The Galapagos Islands – plus Quito and The Amazon Basin!

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The Galapagos Islands – plus Quito and The Amazon Basin!

  Apr 13, 2023 - Apr 27, 2023 ( 13 Days )
The Price :   $3,400.00
Spots Remaining  12/15
Travel Date :  2023-04-13 - 2023-04-27

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Full trip Double occupancy $4,450.00
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Best Galapagos Islands Tour Packages in 2022- All Inclusive, Local Guides, & Immersive Experiences!

Celebrate the new year with a visit to Quito, the Amazon, and the Galapagos Islands, renowned for natural wonders and unique birds, land mammals, and sea life found nowhere else on earth. Temperate all year, this is a great escape from the winter doldrums. Take in the majestic scenery and rugged coastlines full of coves perfect for kayaking, snorkeling, or viewing from above. Meet indigenous tribes, canoe down the Amazon while observing all the nature you can take in. Join us for this unforgettable adventure!

Every stage of this trip brings new and unique adventures that can only be experienced and shared in these very particular locations.  We begin in Quito, the capital of Ecuador, and on Day 2 we will stand directly on the equator, straddling both hemispheres and able to experience the physical differences between the two sides of the line. Day 3 will take us to the Galapagos Islands, where we will spend five days hiking volcanic craters and other unique trails, kayaking, snorkeling, and observing the many species native only to the islands – giant land tortoises, iguanas, finches, sea lions, blue-footed boobies, and rare fish.  We will visit the Charles Darwin Research Center and learn about the infamous Galapagos tortoises.  Our trip to the islands will conclude with a hike to Bartolomé Island, the most well-known of the islands, where we will enjoy vistas of the bays, volcanic formations, and lush wildlife.

We will return to Quito briefly before flying to El Coca City and then driving to Yasuni National Park deep in the Amazon and far away from the traditional tourist destinations. Here we will explore the biodiversity of the Amazon by canoe, kayak, and on foot while ‘glamping’ in beautiful upscale tents complete with chefs preparing fresh local dishes for us every day. Catch sight of river turtles, monkeys, caimans, plus countless species of birds including the oropendola, caciques, kingfishers, macaws, toucans, parrots and more.  We will also make traditional chocolate with a founding ‘abuela’ of the indigenous community only a short kayak ride away.  This isn’t just a bucket-list trip, it truly is the trip of a lifetime. 

For those who would prefer to only visit Quito and the Galápagos Islands (or can’t take the full 13 days off), we are able to remove the the 4 days in the Amazon.  When we return to Quito on Day 8, it is possible to fly back home at that time.  If this option works better for you, see prices below:

$3,400 Quito and Galápagos ONLY Double Occupancy

$900 Quito and Galápagos ONLY Single Upgrade

Please use coupon code ATC500 at checkout for all ticket types.

Galapagos Tour Packages All Inclusive

  • Guided tours of Quito, the Galápagos Islands, and the Ecuadorian Amazon by local tour guides
  • Tours of Bartolemé Archipelago, the Grietas, Los Gemelos, and the Sierra Negra Volcano
  • Up-close sightings of the infamous Galápagos tortoises, blue-footed boobies, penguins, iguanas, and sea lions
  • Unique ‘glamping’ experience deep in the Amazon away from other tourists 
  • Sharing meals with founders of the local indigenous community
  • Private yachting, power boating tours, traditional canoeing and kayaking
  • A chef while in the Amazon preparing fresh meals daily

Galapagos family tours

We will be staying in 4 and 5 star hotels in both Quito and while on the Galápagos Islands. During our time in the Amazon, we will enjoy the full “glamping” experience in comfortable tents with single beds and bathrooms and showers only a few steps away.

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Day 1, Friday: Fly to Quito, Arriving in the Late Afternoon

Welcome to Quito, the largest and best preserved colonial city of America – declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. The city is considered the Cultural Capital of South America and is located on the equator in a valley at the foothills of the Pichincha volcano.
Upon arrival, you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel in Quito new town. There will be the option of taking a bus tour around the city before sharing a welcome dinner.

