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Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12
Trip code: SEQC
Duration: 9 days
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 into Quito, Ecuador today at any time. There are no planned activities scheduled for today, so you can check into your city hotel and enjoy some free time to explore Quito. A welcome meeting at your accommodation will tell you all about your upcoming adventure on the gorgeous Galápagos Islands.
Day 2-3: San Cristóbal. Leave the mainland behind and take a short flight across to the Galápagos Islands. Your first stop is San Cristóbal Island, the easternmost island of the Galápagos. You’ll visit the Interpretation Centre, where you’ll learn about the history of the islands, from their volcanic formation to their current focus on conservation and protection. The following day is free for more exploration, relaxation and adventure. 1 breakfast included.
Day 4: Isabela Island. En route to Isabela Island, stop off on Floreana Island for an included lunch at a community restaurant. On arrival on Isabela Island, make your way to a campsite in the highlands where you will spend the night. You’re in the heart of tortoise territory, so keep your eyes peeled! Lunch and dinner included.
Day 5: Isabela Island. Hike to the summit of the active Sierra Negra Volcano this morning, which boasts the second largest volcanic crater in the world. Soak up the spectacular view from the summit to the magical surrounding landscape. This afternoon is free to explore more of Isabela, before enjoying another unforgettable night camping in the volcanic highlands. Breakfast and dinner included.
Day 6-7: Santa Cruz Island. Skim across the seas in a speedboat to the island of Santa Cruz for your final Galápagos stay. Go on an inclusive visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station and the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center, where you can observe many tortoises and iguanas, including the famous giant Galápagos tortoise. The following day is free to explore everything Santa Cruz has to offer. Chill on the beach, hike through the island’s network of underground lava tunnels or go swimming or snokelling in the crystal-clear sea waters. Breakfast included.
Day 8: Quito. Say goodbye to the Galápagos Islands as catch your morning flight back to Quito. Check back into your Quito hotel for one last night out on the town! Breakfast included.
Day 9: Quito. Your tour ends today in Quito and you can depart at any time.
2018 Departures: If you are travelling in 2018 you will follow a slightly different route. Please see trip notes for more information.
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