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Galápagos Island Hopping 9 Days

From $5,257

Science comes alive in Charles Darwin’s living laboratory. Revel in nature as you hop from island to island experiencing close encounters with animals – some found only in the Galápagos Islands.


See giant tortoises in the wild up close.

Explore lava tunnels.

Snorkel with sharks, sea lions, and sea turtles.

Kayak to see blue-footed boobies.

Hop over sally lightfoot crabs.


Day 1: Arrive in Guayaquil

Arrive in the seaside city of Guayaquil.

Your guide meets you at the airport and accompanies you to the hotel to help you check in.

If you arrive early, you can explore the city on your own by strolling along the Malecón that fronts the Guayas River or hanging out with the iguanas at Iguana Park.

Hotel: Mansion del Rio (or similar)


Day 2: Play Hide & Go Seek With Galápagos Tortoises

Fly to Baltra in the Galápagos Islands. Then, take a short ferry ride across Itabaca Channel.

Travel to the lush, green highlands of Santa Cruz Island, home of the Galápagos Tortoise.

Look for these free-roaming, majestic, giant tortoises in the tall grass or partly submerged in a mud pond.

Explore the volcanic origins of the island by journeying through a 400-meter long lava tunnel.

Then, hop on a bike and cruise down hill into the quaint town of Puerto Ayora.

Meals: Breakfast at your hotel, lunch, and dinner

Hotel: Angermeyer Waterfront (or similar)

Day 3: Snorkel With Sea Lions, Sea Turles, Stingrays, & Iguanas

Take a short boat ride to the sandy beaches of Bahia Ballena.

Snorkel with resident sea lions, sea turtles, stingrays, iguanas, and a myriad of fish.

As you relax on the beach, keep a look out for birds such as the Darwin’s finch, yellow warbler, and blue-footed boobie.

Then, snap photos of blue-footed boobies, sally lightfoot crabs, golden cow rays, and lava herons during a late afternoon kayak at Punta Estrada.

Finish the day with dinner at the home of a local fisherman and his family.

Meals: Breakfast at your hotel, lunch, and dinner

Hotel: Angermeyer Waterfront (or similar)

Day 4: Sun Bathe With Marine Iguanas at Tortuga Bay

Hike to the beach at Tortuga Bay to see marine iguanas scamper across the sparkling white sand and pelicans perch on algae-covered rocks.

Cool off with a dip in the crystal clear water of the bay.

This afternoon board a boat for the voyage to the south coast of Isabela Island

Meals: Breakfast at your hotel, lunch, and dinner

Hotel: Casa de Marita (or similar)

Day 5: Hike Through a Petrified Lava Field

Pack your picnic lunch and head to Sierra Negra Volcano for an all-day hike that takes you from the lush slopes of the volcano into its petrified lava fields.

Enjoy spectacular views of the ocean and surrounding islands.

Stop by a pond to see pink flamingos.

Dinner tonight is “lava chicken” prepared at a small restaurant in the highlands.

Meals: Breakfast at your hotel, lunch, and dinner

Hotel: Casa de Marita (or similar)

Day 6: Swim With Sharks & Visit a Tortoise Breeding Center

Embark this morning on a one-hour boat road to Los Tunneles, a natural lava formation consisting of arches and underwater caves.

Keep your eyes peeled for Galápagos Penguins, the only species of penguin to cross the equatorial line.

Swim with sharks (not the big scary kind!) and eagle stingrays in the crystal clear waters.

This afternoon hike to a local breeding center that has been responsible for the breeding and release of over 2,000 tortoises into the wild.

Walk along a boardwalk through a brackish lagoon. See marine iguanas, pink flamingos, and numerous migratory birds.

Meals: Breakfast at your hotel, lunch, and dinner

Hotel: Casa de Marita (or similar)

Day 7: Learn About the History of the Galápagos Islands

Fly to San Cristobal.

Hike up Frigate Hill for breathtaking views of the coast.

Stop by the Cerro Tijertas Environmental Center on the way up to learn about the shocking history of the Galápagos Islands.

Swim with sea lions and sea turtles in the cool waters of Darwin’s Bay.

Meals: Breakfast at your hotel, lunch, and dinner

Hotel: Opuntia Boutique Hotel (or similar)

Day 8: Swim With Sharks & Sea Turtles

This morning it’s off to Kicker Rock to snorkel between the giant rocks with sea turtles, sharks, and colorful fish.

Kicker Rock is the remains of a lava cone eroded by the sea that rises an astonishing 500 feet above the floor of the ocean.

Spend this afternoon exploring town.

Then, it’s off for a visit to the Children of the Galápagos. Learn why founder Treecy Meier left her home in Michigan to help these oft-forgotten citizens of Darwin’s paradise.

Meals: Breakfast at your hotel, lunch, and dinner

Hotel: Opuntia Boutique Hotel (or similar)

Day 9: Return to Guayaquil for Your International Flight Home

Wave goodbye to the ubiquitous sea lions that lounge in the streets and along the beaches as you head to the airport for your flight to Guayaquil and then home.

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Trip Rating

Easy to Moderate


Prices for 2017

6+ people – $5,257/person

Own room – $552/person

Included In Price

Accommodations – double occupancy

Airport/hotel transfers

Carbon offsets

English speaking guides

Entrance fees for scheduled tours

Equipment – kayak

Meals specified in the itinerary

Tips for support staff

Transportation specified in the itinerary – inter-island flight, speed boat, ferry, bus

Excluded From Price

Airfare – international & to Baltra

Airport taxes

Alcoholic drinks

Baggage costs

Equipment – snorkeling gear & wet suits

Galapagos entrance fee – $100

Galapagos taxes – $20

Meals not specified by the itinerary (first and last day)

Personal expenses

Tips for the tour leader

Travel insurance (required)

Voluntary philanthropic gifts

Departure Dates

Founder’s trip July 14 – 22, 2017

Private departures upon request

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