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What you will do

Discover the Galapagos Islands through an active land tour that will deliver the most extraordinary of this world-class naturalist heaven. As you kayak, mountain bike, trek or snorkel you will experience incredible close encounters with sea lions, iguanas, giant tortoises, boobies, rays, a myriad of tropical fish! This is a socially and environmentally responsible tour that provides many benefits to local island communities. Learn and enjoy from top adventure and naturalist guides that will immerse you in the realm of natural history and evolution.

Places you will see

QuitoSan CristobalIsla IsabelaSierra NegraIsla IsabelaSta Cruz
Guide English , Spanish
Food Breakfast , Lunch
Transport Private

Day 1
Quito

Arrival in Quito

Welcome to Quito! The biggest, best-preserved colonial city of America was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. The city is considered the Cultural Capital of South America and the second most important city of the old Inca Empire.
Depending on arrival time, you can spend your day exploring the old town of Quito and the surrounding area.
In the evening, one of our trip leaders will meet you at the hotel for a welcome briefing and there will be plenty of time to discuss details and answer any questions you may have regarding the adventure. Our first day is an informational and acclimation day.

Accommodation: Nu House Boutique Hotel

Standard Double Room

This modern hotel in the centre of Quito offers stylish rooms and minimalistic decor. All rooms at the Nu House Boutique Hotel have a 32-inch LCD TV, soundproof windows, and bathrooms with volcanic stone. The hotel is located at Plaza Foch square.


Nu House Boutique Hotel has 3 bars and restaurants serving Latin American food, tropical drinks and offering live entertainment. Guests can enjoy the around-the-clock coffee station and  business centre. The front desk can provide tourist information and arrange airport shuttles.


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Day 2
QuitoSan Cristobal

San Cristobal & Charles Darwin

Today we will explore the most amazing archipelago in the Pacific coast, where Charles Darwin based his theory of the evolution of species: San Cristobal Island. 
We will visit the town of Puerto Moreno, La Loberia, and will see local animals that belong only to this part of the world. We'll also enjoy the the refreshing waters of the beach! 

 

Quito

Activity: San Cristobal Island

Explore the most amazing archipelago in the Pacific coast and the incredibly biodiverse place where Charles Darwin based his theory of the evolution of species. 

In the morning, fly from Quito to the island of San Cristobal. Upon arrival, you will transfer to a hotel in the town of Puerto Moreno.

From there, head to “La Loberia," a scenic sea lion laden-beach. Catch the sea lions lounging on rocks or just playing in the sand. San Cristobal houses several exotic species such as the yellow warbler birds, frigate birds, and several species of the Darwin finches along the beach.

You are also able to spot marine iguanas, native only to the Galapagos Islands. We recommend snorkling (gear provided) in the island's waters to explore even more wildlife!

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Accommodation: Cabañas Pimampiro Hotel

Family Cabin or Suite

We are located in the San Cristobal Island, close to the Centre of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of the archipelago. Hotel Cabañas, works for several years and offers tourists all the facilities to enjoy their stay in San Cristobal with total comfort and tranquility. We offer suites and cabins, ideal for walks with family or friends. In addition, services of restaurant and swimming pool.

The Hotel has five Suites vip and three cabins with two bedrooms each. The cabins and suites have air conditioning, safe, coffee maker, refrigerator and bathroom with hot water. In addition, offers the services of restaurant, laundry and internet.

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Day 3
San Cristobal

Sea Lions & Snorkeling

Today we will visit Kicker Rock, an amazing place formed from ancient lava cones located off the coast of San Cristobal. This natural monument is full of different kind of birds, fishes, sharks and sea lions and the crystal waters offers you great snorkeling opportunities. We'lll also visit an island filled with noisy, adorable sea lions. 

