Galapagos Express $1200

Departure Date

Every Friday

Duration

7 days 6 nights

Views

119

Maximum Seats

10
Overview

Embark on the Galapagos Express tour and create lifelong memories as you explore the wonders of the Galapagos Islands. From thrilling snorkeling adventures to breathtaking hikes and encounters with extraordinary wildlife, this 7-day journey promises an unforgettable experience for nature enthusiasts, adventure seekers, and culture lovers alike. Immerse yourself in the magic of the Galapagos, supported by experienced guides and a commitment to sustainable travel. Get ready to be amazed by the pristine beauty and unique biodiversity of this extraordinary archipelago.
  • Snorkel at Kicker rock: Dive into the crystal-clear waters surrounding Kicker Rock, a volcanic formation that rises dramatically from the ocean. Discover an underwater paradise as you encounter vibrant marine life, including colorful fish, playful sea lions, and even the possibility of swimming alongside majestic sea turtles. This thrilling snorkeling experience will leave you in awe of the Galapagos' remarkable marine biodiversity.

  • Hike Frigate Hill: Embark on a scenic hike up Frigate Hill, where you'll be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views of the archipelago. Immerse yourself in the untouched wilderness, surrounded by lush vegetation, and keep an eye out for the iconic frigatebirds soaring gracefully above. This hike offers a unique perspective of the islands' diverse landscapes and showcases their natural beauty.

  • View amazing wildlife: Prepare to be captivated by the incredible wildlife that calls the Galapagos home. From the playful antics of sea lions to the graceful flight of the blue-footed boobies, you'll have the opportunity to observe and photograph a wide array of fascinating species, watch giant tortoises roam freely in their natural habitat. This is a wildlife lover's paradise.

  • Visit Charles Darwin Station: Delve into the rich history and conservation efforts of the Galapagos Islands with a visit to the renowned Charles Darwin Station. Learn about Charles Darwin's groundbreaking discoveries and the ongoing research and preservation initiatives taking place on the islands. Get up close to the famous Galapagos tortoises and gain a deeper understanding of the importance of protecting these incredible creatures and their fragile ecosystem.

  • Hike in the highlands of Santa Cruz to view giant tortoises: Embark on a scenic hike through the highlands of Santa Cruz, where you'll encounter the iconic giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Witness these ancient creatures up close and learn about their fascinating behavior and conservation. This immersive experience allows you to appreciate the sheer size and remarkable resilience of these gentle giants.

  • Share time with the local people: Immerse yourself in the Galapagos' vibrant culture as you spend time with the local people. Engage in meaningful interactions, learn about their traditions, and gain insights into their way of life. Whether it's visiting a local community or enjoying a traditional meal prepared by a Galapagos family, this is an opportunity to connect with the locals and forge lifelong memories.

  • Stay at unique places in every location: Experience the charm and authenticity of the Galapagos Islands by staying at unique accommodations in each location.

  • Be led by top Activexpedition experienced guides at every step you take: Explore the Galapagos Islands with confidence, knowing that you will be guided by top Activexpedition experienced guides. These knowledgeable and passionate experts will share their expertise, providing you with valuable insights into the islands' natural wonders, wildlife, and cultural heritage. Benefit from their guidance, stories, and expertise as they lead you on an extraordinary adventure.

  • Support sustainable travel to preserve culture and nature: By joining our Galapagos Express tour, you actively contribute to sustainable travel practices that aim to preserve the Galapagos' unique culture and pristine nature. We are committed to minimizing our impact on the environment, supporting local communities, and promoting responsible tourism. Your journey with us helps ensure the long-term conservation of the Galapagos Islands, allowing future generations to experience their beauty and wonder.

  • Hiking: Explore the islands' diverse landscapes and enjoy scenic hikes that offer stunning views and encounters with wildlife.

  • Swimming: Take a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear waters of the Galapagos, surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty.

  • Snorkeling: Dive beneath the surface and discover the vibrant underwater world of the Galapagos, where you'll encounter an array of marine species.

  • Wildlife: Observe and photograph the unique and diverse wildlife that inhabits the Galapagos Islands, from iconic species to lesser-known creatures.

  • Year around

  • 8 years old

Full Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival

Upon your arrival at the airport, our representative will pick you up and take you to the hotel, the drive is 45 minutes depending on traffic.

