Day 1 Quito Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Quito/Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (1B) Early morning, fly to San Cristóbal. Meet the CEO and transfer to the hotel for a first night's stay in the Galápagos Islands. Following lunch, begin exploring San Cristóbal visiting Laguna El Junco, the only freshwater lake in the islands. After, visit the Interpretation Centre to learn about the history of the islands, explore the paths near the centre for beautiful views.
Flights from Quito to San Cristobal depart between 8:10am and 10:10am depending on the day of the week. These will arrive into the Galápagos between 10:40am and 12:40pm with a refuelling stop in Guayaquil (you will not disembark the plane). You will generally arrive onto the boat in time for lunch before the afternoon activity.
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.
Laguna El Junco Visit
Interpretation Center Visit
Day 3 San Cristóbal Island (1B, 1L, 1D) Before transferring to the boat, visit Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado to see giant tortoises.
Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado Visit
Day 4 South Plaza/Santa Fé Island (1B, 1L, 1D) Morning landing at South Plaza, enjoy sea bird spotting opportunities and a walk through the cactus forest, home to one of the largest populations of land iguanas in the islands. In the afternoon visit Santa Fé, one of the smallest islands packed with sea lions, a prickly pear forest, and land iguanas.
South Plaza Island Visit
Santa Fe Island Visit
Day 5 Chinese Hat/Santa Cruz Island (1B, 1L, 1D) Visit the white sand beach at Chinese Hat in the morning, before an afternoon at Cerro Dragón for an opportunity to break out the binoculars and do some excellent birdwatching.
Chinese Hat Visit
Cerro Dragón Visit
Day 6 Puerto Ayora/Quito (1B) Visit the Charles Darwin Foundation to see the giant Galápagos tortoises before the flight back to Quito.
Charles Darwin Research Station Visit
Plane (2.00 hour(s))
Day 7 Quito (1B) Depart at any time.