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Galapagos Islands Adventure

6 Days & 5 Nights
  • Hop from island-to-island by boat while staying ashore each night
  • Snorkel in turquoise waters with sea lions, sea turtles and tropical fish
  • Admire giant tortoises roaming the private reserve on Santa Cruz Island
  • Hike to the crater of the Sierra Negra Volcano on Isla Isabela
  • Kayak among mangroves to encounter blue-footed boobies, frigates and iguanas
Explore the western Galapagos Islands by boat, kayak, bike and on foot as you make your way from Santa Cruz to Isabela Island, staying in land-based accommodations each night. Take a flight from Quito to the Galapagos Islands to discover blue-footed boobies, giant tortoises, white-tipped reef sharks, tropical birds and aquatic wildlife found nowhere else in the world. Enjoy a kayak trip around red mangroves, a yacht excursion to South Plaza Island and snorkel within Santa Cruz’s turquoise waters. Bike around Isabela’s network of trails before a hike up to the crater of Sierra Negra for stunning panoramic views and to enjoy the lunar landscape, before your return flight back to Quito. Each evening, relax within the natural surroundings of your private reserve and enjoy a drink upon the sundeck of your beachfront resort.

What To Expect

This tour is perfect for those desiring to explore the Galapagos Islands by day while staying ashore at night. Island hop by speedboat or yacht to enjoy a wide range of optional activities including snorkeling, kayaking, hiking, biking and swimming to discover the best of each island. This tour is graded moderate with an average of 4-6 hours of daily guided multisport activities ranging from hiking and biking on dirt trails to water-based activities within the Pacific Ocean.

Trip Style:

Private Guided | Alone or with your chosen companion(s), benefit from a private guide throughout most of your trip.

Activity:

Walking, Wildlife Watching, Sea Kayaking, Cultural Activities | Walking as part of a multi activity trip., Trip includes wildlife watching as part of the itinerary, Sea Kayaking as part of a multi-activity trip, Trip includes cultural activities in the itinerary

This trip is suitable for:

Families, Multi-Generational, Mixed Abilities

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Luxury & Unique Stays
  • Wildlife
  • Coastal & Island
  • Special Occasions

Grade & Terrain

This trip is graded moderate and includes daily activities, guides and tours within the Galapagos Islands. To get the most from your trip, you should be in decent physical shape and able to swim, walk three to six hours every day and enjoy boat based activities. The hiking and biking is mostly on dirt trails or paths. The kayaking and paddleboarding (SUP) activities will be on the waters of the Pacific Ocean and at times can be choppy. Kayaks consist of one to two persons per boat, while paddleboards are limited to only one per person. Minimal to no prior experience is necessary, although your ability to swim is a must.

Accommodation Information

We specifically hand-select boutique hotels, so you can fully enjoy your stay within the historic downtown of Quito.

In the Galapagos Islands, you'll be staying in an oceanfront hotel located on Isabela Island and a safari-style tented camp located on Santa Cruz.

We regularly use the following properties, but will accommodate lodging of equal standard should any of the following be unavailable. In both locations, we book standard rooms that provide comfort, modern amenities, multilingual staff, individual character and charm.

Extra Nights

You can easily request to add extras nights during this itinerary. For further details, please ask us at the time of booking.

Solo Travelers & Single Rooms

This trip is based on two people sharing a room. If you’d like separate rooms, a single supplement is required.

If you would like to request a twin room (same room with two separate beds), please notify us during booking so we can request this option.

This trip is available for solo travelers (a solo supplement is required).

Meals

Breakfast is included each morning and ranges from buffet-style to a set menu or a la carte. A typical breakfast includes juice, tea, coffee, yogurt, granola, fruit, breads, eggs or a selection of hot dishes. Please notify us of dietary restrictions at the time of booking.

Four lunches and dinners are included in this trip. All other meals are not included, so you can choose to dine at your hotel or from available nearby cafés or restaurants.

