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Land Only

8 Day Galapagos Islander

Part-Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights Miami-Guayaquil, Quito-Miami
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  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-flights
  • 7 nights accommodations
  • All transfers
  • 17 Meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Services of English-speaking local guides in the Galapagos
  • Shore Excursions
  • Galapagos National Park Fee of $100
  • Galapagos Transit Control Card fee of $10

Special Features

  • Galapagos Islands
  • Charles Darwin Research Station

DAY 1, Sunday - Depart the USA/Guayaquil
Depart the USA for Ecuador. Arrive and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day at leisure
Overnight: Guayaquil

DAY 2, Monday - Afternoon on Santa Cruz Island
This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to the Galapagos Islands. Arrive at Baltra Island, and then cross the Itabaca Channel to the island of Santa Cruz. Upon arrival, transfer by private bus to the Aventura Lodge. In the afternoon enjoy a tour of one of the islands most tranquil spots, Garrapatero beach. An easy trail brings you onto this white sandy beach surrounded by mangrove trees. A wide variety of birds call this beach home, including flamingos, finches, and mockingbirds. Marine iguanas and Galapagos penguins can ocassionaly be found soaking up the sun. The remainder of the day is at leisure
Overnight: Red Mangrove Aventura Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3, Tuesday - Sail to Floreana Island
The day starts with a trip to Los Gemelos (Spanish for “The Twins”), two enormous collapsed lava chambers formed thousands of years ago. Keep an eye open for Darwin finches, vermillion flycatchers, and short eared owls. Next on your tour is a visit to a 600-acre private reserve for the famous giant Galapagos tortoises. Here you can watch the tortoises roam freely and learn about these amazing animals and the efforts being made to save them. Continuing on your journey, a short ride takes you to explore one of the islands unique lava tunnels. This remnant of long gone lava flows has 20 foot high ceilings and stretches on for nearly 1350 feet. Return to your lodge for lunch! In the afternoon, a two hour boat trip will transfer you to Floreana Island. Upon arrival, your tour will visit La Loberia. This beautiful locale is excellent for swimming and snorkeling, or simply relaxing. Perhaps, you will have the opportunity to watch a colony of sea lions lounging on the shore. From here, a short walk takes you to Floreana Lodge. After checking in, enjoy dinner with a local family and learn about the culture of the island
Overnight: Red Mangrove Floreana Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Wednesday - Floreana Highlands, Sail to Isabela Island
This morning, enjoy breakfast with a local family before departing for an open-air bus ride to the Floreana highlands. Along the way, your guide will point out wildlife and recount the colorful history of the island's first inhabitants and the tale of the “Floreana Mystery”. Upon arrival at the Asilo de la Paz (Spanish for “Asylum of Peace”), you will visit the cave of the pirates, which served as shelter for pirates and early settlers of the island, and the freshwater spring that provides water for the entire population of Floreana. While here, you can see endemic Scalesia trees, Galapagos petrels, which were once on the brink of extinction, and a nearby tortoise enclosure. After your morning tour, a two hour boat ride will transfer you to Isabela Island, where you will check into the Red Mangrove Isabela Lodge and enjoy a relaxing lunch. In the afternoon depart by boat for tour of Las Tintoreras islet and bay. Along the way search for blue-footed boobies and Galapagos penguins gathered among the rocks. After docking, join a hike through an otherworldly jagged lava field, home to large colonies of marine iguanas and sea lions. Following your hike, you can snorkel in the warm waters of the bay for an up-close look at marine life, look for sea lions, sea turtles, white-tipped reef sharks, and the tangled underwater forest of mangrove roots
Overnight: Red Mangrove Isabela Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Thursday - Full Day on Isabela Island
This morning's outing takes you to Sierra Negra Volcano. A short hike up the slope leads you to the caldera, or large volcanic crater, of Sierra Negra where breathtaking views await. As you hike along the caldera, you will learn more about the volcano while you take in the scenery. The tour will stop for a rest and light snack. The adventurous have the option to continue on a more challenging hour-long hike to Volcan Chico, where steam and gas vents are abundant and additional spectacular views can be found. After a morning of hiking, enjoy lunch at Campo Duro. This beautiful organic farm prepares meals with locally grown fruits and vegetable. Following lunch, you can enjoy a stroll among the fruit trees or relax in a hammock. You can also visit the giant tortoises that the farm cares for in collaboration with the Galapagos National Park. After your visit to Camp Duro, return to your lodge. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure to explore Isabela Island on your own. You can enjoy some additional snorkeling and swimming at one of the beaches, take a walk into town, or simply sit back and relax
Overnight: Red Mangrove Isabela Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Friday - Return to Santa Cruz
After breakfast, depart for a tour of the Wetlands. Your first stop is the picturesque white sand and palm tree lined Villamil beach. A short walk to the summit of Cerro Orchilla rewards you with astounding views of the beach. Next you will stop to see the Wall of Tears. Built in the middle of the 20th century by the prisoners of a penal colony once located on the island, this structure serves as a testament to the hardships suffered by those imprisoned here. On the path to the wall you can see lava lizards, Darwin finches, native plants, and if your lucky, some young Galapagos tortoises released from the nearby breading center. Return to the lodge for lunch and afterward depart for the boat transfer back to Santa Cruz Island. Upon arrival, check back into the Aventura Lodge. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of the Charles Darwin Research Station, a specialized breeding and rearing center for the endangered Galapagos Giant Tortoise. The station is a working branch of the international, non-profit Charles Darwin Foundation which works to protect and maintain the Galapagos' precious ecosystems. Here you will learn about the remarkably successful breeding program and get to see these amazing animals up close
Overnight: Red Mangrove Aventura Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Saturday - Fly to Quito
After breakfast, transfer to the airport in Baltra for your flight to Quito. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and enjoy the balance of the day is at leisure
Overnight: Quito
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Sunday - Depart for the USA
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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      Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flights Guayaquil-Galapagos-Quito.

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