For those looking to spend more time in the GalÁpagos, this 17-day itinerary includes visits to several islands and loads of opportunities to observe unique wildlife. From colonies of marine iguanas, to blue-footed boobie nesting sites and the coolest€ting giant tortoises in the Western Hemisphere, the GalÁpagos are so much more than a collection of islands; they’re a lesson in evolution itself (and a fun one, at that!).
Day 1 Quito
Arrive at anytime. Arrival transfer included.
Day 2 Mariscal Sucre International Airport/Seymour Airport (1B, 1L, 1D)
Take an early flight to the GalÁpagos Islands. Head to Bachas Beach to see Sally Lightfoot crabs, flamingos and marine iguanas.
Day 3 Genovesa Island (1B, 1L, 1D)
Visit Darwin Bay and marvel at the sheer number of birds along the many trails. Head to El Barranco in the afternoon to see the many types of boobies, including red-footed boobies.
Day 4 BartolomÉ Island/Sullivan Bay (1B, 1L, 1D)
Visit BartolomÉ for a guided tour to see the island’s dramatic volcanic features. Continue to Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island to witness the giant lava formations contrasting the white-coral-sand beach.
Day 5 Isabela Island (1B, 1L, 1D)
Early landing in the small town of Puerto Villamil before beginning the hike to the Sierra Negra Volcano, which has the largest basaltic caldera in the GalÁpagos. In the afternoon, explore the tortoise breeding centre in the Puerto Villamil area.
Day 6 Elizabeth Bay/Urbina Bay (1B, 1L, 1D)
Pay a morning visit to Elizabeth Bay which offers amazing bird and marine life viewing opportunities. Head out on the pangas and explore the shallows and mangroves to look for sea turtles and penguins. Visit Urbina Bay, located at the base of the Alcedo Volcano. Hike the trail for a chance to see land tortoises in the wild, watching for land iguanas along the way.
Day 7 Tagus Cove/Punta Espinoza (1B, 1L, 1D)
Stop for a visit at Tagus Cove and hike to a lookout to get a stunning view of the bay. Spot old graffiti on the cliffs from whalers and pirates who once visited the the cove. Continue to Punta Espinoza on Fernandina, the youngest of the GalÁpagos Islands. Witness the large colony of marine iguanas and a variety of bird life.
Day 8 RÁbida Island/Santiago Island (1B, 1L, 1D)
Enjoy a morning panga ride in Buccaneer Cove, watch for sea lions, shorebirds, and interesting lava formations. Take an afternoon excursion to the red sand beaches of RÁbida to see a lagoon and sea lion colony. Enjoy snorkelling nearby with schools of tropical fish and sea lions.
Day 9 Islas Daphne/North Seymour (1B, 1L, 1D)
Enjoy a panga ride around Daphne, a tiny conical island, home to nesting blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds, Darwin’s finches, and other wonderful wildlife. In the afternoon, visit North Seymour Island to look out for Blue-footed Boobies.
Day 10 Cerro Brujo/Kicker Rock (1B, 1L, 1D)
Travel to the dramatic Kicker Rock in the morning to witness the steep vertical stone walls rising from the ocean and enjoy some of the best snorkelling in the GalÁpagos. Continue to Cerro Brujo on San CristÓbal to observe sea lions, marine iguanas, and seabirds along the beach. In the afternoon, head to Isla Lobos known for its friendly sea lions.
Day 11 BahÍa Gardner/Punta SuÁrez (1B, 1L, 1D)
Sail in to Gardner Bay, an excellent swimming and snorkelling site. Head to Punta Suarez on EspaÑola Island. The southernmost island in the GalÁpagos archipelago is home to several wildlife species, including nazca and blue-footed boobies. A hike to the top of the cliff makes for spectacular photo opportunities.
Day 12 Santa FÉ Island/South Plaza (1B, 1L, 1D)
Visit Santa Fe island for a chance to mingle with the iguanas. Continue to South Plaza for some great bird watching opportunities.
Day 13 Santa Cruz Island (1B, 1L, 1D)
Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to see the giant GalÁpagos tortoises and go on an excursion to the Santa Cruz Highlands. Free time for shopping or exploration of Puerto Ayora.
Day 14 Punta Cormorant/Floreana Island (1B, 1L, 1D)
This morning, snorkel at Devil’s Crown, a coral reef surrounded by an eroded volcanic crater, the perfect home for marine life. Look out for small sharks, rays and schools of tropical fish. In the afternoon, make sure you have a postcard to leave behind on a visit to Post Office Bay.
Day 15 Chinese Hat/Cerro DragÓn (1B, 1L, 1D)
Visit the white sand beach at Chinese Hat in the morning, before an afternoon at Cerro DragÓn for an opportunity to break out the binoculars and do some excellent birdwatching.
Day 16 Black Turtle Cove/Quito (1B)
In the early morning, explore the mangrove lagoon at Black Turtle Cove before transferring to the airport for a flight back to Quito. Enjoy a final night out on the town.
Day 17 Quito
Depart at any time.
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