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GALAPAGOS FAMILY LUXURY EXPERIENCE - 8 DAYS

Price per Person
3999 USD
Service Level
Luxury - 5 stars Htl. / Comfort Camping
Travel Style
Luxury Adventures
Activity Level
Level 3 Hiking Sierra Negra
Group Size
Under request
Minimum Age
12
Start / Finish
Quito - Quito
Season
Year around
Activities
Wildlife Trekking Hiking Biking Canoe Ride Cultural

Experience in company of your family the enchanted Galapagos Islands from the comfort of a luxury land-based expedition! The islands offer endless opportunities to explore a unique abundance of life in a setting unlike any other on earth. The Galapagos form a natural sanctuary that preserves species, allowing them to evolve since countless millennia. This is one of the few places on earth that allows such intimate contact with so much wildlife. This holyday also provides flexible time to spend on your own and discover the withe sand beaches, well signed trails in the Galapagos forest, and the lots of wildlife.

This trip also 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 areas in the world!


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ico1Explore the wildlife
ico1Kayak & Snorkel in Tintoreras Islet
ico1Hike to Sierra Negra Volcano
ico1Bike along the seashore to the wall of tears
ico1Visit Charles Darwin Research Station
ico1Snorkeling with sea turtles, rays, penguins and sea lions
ico1Learn about tortoises at breeding center and discover flamingos lagoon
ico1Encounter with wild giant tortoises
ico1Relax on the white sand beaches

Day 1: Arrive in Quito city

Day 1: Arrive in Quito city

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 old 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:  Casa Gangotena

Meals : Dinner

Day 2: Galapagos – Isabela Island

Day 2: Galapagos – Isabela 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 Baltra. From here we will take a domestic flight to Isabela, the largest island in the archipelago and the place where the most volcanic activity in the Galapagos is reported. 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).

Accommodation:  Iguana Crossing Boutique Hotel

Meals : Breakfast

Day 3: Isabela Island – Hike Sierra Negra Active Volcano

Day 3: Isabela Island – Hike Sierra Negra Active Volcano

After driving up from Puerto Villamil to the trailhead, we will prepare our backpacks and hike into a young forest ecosystem, a world of recent geological history. Our destination is the rim of Sierra Negra Crater, an active volcano which last erupted in October 2005.

Upon arrival, we take in breathtaking views and explore the circumference of the massive, lava-filled crater, over six miles across at its widest point.

Enjoy the afternoon relaxing at the beach or take your first snorkeling exploration at concha Perla bay looking for sea lions, turtles and more sea wildlife.

You can also sing in for an optional surfing lesson in your free time

Accommodation:  Iguana Crossing Boutique Hotel

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Isabela Island – Biking in the Breeding Center, flamingo lagoon & kayak – snorkel at Tintoreras

Day 4: Isabela Island – Biking in the Breeding Center, flamingo lagoon & kayak – snorkel at Tintoreras

Today, we will 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 will 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

In the afternoon is time to get refresh in the water going on board of our kayaks and visit Tintoreras Islet, located at a short distance from Puerto Villamil and home to a great variety of wildlife. Its turquoise, crystalline waters are inhabited by white-tipped reef sharks, Galapagos Penguins, marine turtles and sea lions. One of its beaches surrounded by mangroves is one of the few sites where marine iguanas can reproduce successfully.

Accommodation:  Iguana Crossing Boutique Hotel

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Santa Cruz Highlands & Charles Darwin Research Station

Day 5: Santa Cruz Highlands & Charles Darwin Research Station

In the morning we will take a domestic flight from Isabela to Santa Cruz Island.

Upon arrival we will head to the 'El Chato' Reserve in the highlands of Santa Cruz, home to the famous Galapagos tortoise. Hiking through El Chato's beautiful scenery with those lumbering giants is an unforgettable experience! We also see other highland wildlife such as pintail ducks, egrets, flycatchers and finches on our hike. We can also observe frigate birds which gather to wash the salt off their feathers at a fresh water lake.

After that we will have time to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn more about many of the endemic species we met during our adventure, as well as the ongoing conservation and management efforts on the Galapagos Islands.

We will return to Puerto Ayora to spend the evening in Galapagos' most populous town.

Accommodation:  Finch Bay Hotel

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Free day in Santa Cruz Island

Day 6: Free day in Santa Cruz Island

Today, you can experience the Galapagos at your pace! As an option, you can go on a self-guided exploration walk through a dry forest to Tortuga Bay (about 3 ½ miles long), a beautiful white sand beach and nesting side to thousands of marine turtles. This beautiful place invites for swimming or snorkeling. Alternatively, you can join any of the optional activities (at an extra cost), such as a trip to Floreana Island, Bartolome Island or a scuba-diving day trip, just to mention a few.

Accommodation:  Finch Bay Hotel

Meals : Breakfast

Day 7: Transfer to Baltra airport – Flight back to Quito

Day 7: Transfer to Baltra airport – 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:  Casa Gangotena

Meals : Breakfast

day 8: Departure Day

day 8: Departure Day

Today our trip will end and you will have your International departures. Take with you your memories 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"!

Meals : Breakfast

INCLUDED

• Transportation: Domestic flights San Cristobal – Isabela - Santa Cruz, comfortable land and sea transportation, Airport transfers (national & international flights)
• Accommodations based in double occupancy: Luxury hotels in Santa Cruz and Isabela Islands.
• Activities: Biking to Breading center and flamingo’s lagoon, kayak & snorkel in Tintoreras islet, Hike to Sierra Negra Active volcano, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, hiking in Santa Cruz highlands.
• Meals Included: 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner
• Gear: Snorkeling mask and fins, life vest
• Trip Leader: Certified AJ expert English-speaking adventure leader and naturalist local guides in Galapagos National Park

NOT INCLUDED

• Airfare Quito - Galapagos - Quito round trip - estimated budget USD $535
• My Own Room supplement cost USD
• Airfare 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)
• USD $10 pier-use fee at Puerto Villamil
• Tips for guides and drivers - estimated budget USD $120

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      Republica, E7-03 y Eloy Alfaro Oficina 307 
      Pichincha - Quito - Ecuador 
      EC170526

      Galapagos Office. - Pampas Coloradas, Isabelas 678 and Petrel streets  
      Santa Cruz Island - Ecuador
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