Day 2, Saturday: Equator Line – Panecillo Hill & Middle of the World

Today, you will enjoy a 45-minute drive to the Equatorial Monument, where we will stand at 0.00 latitude and visit the Intiñan Museum to learn about how the equator affects the local indigenous life. You will stand right on the equatorial line and straddle the two hemispheres. Then we will visit nearby museums and try several experiments; we will get to stand on both sides of the equator and watch water go down a drain in different directions, balance an egg on a nail, and even use an ancient sundial.
After that, we will enjoy Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage site. We will visit the heart of Quito and discover its history with a local guide. Our tour will include a visit to Panecillo Hill with the statue of the Virgin Mary, marvelous views from the whole city, and a walking tour through the narrow streets where we will visit iconic architectural buildings such as La Compañia de Jesus the Golden Church, La Basilica Church, San Francisco Square, and the Main Square. For lunch, we will join local residents for a delicious meal prepared with fresh local ingredients.

Day 3, Sunday: Isabela, a Galapagos Island

Today we will explore the most amazing archipelago on the Pacific coast and where Charles Darwin developed his theory that led to The Origin of Species. After flying from Quito to Baltra, we head to the town of Puerto Ayora, the largest town in the Galapagos. From here we will take a short boat ride to Isabela Island, where most of the volcanic activity in the Galapagos occurs. Isabela was formed by six shield volcanoes, Alcedo, Cerra Azul, Darwin, Ecuador, Sierra Negra and Wolf; five of them are still active which makes Isabela Island one of the most volcanically active places on earth.

Day 4, Monday: Hike Sierra Negra – Kayak and Snorkel in Tintoreras

After driving up from Puerto Villamil to the trail head, we will grab our backpacks for the hike into a young forest ecosystem. Our destination is the rim of Sierra Negra Crater, an active volcano which last erupted in June 2018. Upon arrival, we take in the breathtaking views and explore the circumference of the massive, lava-filled crater, a caldera that is over six miles across at its widest point. If we want to see even more, we can continue our hike to Volcan Chico, a secondary crater that has a wild landscape of puffing fumaroles and colorful lava formations. In the afternoon we will visit Tintoreras Islet by kayak, located at a short distance from Puerto Villamil and home to a great variety of wildlife. Its turquoise, crystalline waters are inhabited by white-tipped reef sharks, Galapagos Penguins, marine turtles, and sea lions. One of its beaches, surrounded by mangroves, is one of the few sites where marine iguanas can reproduce successfully.

Day 5, Tuesday: Snorkeling at Lava Tunnels

Explore the amazing formations of lava created by the last eruptions of the volcanic island along the seashore. This magical place has been the focus of documentaries by the BBC and National Geographic. It is a labyrinth of lava arches and crystal clear water full of sea turtles, eagle rays, sea lions, sharks, and more. The turtles navigate their own highway from the mangroves to the open sea through “Los Tuneles”. We will have an opportunity for snorkeling to see the sea life up close, including the curious Galapagos penguins playing around. Before or after the trip, you can enjoy some optional activities such as snorkeling at “Concha de Perla”, biking, or just relaxing on the exotic white-sand beaches of Isabela Island. We recommend you to take some time to visit the giant tortoise breeding center located walking distance from the hotel.

Day 6, Wednesday: Charles Darwin Research Station

In the morning, we will take a short boat ride from Isabela to Santa Cruz Island. After checking in at our hotel, we will visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn more about the endemic species seen in the wild, as well as the ongoing conservation and management efforts on the Galapagos Islands. In the afternoon, we will head to the ‘El Chato’ Reserve in the highlands of Santa Cruz, home to the famous Galapagos tortoises. Hiking through El Chato’s beautiful landscape with these lumbering giants is an unforgettable experience! We will also see other highland wildlife such as pintail ducks, egrets, flycatchers, finches and frigatebirds. Afterwards, we will return to Puerto Ayora to enjoy dinner and the town nightlife.

