9 days
from $3,399

GROUP SIZE   ?

16 people max

ACTIVITY LEVEL   ?

3

Ecuador: Quito to San Cristobal Island

An abundance of majestic natural wonders


The Galápagos Islands combine stunning beaches, the world’s most unique wildlife, and genuine local culture. Get up close and personal – exploring Quito, Ecuador’s capital city and spending six nights on the Galápagos Islands. Discover the archipelago staying on land, instead of onboard.

Tour Highlights

  • Explore Quito, Ecuador’s capital city

  • Spend six nights on the Galápagos Islands

  • Visit the Giant Tortoise Reserve

Trip code: 9GALADIS

Activity Level:
3

Unscripted experiences, insider access and authentic local flavors


Our team of travel specialists and local contacts have curated some of the best, most exclusive and authentic experiences, restaurants and accommodations in Ecuador to truly immerse yourself in a way that wouldn't be possible in larger groups or just on your own.

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Galápagos Discovery

9 days

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Details

  • Countries Visited: Ecuador
  • Accommodation: Hotel (8 nights)
  • Single Supplement: Starting at $775
  • Transportation: Public Speed Boat, Private Transportation, Domestic Flights
  • Airport Transfers: Arrival and Departure transfers included on group basis
  • Meals: 8 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches
  • Passengers: Maximum 16, Average 12

Day-by-day itinerary from Quito to San Cristobal Island

Day 1: Quito
Bienvenidos! Welcome to Ecuador, a country full of culture and natural wonder. Kick off your adventure as you connect with your Local Leader and fellow travelers at a welcome meeting this evening.

  • Our hotel in Quito: Hotel La Cartuja

Day 2: Quito > Baltra Island > Santa Cruz Island
Today we head to Baltra Island — our first island of the Galápagos. Upon arrival, we meet our Local Leader (a licensed Naturalist Guide) who guides us to the highlands of Santa Cruz. Here, we visit the Giant Tortoise Reserve to observe these magnificent animals in their natural habitat. We then head to Puerto Ayora — the Galápagos’ most populated town — and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. The evening is yours to explore; you might opt to enjoy dinner at a local restaurant and wander through the local shops. (b)

  • Our hotel on Santa Cruz: Hotel Villa Laguna

Day 3: Santa Cruz Island > Isabela
Island Hop aboard a speed boat today as we head to Isabela Island, where we visit Las Tintoreras — a highlight of the Galápagos. You have an opportunity to go snorkeling in this spot teeming with marine iguanas, the rare Galápagos penguin and “Shark Alley” (where white-tipped sharks swim). (b)

  • Our hotel on Isabela: Hotel San Vicente

Day 4: Isabela Island
Today begins with a visit to the Sierra Negra Volcano to view the second largest crater in the world —Sierra Negra remains active today. A short hike up the rocks provides spectacular views. This afternoon, enjoy your time unscripted to relax or explore the island on your own. (b, l)

  • Our hotel on Isabela: Hotel San Vicente

Day 5: Isabela Island > Santa Cruz Island
We return to Santa Cruz by boat this morning where we visit Tortuga Bay, a gorgeous white-sand beach considered to be the most beautiful in the entire archipelago — and a favorite location for sea turtles to lay their eggs. Soak up the rest of the day with some bird watching, kayaking, snorkeling, surfing or just exploring — the choice is yours. (b)

  • Our hotel on Santa Cruz: Hotel Villa Laguna

Day 6: Santa Cruz Island > San Cristobal Island
Our next visit is to San Cristobal Island, where we visit the Interpretation Center and dive into the history of the islands and challenges faced by local conservationists. Next, we enjoy a leisurely hike to the top of Cerro Tijeretas (Frigate Bird Hill) for amazing views of the bay below. In the afternoon, you can enjoy snorkeling with sea lions and sea turtles in La Loberia Bay. (b)

  • Our hotel on San Cristobal: Hotel Miconia

Day 7: San Cristobal Island
After a short boat ride to Kicker Rock and Lobos Island, we have the opportunity to spot nesting frigates and blue-footed boobies. Here, choose to enjoy some open sea snorkeling with sea turtles, manta rays and the harmless Galápagos shark. (b, l)

  • Our hotel on San Cristobal: Hotel Miconia

Day 8: San Cristobal Island > Quito
Our last day in the Galápagos starts with a visit to El Junco Lake, an ancient crater formed during the last ice age. Visit La Galapaguera and learn more about the giant tortoise before returning to Quito this afternoon for our final night together. (b)

  • Our hotel in Quito: Hotel La Cartuja

Day 9: Quito
Our Galápagos adventure ends today after breakfast, with an included group transfer to the airport. (b)

Things to know before traveling to Ecuador

CURRENCY:
ATMs are widely available in major towns and cities across Latin America. Credit cards are generally available in tourist shops and restaurants. Visa and MasterCard are generally preferred over American Express, Diners, etc. Smaller venues take cash only.

