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(PRIVATE) Galapagos Islands: Explore Quito & The Galapagos (Land Based) - 7 Days

GEC Trip Type: PRIVATE TOUR* (for 2+ people booking together), *all excursions, transfers, etc. are on a shared basis with other travelers.

Join a Group Tour!: Want to experience your next adventure with other like-minded people in a small group setting? Then be sure to check out all of our Upcoming Group Tours! Perfect for the Solo Travelers. Ideal for friends. All are welcome! We also provide free roommate matching for solo travelers, helping you to avoid mandatory single supplements!

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In the islands that spawned the very theory of our evolution, life is as unique as ever in the Galapagos. And since Charles Darwin’s famous visit back in 1835, the land remains just as pristine. In the Galapagos, near perfect red and white sand beaches still dot the islands, coastlines remain dominated by giant mangroves, ocean waters continue to flourish with multicolored life forms, and animals continue to behave as though man were no enemy. It is this purity, this innocence, this very magnificence that truly makes the Galapagos the enchanted islands that they are today.

On this very unique and exciting locally guided adventure we combine an exciting 5d/4n land-based hotel stay and thrilling daily yacht explorations of the amazing Galapagos Islands, with a guided tour through the best of Quito (a UNESCO World Heritage City).

In the Galapagos, you’ll explore several different islands while staying in the comfort of a land-based hotel at night. During the day you'll take daily yacht excursions where you can snorkel the crystal clear waters and witness amazing diversity of animals on Baltra, Santa Cruz, Floreana, and Isabela Islands. At night you can relax in the comfort of the spacious hotel and explore the nearby restaurants.

In Quito, you’ll tour through the best of this wonderful city, the surrounding countryside, and you’ll have a chance to experience the thrill of standing on the equator.

It’s a great land-based way to visit these amazing islands.

Additional days are possible in the Galapagos, Quito and Guayaquil. Contact us for details.

We also offer ship-based cruises of varying lengths (4, 5 & 7 days) and price levels. We have access to a large inventory of cruise ships with a variety of departure dates. Please contact us for details and pricing.



Places Visited:

Land Based Galapagos Island with daily Cruises and visits nearby island such as Baltra Island, Santa Cruz Island, Floreana Island, Isabela Island, as well as Quito Ecuador, Equator Monument, Guayaquil Ecuador


Trip Itinerary:
Brief Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive Quito
Day 2: Tour of Quito (B)
Day 3: Fly Quito to Galapagos. Charles Darwin Research Station. (B, L)
Day 4: Galapagos Islands Yacht Excursion. (B, L)
Day 5: Galapagos Islands Yacht Excursion. (B, L)
Day 6: Galapagos Islands Yacht Excursion. (B, L)
Day 7: Galapagos to Guayaquil. Trip Ends (B)


Detailed Itinerary:

B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner

Day 1:
QUITO, ECUADOR

If you purchased airport transfers through us(Highly Recommended), then upon arriving in Quito you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. During transfer and at the hotel, our representative will provide you with all of the pertinent details about your trip and answer any last minute questions you may have. If you did not purchase transfers through us, then we will provide information about meeting our local representative at your start hotel to receive details about your trip (all hotel, transfer, etc info to be provided in the Pre-Departure Dossier sent about 3 weeks before departure). The evening is yours to relax and enjoy the city. Overnight in Quito.


Day 2:
QUITO (B)

In the morning you will be met by your guide and we’ll head out on a five hour tour of the Ecuadorian capital city of Quito. Declared a World Heritage City by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), Quito is undoubtedly among the most attractive Latin American cities. Although it lays on the equator, the city is located high in the Andes, resulting in weather that is warm and comfortable during the day and cool at night. The morning tour will focus on the best of Quito and its rich cultural legacy, ornate facades, and dazzling gilded altars.

After lunch you will visit the Equator where we’ll have the chance to see a quintessential village located at the Equatorial Line, marked by geographers as latitude 000’00”. Here you can stand in two hemispheres at the same time. You'll also visit a delightful local museum which focuses on Ecuador’s varied ethnic groups from the Galapagos to the Amazon. Overnight in Quito.


Day 3:
GALAPAGOS ISLANDS & CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION. (B, L)

Getting an early start, you will be transferred to the Quito airport where you will fly on our own to the Galapagos. Arriving in the Galapagos and following entrance procedures/park entrance tax payments, you will be met at the airport by our Galapagos based representative and transferred to the ferry for the short 10 minute ferry to Santa Cruz Island.

