Two blue-footed boobies perch on some wood in the Galapagos Islands.
4.9
| 47 reviews

Island Hopping Adventure in the Galapagos

9 nights
Easy

Hike, bike and snorkel this unique archipelago and encounter its special wildlife, on an adventure immersed in the natural world

What's Included?

Activities & Certified Guides

All itinerary activities with certified, naturalist guides in the Galapagos Islands

Guesthouse

9 nights in locally owned boutique hotels

Meals

9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 9 dinners

Internal flights

Flights between Quito and the Galapagos

Transfers & Equipment

Your transfers including boat transfers between islands, plus biking and snorkelling equipment

Small Like-minded Groups

Solo-friendly by design, join our small n’ sociable groups of up to 14 like-minded, active and outdoorsy people
From

excluding flights

What's it like?

4.9
| 47 reviews
Bucket list Boobies!
March 2024
Hara M.
Bucket list Boobies!
March 2024
Hara M.
Bucket list Boobies!
March 2024
Hara M.
Bucket list Boobies!
March 2024
Hara M.
Bucket list Boobies!
March 2024
Hara M.
Bucket list Boobies!
March 2024
Hara M.
Bucket list Boobies!
March 2024
Hara M.
Magical Galápagos
March 2024
Lisa G.
Magical Galápagos
March 2024
Lisa G.
Magical Galápagos
March 2024
Lisa G.
Magical Galápagos
March 2024
Lisa G.
Magical Galápagos
March 2024
Lisa G.
Magical Galápagos
March 2024
Lisa G.
An incredible trip for wildlife lovers
March 2024
Ian T.
An incredible trip for wildlife lovers
March 2024
Ian T.
An incredible trip for wildlife lovers
March 2024
Ian T.
An incredible trip for wildlife lovers
March 2024
Ian T.
An incredible trip for wildlife lovers
March 2024
Ian T.
An incredible trip for wildlife lovers
March 2024
Ian T.
No better way to see the Galapagos Islands
February 2024
Jacqueline S.
No better way to see the Galapagos Islands
February 2024
Jacqueline S.
No better way to see the Galapagos Islands
February 2024
Jacqueline S.
No better way to see the Galapagos Islands
February 2024
Jacqueline S.
No better way to see the Galapagos Islands
February 2024
Jacqueline S.
No better way to see the Galapagos Islands
February 2024
Jacqueline S.
Spectacular
February 2024
Felix L.
Spectacular
February 2024
Felix L.
Amazing , Fantastic, Wonderful !!
February 2024
Pam C.
Amazing , Fantastic, Wonderful !!
February 2024
Pam C.
Amazing , Fantastic, Wonderful !!
February 2024
Pam C.

Hike to the otherworldly Sierra Negra Volcano - one of the largest, and most active, volcanic craters in the world

Cycle to pristine beaches dotted with sea lions, blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas and flamingos

Come face to face with the Galapagos’ most famous resident, the giant tortoise, and snorkel with reef sharks and sea turtles

Want to extend your travels? Check out our Ultimate Galapagos and Amazon trip to explore Ecuador's rainforest after your island adventures

Key Information

Day 1

Welcome to Ecuador!

A city scape of Quito with the Virgen de El Panecillo statue standing proud in the background.

After touching down at the airport in Quito your host will meet you and transfer you to your hotel in the Tababela area. The rest of the day you are free to enjoy the gardens at the hotel and shake off any jet lag. There will be a group meet up at 19:00 where you can get to know your guides and fellow adventurers.

Day 2

Explore Quito and visit the equator

La Ronda Street in Quito, Ecuador.

Soak up Quito's Old Town with its squares, churches and classic art before grabbing some traditional Andean food for lunch. Head up to the best viewpoint of the city at Panecillo Hill before making your way over to the San Antonio area of Quito. Here you will find La Mitad del Mundo - The Middle of the Earth. This is where Ecuador's namesake, the equator, runs through the country, and you can stand with a foot in each hemisphere.

Day 3

First glimpse of the Galapagos Islands

An aerial view of Las Tintoreras, Isla Isabela in the beautiful Galapagos Islands.