Activity: Snorkel At Kicker Rock And Visit To Isla De Los Lobos (Sea Lions Island)

 In the morning, we will take a speed boat to Kicker Rock, also known as the Sleeping Lion (Leon Dormido) because of its resemblance. This site is located off the coast of San Cristobal. The remains of a lava cone eroded by the sea, two vertical rocks rising 500 feet above the ocean, form a small channel that is navigable by small boats.
This Galapagos Islands natural monument has become a favorite sight due to the many tropicbirds, frigate birds and boobies that fill the sky in this area. Beneath the sea, the crystal waters offer a brilliant show of colorful tropical fish, such as rainbow fish, and sharks, like hammerhead-, reef- and white tip sharks.
After lunch, we visit Sea Lions Island (Isla de Los Lobos). This appropriately named island is ripe with noisy, frolicking, jolly sea lions who will welcome us to their home with open fins. This island also offers great snorkeling opportunities as well as the chance to see blue-footed and Nazca boobies. 

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Accommodation: Cabañas Pimampiro Hotel

Family Cabin or Suite

We are located in the San Cristobal Island, close to the Centre of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of the archipelago. Hotel Cabañas, works for several years and offers tourists all the facilities to enjoy their stay in San Cristobal with total comfort and tranquility. We offer suites and cabins, ideal for walks with family or friends. In addition, services of restaurant and swimming pool.

The Hotel has five Suites vip and three cabins with two bedrooms each. The cabins and suites have air conditioning, safe, coffee maker, refrigerator and bathroom with hot water. In addition, offers the services of restaurant, laundry and internet.

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Amenities
No amenities for this day 

Day 4
Isla Isabela

Exploring Isabella Island on Two Wheels

During this day, we will visit Isabela Island, the largest in the archipelago and the place where the most volcanic activity in the Galapagos is reported.  We will head out on our mountain bikes to explore the beautiful coastline on an exclusive trail. We will explore pristine, white sand beaches, mangrove forests and lagoons. 
Finally we will enjoy an amazing sunset on the beach of Puerto Villamil.

 

Activity: Mountain Biking Around Isabela

In the morning, we take a short flight to Isabela Island, the largest island in the archipelago and the place where the most volcanic activity in the Galapagos is reported.

The island is formed by six shield volcanoes, Alcedo, Cerra Azul, Darwin, Ecuador, Sierra Negra and Wolf, five of them still active, and therefore the island is one of the most volcanically active places on earth. During our island crossing, we will be on the lookout for dolphins and whales (July to October).

In the afternoon, we head out on our mountain bikes to explore the beautiful coastline on an exclusive trail, taking us through an incredible ecosystem with a wide variety of wildlife. We start with a visit to the Wall of Tears, a massive wall built with lava rocks. This site dates back to the ‘50s, when Isabela was used as a penal colony and prisoners were forced to build the wall to keep them from going mad, because of the isolation they experienced.

As we continue our ride along the coast, we explore pristine, white sand beaches, mangrove forests and lagoons. This area is filled with birdlife, including American oyster catchers, herons, flamingos, finches and many shore birds, as well as the ubiquitous sea lions and marine iguanas.

 

After dinner we can enjoy a breath-taking sunset on the beach of Puerto Villamil.

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Accommodation: La Casa de Marita Hotel

Double Room

 This property is 1 minute walk from the beach. Surrounded by palm trees and the white-sanded beaches of Puerto Villamil, La Casa de Marita offers stylish accommodation in beautiful Isabela Island. Free Wi-Fi and buffet breakfast are included.

This boutique hotel features suites with private balconies and ocean or interior views. All of them are decorated in unique contemporary artistic styles and are fully equipped with air conditioning, minibars, and comfortable seating areas.

La Casa de Marita's restaurant serves both national and international dishes made only from fresh, organic, ingredients entirely grown and harvested in Marita's plantation. Guests can relax on the hammocks overlooking the sea, or enjoy themselves reading a book from the library.

Many outdoor activities, such as snorkeling and hiking trips, can be requested at the hotel.

La Casa de Marita can be reached by plane from Quito and from Guayaquil. Santa Cruz (Puerto Ayora) is 2 hours away by boat. Sierra Negra Volcano is 22 km away. The Giant Tortoise Centre is 1.2 km away. 

