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Galapagos Family Adventure 7 Days

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Galapagos wildlife is truly one-of-a-kind

Effort: Moderate. No experience necessary. Minimum 6 years old restriction.
Activities: Sea kayaking, walking, mountain biking, snorkeling, wildlife interaction, pizza night, treasure hunts and much more…

Itinerary

DAY 1: INTERPRETATION CENTER, HIKE AND SNORKEL TIJERETAS

After a morning flight to San Cristobal Island, we’ll greet you at the airport and head to our hotel. After lunch and a quick introduction, the youngest ones will get their expeditionary kit and get ready for their quest. We begin our journey at the Galapagos Interpretation Center to learn about the unique wildlife, geology, history, and social dynamics of the Galapagos.
After our visit, we hike to Tijeretas along natural trails formed of lava rocks. The path is surrounded by native plants like Galapagos cotton, palo santo, acacia, and cacti, and we will spot blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, pelicans, herons, gulls, warblers, mockingbirds, and finches in the vegetation and sea cliffs.
We cool off from our hike with a refreshing and fun snorkeling session at postcard-worthy Carola Beach, surrounded by friendly sea turtles, playful sea lions, and marine iguanas, and bask in the setting sun.
After dinner, we’ll explore the friendly, laid-back beach town and stroll down the boardwalk to visit the neighboring colony of Galapagos sea lions. (L, D)

DAY 2: KAYAK AND SNORKEL IN SAN CRISTOBAL’S NORTHERN COAST

Our second day begins with a nutritious breakfast for a busy morning of kayaking along the coastal bays and coves of San Cristobal’s north coast, full of funny looking blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, sea lions, and gentle sea turtles. We may visit Leon Dormido (Kicker Rock) or Punta Pitt. The visiting site will depend on the weekday and Galapagos National Park regulations.
We’ll put on snorkels and fins to interact with sea lions, as well as marine iguanas and countless colorful reef fish.
We’ll swim with serene spotted eagle rays, golden rays, harmless Galapagos sharks, unique starfish, clams, and fish of every shape, size, and color. With luck, we might even see some hammerhead sharks!
After a full day spent exploring the seas, we head back to town for a delicious island pizza party night and a well-earned rest. (B, L, D)

DAY 3: WILDLIFE WALK, BIKE, EXPLORE TINTORERAS ISLETS AND STARGAZING

After breakfast, we say goodbye to San Cristobal and take a quick small-plane 40 minutes to ride to Isabela Island. Isabela is the largest island in the Galapagos and is still being formed by six active shield volcanoes. In fact, Isabela is one of the most volcanically active spots on the planet.
Upon arrival, we embark on an exciting bike ride that will take us through a wide variety of environments and ecosystems. Along the way, we’ll pass through white sand beaches, mangrove forests and brackish lagoons, and a lava tube cave! As we ride, we’ll pass giant tortoises, flamingos, and other wildlife where you will clearly notice the evolution process and learn as you fill your check-list material. Optional biking
ride through the beach.
After lunch, we explore Tintoreras, a set of small islets filled with hidden coves and beaches. Here, we will find the peculiar, endemic Galapagos penguin and other marine life. At the end of the day, we head to our hotel and after our delicious dinner, we will learn a bit more about the constellations with a stargazing activity led by your guide. (B, L, D)

DAY 4: HIKING IN ISABELA’S HIGHLANDS, SAND GAMES AND BOOGIE BOARD LESSONS

Rise and shine, today we´ll enjoy a delicious breakfast to get ready for an entertaining drive up to the flanks of the Sierra Negra volcano until the road ends. Here, we continue on foot and hike into a surreal world of geological history that reveals the ominous black streaks of cooled lava. On the hike up, we
can admire incredible views of the surrounding volcanoes and sea, as well as the distinctive highland ecosystem around us. But the real prize is at the top - when we arrive at the rim of the Sierra Negra volcano, we are treated to a truly breathtaking vista.
Sierra Negra is the second largest active caldera on the planet, over six miles at its widest point. We’ll hike the rim of this enormous crater and, if we feel energetic, continue on to the caldera of Volcan Chico, an otherworldly landscape of vibrant hues created by sulfur deposits. The landscape marked in the
different shades of millennia of fire activity from deep within the planet’s belly and the rocks themselves seem to be alive, with the puffs of fumaroles sometimes announcing their presence like a disappearing magician.
After a stop at an idyllic tortoise reserve for lunch, we’ll head back to the lowlands in time to spend our last afternoon on Isabela and participate in a fun sand figures contest, easy boogie board lessons optional. Finally, relax on perfect beaches and soak up the island-life atmosphere. (B, L, D)

