Best of Galapagos

Intrepid Travel Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
4.8 . Excellent
99%
Travel Style: Array Full on
Physical Level: All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
10 days
From: $ 3,270 $ 327 / day
Checking price

Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • Get acquainted with the beautiful churches and graceful boulevards of Quito, Ecuador's capital
  • The Galapagos Islands played a profound role in forming Charles Darwin's Theory of Natural Selection. Explore the islands on this in-depth adventure, coming face-to-face with some of the most extraordinary wildlife on earth
  • Get your blood pumping as you scale a volcano on Isabela Island, get up close and personal with giant tortoises on Santa Cruz Island. These nearly extinct creatures are one of the greatest drawcards to the Galapagos
  • This is a land based Galapagos trip, we use locally owned hotels on the islands. On this trip you will have more opportunities to interact with the locals as opposed to staying on a boat.

Short Description

Amazing wildlife, both on land and underwater, is the drawcard of the remote Galapagos Islands. Tour the Galapagos' outstanding natural beauty and interesting history by foot and boat on this active adventure. Trace Darwin's theory of evolution, spot colourful, bizarre and beautiful creatures and have an experience that is completely out of this world as you discover the incredible Galapagos Islands.

Style Small group tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value (3*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions All internal ground transport
Start City Quito
End City Quito

Itinerary

Day 1 Quito

Bienvenidos! Welcome to Quito, Ecuador. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 2 pm. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader. Quito is one of the most attractive cities in South America, sitting at an altitude of 2,850 metres with a view of Volcan Pichincha on the horizon. We’ll be back in Quito at the end of the trip, giving you a chance to further experience the city.

Day 2 Isla San Cristobal, Galapagos

Early this morning, catch a flight to Isla San Cristobal, your gateway to the galapagos Islands! After joining up with your fellow travellers who are starting and ending their trip on the Islands, head to La Loberia where you'll put on snorkelling gear for the first time and go for a swim among sea lions, perhaps spotting sea turtles too. Return to town for a free evening. Perhaps head out with the group and enjoy some of the fresh seafood available.

Day 3 Isla San Cristobal

Today begins with a 45-minute boat ride to Leon Dormido (Kicker Rock). On the way we might be able to spot nesting frigates and blue-footed boobies. There is also potential to swim among playful young sea lions. At Leon Dormido you can snorkel and look for sea turtles, manta rays and maybe the odd harmless Galapagos shark. Currents can be quite strong so it's important you are a confident swimmer to participate in this activity. If you have any concerns, please ensure you speak with your leader. Eat lunch on the boat then head to the Interpretation Center. Learn about the history of the 'Enchanted Islands' and the conservation projects which seek to preserve them. Continue to Frigatebird Hill (Cerro Tijeretas), which is located two kilometres from the Interpretation Center. It's quite a climb to the top, but well worth the amazing views of the bay. Return to town in the late afternoon or early evening.

Day 4 Isla Floreana/ Isla Isabela

Take an early morning boat ride towards Isla Floreana, which should take about 2.5 hours. Along the way keep your eyes peeled for wildlife such as dolphins and whales. On arrival to the island, snorkel in the clear blue waters and then break for lunch. Afterwards venture to a black-sand beach which belongs to the Witmers, decedents of some of the first settlers on the Galapagos. The town here, Puerto Velasco Ibarra, has about 150 residents and an intriguing history involving deaths, disappearances and murders. Later in the afternoon, wave goodbye to Floreana and continue to Isla Isabela (approximately 2 hours). From Isabela Port it's a short transfer to the hotel where we will spend the night (approximately 15 minutes).

Day 5 Isla Isabela

Start your second day on Isla Isabela with a short bus ride (approximately 15 minutes) to the Arnaldo Tupiza Tortoise Breeding Center where you'll observe giant tortoises in all stages of development. The centre has almost a thousand giant tortoises preparing for life on their own. Afterwards, head to a brackish lagoon to observe flamingos. In the afternoon, board a small Zodiac (panga) and cruise to Las Tintoreras (Shark Alley), looking out en roue for blue-footed boobies and the famous Galapagos penguin. On arrival, take a short walk on this isolated islet and popular iguana nesting site. Snorkel in a calm inlet with colourful fish and winding underground lava tubes. This area is frequented by green sea turtles that like to rest on the calm, sandy bottom. In the late afternoon return to town in search of your own sandy resting spot and enjoy your first Isabela sunset, arguably the most beautiful of all the islands.

