8 days

Go Go Galapagos - Family Adventures

Go Go Galapagos - Family Adventures

Puerto Ayora

The tortoises of Charles Darwin Research Station

UNESCO World Heritage-listed Colonial Quito

Frigatebird spotting

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    All the wildlife here is spectacular, but sea lions are the star attraction. They are inquisitive, beautiful and fun, particularly the babies. They seem to think snorkellers are sea lions too – they will circle and swirl in front of you, keen to interact. Long isolated, the animals of the Galapagos have no inherent fear of man. They view humans like any other indigenous inhabitant of the island.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - (Sat) Arrive in Quito.

    Bienvenidos! Welcome to Ecuador.
    On arrival at Quito's Mariscal Sucre International Airport you are met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. There is a pre-departure meeting in the evening at 6pm when you meet others travelling to the Galapagos Islands.
    Sitting at an altitude of 2,850 m under the gaze of Volcan Pichincha, Quito is one of the most attractive cities in South America. Long and incredibly thin, the city stretches along a central valley formed by the east and west ranges of the Andes. Although compact, Quito's Old Town is full of historic buildings - there are more than 30 churches to explore, not to mention the fascinating museums.
    As this trip spends very little time in Quito, we recommend you arrive a few days early to experience all the city has to offer.
    Quito is a cultured city with a wonderous Old Town, a dynamic nightlife and atmospheric streets showcasing Ecuadorian life in all its splendour.
    La Compania de Jesus is considered by many the most beautiful in the Americas; it's certainly one of the most ornate. It's claimed that seven tonnes of gold leaf cover the interior whilst the exterior is decorated with statues, busts, sculpted heads and a jungle of carved leaves.
    Take a walk down the famous Calle La Ronda, Quito's oldest street. La Ronda is a peek into the colonial past of the city. This quaint street offers the city's best in one place.
    ALTITUDE SICKNESS:
    Parts of your trip go above 2800 metres / 9200 feet where it is common for travellers to experience some adverse health effects due to the altitude - regardless of your age, gender and fitness. It even happened to Sir Edmund Hillary!Before your trip: Some pre-existing medical conditions are known to severely worsen at high altitude and be difficult to adequately treat on the ground, leading to more serious consequences. It is imperative that you discuss your pre-existing medical condition/s with your doctor. We understand certain medications are reported to aid acclimatising to high altitude. Please discuss these options with your doctor.During your trip: While our leaders have basic first aid training and are aware of the closest medical facilities, it is very important that you are aware of the cause and effects of travelling at altitude, monitor your health and seek assistance accordingly.

    Day 2 - Morning flight to Baltra, transfer to Isabela Island

    This morning we are transferred to the airport for our flight to the Galapagos Islands.

    Please note the pick-up time will usually be as early as 4am as the airport is a one hour drive and we must allow for delays and check-in times (Your Tour leader will confirm this time with you at the pre-departure meeting on day one

    On arrival at Baltra Airport in the Galapagos you must pay the US$100 arrival tax for entry to Galapagos National Park and a US$10 transit card. This is best done using cash, as using credit cards can be a time consuming process. We are met in the arrival hall of the airport by our National Park Guide, and transferred to Isabela Island.  On arrival at Isabela Island there is a US$20 port fee to be paid.

    Lunch | Dinner

    Day 3-4 - Isabela Island - Visit Sierra Negra Volcano, Isla Tintoreras and the Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre. Free time for snorkelling.

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 5-6 - Travel to Santa Cruz, Visit Tortuga Bay and Charles Darwin Research Centre

    Day 7 - Fly back to Quito for overnight

    Breakfast

    Day 8 - Tour ends in Quito

    Breakfast
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • Local guides, arrival transfer, activities, transport between the islands and to/from Quito.

    Not Included

    • International flights, airport departure taxes, international departure transfer, visas where required, meals not included in the itinerary, insurance, laundry, any optional tours or activities during free time, tips, items of a personal nature, Galapagos transit card and the entrance fee to Galapagos Islands National Park and Isabela Island.
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Start City: Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador
End City: Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador

What to know

The National Park and Transit Card fee of US$110 is not included in the trip cost and must be paid in cash upon arrival at Baltra airport.

Please note as you're visiting Isabela Island there's a US$20 fee to be paid upon arrival.

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