Day 7, Thursday: Bartolomé Island and North Seymour Island

We will head out at 5:50 to board the yacht to Bartolomé Island, the most well-known Island in the Galapagos, and we will enjoy both breakfast and lunch onboard. Upon arrival, we will climb a wooden staircase to the summit to appreciate the spectacular landscape of the bays, the fascinating formations of lava and volcanic cones, and Pinnacle Rock. It was created as a result of a volcanic eruption that slowly cooled and formed a striking rock formation. Near Pinnacle Rock you can also see two beautiful beaches in a crescent shape. We will walk about 600 meters to reach the top where we will see volcanic craters and lava tubes – It feels more like walking on the moon than on an island in the Pacific. The hike to the summit takes about 30 to 40 minutes. When you reach the top of Bartolomé you will view fantastic panoramic views of the Galapagos Islands. From there you can see Santiago Island, North Seymour, Baltra Island, Santa Cruz, and Rabida Island. On the beach located in the south of the island you will find Sea Turtles, Galapagos sharks and penguins, and many other unique marine species. When visiting Bartolomé beach, we will make a wet landing, which means we will walk in the shallow water for a few meters to get to the beach.

After breakfast, we will go to the Itabaca Channel to board a yacht that will take us to North Seymour Island, a unique and uninhabited island, perfect for snorkeling and swimming. Here you can see Palo Santo trees and colonies of blue-footed boobies, often performing their mating dance in the open areas of the island. On the other side of the island we can watch mischievous sea lions playing and surfing in the sea. North Seymour, or “Seymour Norte,” was formed by lava rock that rose up from the ocean, and it is mostly flat and arid, with some vegetation including cactus, palo santo and salt bushes. There is a circular path about 2 km long that crosses the interior of the island to reach the rocky coastal path. Some of the largest seabird colonies in the Galapagos Islands can be seen along this path, including the Blue-Footed Booby, bright colorful frigates, with the distinctive red gular pouch below their beaks, gulls, green sea turtles and the famous Galapagos sharks.

Day 8, Friday: Flight back to Quito

After our final breakfast on Santa Cruz Island, we will drive to Baltra’s airport in time to catch the flight back to Quito.

Day 9, Saturday: Flight to El Coca City – Drive to Yasuni Park

We will be picked up early in the morning for our flight to El Coca City. Once we arrive, we’ll take a scenic 1 ½ hour drive to the Tiputini River, at the entrance of the Yasuni National park. While the guides prepare our gear, we’ll enjoy a riverside picnic. Our first expedition will be kayaking down the Amazon river, full of wildlife – river turtles, monkeys, caiman, plus many species of birds including the oropendola, caciques, kingfishers, macaws, toucans, parrots and more. After we arrive at the Mandaripanga Camp, we will go kayaking and see more of the rainforest.

Day 10, Sunday: Kayaking – Hiking the Pecary Trail

After an early breakfast (6:30), we will cross to the other side of the Tiputini river in a traditional canoe and start a walk of approximately 4 hours along a loop trail passing through spectacular virgin jungle (with lots of stops to examine medicinal plants and wildlife). We’ll visit the lagoon of the anacondas before returning to camp for lunch, and you’ll have time to relax in your hammock or tent, walk around the campsite, or even cool down with a swim in Tiputini river. In the afternoon, we’ll enjoy a pleasant traditional canoe trip in the Pishña lagoon (giant otter oxbow lagoon) for about 2 hours. This black water lagoon is a fascinating ecosystem, a blackwater lake where unique species live. We’ll enjoy the sunset and then return to the campsite for dinner.

Day 11, Monday: Rio Tiputini – Casa de la Abuela

We will take an early trip along the Tiputini River in the wooden canoe and have breakfast during the journey while enjoying the sunrise. We’ll have plenty of opportunities to observe birds and wildlife during our trip, from monkeys and other mammals to river otters and potentially even freshwater dolphins. We’ll be back at the camp around 11:30 for a refreshing drink and lunch. After a short rest or swim, we’ll take kayaks to the Casa de la Abuela (Grandmother’s House), a traditional home where the founding grandmother of the community still lives. We’ll learn how to make traditional chocolate, which we’ll later enjoy with our dinner in the evening. We will get to enjoy amazing views of the sunset from this hilltop home before returning to camp for dinner. After dinner, we’ll take a one hour night walk along a short trail known as the Tucán trail near the camp.