Once on Santa Cruz you to transfer you to an Ecological Reserve located in the highlands of the island: either Manzanillo or Cerro Mesa or El Chato at the reserves you will have the chance to see the giant tortoises in their natural habitat and learn about the endemic flora of this island.

Following lunch, you will transfer to your hotel in Puerto Ayora.

In the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station is a center of scientific research on the evolution of species. This is home to dozens of tortoises of different species living in the islands; at the visitor information center is further described the history of the Islands, since their formation and evolution to the present day.

Evening is yours to explore and have dinner in Puerto Ayora.


Days 4:
GALAPAGOS ISLANDS YACHT EXCURSION (B, L)

Following an early breakfast, you'll head down to the port and board the yacht for a full day of exploring the Galapagos Islands.

The Galapagos National Park regulates all visits in the Islands in order to avoid any damage to the environment. According to its regulations, boats are assigned their island visiting schedule each day. While this itinerary is a good indication of island you should expect to visit over the next several days, the park regulators could change the order and/or vary which islands are visited. Also, please note that all excursions in the Galapagos Islands are provided on a shared basis with bilingual English/ Spanish speaking guides. Groups are typically around a maximum of about 16 passengers

As per the National Park's sailing assignment, today's yacht tour will be to a nearby island: either Isabela OR Plazas OR Santa Fe OR Seymour OR Bartolome OR San Cristobal. This visit will allow you to discover the fascinating flora and fauna of the archipelago.

Isla Isabela:
Located on the west side of the Archipelago sailing takes about 2 hours, Isabela is the largest island of the archipelago. Visit the historic site The Wall of Tears, between 1945 and 1959 a penal colony was established on the island, the prisoners were forced to build a wall 25 feet high, stone by stone, hundreds of prisons lost their lives in this building. Continue to the Wetlands Complex a series of trails, lagoons and mangroves that are home to numerous species unique to the islands: flamenco, pintail, Real tero Oystercatcher gallinula, ghost crabs and fiddler crabs.

Bartolome Island:
This island located north of Santa Cruz is famous for its Pinnacle Rock, an obelisk that rises from the edge of the sea at its base can generally observe penguins. The main attraction though is go a boardwalk trail and about 2000 steps to the top of the island at 600 m approx. At the top, the view is rewarding because you can see the bay and nearby islands and volcanic landscape formations cones and lava tubes that resemble a lunar landscape.

Isla Santa Fe:
It is located southeast of Santa Cruz, is one of the oldest islands of volcanic origin of the archipelago In its countless beaches are colonies of sea lions. Frequently in your bushes Galapagos Hawks are observed. The path to the cliff Palo Santo forest and marine iguanas are seen resting in the shadows of giants Cactus.

Plazas Islands:
It is a small island with steep cliffs that formed from lava that emerged from the ocean. Currently the island is completely covered with cactus and plants which change Sesuvium reddish green in the rainy season. This island is also home to several colonies of sea lions and land iguanas.

San Cristobal:
Early departure to San Cristobal, at the Visitors & Interpretation Center you will find important information about the natural history of the Islands. We will continue to Tijeretas, a small hill and habitat of Frigate Birds, also known as Tijeretas. From this place there is a beautiful and panoramic view of the islands. Punta Carola is another visitor´s site included in this excursion, this is a great place to observe a big colony of sea lions, and marine iguanas lying on the rocks, here we can also observe marine birds. Finally, we head towards LA LOBERÍA, located at 10 minutes from Puerto Baquerizo; there is a big colony of sea lions lying on the beach.

Seymour:
This is a sanctuary for marine birds, during the breeding season you can find big colonies of Blue footed boobies, frigate brids, Swallow-tailed gulls. At the other side of the islands it is possible to observe sealions and marine iguanas covering the rocks and lava of this island.

Days 5:
GALAPAGOS ISLANDS YACHT EXCURSION. (B, L)

Following an early breakfast, you'll head down to the port and board the yacht for another full day of exploring the Galapagos Islands.

As per the National Park's sailing assignment, today's yacht tour will be to a nearby island: either Isabela OR Plazas OR Santa Fe OR Seymour OR Bartolome OR San Cristobal. This visit will allow you to discover the fascinating flora and fauna of the archipelago.


Day 6:
GALAPAGOS ISLANDS YACHT EXCURSION. (B, L)

Following an early breakfast, you'll head down to the port and board the yacht for another full day of exploring the Galapagos Islands.

