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7 Day Galapagos Islander

7 days with Gate 1 Travel   Rating: First Class

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800-680-2858 800-680-2858 Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices DAY 1 - Depart the USA/Guayaquil
Depart the USA for Ecuador. Arrive and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day at leisure.

DAY 2 - Afternoon on Santa Cruz Island
This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to the Galapagos Islands. Arrive at Baltra Island, and then cross the Itabaca Channel to the island of Santa Cruz. Upon arrival, transfer by private bus to the Aventura Lodge. In the afternoon, head to Los Gemelos (Spanish for “The Twins”), two enormous collapsed lava chambers formed thousands of years ago. Keep an eye open for Darwin finches, vermillion flycatchers, and short-eared owls. Next on your tour is a visit to a 600-acre private reserve for the famous giant Galapagos tortoises. Here you can watch the tortoises roam freely and learn about these amazing animals and the efforts being made to save them. Continuing on your journey, a short ride takes you to explore one of the islands unique lava tunnels. This remnant of long gone lava flows has 20 foot high ceilings and stretches on for nearly 1350 feet. Before returning to your lodge, stop at the Red Mangrove Dive Resort for a snorkeling lesson to prepare you for the opportunities during your trip to explore the marine wonders of the Galapagos.(B,L,D)

DAY 3 - Sail to Isabela Island
Enjoy an adventure-packed morning as you head for the Itabaca Channel for an introduction to sea kayaking. After learning the basic techniques, a certified specialist will guide you along the shore of northern Santa Cruz as you explore the channel. As you paddle along, enjoy the beautiful scenery. The cliffs here are home to many sea birds including blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, and brown pelicans. There will be opportunities to snorkel in the channel, where sea lions, green sea turtles, and numerous tropical fish will often share the water. After working up an appetite, return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, a two hour boat trip will transfer you to Isabela Island. Upon arrival, check in to your lodge and enjoy a welcome drink and snacks while your naturalist guides discuss the culture and history of the islands. The remainder of the day is at leisure.(B,L,D)

DAY 4 - Full Day on Isabela Island
This morning's outing takes you to Sierra Negra Volcano. A short hike up the slope leads you to the caldera, or large volcanic crater, of Sierra Negra where breathtaking views await. At this point, the tour will stop for rest and a light snack. The adventurous have the option to continue on a more challenging hour-long hike to Volcan Chico, where vents of volcanic gas & steam are abundant, and additional spectacular views can be found. After a morning of hiking, enjoy a lunch at Camp Duro prepared with fruits and vegetables grown on this beautiful farm. Following lunch, you can enjoy a stroll among the fruit trees or simply relax in a hammock. Perhaps visit the giant tortoises that the farm cares for in collaboration with the Galapagos National Park. After your visit to Camp Duro, return to the lodge. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure to explore Isabela Island on your own, or possibly consider joining an excursion to the Concha de Perla site. Here you are able to snorkel throughout the bay, trying to catch a view of the local inhabitants which often include sea lions and green turtles.(B,L,D)

DAY 5 - Return to Santa Cruz
After breakfast, depart by boat for a tour of Las Tintoreras islet and bay. Along the way search for blue-footed boobies and Galapagos penguins gathered among the rocks. After docking, join a hike through an ancient, jagged lava field, home to large colonies of marine iguanas and sea lions. Following your hike, you can snorkel in the warm waters of the bay for a chance at an an up-close look at marine life. Look for sea lions, sea turtles, white-tipped reef sharks, and the tangled underwater forest of mangrove roots. Return to the lodge for lunch and afterward depart for the two hour boat transfer back to Santa Cruz Island. Upon arrival, check back into the Aventura Lodge. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of the Charles Darwin Research Station, a specialized breeding and rearing center for the endangered Galapagos Giant Tortoise. The station is a working branch of the international, non-profit Charles Darwin Foundation which works to protect and maintain the Galapagos' precious ecosystems. Here you will learn about the remarkably successful breeding program and get to see these amazing animals up close.(B,L,D)

DAY 6 - Fly to Quito
After breakfast, transfer to the airport in Baltra for your flight to Quito. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and enjoy the balance of the day is at leisure. The Quito airport is approximately a 1-2 hour drive from the city.(B)

DAY 7 - Depart for the USA
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.(B)
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800-680-2858 800-680-2858 All This Included
  • Intra-flights Guayaquil-Baltra & Baltra-Quito
  • 6 nights accommodations
  • Hotel porterage
  • 14 Meals: 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Services of English-speaking local guides in the Galapagos
  • Shore Excursions
  • Galapagos National Park Fee of $100
  • Galapagos Transit Control Card fee of $10
800-680-2858 800-680-2858 Highlights
  • Galapagos Islands
  • Charles Darwin Research Station
800-680-2858 800-680-2858 Accommodations
Guayaquil: Hotel Oro Verde
Galapagos Islands: Red Mangrove Aventura Lodge
Galapagos Islands: Red Mangrove Isabela Lodge
Quito: Mercure Hotel Alameda
800-680-2858 800-680-2858 Notes
  • Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flights Guayaquil-Galapagos-Quito.
  • It is recommended that passengers select flights that depart no earlier than 8 am on Day 7.
  • Passport numbers for all passengers must be submitted before documents can be issued.
  • The route and program may vary according to weather conditions, seasonal changes, safety issues and wildlife migration patterns. Wildlife and visits listed in the itinerary are based upon optimal conditions and therefore subject to change.
  • Sturdy shoes are recommended for this program.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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