Hiking

1-1.5hrs · 1-2km

In Quito, hop on a plane bound for Baltra Island in the Galapagos - the flight is a spectacular one, crossing the open expanse of the Pacific Ocean for a couple of hours before the first islands come in to view. Touch down on Baltra and take a short ferry ride over to Santa Cruz Island, where you can get stuck straight into some of the island's highlights. Check out Los Gemelos (The Twins) – two giant volcanic sinkholes; El Chato Giant Tortoise Reserve, where you can observe these magical creatures in their natural habitat; and the Charles Darwin Research Station.

Day 4

Visit a Coffee Farm and bike to Garrapatero Beach

A group of people explore a coffee farm in the Santa Cruz highlands of the Galapagos.

Cycling

3hrs · 10km + 22km

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before jumping in the van and climbing into the Santa Cruz Highlands to visit an organic coffee plantation and sup a fresh cup of Joe. After lunch, drive up to the Cerro Mesa Nature Reserve where you can jump on a mountain bike and pedal (approx 10km) over to Garrapatero Beach – an amazing beach teeming with wildlife. Have some downtime on the beach, enjoy a swim, then head back to Puerto Ayora either by bike (22km) or on the bus for dinner and drinks.

Day 5

Hike to Tortuga Bay then Boat over to Isabela Island

A lone marine iguana sun bathes on the white sands of Tortuga Bay on Isla Isabela in the Galapagos Islands.

Hiking

2hr · 10km · 60m up · 60m down

Head out to one of the largest white sand beaches in the Galapagos, Tortuga Bay. This beautiful beach is only accessible by an hour-long hike and you may spot lava lizards, native birds and huge marine iguanas. You can grab a quick dip, snorkel, or kayak here, or you can just hang out on the beach and keep the local marine life company. Hop on a speed boat to Isabela Island and check into your boutique hotel in the picturesque town of Puerto Villamil. The rest of the afternoon is free to stroll around the town and find a spot to enjoy the sunset at one of the best white sand beaches in the Galapagos.

Day 6

Hike Sierra Negra Volcano

A male hiker on the trails of the Sierra Negra Volcano in the Galapagos Islands.

Hiking

6-7hrs · 16km · 400m up · 400m down

Tackle a spectacular hike today at Sierra Negra Volcano. After a couple of hours, you'll reach a spot where you can take in the views from the rim of one of the largest and most active volcanic craters in the world. The hike continues over to Lava Nueva, a neighbouring volcanic landscape. The hike is easy-going as you hike at a gradual pace while soaking up the spectacular surroundings. Back in Puerto Villamil by late afternoon, you can unwind on the beach with another swim in the Pacific Ocean.

Day 7

Bike to 'The Wall of Tears' and snorkel at Concha de Perla

Three cyclists smile at a giant tortoise in the middle of the road in the Galapagos Islands.

Cycling

3hrs · 18km · 130m up · 130m down

Snorkelling

1hr

Swap hiking boots for a mountain bike today for a ride over to Muro de las Lágrimas (the Wall of Tears) – an infamous 10-metre high wall of volcanic rock that was formerly part of a penal colony. Since the prison closed down, wildlife has taken over and it now makes a truly unique place to see giant tortoises and flamingos. Continue on two wheels to the Arnaldo Tupiza Breeding Centre where you can say hello to five different species of endemic giant tortoise. In the afternoon you’ll snorkel at Concha de Perla – eyes peeled for reef sharks, marine iguanas, sea lions, turtles and even penguins. Wind down with a traditional Isabela Island restaurant dinner and maybe sample the Galapagan nightlife.

Day 8

Swim with Galapagos marine wildlife

A manta ray glides through the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean.

Snorkelling

1hr

Tick off more islands today as you make your way to Islote las Tintoreras, a chain of small islands named after the white-tipped reef sharks who love to hang out here. Enjoy a boat trip around the bay to look for the famous or unique residents, such as Galapagos penguins, blue-footed boobies, sea turtles and sea lions, then visit The Cliff – a natural tunnel where sharks can often be seen resting. Jump in the water for another snorkelling adventure with the chance to see manta rays, marine iguanas, and of course the famous reef sharks of this part of the Galapagos. Bid farewell to Isabela Island later, as you take a speedboat back to Santa Cruz Island for your final evening in the Galapagos.

Day 9

Goodbye Galapagos

A close up of a giant tortoise in the Galapagos Islands.

