Things to do in Galápagos Islands

Our most recommended things to do in Galápagos Islands

Santa Cruz: Galapagos Islands 4 Day Explorer Tour

1. Santa Cruz: Galapagos Islands 4 Day Explorer Tour

Day 1 Arrive at the airport of Baltra Island and meet the National Park guides, followed by a transfer to Santa Cruz. Check in at your hotel and in the afternoon visit the Charles Darwin Scientific Station and the Interpretation Center of the Galapagos National Park. Day 2 Head to the stunning Turtle Bay Beach, a postcard-worthy beach with white sand and azure sea. Stop to observe the marine life, iguanas, and many other wildlife species Travel next to a private ranch, where you will be able to see the protected giant turtles living in their natural habitat. Finally, the adventure will conclude with a hike through the underground lava tunnels. Day 3 On the third day, head to the dock to sail to the islet of La Loberia. Take some time for snorkeling, before traveling to Punta Estrada. Keep a look out for frigate birds, sea lions, and other marine life. Day 4 After breakfast at the hotel, be returned to the airport for your departure flight.

From Baltra Island: Galápagos Islands 5-Day Nature Tour

2. From Baltra Island: Galápagos Islands 5-Day Nature Tour

Discover the unique flora and fauna of the Galápagos on a 5-day tour with round-trip transportation from Baltra Island. Benefit from hotel options to suit your budget. Day 1: (L) Travel by public bus to Itabaca Channel to catch the ferry to Santa Cruz. Drive to the highlands ranch of El Chato to see giant tortoises in their natural environment. Discover the Twin Craters in lush green forests dominated by endemic scalesia plants. Walk along the crater rims to better appreciate their magnitude, and keep a look out for short-ear owls. Day 2: (B, L)   Relax aboard a yacht as you sail to the uninhabited island of Santa Fé, Plazas, Pinzon, or Seymour, depending on the program of the National Park. Look for land iguanas and other wildlife in a small group of no more than 12 people.  Day 3: (B, L)   Visit Las Grietas and see the impressive fissure of the Channel of Love. Snorkel in the crystal clear waters of The Cracks, and hike to Tortuga Bay to observe the magnificent wildlife before arriving at a beautiful beach.  Day 4: (B, L)   Relax aboard a yacht as you sail to the uninhabited island of Santa Fé, Plazas, Pinzon, or Seymour, depending on the program of the National Park. Look for land iguanas and other wildlife in a small group of no more than 12 people. Day 5: (B)    Visit the science research facility of Charles Darwin Station before getting dropped off at the airport for your onward flight. 

From Santa Cruz: Galapagos, Excursion to Tortuga & Tour

3. From Santa Cruz: Galapagos, Excursion to Tortuga & Tour

This full-day yacht tour from Santa Cruz takes you on a discovery of the beautiful Galapagos Islands. In the morning you will walk approximately 40 minutes to Tortuga Bay Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches of the islands where you can enjoy swimming and spending some time on the beach. After lunch you tour around the bay on board the yacht. You will then visit La Lobería, a beach which owes its name to the presence of many sea lions. Here you will be able to swim or snorkel. Next you will head to Canal del Amor (Channel of Love). At the end of this channel you can observe reef sharks from the viewpoint. From here you will continue on with a short walk to see the marine iguanas in their natural habitat at Playa de los Perros before visiting Punta Estrada.

6-Day Galápagos Adventure Tour on 4 Islands

4. 6-Day Galápagos Adventure Tour on 4 Islands

Experience the incredible plant and animal diversity of the Galápagos islands with a thrilling six-day excursion to San Cristobal, Santa Cruz, Española, and an uninhabited island. Each day you’ll be able to choose your own adventure with several options: visit the Interpretation Center on San Cristobal to learn about the formation, colonization and situation of the islands or hike to the Frigate bird hill viewpoint, and snorkel or kayak in the Tijeretas Bay. Daily itineraries include certified guides and meal options. On land you’ll be able to spot blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas and frigate birds, and in the water marine iguanas, tropical fish, stingrays and turtles. On San Cristobal, greet the giant tortoises in their native environments before stopping at the giant crater at Cerro Mesa Reserve, a remnant of the time when Santa Cruz was still a volcanic active island. 

