Day 1 Quito There are no activities planned until the evening welcome meeting.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Quito/Baños (1B) Travel to Baños and be spoiled for choice with optional outdoor activities like hiking, ziplining, and canyoning. Or, take it easy and relax in local hot springs.
Local bus (4.00 hour(s))
Day 3 Baños Enjoy another free day to take full advantage of all the activities in this adventurous town.
Day 4 Baños/Tena (1L, 1D) Descend into the Amazon Jungle region. Notice the scenery change dramatically heading from the mountains into the lush, tropical Amazon rainforest.
Stay with a Quichua family and enjoy the hospitality of these wonderful people, and experience life in the jungle firsthand.
Amazon Jungle Experience
Local bus (3.50 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))
Day 5 Tena (1B, 1L, 1D) Enjoy a full day in the Amazon learning about local life in the jungle. Enjoy nature walks and visits with the local shaman. Spend the night in rustic jungle huts in a Quichua community.
Amazon Jungle Experience
Day 6 Tena/Papallacta Take a local bus to Papallacta and relax in the natural mineral hot pools with volcanic views.
Day 7 Papallacta/Quito Enjoy a relaxing morning at the hot springs before travelling back to Quito for free time to explore.
Papallacta Hot Springs Visit
Local bus (1.50 hour(s))
Day 8 Quito Enjoy a free day to get out and explore the many sights Quito has to offer.
Day 9 Quito/Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (1B, 1L, 1D) In the afternoon, transfer to the boat. Continue to Isla Lobos, a small island home a friendly population of sea lions. While snorkelling in the calm clear waters watch as the curious pups blow bubbles, swim in circles and frolic in the waves.
Flights from Quito to Baltra depart between 6:40am and 9:40am depending on the day of the week. These will arrive into the Galápagos between 9:30am and 12:30pm with a short refuelling stop in Guayaquil (you will not disembark the plane).
Please note: The National Park charges a visitor fee of USD100, payable on arrival, which funds park maintenance and supervision in the Galápagos, as well as ecological study, conservation, and infrastructure development in Ecuador's other National Parks. Entry fees and the funds they generate for the national park system are among measures taken by the Ecuadorian government to protect its natural heritage.
Isla Lobos Visit
Snorkelling (Isla Lobos)
Day 10 North Seymour/Mosquera Island (1B, 1L, 1D) Explore two tiny islands that are big on wildlife. North Seymour offers great views of nesting seabirds, including frigatebirds and Mosquera is home to large colonies of sea lions.
North Seymour Island Visit
Snorkelling (North Seymour Island)
Mosquera Island Excursion
Day 11 Santiago Island/Bartolomé Island (1B, 1L, 1D) Visit Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island to witness the giant lava formations contrasting the white-coral sand beach. Continue to Bartolomé Island for a guided tour to see the dramatic volcanic features before hiking to a panoramic viewpoint.
Sullivan Bay Visit
Snorkelling (Sullivan Bay)
Bartolomé Island Landing
Snorkelling (Bartolomé Island)
Day 12 Puerto Ayora (1B) Disembark in Puerto Ayora and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to see the giant Galápagos tortoises. In the afternoon, explore Academy Bay on a boat tour. Snorkel with sea lions and walk over a volcanic path to a crystal clear saltwater lagoon.
Charles Darwin Research Station Visit
Academy Bay Tour
Day 13 Puerto Ayora/Quito (1B) Visit the highlands of Santa Cruz to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Fly back to Quito for a final night in the city.
Santa Cruz Highlands Excursion
Plane (1.00 hour(s))
Day 14 Quito (1B) Depart at any time.