Wave goodbye to the islands as you jump on a plane back to Quito. The afternoon and evening are free to explore some more at your own pace or enjoy some well-earned downtime in the hotel gardens. You'll share a final evening together with your group, sharing memories, adventure stories and probably the odd photo of a giant tortoise from your time in the Galapagos.

Day 10

Transfer to Quito Airport for your onward flight

A cit scape of Quito at night, Ecuador.

Your adventure comes to an end today as your host takes you back to the airport in Quito in time for your flight home.

Day 1

Guesthouse · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2

Guesthouse · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 3 – Day 8

Guesthouse · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 9

Guesthouse · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 10

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

A bowl of seafood ceviche, a traditional dish from Ecuador.

In Quito, there will be an array of traditional Ecuadorian food to sample, including street snacks as you roam around the old town. Traditional dishes tend to be meat-heavy, however, seafood ceviche is popular and there are plenty of vegetarian options using potato, plantain and local cheeses.

In the Galapagos Islands, expect plenty of seafood options. Your host has a keen eye on visiting the restaurants with the most sustainable approach to sourcing their seafood. Ceviche is perhaps the Galapagos's most famous dish, however, there are often traditional Ecuadorian highland dishes with meat, potatoes and grains, along with coastal ingredients like yucca. A local breakfast in the Galapagos Islands typically involves fried dumplings of green plantains (bolones) and fresh fruit, however, there are American-style breakfasts at the hotel on Santa Cruz Island as well.

Vegans, vegetarians, gluten-free, and any food allergies can be catered for. Please let your host know of your requirements in advance.

What is the accommodation like?

The Quinta La Constanza hotel in the Galapagos Islands.
Quito

Before and after your time in the Galapagos you'll usually stay at the pretty Quinta La Constanza; an independent country house style hotel in Quito, a short drive from the airport. The location is convenient for the short hops to and from the airport, but also has quiet and peaceful surroundings with lovely gardens to relax in during your downtime here. For some departure dates the local host may reserve an alternative nearby hotel of the same standard.

The Deja Vu Hotel in the Eden neighbourhood of Eden, Puerto Avora, Galapagos Islands.
Santa Cruz Island

During your time on Santa Cruz Island, you'll stay in a lovely boutique hotel called Deja Vu, located in the Eden neighbourhood just outside Puerto Ayora. Deja Vu has cool, comfortable rooms and an outdoor pool to enjoy during any down time after your adventures around the island, and it also includes epic American-style breakfasts to fuel you up each day.

Isabela Island

On Isabela Island, you'll stay at Hotel Cally, a small family-run hotel near the centre of Puerto Villamil, which has the added advantage of being just a few steps from the beach. The hotel is close to several bars and cafes.

Upgrades

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room can be booked for an extra charge, see Optional Extras for the price. Please request this at the time of booking (this is subject to availability).

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Mariscal Sucre International Airport, Quito

Anytime on day 1

Ends

Mariscal Sucre International Airport, Quito

Anytime on day 10

Transfers

Your host will meet you at Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito and transfer you to your hotel a short drive away. On the last day of the trip, your host will return you to the airport in time for your onward flight.

Airport transfers are included if you arrive on Day 1 and depart on Day 10. If you wish to arrive before the trip start date or stay longer at the end, your host can arrange private airport transfers and pre/post-trip accommodation. See Optional Extras for prices.

Travel options

There are regular flights to Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito from major airports across the UK, Europe, North America and Australasia.

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What's included?

  • Snorkelling equipment (mask, flippers and snorkel)
  • Bike and helmet

What do I need to bring?

Bags

  • Soft overnight duffel bag or rucksack
  • Daypack (20-30 litres)
  • Small drybag

Clothes

  • Light waterproof jacket
  • Fleece jacket or similar
  • Lightweight trousers/shorts/skirts
  • T-shirts
  • Underwear and socks
  • Swimwear x 2
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunhat
  • Something to sleep in
  • Hiking boots (worn-in)
  • Sandals

Other

  • Padlock for left luggage
  • Universal travel plug adapter
  • Power bank or solar charger
  • Passports (and visas)
  • Travel insurance documents
  • Insect repellent (Ideally 0% DEET)
  • Suncream
  • Personal first-aid kit (inc. blister treatment)
  • Personal items (biodegradable toiletries, sanitary wear etc)
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Alcohol hand-gel
  • Reusable water bottle
*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Double/Twin room

Payable Before Departure

Double/Twin room

Single room

Payable Before Departure

Single room

Optional Private Room Upgrade

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Room Upgrade

Quito Airport - Accommodation (each way)

Payable Before Departure

Quito Airport - Accommodation (each way)

Hara M.(March 2024)
Bucket list Boobies!
Bucket list Boobies!
Bucket list Boobies!
Bucket list Boobies!
Bucket list Boobies!
Bucket list Boobies!
Bucket list Boobies!
Bucket list Boobies!

