwin based his theory on the evolution of species. We will board a morning flight from Quito to the island of Baltra. Once we arrive, we head to the town of Puerto Ayora, the largest town in the Galapagos. From here we will take a quick boat to the largest island in the archipelago and where the most of the volcanic activity in the Galapagos is reported. The island was formed by six shield volcanoes, Alcedo, Cerra Azul, Darwin, Ecuador, Sierra Negra and Wolf; five of them are still active which makes the island one of the most volcanically active places on earth. During our island crossing, be on the lookout for dolphins and whales (July to October).The Galapagos Islands is located 600 miles (965.6 km) from the coast of Ecuador, it is really important to understand that you will have to take air, road and sea transportation to get there.Flying time: 3 hours (including the stop at Guayaquil city on the way to Baltra airport)Speed boat time from Santa Cruz to Isabela: 2 hours (If you normally get seasick is very important to take medication before getting on the boat)What to wear today: Light pants, t-shirt, fleece top, tennis shoes, hat, sun cream.Duration: 8 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Cormorant Hotel or SimilarDay 7: Snorkel at the Lava TunnelsStop At: Isabela Island, Isabela, Galapagos IslandsExplore the amazing formations of lava created by the last eruptions of the volcanic island along the seashore. This magical place has historically been filmed by BBC and National Geographic for their documentaries. It is a labyrinth of lava arches comprised of crystal clear water full of sea turtles, eagle rays, sea lions, sharks and more. The turtles navigate their own highway from the mangroves to the open sea through "Los Tuneles". Here, we will have the best snorkeling opportunity with all these beautiful animals, including the curious Galapagos penguins playing around.Before or after the trip, you can enjoy some optional activities such as snorkeling at "Concha de Perla", taking surfing lessons, biking or just relax on the exotic white-sand beaches of Isabela Island. We recommend you to take some time to visit the giant tortoise breeding center located walking distance from the hotel.Boat ride to the Lava Tunnels time: 1 hour each waySnorkeling time: 2 times of 1 hour eachWhat to wear today: shorts, water long sleeve t-shirt, sandals or tennis shoes, bathing suit, hat or baseball cap, sun cream, mosquito repellent, buff.Duration: 5 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchAccommodation included: Cormorant Hotel or SimilarDay 8: Hike and Kayak to view wildlifeStop At: Isabela Island, Isabela, Galapagos IslandsAfter driving up from Puerto Villamil to the trail head, we will prepare our backpacks for the hike into a young forest ecosystem, 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, a caldera that is over six miles across at its widest point. If we feel energetic enough, we can continue our hike to Volcan 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 formed the Galapagos Islands over millennia. In the afternoon we will visit Tintoreras Islet, located at a short distance from Puerto Villamil and 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.Hiking time: 4 hours both waysHiking distance: 6 miles (9.6 km) (10 miles -16 km- optional to Volcan Chico)Hiking elevation gain: 950 feet (289.5 meters)Maximum elevation while hiking: 3687 feet (1124 meters)Kayaking time: 2 hoursSnorkeling time: 1 hourWhat to wear today for hiking: shorts, t-shirt, tennis shoes, rain jacket, hat, buff, sun cream, mosquito repellent.What to wear today for kayaking and snorkeling: sandals, shorts, water long sleeve t-shirt, bathing suit, hat, sun cream, mosquito repellent.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchAccommodation included: Cormorant Hotel or SimilarDay 9: Charles Darwin Research Station and Giant TortoisesStop At: Reserva El Chato, Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz, Galapagos IslandsIn the morning, traverse from Isabela to Santa Cruz Island to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. 