Ultimate Galapagos Islands Tour

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9 days
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Quito
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Quito

On arrival to Quito, you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel where you can spend the rest of the day at your own leisure. Ask your travel advisor if you are interested in doing a tour in the city (time permitting depending on your flight arrival).
Overnight in Quito

Day 2Galapagos Islands Cruise 8 Days - Day 1

In the morning, you will be transferred to Guayaquil airport to take your flight to Baltra in the Galapagos Islands. You will be picked up at the airport and transferred to the pier to board your ship to start your Galapagos tour.

This itinerary is just 1 of the options that you have and is on one of the Coral Yachts. Check here for more Galapagos Islands Itineraries.

Afternoon: Santa Cruz Island – Charles Darwin Research Station & Fausto Llerena Breeding Center

Santa Cruz Island is home to very large tortoises that freely walk in the private and National Park lands. There are also huge lava tunnels under the ground, some of which are several kilometers long. Along with the lava tunnels comes the history of pirates and treasure.

The center is located in a great place to see some of Darwin’s finches, like the cactus, vegetarian and woodpecker.

Difficulty level: Easy
Duration: 1.5 hour visit
Type of terrain: flat
Overnight on Coral Yacht

Day 3Galapagos Islands Cruise 8 Days - Day 2

Morning: Santa Cruz Island – Dragon Hill

After arriving into the small lava dock, we will be able to see the marine iguanas that are camouflaged with the rocks. We will walk along the island to a beach where you will be able to see Dragon Hill.

On the way you will see a variety of flora and fauna. You may see waders such as flamingos, turnstones, stilts and sandpipers feeding in the mud. Other birds like mockingbirds, Darwin finches, yellow warblers and Galapagos doves can be spotted.

Difficulty: moderate
Duration: approx. 2 hours walking
Type of terrain: rocky and uneven

Afternoon: Bartolome Island

This afternoon you will be able to see one of the most incredible views in the whole of the Galapagos Islands and is compared to a lunar landscape. It is one of the most visited sites in the Galapagos. The climb up the 372 wooden steps is well worth the effort to see the magnificent view from the top overlooking the famous Pinnacle Rock and Santiago Island.

We will also be able to snorkel in the waters where we may encounter sea lions, penguins and white-tipped reef sharks.

Difficulty: intermediate
Duration: approx. 1.5 hours walking / 1 hour snorkeling
Terrain: 372 wooden steps
Overnight on Coral Yacht

Day 4Galapagos Islands Cruise 8 Days - Day 3

Morning: Rabida Island

Rabida Island is located in the heart of the Galapagos Islands and is well known for its red beaches. There are hundreds of Sea Lions and a nested colony of Pelicans. There are also Galapagos doves, finches, vermillion flycatchers and mockingbirds.

We will walk through the palo santo forest where we can see cacti and other flora. Eventually we will reach a bay where you can snorkel and see turtles, sea lions, white tipped sharks and schools of black striped salemas.

Difficulty level: Easy
Duration: approx 1.5 hour walking / 1 hour snorkeling / 1 hour dinghy ride
Type of terrain: sandy

Afternoon: Santiago Island – Bucaneers Cove / Espumilla Beach

Santiago Island is the 4th biggest island in the Galapagos and as the largest and longest lava flow.

Here is where Charles Darwin spend the longest of all the islands. You will see Bucaneers Cove where Charles spent 9 days camping. In the area are pelicans, herons, boobies, brown noddies, sea lions and fur seals.

Espumilla Beach (meaning Foam Beach in English), is home to wading birds such as flamingos and common stilts. In the dunes there are normally sea turtles nesting.

Difficulty level: Easy
Duration: approx 1 hour walking / 1 hour snorkeling / time on beach
Type of terrain: sandy
Overnight on Coral Yacht

Day 5Galapagos Islands Cruise 8 Days - Day 4

Morning: Santa Cruz Island – Black Turtle Cove

Black Turtle Cove is located on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island. Here we will see 4 varieties of mangrove in a tidal lagoon system. From inside the boat we will see turtles swimming around, with rays and small sharks below us. The experience is like going back to the beginning of time seeing these species together.

Difficulty level: Easy
Duration: approx 1 hour dinghy ride
Type of terrain: none

Afternoon: Santa Cruz Island – Highlands Tortoise Reserve

This area is perfect for bird lovers, as almost all land birds from the islands can be found here. There are Vermilion Flycatchers, Darwin’s finches, Yellow Warblers, Paint-billed Crakes and Galapagos Rails, just to name a few.

You will see a variety of ecosystems; coastal, an agricultural zone and beautiful forests. Along the way, you may be able to see Galapagos Giant Tortoises walking through the farmlands.

Difficulty: easy
Duration: approx 45-minute drive / 1.5-hour walk
Terrain: flat & muddy sometimes
Overnight on Coral Yacht

Day 6Galapagos Islands Cruise 8 Days - Day 5

Morning: Isabela Island – Punta Vicente Roca

Isabela Island is one of the younger islands in the Galapagos and is one of the more volcanically active islands as well.