Day 6 Isla Isabela

Start your last day on Isla Isabela by heading towards the Sierra Negra Volcano (approximately 45 minutes by bus), one of the most active volcanoes in the Galapagos and the second-largest crater in the world. Weather permitting, take a challenging hike of around 17 kilometres up the rocky mountain, which takes 5—6 hours. After the hike, make your way back to town for some free time to curl up with a book or venture down to the water for a relaxing swim before dinner.

Day 7 Isla Isabela / Isla Santa Cruz

Start the day with a kayak around Isabela before transferring by private speedboat to Isla Santa Cruz. Once you arrive on Santa Cruz head to a restaurant that offers a typical Eduadorian lunch package, simply referred to as ‘Menu’. This usually this consists of a fresh juice, a basic entree (usually a soup) and a main meal. These lunch deals are very popular throughout Ecuador so it’s a great way to eat like a local. In the afternoon enjoy free time to further explore the town or go on an optional excursion to the Charles Darwin Research Centre.

Day 8 Isla Santa Cruz

In the afternoon visit the highland of Isla Santa Cruz to observe the giant tortoise roaming the wild. Afterwards visit a locally owned sugar cane farm. Here the farmers will show us the ways sugar cane is processed and turned into alcohol. Along the way, keep an eye out for eagle rays, sea turtles and blue-footed boobies. Later, head back to Puerto Ayora.

Day 9 Isla Santa Cruz, Galapagos/ Quito

We say goodbye to the Galapagos today and take a flight back to Quito (Please note the flight will make a stop in Guayaquil) You'll arrive back to Quito later afternoon. Perhaps head out for a final group dinner.

Day 10 Quito

This morning your adventure comes to an end in Quito. As there are no activities planned for the final day, you can depart the accommodation at any time. Because there is little time spent in Quito on this trip, we recommend staying a few extra days to see more of Ecuador. If you choose to stay on, we’d be happy to assist you with booking accommodation. Ecuador has some of the most beautiful churches in the Americas, including the lavish La Compania de Jesus, which is decorated with seven tonnes of gold. Not far from the capital, there are volcanoes, hot springs and Incan ruins to explore. Consider doing one of our one-day sightseeing tours of Quito, which can include the Old Town, markets and the city's culinary delights (see urbanadventures.com).