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 will then visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to Learn more about many of the endemic species seen in the wild, as well as the ongoing conservation and management efforts on the Galapagos Islands. In the afternoon, we will head to the 'El Chato' reserve in the highlands of Santa Cruz, home to the famous Galapagos tortoises. Hiking through El Chato's beautiful landscape with these lumbering giants is an unforgettable experience! We will also see other highland wildlife such as pintail ducks, egrets, flycatchers, finches and frigatebirds, which gather to wash the salt off their feathers at a fresh water lake. Afterwards, return to Puerto Ayora to spend the evening in Galapagos' most populous town. What to wear today: shorts, t-shirt, tennis shoes or sandals, hat, rain jacket (for the boat ride), sun cream.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Hotel Galapagos Inn or SimilarDay 10: Travel back to QuitoPass By: Quito Old Town, Quito, Pichincha ProvinceAfter 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.What to wear today: Pants, t-shirt, fleece top, tennis shoes, hat.Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Dann Carlton Hotel or SimilarDay 11: End of ServicesPass By: Quito Old Town, Quito, Pichincha ProvinceEnd of ServicesMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

What’s included

  • 9x Breakfast
  • 1x Dinner
  • 5x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 10 nights
  • 3 HOURS HIKING IN COTOPAXI NATIONAL PARK, 3 HOURS BIKING IN THE LLANGANATES NATIONAL PARK, 4 HOURS WHITE-WATER RAFTING ON JATUNYACU RIVER IN THE AMAZON RAINFOREST, 3 HOURS CANYONING AT PIMPILALA WATERFALLS, BIRD WATCHING AND HIKING EXPLORATION IN THE CLOUD FOREST, SOAKING IN PAPALLACTA HOT SPRINGS, 5 HOURS TREKKING THE LOOP OF CUICOCHA CRATER LAKE, SHARE TIME WITH LOCAL INDIGENOUS PEOPLE IN THE AMAZON, MAKING CHOCOLATE, SALSA LESSON, SNORKELING IN THE LAVA TUNNELS, HIKING TO THE TOP OF SIERRA NEGRA ACTIVE VOLCANO, SNORKELING AND KAYAKING IN TINTORERAS, VISIT THE CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION, HIKING IN SANTA CRUZ HIGHLANDS.
  • FIRST CLASS HOTEL IN QUITO, 4-STAR HOTEL IN BAÑOS, HOME STAY IN THE AMAZON, 5-STAR SPA RESORT IN PAPALLACTA, 4-STAR HOTELS IN GALAPAGOS
  • AIRFARE QUITO – GALAPAGOS ROUND TRIP, COMFORTABLE LAND AND SEA TRANSPORTATION.
  • TREKKING OR HIKING: BLACK DIAMOND TREKKING STICKS BIKING: TREK X CALIPER MTB (HYDRAULIC DISC BRAKES, FRONT ROCK SHOCK SUSPENSION), BONTRAGER HELMETS, FULL FINGER GLOVES CANYONING: RUBBER BOOTS, ROPES, HARNESSES RAFTING: AIRE AND NRS 7-PEOPLE- RAFTS, NRS LIFE JACKETS, NRS PADDLES, SPLASH JACKETS SNORKELING: MASK AND FINS
  • CERTIFIED EPL EXPERT ENGLISH-SPEAKING ADVENTURE TRIP LEADER AND LOCAL GUIDES
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Entry/Admission - Cotopaxi National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Tungurahua
  • Entry/Admission - Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron)
  • Entry/Admission - Termas de Papallacta
  • Entry/Admission - Isabela Island
  • Entry/Admission - Isabela Island
  • Entry/Admission - Reserva El Chato

What’s not included

  • INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS
  • MY OWN ROOM SUPPLEMENT - ESTIMATED BUDGET USD $ 685 USD
  • AIRPORT TRANSFERS
  • TRAVEL INSURANCE (MANDATORY)
  • MEALS NOT DESCRIBED IN THE ITINERARY - ESTIMATED BUDGET USD $250 USD
  • TIPS FOR GUIDES, DRIVERS AND HOTELS. - ESTIMATED BUDGET USD $200 USD
  • Entry/Admission - Isabela Island

Itinerary

Day 10: Travel back to Quito Pass By: Quito Old Town, Quito, Pichincha Province 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. What to wear today: Pants, t-shirt, fleece top, tennis shoes, hat. Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Dann Carlton Hotel or Similar
Day 11: End of Services Pass By: Quito Old Town, Quito, Pichincha Province End of Services Meals included: • Breakfast No accommodation included on this day.
