- Explore the islands by land or sea - or both
- Spy fish, mammals, and other species that exist nowhere else on earth
- See water-going iguanas, the Galapagos torotoise, and more
- Customize the trip to suiit your interest and abilitie
- Activity Level
- Trip Type
You will be met by our representatives and escorted to your hotel in the historic center of Quito. The rest of the day is free.
Our journey begins in Colonial Quito, a city of narrow cobblestone streets lined with whitewashed walls and, rising above the steeples and cupolas of the city’s many historic churches.
Quito has one of the best preserved colonial centers in all of South America; its integrity was assured in 1978 when Quito became one of the first two cities in the world (along with Krakow, Poland) to be declared a UNESCO World Culture Heritage Site.
We walk through the Main Plaza, where you will see the Government Palace, the Cathedral, and some of the most important churches built around the 16th and 17th Centuries, including the monastery of San Francisco, which started five days after the founding of the city in 1534. We will visit La Ronda Street, where we will learn about the traditional jobs in Colonial Quito.
We will also sample one of the country’s most famous exports: chocolate. Ecuador’s unique equatorial climate provides the perfect environment for growing the world’s finest cocoa- Cacao Arriba. Cacao has been revered in Latin America for over 5,000 years. Spanish explorers loved it so much they called it the “Food of the Gods.” We will explore the history of Ecuadorian cacao and have a chocolate tasting to end our day.
Welcome to the Galapagos Islands! We dive into our adventure as soon as we arrive! We enter the airport through a special VIP lounge where you will have a chance to change clothes, put on some sunscreen and get a cool drink before we transfer to the Itabaca Channel to explore its spectacular turquoise waters. We will have a chance to kayak, snorkel and stand up paddleboard (SUP), as well as encountering some of the most famous Galapagos wildlife such as blue-footed boobies, sea lions, brown pelicans, a variety of herons and white-tipped reef sharks.
There’s no better introduction to the Galapagos than to get on the water as soon as possible! We will glide through beautiful red mangrove forests and along lava rock cliffs on water so clear we can see the marine life in the shallows. Our ocean (sit on top) kayaks come in doubles or singles, and life jackets are provided. A support boat will escort us throughout our water activities to ensure safety and to provide water, snacks and towels between activities.
From the Itabaca Channel we head up to the Santa Cruz highlands to a private reserve that borders the National Park, where we can see the famous Giant Tortoises roaming in the wild.
There will be lunch at the reserve for us.
After lunch we drive to our exclusive giant tortoise reserve where our tented camp is located. Perched high on a hillside overlooking the ocean, Magic Galapagos Tented Camp will be our home for the next two nights. The sounds of nature will serenade us in the evenings, and the Milky Way will be our night light. We’ll be able to feast our eyes on the mountains and forests surrounding the Camp, and enjoy the peace of having the entire hillside to ourselves, with the exception of seasonal resident giant tortoises.
Watching the colorful sunset from Magic’s western perch is the perfect segue into evening. Dinners are sumptuous three course affairs, prepared by expert chefs in an open-air kitchen in the main lodge. A favorite post-dinner activity is a short walk to the reserve’s natural lava tubes, for a night cap in the one-of-a-kind ‘Lava Lounge!’ It’s the perfect spot to relax around the fire and share stories from the day’s adventures.
Embark our motor yacht and enjoy a daily excursion with welcoming crew members and knowledgeable naturalist guide. Experience the remote islands in comfort and style.
Our daily excursions will take you to experience the Galapagos Islands in a safe and comfortable manner.
We can visit North Seymour and Bachas, South Plazas, Santa Fe Island or Bartolome and Sullivan Bay.
We bike the Wetlands Trail where we can see marine iguana colonies and a number of different types of mangrove trees (all four can be seen here) as well as enjoying the network of trails, beaches and historic sites. At the end of the trail is the Wall of Tears, built in the late 1940’s by Second World War prisoners held at the US base on the islands. Our guide will explain the importance of the Wall of Tears, giving us a glimpse into the lives of the island’s previous inhabitants. On this network of trails you will catch some beautiful views of the village below and we will have the chance to see birds and, maybe even some wild giant tortoises.
In the afternoon we’ll take a tour of the small islands of Tintoreras, a Galapagos in miniature. Here we can see white tipped sharks at rest, plus sea lions, turtles, rays and penguins. We’ll also have the chance to snorkel in the bay.
Volcanic eruptions created all the Galapagos Islands, and you will have a chance to see this geologic process first-hand as we explore Isabela, one of the archipelago’s youngest and most volcanically active islands. We start by hiking up to the crater of the massive Sierra Negra volcano, and then onward to the rim of the Volcan Chico. This fascinating walk usually begins with some morning fog and drizzle, which sometimes persists in the shadow of the volcano, adding to its mysterious character. When we reach the rim of the Sierra Negra crater, the second largest in the world (after the Ngorongoro in Tanzania), we will see the reward for our efforts. The crater is so large, and the views so expansive, photos can’t do it justice.
Later, as we head towards Volcan Chico, we may get the feeling we are walking on Mars due to the alien landscape. And while the land appears to be utterly desolate, a closer look will reveal small lizards scurrying about among the rocks. From the crater’s rim, we will enjoy more amazing views along with lava tubes and fumaroles.
After Volcan Chico and its extreme landscape, we will be able to relax in the shade of a lovely “jaboncillo” tree, and enjoy our box lunch while taking in the spectacular and expansive views over the central and northern parts of the Island. In the distance, we will be able to see Fernandina, Pinzon and Santa Cruz Islands. We then head back down to complete our day of hiking and relax on the beaches of Puerto Villamil.
Today we take an early morning speed boat back to Santa Cruz and then transfer by land to Baltra for our onward journey or flight back home.
Dates & Pricing
Jan 4Jan 10$4695 USD
Feb 8Feb 14$4695 USD
Above Costs Include:
- All international and domestic airport transfers as per the program by private vehicle
- Domestic airfare (subject to pricing change as per airlines)
- Transit pass fees
- Accommodation, meals, insurance, equipment, transportation and allowances of guide and staff outside of Quito.
- All applicable government taxes
- All park fees
Cost Does Not Include:
- International airfare
- Lunch and dinner in Quito
- Your travel insurance and overseas medical insurance coverage
- Liability for expenses against sickness, flight cancellation, road blockage, accidents and other occurrence beyond our control
- Your bottled drinks (mineral water, any cold drinks, and alcoholic drinks)