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7 Day Best of Galapagos

Best of Galapagos Travel

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Discover the enchanted Galapagos Islands on this 7 day island-hopping tour.  The Galapagos Archipelago is home to an abundance of unique wildlife. The islands, isolated from the mainland for millions of years has created a natural sanctuary that preserves rare species, allowing them to evolve without fear of humans. Explore the islands and get an intimate experience with the thriving wildlife. This tour is socially and environmentally responsible and provides benefits to the local communities. Be part of an educational and inspirational journey of a lifetime in one of the most fiercely protected marine wilderness areas in the world.

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ITINERARY

DAY 1
Arrival in Quito

Your first day begins in Quito, the biggest and best preserved colonial city of America. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978, Quito is imbued with rich history and culture – home to an ancient Inca Empire just waiting to be explored. Depending on your arrival, you will spend the day exploring the history of this cultural capital. In the evening, our trip leader will greet you at the hotel for a tour briefing. Today offers a great opportunity to soak in information, while allowing your body to acclimatize. Overnight in Quito.

DAY 2
Travel Day to Galapagos

From Quito, you will board a flight to Baltra Island. Once here, we travel to Puerto Ayora, the largest town in Galapagos. We’ll discover the spectacular Pacific coast archipelago with its gleaming waters and brilliant topography, which coincidentally is also one of the locations that laid the foundation for Charles Darwin's origin of species theory. You will then take a speedboat to Isabela, the biggest island within the archipelago and the area where lively volcanic activity takes place. The island is fringed with six volcanoes, five of which are still active, making it one of the most volcanically active regions on earth. When crossing islands, be prepared for the enthralling display of whales and dolphins around you (July to October). Overnight (Breakfast)

DAY 3
Hike to Sierra Negra and Snorkel in Tintoreras

The day begins with a drive from Puerto Villamil to the trailhead. Where we will prepare our backpacks for a hike to a fledgling forestry ecosystem, built on modern geological history. We will reach the rim of the still-active Sierra Negra Crater volcano. On arrival, immerse in panoramic vistas and discover different nuances of the lava-filled crater, extending over six miles across at its widest points. If you're up to continue hiking, we continue to the mesmerizing Volcan Chico for the opportunity to indulge deeper in puffing fumaroles and colorful lava formations. Discover the geological marvels as you hike through events that have sculpted the spellbinding beauty of Galapagos Islands over centuries. In the afternoon we will visit the Tintoreras Islet, a short distance from Puerto Villamil and home to impressive wildlife. The gorgeous turquoise waters are made even more exquisite thanks to the presence of Galapagos Penguins, reef sharks, sea lions and turtles. You can also visit a mangrove-fringed beach where marine iguanas successfully reproduce. Overnight (Breakfast, Lunch)

DAY 4
Lava Tunnels Snorkeling and Free Time

We discover the remarkable lava formations shaped by the last Volcanic Island eruptions along the seashore. This mystical brilliance is a labyrinth of lava arches set amongst crystal-clear water filled with sea lions, eagle rays, reef sharks, sea turtles and much more. You'll have the opportunity to snorkel with these gorgeous creatures, while you relish the excitement of the curious Galapagos penguins playing around you. Some optional activities like kayaking in Tintoreras, snorkeling at Concha de Perla, surf lessons and biking are also available. Alternatively, you can unwind on one of the exotic white-sand beaches of Isabela Island. The giant tortoise breeding center is worth visiting thanks to the unique splendor it offers. Overnight (Breakfast, Lunch)

DAY 5
Stanta Cruz, Charles Darwin Research Station

The morning begins with a speedboat ride from Isabela to Santa Cruz Island. Don't forget your photo-ready cameras to capture the jumping whales and dolphins around you (July to October). On arrival, you will check in at the hotel, with time to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to explore more of the endemic species you met on your adventure. In the afternoon a visit to El Chato in the Santa Cruz highlands, is home of the famous Galapagos tortoise. Your hike is brought to life with the enchanting scenery and paradise-like topography as you indulge in nature at its best. You'll also see other wildlife like egrets, flycatchers and pintail ducks along the way. Savor the opportunity to observe frigate birds gathering to wash salt off their feathers at the fresh water lake. Spend the evening back in Puerto Ayora, Galapagos' most populous and lively town. Overnight (Breakfast)

DAY 6
Travel Day back to Quito

After your last breakfast on the Galapagos Island, you'll be transferred to the Baltra airport to catch your flight back to the mainland. Overnight (Breakfast)

DAY 7
Depart

After breakfast you are transferred to Quito Airport for departures. (Breakfast)

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PRICES

2017 Price Per Person (USD)
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7 Day Best of Galapagos$2,500 $2,500 $2,280Book Now

INCLUDED

  • Round-trip airfare from Quito, Ecuador to Baltra Island, Galapagos
  • Airport transfers 
  • Land and sea transportation
  • Accommodations 
  • Meals: 6 breakfasts and 2 box lunches
  • Activities - trek Sierra Negra, snorkel in Tintoreras, Lava Tunnels, Charles Darwin Research Station and hike in Santa Cruz highlands
  • Snorkel mask and fins, life vest
  • Expert guides

EXCLUDED

  • International airfare
  • Meals not described in the itinerary
  • INGALA transit card
  • Galapagos National Park fee
  • Pier use fee at Puerto Villamil
  • Snorkeling gear for optional activities
  • Wetsuit
  • Tips

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