We will visit Punta Vicente Roca by dinghy, where we will see beautiful geological formations, which make an ideal location for many nesting birds, such as; storm petrels, Blue-footed and Nazca Boobies and Brown Noddy Terns.

You will be able to snorkel here and have a chance to swim with penguins and green turtles.

If you are lucky, you will be able to see whales, dolphins, sea lions, tunas and birds feeding.

Difficulty: moderate / high
Duration: approx 1-hour snorkeling / 1-hour dinghy ride
Terrain: water

Afternoon: Fernandina Island – Punta Espinosa

Fernandina Island is the youngest and 3rd largest island in the Galapagos. It is the most volcanically active island.

Here you could have the incredible opportunity to snorkel with penguins, turtles, marine iguanas and flightless cormorants. There is also the occasional sighting of Galapagos Hawks and land iguanas.

Difficulty: intermediate
Duration: approx 1.5-hour walk / 1-hour snorkeling
Terrain: flat and some rocks
Overnight on Coral Yacht

Day 7Galapagos Islands Cruise 8 Days - Day 6

Morning: Isabela Island – Urbina Bay

We will walk away from the beach into a dry area of the island where you may see Galapagos giant tortoises and land iguanas.

In 1954, a dramatic uplift of about 6km of coral reef occurred and is now exposed above the ground.

Difficulty: intermediate
Duration: approx 1.5-hour walk / 1-hour snorkelling
Terrain: flat & rocky

Afternoon: Isabela Island – Tagus Cove

Tagus Cove was one of the few places that Charles Darwin visited with the HMS Beagle. Also it was a favourite location for early pirates and whale hunters. The cove was named after an English warship that came to the islands looking for giant tortoises.

We will go on a beautiful hike and see an incredible volcanic landscape and a view of Darwin Lake. You will have the opportunity to snorkel with turtles, penguins and maybe flightless cormorants.

Difficulty: intermediate – difficult
Duration: approx 2-hour walk / 40-minutes dinghy ride / 1-hour deep water snorkelling
Terrain: inclined
Overnight on Coral Yacht

Day 8Galapagos Islands Cruise 8 Days - Day 7

Morning: Santiago Island – Egas Port

We will enter this dramatic shoreline, which is made of black volcanic sand. Here you may see a variety of species such as; Galapagos fur seals, sea lions, Galapagos Hawks, lava lizards, American oystercatchers and herons.

We will have an optional visit to an abandoned salt mine, which used to be the supplier of salt for Ecuador.

Difficulty: intermediate
Duration: approx 1.5-hour walk / 1-hour snorkeling
Terrain: flat & some rocks

Afternoon: Santiago Island – Sullivan Bay

Sullivan Bay gives you the opportunity to walk across a recent pahoehoe lava flow and have an up-close look at its characteristics. Anyone interested in macro photography will particularly enjoy this landscape. Tiny Mollugo plants can be seen growing through the cracks and have a special importance to the landscape.

After, you will have a chance to snorkel with sea lions, rays and turtles.

Difficulty: difficult
Terrain: volcanic lava – flat
Duration: approx 1.5 hour walk / 1-hour snorkeling / time to spend on the beach
Overnight on Coral Yacht

Day 9Galapagos Islands Cruise 8 Days - Day 8

Morning: Santa Cruz Island – Bachas Beach

The name “Las Bachas” came from the poor pronunciation of the locals when saying “barges”, which were left there from World War II.

Bachas is a beautiful white sandy beach, which is a major nesting location for turtles. We will walk along the shore to a lagoon that is home to wading birds, white-cheeked pintail ducks, marine iguanas and occasionally flamingoes.

Difficulty: easy
Duration: approx 1-hour walk / 1-hour snorkeling/ time to spend on the beach
Terrain: sandy

After the cruise ends, you will be transferred to the airport to take your flight back home from your incredible journey.

Price
Base Price – $4,199 per person

Based on 3 star hotels and 2 people sharing a room. We also offer 4 and 5 star hotel accommodation packages.

Group discounts available.

Contact us to customize this tour to the Galapagos Islands based on your travel preferences and dates.

Included

  • 1 night hotel in Quito
  • 8 day/7 night Galapagos Islands Cruise (Coral I or Coral II Yacht)
  • Full board on Galapagos cruise
  • Bilingual Tour Guides
  • Fuel Surcharge for Cruise
  • All ground transportation and logistics
  • Law taxes
  • Local assistance 24 hours

Not Included

  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tips
  • Galapagos Entrance Fee: $100 adult, $50 children under 12, to be paid in cash upon arrival in Galapagos
  • Galapagos Migration Control Card: $20 per person
  • Wetsuit for Galapagos: $25 per person
  • Alcoholic drinks and extra beverages