Galápagos Adventure

18-to-Thirtysomethings, Quito to Quito

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

The Galápagos Islands aren't just all about cruising – try a camping experience on for size! This one-week trip keeps you close to the action – and trust us, there’s always plenty of action on the archipelago – while keeping costs lower than you’d expect for a sweet island adventure. Plus, there’ll be no lack of activities to keep you moving, with everything from snorkelling to a volcano hike of Sierra Negra to exploring lava tunnels. At the end of the day, you’ll camp out surrounded by the sounds of island wildlife, giving new meaning to the word “paradise.”

What’s included

  • Your G for Good Moment: Floreana Community Restaurants, Floreana Island Your G for Good Moment: Floreana Community Guesthouse, Floreana Island
  • Highlands and lava tunnels (Santa Cruz Island)
  • Highlands visit (Floreana Island)
  • Loberia snorkelling excursion
  • Hike to Sierra Negra volcano (Isabela Island)
  • Visit to Flamingo Lagoon and Tortoise Breeding Centre
  • Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island)
  • Isabela Municipal Tax
  • Opportunities for snorkelling, swimming, and incredible wildlife encounters
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Snorkel with sea lions
  • Travel by public speedboats around the galápagos islands
  • Camp in the middle of nature
  • Visit charles darwin research station and the giant tortoise breeding centre
  • Hike sierra negra volcano.

Itinerary

Day 1 Quito If you are not able to attend the welcome meeting, our representative will leave all important information at your hotel’s reception indicating what time to be ready the next day. If there is any confusion on arrival, please do not hesitate to call the contact number listed in this dossier. Additional Notes: Booking pre- or post-trip accommodation is highly recommended to fully experience the city and take advantage of the many optional activities available. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting with G Representative
Day 2 Quito/Santa Cruz Island (1B, 1L, 1D) Fly to the Galápagos Islands and transfer to the campsite located in highlands of Santa Cruz. Explore the highlands to see giant tortoises in the wild and hike to the lava tunnels. Additional Notes: 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. The flight from Quito to Baltra is unaccompanied. You will have G Adventures representatives assisting on both sides to ensure everything goes smoothly. Flights from Quito to Baltra depart between 6:40am and 9:40am depending on the day of the week. These flights will arrive into the Galápagos between 9:30am and 12:30pm with a short refuelling stop in Guayaquil (you will not disembark the plane). Included Activities: Lava Tunnels Visit Highlands Giant Tortoises Visit Santa Cruz Highlands Camping Transport: Plane (3.00 hour(s))
Day 3 Santa Cruz Island/Floreana Island (1B, 1D) In the morning, visit the Charles Darwin Station to see Galápagos giant tortoises. After, transfer by speedboat to Floreana Island. Get settled at the G Adventures-supported community guesthouse and opt to explore the small town or catch the sunset at Playa Negra beach. Additional Notes: Please note that travel between islands is done by speedboat. The ride can be quite rough, especially from July to December. Make sure to bring sea sickness medication if you are prone to sea sickness. Included Activities: Charles Darwin Research Station Visit Floreana Community Restaurants Floreana Community Guesthouse Transport: Speedboat (2.00 hour(s))
Day 4 Floreana Island (1B, 1L, 1D) Enjoy an included snorkelling excursion to Loberia, and visit the highlands of Floreana. Included Activities: Loberia Snorkelling Excursion Floreana Highlands Excursion Floreana Community Guesthouse Floreana Community Restaurants
Day 5 Floreana Island/Isabela Island (1B, 1D) Take a speedboat over to Isabela Island and hike the Sierra Negra Volcano for spectacular views from above. Included Activities: Isabela Highlands Camping Sierra Negra Volcano Hike Transport: Boat (2.00 hour(s))
Day 6 Isabela Island (1B) Enjoy free time in the morning for optional activities, opt to go snorkelling, surfing or hit the beach. In the afternoon, visit the Flamingo Lagoon and the Tortoise Breeding Centre. Additional Notes: Please note that space may be limited for optional activities during high season, these activities are operated by third-party operators and will be subject to availability. Included Activities: Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre Visit Flamingo Lagoon Visit Isabela Highlands Camping
Day 7 Isabela Island/Santa Cruz Island (1B) Transfer by speedboat back to Santa Cruz Island, and enjoy a night in the town of Puerto Ayora. Hike to beautiful Tortuga Bay, and opt to go kayaking or just lounge on the beach. Additional Notes: Please note, the accommodation for the night is multi-share in a hostel. Included Activities: Tortuga Bay Hike Transport: Boat (2.00 hour(s))
Day 8 Santa Cruz Island/Quito (1B) Say goodbye to the Galapagos Islands, and take a morning flight back to Quito. Upon arrival in Quito, transfer to the hotel and enjoy a night in the city. Transport: Plane (2.00 hour(s))
Day 9 Quito Depart at any time.
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