5-Day Galapagos Land Tour on Isabela: Small Group Tour

5. 5-Day Galapagos Land Tour on Isabela: Small Group Tour

Day 1: Transfer from Baltra Airport to Isabela Island Start your tour with airport pickup from your certified guide. Make your way to the Itabaca Canal and board a ferry. In Puerto Ayora, take another boat in the direction of Isabela Island. Stay overnight at a hotel. Day 2: Cabo Rosa Tuneles Start your day with breakfast at the hotel. Take a boat to Cabo Rosa, where lava once flowed into the ocean and formed lava tunnels. See penguins, blue-footed boobies, and sea turtles. Go diving and see sharks, turtles, sea lions, rays, seahorses, and tropical fish. The tour to Cabo Rosa lasts approximately 5 hours. The rest of the day is free. You can enjoy the beautiful Isabela Beach or snorkel in the Laguna de la Concha de Perla. Stay overnight in Isabela.  Day 3: Sierra Negra Volcano Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before you're picked up by your guide. Then, take a walk through the lava landscapes overlooking the volcanoes of northern Isabela and Fernandina. The hike to the Sierra Negra Volcano and the Chico Volcano is 10 miles (16 km) long. See the second-largest volcanic crater in the world and explore different areas of vegetation. Enjoy lunch and the rest of the day free. Explore the beautiful beach in Isabela or dive in the Laguna Concha de Perla. Stay overnight in Isabela. Day 4: Tintoreras Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before visiting Las Tintoreras, a chain of small islets full of coves and hidden beaches. See sea lions, marine turtles, iguanas, manta rays, and more at one of its bays. This bay is connected by a superficial crack with crystalline water which is closed off during low tide. In the crack, it is possible to see the sharks swimming with the rest of the tropical fish and sea lions if you snorkel. You have the rest of the afternoon free. Take the time to walk to the nearby flamingo lagoon or visit the tortoise breeding center. Stay overnight in Isabela. Day 5: Transfer out At 6 AM, a guide will pick you up from the hotel and take you to the pier to take the 6:30 AM boat to Santa Cruz. At Puerto Ayora, you will have breakfast and depart for Baltra to catch your flight back to the mainland. Your flight to Quito or Guayaquil will need to depart at 11:30 AM or later.

6-Day Tour from Lima: Cusco, Machu Picchu, & Sacred Valley

6. 6-Day Tour from Lima: Cusco, Machu Picchu, & Sacred Valley

Day 1 - Lima Welcome to Peru! Arrival at Lima´s airport, reception, and transfer to the hotel in Miraflores district, check-in (15:00 hours). Overnight at selected hotel. Day 2 - Lima City Tour Breakfast in the hotel. In the morning begin the City Tour Lima Colonial and Modern including The Market Square where the Government Palace is located, the Cathedral, and the Municipal Palace, and visit the church San Francisco Catacombs. Continue to visit the residential and modern area with its districts of San Isidro and Miraflores culminating with a magnificent view of the Pacific Ocean. Leisure can leverage shopping. Return and overnight at selected hotel. Day 3 - Lima – Cusco Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport to board the flight to Cusco. Arrival, reception, and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the morning is free to acclimatize to the altitude. In the afternoon, visit Cusco city, The Cathedral, Qoricancha (Sun Temple), and the 4 nearby ruins, Qenqo, Puca Puacara, Tambomachay, and Sacsayhuaman Fortress. Return to the hotel. Overnight at a selected hotel Day 4 - Cusco – Valle Sagrado – Cusco Breakfast at the hotel. Full-day excursion to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Departure by bus to Awanacancha, a place where we will appreciate the beauty of the Peruvian Andes with its South American camels and derivatives gotten thanks to the majestic, traditional and modern technique (dyeing, spinning, weaving process) including used materials and live weaving by the people of the Peruvian Andes. Also, we will visit the famous Indian market of Pisac, a delightful place where we will bargain for the goodies with the local street vendors. Buffet lunch at a local restaurant. Then, visit the majestic fortress of Ollantaytambo. Return to Cusco and visit Chincheros village and arrive at the hotel. Overnight at selected hotel. Day 5 - Cusco – Machu Picchu – Cusco Breakfast at the hotel. Full day excursion to Machu Picchu. Very early transfer to Ollanta train station to board the train to Aguas Calientes, arrival and bus to Machu Picchu. Arrival and excursion to Machu Picchu citadel for 02 hours and 30 minutes. The guided tour included the well-known Intihuatana (Solar Clock), The Watchtower, The Inka´s Palace, and the Three Windows. Then, return to Aguas Calientes by bus and board the train to Ollanta train station. Arrival and transfer to Cusco. Overnight. Day 6 - Cusco – Lima Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport to board the regular flight to Lima. Arrival and connection with the international flight. Check Out: 10:00 hours approximately.

