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6 Day Galapagos Land Tour

6 Day Galapagos Land Tour

6 Day Galapagos Land Tour

HIGHLIGHTS

Snorkel with sea turtles, Isabela Island

FROM

US$3,999

DURATION

6 Days

Why choose this trip?

This Galapagos 6 day land tour will keep you busy, snorkelling at Kicker Rock, hiking Sierra Negra Volcano and kayaking in a bay off the coast of Isabela Island. Expect to be immersed in the wildlife each day, while having the chance to connect with the inhabitants of the islands during your free time exploring towns like Puerto Ayora and Puerto Villamil.

What’s the Activity level?

While you don’t need to be an athlete, a reasonable degree of fitness is recommended. A four to six hour hike up the volcano, Sierra Negra on Isabela Island, is the most rigorous day for the majority of people.  You don’t have to be an avid hiker but you do need to be comfortable walking for that amount of time.  Don’t worry, we stop several times for water, rest breaks are frequent and the view from the top is definitely worth the walk.

What’s the transport and accomodation like?

Experience a variety of transport from flights to boat. Accommodation is cosy 3-star standard but comfortable with en-suite rooms. Hotels are chosen for their safety, location, ambiance and friendly staff. We pride ourselves on booking small family run hotels wherever possible.

*All our tours are non-smoking

TRIP SUMMARY

Duration: 6 days / 5 nights. Start and end in Quito, Ecuador
Trip focus: An active land based trip. Stunning wildlife viewing and close encounters
Accommodation: 5 nights simple hotels in Galapagos
Group size: Maximum 15, SET representative in Quito, tour leader and naturalist guides throughout
Single supplement: US$599
Operator: This tour is run by one of our trusted local partners

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • 5 nights in single or double accommodation
  • Private bathroom (clean and comfortable)
  • Meals daily as specified in tour (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Drinking water
  • Flights to and from the Galapagos to Quito
  • All land and sea transport
  • Sea kayaks
  • Mountain bikes
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Naturalist guides authorised by national park of Galapagos

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:

  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • $100 park entry fee – cash only
  • $20 ingala fee – cash only
  • 2 evening meals (budget $5-$15 per person per meal)
  • $10 per day Wetsuit Rental – cash only
  • Drinks other than water
  • Tips for local support crew
  • Tip for tour leader/guide

SURFING:

Ask about your opportunity to surf what are considered to be some of the best waves to be found in Latin America. San Cristóbal Island especially and Isabela Island offer world-class surf throughout the year.

WHERE WE DIVE:

Leon Dormido – Kicker Rock (intermediate) tropical fish, Galapagos shark, batfish, occasional scalloped hammerhead shark, eagle and golden rays, moray eels, green sea turtles, stingrays, barracuda, triggerfish, boxfish, frogfish, and plenty more!

DAY 1 – ARRIVAL DAY SANTA CRUZ, VISIT TORTOISES IN THE HIGHLANDS, EXPLORE PUERTO AYORA

This morning, you’ll fly to Baltra. As you make your way to Puerto Ayora, the capital of Santa Cruz, you’ll begin your first activity with a stop in the highlands to visit a private giant tortoise reserve. You’ll also have the chance to explore some nearby lava tunnels and gain a better appreciation of the natural forces that created these islands.

You’ll continue on to Puerto Ayora, and after a quick check-in, head out to explore town. Tonight, your guide will lead you to the Calle de los Kioskos (Kiosks Street).

Meals Included: Lunch and Dinner

DAY 2 – VISIT TORTUGA BAY, OPTIONAL CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION VISIT, PUBLIC BOAT TO ISABELA

This morning take a short walk that ends in white sand and luscious waves. Further along is Tortuga Bay, ideal for swimming, sometimes friendly baby sharks can be seen here too! There’s a nice walk through a cactus forest, a chance to spot nesting blue-footed boobies or massive marine iguanas.

We’ll head back to town at any time. For those interested, an optional visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station is suggested.

After lunch, we’ll hop on board for our boat ride to Isabela Island. After check-in, we’ll go for a stroll through the picturesque town of Puerto Villamil. Along its white sand beach we’re sure to find the perfect spot to toast in our first Isabela sunset, arguably the most beautiful of all the islands.

