Ecuador
  • 8 days/7 nights
  • Next Departure: Call (800) 575-1540
  • From $2,659 / person

Amazing Galapagos Vacation Package!

Hike, snorkel, and sail three of the archipelago’s most exotic islands on this Galapagos vacation package. Discover a land created by volcanic activity that boasts over 180 endemic species found nowhere else on the planet. Keep an eye out for the boobies and meet a tortoise that may be over 100 years old while on your Galapagos vacation. Experience first-hand the differences between the diverse and unique ecosystems on and between the islands.

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  • Adult Only Vacations
  • Hiking
  • Paddling
  • Safari / Wildlife
  • Small Ship
  • Snorkeling / Swimming

Activity Level: Easy

About
This Tour

If you're looking for a land-based Galapagos vacation, this is the one for you. Hike, snorkel, kayak, and sail three of the archipelago's most exotic islands on this eight-day Galapagos adventure.

  • Snorkel with white-tipped sharks, manta rays and colorful tropical fish
  • Swim with penguins and sea lions off a rocky shore
  • Watch as a blue-footed booby dances in courtship
  • Come nose to nose with a 600-pound, 150-year-old tortoise
  • Play hide and seek with a doe-eyed sea lion pup off the nose of your kayak
  • Trek to the caldera of Sierra Negra at four miles across, it is the second largest in the world
Cangrejo on the beach
Photo: Cangrejo on the beach

This trip exceeded my expectations on all levels.

Sarah D Pontiac, IL

Overall unforgettable, awesome experience!

Christie P Rogers, AR

Perfect Galapagos family adventure.

David K Denver, CO

Itinerary
& Map

Tour Itinerary

8 days/7 nights

Guayaquil, Ecuador or Quito, Ecuador

Day 1: Arrival / San Cristobal
Turtle on the Galapagos Family Vacation
Meals Included:  L

Upon arrival at San Cristobal Airport from Quito or Guayaquil, you will be met by your local expert guide who will take you to the beautiful beach of "Loberia". Here you can practice your snorkeling and hike to "Las Negrita's Cliff.

Next we stop at the local interpretation center to learn about the unique wildlife, geology and natural history of the Galapagos.

Our minds fresh with knowledge, we'll make our way to Frigate Hill where our relaxing walk reveals fauna, wildlife, and scenic views of the beach and sea cliffs below.

On the way back stop for a refreshing snorkel at Carola beach and say hello to the sea turtles and sea lions.

Return to the hotel for dinner and finish up your first day with a leisurely walk down the boardwalk

About Golden Bay Hotel & Spa
This 21-room ocean front property offers you unparalleled comfort and service on San Cristobal Island. Although contemporary in concept, its design is harmonious with the environmental demands of the Galapagos. Golden Bay Hotel & Spa is a Premium Class beachside property overlooking the spectacular bay that frames Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Day 2: San Cristobal
Galapagos Adventure Tours
Meals Included:  B, L

Today we visit El Junco, the only freshwater lake in the Galapagos, hike through the home of frigate birds, common gallinules, white-cheeked pintail ducks and more.

After a short drive we'll stop at Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, a wonderful breeding center where giant tortoises roam free, and learn about conservation efforts to preserve the species.

We'll continue to Hacienda Tranquila for lunch where we can walk through native fruit trails of oranges, passion fruit, guavas, pomarrosa, ovos and other exotic varieties.

You can also help feed the farm animals and learn about coffee harvesting methods while drinking award winning coffee.

We'll spend the entire afternoon there and catch a beautiful sunset behind Kicker Rock

Day 3: Tintoreras
Galapagos Family Vacation
Meals Included:  B, L

This morning we'll take a short boat ride to Tintoreras where our day will be spent snorkeling and hiking.

The calm waters are home to sea lions, sea turtles, marine iguanas, rays, and penguins.

After exploring the island by foot and boat we'll grab our snorkel gear for a chance to see an abundant amount of marine life in the bay.

