Galapagos Islands Express
7 days from £749
- Discover 3 spectacular islands in the Galapagos: San Cristóbal, Isabela & Santa Cruz Islands
- Learn about natural history at the San Cristóbal Interpretation Centre and the Charles Darwin Research Station
- Camp in the stunning wild foothills of the Sierra Negra Volcano, and hike to the rim of the volcano itself!
- Shuttle between islands on a speedboat, spotting wildlife as you travel
- Snorkel with sea lions and other wonderful marine life
- Travel with a small group of like-minded explorers and an expert guide
Uncover the diversity and delights of the Galapágos on this unforgettable wilderness adventure! Venture into the unique landscapes of these spectacular islands and get up close to an incredible range of wildlife, including sea lions, flamingos, tortoises and sharks! You’ll even spend 2 nights camping in the wild surroundings of the Sierra Negra Volcano, sleeping under the stars and listening out for the sounds of nature. You’ll then hike to the rim of the volcano and look out across a breath-taking island view! This wonderful experience includes speedboat transfers between the islands and an excellent range of optional activities in each destination, including hikes and snorkel trips, giving you chance to build your perfect Galápagos adventure!
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Day 1: Arrive into San Cristobal Island
Arrive onto San Cristóbal Island by 11:00am today and meet the group and guide. Our first stop is the San Cristóbal Interpretation Centre, where we’ll trace the unique natural history of the Galápagos Islands from their volcanic beginnings to the present day. After touring the centre, you can stroll around the beautiful hiking trails or head underwater with some optional snorkelling at gorgeous Las Tijeretas bay.
Day 2: San Cristobal Island
Today is a free day for you to explore this spectacular island at your own pace. Spend the day on the beach, soaking up the sun and watching the sleepy sea lions that laze on the shore, or go snorkelling at a choice of awesome snorkel spots. Watch the golden sun play off the island cliffs and venture beneath the waves to get up close to gorgeous marine life (extra cost).
Day 3: San Cristobal Island to Isabela Island
Hop on a speedboat and whizz across to Isabela Island, the largest islands of the Galápagos. We’ll stop on Floreana Island for a break, and enjoy lunch at a community restaurant which helps support the self-sufficiency of the local people. Fully fed, we’ll continue our journey to Isabela. Tonight, we’ll venture into the dramatic foothills of the Sierra Negra Volcano. This is the heart of tortoise territory, so keep your eyes peeled for the unmistakeable slow gait of the giant tortoise as we make camp for the evening. Lunch and dinner included.
Day 4: Isabela Island
After a tasty camp breakfast, we’ll embark on a morning hike up the slopes of the Sierra Negra Volcano. We’ll traverse the lunar landscape of the lava fields and reach the rim of the volcano crater, where we’ll enjoy breath-taking views across Isabela Island. After our hike, the rest of the day is free to explore Isabela. Stroll to an enormous coastal lagoon and watch the pink flamingos picking their way through the shallows, or go snorkelling or surfing (extra cost). Back at base camp, tuck into a delicious dinner before another night under the stars, camping out with the island on all sides.
Day 5: Isabela Island to Santa Cruz Island
We’re back on the speed boat today as we leave Isabela Island behind and journey towards Santa Cruz Island at the heart of the Galápagos archipelago. On arrival, we’ll visit the Charles Darwin Station – home to Galapagos giant tortoises! The station has been a centre for conservation and scientific research since its initial opening in 1964, and comes equipped with a fascinating exhibition centre for your viewing pleasure! Breakfast included.
Day 6: Santa Cruz Island
Our penultimate day is free to explore at your own pace. You could hike along a path of lava stone to the spectacular white sands of Tortuga Bay or plunge into a cactus forest on the hunt for Darwin finches and lava lizards. A must-see is the beautiful swimming hole called Las Grietas. This mini paradise has stunning turquoise waters nestled between two rugged cliff-faces. Spend some time here chilling and swimming. Breakfast included.
Day 7: Puerto Ayora
Your tour ends this morning in Puerto Ayora. Time to head home or on to your next travel experience. A return airport transfer is not included but is easy to arrange. Your guide will be on hand to help you make your onward travel arrangements. Bid a fond farewell to the stunning Galápagos Islands – pulling yourself away from these gorgeous islands will be a struggle, that’s for sure!
Please note activities and itineraries are subject to change.
- 6 nights’ accommodation (including 2 nights of camping)
- San Cristóbal Interpretation Centre visit
- Sierra Negra Volcano hike
- Charles Darwin Research Station visit
- Swimming and snorkelling opportunities
- Transport between included destinations
- Lunch at a community restaurant on Floreana Island
- 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners
- 24-hour emergency support
- Travel Insurance
- Galápagos Islands Park entry fee ($100)
- Transit Control Card ($20)
- Most meals, snacks and drinks
- Optional activities
6 nights of accommodation is included on this experience. 4 nights will be spent in multi-share hostel dorms. 2 nights will be spent camping in the foothills of the Sierra Negra Volcano. All camping equipment, apart from a sleeping sheet and pillow, is provided. You will be camping in a private campsite with toilet and shower facilities.
4 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners are included. You will need to purchase the rest of your meals yourself. Your guide will recommend great local restaurants where you can purchase tasty and affordable meals.
You should arrive on San Cristóbal Island on day 1 by 11am. You will then make your own way to the starting point of your tour. Your tour ends in Puerto Ayora on day 7. A return transfer is not included but is easy to arrange.
The minimum age to join this group trip is 18 years old.
British Nationals can enter Ecuador without a visa for a stay of up to 90 days. Other nationalities may require a visa. Please check with your local embassy for up to date visa information.
On arrival to the Galapagos Islands, you will be required to obtain a Transit Control Card to gain entry. You will need to show your return air ticket and proof of accommodation for the duration of your stay and make a payment of approximately $20 per person (rates are subject to change). The relevant documents for your tour will be provided to you however if you choose to spend additional time on the Galapagos Islands before or after your trip, you will need to show proof of an accommodation booking.
Galapagos Park Fee
An additional fee of US$100 for your Galápagos Park Fee is payable in cash on arrival at the airport on the islands, this is in addition to the US$20 for the Transit Control Card.
How Many People Will Be In My Group?
The maximum group size for this trip is 16 people. The average is 12. This small group size allows you to get to know everyone and enjoy an intimate experience on the Galápagos
How Much Spending Money Should I Take?
This depends on the kind of traveller you are. If you like to enjoy plenty of optional activities, such as boat trips etc., you will need to budget more money than someone who prefers to go on free hikes or chill on the beach. Take a look at the optional activities on offer in the itinerary and research the cost of living on the islands. This will help you plan a rough budget for your time away.
Do I Need To Have A Good Level Of Fitness For This Trip?
This trip has a ‘light’ physical rating. This means that it involves gentle hikes that are not too challenging. There are some hikes involved in this trip, but these will be appropriate for most fitness levels.
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.