Day 1: Arrival day to Quito City Stop At: Quito Old Town, Quito, Pichincha Province Welcome to Quito! The largest, best-preserved colonial city of America - declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. The city is considered the Cultural Capital of South America and is located on the equator in a valley at the foothills of the Pichincha volcano. Depending on arrival time, you can spend your day exploring the old town of Quito and the surrounding area. ADVENTURE JOURNEYS can help you to organize a day trip (please request in advance). In the evening, one of our trip leaders will meet you at the hotel’s lobby for a welcome briefing at 18:00 hours. At this time we will discuss the details and questions you may have regarding the adventure. Our first day is an acclimation and information day. Duration: 1 hour No meals included on this day. Accommodation included: Dann Carlton Hotel
Day 2: Trek in Cotopaxi National Park Stop At: Cotopaxi National Park, Cotopaxi Province After breakfast, we leave Quito driving southwards along the gorgeous Avenue of Volcanoes, getting the chance to see the colorful Andean fields. On our way, we will reach 12,000 feet. (3657 meters). After arriving at the Cotopaxi National Park, we will go hiking around Limpiopungo lagoon of the foot hills of the Rumiñahui volcano. From here, we have the best views of Cotopaxi, the highest active volcano in the world. If the weather conditions permit, we will attempt to trek to the basecamp at 16000 ft. (4876 m). In the afternoon we continue our drive towards the Llanganates National Park, known as the sacred mountain, until we reach the town of Baños, located at the entrance of the Amazon. Here we can enjoy the best night life by drinking cocktails and dancing salsa. Trekking Activity Level - Moderate, this adventure is at high elevation, make sure you drink a lot of water or coca tea (in case of altitude sickness). The trail is on dirt surrounded by bushes and grass. Trekking Time: 3 hours Trekking Distance: 4 miles (6.4 km) Elevation Gain: 1200 feet (366 meters) Minimum Elevation: 12700 feet (3870 meters) Maximum Elevation: 13850 feet (4222 meters) NOTE - In case the weather and physical conditions are good you may trek to the Basecamp and the maximum elevation would be 16000 feet. (488 meters). What to wear today: Pants, t-shirt, fleece, hiking shoes, gloves, hat, buff, bring rain jacket and pants, water bottle, sun cream, binoculars. Duration: 8 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch Accommodation included: Casa de Luis or Similar
Day 3: Biking in the Llanganates National Park Stop At: Tungurahua, Banos, Tungurahua Province This morning we cross country mountain bike from the Llanganates National Park down to the Pastaza River Canyon, enjoying the beauty of the special cloud rain forest climate. The road brings us through some Andean farms and a great canyon with many waterfalls. While descending into the jungle, we will have a breath-taking view of Baños, a town well known for its spectacular location right at the foothills of the Tungurahua volcano, which has been active since 1999. The volcano is the main attraction of this region. In the afternoon we will have some time to explore the town and also go to The Swing of the End of the World, where the winner of the 2014 National Geographic photo contest took his photo. Biking Activity Level - Moderate, mostly downhill, the first 45 minutes up hill and then afterwards just down. You will be riding on cobblestone and dirt roads for the first two hours, and 1 hour on asphalt. Biking Time: 3 hours Biking Distance: 20 miles (32.18 km) Elevation Gain: 500 feet (152 meters) Minimum Elevation while Biking: 5500 feet (1676 meters) Maximum Elevation while Biking: 10450 feet (3185 meters) NOTE - In case you want to avoid the uphill, there will always be the support of our transportation, and our driver will be happy to give you a ride till you decide to join the biking group. What to wear today: Shorts, t-shirt, fleece, tennis shoes, buff, bring rain jacket and pants, water bottle, sun cream, mosquito repellent. Duration: 8 hours Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Casa de Luis or Similar
