Galapagos Adventure and Wildlife Tour

Galapagos Adventure and Wildlife Tour

Galapagos Adventure and Wildlife Tour

Prices

From $3,025USD

Difficulty

Guided

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Highlights

Discover the amazing Galapagos Islands and their wildlife on foot, by bike, and by kayak

Discover the incredible native wildlife including tortoises, sea lions, iguanas, sharks, rays, penguins, and blue-footed boobies.

Get to know each island by staying in charming locally-run hotels that are perched right near the water.

Meet the underwater island residents, as you’ll have many opportunities to snorkel throughout your trip.

Stay active by biking, hiking, and kayaking as you explore the unique and amazing environments on the islands.

The Galapagos Islands are full of amazing wildlife and incredible natural beauty. The 10 day guided Galapagos Adventure and Wildlife Tour will allow you to see the many animals of the islands in their natural habitat while you explore by foot, bike and boat. This adventure is perfect for the traveller who wants to experience nature and enjoy an adrenaline rush!

Stay on the islands of San Cristobal, Isabela, and Santa Cruz in small local hotels in incredible locations. As you explore the islands you’ll learn about the precious local ecosystem and how important it is to continue conservation efforts to preserve the special wildlife that lives here. This tour supports this effort by being as sustainable as possible and tries not to produce trash or use single-use plastics. On this tour, you’ll see unique and beautiful landscapes as you kayak through the gentle waters, and bike or hike across remote back roads. And of course, you’ll meet the famous residents of the islands including the giant tortoises, iguanas, penguins, and blue-footed boobies! Snorkel in the bright blue waters in search of turtles, paddle to find penguins, and hike to tortoise habitat! The Galapagos Adventure and Wildlife Tour is an adventurous deep-dive into the Galapagos unlike any other you’re likely to find.

Galapagos Adventure and Wildlife Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Welcome Meeting in Quito

Today you are free to explore Quito on your own, as your tour officially starts in the evening with your welcome meeting. During the meeting, you’ll meet your guide and other group members and learn all about the adventure you’re about to embark on!

Overnight Location
Hotel in Quito
Distance
None
Meals
None

Day 2 Hiking and Snorkeling on San Cristobal Island

Your day begins with your transfer to the airport and the three-hour flight to San Cristobal Island. Once you arrive in the Galapagos, you’ll have time for lunch before a visit to the Interpretation Centre. You’ll learn from an expert naturalist the importance of this special national park and its role in environmental research.

In the afternoon, you’ll take a hike to Frigate Hill, which offers a scenic view of the island. Then, it’s finally time to jump in that gorgeous crystal blue water for some snorkelling! You’ll be looking for sea lions, sea turtles, and hundreds of brightly coloured fish. After snorkelling, you’ll return to the hotel for a good night's sleep.

Overnight Location
Hotel on San Cristobal
Distance
Flexible
Meals
Breakfast

Day 3 Snorkeling at Kicker Rock

This morning, you’ll board a boat to ride across the gorgeous Galapagos waters to Kicker Rock. This incredible volcanic formation rises 500 feet out of the water and is one of the most awe-inspiring spots in the Galapagos. Just below the surface, there is a channel that cuts through the rock, home to white tip reef sharks, rays, sea lions, and even hammerhead sharks.

The day will be divided into two snorkel trips for you to explore this incredible underwater wonderland. You’ll have lunch on the boat and have a beach break at a nearby white-sand beach. After your snorkelling adventures, you’ll return to town, where you’re free to explore for the evening.

Overnight Location
Hotel on San Cristobal
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast and lunch

Day 4 Kayaking to Tintoreras

This morning you’ll take a short island hopper flight to the wildlife sanctuary on Isabela Island. You’ll have time to explore and get settled before your afternoon paddle.

You will be kayaking to the islet of Tintoreras and looking for the wildlife that lives in its volcanic underwater canyons. Keep a lookout for penguins and the famous blue-footed boobies, and feel free to jump into the water if you want to visit with the fish, turtles, and sea lions.

Overnight Location
Hotel on Isabela Island
Distance
Flexible
Meals
Breakfast

Day 5 Explore Isabela Island by Bicycle

Today will be an exciting day of discovery as you explore the island on a half-day biking excursion. You’ll be cycling through the back roads of the island, taking time to explore some walking trails that lead to several lookout points with gorgeous views.

