- Meet the giant tortoises at the Charles Darwin Research Station, Santa Cruz Island
- Hike up the Sierra Negra Volcano, the second largest volcanic crater in the world
- Snorkel with eagle rays, sea turtles, reef sharks and colourful fish on Isabela Island
- Explore the colonial buildings and elegant plazas of Quito's Old Town
- Get up close with sea lions and marine iguanas on San Cristóbal
Dramatic volcanic landscapes and a wealth of unique plants and animals make the Galápagos one of the most fascinating travel destinations on Earth. This group trip takes you to three of the most interesting islands in the archipelago over 9 incredible days. Join a volcano hike, snorkel with sharks, meet the famous giant tortoises, chill on the beach with sea lions and think pink with a visit to a flamingo lagoon. Starting and ending in Quito, it's the perfect adventure for nature loving travellers!
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Day 1: Quito. Fly into Quito and make your way to your starting accommodation. Depending what time you arrive, either relax after your flight, or head out to explore. Later on, get to know the rest of your group and your guide at our welcome meeting. Then head out for a few beers on the town.
Day 2: Quito to Santa Cruz Island. Take the short flight across to Santa Cruz in the Galápagos Islands. We'll enjoy a guided visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station in Puerto Ayora where you’ll get up close and personal with some of the islands’ famous giant tortoises.
Day 3: Santa Cruz to Isabela Island. Hop on our speedboat and whizz over to Isabela (keep your eyes peeled for dolphins and whales!). Spend the afternoon on the sugar-white beach, surfing, sun-bathing or watching the colony of marine iguanas. Later, grab some sundowners at a beach bar.
Day 4: Isabela Island. We’re hiking the Sierra Negra Volcano today. Trek to the rim and marvel at the vast volcanic crater and views. This afternoon, join one of our snorkelling trips to see ray and sea turtles, take a surf lesson, or visit a flamingo lagoon and Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre.
Day 5: Isabela Island to Santa Cruz Island. Hop on the speedboat back to Santa Cruz Island where we’ll spend a free afternoon. Explore the town or stroll to Tortuga Bay for a dip in the ocean. This evening, head out into Puerto Ayora for a bite to eat and a few beers.
Day 6: Santa Cruz to San Cristóbal. Take another speedboat today to San Cristóbal island. Visit the Galapágos National Park Interpretation Centre and learn about the fascinating history and ecosystems of the islands. This evening, watch the sun go down on the front with a drink in hand.
Day 7: San Cristóbal. Today, join our snorkelling trip to Isla Lobos to see sea lions and blue-footed boobies or pay a visit to La Lobería beach for sea lions, marine iguanas and sea turtles. Closer to town, Playa Mann is the ideal place for a swim and to see some gently snoozing sea lions.
Day 8: San Cristóbal to Quito. Hop on the morning flight back to Quito. See all the bits of the city that you missed last time, or just chill at the hotel. It's your last night so once the sun goes down, hit the city's best bars for a cocktail or two with the gang.
Day 9: Trip end. The time has come to pack your bags and say your goodbyes. Head to the airport or stay on and explore Ecuador. See you next time!
- 8 nights' accommodation
- 8 breakfasts
- Tour guide
- Return flight to the Galápagos from Quito
- Speedboats between islands
- Charles Darwin Research Station
- Sierra Negra Volcano hike
- Puerto Ayora night out
- Galápagos National Park Interpretation Centre
- 24 hour emergency support
- International flights
- Travel insurance
- Airport transfers
- Most meals
- Optional activities
- USD20 Tourist Transit card fee at the Quito airport
- USD100 Entry fee to Galapagos National Park
This trip includes 8 nights’ accommodation in simple hotels. If you’re travelling with a friend, make sure you let us know so we can place you together.
We’ve included 8 breakfasts. You’ll have to source the rest of your meals yourself. This gives you maximum flexibility to eat wherever and whenever you like.
Arrive in Quito International Airport / Marisal Sucre (UIO) on day 1 of your trip. There are no activities planned for day 1, apart from your welcome meeting in the evening, so you can arrive at a time that suits you. We’ll leave a welcome note in the hotel with details of meeting time and location. If you arrive late, the team will leave you a message explaining where and when to meet the following morning.
The trip ends on day 9 in Quito and you will need to make your own way back to the airport. There are no activities planned for this day, so leave at a time that works for you.
Please note: If you’d like to arrive earlier than your trip start date or depart later than your trip finish date, your travel adviser can arrange additional nights of accommodation for you at an extra cost.
You’ll need to be a minimum of 18 years old to join this trip. The trip is designed for travellers aged 18 – 39.
British passport holders do not need a visa to enter Ecuador for stays of 90 days or less. On entry you may be asked for your reason for travel and to show evidence of an onward or return ticket. Your passport must have at least 6 months remaining validity from your date of entry.
Please note: Visa rules are subject to change without prior notice, so please check requirements at the time of your trip.
If I’m Travelling With A Friend, Can We Stay Together?
Absolutely! Just let us know at your time of booking that you’re together, and we will arrange appropriate room shares.
Is There A Baggage Limit On Local Flights?
You'll be taking a domestic flight to Quito and you're allowed one piece of luggage, weighing a maximum of 23 kilograms, plus one carry-on piece weighing a maximum of 10 kilograms. We'll be moving around a lot on this trip, so we'd recommend a backpack rather than a suitcase as they're easier to carry (and don't forget a day pack for excursions).
What Should I Bring With Me?
As well as all the usual essentials (necessary documentation, toiletries, first aid kit, locks for bags and money belt, clothes, personal entertainment), we'd recommend that you pack binoculars, a torch or headlamp, a drybag to keep valuables from getting wet, snorkel gear (if you prefer using your own), and a waterproof backpack cover.
Can I Travel Alone?
Of course. In fact most of our travellers decide to go solo. Because you're travelling in a group, you've got an instant set of friends to share your experience with anyway!
Due to Covid-19, many of our partners and suppliers across the globe are putting in place new procedures and policies regarding health and safety in response to the outbreak. These new measures will adapt and change as the state of travel evolves, and the policies and procedures will vary depending on each trip. Some changes that you may experience on our trips are:
Updated safety & hygiene procedures
Health and safety measures will be adapted by our partners and suppliers, dependent on local laws and restrictions.
Different transport & accommodation
You may find yourself on transport or in accommodation that would not typically be used, such as hostels that are more secluded, or on more private transport. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Most trips include a meeting on arrival with the guide or local team to discuss the trip, and this is an opportunity for you to ask any questions. You should arrive in time to attend these briefings.
Emergency support 24/7
We have a UK based 24/7 emergency phone line if you have a genuine urgent matter that you need attending.
Knowledgeable & Trained Staff
We can help answer any questions or concerns you may have before you depart. Whilst travelling the guide or local team on our trips are there to help, and to ensure the smooth running of our trips.
Should you require medical assistance whilst travelling, the local team or guide will be able to help you get to a point of care. Medical facilities and standards can vary across the glove, so you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place.
Varying group sizes
To begin with, many trips will run with amended group sizes, so you may find smaller groups than would be typical. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Whilst there may be changes on our trips, it is vital that you make travelling safer for yourself, your travel companions, the local staff and guides, and the people of the country you are visiting. You should follow all local laws and restrictions, and follow the guidance of the local team. In addition, you can help make travel safer by bringing and using your own face coverings/masks and hand sanitiser, social distance where appropriate, wash your hands frequently, and cover your face when coughing or sneezing.