Galapagos Adventure

The Galápagos Islands are home to a unique ecosystem that hasn’t changed for thousands of years. Known as the birthplace of evolution for many thanks to its symbolic Darwin finches, swimming iguanas, flightless cormorants, and many more species.  Galápagos Adventure is an adventure filled with entertaining experiences with unrivaled landscapes and activities. Traveling to the Galápagos Islands offers a unique opportunity to see and experience animals in their natural habitat.

The giant tortoises will welcome us to paradise, in the middle of a cloudy area, these reptiles coexist with the local population at the Santa Cruz Highlands as friendly collaborative neighbors. 

Later you will face what you came expecting to see, the immensity of the Pacific Ocean, and marine birds working hard to feed themselves, some fishing and others stealing food from other species.     

Have a nice encounter with the pristine wildlife of the islands during the navigation to inhabited areas during the Galápagos Adventure, and come back to town for some relaxing time around the streets of Puerto Ayora.

The Galápagos Adventure program also offers beach time to enjoy. Isabela has a friendly and small population and so much to see that you will find all-time not enough. Unique marine wildlife, white sand beaches, and astonishing views surround the peaceful town of the archipelago’s largest island.

Come to see what amazed Charles Darwin, and inspired him to investigate how species evolve continually to survive in wild habitats. 

Don’t be afraid of underwater life, but surely you will need to give them space and respect. Swim, kayak, snorkel, and paddle with happiness and curiosity, even sharks could better understand boundaries that humans ignore sometimes. 

Allow us to plan your next holidays, we will focus on you having the best time while traveling. The Galápagos Islands Adventure is a lifetime experience you deserve to live!

Puerto Ayora, EC

Tour Plan

Day 01
Arrival in Quito or Guayaquil

Arrive in Quito or Guayaquil and transfer to the hotel. Accommodations: Tourist superior hotel in Quito or Guayaquil Meals included: none

Day 02
Flight to the Galapagos Islands. Santa Cruz Highlands and Charles Darwin Research Station

Transfer to the airport to take the flight to the Galápagos Islands. Upon your arrival, your guide will pick you up from Baltra airport to Santa Cruz Island to start the adventure, with a first visit to the Highlands of Santa Cruz Island. On the way to our first stop in the Primicias Ranch, you will observe changes in the vegetation, which is dry in the lower part and humid in the highlands. Once on the ranch, you will appreciate giant tortoises in their natural environment and some emblematic species of flora as Asclepias and Palo Santo. You will enjoy a typical lunch and visit an impressive lava tunnel 300 meters deep; this tunnel was created because the outer part of the lava cools faster than the inner part. Finally, you will reach to your hotel in Puerto Ayora. Then you will visit the "Charles Darwin Foundation" (CDF), an institution that supports the conservation in the Galápagos Islands. Accommodations: Tourist superior hotel in Puerto Ayora Meals included: Breakfast, lunch

Day 03
Day tour to an uninhabited island (North Seymour, Plaza Sur or Bartolomé)

You will have breakfast and head to Seymour Norte or Plazas Sur or Bartolome. (The island to visit depends on the availability).


You will leave from the Itabaca channel towards North Seymour. North Seymour is a small island with an endemic population of flora and fauna, with species like the royal frigate and the blue-footed booby. If you are lucky, you may observe the interesting mating ritual of these species; the frigate puffs up its red jacket at its throat, and the blue-footed booby performs a kind of unique dance. North Seymour also has a big colony of land iguanas and sea lions near the coast. You will walk along different trails for 1 hour and 30 minutes, where you will admire the wildlife. Then you will enjoy a box lunch on board. After lunch, you will have the option to practice snorkeling, very close you can see hammerhead sharks, turtles, and a wide variety of reef fish during this activity.


You will go to the Itabaca channel towards Plazas Sur. The navigation will take approximately 2 hours. At to disembark, you will be able to observe one of the largest sea lion colonies in the archipelago. During a small hike, you will spot land iguanas and birds as blue-footed boobies, forked nesting gulls, frigates, and pelicans. A curious fact about the vegetation on the island is that it changes its color according to the season; it is dark green in the rainy season and orange or purple in the dry season.