SURFING: Sometimes it’s possible to surf or boogie board at Tortuga Bay. Please tell your guide ahead of time if this is something you’d like to do.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 3 – HIKE SIERRA NEGRA VOLCANO AND VOLCAN CHICO, OPTIONAL KAYAK

Lace up your hiking boots – we’re hiking up a volcano! At the top, we’re met with a 9km view that stretches across one of the most active calderas in the world.

We’ll continue around the rim, stopping at various lookouts along the way, en route to Volcan Chico. We’ll cross fields of lava and small lava tunnels until we reach a lookout that boasts breathtaking views reaching to the north of Isabela. We make our way back to town in early afternoon.

Return to town just in time for a sunset dip before your independent dinner. As always, your guide will be more than happy to help you find a local spot to dine.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 4 – VISIT GIANT TORTOISE BREEDING CENTRE, FLY TO SAN CRISTOBAL, VISIT LA LOBERIA

After breakfast, we’ll head off for a leisurely walk through a coastal lagoon.  This mangrove-lined path will lead us to Isabela’s Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre where we’ll see giant tortoises in all stages of development.

This afternoon, you’ll take an early flight to the island of San Cristobal. You’ll arrive just in time for lunch before you head out for your first activity: a visit to La Loberia. This area frequented by sea lions. In other words, it’s a sea lion hang out! There we’ll be able to watch sea lions sunbathing and vying for our attention. On the way back to town, your guide will point out their favourite spots to dine.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 5 – SNORKEL AT KICKER ROCK, OPTIONAL BIKE RIDE

Today we take to the water to get a glimpse of the underwater world of Galapagos. Cruise along the coast and drop anchor for an introductory snorkel, where we’ll get our fins wet in search of damselfish, puffer fish, and, hopefully, curious sea lion pups.

Continue on to Kicker Rock to explore the final remains of a tuff cone rising over 143 meters out of the ocean.

A beautiful beach accessible only by boat will be our final stop. After lunch on board, feel free to spend your time swimming in the turquoise water or snapping photos of Kicker Rock in the distance.

Then head back to town late afternoon and have some time to explore town.

Tonight, we head to one of our favourite spots for some open air dining. It’ll be a well-deserved farewell feast as this is the last night in the Enchanted Islands!

DIVING: Occasionally, the option to dive is available. Please inquire in advance.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 6 – DEPARTURE DAY - OPTIONAL VISIT TO INTERPRETATION CENTRE AND TIJERETAS, FLY TO QUITO

Today is the last day of your tour and you get to choose how you’d like to spend your morning. Squeeze in some souvenir shopping, head to the beach for one last swim or visit the Interpretation Center to learn about the history and mystery of the archipelago. There’s a short hike to Tijeretas, a panoramic lookout over the town and Kicker Rock, for those who are interested.

This afternoon, you’ll fly back to the mainland. If you are spending more time in Ecuador, you may want to book a day tour or excursion to see another part of the country. Safe travels!

Meals Included: Breakfast

TESTIMONIALS

BikingSightseeingBoatWildlife WatchingNatureDivingPlaneHiking

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Snorkel with Sea Turtles, Sharks and Sea Lions
  • Hike Sierra Negra Volcano and Volcan Chico
  • Visit Giant Tortoises in their natural habitat
  • Kayak with Penguins, Rays and Boobies

DATES

Start Date End Date Availability Cost
16th Aug 2020 21st Aug 2020 AVAILABLE US$3,999
23rd Aug 2020 28th Aug 2020 AVAILABLE US$3,999
30th Aug 2020 4th Sep 2020 AVAILABLE US$3,999
6th Sep 2020 11th Sep 2020 AVAILABLE US$3,999
13th Sep 2020 18th Sep 2020 AVAILABLE US$3,999
20th Sep 2020 25th Sep 2020 AVAILABLE US$3,999
27th Sep 2020 2nd Oct 2020 AVAILABLE US$3,999
4th Oct 2020 9th Oct 2020 AVAILABLE US$3,999
11th Oct 2020 16th Oct 2020 AVAILABLE US$3,999
18th Oct 2020 23rd Oct 2020 AVAILABLE US$3,999
25th Oct 2020 30th Oct 2020 AVAILABLE US$3,999
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