Please keep in mind that there is a meeting at 18:00 in the hotel’s lobby the first day to meet the rest of the group as well as learn about what’s in store for the days of your expedition!

Overnight: Wyndham Garden or similar
Meals included: none
Day 2

Hike Frigate Hill and first immersion snorkel exploration

Today in the morning 3 hours before your flight time, we will be picked up and taken to the airport for the flight to San Cristobal Island in Galapagos.
Upon arrival we will check in at the hotel and have some time for lunch accompanied by the fresh Pacific breeze. In the afternoon we will visit the Interpretation (welcome) center of the National Park to learn from a seasoned Naturalist guide to learn about the archipelago, and its role in environment research and preservation as well as many of the animals that can be found residing there.
Later we will go hiking through the brush forest path that leads us to Frigate Hill, a lovely viewpoint on the island, after of which we will and have a chance to go snorkeling in search of lazy sea lions, graceful and impressive sea turtles and colorful fish. In the late afternoon we will go back to the hotel.

Overnight: Blue Marlin or similar
Meal included: Breakfast
Day 3

Snorkel at Kicker Rock

We start our day hopping on the boat for a fifty-minute ride through sapphire blue waters to one of the most jaw-dropping places in the Galapagos, Kicker rock.
Towering 500 feet over the surface this volcanic formation is the doorway to some of the best chances of wildlife sightings. Here we will take a dip beneath the waves through the channel that cuts through the middle of the formation for the chance to encounter white tip reef sharks, rays, sea lions, turtles, an array of fish and if luck is on our side, even hammer head sharks.
We will have two opportunities to explore this underwater paradise followed by a visit to one of the pure white sand beaches forming the reserve. Lunch will be served on board. Our day ends heading back to the town where you will be able to explore on foot and enjoy the serenity of a night in San Cristobal.

Overnight: Blue Marlin or similar
Meals included: Breakfast and lunch
Day 4

Charles Darwin and Giant Tortoises Reserve

Seize the day with an early rise and boat right two hours to the Island of Santa Cruz home to the Charles Darwin Research Station. Witness the tireless efforts of researchers and conservationist and learn about how they are helping to repopulate the island with different species of tortoise. Although you will see many different types of tortoise at the station’s breeding center, our second stop of the day will take us up to ‘El Chato’ reserve in the highlands for an up close and personal experience to see them in their natural habitat. Explore the lava tunnels that dot the property while watching the gentle giants lounge around in the mud these are truly impressive creatures! Our day ends returning to town where you can enjoy the evening taking a stroll through Puerto Ayora. We recommend heading down to the boat docks at night as sharks and rays can be spotted playing in the lights below.

Overnight: Pelican Bay or similar
Meals included: Breakfast
Day 5

Free day

Today is free to explore on your own, or if you prefer, we can help you plan a day trip to other island.

Overnight: Pelican Bay or similar
Meals included: Breakfast
Day 6

Return To Quito

In the morning we will be transferred back to Baltra for our return flights to Quito. Average time back to the city is 2-3 hours depending on if your flight is direct or with a stop in Guayaquil. Our driver will pick you up at the airport and take you to the hotel.

Overnight: Wyndham Garden or similar
Meals included: Breakfast
Day 7

Departure day

Today is the end of services, our driver will pick you up at the hotel 3 hours before your flight schedule time.

Meals included: Breakfast

LET'S DESIGN YOUR ADVENTURE

    • English Speaking Guides for activities

    • Land and water transportation

    • Airport transfers

    • Accommodation for six nights

    • Meals according to the Itinerary

    • Snorkeling gear: Mask and fins

    • International or domestic flights

    • Galapagos transit control card INGALA

    • Galapagos National Park fee

    • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary

    • Tips for guides and drivers

    • Travel insurance (mandatory)

    • Optional activities

    • Itinerary Disclaimer: Even though we have a detailed itinerary, changes can be made by your guides, due to weather or safety reasons. Please also note that none of the wildlife sightings mentioned on the itinerary are guaranteed.

    • Visas and Passports: Make sure you check your visa and passport validity and requirements per country. It is important your passport is valid for at least 6 months before your travel.

    • Accommodation: We strive to use small and charming places that are unique and provide stellar service.

