Seven Day Galapagos Adventure – From just £1295

Your Tour at a glance:

Accommodation:

Hotel (6 Nights)

Transport:

Boat, Speedboat, Private Vehicle

Meals:

6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches

Included Activites:

  • Hiking in Los Gemelos
  • Visit to the Tortoise Sanctuary
  • A walk through a Lava Tunnel
  • Nature walk on North Seymour
  • Snorkel and Beach Walk at Las Bachas
  • Excursion to Pinnacle Rock with Snorkelling
  • Hike on Bartholemew Island
  • Hike at Tintoreras, Isla Isabella with Snorkelling
  • Excursion to Los Tuneles (Lava Tunnels) with snorkelling and wildlife hike.
  • Hiking on Floreana with Snorkelling and wildlife watching.
  • Snorkelling at Champion Island

Tour Itinerary

Full Description

On arrival to Baltra you will be met by our friendly local representative at the airport and taken on a short bus ride to the ferry terminal. From here you will cross the Itabaca channel to Isla Santa Cruz. Once on Santa Cruz, your Galapagos adventure will truly begin as you enjoy the unique landscape on your journey to the interior of the island. 

Our first stop is Los Gemelos, which translates as the twins. Situated in the highlands of Santa Cruz and shrouded in rich vegetation, you will discover this pair of giant craters that were formed by the collapse of huge magma chambers – a testament to the island’s violent volcanic history. There are many mosses, ferns and epiphytes to observer in this forested region which is home to many species of bird including small and large tree finches.

From here you will travel to the Zona de Reserva de Tortugas, for a relaxing lunch and a stroll around the ranch, enjoying the Giant Tortoises in their natural habitat. For the adventurous amongst our group, the next stage of our first day tour involves putting on some welly boots and climbing down into the earth, where we will walk along a huge tunnel formed by a river of molten lava, thousands of years ago.  

Our first day’s tour completed, we head to your hotel in Puerto Ayorez for check-in and a welcome drink. Once check in has taken place, you are free to relax in the comfort of the hotel or venture out to explore the town and port area, where you can fine many good restaurants in which to enjoy your evening meal. 

What’s Included:

  • Airport Meet and Greet
  • Driver/Guide
  • Professional Guide
  • All Activities
  • Lunch
  • Local Taxes

What’s Not Included:

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Drinks

What to Bring:

  • Sun Protection
  • Sun Glasses
  • Hiking Shoes
  • Water Bottle
  • Camera

Full Description

North Seymour Island was raised from the bottom of the ocean by a seismic event, and it may be that its origins as a sea bed have given the island its current shape. The island is low and flat, with short cliffs that rise only a few meters above the sea,

creating a perfect habitat for the swallow-tailed gulls that perch in the cliff face. Above the cliffs, the silver-grey trunks and branches of the skeletal Palo Santo trees wait for the rains that will bring them into a rapid bloom, transforming the appearance of the island landscape in a few short days.

This is an island bursting with life. Take a walk along one of the many paths that crisscross the island and take in the hustle and bustle of this incredible habitat. Sea lions and marine iguanas can be found in great numbers, indifferent to the humans that come their way. Here and there you may see the famous courtship dance of the blue footed boobies nesting besides the path, while an Iguana strolls lazily by. Magnificent frigates raise their enormous offspring in great nests among the rocks and low lying branches, or puff out their scarlet throat sacks and shake out their mighty wings, as they seek to attract a mate. 

Down at the rocky shore, as we head back to our boat we might see a flock of pelicans, wheeling and stooping, dive-bombing a passing shoal of fish.

We head to Las Bachas next,a sandy white-coral beach that is an important egg-laying site for sea turtles. On the shore we can find the skeletal remains of a US transport ship, its appearance echoing the ribs of a mighty whale. Marine Iguanas lounge on the beach and in the nearby lagoon you can often see flamingos. This beach is also a good place to swim and snorkel. 

What’s Included:

  • Hotel Pickup/Dropoff
  • Driver/Guide
  • Professional Guide
  • All Activities
  • Lunch
  • Local Taxes

What’s Not Included:

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Drinks

What To Bring:

  • Sun Protection
  • Sun Glasses
  • Hiking Shoes
  • Water Bottle
  • Camera
  • Swimming Costume
  • Towel

Bartolome is best know for Pinnacle Rock, a great natural obelisk that rises from the ocean’s edge and has become an iconic image of the Galapagos Islands. Galapagos penguins—the only species of penguin found north of the equator—shuffle clumsily along narrow volcanic ledges at its base,

Fultheir movements at complete odds with the grace and fluidity that they display under water. Sea lions, dozing on the rocky shelves, slip soundlessly into the water to greet passing snorkelers. 

Beneath the surface, the crystal waters teem with life. Shoals of tropical fish twist and dart in unison, their colourful markings flashing in the bright sunlight while anemones wave their tentacles gently in the warm currents and urchins cling to small crevices and cracks on the rock-strewn sea bed.

To the east of the pinnacle, a sandy beach describes an almost perfect arc of white, tinged with a hint of pink. Here you may be lucky to see a nesting turtle lay her eggs, or rest a while in the sand to recover from her labours. 