We'll break for lunch at a local restaurant in town and then head off on one of the most scenic walks in the Galapagos. We'll hike along immaculate beaches, into an alluring poison apple forest and a lava tube cave, and through brooding mangroves and brackish lagoons. We'll see lots of giant tortoises, flamingos, and other birds.

About Iguana Crossing and Casa Baronesa Waterfront Villa
Iguana Crossing: Rated as the top property on Isabela Island, Iguana Crossing is the perfect balance of the natural and modern, with exceptional personalized service. Soak in the sun on our rooftop terrace, enjoy our infinity pool, relax at our spa, and dine in elegance, as our chef prepares a gourmet Ecuadorian and international menu.
Casa Baronesa Waterfront Villa: Experience a level of peace, tranquility, and privacy that is only available on such an idyllic island. The Casa Baronesa Waterfront Villa, is the ultimate island getaway. The entire second floor serves as the master suite (including a hot tub). Out the window you can see the most magnificent views of the Galapagos coastline.

Day 4: Isabela
Galapagos Family Vacation accommodations
Meals Included:  B, L

This morning we head up to the highlands and hike up to the rim of the Sierra Negra Volcano.

One of the youngest lava fields in the world, surrounded by Galapagos hawk and endemic plants, the effort is worth it.

Then we visit a local ranch to have lunch and learn about the life of first Isabela settlers.

We'll explore organic agricultural practices, gentle animal farming, coffee plantations, sugar cane production and some amazing vegetation and birdwatching.

This is a fantastic opportunity to meet the locals and share in their daily lives and traditions

Day 5: Isabela
Ecuador and the galapagos vacations
Meals Included:  B, L

Today we walk a short trail to the Giant Tortoise Center, completed in 1994 and home to the tortoise populations of southern Isabela. While there, we'll get a chance to see hatchlings as well as older tortoises.

Along the way to the Tortoise Center we pass through a manzillo forest surrounded by wetlands, home to the famous giant pink flamingos, a delightful and unexpected sight for the Galapagos.

After a delicious lunch made with local and organic products, we head to one of the favorite local hangouts, Concha y Perla, for a swim and snorkel for the rest of the afternoon before returning to the hotel

Day 6: Santa Cruz
Seals on the Galapagos Family Vacation
Meals Included:  B, L

Early in the morning boat transfer to Santa Cruz, once we arrive we will visit one of the most famous beaches of Galapagos Tortuga Bay, we walk on a beautiful trail for around and hour to get to this pristine white sand beach.

The dry forest is full of iguanas, finches, mockingbirds, and endemic cacti. The beach itself is a gorgeous place for us to relax and enjoy the view.

In the afternoon, we’ll walk along the main street of Puerto Ayora exploring local picturesque artisan shops and discovering a chocolate artisanal workshop

About Angermeyer Waterfront Inn

The Angermeyer Waterfront Inn, accessible only by water, is a Premium – Class hotel with a private location across the Puerto Ayora bay. Once you arrive in Santa Cruz, our hospitality team will take you by boat to our private pier. The main reception and lounge area is a historical site, the famous Angermeyer Cave, which was hand-built by the early settlers to the Galapagos Islands. The main buildings, uniquely constructed out of lava rock and driftwood from the area, are an authentic mix of natural highlights and modern comforts. The newly renovated rooms were designed with comfort in mind, and several even feature hot tubs. Our signature waterside restaurant overlooks the Galapagos’ busiest bay and remains true to the Santa Cruz vibe.

Day 7: Santa Cruz
Galapagos Family Tours
Meals Included:  B, L

We’ll drive a short distance to the biggest agricultural area of Galapagos: the highlands of Santa Cruz.

Our first stop is a local shop where we will find all sorts of local crops and even make our own “corviche”, another delicacy of the Ecuadorian cuisine done with plantain, fish and peanut.

Then we will visit a family project where tourism and agriculture join together in a unique environment.

