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Duration: 9 days
Trip code: SEQC
Get going to the gorgeous Galapagos Islands for a gap year adventure you’ll never forget! Camp out in the extraordinary landscape of these unique South American islands, which lie off the coast of Ecuador. Follow in the footsteps of Darwin and immerse yourself in the wildlife wonders, beautiful beaches, amazing islands, volcanic landscape and breathtaking views of the Galapagos on this unforgettable 9-day adventure trip.
Day 1: Quito
Arrive at any time today and get settled into your hotel, then go out and explore Quito at your leisure.
Day 2: Santa Cruz
Take a short flight across to Santa Cruz and make your way to a campsite in the highlands where you will spend the night. Here you will visit some giant tortoises in their natural habitat and explore an incredible network of underground lava tunnels. You will then camp in the lush surroundings of the highlands. The highlands form part of the National Park. A visitor fee of USD100 is payable on arrival, which funds maintenance, conservation and development of the park.
Days 3-4: Floreana
Transfer to Floreana by speedboat. Stay in a community guesthouse on the island and opt to swim, canoe, or dip into the perfect waters for a spot of snorkelling. Enjoy meals prepared by the community in the evenings.
Days 5-6: Isabela Island
Take a speedboat across the Isabela island, and then hike to the rim of the spectacular Sierra Negra volcano. Camp in the foothills of the volcano. Visit a breeding centre for Giant Tortoises and spot flamingos in the beautiful Flamingo Lagoon.
Day 7: Santa Cruz
Return to Santa Cruz and enjoy a night of partying in lively Puerto Ayora. First though, a chance to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and learn about conservation work on the islands. You’ll even see some more tortoises up close! Then take a short hike to the pristine white sands of Tortuga Bay - a beach that dreams are made of! Then head out for a night on the town!
Days 8-9: Quito
Fly back to the mainland and spend some time exploring the capital of Ecuador. Depart Quito at any time on day 9.
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