Included
  • 1 Night at a boutique hotel in Quito
  • 4 Nights in land-based lodges and hotels in the Galapagos Islands
  • 5 Breakfasts
  • 4 Lunches and Dinners
  • Private transfers to/from Quito International Airport to downtown Quito
  • All activities, boat and vehicle transfers per the itinerary in the Galapagos
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fees ($120)
  • English-speaking tours and guides (daily private guides and one small group guide)
  • Detailed pre-departure information pack
  • 24/7 telephone support from our office
  • Telephone support from our local, English-speaking representative
Excluded
  • International flights
  • Flights to/from Galapagos Islands
  • All other meals, drinks and snacks
  • Additional nights before, during or after the trip
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities and tips
Extras
  • Extra Nights in Quito
  • Room Upgrades (only where applicable)

When To Go

Traveling between the months of December to May is often the most popular time to go. This period is during the warm, rainy season, offering warmer temperatures and clearer seas, thus resulting in pleasant conditions to snorkel and swim. Rain typically drizzles daily, but for short periods of time.

June to November is the cooler, dry season, with often cooler temperatures, stronger winds and, at times, rougher seas. However, the nutrient-rich waters attract rare fish and underwater species, making this season a great time to go snorkeling and scuba diving.

No matter when you decide to go, the isolation from the mainland and equatorial location make the Galapagos Islands beautiful, full of wildlife, and worth visiting year-round.

Availability

This trip is available year-round. Due to the Galapagos Islands being a popular destination and having regulations limiting the number of annual visits, we may at times have to accommodate you with alternative itineraries or locations due to availability.

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalized to ensure availability for specific dates.

Getting to the Start

Quito International Airport, based about an hour from Ecuador’s capital, has flights from international and national destinations and is a hub for exploring this beautiful country.

Travel to the Galapagos

Transfers to and from Quito International Airport are included. A domestic flight to Seymour Airport, located on Baltra Island in the Galapagos Islands, is not an included part of this itinerary as costs may vary depending on the season. To ensure the most economical price and to ensure you get the best deal, domestic flights will be purchased during booking and we will advise you of the cost. We typically choose an early flight, so you can meet your guides and maximize your time within the Galapagos. Should you have any specific requirements for flights, please inform our team here at Macs Adventure.

Getting from the End

Quito International Airport, based about an hour from Ecuador’s capital, has flights to international and national destinations and is a hub for this beautiful country. 

Travel from the Galapagos

Transfers to and from Quito International Airport are included. A domestic flight from Seymour Airport, located on Baltra Island in the Galapagos Islands, is not an included part of this itinerary as costs may vary depending on the season. To ensure the most economical price and to ensure you get the best deal, domestic flights will be purchased during booking and we will advise you of the cost. Should you have any specific requirements for flights, please inform our team here at Macs Adventure.

Baggage Transfer

Baggage transfers are included in the price of your trip. We ask you to keep your baggage to a maximum of 1 bag per person. Please note that we have a luggage limit of 50 lbs. per person.

General Information

All boat transfers and transportation services related to the itinerary are included in this trip.

For additional transportation services outside the provided itinerary, such as a taxi to a specific restaurant or location, the host at your evening’s accommodation can help assist you in making the necessary arrangements.

Visas

Please check your visa requirements with the foreign office or the embassy in your country of residence before traveling to Ecuador.

For US and UK residents, proof of travel or health insurance and a valid passport for at least six months past the planned date of departure from Ecuador is required. Visas are not required unless you are planning to visit longer than 90 days. You may be asked about your reason for travel and provide evidence of a return or onward flight upon arrival.

Equipment

Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard gear for exploring the islands such as swimsuits, sunscreen, hats, water shoes, durable hiking boots, cameras, binoculars, rain gear and a day pack. If you have any questions about what to take, we'd be happy to share our own top tips and advice. 

All equipment and safety gear for activities within the Galapagos Islands is provided each day and included in this trip.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance helps protect your travel investment, your belongings and most importantly you, from unforeseen circumstances that may arise before or during your trip. For more information, please visit our travel insurance page by clicking this link.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Quito Day 2 Quito to Santa Cruz Island Day 3 Explore Santa Cruz & South Plaza Islands Day 4 Explore Isabela Island Day 5 Hike Sierra Negra Volcano 5 miles / 8 km Day 6 Onward Travel

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