- Snorkel with playful sea lions
- Visit an uninhabited island
- See rare wildlife, like giant tortoises and marine iguanas
- Sunbathe on white sand beaches
- Hike to the Sierra Negra Volcano
|Day 1||Arrival to San Cristobal Island||San Cristobal Island|
|Day 2||Interpretation Center, Frigate Birds, & La Lobería Sea Lions||San Cristobal Island|
|Day 3||Snorkeling at Kicker Rock||San Cristobal Island|
|Day 4||Free Day on San Cristobal||San Cristobal Island|
|Day 5||Speedboat to Santa Cruz Island, Tortoises & Charles Darwin Station||Puerto Ayora|
|Day 6||Day Trip to an Unpopulated Island||Puerto Ayora|
|Day 7||Free Morning & Afternoon Boat Tour||Puerto Ayora|
|Day 8||Another Day, Another Uninhabited Island||Puerto Ayora|
|Day 9||Speedboat to Isabela Island & Wildlife on Las Tintoreras Islet||Isabela|
|Day 10||Sierra Negra Volcano||Isabela|
|Day 11||Free Day on Isabela Island||Isabela|
|Day 12||Speedboat to Santa Cruz Island & Kayaking Tortuga Bay||Puerto Ayora|
|Day 13||Free Day on Santa Cruz Island||Puerto Ayora|
|Day 14||Transfer to Airport on Baltra Island|
Day 1: Arrival to San Cristobal Island
Welcome to the beautiful Galapagos Islands! Meet your driver at San Cristobal Airport, then transfer to your hotel in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to check-in. Your afternoon is free to relax and enjoy the scenery.
Stroll through town, admire the sea lions and other wildlife, and enjoy an amazing sunset at Playa Mann.
Day 2: Interpretation Center, Frigate Birds at Tijeretas Hill, & La Lobería Sea Lions
Your first adventure with your guide will be to the Interpretation Center, where you can spend several hours browsing displays and reading about the history and future of the Galapagos.
Afterward, take a short walk to Tijeretas Hill to see nesting frigate birds and enjoy views of the island. Top off the day with a visit to La Lobería, a beach that's home to a raucous colony of sea lions.
Return to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno for the night.
Day 3: Snorkeling at Kicker Rock
Today you'll visit the famous Kicker Rock (also known as Leon Dormido—the sleeping lion), a volcanic formation that protrudes from the ocean waves. Here, you can snorkel with sea lion, colorful fish, rays, and turtles. If you're lucky, you may also see hammerhead sharks.
Currents at Kicker Rock are strong and usually cold, but the marine wonders are worth it. After lunch on the boat, head to a beautiful, pristine beach, where you can relax and defrost in the sunshine. In the afternoon, return to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.
Day 4: Free Day on San Cristobal
Enjoy a free day on San Cristobal Island. Visit Playa Carola or Playa Mann to spend the day by the water and watch the sunset, or go on an excursion to Pitt Point or the Witch's Hill. If you want to relax, your hotel offers plenty of amenities.
Stay overnight in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.
Day 5: Speedboat to Santa Cruz Island, Highlands Tortoises & Charles Darwin Station
Get an early start this morning to take the public speedboat to Santa Cruz Island, roughly 2-2.5 hours away. Meet your guide at the dock, then head to the highlands to see giant tortoises in the wild. Enjoy lunch at a local farm, then continue to Puerto Ayora to check in to your hotel.
In the afternoon, visit the Charles Darwin Station, where scientists from all over the world meet and work together. Environmental projects include water analysis, protection of endemic wildlife, effects of tourism on nature, and other pressing issues. Visit the turtle rearing station to see where animals are raised before being released into nature. Keep an eye out for land iguanas, who live around the station.
Stay overnight in Puerto Ayora.
Customize your trip with help from a local travel specialist.
Day 6: Day Trip to an Unpopulated Island
Your adventure today includes a yacht tour to an unpopulated island. Depending on the weather, scheduling, and permissions by the National Park, you'll visit one of the following islands: Santa Fé, South Plazas, Bartolomé or North Seymour.
