Get a taste of the spectacular volcanic landscapes and mesmerizing wildlife of the Galapagos Islands during this land-based adventure. Go hiking through pahoehoe lava flows to the crater of Sierra Negra volcano, swim alongside friendly sea lions at La Loberia, get up close to Galapagos giant tortoises at the Charles Darwin Research Center and spot Galapagos penguins and frigatebirds while kayaking along the coast. Our Galapagos Islands Vacation comes with our Galapagos Guarantee, which promises you’ll see all of the Galapagos Big 5 or your money back!

Offering a shorter alternative to our award-winning Galapagos Unbound adventure, this lodge-to-lodge vacation covers three different islands across six days. Rather than trying to rush through the entire archipelago to discover its incredible wildlife and geological sites, we’ve designed a trip that offers an immersive experience in three of the most fascinating islands - Isabela, San Cristobal and Santa Cruz.

Explore the vibrant hubs of Puerto Ayora and Puerto Villamil to discover the archipelago’s human history. Then bunk down each night in locally-owned lodges to experience the Galapagos culture and hospitality first hand while supporting sustainable travel and tourism in the archipelago. Experience everything that Isabela, San Cristobal and Santa Cruz have to offer while being accompanied by our highly-experienced local guides who will share their unique insights on this fascinating destination.

If you are looking for an even more flexible Galapagos Island Vacation we can still offer 2 Island tours that depart any day.  These can be 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8 days long.

Note: Custom departures of 1 day or more available upon request. Please call 800-451-6034 for more information.

 

Itinerary

Arrive Baltra + Santa Cruz Lava Tunnels + Puerto Ayora
 
Fly into Baltra Island Airport where you’ll be met by one of our guides to begin your adventure, heading first to the neighboring island of Santa Cruz. Get up close to Galapagos giant tortoises in their natural habitat at a private reserve where you can wander alongside them as they feed and cool off in the mud. Then continue on to the island’s famous lava tunnels for your first introduction of the powerful volcanic forces that created the Galapagos Islands. 
 
In the afternoon, we’ll arrive in the lively city of Puerto Ayora to check into our lodgings and have a Galapagos-style dinner on Calle de los Kioskos, a picturesque back street that ignites with alfresco restaurants each evening. 
 
 
ACCOMMODATION : Hotel Maineo
Tortuga Bay + Charles Darwin Research Station
 
This morning we’ll visit the picture-perfect white sands of Tortuga Bay to spot lava lizards, marine iguanas and charismatic blue-footed boobies. You’ll have time to explore the mangrove-lined shores and cacti forest, then just soak up the sun or plunge into the crystal clear waters to go snorkeling alongside friendly baby sharks. 
 
We’ll return to Puerto Ayora where you’ll have time to either explore the town at your leisure or visit the famous Charles Darwin Research Station. Here you can learn about conservation efforts in the islands and witness Galapagos giant tortoises at various stages of growth, from tiny babies to large, lumbering adults.
 
After lunch, we’ll board a boat to Isabela Island, the largest in the archipelago, and stroll through the vibrant town of Puerto Villamil, with an unforgettable Galapagos sunset to complete the day. 
 
 
 
ACCOMMODATION : Hotel Albermarle
Sierra Negra Volcano + Volcan Chico
 
Today’s hiking adventure will take you up two of the powerful volcanoes that created Isabela Island - Sierra Negra and Volcan Chico. Keep an eye out for Vermillion flycatchers and rare short-eared owls as you trek through expansive volcanic terrain to the caldera of Sierra Negra, continuing through a lunar-like landscape featuring pahoehoe lava flows and steaming vents to Volcan Chico. From here there are panoramic views stretching all the way to Isabela’s northern shore. 
 
In the afternoon, we’ll return to Puerto Villamil where you can go kayaking to spot Galapagos penguins and frigatebirds along the rocky shores, as well as sea lions, rays and turtles swimming below. Alternatively, rent a bicycle and pedal to the Wall of Tears, which was painstakingly built by the island’s former penal colony. End the day with a sunset swim, followed by dinner at a restaurant of your choice in town. 
 
 
ACCOMMODATION : Hotel Albermarle
Giant Tortoise Breeding Center + San Cristóbal
 
Begin the day with a stroll along a mangrove-lined lagoon to spot pink flamingos feeding in the shallow waters and marine iguanas basking in the sun. Then continue on to Isabela’s Giant Tortoise Breeding Center to learn about the conservation work being conducted to revive the archipelago’s tortoise population and return individuals to the wild.
 
It’s then time to board your short flight to San Cristóbal, the archipelago’s easternmost and oldest island, where we’ll have lunch before setting out for La Loberia. It’s named after the playful colony of sea lions that frequent the area, with the opportunity to jump in the water and swim alongside these boisterous creatures. Then return to town for dinner and time to explore at your leisure. 
 
 
ACCOMMODATION : Hotel Casa Blanca
Kicker Rock
 
Venture into the underwater world of the Galapagos Islands on an excursion to Kicker Rock or Leon Dormido, which is named after its resemblance to a sleeping lion. Go snorkeling to witness the incredible marine life that congregates within its narrow channel, including spotted eagle rays, sea turtles and a vast array of tropical fish. If you want to stay dry, above the water you can also spot blue-footed boobies and frigate birds nesting on the rocky ledges. 
 
We’ll then cruise to a white sandy beach for lunch and time to relax before heading back to town in the late afternoon. Enjoy a sunset cocktail as we gather for a delicious farewell dinner for the final night of your Galapagos Islands vacation. 
 
