This adventure is perfect for those who want to experience the incredible wildlife and scenery of the Galpagos Islands but prefer to sleep on shore so your time on the water is limited to commuting between islands. Go ashore at the lesser-visited island of Isabela and spend your days with playful sea lions, giant manta rays, and the Galpagos giant tortoise. This adventure offers a great balance of guided excursions and free time and optional activities abound.
Duration: 10 Days
Activities: Hiking, Canoeing, Road Cycling, Kayaking (unspecified), Multisport, Trekking
Guide (Language): english
Start City: Quito, Ecuador
Guaranteed Departure: No
Physical Demand: Demanding
Trip Rating: 80.0%
Trip ID: 126803
End City: Quito, Ecuador
|Duration: 10 Days||Guaranteed Departure: Yes|
|For lovers of: Hiking, Canoeing, Road Cycling, Kayaking (unspecified), Multisport, Trekking||Physical rating: Demanding|
|Accommodation standard: Budget%||Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%|
|Your Guide: English speaking||Tour code: 126803|
|Starts: Quito, Ecuador||Finishes: Quito, Ecuador|
Located 2850m (9348ft) above sea level, the Ecuadorian capital of Quito enjoys a wonderful spring-like climate, despite the fact that it is only 22km (14 mi) south of the Equator.
On a clear day, several snow-capped volcanoes, including nearby Pichincha, are visible from the centre of this city nestled in a mountain-flanked valley. Add a rich history and a well-preserved colonial district to its beautiful location, and you can begin to understand why Quito appeals to thousands of tourists every year.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Fly to Santa Cruz. Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. Inaugurated in 1964 and based in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island, the Charles Darwin Research Station is the one place where visitors can easily see the famous Galapagos tortoises, which can live up to two hundred years. This is a great opportunity to observe many species of tortoises and land iguanas in captivity, brought back from the brink of extinction.
Charles Darwin Research Station Visit
Flight (3.00 hour(s))
Visit the highlands of Santa Cruz to observe the Galapagos giant tortoise in its natural surroundings. The area is also famous for amazing lava tunnels, some of which are more than 1km (.6 mi) long! From this elevation, the panoramic views of the other islands are stunning.
Later in the day, head to Tortuga Bay, a beautiful beach with fine white sand to visit marine iguanas, do some kayaking, or soak up some sun.
Santa Cruz Highlands Excursion
Tortuga Bay Kayaking
After a free morning, depart Santa Cruz and head to Floreana Island. Keep an eye out for dolphins and the magnificent albatross along the way. Enjoy an introduction to snorkelling directly off Black Beach on the island. After, head up to the seldom-visited highlands of Floreana. Hear tales about the pirates, whalers, seal hunters and bucaneers who once lived in this isolated and unique landscape.
Please note that travel between islands is done by speedboat. The ride can be quite rough, especially from July to December. Make sure to bring sea sickness medication if you are prone to sea sickness.
Black Beach Snorkelling
Floreana Highlands Excursion
Speedboat (2.00-3.00 hours)
Walk along the black sand beach to Loberia to enjoy beach snorkelling or swimming. Please be sure you are a comfortable swimmer. The water here can be rough and the currents are strong.
Loberia Snorkelling Excursion
Take a morning speedboat journey to Isabela Island. Visit "Tintoreras", Shark Alley to kayak and observe the white tip reef sharks found swimming in the channels between the rocks. Get a close-up view of pelicans, frigatebirds, and diving blue-footed boobies. Watch for manta rays and rare Galapagos penguins, of which only 800 pairs exist. Snorkel in the calm waters of Concha de Perla and keep an eye out for marine life.
Concha de Perla snorkelling
Las Tintoreras (Shark Alley) Excursion
Speedboat (2.00 hour(s), 37km)
Take a full day tour on Isabela Island that includes a trek up the Sierra Negra Volcano, one of the most active volcanoes in Galapagos boasting the second largest crater in the world. Hike to the summit to experience a birds-eye view of the magical landscape.
Stop by the Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre on the way back to town. In the evening, opt for a surfing lesson or relax at the bar or on the beach and enjoy a nice cold beer or cocktail.
Sierra Negra Volcano Excursion
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 55km)
Enjoy a day free for activities in Isabela Island, where how much activity is involved is up to you. In the afternoon, set sail for Santa Cruz Island and dock at the town of Puerto Ayora. After a late hotel check-in, enjoy free time to explore this bustling little town and sample some of the local restaurants and bars, or maybe do some souvenir shopping in one of the many shops.