Two of the highlights will be Playa del Amor and the Tortoise Breeding Centre. At Playa del Amor, you’ll visit a special type of iguana that can forage for food underwater and can only be found in the Galapagos. At the Tortoise Breeding Centre, you’ll learn all about these amazing creatures and what is being done to preserve the population. You’ll bike past the flamingo lagoon on your way back to the hotel where you can unwind for the evening.

Overnight Location
Hotel on Isabela Island
Distance
Flexible
Meals
Breakfast

Day 6 Explore the Lava Tunnels

Today you’ll be visiting the famous “Los Tunneles” (Lava Tunnels) where you’ll be doing some wildlife viewing amid the amazing volcanic formations.

A boat will take you to a site where you can look for blue-footed boobies and penguins. Lunch will be served aboard, and afterwards, you’re free to explore on foot, from the boat, and in the water. Snorkelling here could lead to some white-tip reef shark or ray sightings!

Overnight Location
Hotel on Isabela Island
Distance
Flexible
Meals
Breakfast

Day 7 Leisure Day

Today is a free day for you to explore on your own or relax. If you’re up for a day trip, your tour guide can help you make arrangements.

Overnight Location
Hotel on Isabela Island
Distance
Flexible
Meals
Breakfast

Day 8 Visit the Giant Tortoises

Start your day with an early morning boat ride to Santa Cruz Island. On arrival, you’ll be able to pay a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station and learn about the research and conservation efforts being made to help repopulate different tortoise species.

You’ll already have met some of the local tortoises during your trip, but today you’ll be meeting the big guys at El Chato Reserve in their natural habitat.

Head back to town at the end of the day and take a walk through Puerto Ayora.

Overnight Location
Hotel on Santa Cruz
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Day 9 Flight to Quito

After your final breakfast in the islands, you’ll head to Baltra and catch a flight back to Quito.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Quito
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Day 10 Tour Ends

Your tour is complete after you’ve checked out of your hotel this morning. It’s time to continue to your next destination or start the journey home!

Overnight Location
None
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Galapagos Adventure and Wildlife Tour Price and Dates

This guided tour of the Galapagos Islands is run either as a group tour or a private tour. The prices below are per person sharing a double or a triple room:

  • Private tour: $3,425USD per person -

    Now $2,995USD per person

Dates and Prices to Join a Group Tour:

Day Of WeekPrice Per Person *
MondayNot Available
TuesdayNot Available
WednesdayNot Available
ThursdayNot Available
Friday
$2,495USD
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SaturdayNot Available
SundayNot Available
* Single Supplement may apply

Accommodation on the Galapagos Adventure and Wildlife Tour

This tour is based in 3 and 4-star boutique hotels. The hotels on the islands are either right at the water or have water views. They offer comfortable rooms in great locations. Rooms are double occupancy and single travellers will pay a supplement.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement to have a private room in a hotel (please inquire for the pricing).

Hotel Dann Carlton in Quito

This Quito hotel has lovely welcoming rooms, but you’ll want to spend all your time at the indoor pool, fully equipped gym, or the charming garden.

Sunset Hotel in San Cristobal

You’ll love the sleek, comfortable rooms here, but not as much as you’ll love the incredible water views. You won’t want to leave this pier-side hotel.

Cormorant Beach House Hotel on Isabela Island

This is the perfect place to watch the sunset across the water after a busy day. You’ll love staying right on a gorgeous stretch of white sandy beach.

Galapagos Inn Hotel in Santa Cruz

This family-run hotel was originally for researchers who came to the island, but now it welcomes all travellers with clean rooms and a swimming pool.

Hotel Dann Carlton in Quito

This Quito hotel has lovely welcoming rooms, but you’ll want to spend all your time at the indoor pool, fully equipped gym, or the charming garden.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s Included in Galapagos Adventure and Wildlife Tour?

Meals

9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, water, and snacks are included.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 9 nights are included. Accommodations before and after the tour in Quito are not included.

Transportation during the Tour

Transport for you and your luggage is included throughout the tour. Transportation to and from the airport in Quito before and after the tour is not included, but the airport transfers to your domestic flights between Quito and the Galapagos Islands are included. The domestic flight between Quito and the Galapagos Islands is not included.