 
ACCOMMODATION : Hotel Casa Blanca

Return to Mainland Ecuador

After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll have a final morning in the Galapagos to spend as you wish. Go shopping for souvenirs, visit the Interpretation Center to learn about the archipelago’s natural and human history or embark on a short hike to Tijeretas for incredible views towards Kicker Rock. 
 
It’s then time to transfer to the airport for your return flight to mainland Ecuador.
 
 
 

Dates & Rates

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Supplementary Information

Daily Departures: If the Sunday departure dates do not work for you please contact us as we can offer daily departures too!
 
Dates: Every Sunday, Year-Round.
Price Per Person: $3204 (Internal flights not included)
Trips are guaranteed with 4 guests - Inquire about smaller groups or private departures. 
Single Supplement - $599-999
December Trip Supplement - $300-375

Included:

  • 5 nights standard accommodations
  • All land and sea transportation in the Galapagos
  • Naturalist English speaking guide
  • All activities as stated on the itinerary
  • All equipment required for activities
  • Drinking water

Not Included:

  • $100 park entry fee (cash only)
  • $20 immigration fee (cash only)
  • 3 evening meals (allow around $15 per person)
  • Isabela arrival tax $10 (cash only)
  • Drinks other than water
  • Gratuities for guides and support crew
  • Flights between Quito and the Galapagos
  • Flight between islands
  • International flights

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FAQ & More

Where are the Galapagos Islands are located?

The Galapagos Islands (or Archipelago de Colon) are a Province of Ecuador located about 500 miles (800 kilometers) west of the Ecuadorian coast and are located directly on the equator.

What is the weather like?

Because the Galapagos Islands are on the equator, it’s warm most of the year. The warmest season is usually January to April and average temperatures range from a low of 70F/22C to around of 84F/31C. This is also the “wet season” and there may be afternoon thundershowers. During a severe El Nino year, it’s more likely to rain at any time of day. April to December is considered the “dry season” and is cooler, with average temperatures ranging from around 68F/19C to 82F/27C. At this time of year it is not uncommon to have the "garua" (misty rain) early in the morning and in the highlands of Santa Cruz. Our experience is that the time of year doesn’t make a lot of difference in terms of the amount of rain as there isn’t enough to impact your trip too much.

When is the best time to visit the Galapagos Islands?

Whenever your schedule allows! Because it’s on the equator, air temperatures don’t change a lot. However water temperature does fluctuate as much as ten degrees during the year. The cooler Humboldt Current comes up from Antarctica from May to September/October and the sea is cooler and tends to be rougher at this time of year. Cooler water temperatures mean you generally see more sea life because there is more food for the animals that depend on the planktons and other sea nourishment. From November to April, the cooler Panama Current flows from the north and brings warmer water. The sea tends to be calmer at this time of year. If you’re going on our land-based tour then rough water is less of a concern. If you’re doing a cruise, and you are prone to seasickness, you might want to consider coming in the November to April time frame.

For a month to month comparison of weather and wildlife check out our Galapagos Calendar.

What is the best way to get to the Galapagos Islands?

From the U.S. and Canada there are daily flights via Houston, Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York and Miami, to both Quito and Guayaquil, Ecuador. If you are travelling only to the Galapagos on this trip, we recommend transiting through Guayaquil.

Do you arrange international air to Ecuador?

We do not arrange international air travel but we do have a great air travel specialist we refer you to if you’d like.

Am I responsible for booking my airfare to and from the islands?

No - Your flights to the islands from Quito are included in your trip price.

Will we have to exchange any money before we travel to Ecuador or once in the country?

Ecuador uses the US dollar which was adopted as the official currency in 2000. Be sure to bring cash bills in good condition because bills with markings or tears won’t be accepted. There are also ATM machines in the larger towns. It’s a good idea to alert your bank that you’ll be traveling to Ecuador so they don’t stop the transactions.

Are you able to arrange extensions to our Galapagos tour?

We would love to! We have plenty of ideas for extending your trip whether it be to the Amazon, the Cloud Forest, the highlands in the north or south, or whatever might be your special interest. We can also arrange extensions to Peru and Machu Picchu.

How far in advance should I book?

To confirm your desired start date, it is recommended that you book as far in advance as possible. For popular travel times such as the Christmas season, departures typically reach capacity a year-and-a-half to two years in advance. While The Lodge Adventure does offer many start dates we understand that sometimes these don't work - if this is the case please contact us as we can easily arrange a 2 Island tour on any day as long as we have availability in our accommodations.

How much snorkeling will I do on this trip?

There is an opportunity for snorkeling almost every day on this trip and the underwater life is a true highlight of visiting the Galapagos.

Do I need previous snorkeling experience?

If you’ve never been snorkeling we highly recommend you practice before the trip.

Do I need to bring snorkel equipment?

You are of course free to bring your own equipment, however if you would rather not bring them, the equipment will be provided for you free of charge.

Is a wetsuit necessary for snorkeling?

No, a wetsuit is not necessary, but most people appreciate the extra warmth. You are free to bring your own wetsuit, however if you do not have one, they are available to borrow.

Is it possible to go scuba diving in the Galapagos?

YES!  We would be happy to arrange a day of diving for you.  Diving in the Galapagos is best suited to those with lots of experience as you will be diving in cooler water and there are many currents to navigate - That said we can arrange begginner dives for those who are not experts. 

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