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.
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Dates & Rates
- 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
- $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
FAQ & More
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.
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.
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.
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.
We do not arrange international air travel but we do have a great air travel specialist we refer you to if you’d like.
No - Your flights to the islands from Quito are included in your trip price.
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.
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.
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.
There is an opportunity for snorkeling almost every day on this trip and the underwater life is a true highlight of visiting the Galapagos.
If you’ve never been snorkeling we highly recommend you practice before the trip.
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.
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.
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.