For those either looking to experience the Galapagos in a different way to a cruise or for those looking for a wider variety of experiences in the Galapagos then why not try our Galapagos by land. This itinerary gives you all of the incredible wildlife opportunities of a Galapaos cruise with he added bonus of being able to sleep on dry land every night. Not only this however you have far more flexibility over your itinerary than with a cruise. This is a suggested itinerary however you can stay on San Cristobal, Santa Cruz and Isabela islands and choose from a number of trips and experiences both on those islands and on day trip from them.
Day 1: On arrival into San Cristóbal airport you will be met by your guide and taken for a delicious lunch. In the afternoon, take a short walk to the Interpretation Centre where a park ranger will give you an introduction to the park and then accompany you on a walk through the unique landscape to Las Tijeretas bay for some snorkelling. (B)
Day 2: Today is all about marine wildlife as you head off snorkeling at Leon Dormido, also known as Kicker Rock, and Isla Lobos. The water surrounding kicker is cool and clear and among the boulders you can expect to see a variety of wrasses, starfish, surgeonfish, angelfish and more. Sightings of large rays, sharks and turtles are common but not guaranteed. (B/L)
Day 3: Española is one of the crown jewels of the archipelago and until recently (2016) used to be an exclusive destination for cruise itineraries only, howecer you can now visit this uninhabited south-eaternmost Island form San Cristobal. The longer hike at Suarez Point is a real bird watcher's and photographer's dream! Walking along blue-footed boobies, waved albatrosses and marine iguanas in a distance of just a few meters, making you feel like you are walking through a living National Geographic magazine. A day tour in Galapagos would not be complete without a time for swimming/snorkelling and the waters around Gardner Islet are perfect for this. Sea lions, Galapagos sharks, marine iguanas and many brightly colorful fish give life to this place.(B/L)
Day 5: Bartolomé Island (Spanish: Isla Bartolomé) is a volcanic islet just off the east coast of Santiago Island. It is one of the "younger" islands in the Galápagos archipelago. This island, and Sulivan Bay on Santiago island, are named after naturalist and lifelong friend of Charles Darwin, Sir Bartholomew James Sulivan, who was a Lieutenant aboard HMS Beagle. . It has two visitor sites. At the first one, you may swim and snorkel around Pinnacle Rock; the underwater world there is really impressive. You can snorkel with the Galapagos penguins, marine turtles, white tipped reef sharks, and other tropical fish. The bay is also an excellent place to go swimming.(B/L)
Day 6: Enjoy a navigable tour to Seymour, a 1.9 km² island located no rthbound from Baltra. On the table top islet of North Seymour a flat circular path takes you through the archipelago's most extensive colonies of popular blue-footed boobies, magnificent and great frigatebirds. Boobies demonstrate their cute courtship rituals, in which their remarkable feet play an important role and adult frigatebird-males blow up their vivid red pouches to impressive football-sized balloons. Moreover you can spot lots of other seabirds, such as brown pelicans, red-billed tropicbirds, endemic swallow-tailed gulls and seasonally even Nazca boobies. After lunch you will do snorkeling where you will be able to discover tones of different fish species and also swim with sea lions.(B/L)
Day 7: Today is free for you to relax and enjoy the beautiful island of Santa Cruz. Spend time at Tortuga Bay, a beautiful white sand beach where you can swim and snorkel and might just see sharks, marine iguanas, pelicans and the occasional flamingo or take a walk and swim in the amazing rock formation of Las Grietas.
Day 8: Sadly all good things come to an end… today it’s time to pack up and head to the airport for your onwards flight, leaving the Galapagos with lots of amazing memories and photos! (B)
Prices from: £1995 per person
Services included: hotels on shared room basis, meals, transfers and activities as mentioned, entry fees, English speaking guide, 24 hour assistance
Services not included: flights, drinks, tips and personal expenses.
This is a suggested itinerary. Dates, stops & activities are all flexible.
Best Time To Travel
Best time to visit:Dec - Apr
Dec – Apr hot, dry, calm and warm waters. May – Aug & Nov generally hot, dry with calm but cooler water temperatures. Sep-Oct still dry but winds pick up and water gets a bit rougher whilst still staying cool.