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The Galápagos with 10xTravel Adventure

Quito - Santa Cruz - Isabela

2022: May 7 - May 15


Join 10xTravel Readers and Staff as we explore the land and sea that inspired some of Darwin's greatest theories of evolution and the animals that paved the way! This 9-day adventure across the islands of the Galapagos will have you face-to-face with blue footed boobies, marine iguanas, finches, and sharks; all found only in the Galapagos!

  • 9 days

  • 8 - 14 spots

  • Double occupancy in 3-star hotels (single rooms available)

  • 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 3 dinners included

  • Fly into Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO). TrovaTrip provide 3 transfers between 8am and 5pm.

  • Fly out of Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO). TrovaTrip provide two transfers on the final morning.

Activities Included

  • Quito City Tour
  • Local Market Visit and Cooking Class
  • Inti Ñan Museum Visi
  • Domestic Flight to the Galapagos
  • Giant Tortoise Visit in National Park
  • Trapiche Experience
  • Charles Darwin Research Station Visit
  • Island Exploration with Hiking and Snorkeling
  • Tintoreras Tour
  • Sierra Negra Volcano Hike
  • Flamingo Lagoon Visit
  • Tortoise Breeding Center Visit
  • Domestic Flight to Quito

Other Inclusions

  • Double Occupancy in 3-star Hotels
  • Local Guide throughout Trip
  • All City Transfers
  • Arrival Airport Transfer (until 5pm on first day)
  • Departure Airport Transfer (morning of last day)
  • Roundtrip Domestic Flights to the Galapagos Islands
  • 8 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches & 3 Dinners

Exclusions

  • International Flights
  • Food & Alcohol (except as noted)
  • Visas & Travel Insurance
  • Airport Transfers Outside of Designated Times

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Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Ecuador! TrovaTrip will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to the hotel in Quito.

Meet the crew for dinner, and cheers to the incredible outdoor adventure ahead!

Overnight in Quito.

Arrival: Fly into Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO). TrovaTrip provide 3 transfers between 8am and 5pm.

Included: Airport Transfer, Welcome Dinner


Day 2

For your first full day in Ecuador, get to know the city on foot with a walking tour of Old Town Quito. Admire the Basilica and if you are up for it, climb inside its towers. Continue to the Main Square and Archbishop's Palace and more!

After working up an appetite, you’re off to a cooking class where a local chef will help you handpick out ingredients before whipping up some local recipes. The best part? You get to enjoy your Ecuadorian food creations for lunch!

To close out a great first day, head to the Inti Ñan Museum, where you’ll learn about Ecuadorian culture and how the world is a little different on the equator. You can be part of different experiments that will prove that you are indeed at the Center of the Earth!

Overnight in Quito

Included: Breakfast, Quito City Tour, Local Market Visit and Cooking Class, Inti Ñan Museum Visit


Day 3

Time to head to the islands! You’ll catch an early morning flight to the Galapagos, with a short layover in Guayaquil.

After arriving, head to the highlands of Isla Santa Cruz with your local guide to observe giant tortoises roaming in the wild. Then, visit a local sugar cane farm! Here, the farmers will demonstrate how sugar cane is processed and turned into alcohol with the traditional "Trapiche."

In the afternoon you’ll visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. The station's visitor center and museums contain information about the islands and the conservation efforts to preserve the unique ecosystem here.

Finish up a great day with a group dinner and sample some local cuisine.

Overnight in Santa Cruz

Included: Breakfast, Domestic Flight to Galapagos, Giant Tortoise Visit in National Park, Trapiche Experience, Charles Darwin Research Station Visit, Dinner


Day 4

Ahoy! Today you’ll embark on the high seas for a yacht day tour of one of the nearby islands. The exact stops you’ll make depends on weather and water conditions, but you’re bound to have an incredible day no matter where you stop. You’ll get to explore the area by land on a light trek and by the sea while snorkeling. Potential destinations include Bartolome, North Seymour, South Plazas, or Santa Fe!

Overnight in Santa Cruz

Included: Breakfast, Island Exploration with Hiking and Snorkeling, Lunch


Day 5

On to the next island you go! After an early departure to Isabela by boat, you’ll arrive in Puerto Villamil.

Once you drop your bags at the hotel, it's time for the Tintoreras Tour. First, you’ll go on a Panga Ride where you’ll cruise the bay by boat looking for Blue Footed Boobies, Galapagos Penguins, Galapagos Sea Lions, Pacific Green Sea Turtles, and much more! Next, you’ll head out on a 45-minute hike around the islet, passing close to a huge Marine Iguana colony. Lastly, close out this action-packed day with snorkeling. The marine life includes turtles, sea lions, rays, sharks, and more!

Close out your day relaxing on the fabulous beaches of Isabela.

Overnight in Isabela

Included: Breakfast, Tintoreras Tour


Day 6

Today is all about volcanoes! You will enjoy a guided hike up to Sierra Negra volcano's summit for wonderful views into one of the largest calderas in the world. Hike along further for Volcan Chico views where you will feel like you are literally walking on the moon.

The rest of the day can be spent enjoying the beach or exploring on your own.

Hike Duration: 4-5 hours

Hike Distance: ~9.5 miles

Hike Difficulty: Moderate

Overnight in Isabela

Included: Breakfast, Sierra Negra Volcano Hike, Lunch


Day 7

The color of the day is pink as you’ll be visiting Flamingo Lagoon, where you will find one of the largest colonies of flamingos in the Galapagos.

Afterward, walk to the tortoise breeding center to learn more about these gentle giants and what the Galapagos National Park is doing to breed and release them into their natural environments.

This afternoon, take the speedboat back to Santa Cruz for your final night on the islands.

Overnight in Santa Cruz

Included: Breakfast, Flamingo Lagoon Visit, Tortoise Breeding Center Tour


Day 8

It’s time to say adios to the Galapagos and make your way back to the mainland! You’ll fly back to Quito and then check into your hotel.

Take the afternoon to do last-minute exploring, shopping, etc.!

This evening, get back together with the crew one last time to cheers to an incredible week at the farewell dinner.

Overnight in Quito

Included: Breakfast, Domestic Flight to Quito, Farewell Dinner


Day 9

Until next time!

Included: Breakfast, Airport Transfer

Departure: Fly out of Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO). TrovaTrip provide two transfers on the final morning.

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