GALAPAGOS LUXURY TRIP
Experience the Galapagos Islands from the comfort of a luxury land-based expedition! The islands offer endless opportunities to witness a unique abundance of wildlife in a setting unlike any other on the planet. This is one of the few places on earth that allows such close and intimate contact with the wildlife. The Galapagos form a natural sanctuary that preserves species, this allowed them to evolve their unique features for countless millennia. This vacation also provides flexible time to spend on your own and explore the sand beaches, trails in the Galapagos forest, and the lots of wildlife. The tour also provides many benefits to local communities and is socially and environmentally responsible. Be part of an educational and inspirational journey of a lifetime in one of the most fiercely protected marine wilderness’ in the world!
DepartureQuito / Ecuador
IncludedActivitiesLand TransportationMeals detailed in the itinerary
Not IncludedDomestic flightsFees and entrances to parks and museumsAirport tranfer in & outInternational flight
DAY 1: GALAPAGOS ARRIVAL DAY
Today we get ready to explore the most amazing archipelago on the Pacific coast and the place where Charles Darwin based his theory of the evolution of species. We will board a morning flight from Quito or Guayaquil airports, to the island of San Cristóbal. Once arrived, we have a transfer to the hotel in the town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and a short briefing about your activities and The Galapagos in general. We will have some free time for lunch and in the afternoon, we will head to "La Loberia", which is both a home beach and nursery for large Galapagos sea lions, we can spot them while snorkeling, as they are very curios and approach to swim next to you underwater. They may also be laying over rocks or just lazy dozing in the sand. We also get to see yellow warbler birds, frigate birds, and several species of Darwin’s finches along the beach. In between 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.
Meals included: Dinner.
DAY 2: SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND - ISLA LOBOS OR KICKER ROCK
Option 1.- Isla Lobos (easy)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch.
DAY 3: SANTA CRUZ ISLAND - HIGHLANDS
Today after a delicious breakfast in front of the Ocean, we will take a private boat to Santa Cruz Island. Once over there we will visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn more about many of the endemic species seen in the wild, as well as the ongoing conservation and management efforts on the Galapagos Islands. After this, we will continue by car to the highlands of Santa Cruz. This area is home to the iconic giant Galapagos tortoises. Here while hiking short distances we will be able to find them along the pathway, we also have the opportunity to explore and go across a lava tube, our guide will explain how these amazing formations were created.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch.
DAY 4: NAVIGABLE TOUR (UNDER AVAILABILITY)
North Seymour Island
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch.
DAY 5: FLIGHT BACK TO MAINLAND
After our final breakfast on the Galapagos Island and the last photos taken of sea lions, we have a transfer to Baltra's airport in time to catch the flight back to the mainland.
Meals included: Breakfast.
- Transportation: Airport transfers, sea transportation San Cristobal – Santa Cruz islands, comfortable land transportation.
- Accommodation based in double occupancy: Luxury hotels in San Cristobal and Santa Cruz islands.
- Meals: Meals Included: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 1 dinner.
- Activities: Snorkel and Walking at the Sea Lion Bay, Snorkeling and Exploring Isla Lobos or Kicker Rock depending on your choice, Hiking in Santa Cruz highlands to view the Giant Tortoises, Navigable tour from Santa Cruz Island.
- Gear: Snorkeling mask and fins, life vest, wetsuits.
- Trip Leader: Certified AJ expert English-speaking adventure leader and naturalist local guides in Galapagos National Park.
What is not included?
- Airfare Quito - Galapagos - Quito round trip - estimated budget USD $535.
- My Own Room supplement cost USD.
- Airfare International flights.
- Airport transfer (national & international flights).
- Travel insurance (mandatory).
- Meals not described in the itinerary - estimated budget USD $180.
- INGALA transit card: USD $20 per person, cash only (subject to change).
- Galapagos National Park fee: USD $100 per person, cash only (subject to change).
- Tips for guides and drivers - estimated budget USD $120.
FLIGHT TIME: 2h 45 min each way from Quito to Galapagos. Regular size aircraft. About 140 passengers. 45 minutes from San Cristobal to Isabela. Small size aircraft. 9 passengers.
- 45 minutes Airport transfers in Quito.
- 45 minutes Airport transfers in Galapagos.
- 45 minutes each way to Sierra Negra.
WATER: The waters of the Galapagos Islands are a unique mixture of warm and cold water, ranging between 65ºF and 85ºF
WEATHER TEMPERATURES: 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
AVG. TEMP.: Day 15-34ºC / 59-93ºF - Night 12-17ºC / 53-62ºF
ACCOMODATION: 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.
MEALS: 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
SUSTAINABLE ECO AND CULTURAL TOURISM: 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.