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Island hop around the wildlife-rich Galapagos Islands on private adventures before ending with some relaxation in Ecuador's traditional Otavalo area

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Explore the unique wildlife kingdom of the Galapagos on an energetic adventure-driven jaunt around the islands. Speed-boating between luxury lodges and staying on both dramatic Isabela and central Santa Cruz islands, this trip gives you the chance to see a more ‘local’ side to the Galapagos, with far more flexibility with how you spend your time and a wider range of activities on offer.

Besides a cultural and historic insight, you’ll also get up close to the relaxed animals on exciting activities, from kayaking among sea lions to snorkelling with turtles and cycling by iguanas. You’ll go exploring through the highlands and beautiful beaches, hiking up volcanic craters and meeting the giant tortoise – all alongside expert guides.

Then, wind down with two days in Ecuador’s Otavalo area. Staying in an authentic historic hacienda, enjoy this scenic Andean region and its rich cultural traditions before you fly back home.

Example Trip Itinerary

Days 1-2

Guayaquil

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Meet and greet at Guayaquil airport

Transfer

Private transfer from Guayaquil airport to your hotel

Accommodation in Guayaquil

Overnight in Guayaquil Overnight in Guayaquil

The largest city in Ecuador and located on the Pacific coast, Guayaquil is the country's economic hub and with good flight connections, is more often than not simply a necessary stopover to or from the Galapagos. With a good selection of fine restaurants and cultural establishments, we can help you make the most of your short time here should you want to venture out.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer from Guayaquil hotel to the airport

Flight

Flight from Guayaquil to the Galapagos

Days 2-4

Isabela Island

Meet and greet at Baltra airport Meet and greet at Baltra airport

Arriving in from your flight, you'll be met by your bilingual naturalist guide and helped with your bags.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Speedboat transfer to Isabela Island

Accommodation in Isabela Island

Tour to Los Tuneles Tour to Los Tuneles

Aboard a small boat, head to a unique place where lava flow has been impacted for many years by the oceans waves. This has formed the unique tubes, arches and bridges of Los Tuneles. This site is one of the best snorkelling spots on the island, a marine paradise for white tipped reef sharks, green sea turtles, sea lions, manta rays and parrot fish.

Tour of Sierra Negra Volcano Tour of Sierra Negra Volcano

This morning you will drive up to the highlands where you will hike into a world of recent geological history which is the second largest active caldera on the planet. On the hike up admire the incredible views of the surrounding volcanoes and sea and then walk along the rim of this enormous thirty square mile crater.

Tour of Los Humedales Tour of Los Humedales

Head out to los Humedales, to walk through all four species of mangroves that exist in the Galapagos, dotted with solitary beaches, lava tunnels, natural pools and estuaries where you can see flamingos and other birds. You will also visit the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center and see some of the lumbering reptiles out on the trails. Finally see El Muro de las Lagrimas - the Wall of Tears - a wall was built from huge blocks of lava by prisoners as a punishment when Isabela was a penal colony from 1945 to 1959.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private speedboat transfer to Santa Cruz Island

Days 4-7

Santa Cruz Island

Accommodation in Santa Cruz Island

Tour of the Highlands Tour of the Highlands

During this tour of the Highlands of the Galapagos you will discover the numerous vegetation zones and microclimates of this area. The first stop will be a visit to crater pits where you can walk along the rims. You will also have the chance to see eerie and mysterious lava tunnels. As you drive along the misty Scalesia and Guayabillo forests look out for the wild birds that inhabit this area, as well as the wild tortoises which roam the land. You will be able to see these Galapagos Tortoises up close in their natural habitat on your final stop at the Tortoise Reserve.

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Kayaking in Divine Bay Kayaking in Divine Bay

Paddling around the waters of the Marine Reserve is a great way both to spot unique endemic wildlife. Birds rest on the cliffs that form the edges of the islands and sea lions and their pups lie meters away on the beaches.

Mountain biking to Garrapatero Beach Mountain biking to Garrapatero Beach

Drive to an off-the-beaten-path area before switching to mountain bikes for a long down-hill glide on freshly paved roads to Garrapatero Beach. During the ride down pass little farms and ocean views and at the beach enjoy the atmosphere with hardly any other tourists around.

Full-day shared boat excursion to North Seymour Island Full-day shared boat excursion to North Seymour Island

Take a boat out from Santa Cruz across to North Seymour Island. A low lying island that is an extraordinary place for breeding birds, and is home to one of the largest populations of nesting blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigate birds, as well as a growing population of the Galapagos land iguanas while sea lions ride the crashing waves all the way into shore.

Flights & Transfers

Flight

Flight from the Galapagos Islands to Quito (via Guayaquil)

Days 8-10

Otavalo area

Transfer from Quito to Otavalo via Hacienda La Compañia, rose farm and Indian Market Transfer from Quito to Otavalo via Hacienda La Compañia, rose farm and Indian Market

Transfer from Quito towards Otavalo, visiting one of the most important rose farms in the Cayambe area, and the Otavalo Indian Market, famous throughout the Andes for its handcrafts, textiles and tapestries. Lunch will be served at Hacienda La Compañia, one of the oldest haciendas in the area and still a private residence.

Accommodation in Otavalo area

Two days enjoying the Otavalo Two days enjoying the Otavalo

During your time in the beautiful countryside of the Otavalo region, simply enjoy the relaxed, bucolic pace of life here and we can arrange a number of our privately guided tours for you to enjoy some traditional Ecuadorian culture.

'Guided excursions around Hacienda Zuleta' 'Guided excursions around Hacienda Zuleta'

Accompanied by your own private guide, explore the beautiful Hacienda Zuleta and the surrounding area. Make the day your own with a choice of activities, from two-hour horse rides, to hikes, cultural tours to Otavalo, and visits to a condor conservation projects, Zuleta’s cheese factory and organic hardens. Other activities, such as extended horse rides, cooking lessons and mountain biking can also be added to the day at an extra cost.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer from your hotel in the Otavalo to Guayaquil airport

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