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Day 5
Sierra NegraQuitoIsla Isabela

Hiking Sierra Negra Volcano & Kayaking Tintoreras

Today we will visit the Sierra Negra Volcano, an active volcano which last erupted in October 2005. 
After we'll go kayaking in Tintoreras, an small island placed in the south of Puerto Villamil, where we will be able to see sea lions, penguins, turtles and marine iguanas. 

Sierra Negra

Activity: Sierra Negra Volcano Trek & Tintoreras Paddling

After driving up from Puerto Villamil to the trailhead, we prepare our backpacks and hike into a young forest ecosystem, a world of recent geological history. Our destination is the rim of Sierra Negra Crater, an active volcano which last erupted in October 2005. Upon arrival, we take in breathtaking views and explore the circumference of the massive, lava-filled crater, over six miles across at its widest point. If we feel energetic enough, we can continue our hike to Volcan Chico, a secondary crater that has a wild landscape of puffing fumaroles and colorful lava formations, great examples of the dramatic geological events that have forged the Galapagos Islands over millennia.

 In the afternoon, we return to Puerto Villamil and we go kayaking in Tintoreras to watch sea lions, penguins, turtles and marine iguanas.

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Accommodation: La Casa de Marita Hotel

Double Room

 This property is 1 minute walk from the beach. Surrounded by palm trees and the white-sanded beaches of Puerto Villamil, La Casa de Marita offers stylish accommodation in beautiful Isabela Island. Free Wi-Fi and buffet breakfast are included.

This boutique hotel features suites with private balconies and ocean or interior views. All of them are decorated in unique contemporary artistic styles and are fully equipped with air conditioning, minibars, and comfortable seating areas.

La Casa de Marita's restaurant serves both national and international dishes made only from fresh, organic, ingredients entirely grown and harvested in Marita's plantation. Guests can relax on the hammocks overlooking the sea, or enjoy themselves reading a book from the library.

Many outdoor activities, such as snorkeling and hiking trips, can be requested at the hotel.

La Casa de Marita can be reached by plane from Quito and from Guayaquil. Santa Cruz (Puerto Ayora) is 2 hours away by boat. Sierra Negra Volcano is 22 km away. The Giant Tortoise Centre is 1.2 km away. 

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Day 6
Quito

Swim Through Lava Tunnels & View Wildlife

During this day we explore the amazing formations of lava created by the last eruptions of the Volcanic Island along the seashore. It is a labyrinth of lava arches inside the breakers with crystal clear water full of huge sea turtles, eagle rays, sea lions, fish, white tipped reef sharks and more. 
Also you can enjoy some optional activities if you want. 

Activity: Lava Tunnel Exploration

Explore the amazing formations of lava created by the last eruptions of the volcanic island. This magical place has been featured in several BBC and National Geographic nature documentaries. It is a labyrinth of lava arches in crystal clear waters.

Los Tuneles is home to a wide variety of species, including the curious Galapagos penguin, parrot fish, manta rays and white tipped reef sharks. 

Optional activities are also available either before or after the trip. These include snorkeling at Concha de Perla, kayaking in Tintoreras, surf lessons, biking or just relaxing on the beach.

We recommend a visit to the giant tortoise breeding center!

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Accommodation: La Casa de Marita Hotel

Double Room

 This property is 1 minute walk from the beach. Surrounded by palm trees and the white-sanded beaches of Puerto Villamil, La Casa de Marita offers stylish accommodation in beautiful Isabela Island. Free Wi-Fi and buffet breakfast are included.

This boutique hotel features suites with private balconies and ocean or interior views. All of them are decorated in unique contemporary artistic styles and are fully equipped with air conditioning, minibars, and comfortable seating areas.

La Casa de Marita's restaurant serves both national and international dishes made only from fresh, organic, ingredients entirely grown and harvested in Marita's plantation. Guests can relax on the hammocks overlooking the sea, or enjoy themselves reading a book from the library.

