Lodge Based - 4 Day Galapagos Vacation
Daily (Yes, we offer this tour on a daily basis!)
$1998 (2 guests)
$1854 (3-5 guests)
$1743 (6-9 guests)
$1673 (10-16 guests)
The Galapagos vacation below can be a 5 or even 6 day tour! If you'd like us to add more days to your tour, please let us know!
Day 1: Begin your Galapagos trip
Your Galapagos vacation takes off as you land on the Island of Baltra, where you’re greeted by Galapagos Unbound representatives and ferried to the lively island of Santa Cruz. Once there, make your way to the lush highlands, where giant Galapagos tortoises roam and munch their way through their natural habitat. See these centennial creatures up close as you relax with a fresh lunch at a local ranch that also serves as a reserve for the endangered tortoises. After, head to the innovative Charles Darwin Research Station—an excellent start to your Galapagos trip as it introduces you to the incredible diversity of the Galapagos endemic wildlife and plant life as well as the ongoing fight for conservation. The research station also serves as a breeding center for giant Galapagos tortoises, providing you with an opportunity to learn more about them and see them in an array of growth.
The first day of your Galapagos trip concludes at the Red Mangrove Eco Luxury Hotel, where you enjoy its comfortable accommodations and an excellent dinner.
Days 2 & 3: Galapagos Trip Day Tours
Note: Days 2, 3 & 4 of your Galapagos Trip include visits to various Galapagos Islands as described, with some flexibility to allow for changing climate conditions and availability. Each night you return back to your home base lodge on Santa Cruz. (There are options to overnight on some of the islands if you wish to adventure for more than one day there). Your guide will confirm your day’s activities before your group gathers each morning at the hotel.
Bartholomew Island, with its sparkling turquoise coasts and breathtaking beaches, is always a welcome addition to your Galapagos trip. A 2-hour sail from the Red Mangrove, Bartholomew greets you with a sunset of color, ranging from red and orange, green and black with its unique volcanic formations. Upon landing, set ashore and begin a climb up a boardwalk leading to an overlook. From here, you can take in Bartholomew’s panoramic views as well as those of Sullivan Bay and the photo-hungry Pinnacle Rock. Bartholomew Island also offers excellent opportunities to view the quirky Galapagos penguins, a favorite Galapagos trip highlight, as well as snorkel with sea lions, sea turtles, white tipped reef sharks, tropical fish and more.
Relax with lunch before continuing on to Sullivan Bay, where a volcanic eruption in 1903 left stunning lava formations that articulate the archipelago’s volcanic history. You may also see green sea turtles here, depending on the time of year you schedule your Galapagos trip, as they flock to the shores from January-March to nest. Return to the hotel at the end of the day and enjoy a delicious dinner.
SANTA FE ISLAND
A 40 minute cruise takes you to Santa Fé Island, one of the best islands to spy unique endemic species as well as large colonies on sea lions during your Galapagos trip. As you sail toward the shore, you pass through a rocky barrier where sea lions gather and enter the island’s calm, turquoise waters and sandy beach. With luck, more sea lions will be barking and playing along the beach as you arrive. On the shore, take off on a path in search of the Santa Fé Iguana, only found on this island. Dusky marine iguanas, crabs, night herons, doves and mockingbirds also frequent the region. After your walk, enjoy a fresh lunch onboard the boat. Then, cool off with some snorkeling in the bay, where sea turtles and stingrays enjoy the calm waters. This evening, return to the Red Mangrove.
NORTH SEYMOUR / BACHAS BEACH
This morning, set forth on a yacht through the Itabaca Channel to North Seymour Island—one of the best islands for hiking throughout your Galapagos trip. Once ashore, follow a circular 2 mile path that stretches across the island, allowing you to explore the rocky coastline as well as its unique interior. The trail takes you past some of the Galapagos Islands’ largest seabird colonies where you will have the opportunity to witness colorful frigatebirds and blue footed boobies nesting. If you’re Galapagos trip hits during the right season, you may have the unique opportunity to witness the birds’ mating behavior: the male frigatebirds inflating their bright red chest or the blue footed boobies doing a quirky dance or setting specially chosen pebbles at the feet of their females.
After lunch, explore the world offshore as you snorkel with Galapagos sharks, sea lions, sea turtles and more. Afternoon takes you to Bachas Beach, where you may once again swim in the lively Galapagos waters or enjoy some beach time. Return to the Red Mangrove for an enjoyable evening.
PLAZAS ISLAND / CARRIÓN POINT
Relax and keep a look out for dolphins and whales as you take a 2 hour cruise to Plazas Island. The rowdy barking of sea lions greets you as you approach shore. From the dock, you can also see land iguanas baking upon the rocks. Your Galapagos trip takes you on a trail across Plazas Island, which is rather small. Your trek takes you along a ravine, where land and marine iguanas and birds such as Nazca and blue footed boobies, frigatebirds, pelicans and swallow-tailed gulls can be seen crossing the trail or perching along its banks. After your hike, return to the boat for lunch.
Spend your afternoon seeing what else Plazas Island has to offer, including a range of incredible flora like its cacti and colorful trees. Depending on the season, the island can be carpeted in bright green during the rainy season or a lush orange and purple during the dry season. These stunning natural colors are a top highlight of your Galapagos trip. This evening, return to your hotel and relax with more great views and incredible fresh cuisine.
BAY TOUR + TORTUGA BAY BEACH
Today takes you on the Bay Tour, or the “Tour de Bahía,” which is a must-do on your Galapagos trip. The Bay Tour has it all: hiking, snorkeling, exploring the islands’ rich biodiversity and, as always, relaxing in the archipelago’s natural beauty. The Bay Tour also includes visits two two Galapagos trip hotspots: Lobería and Las Grietas. Las Grietas is a beautiful site where naturally-carved crevasses and a series of clear pools make for an incredible snorkel spot filled with diverse marine life.
Then, travel on to Tortuga Bay, whose soft, powdery beach is idyllic not only for passing people but for sea turtles as well. Take a stroll along the beach, passing through a rare forest of Candelabra cactus and Opuntia trees. Lava lizards enjoy the shade and scamper across the paths here, and wild giant Galapagos tortoises can sometimes be seen wading their way through the brush. Higher up, yellow warblers, mockingbirds and Darwin finches can be seen perched upon the arms of a cactus or settled within the brush, enjoying the shade. Your walk takes you to a white sand beach whose peaceful and shallow waters are frequented by baby reef sharks, stingrays and more. Marine iguanas can even be seen going for a swim or blowing salt out of their noses. At the end of the beach you come across a lush mangrove ecosystem, where more sea turtles, stingrays, tropical fish and sharks swim in the nutrient rich waters. Nearby, blue footed boobies perch along a ridge of cliffs. After your day of adventure, take a short cruise to Puerto Ayora Pier and then proceed back to the hotel.
DAY 4: CONCLUDE YOUR GALAPAGOS TRIP
Indulge in a final breakfast at the Red Mangrove before taking a ferry back to the Baltra Airport. From there, meet your flight back to mainland Ecuador as your Galapagos trip comes to and end.