Introduction
Your first surprise on our Galápagos island tour? People live on these islands, too. On our island-based adventure, you’ll get a real feel for how it is to have giant tortoises and blue-footed boobies outside your back door. (It’s easier and more interesting than making forays from a cruise ship.) Our naturalist-guides will lead you to extraordinary wildlife experiences, minus the flocks of tourists. You’ll have abundant chances to walk, kayak and snorkel up-close to marine iguanas, Galápagos penguins and other creatures found nowhere else on earth. Then we’ll take you a few steps farther—to the rim of the world’s second largest volcanic caldera, a family-owned coffee plantation, and much more. Throughout, we stay in waterfront boutique hotels and abide by “Leave No Trace” environmental standards. And with our close ties to the islands, this Classic Journey supports more than 50 local community members and their families.
Picture yourself...
  • Coming face to face with giant tortoises and Galápagos penguins
  • Enjoying the leisurely pace at the islands’ finest inns and hotels
  • Meeting the locals on a sustainable coffee plantation
Itinerary at a glance
DAYS 1-2 - SAN CRISTOBAL
We begin in San Cristóbal (2 nights), the easternmost of the Galápagos Islands. An introductory walk with our naturalist-guide, introduces you to the unique wildlife, ecology and history of the islands. Then we’ll pause to snorkel or swim with the sea turtles at gorgeous Carola Beach.

You’ll have an amazing firsthand encounter with sea lions from your kayak (or piloted boat) in the clear waters of Isla Lobos. And a day full of wildlife also includes blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas and countless reef fish. An afternoon walk takes us to El Junco, the islands’ only freshwater lake. And we’ll pay a fascinating visit to the Gonzáles family at their organic, sustainable coffee plantation for a tour and a tasting.

DAYS 3-4 - ISABELA
On Isabela Island (2 nights), a scenically varied path includes lagoons, mangroves and the historic lava-stone Wall of Tears. On a small fishing boat, we’ll explore Tintoreras, where we come face-to-face with fearless Galápagos penguins. After a gourmet dinner at our inn, stroll the sand streets with the locals. Next day, a walk through otherworldly volcanic terrain takes us to the awesome caldera of Volcán Chico and a very civilized picnic.

DAYS 5-7 - SANTA CRUZ
Giant, 500-pound tortoises are the stars of Santa Cruz Island (2 nights), and we’ll walk among them in their natural habitat. In sea kayaks, we paddle over turquoise waters where manta rays and reef sharks glide below. And we’ll take the trail to the fine sands of Tortuga Bay for a swim or maybe even some surfing if you'd like. On the final day of our Galápagos island tour, we visit the acclaimed Charles Darwin Research Station before returning to the mainland.
Galápagos Islands
Cultural Walking Adventure
7 Days / 6 Nights
Starting Point: San Cristóbal—on arrival of flight from mainland

Ending Point: Baltra—on departure of flight from mainland

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Guest Reviews
“Pablo was exceptional. He was knowledgeable, but also humorous and relaxed, and quickly became a member of the group. He felt like family. He was always in control of what needed to happen, yet very flexible about our desires and needs. Excellent.”
Peter B., Monson, MA

“Miguel was incredible! He was kind, knowledgeable, articulate, fun, and enthusiastic. He was an absolute joy to be around. In all my travels, he is the best guide I have ever had. You are so fortunate to have him.”
Maureen P.

“Wonderful group of travelers, wonderful guide, spectacular wildlife and natural scenery. Nice variety of tours and walks.”
Helen B., Monson, MA

“Our guide was outstanding!!! He is extremely knowledgeable in all areas and his fluency in English allowed him to share so much with us. He quickly learned all of our strengths, weaknesses and personality quirks and adapted many activities to suit our needs.”
Pamela C., Eau Claire, WI

“I loved the variety this trip offered: snorkeling, hiking, kayaking and more. This trip was absolutely fabulous!”
Pamela L., TN

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Logistics made easy
On our land-based Galápagos island tour, we eliminate your logistical concerns. We take care of all the details so you can focus on the amazing wildlife, scenery, snorkeling, swimming and other activities.
Our small groups offer more options
Fewer guests give us more flexibility on our Galápagos island tour. Here and everywhere we travel, we offer alternate walks, time off for relaxing, and other options at no extra cost.
Tour Dates & Prices
Tour prices are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement is only applicable if you are traveling solo and/or have a room to yourself.
TOUR DATES
TOUR PRICES
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
May 29-Jun 4, 2016$4795.00$795.00
June 19-25, 2016$4795.00$795.00
July 3-9, 2016$4795.00$795.00
September 4-10, 2016$4695.00$795.00
October 2-8, 2016$4695.00$795.00
Dec 28, 2016-Jan 3, 2017$4995.00$795.00
Dec 30, 2016-Jan 5, 2017$4995.00$795.00
January 15-21, 2017$4795.00$795.00
February 19-25, 2017$4795.00$795.00
March 12-18, 2017$4895.00$795.00
April 9-15, 2017$4895.00$795.00
May 28-Jun 3, 2017$4895.00$795.00
June 18-24, 2017$4895.00$795.00
July 2-8, 2017$4895.00$795.00
September 3-9, 2017$4795.00$795.00
October 8-14, 2017$4795.00$795.00
Dec 28, 2017-Jan 3, 2018$5095.00$795.00
Dec 30, 2017-Jan 5, 2018$5095.00$795.00
  • Full time experienced guide(s) who are with you throughout the trip, handle behind-the-scenes logistics and are there to help with anything from haggling for a rug to buying a tube of toothpaste
  • Support vehicle(s)
  • Admissions to tastings, historic sites and other scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary.
  • Gratuities for hotels, meals and baggage
  • Trip literature
  • All land transportation during the trip
• All meals​
• All activities in the itinerary, including gear for snorkeling and kayaking
We will arrange flights between Quito/Guayaquil and the Galapagos for $745/person, including Galapagos entrance fee & Ingala card.
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The weather in the Galápagos remains remarkably consistent throughout the year with an average year-round temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Arrange for 6-full paying friends to travel together and receive 25% off one trip.
 
 
Hotels
Golden Bay Hotel & Spa

Located on San Cristobal’s waterfront, this gleaming boutique hotel fuses luxury and environmental sensitivity. Contemporary rooms are bathed in natural light. Guests have access to Playa de Oro as well as a swimming pool, spa and gourmet restaurant.

Iguana Crossing

The ocean laps at the front door. There’s nothing but National Park (with a live volcano) out the back. This hotel is cool, very close to nature and eco-minded. Amenities include a swimming pool, a roof-deck Jacuzzi and its own excellent restaurant.

Angermeyer Waterfront Inn

Built of native lava rock and driftwood, this first-class hotel is situated right on the waterfront. Guests enjoy peace and total privacy, plus a perfect chance to experience what the owners call the true 'Galápagos spirit'.

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