Galapagos Safari Wildlife Adventure 10 days
Enjoy this adventure of a lifetime by discovering the Galapagos Islands off the beating path trails, by camping in the upper part of the Santa Cruz Island with giant tortoises, explore vast marine wildlife by snorkeling at kicker rock together with sea lions and marine turtles, bike ocean shore trails searching for flamingos, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies and more.
Kayak around Tintoreras islet with penguins and sea lions.
All of these amazing activities with the best locations for lodging in the Galapagos Islands water front luxury lodges and hotels surrounded by beautiful landscapes and wildlife.
· Swim and snorkel with penguins and sea lions in Isabela island
· Explore the highlands of Santa Cruz Island by camping inside of the jungles with giant tortoises
CAMPING IN SANTA CRUZ HIGHLINDS
DISCOVER THE AGE OF GIANT TORTOISES
EXPLORE NOTH SEYMOUR ISLAND WITH BLUE FOTTED BOBIES, FRIGATE BIRDS AND LAND IGUANAS
SWIM WITH TURTLES, SEA LIONS AT KICKER ROCK
KAYAK WITH PENGUINS AND SEA LIONS AT TINTORERAS ISLET
SNORKEL UNDER THE LAVA TUNNELS WITH PENGUINS, TURTLES AND SHARKS
ENCOUNTER WITH WILD GIANT TORTOISES
BIKE BEACH SHORELILE TRAILS LOOKING AT FLAMINGOS AND MARINE IGUANAS
VISIT CHARLES DARWIN RESERCH STATION
Day 1: Welcome To Quito Airport pick up
Welcome to Quito! The biggest, best-preserved colonial city of America was declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. The city is considered the Cultural Capital of South America and the second most important city of the old Inca Empire.
Depending on arrival time, you can spend your day exploring the town of Quito and the surrounding area. Adventure Journeys can help you to organize a day trip.
In the evening, one of our trip leaders will meet you at the hotel for a welcome briefing and there will be plenty of time to discuss details and answer any questions you may have regarding the adventure. Our first day is an informational and acclimation day.
Accommodation: Swissôtel Quito.
Day 2: Galapagos - San Christobal Island
Today we get ready to explore the most amazing archipelago in the Pacific coast and the place where Charles Darwin based its theory of the evolution of species. We will board a morning flight from Quito to the island of San Cristóbal. Once arrived, we have a transfer to the hotel in the town of Puerto Moreno and a short briefing about the next days, before the adventure begins.
In the afternoon we head to "La Loberia", which is both home beach and nursery for large Galapagos sea lions. We can spot them launching over rocks or just lazy dozing in the sand. We also get to see yellow warbler birds, frigate birds, and several species of Darwin finches along the beach. Inbetween the rocks we can find marine iguanas, which you can only see in Galapagos. We also have the time to go for a refreshing swim, explore the waters with our snorkel equipment and enjoy the beach.
Accommodation: Golden Bay or similar.
Day 3: San Cristobal - Kicker Rock
In the morning, we will take a speed boat to Kicker Rock, also known as the Sleeping Lion (Leon Dormido) because of its resemblance. This site is located off the coast of San Cristobal. The remains of a lava cone eroded by the sea, two vertical rocks rising 500 feet above the ocean, form a small channel that is navigable by small boats. This Galapagos Islands natural monument has become a favorite sight due to the many tropicbirds, frigate birds and boobies that fill the sky in this area. Beneath the sea, the crystal waters offer a brilliant show of colorful tropical fish, such as rainbow fish, and sharks, like hammerhead-, reef- and white tip sharks. After lunch, we visit Sea Lions Island (Isla de Los Lobos). This appropriately named island is ripe with noisy, frolicking, jolly sea lions who will welcome us to their home with open fins. This island also offers great snorkeling opportunities as well as the chance to see blue-footed and Nazca boobies.
Accommodation: Golden Bay or similar.
Day 4: Isabela Island - Safari Camp Scalesia
The island is formed by six shield volcanoes, Alcedo, Cerra Azul, Darwin, Ecuador, Sierra Negra and Wolf, five of them still active, and therefore the island is one of the most volcanically active places on earth. During our island crossing, we will be on the lookout for dolphins and whales (July to October).
In the afternoon, we head out on our mountain bikes to explore the beautiful coastline on an exclusive trail, taking us through an incredible ecosystem with a wide variety of wildlife. We start with a visit to the Wall of Tears, a massive wall built with lava rocks. This site dates back to the '50s, when Isabela was used as a penal colony and prisoners were forced to build the wall to keep them from going mad, because of the isolation they experienced.
As we continue our ride along the coast, we explore pristine, white sand beaches, mangrove forests and lagoons. This area is filled with birdlife, including American oyster catchers, herons, flamingos, finches and many shore birds, as well as the ubiquitous sea lions and marine iguanas.
After dinner we can enjoy a breathtaking sunset on the beach of Puerto Villamil.
Day 5: Lava Tunnels and Tintoreras
In the afternoon we go kayaking in Tintoreras islet to watch sea lions, penguins, turtles and marine iguanas.
Day 6: Charles Darwin Research Station
Day 7:Santa Cruz Highlands - Safari Camp
Day 8: North Seymour - Safari Camp
After the walk we will go back to the boat for lunch, and then we sail to Bachas beach which is a nesting area for sea turtles. There is a small lagoon where flamencos can be seen occasionally, and we do snorkelling activity.
Day 9: Transfer To Baltra flight back to Quito
After our final breakfast on the Galapagos Island and the last photos taken of sea lions, we will have a transfer to Baltra's airport in time to catch the flight back to the mainland.
Accommodation: Swissôtel Quito.
