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9 Day Galapagos Islander


Independent Package Includes

  • Flights Miami-Guayaquil, Quito-Miami
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-flights Guayaquil-Baltra & Baltra-Quito
  • 8 nights accommodations
    • 1 night Guayaquil
    • 2 nights Galapagos Islands
    • 3 nights Galapagos Islands
    • 2 nights Quito
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers
  • 18 Meals: 8 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
  • Historic Quito City Tour

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, head 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. Before returning to your lodge, stop at the Red Mangrove Dive Resort for a snorkeling lesson to prepare you for the opportunities during your trip to explore the marine wonders of the Galapagos
Overnight: Red Mangrove Aventura Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3, Tuesday - Sail to Isabela Island
Enjoy an adventure-packed morning as you head for the Itabaca Channel for an introduction to sea kayaking. After learning the basic techniques, a certified specialist will guide you along the shore of northern Santa Cruz as you explore the channel. As you paddle along, enjoy the beautiful scenery. The cliffs here are home to many sea birds including blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, and brown pelicans. There will be opportunities to snorkel in the channel, where sea lions, green sea turtles, and numerous tropical fish will often share the water. After working up an appetite, return to the lodge for lunch! In the afternoon, a two hour boat trip will transfer you to Isabela Island. Upon arrival, check in to your lodge and enjoy a welcome drink and snacks while your naturalist guides discuss the culture and history of the islands. The remainder of the day is at leisure
Overnight: Red Mangrove Isabela Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Wednesday - Full Day on Isabela Island
This morning, depart by boat for “Los Tuneles”. Along the way, the boat will pause at “Roca Union” for the opportunity to see the many species that gather here, including blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas, sea lions, and occasionally fur seals. Upon arrival at “Los Tuneles”, marvel at the labyrinth of lava arches that stretch over the water. A panga ride around the site will take you to your first spot for snorkeling. The lava arches provide an excellent reef-like environment where you may encounter rays, sea turtles, Galapagos penguins, and schools of tropical fish. Next you will move on to another spot among the tunnels to further explore this amazing site. Return to the lodge for a well deserved lunch. After lunch, visit the Galapagos National Park Isabela Breeding Station, where you will learn about the different species of Galapagos tortoises found on the islands, as well as the life cycle of these amazing creatures, from newborn hatchlings to the centenarians that call the station home. Next, hike along the nearby boardwalk through the wetlands of Isabela Island. Flamingos and many species of seabirds are often seen here. Prior to returning to the lodge, visit popular Playa del Amor, or Love Beach, and walk along the mangrove lined sand
Overnight: Red Mangrove Isabela Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Thursday - Sierra Negra Volcano
This morning's outing takes you to Sierra Negra Volcano. A challenging hike up the slope on a dirt trail leads you to the caldera, or large volcanic crater, of Sierra Negra where breathtaking views await. The tour will stop for a rest and light snack. The adventurous have the option to continue on a very strenuous hour-long hike over uneven & sloping lava fields 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 Camp Duro. This beautiful organic farm prepares meals with locally grown fruits and vegetables. Following lunch, enjoy a stroll among the fruit trees or relax in a hammock. Or, choose to visit the giant tortoises that the farm cares for in collaboration with the Galapagos National Park. Return to the lodge for the remainder of the afternoon at leisure to explore Isabela Island on your own or join a snorkeling excursion to the Concha de Perla site where sea lions and green turtles are often found
Overnight: Red Mangrove Isabela Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Friday - Return to Santa Cruz
After breakfast, depart by boat for a 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. Return to the lodge for lunch and afterward depart for the two hour 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. The Quito airport is approximately a 1-2 hour drive from the city
Overnight: Quito
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Sunday - Historic Quito Tour
Depart from your hotel in the morning to begin your tour of historic Quito. Start by visiting the Plaza Grande, where a large monument dedicated to the independence fighters from 1809 resides. Admire the numerous historic buildings such as the Carondelet Palace, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Archbishop's Palace and the Municipal Palace, all of which reside around the plaza. Continue on to visit the metropolitan Cultural Center to gain a new appreciation for Ecuadorian culture and its rich history. Finally, visit the Compania of Jesus Church and the San Francisco Church, the former is one of UNESCO's 100 most important World Heritage Site Monuments in the world. Balance of the day at leisure
Overnight: Quito
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Monday - Depart for the USA
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

    Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.

    Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.

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

    It is recommended that passengers select flights that depart no earlier than 8 am on Day 9.

    Passport numbers for all passengers must be submitted before documents can be issued.

    The route and program may vary according to weather conditions, seasonal changes, safety issues and wildlife migration patterns. Wildlife and visits listed in the itinerary are based upon optimal conditions and therefore subject to change.

    Sturdy shoes are recommended for this program.


    Entry Requirements:
    Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.




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