    • Single Supplement Costs: Generally this fee is not incurred as we match you with another person of the same gender in a twin room, but if you prefer not to share and have your own room, then there will be an associated fee

    • Transportation: While in the Galapagos the speed boat from San Cristobal to Santa Cruz can be a bit challenging if you are not use to travel by boat, so we highly recommend to carry some seasickness medicine with you.

    • Level of Activity: This trip is considered as 2 out of 5. No prior experience is required and your guides will always brief you about safety and proper use of gear on every leg of the trip. The hiking is quite easy on mostly flat terrain along the coastline, for snorkeling there will be lifejackets available if needed.

    • Weather and Elevation: Although the islands are located on the equator, the Humboldt Current brings cold water to them, causing frequent drizzles during most of the year. The weather is periodically influenced by the El Niño events, which occur about every 3 to 7 years and are characterized by warm sea surface temperatures, a rise in sea level, greater wave action, and a depletion of nutrients in the water.During the season known as the garúa (June to November), the temperature by the sea is 22 °C (72 °F), a steady and cold wind blows from south and southeast, frequent drizzles (garúas) last most of the day, and dense fog conceals the islands. During the warm season (December to May), the average sea and air temperature rises to 25 °C (77 °F), there is no wind at all, there are sporadic, though strong, rains and the sun shines. Weather changes as altitude increases in the large islands. Temperature decreases gradually with altitude, while precipitation increases due to the condensation of moisture in clouds on the slopes. There is a large range in precipitation from one place to another, not only with altitude, but also depending on the location of the islands, and also with the seasons. The precipitation also depends on the geographical location. During March 1969, the precipitation over Charles Darwin Station, on the southern coast of Santa Cruz was 249.0 mm (9.80 in), while on Baltra Island, the precipitation during the same month was only 137.6 mm (5.42 in). This is because Baltra is located behind Santa Cruz with respect to the prevailing southerly winds, so most of the moisture gets precipitated in the Santa Cruz highlands. There are significant changes in precipitation from one year to another, too. At Charles Darwin Station, the precipitation during March 1969 was 249.0 mm (9.80 in), but during March 1970, it was only 1.2 mm (0.047 in). On the larger islands, the pattern of generally wet highlands and drier lowlands impacts the flora. The vegetation in the highlands tends to be green and lush, with tropical woodland in places. The lowland areas tend to have arid and semi-arid vegetation, with many thorny shrubs and cacti, and almost bare volcanic rock elsewhere.

    • Sustainability: We do our best to not produce any trash; we believe that recycling is not enough so we try to avoid using any plastic or materials that pollute our environment. Every day we work towards being a zero waste tour operator and our staff is well trained to leave the least impact possible in our service areas. We also work with local indigenous communities in the different regions. By doing so we are able to teach our guests about the rich culture Ecuador, all the while helping the people preserve their traditions and lands. By working directly with local peoples, we are able to create a sustainable touristic income for the community.

    • Guides: All our guides have a professional background from the Tourism University; this means they have a degree in guiding, so their knowledge and skills when leading a group are top-notch. Each guide has many years of experience and they all have taken additional courses for other outdoor activities as well as have International First-Aid certifications. On top of all of this, they are all extremely personable and strive to deliver travel experiences of a lifetime.

    • Heath advices: no vaccinations needed for this trip

    We do recommend travelling light for this expedition. A duffel bag of 50 litters for your luggage and a backpack of 20 litters for daily activities should be sufficient. In Ecuador and The Galapagos, the weather can change drastically so please be ready.

    • Passport

    • Credit card

    • Two pairs of lightweight hiking pants

    • Two pairs of shorts

    • Two bathing suit

    • Four non-cotton T-shirts

    • One cotton T-shirts

    • One water T-shirt

    • One fleece

    • One rain jacket

    • Two buffs

    • One pair of tennis shoes

    • One pair of water sandals (chacos or keens)

    • One pair of flip flops

    • One- or two-night outfits

    • One cap or hat

    • Sunscreen

    • Sunglasses

    • Mosquito repellent

    • Camera (if posible gopro)

    • Head lamp

    • Optional binoculars

    NOTE: Laundry is available almost at every location and it is cheap, this helps traveling light too.

    REGULAR SEASON PRICE FOR SHARED DEPARTURES:

    DEPARTURES 2024 - 2025

    $1200/per person

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