Galápagos Island Hopping with Quito

Classic, Quito to Quito

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

We know the dilemma: you want to maximize your time exploring the Galápagos Islands, and that includes making it as easy as possible to get to and from the islands. We've got your solution. We'll take care of your flight bookings in and out of Quito — with the cheapest flight cost possible. That way you’ll be secure in knowing you've saved money, giving you plenty of time to hike, snorkel, and befriend the amazing wildlife of these cool islands.

What’s included

  • G Adventures for Good: Floreana Community Restaurants, Floreana Island G Adventures for Good: Floreana Community Guesthouse, Floreana Island
  • Charles Darwin Research Centre visit (Santa Cruz Island)
  • Visit to Las Grietas
  • Snorkelling at Loberia (Floreana Island)
  • Flamingo Lagoon visit (Isabela Island)
  • Sierra Negra volcano hike
  • Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre visit
  • Tortuga Bay hike (Santa Cruz Island)
  • Isabela Municipal Tax
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Hike up sierra negra volcano
  • Observe flamingos at an isolated lagoon
  • Marvel at the unique wildlife of the galápagos
  • Stay at a g adventures-supported community guesthouse in floreana.

Itinerary

Day 1 Quito There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting. 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/Puerto Ayora (1B) Transfer to the Quito airport and catch a flight to the Galápagos. Arrive at Baltra and travel to the hotel in Santa Cruz. Later, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station for an introduction to some of the unique wildlife and history of the area before an evening welcome meeting to meet up with any travellers joining the group. Additional Notes: The flight from Quito to Baltra is unaccompanied. You will have G Adventures representatives assisting on both sides to ensure everything goes smoothly. Included Activities: Charles Darwin Research Station Visit Welcome Meeting Transport: Plane (3.00 hour(s))
Day 3 Puerto Ayora/Floreana Island (1B, 1D) In the morning, walk to "Las Grietas" located across Academy Bay, walk through a rugged cactus forest on the way to this stunning lagoon. In the afternoon, hop on a speedboat to nearby Floreana Island. Stay in the G Adventures-supported community guesthouses and eat meals in the community restaurants and help to support community tourism on the island. 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: Swimming at Las Grietas Floreana Community Restaurants Floreana Community Guesthouse Transport: Keep an eye out for dolphins and birds along the way. Speedboat (2.00 hour(s))
Day 4 Floreana Island (1B, 1L, 1D) Walk along the black-sand beach until Loberia, and enjoy beach snorkelling or swimming. Head up to the seldom-visited highlands of Floreana. Enjoy guided walks to observe birds and other wildlife and learn about the area's natural history. Included Activities: Loberia Snorkelling Excursion Floreana Highlands Excursion Floreana Community Restaurants Floreana Community Guesthouse
Day 5 Floreana Island/Isabela Island (1B) Hike to the summit to experience a bird's-eye view of this magical landscape. Continue to the lava fields of Volcano Chico admiring views of the surrounding volcanoes and islands. Additional Notes: Please note - due to increased volcanic activity in Sierra Negra for safety reasons some hiking areas are restricted at this time. Included Activities: Sierra Negra Volcano Excursion Transport: Speedboat (2.00-2.50 hours)
Day 6 Isabela Island (1B) Explore the surroundings with a short walk to observe pink flamingos in the wetlands and catch a stunning Isabela sunset on the beach. Along the way, stop at a lookout point, and visit natural pools, beaches, and mangrove swamps. In the evening, relax at the bar or on the beach and opt to enjoy a drink at sunset. 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
Day 7 Isabela Island/Puerto Ayora (1B) In the evening, enjoy free time to explore this bustling little town and sample some of the local restaurants and bars, or do a little last minute shopping. Included Activities: Tortuga Bay Hike Transport: Speedboat (2.00-3.00 hours)
Day 8 Puerto Ayora/Quito (1B) Retrace your footsteps to return to Baltra Island for the flight to Quito. Upon arrival in Quito, transfer to the hotel for one last night in town. The G Adventures representative in Quito will be able to arrange many of the available day tours in and around Quito if you have time to spare. We highly recommend booking post-accommodation in this lively city. Transport: Plane (3.00 hour(s))
Day 9 Quito (1B) Depart at any time.
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