Galapagos Islands – Air, Water and Earth Safari

The Galapagos Islands are unlike any other place on earth. A string of volcanic islands situated almost 1000 km west of Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean, they are unique in their flora and fauna. The islands were first made famous when a young scientist by the name of Charles Darwin published “On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection” in 1859; the Galapagos are “the islands that changed the world”.
When: Year-round
Duration: 7 Days/ 6 Nights
Accommodations: Galapagos Safari Camp and Iguana Crossing or Casa de Marita

Islands Visited

  • Santa Cruz (4 nights)
  • Day trip(s) to North Seymour, Bartolome, South Plaza or Santa Fe
  • Isabela (2 nights)

OTHER ECUADOR & GALAPAGOS ITINERARIES

Below are some of our sample itineraries, but note that we can customize the perfect Ecuador adventure that meets your needs.

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Sample Itinerary


DAY 1: You will land in Baltra Island and cross the narrow Itabaca Channel to Santa Cruz accompanied by a bilingual naturalist guide who will take you to a farm in the highlands for a tasty lunch.  You will then do a complete tour of the area, exploring various vegetation zones and microclimates, walking around pit craters, through lava tunnels, and getting acquainted with endemic Scalesia and Guayabillo forests.  At the Tortoise Reserve, you will observe the emblematic giant tortoises in their natural habitat and the abundant bird life of the highlands.  Your tour will end at Galapagos Safari Camp where you can enjoy a sunset cocktail followed by dinner. (L,D)

DAYS 2-3: After an early rise, you will take a boat trip to explore one of the neighboring islands (North Seymour, Bartolomé, South Plazas or Santa Fé). Each island has its particular natural habitat and you will be guided through the evolutionary marvels of your destination.  The Galapagos Marine Reserve is the second largest reserve in the world; you will be able to snorkel off the boat and experience the richness of the aquatic species.  Alternatively, if you are SCUBA certified we can replace one or both day trips with diving. Overnights at Galapagos Safari Camp. (B,L,D)

DAY 4: In the morning, you will be driven to the eastern part of the island.  At 490 meters above sea level, Cerro Mesa offers dramatic views, has the largest crater on Santa Cruz and numerous endemic plants as well as up to 7 subspecies of Darwin’s finches and the vermillion flycatcher. After lunch you will visit Garrapatero, a pristine beach where the contrast of mangroves, black lava, white sand and turquoise water, in addition to the buzzing coastal bird life and the small pink flamingo lagoon is sensational. Kayaking and mountain biking is available. Overnights at Galapagos Safari Camp. (B,L,D)

DAY 5: The Enchanted Isles are seldom seen from above.  Today you will fly to Isabela on a small propeller plane giving you an overall impression of the formations of this volcanic archipelago.  The semi-submerged craters, turquoise water, open sea, rocks and islands are quite a treat for the eye.  Isabela is the largest and one of the youngest islands in the Galapagos with much volcanic activity.  Upon arrival, you will have lunch at a restaurant in town followed by a visit to the Tintoreras where you will be amazed at the variety of wildlife and weird rock formations.  Swarms of iguanas along the trails, penguins fishing opposite blue-footed boobies, sea lion pups playing in the water alongside white-tipped sharks.  If time permits, you could visit the Tortoise Breeding Centre where you will see a comprehensive example of the tortoise’s various stages of development.  Lodging at Iguana Crossing or Casa de Marita. (B,L,D)

DAY 6: This day will be devoted to exploring Sierra Negra, a large shield volcano at the south-eastern end of Isabela Island, one of the most active with the largest caldera of the Galapagos volcanoes; the most recent historic eruption was in October 2005.  This is a fantastic 16 km walk that takes you around the rim of the caldera and over petrified lava flows.  You will witness impressive views of the island and surrounding volcanoes. Lodging at Iguana Crossing or Casa de Marita. (B,L,D)

DAY 7: After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport and fly back to Baltra where you will make your flight connection to the mainland. (B)                                                                                                                                                      


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DETAILS

Meals: B=Breakfast; L=Lunch; Dinner

Pricing from: $5090/ person double occupancy. $5785/ person single occupancy. $4400/ person for children under 12.

Includes: accommodations and all meals from arrival, transfers & land transport, boat trips with snorkeling or diving, naturalist guide (private for land and shared for boat excursions), return flight Baltra-Isabela-Baltra, and activities and visits mentioned in itinerary.

Exclusions: international airfare, airfare to Galapagos, Galapagos entrance fee (park tax is currently $100/ person for adults and $50/ person for children ages 11 and younger), transit control card (currently $10/ person), alcoholic beverages, gratuities, laundry, and travel insurance.

Notes on the itinerary:

  • No set departure dates.
  • Land tours are operated on a privately guided basis.
  • Boat trips run on a shared basis not exclusively to GSC guests. Destinations and boat category are subject to availability.
  • This itinerary may change due to national park dispositions or to circumstances beyond our control (force majeure).
  • Inter-island flights can suffer last minute cancellations due to weather conditions, in which case we would organize a boat transfer.

This sample itinerary is a suggested outline.  It can be customized to best suit your travel plans.