Day 10: Departure Day
Today our trip will end and you will have your International departures.Take with you your and photos and leave a piece of your heart, as you will want to return to Ecuador soon to experience more of this enchanted land. We wish you a "buen viaje"!
- Activities: Cmap in Snat Cruz highlands, Snorkeling at Kicker Rock, biking to the Wall of Tears, Kayak in Tintoreras, explore Lava Tunnels, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, hiking in Santa Cruz el Chato Giant tortoises reserve, hike and snorkel in North Seymour island
- Accommodation based in double occupancy: 2 nights in first class hotel in Quito, 2 night camping at luxury safari camp, 5 nights at luxury water front hotels and lodges.
- Transportation: Flight Quito – Galapagos – Quito airfare, Airport transfers (national flights), one way flight San Cristobal-Isabela, sea transportation Santa Cruz - Isabela islands, comfortable land and sea transportation
- Meals Included: 10 Breakfast, 5 Lunches and 2 Dinners
- Out-door gear:snorkeling mask and fins, life vest, mountain bikes, helmets, kayaks and paddles.
- Trip Leader: Certified EPL expert English-speaking adventure trip leader and lo Certified EPL expert English-speaking adventure Trip Leader (minimum 4 people for this service) and naturalist local guides in Galapagos National Park
- My Own Room supplement cost USD $?
- Airport transfers (international flights)
- International flights
- Mandatory Travel insurance
- Meals not describe in the itinerary (budget $ 220 USD)
- Galapagos National Park fee (USD $100 per person, subject to change)
- INGALA transit card (USD $20, subject to change)
- USD $10 per person for a "pier use fee" at Puerto Villamil (Isabela Island)
- Wetsuit for rent: USD $10
- Travel insurance
- Airline tickets,
- Credit or debit card
- Quick dry clothing
- Fleece top
- 4 shirts/t-shirts
- 2 pairs of shorts
- 2 pairs of long trousers
- 1 pair hiking pants/track pants
- Rain jacket
- Sun Hat or cap
- 2 swimming suits
- Sport sandals
- Hiking shoes
- Tennis shoes
- Day backpack 20L. (with rain cover)
- Water bottle 1L. or camelback 1L.
- Watch or alarm clock
- Waterproof binoculars (if possible)
- Insect repellent
- Sun screen 60SPF
- Waterproof camera (if possible)
- Money belt
- First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, seamotion sickness medication, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking.
REMEMBER: IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO TRAVEL 'LIGHT' !
NOTE: IMPORTANT LUGGAGE WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS ON FLIGHT FROM SAN CRISTOBAL TO ISABELA (25 lb.)
It is our intention to adhere to the itinerary described; however, due to our travel style, on occasions it may be necessary or desirable to make small changes. Weather conditions and unpredictable local circumstances may lead us to make alterations to the route and/or travel times. Hotels and flight schedules might change according to availability. Any mention to specific wildlife in the itinerary or trip details is not a guarantee that it will be seen during the trip.
2:45 hours each way from Quito to Galapagos. Regular size aircraft. About 140 passengers.
45 minutes from San Cristobal to Isabela. Small size aircraft. 9 passengers.
Pichincha and Galapagos
Quito City and Galapagos Islands National Park
BOAT TRAVEL TIME
2 hours from Isabela to Santa Cruz
45 minutes each way - Lava Tunnels
45 minutes each way - Kicker Rock
45 minutes Airport transfers in Quito.
45 minutes Airport transfers in Galapagos.
45 minutes each way to Sierra Negra
1 – 2 hours a day
3 hours total
El Chato Tortoises Reserve: 1 hour total
North Seymour island 1 hour and 30 minutes
All prices are based on double-occupancy. If you are travelling solo, you will be matched with another participant of your same sex. If you prefer to have a single room, please contact AJ prior to your departure to arrange your accommodation at an extra cost.
Travelling with Adventure Journeys you will have the possibility to experience and taste local food and snacks. Your guide will help you identify typical food and suggest the best places to enjoy it. Some meals are not included in order to give you some flexibility about where, what and with whom to eat. You have the option to share these meals with the group, however there is no obligation to do this. If you have any allergies or food restrictions, please inform AJ prior to your departure.
YOUR TRIP LEADERS AND GUIDES
All AJ guides and trip leaders are highly experienced, licensed to operate in Ecuador and certified as Wilderness Adventure First Aid responders. We
always carry a complete first aid kit in our trips. In some location and for some activities, local guides join the trip leaders to provide an added service. In the Galapagos Islands, minimum 4 participants for the AJ trip leader service are required.
December to May: 80ºF to 90ºF / 25ºC to 30ºC. June to September: 60ºF to 70ºF / 15ºC to 20ºC. October to December: 70ºF to 80ºF/ 15ºC to 25ºC
The waters of the Galapagos Islands are a unique mixture of warm and cold water, ranging between 65ºF and 85ºF
From sea level (most activities) to 1 200m (3,937 ft -Sierra Negra Volcano)
Day 15-34ºC / 59-93ºF - Night 12-17ºC / 53-62ºF
Moderate to Challenge. This program is located in The Galapagos Islands, includes multisport activities, long hike to the Sierra Negra Volcano, snorkeling almost every day, sea kayaking to view wild life, and biking mostly on flat roads.
Adventure and protective equipment, snorkeling mask, fins, life jackets, mountain bikes, helmets, kayaks and paddle.
Clients receive interpretation and education about the ecology and conservation of the Andes, Amazon Rainforest and Galapagos Islands, and learn about the factors that threaten it. We aim to promote long-term conservation of both local people cultural identity and the environment. We transport out and recycle all non-organic garbage and we prefer to work with local suppliers. Your visit will encourage the local communities to support responsible eco-tourism as a sustainable alternative for their living.