Cerro Mesa Reserve and Garrapatero Beach Tour

7. Cerro Mesa Reserve and Garrapatero Beach Tour

Depart Puerto Ayora and journey to the higher part of Santa Cruz island to cycle to Cerro Mesa, the first ecological reserve in the Galapagos. Walk the pristine paths to admire the flora and fauna, and get a spectacular view of the island and its surroundings. Continue to Garrapatero Beach for a picnic on the shore. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure to relax on the beach and marvel at the native flamingos and mallards in the nearby lagoon. Rent a kayak if you wish to experience the lagoon from a different perspective. Return to Puerto Ayora at the arranged time for the end of the services.

From San Cristobal: 7-Day Galapagos Islands Tour w/ Lodging

8. From San Cristobal: 7-Day Galapagos Islands Tour w/ Lodging

DAY 1: SAN CRISTÓBAL ISLAND ARRIVAL (Lunch) You will arrive at the airport of San Cristóbal, one of the oldest islands in the Galapagos. You will be picked up at the airport, and transferred with an English-speaking driver to your hotel in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. At lunchtime, you will be transferred to the Highlands to enjoy a “Farm to table lunch” and have your first impressions of this beautiful island. In the late afternoon, you will enjoy a delicious cocktail on the hotel rooftop. DAY 2: KICKER ROCK SNORKELING TOUR (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) You will have breakfast at the hotel before going to Kicker Rock. This is one of the most spectacular landmarks of the Galapagos Islands. Two volcanic rocks 140 meters tall are located off the coast of San Cristobal Island. This magnificent tiny island is the favorite place for an array of marine birds. But in the sea, you see the great underwater life wherefore the site is that famous. The natural erosion of this ancient cone has created a channel between the rocks that provides the ideal habitat to view a variety of sharks and rays including eagle rays, white-tip reef sharks, and sometimes even the Galapagos sharks and hammerheads! At night you will enjoy a delicious dinner in a sushi Ecuadorian-style restaurant. DAY 3: SAN CRISTOBAL - ISABELA ISLAND - SIERRA NEGRA VOLCANO (Breakfast, Lunch) On this day you will enjoy an inter-island flight from San Cristóbal to Isabela Island, it will take around 45 minutes. Once you arrive, you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel. Immediately you will depart to Sierra Negra Volcano. Also, you will visit Campo Duro ranch to enjoy a delicious local BBQ. (vegetarian option is always available). At night you can go for some cocktails at the beach to watch the sunset. DAY 4: LOS TUNELES SNORKELING TOUR (Breakfast, Lunch) After breakfast, you will go to Los Tuneles. This is one of the most spectacular places to go snorkeling on Isabela Island because the water is calm, very clear, and shallow. After visiting Los Tuneles you will have time to visit some highlights by yourself; for example Isabela Breeding Center, Wetlands, or the Wall of Tears. A premium box lunch is included during the tour. At night you have a local beach dinner where you can enjoy the sound of the sea while eating. DAY 5: SPEEDBOAT TRANSFER TO PUERTO AYORA - SANTA CRUZ ISLAND - FISH MARKET TOUR (Breakfast, Lunch) Early in the morning, you will take a speed boat to Santa Cruz Island (2 hours). Once you arrive, you will visit the Fish Market, where you can see how the local fishermen treat the product as soon as it arrives from the sea. You will visit a farm where you will have a cooking class and can eat what was caught during the day. DAY 6: VISIT AN UNINHABITED ISLAND (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) Today you will go to one of the Galapagos’ uninhabited islands. The island you will visit depends on what day of the week you will depart. Examples of islands you might visit are Santa Fe, Plazas, Bartholome, or North Seymour island. You will spend the day snorkeling, discovering the island, its flora, and fauna. In the afternoon you will return to your hotel. At night you will have a gastronomic walking tour around Puerto Ayora ending in a local restaurant for a farewell special dinner. DAY 7 TRANSFER TO BALTRA (Breakfast) After breakfast, you will travel to Baltra Airport, from where you will depart to Guayaquil or Quito.

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