Availability

Checking price
Price From $ 3,270
Price Per Day: $ 327 per day
Checking price
Start DateFinish DateBase PriceAvailability 
Oct-01-2022Oct-10-2022$ 3,4066 spots left Reserve
Oct-08-2022Oct-17-2022$ 4,055Sold Out Reserve
Oct-15-2022Oct-24-2022$ 3,8355 spots left Reserve
Oct-22-2022Oct-31-2022$ 3,8351 spots left Reserve
Oct-29-2022Nov-07-2022$ 3,8653 spots left Reserve
Nov-03-2022Nov-12-2022$ 3,91511 spots left Reserve
Nov-05-2022Nov-14-2022$ 4,145Sold Out Reserve
Nov-12-2022Nov-21-2022$ 3,9806 spots left Reserve
Nov-19-2022Nov-28-2022$ 3,9157 spots left Reserve
Nov-26-2022Dec-05-2022$ 4,0154 spots left Reserve
Dec-03-2022Dec-12-2022$ 4,0608 spots left Reserve
Dec-10-2022Dec-19-2022$ 4,06010 spots left Reserve
Dec-15-2022Dec-24-2022$ 3,86414 spots left Reserve
Dec-17-2022Dec-26-2022$ 4,06010 spots left Reserve
Dec-22-2022Dec-31-2022$ 4,0608 spots left Reserve
Dec-24-2022Jan-02-2023$ 4,3351 spots left Reserve
Jan-05-2023Jan-14-2023$ 3,99012 spots left Reserve
Jan-07-2023Jan-16-2023$ 4,1458 spots left Reserve
Jan-14-2023Jan-23-2023$ 4,14511 spots left Reserve
Jan-21-2023Jan-30-2023$ 4,1154 spots left Reserve
Jan-28-2023Feb-06-2023$ 3,99012 spots left Reserve
Feb-04-2023Feb-13-2023$ 3,79712 spots left Reserve
Feb-11-2023Feb-20-2023$ 3,99011 spots left Reserve
Feb-16-2023Feb-25-2023$ 3,27013 spots left Reserve
Feb-18-2023Feb-27-2023$ 3,27016 spots left Reserve
Feb-25-2023Mar-06-2023$ 3,79714 spots left Reserve
Mar-04-2023Mar-13-2023$ 3,9908 spots left Reserve
Mar-09-2023Mar-18-2023$ 3,27014 spots left Reserve
Mar-11-2023Mar-20-2023$ 3,99010 spots left Reserve
Mar-18-2023Mar-27-2023$ 4,14516 spots left Reserve
Mar-23-2023Apr-01-2023$ 3,27016 spots left Reserve
Mar-25-2023Apr-03-2023$ 4,14512 spots left Reserve
Apr-01-2023Apr-10-2023$ 4,14511 spots left Reserve
Apr-06-2023Apr-15-2023$ 3,99014 spots left Reserve
Apr-08-2023Apr-17-2023$ 4,30011 spots left Reserve
Apr-11-2023Apr-20-2023$ 3,27016 spots left Reserve
Apr-13-2023Apr-22-2023$ 3,99014 spots left Reserve
Apr-15-2023Apr-24-2023$ 4,30012 spots left Reserve
Apr-20-2023Apr-29-2023$ 4,30011 spots left Reserve
Apr-22-2023May-01-2023$ 4,30014 spots left Reserve
Apr-27-2023May-06-2023$ 3,99016 spots left Reserve
Apr-29-2023May-08-2023$ 4,30014 spots left Reserve
May-04-2023May-13-2023$ 3,99016 spots left Reserve
May-06-2023May-15-2023$ 4,3358 spots left Reserve
May-11-2023May-20-2023$ 3,99016 spots left Reserve
May-13-2023May-22-2023$ 4,30016 spots left Reserve
May-18-2023May-27-2023$ 3,99016 spots left Reserve
May-20-2023May-29-2023$ 4,30016 spots left Reserve
May-25-2023Jun-03-2023$ 3,27016 spots left Reserve
May-27-2023Jun-05-2023$ 4,30015 spots left Reserve
Jun-01-2023Jun-10-2023$ 3,99016 spots left Reserve
