About this adventure
A shortened version of our flagship 10-Day Galapagos Adventure Tour, this 6-day Land Galapagos tour is jam-packed with activities, visiting three of the inhabited islands of the Galapagos archipelago. This is the perfect tour if you’re looking to visit the Galapagos on a budget, are short on time, or want to combine your time in the Galapagos with a tour in Ecuador, Peru or the Amazon.
The Galapagos land tour will keep you busy, snorkeling at Kicker Rock, hiking Sierra Negra Volcano and kayaking in a bay off the coast of Isabela Island. You can expect to be immersed in the wildlife each day, while having the chance to connect with the inhabitants of the islands during your free time exploring towns like Puerto Ayora and Puerto Villamil.
Length: 6 Days - 5 Nights
Start: Quito, Ecuador
End: Quito, Ecuador
- 5 Nights Standard Accommodation with private bathroom
- Flights to and from Galapagos from Quito
- All Land, Air, and Sea Transport in Galapagos
- Naturalist Guide Authorized by the GNP
- Sea Kayaks and Snorkeling Equipment
- Tips for hotel staff, boat crew and drivers
- Meals daily as specified in Itinerary
- Drinking Water
Santa Cruz – Fly to Santa Cruz from Quito. Your guide will be waiting for you and the adventure will begin right away! As you make your way to Puerto Ayora, the capital of Santa Cruz, you’ll begin your first activity with a stop in the highlands to visit a private giant tortoise reserve.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Visit Tortuga Bay and Charles Darwin Research Station – Tortuga Bay is a gorgeous beach accessible only by foot where you can swim, sunbathe or body surf. Lots of wildlife can be spotted on the walk there, like lava lizards, nesting blue-footed boobies or massive marine iguanas. After, we’ll head back to town in time for a optional visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station. We’ll learn about the stations successes in repopulating the islands with the once endangered land iguana and several species of giant tortoise. After lunch, we’ll hop on board for our boat ride to Isabela Island.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Isabela – Hike up Sierra Negra, one of the most active volcanoes in Galapagos! As we hike to the perimeter of the caldera, we’ll be on the lookout for bird species found only in the highlands. After enjoying a hearty sense of accomplishment, we’ll make our way back to town in early afternoon. Optional activities include a leisurely kayak around the sheltered bay area of Puerto Villamil. Galapagos penguins (the only penguin found north of the equator), sea turtles and rays frequent these shallow waters along with blue-footed boobies, frigate birds and pelicans.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
San Cristobal –Visit Giant Tortoise Breeding Center. Leisurely walk through a coastal lagoon. If we’re lucky, we’ll see some pink flamingos along the way! This mangrove-lined path will lead us to Isabela’s Giant Tortoise Breeding Center where we’ll see giant tortoises in all stages of development. This afternoon, you’ll take an early flight to the island of San Cristobal, the oldest and eastern-most island of the Galapagos archipelago. Visit La Loberia, an area frequented by sea lions.
eals: Breakfast, Lunch
San Cristobal–Snorkel at Kicker Rock. Get your first glimpse of the underwater world of Galapagos!. Snorkel in search of damselfish, puffer fish, and, hopefully, curious sea lion pups. Continue to Kicker Rock, to explore the final remains of a tuff cone rising over 143 meters out of the ocean. We’ll be on the hunt for sea turtles, spotted eagle rays, chocolate chip starfish, and, with any luck, a Galapagos Shark or two.
eals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
San Cristobal–Quito. Today is the last day of your tour and you get to choose how you’d like to spend your morning. Squeeze in some souvenir shopping, head to the beach for one last swim or visit the Interpretation Center to learn about the history and mystery of the archipelago. There’s a short hike to Tijeretas, a panoramic lookout over the town and Kicker Rock, for those who are interested.This afternoon, you’ll fly back to the mainland.
Tour Price $ 3499 USD **
**Please not that this is a group tour that departs on specific dates and you will be joining other like minded travellers. If you would like a private tour on a date not shown, please contact us for details. 6 Day Galapagos typically depart on Sundays - please contact us to check availability.**
Get more Galapagos with our 10-day Adventure (departures most Fridays). See another side of Ecuador and add on a jungle-lodge stay and/or hot springs excursion before or after your cruise.
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"Honestly, everything about our Galapagos trip was amazing and exceeded our expectations in almost every way. Organization, information and trip planning, honestly Aaron, Original trails was OUTSTANDING on all these counts. You were so helpful in the pre-trip planning and I so appreciate being able to ask all the questions that we did. The sights that we saw in terms of plants, animals and landscapes are really what made this into a trip of a lifetime for us. It’s really hard to put into words how great the trip was, on a scale of 1-10…it was a 15 :) We loved working with Original Trails and would do so again in a heartbeat. When we get our act together we will get a review up on trip adviser so that we can help spread the good word. Thanks again for everything Aaron. "
-Jen Sugar & Djuna Penn, Ottawa, Canada
"Owners Aparna and Aaron are both wonderful people and really great at what they do and what they offer their customers. My friend and I wanted to this trip right. We arrived earlier in Quito and had a couple of days to ourselves and visited the local hot springs. After, Original Trails arranged for 3 nights/4 days in a local jungle lodge which we just loved! We opted to do the 10 day tour and I am so glad we did. The Galapagos is just outstanding and we couldn't get enough. This was our Christmas present to ourselves and without a doubt a trip worth saving for!"
-Andrea Boddy, Cambridge, Canada