The Galapagos Islands are loved the world over for their rich and accessible wildlife and fantastic geology. Widely known as the place where Darwin confirmed his theory of evolution, it also offers the opportunity for intimate viewing of wildlife on sea and land. In the Galapagos we'll swim with sea lions, snorkel in clear waters teeming with brightly colored fish, hike to a volcanic crater, and walk within a few feet of blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas, and Giant Tortoises. Our journey takes you to three unique islands as well as many coves and inlets that include a wealth of wildlife. Add on the Amazon Extension to make the most of your time in Ecuador!
|October 26 to November 05, 2022|
|$4650.00 - FULL|
Not included: Travel between Quito and your home, Galapagos National Park Entry Fee ($100), Galapagos Transit Card ($20), Isabela Port Fee ($10), alcoholic beverages, guide gratuities, travel insurance, meals as noted on itinerary, and optional activities not on the itinerary.
NOTE: Travel insurance is NOT included, but it is required for this trip.
This trip is appropriate for women in good physical condition who want to spend 3 to 5 hours every day actively exploring the Galapagos, including hiking, swimming, and kayaking. With the exception of the hike up Sierra Negra Volcano, none of the days are strenuous; however, the days are full and some will involve early mornings. There are several opportunities to snorkel on this trip and being comfortable in the water is important if you want to snorkel. There are also several speedboat transfers and while the ocean is typically calmer this time of year, this trip may not be a good choice if you are very prone to seasickness. Please note, as in all international travel, flexibility is an absolute must and the ability to set aside our western expectations and enjoy the culture and country will make for a wonderfully enjoyable trip. Rating: 1  3 4 5.
This is truly a multisport exploration of the Galapagos Islands. Wildlife watching is a primary activity in the Galapagos and in addition we'll kayak, swim, snorkel, and hike. Our Galapagos guides will make sure you leave with an understanding of the complex ecosystem and interesting history.
We will spend the first and last nights in Quito at the Wyndham Airport Hotel, which offers an airport shuttle for arrival and departure convenience. In the Galapagos we'll be staying at three different locally-owned and small hotels (see itinerary for specifics). Hotel rooms are double occupancy with ensuite bathrooms unless you have requested a single supplement.
Of note: Purified/filtered water is available (free of charge) at all the accommodations that will be used during your trip. Water will be provided in large containers to enable you to fill and re-fill your personal water bottles and/or hydration systems.
Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip. As is true on any adventure travel trip, plans for any specific day may be modified due to weather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and group interests.
I have always wanted to go to the Galapagos Islands. This was a wonderful trip. I walked among sea lions, tortoises, iguanas and swam with the sharks. Our days were packed with fun filled activities, hiking, snorkeling and kayaking. The best part was meeting the other lady travelers and our wonderful local guide and Lainie our AGC guide. Our guides were great, would not seen or done half the activities without them.
Getting to see the Galapagos, and its amazing wildlife and geology, fulfilled a life long dream. The guides and participants made it extra special.
The wildlife. I have wanted to see the tortoises for decades. Then frigate birds, boobies, and sea lions were thrown in the mix. Wahoo. I also loved that the 3 towns we stayed at were very different from each other. The first was super quiet with sandy streets. The second was lively with shops and restaurants. The third was in between. I also loved that the island management was geared to preserving and protecting their wonderful environment. The trip to Santa Cruz highlands was super special. They said we would see tortoise in the wild. I was hoping to see a few. But they were everywhere! WOW!
We had tons of variety and different kinds of activities, the places we stayed were fine, our guides Lainie and local guide Jessica were great. I like the land based as we were able to walk around the towns and interact with people there. I really liked the long hike to the Chico Volcano on Isabela, loved the farm with all the tortoises, loved Sea Lion Island viewing the sea lion colony and birds, and snorkeling over the whales was truly special.
All the animals, local guide Jessica.
a great, special place with an excellent guide and good food and accommodations. I guess it had it all! Plus, the daily options could be modified to meet my interests and abilities...just what i needed now.
Close up encounters with all the animals. Jessica's knowledge of the Galapagos
Lainie Reisman and our local guide Jessica were fantastic! I couldn't have been in better hands!
Galapagos is a special place and we had two exceptional guides (Jessica a native and Lainie from AGC). We learned a lot of historical and current information about the Islands and the animals. We were able to get up close and personal with the wildlife with plenty of opportunity to take memorable pictures. The food was great and the company was cordial. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. Plenty of activities to keep us busy and plenty of activity options to choose from. It helped greatly to have both guides being able to speak Spanish and English. Some situations required to have to communicate with the locals in Spanish which we were able to do through the guides. A very successful trip and a good time was had by all.
Snorkeling with the sea lions, seeing the three islands and the wonderful local guides.
The Sea Lion Island walk was wonderful and snorkeling off San Cristobal, and all the sights and sounds!
Loved having both an AGC guide and a local guide from the islands. The wildlife was amazing. Would have enjoyed more kayaking and snorkeling.
I missed the initial briefing due to a delayed flight and therefore miss some important information regarding the 11 mile hike. I fell a couple of times and ended up with a pinched siatica nerve, blisters on feet. Was a great trip and enjoyed it trendously. Everything was very well planned.
I'm afraid of water (near drowning at age 7) and the guides made certain that I was comfortable enough to be able to snorkel and kayak to enjoy the beauty of the islands! I will add kayaking to my life.
The snorkeling was great. The guide was excellent she was very knowledgeable and helpful. However the last place we stayed which words in San cristobal, The please clearly needed work. They were big gaps around the air-conditioner that let mosquitoes in and we got bit even in the bathroom. That needs to either be fixed or have mosquito netting.
The Islands themselves. Getting to see the animals and swim with the seals.