Also Included

  • Experienced, certified English-speaking guide
  • Private transportation
  • Bike rental, including a hybrid bike, certified helmet and gloves
  • Paddling equipment, including a sit-on-top double kayak and paddles
  • Snorkeling equipment, including masks and fins

Not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Flights to and from Ecuador
  • Galapagos transit control card (INGALA)
  • Galapagos National Park fee
  • Isabela Island fee
  • Lunches and dinners not previously mentioned
  • Tourist taxes if applicable
  • Visas if required
  • Personal equipment
  • Fees not mentioned as ‘included’
  • Tour guide, driver, server, and hotel staff gratuities
  • Optional activities

Optional Extras

  • Day tours in Quito (prices are on request)
  • Additional activities on Isabella Island are available on your free day (Day 7), your tour guide can help make arrangements
  • Additional nights in Quito before or after the tour
  • Airport transfers

Frequenty Asked Questions about Galapagos Adventure and Wildlife Tour

How hard is the Galapagos Adventure and Wildlife Tour?

We rate this tour as a 2/5. You will have a chance to participate in several physical activities including hiking, paddling, cycling, and snorkeling. All the activities will include instruction and no previous experience is required. The terrain is flat and easy, and you will always have vehicle support should you wish to take a break.

Do I need a visa to travel to Ecuador?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the Galapagos Adventure and Wildlife Tour?

9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, water, and snacks are included.

Is the Galapagos Adventure and Wildlife Tour family-friendly?

Yes, this is a great tour for a family with older children. Children must be over the age of 8 to participate.

What is the group size on the Galapagos Adventure and Wildlife Tour?

The maximum group size for this tour is 10 people. Please let us know your desired departure day and we can advise on the availability.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have health and medical insurance to join this trip, and your insurance should cover all the activities involved. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Quito to start this tour?

The best way to reach Quito is to fly to the Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO). You will need to arrange transportation to the hotel from here.

Is the Galapagos Adventure and Wildlife Tour guided?

Yes, you will have an English-speaking guide for the duration of the tour.

Where does the Galapagos Adventure and Wildlife Tour end?

This tour ends at the hotel in Quito. You will need to arrange transportation to the airport from here.

Are equipment rentals included?

The equipment for all activities on the itinerary are included. This includes your hybrid bicycle, helmet, and gloves for the bike rides. You’ll have a two-seater kayak and paddles, as well as a snorkeling mask and fins provided as well. Please bring any additional equipment desired.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Ecuador?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Ecuador?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

When is the best time to travel to Ecuador for this tour?

The best time to visit Ecuador for this tour is between June and September when the northern region experiences less rain.

The creation of Activexpedition is to inspire adventure travelers to explore our world from a different perspective. At Activexpedition they prioritize eco-friendly activities in every destination they go, as well as support local people and traditions through sustainability efforts.

Activexpedition’s mission is to deliver educational experiences of a lifetime with stellar service and provide human powered holidays that go beyond typical adventure travel.

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Prices

From $3,025USD

Difficulty

Guided

Lodges and Hotels

Active Travel is what we do

10Adventures knows Active and Adventure Travel because everything we do is focused on Active and Adventure Travel. We understand the needs of travellers and partner with excellent local guides who specialize in active, experiential and adventure travel.

Real humans are always a click or call away

Your time is important, and you shouldn't have to deal with automated bots or a confusing phone system. At 10Adventures you are assigned an Adventure Concierge, who is a real person who has one job: to support you during the planning & booking of your trip.

Customize or go private and get the perfect trip for you

Taking a holiday can be the most fun you have all year. At 10Adventures we believe that you should have the ability to personalize the trip, to get it just the way you want. Sometimes that's joining a group, but more often it's going private with your loved ones, and getting the dates and itinerary that's just right for you.

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Tour Difficulty

We rate this tour as a 2/5. You will have a chance to participate in several physical activities including hiking, paddling, cycling, and snorkeling. All the activities will include instruction and no previous experience is required. The terrain is flat and easy, and you will always have vehicle support should you wish to take a break.


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Local guide

Cesar Romero

Quito, Ecuador

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+1 (587) 327-9828

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