Galapagos Safari Cruise & Tour | Day by Day

 

Detailed Itinerary


Day 1

Day 1

Arrive in Quito or Guayaquil, Ecuador

Fly from your home city to Ecuador. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.

If you wish to arrive a day or two early to explore Quito, we offer options to extend your stay, in which case you will enjoy accommodations in the centally located Hotel Colón or may upgrade to the luxurious Casa Gangotena.  For a variety of options, see Extend Your Stay »

Hotel: Wyndham Quito Airport or Hotel Oro Verde, Guayaquil


Day 2

Day 2

To the Galapagos—Santa Cruz Island

Transfer to the airport for an early morning flight to Baltra, Galapagos. Upon arrival, you'll be met by a representative from Galapagos Safari Camp and cross the Itabaca Channel to the Island of Santa Cruz where a spacious air conditioned vehicle will take you up into the highlands and your Hemingway-style tented camp accommodations.

Spend the day relaxing after your early morning flight or dive right into the choice of activities available.

Hotel: Galapagos Safari Camp, BLD


Day 3

Day 3

Santa Cruz Activity Day

Options today include any of the following:

  • Tour of the farm (2.5 hours by foot)
    Two natural volcanic formations afford outstanding viewpoints to appreciate the native flora and fauna. 
  • Exploring the Tortoise Reserve (2-4 hours)
    Visit the lava tunnels and highland areas to watch giant tortoises at “El Chato,” or on one of the working farms. 
  • The Twin Craters (2 hours) 
    This walk takes you around part of the rim of two craters in the highlands. This is a good opportunity to observe the vermillion flycatcher and endemic flora.
  • Lava Java Organic Coffee Plantation Tour (2 hours) 
    A flagship project on sustainable farming practices where the owner helps locals grow coffee and uses the proceeds to replant endemic species. An insightful, educational experience about the local economy, land conservation, and sustainable community farming initiatives – plus a chance to drink some sublime coffee. 
  • Puerto Ayora and the Charles Darwin Station (half a day) 
    Discover the vibrant town of Puerto Ayora, including the ceramic garden and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station.
  • Naturalist Walk (all day but can be divided into shorter segments)
    Spend the day walking with your guide through the Miconia zone to Puntudo, a pointy volcanic cone, or up to the highest point on the island. Ornithologists and bird watchers will enjoy seeing interesting species.
  • Exploring the East (all day but can be divided into two segments)
    Drive to the eastern part of the island to explore Cerro Mesa, the largest crater on Santa Cruz and expansive views. After lunch visit Garrapatero beach for coastal bird life and beautiful lagoons. Kayaking and mountain biking are available upon prior request.
  • Tortuga Bay (half a day or full day)
    Hike out to Tortuga Bay, a two-kilometer white sand beach, rich in wildlife and perfect for resting, swimming and some snorkeling.

Hotel: Galapagos Safari Camp, BLD


Day 4

Day 4

Santa Cruz, boarding the yacht

This morning, you'll have an opportunity to enjoy another of Galapagos Safari Camp's activities. In the afternoon, you'll head down Puerto Ayora and board Integrity in Academy Bay.

Yacht: Integrity, BLD


Day 5- 10

Day 5- 10

Aboard the Yacht, exploring the Galapagos Islands

You'll live aboard the spacious Integrity for a week  spending as much time ashore as the Park rules permit. With your licensed, INCA-selected naturalist guide, you learn about the birds and animals, geology, marine life and oceanic systems of the Galapagos Islands. Kayak, swim and snorkel with tropical fish, sea lions, sea turtles and sometimes with penguins!

View detailed cruising routes for both the Eastern and Western routes.

Yacht: Integrity, BLD


Day 11

Day 11

Galapagos to Quito

From the anchorage in the Baltra harbor, say "adios" to the yacht and its dedicated crew, and adjourn to the Baltra airport to await your mid-morning flight to the Ecuador mainland. On arrival, transfer to the Quito Wyndham Airport Hotel for a chance to refresh, relax, enjoy a leisurely dinner before transferring back to the airport terminal for your late night departure home.

 

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