Jun-03-2023Jun-12-2023$ 4,30016 spots left Reserve
Jun-08-2023Jun-17-2023$ 3,27016 spots left Reserve
Jun-10-2023Jun-19-2023$ 4,30013 spots left Reserve
Jun-15-2023Jun-24-2023$ 3,99016 spots left Reserve
Jun-17-2023Jun-26-2023$ 4,30016 spots left Reserve
Jun-22-2023Jul-01-2023$ 3,99016 spots left Reserve
Jun-24-2023Jul-03-2023$ 4,14516 spots left Reserve
Jul-01-2023Jul-10-2023$ 4,14516 spots left Reserve
Jul-06-2023Jul-15-2023$ 3,99016 spots left Reserve
Jul-08-2023Jul-17-2023$ 4,14516 spots left Reserve
Jul-13-2023Jul-22-2023$ 3,99016 spots left Reserve
Jul-15-2023Jul-24-2023$ 4,14516 spots left Reserve
Jul-20-2023Jul-29-2023$ 3,99016 spots left Reserve
Jul-22-2023Jul-31-2023$ 4,14516 spots left Reserve
Jul-29-2023Aug-07-2023$ 4,14514 spots left Reserve
Aug-05-2023Aug-14-2023$ 4,14516 spots left Reserve
Aug-10-2023Aug-19-2023$ 3,99016 spots left Reserve
Aug-12-2023Aug-21-2023$ 4,14516 spots left Reserve
Aug-19-2023Aug-28-2023$ 3,99016 spots left Reserve
Aug-26-2023Sep-04-2023$ 3,99014 spots left Reserve
Aug-31-2023Sep-09-2023$ 3,99016 spots left Reserve
Sep-02-2023Sep-11-2023$ 3,99016 spots left Reserve
Sep-07-2023Sep-16-2023$ 3,99016 spots left Reserve
Sep-09-2023Sep-18-2023$ 3,99016 spots left Reserve
Sep-14-2023Sep-23-2023$ 3,99016 spots left Reserve
Sep-16-2023Sep-25-2023$ 3,99013 spots left Reserve
Sep-19-2023Sep-28-2023$ 3,27016 spots left Reserve
Sep-21-2023Sep-30-2023$ 3,99016 spots left Reserve
Sep-23-2023Oct-02-2023$ 3,99012 spots left Reserve
Sep-28-2023Oct-07-2023$ 3,99016 spots left Reserve
Sep-30-2023Oct-09-2023$ 3,99016 spots left Reserve
Oct-05-2023Oct-14-2023$ 3,99016 spots left Reserve
Oct-07-2023Oct-16-2023$ 3,99014 spots left Reserve
Oct-12-2023Oct-21-2023$ 3,99016 spots left Reserve
Oct-14-2023Oct-23-2023$ 3,99015 spots left Reserve
Oct-19-2023Oct-28-2023$ 3,99016 spots left Reserve
Oct-21-2023Oct-30-2023$ 3,99016 spots left Reserve
Oct-28-2023Nov-06-2023$ 3,99016 spots left Reserve
Nov-02-2023Nov-11-2023$ 4,14516 spots left Reserve
Nov-04-2023Nov-13-2023$ 4,14514 spots left Reserve
Nov-09-2023Nov-18-2023$ 3,99016 spots left Reserve
Nov-11-2023Nov-20-2023$ 4,14515 spots left Reserve
Nov-16-2023Nov-25-2023$ 3,99016 spots left Reserve
Nov-18-2023Nov-27-2023$ 4,14516 spots left Reserve
Nov-23-2023Dec-02-2023$ 3,27016 spots left Reserve
Nov-25-2023Dec-04-2023$ 4,14516 spots left Reserve
Nov-30-2023Dec-09-2023$ 3,99016 spots left Reserve
Dec-02-2023Dec-11-2023$ 4,30016 spots left Reserve
Dec-07-2023Dec-16-2023$ 3,99016 spots left Reserve
Dec-09-2023Dec-18-2023$ 4,30016 spots left Reserve
Dec-14-2023Dec-23-2023$ 4,30016 spots left Reserve
Dec-16-2023Dec-25-2023$ 4,30016 spots left Reserve
Dec-21-2023Dec-30-2023$ 4,30013 spots left Reserve
See more

