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Galapagos Wildlife Discovery 6 Days

from $2,850.00

Activities: Wildlife interaction, walking, snorkeling, swimming, and relaxing on the beach.

Our naturalist guides will teach you all about the amazing natural history of the Galapagos as you follow in Darwin’s footsteps to explore the living history of evolution. Get ready for face-to-face encounters with the incredibly friendly endemic wildlife of the Galapagos, as well as scenic hikes, world-class snorkeling, amazing vistas and plenty of time to unwind on the stunning tropical beaches.


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  • Activity Level Moderate
  • Group Size Small Group
All about the Galapagos Wildlife Discovery 6 Days.

Trip Highlights:

  • Witness breathtaking highland vistas, like the rim of the second-largest caldera in the world
  • Explore the living history of evolution face-to-face with endemic wildlife
  • Incredible snorkeling sites, including the best sea lion encounters in the world
  • Hike through beautiful environments, including an endemic Scalesia forest
  • Relax in style on gorgeous tropical beaches, accompanied by sunbathing marine iguanas
  • Our top-rated guides to go in-depth to make every activity interesting, fun, and safe
  • Protect the environment – we practice sustainable methods in all aspects of our tours
  • Support the local economy and get in touch with the local vibe with our land-based tours
  • Flow between islands and activities with minimal transit time and maximum contact
The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

Accommodations, all meals as listed (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner), bilingual Galapagos naturalist guide, all sea, land, and inter-island air transportation.

What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

Airfare to/from Galapagos, Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee, Galapagos Transit Card, restaurant beverages, dinners throughout and tips.


    We’ll meet you at San Cristobal Island at midday, where we head from the airport to the hotel. We share a short briefing over lunch before heading to the Galapagos Interpretation Center to get an introduction Galapagos, including the unique evolutionary paths of endemic flora and fauna.

    Now that we know a little more about the islands, we make our way to our first destination, with a relaxed walk to Frigate Hill along natural lava rock trails. Along the way, our guides will provide insight on the Galapagos cotton, palo santo, acacia, and cacti surrounding us, as well as the blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, pelicans, herons, gulls, warblers, mockingbirds, and finches who make this unique landscape their home. We’ll also take in scenic views of the sea cliffs and the vibrant beach town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

    On the way back, we stop for a refreshing snorkel at beautiful Carola Beach, where we will swim with sea turtles and sea lions and take in a gorgeous sunset. After a delicious seafood dinner, we recommend you set out to explore the laid-back town and take a leisurely walk down the boardwalk to view the colony of endemic Galapagos sea lions right next door. (L, D)


    Today we will explore the north coast, we may visit Leon Dormido (Kicker Rock), Punta Pitt or Cerro Brujo. The visiting site will depend on the week day and Galapagos National Park regulations. On our exploration trip we will make sure to search the nearby coves and cliffs for sea turtles, sea lions, frigate birds, blue-footed boobies, and nazca boobies. Here we’ll have the chance to get up close and personal with sea lions in their favorite playground. While snorkeling, we will see eagle rays, golden rays, Galapagos sharks, starfish, clams, and thousands of tropical fish. If we’re lucky, we may even come across hammerhead sharks. As the sun sets on our day under the waves, we return to our hoteo for a relaxing evening. (B, L, D)


    The next stop in our journey is Isabela Island, the largest island in the Galapagos, which is still growing due to its six active shield volcanoes. Isabela is one of the planet’s true volcanic hot spots. After a short small aircraft flight, we settle into our hotel.

    Our hike takes us along immaculate beaches, into an alluring poison apple forest and a lava tube cave, and through brooding mangroves and brackish lagoons. As we pass through these varied ecosystems, we’ll see lots of giant tortoises, flamingos, and other birds.

    After lunch, we delve into Tintoreras, a group of lava islands that conceal many tiny coves and hidden beaches. Tintoreras is full of life, including reef sharks, sea turtles, sea lions, and the endemic Galapagos penguin. (B, L, D)


    Today we drive into the highlands, gaining over 1000 meters of elevation as we climb up the flanks of Volcan Sierra Negra. On the way up, the elevation provides striking views of the volcanoes and sea around us. But the best views are waiting for us at the top! Once the road ends, we walk a bit further to reach the rim of Volcan Sierra Negra. This is the second largest active caldera on the planet, and it seems to go on forever.

    We’ll walk part of the rim of this enormous, six-mile-wide crater, and if we’re feeling energetic, we can continue our hike on to the caldera of Volcan Chico. This secondary vent has a surreal landscape, with spectacular lava formations painted in yellow hues by sulfur deposits and fumaroles wafting volcanic gases. After an unforgettable day in this otherworldly terrain, we return to paradise to enjoy our last evening in Puerto Villamil, hanging out on the picture-perfect beaches or meandering through the lazy streets. (B, L, D)


    A speedboat or internal flight takes us onward to Santa Cruz Island. After checking in, we head to the highlands, this time to El Chato, home to scores of Galapagos giant tortoises. The sensation of walking amongst these ancient creatures, which can live to over 175 years old, is indescribable. The giant tortoises share their habitat with pintail ducks, Darwin’s finches, frigate birds, egrets, and the vibrant vermillion flycatcher.

    Our next stop is a group of cavernous lava tunnels frequented by the pirates that once roamed the Galapagos and, according to legend, a perfect hiding spot for their plundered Inca gold. We then carry on to Los Gemelos, a pair of massive volcanic sinkholes at the high point of the island. We explore the surrounding forest of endemic Scalesia trees covered in ferns and epiphytes, home to the beautiful but shy short-eared owl. This quiet highland forest exudes a still, spooky feeling.

    If there is enough time we may visit the Charles Darwin Research Station where local scientists rear endemic plants and animals for educational, scientific, and conservation purposes. We’ll learn about the ongoing conservation efforts to protect the future of the Galapagos. (B, L, D)


    Finally, it’s time bid a fond farewell as we transfer to Baltra Island for our return flight to the mainland. (B).


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This itinerary is subject to change without notice due to seasonal changes, inclement weather conditions, and adjustments of Galápagos 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.

Boat travel time: Two hours

Small aircraft flight time: 40 minutes

Season: Year-round

Altitude: 0 – 3,688 feet (1,124 meters) above sea level

Weather: During the warm season from January to May, air temperature is around 77 to 83 F (25 to 28

  1. C) at sea level. During the cool season from June to December, air temperature is around 70 to 75 F (21 to 24 C) at sea level. Temperature decreases with altitude.

Water temperature: During the warm season from January to May, water temperature hovers around

77 F (25 C). During the cool season from June to December, average water temperature is about 72 F

(22 C). Water temperature also varies significantly by location.

Suggested items to pack: Walking shoes, rain jacket, water bottle, non-cotton trekking clothes, sunblock, sun hat, and repellent.

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Revised September 15/2016

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