Day 12, Tuesday: Return to Quito – Hummingbird Garden – Papallacta Hot Springs

Breakfast will be served early in the morning before we begin our 1 ½ trip in a motorized canoe. We’ll then be met at the shores of the river and travel overland for about an hour and a half back to El Coca City, where you’ll be dropped off at the airport for your return to Quito. Once there, we will head towards the Papallacta Hot Springs Spa & Resort where we will stay the night and recharge in the volcanic hot springs high in the midst of the cool Andes. On the way, we will visit a hummingbird garden, where we can enjoy the landscape, the colorful hummingbirds, and even hike the cloud forest around the lodge.

Day 13, Wednesday: Departure from Quito

We wish you a “Buen viaje”! 

 

 

 

 

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F.A.Q

What is the currency in the Galápagos?

The U.S. dollar is the currency used in the Galápagos and mainland Ecuador.  Many proprietors only take bills, and often nothing over a $20 bill.  Visitors are encouraged to bring smaller bills for restaurants and souvenir shopping.

What are the current COVID travel requirements to the Galapágos Islands?

All travelers over the age of 3 must provide:

  • Vaccination certificate with QR code OR
  • Covid19 vaccination card at least 14 days prior to arrival OR
  • Negative Result of qualitative RT-PCR test completed no more than 72 hours before boarding to Ecuador.
Are there additional health forms I must fill out to enter Ecuador?

Yes. There is a Traveler Health Declaration that must be filled out online or printed and brought with any person traveling internationally to Ecuador.

https://declaracionsalud-viajero.msp.gob.ec/

What are the current COVID travel requirements to the Galapágos Islands?

All travelers over the age of 3 must provide:

  • Vaccination certificate with QR code OR
  • Covid19 vaccination card at least 14 days prior to arrival OR
  • Negative Result of qualitative RT-PCR test completed no more than 72 hours before boarding to Ecuador.
How much money do I need to bring?

Please bring money for tips and souvenirs.

Galapagos Islands Facts

The Galapagos Islands are a unique and beautiful location, attracting attention from all over the world for the captivating sights, fantastic wildlife, and endless beauty the location has to show. Our Galapagos Islands travel packages allow you to experience everything the area has to offer from a unique perspective.

Want to know more before you travel? Here are some interesting Galapagos Islands facts to consider:

1. The Galapagos Islands are considered one of the most active volcanic areas in the world. The archipelago was forged over millions of years of magma spilling through the sea floor, building up over time to become the islands we see today. Even to this day, there are 13 active volcanoes in the area, with the most recent activity recorded in 2018, but the islands are completely safe to visit with the right tour guide.

2. The Galapagos Islands are an archipelago, also known as an island chain. Essentially, it is a collection of islands closely grouped together. There are archipelagos all over the world, but the volcanic nature of the Galapagos and its isolation makes it particularly unique.

3. The Galapagos Islands are six hundred miles off the coast of the closest country of Ecuador. For thousands of years, these islands were entirely isolated, becoming a completely unique series of habitats that inspired Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.

4. The first known person to step foot on Galapagos was a Spanish noble named Tomás de Berlanga when his ship was blown off course in 1535. Despite the wonders that the islands had to offer, Berlanga's report on Galapagos was less than positive – a world away from the glowing reviews our tours deliver today.

5. The Galapagos Islands are Ecuador's first National Park, with more than 97% of the island falling under their protection. Since 1959, the National Park has protected more than 3,000 square miles covering the islands and inlets, while the Marine Reserve covers an impressive 50,000 square miles around the archipelago.

6. Charles Darwin spent five weeks exploring the Galapagos, observing the island's wildlife. The native finches, in particular, caught his eye thanks to the difference in their beaks depending on their local conditions and food source. From this difference, Darwin began his process of developing the theory of evolution through natural selection, published in On the Origin of the Species.

7. Galapagos is named after the giant tortoises that once roamed the islands in their hundreds and thousands. Able to survive up to a full year without food or water, these unique tortoises were highly sought after, leading to 100,000 losses and the extinction of several species. Today, conservation efforts help to maintain the beautiful flora and fauna of the area, ensuring no harm comes to the unique wildlife that calls the Galapagos Islands home.