A well-organised and varied trip. Our guide, Daniela, was wonderful! Very knowledgeable, personable and caring to our needs. She made us feel welcome and made the trip an enjoyable experience. The trip exceeded our expectations in regards to the animals that we saw: giant tortoises, flamingoes, white tipped sharks, Eagle rays, marine iguanas, penguines, blue footed boobies and, my favourite, the sea lions! The food was excellent, and the options for vegetarians were varied. The hotels were comfortable and in good locations, too. Every detail was considered, from transfers to taxis, to snorkeling equipment etc.

Things to consider:

  • buy powerful sea sickness tablets! They were only 70cents!
  • the islands are VERY humid, so be prepared!
  • you will eat ALOT!

Overall, a fantastic experience! Lin and Hara (London)

Lisa G.(March 2024)
Magical Galápagos
Magical Galápagos
Magical Galápagos
Magical Galápagos
Magical Galápagos
Magical Galápagos
Magical Galápagos

I don’t know where to start. What a magical experience. Absolutely loved the Galápagos and highly recommend it. I’ve been on 13/14 MBA trips and this one wins hands down. From the minute I got off the plane I was enthralled by the wildlife and didn’t in my wildest dreams expect to see everything that I did. Snorkelling with sea lions, penguins, sharks, turtles and marine iguanas has to be my highlight but the whole trip was excellent. Can’t praise our guides Wilson and Gorge enough who looked after our every need. A great mix of activities and culture topped off with amazing sunsets and cocktails

Ian T.(March 2024)
An incredible trip for wildlife lovers
An incredible trip for wildlife lovers
An incredible trip for wildlife lovers
An incredible trip for wildlife lovers
An incredible trip for wildlife lovers
An incredible trip for wildlife lovers
An incredible trip for wildlife lovers

This is a fantastic trip and should be one everyone's bucket list. Quito was an unexpected delight, full of Spanish influences, and the islands themselves are a wildlife lovers paradise - laid back and relaxed but with something to draw your attention every step of the way. My personal highlight was the snorkelling - giant turtles, sea lions, reef sharks, rays, marine iguanas and even penguins swimming within a few feet of us in crystal clear, warm Pacific waters. A huge shout out to Wilson and Jorge, our two main guides, plus Edwin who filled in when Wilson travelled to the islands a day early to get things set up for us. They couldn't have been more helpful and attentive and Jorge's knowledge is truly encyclopaedic. Yes, it's remote but then that's the whole point and you can almost see the theory of evolution laid out before your eyes. A great group too. I can't praise this trip highly enough.

Jacqueline S.(February 2024)
No better way to see the Galapagos Islands
No better way to see the Galapagos Islands
No better way to see the Galapagos Islands
No better way to see the Galapagos Islands
No better way to see the Galapagos Islands
No better way to see the Galapagos Islands
No better way to see the Galapagos Islands

Just returned from a wonderful holiday with a great bunch of people. Wilson, our guide, ensured that nothing was too much trouble for him & was by our side all the time. Very well organised, packed full of adventure & sights. Great hotels & fab food. Jorge our Galapagos guide was so knowledgeable & passed on his enthusiasm for his home. Also, what a fab singing voice. I cannot recommend this trip highly enough. If the Galapagos islands are on your bucket list, then this is the way to see them.

Felix L.(February 2024)
Spectacular
Spectacular
Spectacular

Wilson and Jorge were exceptional, we loved every minute of it especially the snorkelling and Sierra Negra hike. Excellent group of people, excellent trip - chef’s kiss 🤌

Pam C.(February 2024)
Amazing , Fantastic, Wonderful !!
Amazing , Fantastic, Wonderful !!