As per the National Park's sailing assignment, today's yacht tour will be to a nearby island: either Isabela OR Plazas OR Santa Fe OR Seymour OR Bartolome OR San Cristobal. This visit will allow you to discover the fascinating flora and fauna of the archipelago.


Day 7:
GALAPAGOS ISLANDS TO GUAYAQUIL. TRIP ENDS. (B)

You will have the morning free until, at the proper time, you are picked up at the hotel and transferred to the airport where you will fly on your own to Guayaquil, Ecuador (flights back to Quito can be arranged at an additional cost as well - please contact us). Your trip officially ends with your transfer to the Galapagos airport. From the Guayaquil airport, you can fly to Peru to extend your vacation on one of our exciting trips to Machu Picchu and the Amazon OR fly home.

We can also extend your stay by one night in Guayaquil... please contact us for details.



Important Information



This is a locally guided Global Expeditions Club private trip for 2+ people booking together (yacht excursions and transfers are on a shared basis).

Join a Group Tour!: Want to experience your next adventure with other like-minded people in a small group setting? Then be sure to check out all of our Upcoming Group Tours! Perfect for the Solo Travelers. Ideal for friends. All are welcome! We also provide free roommate matching for solo travelers, helping you to avoid mandatory single supplements!

This tour requires a total minimum of 2+ people to run. Please DO NOT purchase your airfare or any personal travel requirements until you receive a written confirmation of guaranteed departure.

Prices are based on double occupancy in twin rooms. A single room supplement applies on private trips to those staying in a room on their own.

Additional days are possible in the Galapagos, Quito and Guayaquil. Contact us for details.

We also offer ship-based cruises of varying lengths (4, 5 & 7 days) and price levels. We have access to a large inventory of cruise ships with a variety of departure dates. Please contact us for details and pricing.


Availability and prices for the Quito–Galapagos-Guayaquil flight and hotels are subject to confirmation and changes. We will advise you of any changes.

NOTE: The Galapagos National Park regulates all visits in the Islands in order to avoid any damage to the environment. According to its regulations, boats are assigned their island visiting schedule each day. As such, the above itinerary is only an expected indication of island visits and could change order and/or vary as to which islands are visited.

All excursions and transfers are on a shared basis with other travelers booked through GECtravel and/or other companies.

Trip ID: SA1094
PRICING
Departure Dates:

$845.00
RT Flight: Quito-Galapagos-Guayaquil (subject to change).
$645.00
Local Fee
$100.00
Optional Add-Ons
 
OPTIONAL: Airport Arrival Transfer to Quito Hotel per person (Highly Recommended)
$29.00
OPTIONAL: Upgrade to 4* hotels
$549.00

Price Includes
  • Expert English/Spanish speaking local guides
  • Island yacht excursions with expert guides on a shared basis
  • Guided tour of the Ecuadorian capital city of Quito, declared a World Heritage City by UNESCO
  • All airport, ferry & yacht transfers, excursions, and meals per itinerary
  • 2 nights lodging in a comfortable mid-range tourist class hotel in Quito (upgrades available)
  • 4 nights land-based hotel stay in Galapagos (upgrades available)
Price Does Not Include
  • International round trip airfare from your home country to the start/end point per the itinerary
  • Domestic airfare between Quito/Guayaquil and the Galapagos
  • Bottled water and other beverages
  • All alcoholic beverages
  • Meals other then specified
  • Airport departure taxes and fees paid in USD cash at airport (current international departure tax is approximately US$40)
  • Galapagos Tax (current rate US$100) and Galapagos Transit Control Card (current rate US$20), both paid in USD cash to the authorities at the airport in the Galapagos.
  • Arrival and Departure Airport Transfers
  • Local Fee
  • Travel medical insurance (details)
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities
Minimum Group Size
  • 2
Accomodation Included
  • 2 nights lodging in a comfortable mid-range tourist class hotel in Quito
  • 5 day / 4 night land-based hotel stay in Galapagos with daily yacht cruises
Transportation Included
  • Comfortable van/bus, ferry and boats
Seasonal Info
  • The Galapagos are visited year-round with daytime temperatures averaging about 78F - 84F and varying only slightly throughout the year. In general, December to May is warm and sunny and June to November is slightly cooler and breezy. Animals can be seen year-round. Most birds nest year- round so courtship, mating, and chick hatchings can be seen almost any time of the year.


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