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Published May 14, 2024
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600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, a hidden gem lies in wait for the adventurous traveler—the Galápagos Islands. These islands are home to fascinating species and unusual landscapes that you won't find anywhere else in the world. From prickly pear cactus forests and giant Galápagos tortoises to jagged lava fields and snorkeling in crystal-clear waters, it's time to experience this one-of-a-kind place for yourself!
8 DAYS | 15 max guests
2024 - 2025 Departures Available

Mingling with Galápagos tortoise
Mingling with Galápagos tortoise
Day 1-2
Quito, Baltra Island & Santa Cruz Island
Spend one night in Quito before beginning your exciting Galápagos Islands adventure! Fly to Baltra Island and embark on a short ferry ride to Santa Cruz Island, where you'll discover Los Gemelos, mingle with giant Galápagos tortoises, and explore the remnants of an illuminated lava tunnel.
Flamingo Lagoon
Flamingo Lagoon
Day 3-4
Tortuga Bay & Isabela Island
Admire the unique marine and land species as you wander, swim, and kayak around beautiful Tortuga Bay. Try to spot whales, dolphins, and manta rays as you set off for Isabela Island via charter speedboat. Then, observe fascinating marine life at Concha de Perla and pink flamingos at the Flamingo Lagoon.
Las Grietas
Las Grietas Photo by Kiyoshi on Unspash
Day 5-6
Isabela Island & Santa Cruz
Explore a small group of islands called Las Tintoreras and walk through jagged lava fields, home to marine iguanas and sea lions, before snorkeling in the warm, shallow bay. Transfer to Santa Cruz Island via charter speedboat and enjoy an exciting boat tour, visiting La Lobería, Love Channel, Dog Beach, and Las Grietas.
Peguche Waterfall
Peguche Waterfall
Day 7-8
Santa Cruz Island, Quito & USA
Fly back to Quito as your spectacular adventure draws to a close and you return to the USA the next day. Or, take advantage of your already-included airfare and extend your stay! Spend two additional days in Quito and explore the city's highlights, including the "Middle of the World" at the Equatorial Monument, the Peguche Waterfall, and the Otavalo Market, Ecuador's most famous indigenous market.
"We had a wonderful time on the Galapagos Islands Adventure and recommend this trip to anyone who can walk. All of the arrangements for our activities, meals, hotels, boat rides, etc., were seamless, and our trip manager was especially helpful and fun and went out of his way to make sure we had a great time with no waiting or complications of any kind. That made it easy to relax and enjoy our trip and focus on the activities of our trip rather than logistics. The islands are so unique. Great trip!"
— Barbara
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