Day 4: Canyoning in the Amazon Stop At: Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron), Banos, Tungurahua Province This morning we will hit the road of the waterfalls. The first stop will be at the Bride´s Veil waterfall, where we will take the Tarabita (cable car) to get across the Pastaza River. Then we will hike down to the Pailon del Diablo waterfall, the second highest in Ecuador. Later, we will go deeper into the jungle inside the Llanganates National Park. The name “llanganates” comes from “beautiful mountain” in the local native language. Here, 600 years ago, the Incas hid their golden treasures. Many explorers have spent years looking for these treasures, some have even disappeared with no luck in this dense pristine jungle. During a hike through the tropical rain forest, we will climb through several waterfall canyons. Our local native guide will teach about the incredible flora and fauna that thrive in this unequaled habitat. We will spend the night at the Local Basic Jungle Lodge run by a kichwa indigenous family. Canyoning Activity Level - Moderate, the jungle exploration will be done while hiking on the canyon that has been formed by the waterfalls and the Pimpilala river, so you will be hiking on irregular terrain and water surrounded by rain forest. The weather can be hot and humid which would make this a very refreshing activity. The highest waterfall to climb is 16 feet (4.87 meters) and the rest are smaller, we will use helmets, ropes and bring optional harnesses for people that want to use them. Canyoning Time: 3 hours Canyoning Distance: 2 miles (3.22 km) Elevation Gain: 500 feet (152.4 meters) Minimum Elevation while Canyoning: 2000 feet (609.6 meters) Maximum Elevation while Canyoning: 2500 feet (762 meters) What to wear today: Shorts, water long sleeve t-shirt, water sandals, rain jacket, water bottle, sun cream, mosquito repellent. NOTE - This is a very basic accommodation, you will have your own room but will have to share the bathroom. The rooms are very clean and all the beds have mosquito nets. There is no electricity in the room but there is a social area where you can have access to power to charge your batteries. Duration: 8 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Basic Lodge - Home stay
Day 5: Rafting and Hot springs Stop At: Termas de Papallacta, Papallacta, Napo Province We greet the day by preparing our gear to paddle the wild waves of the Jatunyacu River, located just a 5 minute drive from the homestead. The beauty of this river will inspire you and reveal the magic of the Amazon rain forest. After a very important safety briefing from our rafting guides, we will start our class III rafting expedition down the Jatunyacu River, well known for its clear waters and awesome rapids. We will have a lot of fun playing some games and also exploring one of the canyons. The end of the journey offers us a stop for a picnic, prepared by our guides. We conclude our day with a drive back up to the Andes, stopping to visit the paradise of hummingbirds at the Guango Reserve. Finally, we will continue up to Papallacta, where we will stay the night and recharge in the volcanic hot springs high in the midst of the cool Andes. Rafting Activity Level - Moderate, this is considered a class III river for white water rafting. There are some awesome waves and also plenty of flat water to go swimming. The river is surrounded by amazing views of the Amazon landscape. Rafting Time: 4 hours, depending on the level of the water, it can be less time. Rafting Distance: 18 miles (28.96 km) What to wear today: Shorts, water long sleeve t-shirt, water sandals, water bottle, sun cream, mosquito repellent. Duration: 8 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch Accommodation included: Termas de Papallacta Hotel Spa
Day 6: Travel day to Galapagos Stop At: Isabela Island, Isabela, Galapagos Islands Today we get ready to explore the most amazing archipelago in the Pacific coast and the place where Charles Darwin based his theory on the evolution of species. We will board a morning flight from Quito to the island of Baltra. Once we arrive, we head to the town of Puerto Ayora, the largest town in the Galapagos. From here we will take a quick boat to the largest island in the archipelago and where the most of the volcanic activity in the Galapagos is reported. The island was formed by six shield volcanoes, Alcedo, Cerra Azul, Darwin, Ecuador, Sierra Negra and Wolf; five of them are still active which makes the island one of the most volcanically active places on earth. During our island crossing, be on the lookout for dolphins and whales (July to October). The Galapagos Islands is located 600 miles (965.6 km) from the coast of Ecuador, it is really important to understand that you will have to take air, road and sea transportation to get there. Flying time: 3 hours (including the stop at Guayaquil city on the way to Baltra airport) Speed boat time from Santa Cruz to Isabela: 2 hours (If you normally get seasick is very important to take medication before getting on the boat) What to wear today: Light pants, t-shirt, fleece top, tennis shoes, hat, sun cream. Duration: 8 hours No meals included on this day. Accommodation included: Cormorant Hotel or Similar