8. Alongside ground-dwelling creatures, the Galapagos Islands are well-known for their vast array of avian natives. Three different species of boobies, red-footed, blue-footed and Nazca, all inhabit various islands. On Isla Fernandina and Isla Isabela, you can also find Galapagos penguins thriving in the tropical environment.

Why take our Galapagos Islands tours?

Avid Travel Club provides an incredible once-in-a-lifetime small tours experience on every Galapagos trip, providing our travelers with a unique perspective and appreciation for the places they visit.

Our experience working in the Galapagos Islands spans many years. We've connected with the local community and a range of businesses to offer exceptional Galapagos Islands tour packages covering every main destination, for a holiday you'll never forget.

Taking a tour is the perfect way to make the most out of your trip. Our reputation as one of the best Galapagos Island tours in 2022 and our commitment to offering a comprehensive experience sets us apart.

If you're considering a Galapagos Islands vacation all inclusive of local experience, scenery, and activities, we're the ideal company to book your next holiday with...from enjoying the famous Galapagos tortoises to spending time with a trip deep into Amazon, there is something for everyone.

Contact our team to discuss trips to Galapagos Islands in 2022 and beyond.

How to get to Galapagos Islands from the US

The process is a little more complex than the average vacation if you want to know how to get to Galapagos Islands from America.

As Galapagos is a protected National Park, booking a flight directly to the islands is not possible. However, our Galapagos Islands vacation packages account for this requirement, including coverage to explore the capital city of Quito in Ecuador.

Depending on where you are located in the US, you can choose to travel to your destination via Quinto, as we mentioned, or via the city of Guayaquil, towards the South side of Ecuador.

If you decide to fly to the José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport in Guayaquil (GYE), you can take a domestic flight to Miami or New York to continue to your destination.

If you're traveling to The Mariscal Sucre International Airport of Quito (UIO), you can fly from Atlanta, Houston, Miami, or New York.

How to get to Galapagos Islands from the UK

Much like travel from the US, if you're traveling from the UK to Galapagos Islands, you'll need to first travel to an airport that offers flights to either Quito or Guayaquil in Ecuador.

In Europe, both Amsterdam and Madrid provide direct flights to Ecuador. The airport you transfer to will depend on the particular airline you choose to fly with. While we don't offer flights in our Galapagos tour packages, we can help you by providing information on the different airlines available.

No flights will take you directly to the Galapagos, as the area is a protected National Park. However, as one of the best Galapagos tours companies, we mitigate this by offering exploration and accommodation in the capital city of Quito, allowing you to explore this vibrant and unique location alongside enjoying the islands themselves. If you want to know how to get to Galapagos, travelling to The Mariscal Sucre International Airport of Quito (UIO) is the ideal first choice.

What islands are in Galapagos?

If you'd like to explore the archipelago to its fullest, looking at Galapagos Islands maps can give you an idea of everything there is to uncover. Galapagos encompasses more than 100 inlets and rocks and 21 official islands, of which 13 are considered the 'main' islands. These include:

1. Baltra

2. Espanola

3. Fernandina

4. Floreana

5. Genovesa

6. Isabela

7. Marchena

8. Pinta

9. Pinzon

10. San Cristobal

11. Santa Cruz

12. Santa Fe

13. Santiago

If you're considering small exotic tours, like our Quito and Galapagos Islands tours, we provide everything necessary to help you explore every corner of the archipelagos.

During our tour, we'll supply maps and detailed information about all Galapagos Islands attractions to help you truly understand this unique location.

View our itinerary online, or contact us to discuss the areas our small Galapagos tours cover.

 

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What's Included

  • Assistance with flight choices, but airfare is not included in our pricing
  • All meals are included
  • All passes and tickets excepting $120 in cash for government transit card and national park fee
  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation for 13 days/12 nights

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Trip Information

  • Activity Level: 3/4 (see rating)
  • Trip Curator: Alex and Caro Manzaba
  • Trip Leader/CSR: Alex Manzaba
  • Giving Back: Opportunity to assist an indigenous tribe with a financial contribution

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