Participate in local farming and have a great lunch while learning the way of life of Galapagos highlanders.

After lunch, walk among Giant Tortoise in their natural habitat and see them take mud baths in the ponds and interact among each other

Day 8: Departure / Santa Cruz
Sea Turtle in the Galapagos
Meals Included:  B

Today you will have a transfer from the hotel in Puerto Ayora to the Itabaca channel • Then continue by  yourself to Baltra Island for your flight back to the mainland

* This trip is operated in partnership with Neotropic Expeditiions.

** Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, weather and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Austin Adventures and Neotropic Expeditions.

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& Details

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  • 8 days/7 nights
  • Next Departure: Call (800) 575-1540
  • From $2,659 / person

Additional Trip Information

Departure
  • Please arrive in Quito no later than the evening prior to your trip (we recommend arriving a minimum of two nights to allow for potential flight delays and misconnection).  You will fly from Quito or Guayaquil to the Galapagos Islands, arriving between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm to San Cristobal airport, depending on your flight schedule. Upon arrival at San Cristobal airport, you will be greeted and escorted by a Neotropic Expeditions representative.
  • Your trip ends with a transfer from the hotel in Puerto Ayora to the Ithabaca channel. Then you'll continue unguided to Baltra Island for your flight to the mainland.
Activities
  • Hiking 1 to 7 miles per hike, easy to challenging terrain.
  • Snorkeling Equipment provided, no experience necessary
  • Kayaking Equipment and instruction provided, no experience necessary.
Meals

The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. Meals are included as indicated in the daily itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.

Included in Trip Price
  • Double occupancy rooms with private baths.
  • All meals as listed in detailed daily itinerary & soft drinks during meals.
  • Excursions with a Freelance English speaking Naturalist guide, provided by Galapagos National Park.
  • All snorkeling gear and equipment.
  • Transport and guide from San Cristobal airport to hotel.
  • 10% service charge as per Ecuadorian law.
  • Austin Adventures T-shirt & luggage tags.
  • Pre-departure and packing information.
Not Included in Trip Price
  • Entrance fee to Galapagos National Park ($100 International visitors). Must be paid in cash.
  • Control Visitor Card ($10 per person). Must be paid in cash.
  • Air ticket to/from Galapagos (flight schedules / prices may vary).
  • Optional gratuities.
  • Guide from Ithaca Channel to Baltra Airport for return flight
  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
  • All types of personal insurance.
  • Personal expenses.
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With over 20-years of experience in the adventure travel industry, we've perfected the recipe for crafting award-winning small group trips and custom itineraries on all seven continents. On every departure, we aim to exceed your expectations with best-in-class service, expert guides and the finest in regional cuisine and accommodations. From first-time travelers to seasoned alumni, our guests agree that on each Austin Adventures journey , the hardest part truly is going home. We're happy to share that 99.26% of these travelers say they'd join us again...and again...and again. But don't take our word for it. Our guests say it best:

The trip was amazing -more than I could have hoped to see. Everything went smoothly and we had a trip of a lifetime. Thanks, AA!

Diana B, Spring Grove, IL

Excellent hotels and guides. Everything went very smoothly.

Patricia V, Shelburne, NS

Overall unforgettable, awesome experience!

Christie P, Rogers, AR

Great Guides, awesome experience, staff very friendly

Cindy L, Boxford, MA
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A few more reasons why you've gotta go:
  • 1. The Galapagos Islands are a place of beauty and tranquility. There are many different vegetation zones, flora, and fauna. Each island is different and this trip introduces you to the unique beauty of each one!
  • 2. Kayak to Punta Estrada where you can snorkel with manta rays, colorful tropical fish, and white-tipped Galapagos Sharks.
  • 3. The Galapagos is also home to a lot of past volcanic activity. Hike Volcan Sierra Negra's caldera, which happens to be the second largest in the world at four miles across! You”™ll also get to walk along the rippled floors of lava tunnels where molten rock once flowed.
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