About your trip
Encounter an extraordinary array of wildlife on this overland trip to the Galápagos Islands – an archipelago around 1,000km (621mi) off mainland Ecuador. From kayaking in the Itabaca Channel to snorkeling around Kicker Rock, you’ll waste no time covering the most majestic sites in five days, giving you the chance to spot sea lions, sharks and more. Marvel at giant tortoises from your idyllic glamping retreat in the Santa Cruz highlands and venture to uninhabited islands to experience a more rugged side to the Galápagos. All of our trips are flightless in destination, with 100% of all carbon emissions offset. It's just part of how we see the world while being good to it. For important flight information for this trip, please see the Important Information section at the bottom of the page.
- Snorkel, kayak and stand-up paddleboard in the Itabaca Channel
- Sleep alongside giant tortoises in El Chato nature reserve
- Hike along lava trails and encounter spectacular birdlife on San Cristóbal
- Swim with sea lions at Punta Carola Beach
- Explore remote, uninhabited islands
Whether you’re joining from our Ecuador trip or traveling independently, you’ll touch down at Seymour Airport (GPS) on Baltra Island. Enter through a VIP lounge before being whisked to your hotel. You’ll be greeted by our Local Insider who will accompany the group throughout the trip. Head straight to the Itabaca Channel and safely observe white-tipped reef sharks as you kayak, snorkel or stand-up paddleboard past red mangrove forests and lava rock cliffs. Continue into the Santa Cruz highlands and spot giant tortoises at El Chato nature reserve. Come nightfall, get to know your fellow travelers over dinner.
Venture to one of the remote, uninhabited islands of the Galápagos by yacht, accompanied by a naturalist. The choice of island will depend on weather conditions and possible animal sightings. On boulder-strewn North Seymour, you’ll find an abundance of sea lions and magnificent frigatebirds, while South Plaza offers the chance to spot the Galápagos hybrid iguana on a hike through cactus forests – the only place on earth where this species exists. Alternatively, you may search for Galápagos hawks and Darwin’s finches on Santa Fe, or snorkel with penguins off the coast of Bartolome.
After breakfast, wave goodbye to Santa Cruz as you take a speedboat to San Cristóbal – the island where Charles Darwin first set foot in 1835. Follow the hiking trail through lava fields towards Cerro Tijeretas for spectacular views of Darwin Bay. Frigatebirds are abundant here, but look out for blue-footed boobies and Nazca boobies too. Continue on to Punta Carola Beach where you can snorkel among sea lions, turtles and marine iguanas before spending the afternoon at Mann Beach. Feel free to relax, rent kayaks or stroll to the nearby town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.
You have the option to spend today as you please or board a boat to Kicker Rock – an extinct volcano which towers nearly 150m (492ft) above the Pacific. Teeming with an incredible variety of marine species, it’s one of the best snorkeling and scuba diving sites in the Galápagos. You’ll have the opportunity to spot Galápagos and whitetip sharks, eagle rays, sea turtles and a myriad of other aquatic creatures in the natural channel that splits Kicker Rock in two. Stop by picturesque Manglecito Beach on the way back.
Make the most of your final morning by visiting La Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado – a tortoise reserve in the southeast corner of San Cristóbal, which aims to protect the island’s population of giant Galápagos tortoises. Snap some photos and learn about the evolution of these remarkable animals as well as the threats they face today. At 10am, you'll be taken to San Cristóbal Airport (SCY) where you'll bid farewell to your fellow travelers and begin your journey home.
- Two nights nature reserve camp
- Two nights standard hotel accommodation
- Private and local transport
- Four breakfasts, four lunches, two dinners
- Local Insider
- Transfer from Seymour Airport (GPS)
- Itabaca Channel kayaking, snorkeling and stand-up paddleboarding
- Giant tortoise spotting in El Chato
- Uninhabited island excursion
- Cerro Tijeretas hike
- Snorkeling at Punta Carola Beach
- La Galapaguera tortoise reserve visit
- Transfer to San Cristóbal Airport (SCY)
What's Not Included
- Travel insurance
- Flights to and from the destination
Galápagos Magic Camp
In the highlands of Santa Cruz, this secluded retreat features six safari-style tents and four treehouses, all equipped with comfortable beds and private bathrooms. Watch giant tortoises freely roam around the camp.
Your safety and wellbeing are our top priority, so we’ve put the following measures in place on all our TRIPS:
- Our average group size is 10 people (max 18), which gives you all the security of being in a group whilst avoiding a crowd.
- Where possible, we use small/ boutique accommodation – this means fewer guests and reduced exposure to other travellers.
- We require all accommodation providers to share protocols around the extra health and hygiene measures they are taking.
- Included activities are exclusive to our group wherever possible, to minimise contact with others.
- Covid-19 negative test results or vaccine certificates may be required. Please check the entry requirements for the destination you are travelling to. Our travel experts can assist you in finding this information.
- We recommend you confirm all guidance on official government sites and check that you are able to travel with your travel insurance issuer. Your travel insurance may be invalidated if you travel against government advice. Our travel experts can assist you in finding this information.
- You must be aged 25 years or over to join this trip.
- Please be sure to check whether or not you need a visa to enter the country you're travelling to. Please refer to our Booking Terms & Conditions for further information.
- If you have any pre-existing medical conditions or accessibility requirements, please notify our Customer Support team as soon as possible.
- We won't charge you extra if you travel alone – you'll be allocated a twin room with another traveller of the same gender.
- To upgrade to a private room, share a room with a friend, or book pre- and post-trip accommodation and/or airport transfers, please contact our Customer Support team
- We’d recommend the following flights for your inbound arrival in the Galapagos: AV-1632 with Avianca (Mon-Sun), LA-1411 with LATAM Airlines (Wed-Mon, excl. Tues).
- Please be aware that travel insurance is compulsory for all travellers.
- Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. While unlikely, these changes can happen due to circumstances beyond our control. We will always do our best to ensure minimal impact on your experience.
- Please be aware images on this page are for illustrative purposes and may not reflect your itinerary exactly.
- Passengers must pay the National Park entrance fee of USD 100 and the Transit Control Card of USD 20.
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Terms & Conditions
Please refer to our Booking Terms & Conditions.