DAY 5: HIKE THE SANTA CRUZ HIGHLANDS, TORTOISES RESERVE

After breakfast, we prepared to travel by speedboat or internal flight to Santa Cruz Island, keeping an eye out for whales and dolphins along the way. After checking in at the hotel we head to El Chato in the Santa Cruz highlands to find the famous giant tortoise in its natural habitat. It is truly an honor to walk in the stately presence of these gentle giants, who can live to be over 175 years old. We will also see pintail ducks, Darwin’s finches, frigate birds, egrets, and the vermillion flycatcher.
Our next stop is the incredible and mysterious lava tunnels, which formed an ideal hideout for the pirates that once frequented the Galapagos. Get bewitched with all the magical tales and legends that your guide will share with you about how the caves were also used to hide Inca gold stolen from Spanish ships. We then hike on to Los Gemelos, two deep volcanic sinkholes at the top of the island, with rocky cliffs surrounding the huge pits of empty magma chambers. Our path takes us through a forest of endemic Scalesia trees, where we will be on the lookout for the elusive short-eared owl. The trees are covered with ferns and epiphytes and lend the forest a quiet, eerie feel. Dinner and accommodations in Puerto Ayora. (B, L, D)

DAY 6: HIKE TO TORTUGA BAY, CHOCOLATE WORKSHOP AND CHARLES DARWIN STATION

This morning, we will enjoy the beach at Tortuga Bay, one of the most beautiful beaches in the Galapagos.
Its calm waters and soft, fine sand make Tortuga Bay a preferred nesting site for the black turtle, hence its name. To reach this spot we will hike through a unique dry forest, where we will find flocks of birds and many interesting plants.
After lunch, we’ll go for dessert in a confectionary chocolate workshop! Learn what is “fine Aroma” cacao and join a chocolate master chef as he demonstrates how to make truffles. Have him guide you as you discover all flavors good chocolate have to offer.
On our way back we’ll stop for a visit at the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn from local scientists about the ongoing conservation efforts on these enchanted islands. The Research Station rears endemic plants, land iguanas, and giant tortoises for educational, scientific, and conservation purposes. Here, we can learn more about the diverse evolutionary paths and characteristics of the animals and plants that we just met. As evening comes, we´ll return to our hotel to celebrate a wonderful trip and enjoy our last evening in the Galapagos. (B, L, D)

DAY 7: TRANSFER TO BALTRA’S AIRPORT

We transfer to Baltra Island for our return flight to the mainland and bid a fond farewell to the Galapagos. (B)

Quick Facts

Destination
Galapagos Islands: San Cristobal, Santa Cruz, and Isabela

Dates & Prices 
7 Days from $4.416 Per guest

Category 
Premium

Expedition Type 
Multi - Sport

 

Expedition Level 
Easy biking, hikes, snorkeling, and kayaking

Accommodations: Choose your  hotel category.

Comfort Hotels: Casa Opuntia, Casita de la Playa, Isla Sol or Similar

Select Hotels: 
Iguana Crossing, Angermeyer, Golden Bay, Casa Baronesa

Flights 
Arrive to San Cristobal (SCY) Depart from Baltra (GPS) Book: Avianca, LATAM or TAME from Quito or Guayaquil We can arrange your flights from $565 – or do your own

Note
This itinerary is subject to change without notice due to seasonal changes, inclement weather conditions, and adjustments of Galapagos
National Park policy.

The Weight restriction per person for the Inner Island flight from San Cristobal to Isabela is 25 pounds in one piece of luggage.

Tourist Resting In Between Snorkeling Sessions in the Galapagos

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