ALTITUDE SICKNESS:
Parts of your trip go above 2800 meters / 9200 feet where it is common for travelers to experience some adverse health effects due to the altitude - regardless of your age, gender and fitness. It even happened to Sir Edmund Hillary!

Before your trip:
Some pre-existing medical conditions are known to severely worsen at high altitude and be difficult to adequately treat on the ground, leading to more serious consequences. It is imperative that you discuss your pre-existing medical condition/s with your doctor. We understand certain medications are reported to aid acclimatizing to high altitude. Please discuss these options with your doctor.

During your trip:
While our Local Leaders have basic first aid training and are aware of the closest medical facilities, it is very important that you are aware of the cause and effects of travelling at altitude, monitor your health and seek assistance accordingly.

MOSQUITO-BORN ILLNESSES:
Some regions of Central & South America can experience outbreaks of dengue fever.There is no vaccination against it, but there are preventative measures that you can take such as wearing long clothing, using repellent and being indoors particularly around dusk and dawn. If you have a fever or feel unwell, please let your leader know right away. Protect yourself against mosquito-borne illnesses such as malaria by taking measures to avoid insect bites.

ZIKA VIRUS:
There have been reports of transmission of the mosquito-borne Zika virus in this region and we advise all travelers to protect themselves from mosquito bites. Given possible transmission of the disease to unborn babies, and taking a very cautious approach, we recommend all women who are pregnant or trying to get pregnant to consult with their doctors before booking their trip.

YELLOW FEVER:
A valid international certificate of vaccination against Yellow Fever is required in many countries. You may need to present this on arrival at the airport or border crossing. Some countries will refuse entry if you are unable to present your certificate. It's also quite common for your home country to request a Yellow Fever certificate on your arrival back home.

SEA SICKNESS- GALAPAGOS:
Please note that on occasions the water can be rougher than usual. Consequently travel times will be longer than usual. If you suffer from seasickness you may want to reconsider travelling during this period.

WEATHER:
Being located on the equator, Ecuador is a year round destination. In Quito temperatures do not fluctuate that much throughout the year with average temperatures around 66°F to 75°F during the day with lows of 48-50°F in the evening. There are two 'seasons', the wet and dry. The dry season runs from June to September and the wet season is from October through to May. The surprising thing with Quito is its altitude and proximity to the equator means that the sun has a little more kick to it so it can feel like it's warmer than it actually is. Even on cooler days, if the sun comes out make sure you use sunscreen.

The Galapagos weather is pretty reasonable all year round, so it is never freezing cold but it can get very hot [February-May being the hottest months]. The seasons are not exactly fixed and weather conditions are changeable around the ends of the seasons. Note that the "wet" season is still drier than many places in the world.

Daily temperatures range from 70°F to 77°F with overnight temperatures dropping to around 50°F. Up in the highlands [which you will cross on your way from Baltra to Puerto Ayora] it is cooler and the garúa mist hangs about as a kind of permanent dampness, and sometimes descends to the coast as well.

The waters surrounding the Galapagos are influenced by the Humboldt Current. Water temperatures sit around 68°F to 75°F from January through to May and drop to 65°F to 68°F from June through to October. Although you may be required to wear a wetsuit at this time of year the same currents that bring the cooler water temperatures also bring nutrients which means wildlife are very active at this time of year.

GALAPAGOS CUISINE:
While traveling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in this region. Your Local Leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip.

DIETARY REQUIREMENTS:
Please let us know your diet requirements before your trip starts. Generally speaking, in bigger cities/towns vegetarians can expect a reasonable range of vegetarian venues and/or vegetarian options within tourist restaurant menus. However, vegetarianism is not the norm in this part of the world so options can be limited when eating at homestays, small local restaurants, street stalls, markets, etc.

More restrictive diet requirements (vegans, coeliac, gluten intolerance, fructose intolerance, lactose intolerance etc.) can also be accommodated along this trip but you should expect a lesser variety than what you can expect at home. We recommend that, if possible, to bring your own supply of snacks with you.

SIMPLE BREAKFAST:
Some of the included breakfasts along this trip can be quite simple: toasts, spreads, juice and coffee or tea.

PRICES IN THE GALAPAGOS:
Please note that prices for food and beverages in the Galapagos are generally more expensive than Ecuador mainland and other parts of South America.

VISAS:
Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveler. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it’s important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarize yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

TRAVEL INSURANCE:
Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please ask your travel agent or Club Adventures team member for insurance options at time of booking.

Add-ons available before and after your trip to see the most of Ecuador

Pre-Night Add-ons

$95 double; $95 single


Post-Night Add-ons

$95 double; $95 single


Optional Tours

We’ve already included everything you need to see! While there are no optional tours on this tour, your Local Leader can always point you in the right direction for you to write your own adventure.


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