Many outdoor activities, such as snorkeling and hiking trips, can be requested at the hotel.

La Casa de Marita can be reached by plane from Quito and from Guayaquil. Santa Cruz (Puerto Ayora) is 2 hours away by boat. Sierra Negra Volcano is 22 km away. The Giant Tortoise Centre is 1.2 km away. 

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Day 7
Sta Cruz

Charles Darwin Research Station & the Galapagos Tortoise

 During this day we will visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn more about many of the endemic species of the island. Then we will go to 'El Chato' Reserve in the highlands of Santa Cruz, home to the famous Galapagos tortoise. Finally we will spend the evening in Galapagos' most populous town, called "Puerto Ayora". 

Activity: Charles Darwin Research Station

We embark on a fast boat from Isabela to Santa Cruz Island to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and learn more about many of the endemic species in the area and about the conservation and management efforts of the Galapagos Islands.

After, we head to the "El Chato" Reserve in the highlands of Santa Cruz, home to the famous Galapagos tortoise. Hiking through El Chato's beautiful scenery is an unforgettable experience!

Keep an eye out for pintail ducks, egrets, flycatchers and finches on the hike. Observe the behaviors of frigate birds, which gather to wash the salt off their feathers at a nearby fresh water lake.

Alas, we return to Puerto Ayora to spend the evening in the Galapagos most populous town.

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Accommodation: La Casa de Judy Hotel

Touristic Room

 Hotel La Casa de Judy offers free WiFi accommodation in Puerto Ayora. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar.

Rooms at Hotel La Casa de Judy are fitted with air conditioning and have a flat-screen TV. A terrace or balcony are featured in certain rooms. Every room includes a private bathroom fitted with a bath or shower and shower.

You will find a 24-hour front desk at the property.

 

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Day 8
Sta Cruz

Santa Cruz Island

Today you can experience the Galapagos at your pace from your base in Puerto Arayo on Santa Cruz Island. You can go on a self-guided exploration walk through a dry forest to Tortuga Bay, a beautiful white sand beach and nesting side to thousands of marine turtles. It's a beautiful spot for swimming or snorkeling. Alternatively, you can join any of the optional activities, such as a trip to Floreana Island, Bartolome Island or a scuba-diving day trip.

Accommodation: La Casa de Judy Hotel

Touristic Room

 Hotel La Casa de Judy offers free WiFi accommodation in Puerto Ayora. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar.

Rooms at Hotel La Casa de Judy are fitted with air conditioning and have a flat-screen TV. A terrace or balcony are featured in certain rooms. Every room includes a private bathroom fitted with a bath or shower and shower.

You will find a 24-hour front desk at the property.

 

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No amenities for this day 

Day 9
Quito

Return To Quito

After our final breakfast on the Galapagos Islands and a few  last photos of sea lions, we transfer to Baltra’s airport to catch the flight back to Quito.

Accommodation: Nu House Boutique Hotel

Standard Double Room

This modern hotel in the centre of Quito offers stylish rooms and minimalistic decor. All rooms at the Nu House Boutique Hotel have a 32-inch LCD TV, soundproof windows, and bathrooms with volcanic stone. The hotel is located at Plaza Foch square.


Nu House Boutique Hotel has 3 bars and restaurants serving Latin American food, tropical drinks and offering live entertainment. Guests can enjoy the around-the-clock coffee station and  business centre. The front desk can provide tourist information and arrange airport shuttles.


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No amenities for this day 

Day 10
Quito

Departure Day

Today is departure day. Take your memories and photos and leave a piece of your heart. We're sure you will want to return to Ecuador soon to experience more of this enchanted land. We wish you a “buen viaje”! 

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1 Review

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We had a amazing time. In a group of friends its fun to combine sports and travel. Our guide Jaime was a very nice person. Galapagos itself is a very special place. The wildlife is amazing. We didn't had any trouble with our complicated group logistic thanks to Evelyn. First time it went so smooth. Would recommend this trip and the agent to anybody without second thought.

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