Day 7: Snorkel at the Lava Tunnels Stop At: Isabela Island, Isabela, Galapagos Islands Explore the amazing formations of lava created by the last eruptions of the volcanic island along the seashore. This magical place has historically been filmed by BBC and National Geographic for their documentaries. It is a labyrinth of lava arches comprised of crystal clear water full of sea turtles, eagle rays, sea lions, sharks and more. The turtles navigate their own highway from the mangroves to the open sea through "Los Tuneles". Here, we will have the best snorkeling opportunity with all these beautiful animals, including the curious Galapagos penguins playing around. Before or after the trip, you can enjoy some optional activities such as snorkeling at "Concha de Perla", taking surfing lessons, biking or just relax on the exotic white-sand beaches of Isabela Island. We recommend you to take some time to visit the giant tortoise breeding center located walking distance from the hotel. Boat ride to the Lava Tunnels time: 1 hour each way Snorkeling time: 2 times of 1 hour each What to wear today: shorts, water long sleeve t-shirt, sandals or tennis shoes, bathing suit, hat or baseball cap, sun cream, mosquito repellent, buff. Duration: 5 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch Accommodation included: Cormorant Hotel or Similar
Day 8: Hike and Kayak to view wildlife Stop At: Isabela Island, Isabela, Galapagos Islands After driving up from Puerto Villamil to the trail head, we will prepare our backpacks for the hike into a young forest ecosystem, 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, a caldera that is over six miles across at its widest point. If we feel energetic enough, we can continue our hike to Volcan 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 formed the Galapagos Islands over millennia. In the afternoon we will visit Tintoreras Islet, located at a short distance from Puerto Villamil and 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. Hiking time: 4 hours both ways Hiking distance: 6 miles (9.6 km) (10 miles -16 km- optional to Volcan Chico) Hiking elevation gain: 950 feet (289.5 meters) Maximum elevation while hiking: 3687 feet (1124 meters) Kayaking time: 2 hours Snorkeling time: 1 hour What to wear today for hiking: shorts, t-shirt, tennis shoes, rain jacket, hat, buff, sun cream, mosquito repellent. What to wear today for kayaking and snorkeling: sandals, shorts, water long sleeve t-shirt, bathing suit, hat, sun cream, mosquito repellent. Duration: 8 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch Accommodation included: Cormorant Hotel or Similar
Day 9: Charles Darwin Research Station and Giant Tortoises Stop At: Reserva El Chato, Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands In the morning, traverse from Isabela to Santa Cruz Island to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. 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 will then visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to Learn more about many of the endemic species seen in the wild, as well as the ongoing conservation and management efforts on the Galapagos Islands. In the afternoon, we will head to the 'El Chato' reserve in the highlands of Santa Cruz, home to the famous Galapagos tortoises. Hiking through El Chato's beautiful landscape with these lumbering giants is an unforgettable experience! We will also see other highland wildlife such as pintail ducks, egrets, flycatchers, finches and frigatebirds, which gather to wash the salt off their feathers at a fresh water lake. Afterwards, return to Puerto Ayora to spend the evening in Galapagos' most populous town. What to wear today: shorts, t-shirt, tennis shoes or sandals, hat, rain jacket (for the boat ride), sun cream. Duration: 8 hours Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Hotel Galapagos Inn or Similar
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