Speedboat (2.00 hour(s), 46km)
After a transfer over the island of Santa Cruz, arrive at Baltra Island for the return flight to Quito. Upon arrival in Quito, transfer to the hotel for one last night on the town. Our representative in Quito will be able to advise on and help with some of the many day tours available in and around Quito.
Once arriving back in Quito, a private van will transfer you to the hotel for the evening.
Plane (3.00 hour(s), 970km)
Take a private van to the ferry terminal on Santa Cruz island, before taking a short ferry to Baltra. Once there, a short ride on a public bus will take you to the airport.
Depart at any time. To fully experience this charming city, booking pre- or post-accommodation is highly recommend.
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This tour was very organized and everything happened in a well-timed manner. It catered to everyone's adventurous tastes such as snorkeling and hiking. which left so many memorable experiences. It was nice visiting the smaller towns and getting to meet the locals on land rather than spending so much time on the boat. There were no bumps in the road and I look forward to booking with G Adventures again in the near future. Thanks to Tim and his crew for all of their hard work!Overall Rating
*We LOVED staying on island. It gave us the ability to practice our Spanish, interact with locals, walk around, etc. *We loved the physical activity of the tour. *Good land and sea balance.Overall Rating
I had a fabulous time and met some great people. I was not sure what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised. I would go on another G Adventures trip in the future.Overall Rating
It was a great tour - all of the activities were very much appreciated. The hotels were also nicer than I expected.Overall Rating
Very Well Organized. Our guides in Galapagos 'Maminyo' and Franklyn were amazing!!. They constantly went above and beyond. I've been to Galapagos before (20 yrs ago) on a cruise. This trip was much better in terms of comfort and experience.Overall Rating
Very good overall. Impressive that when one of two motors on the boat go out that G Adventures can get another boat the next morning. Wish we had better weather!Overall Rating
This was a very busy/active tour in which there was a moderate physical price to pay for all of the splendor and treasure we would gain at the end.Overall Rating
The tour was very good but the excursions were more interesting at the beginning of the trip then towards the end. We would have enjoyed more snorkelingOverall Rating
The Land Galapagos Multi-Activities trip was outstanding! A beautiful destination and incredible wildlife combined with flawless logistics. What's not to love!Overall Rating
One of the best overall experiences in my life. Day after day of excitement and adventure.Overall Rating
Overall, this was one of the best tours I have ever taken. Each day was packed with a variety of different activities that had us exploring the Galapagos and learning about the area, while being physically active and having fun. The tour was extremely well organized, but allowed for flexibility in changes that occurred. Our tour leader, Tim, was extremely knowledgeable, professional and energetic. His passion for the Galapagos Islands made this an incredible adventure and one that I would highly recommend to anyone visiting the Galapagos Islands.Overall Rating
This tour was fantastic! Sure, there were some occasional bumps on the road, but overall it was an absolutely amazing experience!Overall Rating
Sight seeing and activities are expected as indicating in tour itineryOverall Rating
WOW! What a phenomenal experience! Being able to explore the Galapagos Islands through the eyes of the locals and spending time on four of the islands was exactly what I wanted to do. Everyday was packed with activities from snorkeling to hiking to bike riding to boogie boarding which was perfect for me. The wildlife sightings were unbelievable and incredible--these memories be cherished forever. Thanks to the guides & fellow travelers for a wonderful time!Overall Rating
Tim and Jonathan were wonderful. Great activities. I loved that we were on the go all the time. Hotels were better than expected.Overall Rating
Fantastic tour, with great guides (Tim & Jonathon).Overall Rating
BEYOND MY EXPECTATIONS. GREAT PACE, VERY EDUCATIONAL.Overall Rating
A great trip - plenty of activity, which I was looking for. A GREAT itinerary - activities, rest, meals, tours. SAFE - this was my first solo vacation, and G Adventures met me at the airport and transferred me to my hotel...they took care of everything.Overall Rating
We thought that the tour matched the description provided on the website. We enjoyed the various activities.Overall Rating
This was an amazing trip that showed all the best aspects of the Galapagos without staying on the boat! I´ve never been more active or more impressed by a guided tour!Overall Rating
booked this tour because I liked the itinerary but there was so many more wonderful experiences provided to us beyond the itinerary listing. I got above and beyond what I was expecting. An amazing, amazing experience!Overall Rating
The tour was just perfect. The team was really nice, the tour was well organized and we saw a lot in in a short period of time.Overall Rating
