Galapagos Islands Adventure
Snorkelling, camping, hiking, and more!
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Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12
Trip code: SEQC
Duration: 9 days
Get going to the gorgeous Galapagos Islands for a gap year adventure you’ll never forget! Camp out in the extraordinary landscape of these unique South American islands, which lie off the coast of Ecuador. Follow in the footsteps of Darwin and immerse yourself in the wildlife wonders, beautiful beaches, amazing islands, volcanic landscape and breathtaking views of the Galapagos on this unforgettable 9-day adventure trip.
- Visit the world-renowned Galapagos Islands on this unique 9-day adventure trip
- Snorkel in sensational seas and hop across to explore 3 amazing Galapagos Islands: Santa Cruz, Isabela and Floreana
- Camp in stunning surroundings and get close to nature and wildlife
- Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and the Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre
- Hike the Sierra Negra Volcano and take in spectacular island views, snorkel and swim to see amazing marine life
Day 1: Quito. Arrive into Quito, Ecuador today at any time. There are no planned activities scheduled for today, so you can check into your city hotel and enjoy some free time to explore Quito. A welcome meeting at your accommodation will tell you all about your upcoming adventure on the gorgeous Galápagos Islands.
Day 2-3: San Cristóbal. Leave the mainland behind and take a short flight across to the Galápagos Islands. Your first stop is San Cristóbal Island, the easternmost island of the Galápagos. You’ll visit the Interpretation Centre, where you’ll learn about the history of the islands, from their volcanic formation to their current focus on conservation and protection. The following day is free for more exploration, relaxation and adventure. 1 breakfast included.
Day 4: Isabela Island. En route to Isabela Island, stop off on Floreana Island for an included lunch at a community restaurant. On arrival on Isabela Island, make your way to a campsite in the highlands where you will spend the night. You’re in the heart of tortoise territory, so keep your eyes peeled! Lunch and dinner included.
Day 5: Isabela Island. Hike to the summit of the active Sierra Negra Volcano this morning, which boasts the second largest volcanic crater in the world. Soak up the spectacular view from the summit to the magical surrounding landscape. This afternoon is free to explore more of Isabela, before enjoying another unforgettable night camping in the volcanic highlands. Breakfast and dinner included.
Day 6-7: Santa Cruz Island. Skim across the seas in a speedboat to the island of Santa Cruz for your final Galápagos stay. Go on an inclusive visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station and the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center, where you can observe many tortoises and iguanas, including the famous giant Galápagos tortoise. The following day is free to explore everything Santa Cruz has to offer. Chill on the beach, hike through the island’s network of underground lava tunnels or go swimming or snokelling in the crystal-clear sea waters. Breakfast included.
Day 8: Quito. Say goodbye to the Galápagos Islands as catch your morning flight back to Quito. Check back into your Quito hotel for one last night out on the town! Breakfast included.
Day 9: Quito. Your tour ends today in Quito and you can depart at any time.
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You should arrange your arrival into Quito in Ecuador on day 1. An airport transfer is not included. You will spend your first night in a hotel in Quito. A return flight from Quito to the Galapagos Islands is included on this tour.
Please note, we can also arrange an airport transfer for you when you arrive. Please contact a Travel Advisor for more information.
8 nights of multi-share accommodation are included. You will stay in a combination of multi-share hostels, simple hotels and campsites. All camping equipment (except for a sleep sheet and pillow) is supplied, including camp mattresses and sleeping bags.
8 breakfasts are included. Allow USD170-225 for meals not included.
The minimum age to join this trip is 18. This trip is designed for travellers aged 18-39.
British nationals will be granted access to Ecuador for 90 days without a visa. If you arrive into the country across a border with Peru or Colombia, you should ensure that you obtain a border entry stamp, showing the date of entry, on your passport. Visa rules and regulations are subject to change. Please check the relevant embassy websites for the most up to date visa information.
It is also a legal requirement in Ecuador that you carry a form of photographic identification at all times. A photocopy of your passport page and visa stamp should suffice.
Rabies and tetanus shots are a mandatory requirement. Before travelling to Ecuador you should also check with your GP to obtain any vaccinations or medication you may need for your trip.
Physical Rating: Average. Some activities on this trip will require a moderate level of fitness.
This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:
Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.
Proof of vaccination or negative covid test
For the safety of all travellers, at the start of some trips you may be required to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated (14 days after your second dose) and/or show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the tour start date in order to join the programme.
Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.
Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.
Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.
Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.
24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.
It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.