You will navigate from Itabaca Channel to Bartolome. Once in Bartolome, you will walk along a volcanic path of lunar appearance until you reach the highest part of the island to observe the landscape that includes Santiago Island, the immense ocean, and the white sand beach. During this tour, it is possible to find penguins, sea lions, white tip sharks, a great variety of reef fish, and sea turtles. In the afternoon, you will return to the hotel in Santa Cruz to get a good relaxation. Accommodations: Tourist superior hotel in Puerto Ayora Meals included: Breakfast, lunch

Day 04
Speed boat to Isabela Island. Visit to Tintoreras Islet

Early in the morning, we will go to the pier to take the speed boat to Isabela Island, after 2 1⁄2 hours of navigation we arrive at Puerto Villamil and transfer to a local restaurant for breakfast. Later we ́ll have an excursion to a group of tiny, rocky islands called Las Tintoreras after the whitetip reef sharks that frequent these waters and rest in the crevices here during the day. We’ll have a chance to swim and snorkel among the colorful reef fish, viewing various sharks, ray s, marine iguanas, sea turtles, whales, and maybe even penguins, depending on the season and our luck. Once we return to Puerto Villamil, you’ll have the evening free, so you can explore the town and have dinner where you wish. Walk along the waterfront and appreciate the seemingly endless expanse of the Pacific Ocean while watching the sunset over the white sands and the deep blue sea. Accommodations: Tourist superior hotel in Puerto Villamil Meals included: Breakfast

Day 05
Excursion to Sierra Negra Volcano (shared services)

After breakfast, we will drive to Volcano Sierra Negra in the highlands of Isabela Island. The hike starts at a national park guard hut, where we park and head toward the volcano. As the name implies, the ground in this area is black, the result of repeated and relatively recent lava flows. The caldera of this volcano is impressively large, an oval of about 5.8 by 4.6 mi (9.3 by 7.4 km) that ranks among the 10 largest in the world. Once we reach the rim of the caldera, we rest for a picnic lunch and photos. In addition to being the largest – although not the tallest – volcano in the Galápagos, Sierra Negra is one of the most active volcanoes in the archipelago. In fact, its most recent eruption was June–August 2018. Accommodations: Tourist superior hotel in Puerto Villamil Meals included: Breakfast, box-lunch

Day 06
Visit to breeding center and wetlands. Speed boat back to Santa Cruz Island

After breakfast, we will visit the Arnaldo Tupiza Breeding Center, where two species of giant tortoise are bred to increase the  population of these incredible animals, plays an essential role in protecting the future of the Galápagos. As you walk around the center, you will also be able to enjoy the beautiful gardens that boast of a wide variety of native plants. Just outside Puerto Villamil, you can also take a walk around the Isabela wetlands, comprised of lagoons, swamps, and mangroves, which have become a paradise for migratory birds such as stilts and flamingos. In the afternoon, we will go to the dock for the speedboat trip back to Santa Cruz Island. Accommodations: Tourist superior hotel in Puerto Ayora Meals included: Breakfast

Day 07
Transfer to Baltra airport and flight back to Quito or Guayaquil

The end of the trip has come. After breakfast, we will start the trip to the airport. First, we drive back to the Itabaca Channel, which we cross via ferry. Then we catch the bus to the airport. In the airport, the guide helps us with any last-minute things and makes sure we’re all checked in. Then we say goodbye, both to the people and to these enchanted islands, before returning to the mainland of Ecuador. You end this adventure with the transfer to the airport. Once you land in Quito or Guayaquil, you will have a transfer to your hotel. Accommodations: Tourist superior hotel in Quito or Guayaquil Meals included: Breakfast

Day 08
Transfer out

Breakfast. Day at leisure till the time for your transfer to the airport in order to take your international flight back home. Accommodations: not included Meals included: Breakfast

  • Hotel accommodations for 7 nights, double occupancy
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary (see day descriptions for specifics)
  • Scheduled excursions as per the itinerary
  • Certified guide, bilingual in Spanish and English
  • Surface transportation in the Galápagos Islands for the scheduled activities as per the itinerary
  • A roundtrip ticket for the speedboat between Santa Cruz and Isabela
  • Ferry tickets for Canal Itabaca to/from the airport
  • Bus tickets between Canal Itabaca and Baltra Airport
  • Transportation to/from and assistance at the airport
  • Snorkeling equipment (mask, breathing tube, fins)
  • Assistance throughout all scheduled activities as specified in the day descriptions of the itinerary
  • International flights
  • Flights Mainland – Galápagos – Mainland
  • Galápagos National Park Entrance Fee (US $100 per person)
  • Galápagos Migration Card TCT (USD $20 per person)
  • (Travel) insurance
  • Personal expenses such as gratuities
  • Wetsuit (can be rented on site)
  • Meals, drinks and / or activities not mentioned

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