• 6 days/5 nights
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  • From Call for Pricing / person
  • (Varies single supplement) Children: Varies

Galapagos Vacation

Volcanic islands animated with quirky flora and fearless wildlife await your curiosity in Darwin’s natural laboratory of the Galapagos Islands, one of the planet’s few World Heritage Marine Reserves. This all-inclusive Ecuador vacation package is sure to delight, surprise and enlighten your senses as you explore these fascinating ecosystems by boat, kayak, snorkel and foot. Our expert guides and skilled naturalists can’t wait to introduce you to the sea lions, giant tortoises, marine iguanas and, of course, the blue-footed boobies who call this matchless environment home. On this small group, custom journey, venture from island to island while enjoying the best in regional accommodations and the freshest cuisine as Austin’s signature touch of inspired, thoughtful service invites you to unwind and soak in the enchanting creatures and splendid setting of the Galapagos Islands. Truly an adventure of a lifetime awaits!

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

Activity Level: Easy

This Tour

The rugged volcanic landscape of the Galapagos Islands offers truly exceptional encounters with wildlife. Venture out each day with a skilled naturalist by boat, foot, snorkel, or kayak to witness an astounding variety of exotic creatures. Your guides will share with you the history of the pirates, whalers and early settlers who took refuge on the islands of the Galapagos. With over 560 native species of wildlife, the Galapagos has over 180 endemic species found nowhere else on the planet.

  • Discover the differences between the diverse and unique ecosystems on and between the Islands.
  • Learn the differences between the land iguana and the marine iguana.
  • Listen to stories of Charles Darwin and the infamous Darwin finches whose evolutionary discoveries led to many present day scientific theories.
  • Seek out the incredibly vibrant marine life of the Islands, keeping a watchful eye out for sharks, sea lions, starfish, turtles, and a wide array of colorful fish.
Snorkel excursion
Photo: Snorkel excursion

The animals, the ocean, the weather, the people, the culture, the food. What's not to love about the Galapagos!?

Tricia J. New York, NY

Travel logistics were flawless. Tour operator was exceptional, the management was very accommodating. The tour guide was by far one of the best we have ever had. His knowledge of the geology and ecology of the area was remarkable. He was very professional, yet engaging. Overall one of the best excursions we have taken.

Lisette D. Stephenville, TX

We did so much in our trip to Ecuador. We could never have done so much without the careful planning and thoughtful itinerary put together by Austin Adventures.

Sarah B. Billings, MT

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Tour Itinerary

6 days/5 nights

Quito/Guayaquil, Ecuador

Day 1: Arrival / San Cristobal
Arrival / San Cristobal
Meals Included:  L, D

Upon arrival at San Cristobal Airport from Quito or Guayaquil, you will be met by your local expert guide who will transfer you to our accommodations for the evening in time for an energizing lunch, introductions, and a short overview of the trip.

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 Family Vacation
Meals Included:  B, L, D

Today we take to the water with our snorkels and fins to meet some of San Cristobal's marine residents.

Hug the coastline on the way to Isla Lobos, searching for sea turtles, sea lions, blue-footed boobies, spotted eagle rays, starfish, an abundance of tropical fish and more.

Depending on park regulations, we may visit Leon Dormido (Kicker Rock), Punta Pitt, or Cerro Brujo.

After a full day spent exploring the seas, we head back to our hotel for a delicious gourmet dinner and a laid-back evening overlooking the bay.

Day 3: Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz
Meals Included:  B, L, D

We'll start the day with an exciting speedboat ride transfer to Santa Cruz Island. If we're lucky, whales or dolphins might join us for the trip!

Head to the highlands of El Chato to walk with 100 year old giant tortoises, pintail ducks, Darwin's finches, frigate birds, egrets, and the vibrant vermillion flycatcher.

Next we'll visit a group of cavernous lava tunnels once frequented by pirates, and was rumored to be the hiding spot for Inca gold.

Explore the surrounding forest of Scalesia trees home to the short-eared owl.

In the afternoon we'll stop at the Charles Darwin Research Center where we'll learn about the ongoing conservation efforts to protect the future of the Galapagos.

After a full day, we make our way back to the hotel, where we'll sit down to a delicious dinner and enjoy secluded views of the bay, coastline, and town.


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 4 & 5: Plaza Islands / Bartolome Island / North Seymour Island
Sea Turtle on the Galapagos Family Vacation
Meals Included:  B, L, D

For the next two days we'll embark from Santa Cruz to explore two of the nearby small islands: Plaza, Bartolome, or North Seymour.

  • On the Plaza Islands we'll snorkel and hike the crescent-shaped islands famous for the sea lion population, diverse flora and fauna, land iguanas, red-billed tropicbirds, and prickly pear cacti.
  • Bartolome Island, a volcanic islet just off the east coast of Santiago Island, offers some of the most beautiful lava formations. Here we'll hike and snorkel with sharks, sea turtles, penguins, and thousands of tropical fish in the turquoise water.
  • On North Seymour Island we'll observe the incredible birdlife, seeing how the blue-footed boobies hunt, interact, and engage in flamboyant mating rituals.

Each day we'll enjoy delicious breakfasts and dinners at our hotel each day and field lunches while exploring.


Day 6: Departure / Guayaquil or Quito
Galapagos Las Tintoreras
Meals Included:  B

Today it's time to bid a fond farewell as we transfer to Baltra Island for our return flight to the mainland. Your guest coordinator will facilitate your airport transfer.

No overnight

Dates, Rates
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  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Call (800) 575-1540
  • From Call for Pricing / person
  • (Varies single supplement) Children: Varies

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Additional Trip Information

  • 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 drop-off at the Baltra airport, on time for your flight back to the mainland. From Quito or Guayaquil, you can make your post trip connections.
  • Hiking 1 to 5 miles per hike, easy to challenging terrain.
  • Snorkeling Equipment provided, no experience necessary.
  • Kayaking Equipment and instruction provided, no experience necessary.

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 Galapagos airport to hotel and vice versa.
  • 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 ($20 per person). Must be paid in cash.
  • Air ticket to/from Galapagos (flight schedules / prices may vary).
  • Optional gratuities.
  • 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.

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 WOW factor for Austin Adventures is what really made this trip amazing.

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Best trip I have ever been on.

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5 star service from booking to the airport home. Loved our trip, We will be back!

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A few more reasons why you've gotta go:
  • 1. The penguins: You don't need to be wearing a jacket and freezing your nose off to see a penguin in the wild. Over 1500 aptly-named Galapagos Penguins live, swim and waddle around these islands each day!
  • 2. Swimming lizards: Cross this sight-to-be-seen off the bucket list because the only marine-going lizards in the world, the marine iguanas, are found in the Galapagos.
  • 3. Natural laboratory: Charles Darwin was 26 when he first saw the Galapagos Islands. His observations about life on the islands eventually led to his famed theory of evolution.
  • 4. In-the-field expertise: From spinning fascinating regional interpretation to orchestrating seamless group dynamics, our guides keep their eyes on the details, ensuring that the toughest part of your vacation truly is going home.
  • 5. Did we already mention the wildlife? Most of the animals seen on our Galapagos adventure tours can only be found in this group of beautiful islands.

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