Each island is unique and offers spectacular scenery and an opportunity to see rare wildlife up close. Santa Fé and South Plazas are home to endemic land iguanas; while Bartolomé is known for beautiful lava sceneries. On North Seymour, look for frigate birds, land iguanas, and blue-footed boobies.
Today's adventure is a group tour, with a maximum group size of 20. In the evening, return to Puerto Ayora to enjoy some free time.
Day 7: Free Morning & Afternoon Boat Tour
Your morning today is free. Spend some time on the beach, go for a walk, or enjoy the sounds of nature as you find the perfect spot to sit and read.
In the afternoon, head onto the water on a tour of the bay. Aboard a small boat, you'll visit the coves and beaches of Santa Cruz Island. Swim with playful sea lion cubs, go snorkeling to see the extraordinary diversity of sea life, or sunbathe on the beach.
In the late afternoon, return to Puerto Ayora, where you will spend the night.
Day 8: Another Day, Another Uninhabited Island
Another day, another boat trip to an uninhabited island—this time, to a different one than before. Today's tour is another group activity, with no more than 20 people joining you on the boat.
Afterward, enjoy your evening in the laid-back town of Puerto Ayora.
Day 9: Speedboat to Isabela Island & Wildlife on Las Tintoreras Islet
Start your morning with a public speed boat trip to Isabela Island, a 2-hour trip. After arriving, make your way to the Flamingo Lagoon or the Giant Tortoise Breeding Station to learn about the local wildlife.
After lunch, join a group tour for a visit to the Tintoreras Islet for a short hike and some snorkeling. See Humboldt penguins, marine iguanas, sea lions and sharks, which rest in the natural channels formed by lava flows.
Afterward, snorkel in the turquoise water and spot different fish, sea turtles, rays, and penguins. The evening is free, with an overnight stay on Isabela Island.
Day 10: Sierra Negra Volcano
Your agenda today includes hiking on the Sierra Negra, an impressive volcano that rises from the rocky island. Walk through the lava fields and enjoy views of the northern volcanoes of Isabela and Fernandina Islands.
Explore the second-largest volcanic crater in the world and hike through different vegetation zones. After a full morning, eat a packed picnic lunch while taking in the sights.
The rest of your day is free. Spend the afternoon on the beautiful beaches of Isabela Island or snorkeling at Concha Perla Beach.
Stay the night on Isabela Island.
Day 11: Free Day on Isabela Island
Spend a free day on Isabela Island. Rent a bike and visit the famous "Wall of Tears", then bike to several viewpoints of the island.
If you prefer to spend the day on the water, Concha Perla (near Puerto Villamil) offers lots of opportunities for snorkeling, swimming, or sunbathing on the beach.
For a quiet day of relaxation, stick around the hotel and enjoy the island's tranquility. You'll spend the night in Puerto Villamil.
Day 12: Speedboat to Santa Cruz Island & Kayaking Tortuga Bay
Early this morning, take the speedboat to Santa Cruz Island. Spend the day exploring this area on foot and on water. Start with a 45-minute hike from Puerto Ayora to Tortuga Bay, one of the Galapagos Archipelago's most beautiful beaches. Take a kayak out onto the water to see marine life up close and see the coastline from a different perspective.
After kayaking, sunbathe on the beach or head back under the waves for some afternoon snorkeling. Stay the night in Puerto Ayora.
Day 13: Free Day on Santa Cruz Island
With no planned activities today, you're free to enjoy the island's beauty at your own pace. Hike to Tortuga Bay, go for a stroll in the peaceful town of Puerto Ayora, shop for souvenirs, explore hidden coves, or rent a bike to explore the highlands.
Today is for enjoying the Galapagos Islands, taking lots of photos, and slowing down the pace to truly appreciate island life.
Day 14: Transfer to Airport on Baltra Island
If there is enough free time before your transfer to the airport, do some last-minute souvenir shopping or take a last stroll through Puerto Ayora.
At the designated time, your driver will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the Itabaca Channel, which you will cross on a ferry. For the last part of your trip to the airport, take the public shuttle bus to the terminal, where your trip ends with your return flight to the mainland.