Discover the natural wonders of the Galapagos Islands and the unique wildlife of this enchanting archipelago by land, sea and air.
The Galapagos Islands are very much a once in a lifetime destination. These equatorial islands were completely isolated for centuries and are home to huge a number of endemic species, including the giant tortoise, Galapagos penguin and Galapagos sealion. On this land-based tour you will be able to explore the amazing biodiversity of these islands on a number of exciting excursions before returning every night to the comfort of the Galapagos Safari Camp on Santa Cruz Island.
Depart UK and overnight in Quito; 1-night
Leave the UK on an international flight to Quito via Madrid. On arrival you will be met and transferred to the Hotel Patio Andaluz, a stylish boutique hotel located in Quito’s colonial centre.
Fly to the Galapagos and transfer to Santa Cruz; 6-nights at the Galapagos Safari Camp
In the morning, you transfer back to Quito airport to catch the flight over to the Galapagos Islands. After passing through Galapagos immigration, you head for Santa Cruz for lunch in the highlands and a guided walk through the endemic Scalesia and Guayabillo forests. In the afternoon, you check-in at the Galapagos Safari Camp for a 4-night stay.
Explore the neighbouring islands
For the next two days after an early start, you board a boat that will carry you to one of the uninhabited islands around Santa Cruz. Possible destinations include North Seymour, Bartolomé, Santa Fe and South Plaza. Every island has a unique ecosystem and a guide will explain the evolutionary intricacies once you are ashore. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy a spot of snorkelling in the Galapagos Marine Reserve, which is the second largest marine reserve in the world. Keep an eye out for the Galapagos green turtle and the playful Galapagos sealion before returning to camp.
Excursion to Santa Cruz’s eastern coast
Following breakfast you drive to the eastern coastline of Santa Cruz, where several endemic plant and bird species can be found. This coastline offers stunning contrasts with mangroves, white sandy beaches and black lava trails all found in this small area, as well as a flamingo lagoon. Other optional activities include kayaking and mountain biking.
Fly to Isabela and visit the Tintoreras Islets
Today, you have the unique experience of seeing the Galapagos Islands from the air as a light aircraft flies you over to Isabela providing amazing views of this fascinating archipelago. Arrive in time for lunch and then head off to the Tintoreras Islets, where there is a diverse range of wildlife including Galapagos penguins, white tip reef sharks and Galapagos sealions. In the evening you will check-in at the Iguana Crossing Hotel for 2 nights.
Discover Sierra Negra on Isabela
Sierra Negra is a large shield volcano situated in the south-east of Isabela and today you have the opportunity to explore this amazing natural feature. Sierra Negra is one of the most scenic volcanoes on the archipelago and a trail around the edge of the caldera provides spectacular views of across Isabela and out to sea.
Return to Quito
In the morning after a leisurely breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight back to the mainland. On arrival in Quito you will be driven back to the Hotel Patio Andaluz for an overnight stay.
The morning will be free to spend as you wish before being transferred to Quito airport’s international terminal to board your overnight flight back home.