Our next landing site is less than a kilometre’s distance. Penguins stand like sentinels along the rocky ledge before plunging into the water to cool off or hunt for food. We make a dry landing at the beginning of a 600-meter (2000-foot) pathway complete with stairs and boardwalks on our way to Bartolome’s summit. It is a gentle climb, and provides us with a landscape unchanged since its last eruption, where cones eroded slowly over time  still stand and the furrows of lava tubes wind their way down from the summit. 

From its peak we enjoy stunning views of Santiago Island and James Bay to the west, and down below, at the waters edge, Pinnacle Rock and the crescent beach, where our yacht floats gently at anchor.

What’s Included:

  • Hotel Pickup/Dropoff
  • Driver/Guide
  • Professional Guide
  • All Activities
  • Lunch
  • Local Taxes

What’s Not Included:

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Drinks

What To Bring:

  • Sun Protection
  • Sun Glasses
  • Hiking Shoes
  • Water Bottle
  • Camera
  • Swimming Costume
  • Towel

Our day begins with an early morning transfer to Isabella, where you will be staying for the next two nights. A fantastic day of snorkelling and wildlife watching awaits us at the islets of Las Tintoreras , located about 10 minutes south of Puerto Villamil by boat.

It has a small bay of completely calm turquoise waters. Our first stop is a dry landing where we can observe the rich wildlife here that includes blue sharks, sea lions, sea turtles, marine iguanas, rays, etc. Much of this part of the island is formed by AA lava, except for a white sand beach and a black stone beach.

The bay is connected to a crystal clear shallow pool of water that becomes cut off from the sea during low tide and in this crevice, you can observe reef sharks swimming alongside small fish and sea lions. 

Next we will board our boat once more and continue along the coast enjoying the various wildlife species such as Blue-footed Boobies, penguins, pelicans and frigate birds before stopping at our second snorkel location, where you will have an opportunity to swim with a wide variety of fish.

What’s Included:

  • Hotel Pickup/Dropoff
  • Driver/Guide
  • Professional Guide
  • All Activities
  • Lunch
  • Local Taxes

What’s Not Included:

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Drinks

What To Bring:

  • Sun Protection
  • Sun Glasses
  • Hiking Shoes
  • Water Bottle
  • Camera
  • Swimming Costume
  • Towel

Considered by many to be the highlight of their Galapagos Adventure, Los Túneles consists of series of pools, tunnels and narrow passages which have been sculpted by the ancient lava flows. The lava forms a protective barrier around a lagoon,

sheltering the water from the rougher ocean and creating calm waters in which to enjoy the spectacular lava columns, tunnels and the abundant sealife. 

Approximately one hour after leaving Puerto Villamil we will arrive at Los Tuneles, where we will enjoy some fantastic snorkelling. 

Whitetip sharks and green turtles are plentiful here and there are opportunities to spot beautiful seahorses in a natural environment. Stingrays and golden rays also frequent this incredible location. 

The seabed consists of sand and volcanic rock with algae, corals and some mangrove providing cover for the many varieties of fish. 

During our hike in this location we may see iguana, sea lions, albatross, flamingos and blue footed boobies. Good hiking shoes are recommended here when walking, as the rock forms can be uneven.

What’s Included:

  • Hotel Pickup/Dropoff
  • Driver/Guide
  • Professional Guide
  • All Activities
  • Lunch
  • Local Taxes

What’s Not Included:

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Drinks

What To Bring:

  • Sun Protection
  • Sun Glasses
  • Hiking Shoes
  • Water Bottle
  • Camera
  • Swimming Costume
  • Towel

Our day begins with a farewell to Isabella as we return to Santa Cruz via the island of Floreana.

Floreana Island was named after Juan José Flores, the first president of  Ecuador, during whose administration the government of Ecuador took possession of the archipelago,

having  previously been called Charles Island (after King Charles II of England). It is also known as Santa Maria after one of  the caravels of Columbus.

We will first arrive to Puerto Velasco Ibarra, that commands a spectacular view of the island. From here we will visit the highlands, enjoying a hike to appreciate the wildlife before returning to the town for lunch. 

Loberia, or Luz del Dia Is our next location, an amazing Snorkeling site, and one of the best places for enjoying the aquatic environment. From here we move on to Champion Island for more snorkelling. Champion Island is a great site for observing sea lions, turtles, thousands of tropical fish, barracudas, and black coral. 

The island has an area of 173 km² and a maximum altitude of 640 metres. 

Return to Santa Cruz.

What’s Included:

  • Hotel Pickup/Dropoff
  • Driver/Guide
  • Professional Guide
  • All Activities
  • Lunch
  • Local Taxes

What’s Not Included:

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Drinks

What To Bring:

  • Sun Protection
  • Sun Glasses
  • Hiking Shoes
  • Water Bottle
  • Camera
  • Swimming Costume
  • Towel

After enjoying your final breakfast here on Santa Cruz, it is time to say goodbye to the Galapagos Islands as you board your transfer to Baltra for your onward flight.

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Dates & Availability

Saturday 26th June, to Sunday 4th July

£1,425

Price per adult in a twin shared room. Price Includes $130USD in local payments.

Single Person supplement for private room: + £360,

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