1,639 Intrepid Travel Travel Reviews & Ratings

99%
4.8 out of 5 (100+ reviews)
Excellent 1,339
Great 287
Average 3
Disappointing 3
Terrible 7
Value
4.8
Guide
4.8
Activities
4.8
Lodging
4.8
Transportation
4.8
Meals
4.8

Best of Galapagos

I have now had 5 Intrepid experiences

5.0
Details
Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
I have now had 5 Intrepid experiences and have found the tour leaders to be very dedicated and helpful and knowledgeable.

I thought the trip was good, but

4.0
Details
Value4.0
Guide4.0
Activities4.0
Lodging4.0
Transportation4.0
Meals4.0
I thought the trip was good, but there were a few things that kept me from giving a 9 or 10 (10 should be nearly impossible to attain)

Excellent local guide, amazing location, ethically sensitive

5.0
Details
Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
Excellent local guide, amazing location, ethically sensitive and with an awareness of the need to support local economy and peoples.

Amazing trip. Amazing guide. Great itinerary. Fell

5.0
Details
Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
Amazing trip. Amazing guide. Great itinerary. Fell in love with the Galápagos Islands.

nemo111 was very good- helpful crew nice

5.0
Details
Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
nemo111 was very good- helpful crew nice food, naturalist jairo gusqui lopez was excellent- good knowledge looked after his group. got to see many animals up close so great experience.
Read more

It was a great trip which selected

5.0
Details
Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
It was a great trip which selected highlights of the amazing wildlife for us to see in a very limited time

Details

Flight & Transport Inclusions

All internal ground transport Plane,Speed Boat,Private Vehicle,Taxi,Public bus

Group Size

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 16

Accommodations

Hotel ( 9 nights)

Guides

You will be met at the Quito hotel by one of our experienced local representatives. They will conduct the group briefing on the evening of day 1 of the trip and also transfer with you to the airport on day 2 for your flight to the Galapagos. On arrival in the Galapagos you will be met your Guide. Our Guides are registered and trained in conservation and natural sciences by the Charles Darwin Foundation and licensed by the Galapagos National Park Service. On your last day in the Galapagos your guide will take you to the airport where you will take an unescorted flight. Our experienced customer representative will be waiting for you upon arrival at Quito airport and will accompany you back to the hotel where you will spend your final night of the tour. All group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Intrepid endeavours to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders. Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense, you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious, and social aspects. At Intrepid we aim to support local guides who have specialised knowledge of the regions we visit. If you are interested in delving deeper into the local culture at a specific site or location then your leader can recommend a local guide service in most of the main destinations of your trip.

Age Notes :

Min. Age: 15

Additional Information

Finish point

  • Hotel Vieja Cuba
  • La Niña N26-202 & Av. Diego de Almagro
  • Quito
  • ECUADOR
  • Phone: +593 22906729

Trip ID#:

intrepid-GGTF

×
Great Choice!

Now, Unlock Member Savings

Our Travelstride Select trips allow you and your travel companions to save up to $700. You wouldn’t want to miss that, right?

or
or
Provide email and password

With your FREE membership you get to:

  • Save up to $700 per person!*
  • Access private deals and offers
  • See personalized trip recommendations
  • Save favorite trips
*See Member Savings Program details
Already a member?

We respect your privacy and take great care to protect your information. By joining you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

×

You could save $ 600 per person on this trip!

TripSaver
Flexible travel vouchers redeemable on thousands of trips like this one!
×
×
×
Sign in to Save Trips
Welcome back! We're so happy to see you. ? Forgot Password?
Don't have an account? Join
  • Bookmark trips you like
  • Share with your travel companions
  • Track price changes
  • Access private discounts on trips you save
×
Sign in to see your results

TripFinder is a member-only feature. Don’t worry, it’s free!

With a membership you:

  • Save up to $700 per person!*
  • Access private deals and offers
  • See personalized trip recommendations
  • Save favorite trips
*See Member Savings Program details
×
Activate your free Travelstride membership

Just use the email address and password provided in the email we sent.

? Forgot Password?

With your free membership you:

  • Save up to $700 per person!*
  • Access private deals and offers
  • See personalized trip recommendations
  • Save favorite trips
*See Member Savings Program details
×
To Follow, sign in or sign up (it's free) ? Forgot Password?
Don't have an account? Join
member benefits

By signing in, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use

First name is required!
Last name is required!
First name is not valid!
Last name is not valid!
This is not an email address!
Email address is required!
This email is already registered!
Please enter valid email address
Password is required!
Enter a valid password!
Please enter 6 or more characters!
Please enter 32 or less characters!
Passwords are not the same!
Terms and Conditions are required!
Email or Password is wrong!
Please select the captcha checkbox!
Please select the valid captcha!
Something went wrong! Try again later!

"Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer."
Unknown
x
x
Download your brochure

Enter your email to get the "" brochure.

x
Brochure successfully sent!

We've sent the "" brochure to "". Check your inbox!