I really enjoyed the combo of staying on land not a boat and moving between islands, great tour.Overall Rating
The itinerary was packed with things to do but you didn't have to be on the go the entire time if you didn't want to. I felt like we were on a constant adventure the entire time. Accommodations were acceptable, really nice other times. Transportation got us where we were going.Overall Rating
I had a blast, I could have stayed there for another week at least! It was great to stay on the islands and experience life on the galapagos in all its forms.Overall Rating
Staff:Very good Guide Accommodations: Good,but sometime no hot water shower Transportation: comfortable and perfect for the trip itinerary: everything nice fit.Overall Rating
This tour exceeded all expectations. I am very happy with it and have already recommended it to many friends.Overall Rating
Overall the tour was excellent. Well organized, fun, educational and filled with adventure.Overall Rating
The Galapagos Islands are beautiful, unique and very interesting. I didn't expect so many flowers on top of all the animals I knew I will see. That was the icing on the cake. The food was amazing, all those fresh juices and fresh vegetables were excellent.Overall Rating
Given that all the hassly arrangements had been taken care of (transport, accommodation etc.) I could relax and enjoy the trip even more. I had a great time.Overall Rating
We loved this trip. Everything was well organized and we were always well taken care of. It was great to travel so worry free.Overall Rating
Overall well planned activities and very passionate guides who really helped you to feel the extraordinary energy from the islands.Overall Rating
This was my first adventure tour and I couldn't have picked a better one. Any qualms I had about traveling this way were put to rest shortly after I arrived. This trip has totally changed the way I look at travel (in a good way). I have no desire to go to an all inclusive again.Overall Rating
The Galapagos is a magnificent place and I'm glad we choose the land tour because we had much more freedom to move around. We saw an amazing amount of wildlife. Our fellow travelers were great too!Overall Rating
An amazing trip full of varied and unforgettable experiences.Overall Rating
Great tour! I think it's the best way to see the Galapagos. Would do it again.Overall Rating
A fantastic tour! Our days were full of fun activities, but it didn't feel like we were rushing to get everything in. Our leaders/guides had everything organized for us so we didn't have to worry about anything, and we could just soak in the experience!Overall Rating
What a week - there´s nothing that the Galapagos could have given that we didn't see. Our guide Pablo was the best. He knew the islands like the back of his hand and his enthusiasm was infectious! Couldn't have wished for anything more. The support staff were great, and always attentive. Would recommend this to anyone! We didn't want to leave.Overall Rating
I had a great time. The trip was super organized and because of the passionate guide we saw many of the highlights of the islands.Overall Rating
We packed so much into the 8 days spent on the islands and all expectations were exceeded in what we saw, where we stayed, what we ate and our guide was the best. Totally awesome. I will certainly go back to Galapagos in the future and recommend the tour as a great introduction to life on the islands.Overall Rating
Well organized, lots to see and do (good thing)! Glad to have a land based tour to choose from-provides a different perspective and we got to see how the locals live and play.Overall Rating
The tour was fantastic. It ran really smoothly, making it so easy for us. All the activities we did were great and so interesting. The local guides and our tour leader were all really knowledgeable, friendly and made the whole experience fun and enjoyable.Overall Rating
I feel so very fortunate to have toured so much of the Galapagos -- an extremely unique (and fragile) piece of the world.Overall Rating
We had a fantastic time on this trip of the Galapagos islands. Our tour leader was among the best we've had. We got to experience many different types of activities and we really enjoyed that our days were packed from morning to night.Overall Rating
Enjoyed the small "group". Got to know all members well. Loved variety of 4 islands and personal and professional input by guides, drivers, and boat skippers. All local people made trip much more interesting and meaningful. Emphasis on environmental protection and balance a true plus. Lots of knowledge gained about South American history with Flora and Fauna. Great balance with activities and observations.Overall Rating
I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. Great sights, challenging activities, great wildlife, good company, enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide, good accommodation and food.Overall Rating
The Galapagos tour was a fascinating experience with masses of interesting zoological, botanical and geological detail. We kept busy with extensive physical activities; we didn't have much time on our hands. Hospitality and catering were good.Overall Rating
Trip Name: Galapagos Multisport with Quito
Duration: 10 Days
From Price: 1899
Trip Code: 126803
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