Explore the World Famous Galapagos Islands
Probably the world’s most famous island archipelago, the Galapagos Islands offer an unrivalled wildlife experience. The Galapagos Islands Safari takes you on a cruise around the Islands’ most notable points, stopping to take in the many incredible creatures and landscapes that can be found there.
A chance visit by a young Charles Darwin in 1835 set in motion a theory that has helped forward our understanding of the natural world. Visiting the Galapagos takes you on a journey to these remarkable islands where it feels like you are walking through the creation of the Earth. Each island is a different age, ranging between 150,000 years young and 4.2 million years old, so you can actually experience how the islands have moved through the different stages of development. It is one of the few places in the world where theory and practice components merge so seamlessly.
The real joy though, is walking and swimming amongst animals that have no inherent fear of man. This is a privilege seldom found on safari. Whether swimming with Galapagos Sea Lions, or watching Blue-footed Boobies dive into the sea at incredible speeds to catch fish, the action is non-stop. Each island you visit offers something new, something special. Marine Iguanas can be seen dotted around the islands while Magnificent Frigatebirds can be approached while they display on their nests and White-tipped Reef Sharks swim slowly though the seas.
Making the safari even more special, is the wonderful accommodation that is your base throughout the safari. Spacious cabins with private balconies overlooking the water, expansive common areas and delicious Ecuadorian style food all come together to make this experience unforgettable. The energetic crew make sure that you are safe, comfortable and extremely well looked after, ensuring that you have a safari you will never forget.
This is truly a must-do safari for all wildlife enthusiast and photographers. Contact our safari specialists to help you plan your dream safari!
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Suggested itinerary for The Galapagos Islands Safari
After arriving in Quito, you will be met by a local guide and transferred to the hotel for the night. Enjoy some of the sights and sounds of this vibrant city while you prepare for your flight to the Galapagos Islands in the morning.
Catch an early morning flight into the Galapagos Islands, where the real adventure begins. You will land on Baltra Island and after clearing immigration, you will catch a small ferry across to Santa Cruz Island where you will board the yacht which will be your home for the duration of the safari. Before you do this though, you will head up tot he highlands to see some of the Galapagos Islands most famous residents: the Giant Land Tortoises. Once aboard the yacht, you will immediately set sail for you first destination, which will give you a good chance to experience the yacht and settle in.
Staying on Santa Cruz, you will visit the Fausto Llerena Breeding Centre, which will give you a better understanding of conservation on the islands, as well as a chance to see some of the smaller tortoises found on the islands.
Days 3 - 8:
Everyday is a new adventure waiting to be enjoyed! With 2 activities every morning and another 2 every afternoon, you will get see and experience a good deal of the Galapagos Islands highlights!
Start each day with a hearty breakfast, both continental and cooked on offer, before heading out your first morning activity. After all the excitement of the morning, there is a full spread lunch that will ensure that your midday rest is spent full and content. The afternoon activities conclude around sunset, which is the perfect time to head to the bar and enjoy a cocktail or a glass of wine, while overlooking the latest island you have just explored. Just before dinner, the naturalist will meet with you and discuss the plan for the following day, and talk you through some interesting facts about the local wildlife. A group dinner is a perfect way to end off another fantastic day; the dinner conversation is filled with highlights from each days adventures!
Each cruise has a different itinerary, but all stop by several of the islands which will give you a well rounded experience. If you have a preference of islands to visit, or specific species to see, please let us know so we can make sure you on a cruise that covers what you are looking for.
After a great breakfast and the final morning activity, you will slowly make your way back to Santa Cruz where you will disembark and begin the trip back to the mainland.
Upon arriving back on the mainland, you will be transferred back to the hotel for the night, where you can relax, and get ready for your onward travels, (it is possible to catch your onward flight that evening).
Depending on the time of your outbound flight, you will be met at the hotel by the guide and transferred back to the airport in time for your onward travels.
Highlights from The Galapagos Islands Safari
Best time to go:
This is a customised safari with flexible dates, and can be done all year round.
9 nights / 10 days (Can be extended)
Luxury cabins aboard exclusive yacht
Quito International Airport (UIO) or Guayaquil International Airport (GYE)
Giant Land Tortoises, Marine Iguanas, Green Turtles, Blue-footed Boobies, White-tipped Reef Sharks, Galapagos Sea Lions, Galapagos Penguins, Flightless Cormorant, many species of unique birds
Full board accommodation
All scheduled safari activities
All internal transfers
Flights from Ecuador mainland to the Galapagos Islands
All guide fees
All tourist permits
A La Carte:
Entry fee into the Galapagos National Park
If you would like to get that perfect shot, why not ask our professional photographer to guide you on this safari, and show you how! Make it a Photographic Safari!