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Galapagos Islands Adventure from New York

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Featuring The traditional capital of Quito, then the spectacular Galapagos wildlife & scenery of Santa Cruz & Isabela Islands; departs from New York
Style Small Group TourTravel with a small, intimate group of 15-24 likeminded travelers escorted by an English speaking guide and/or tour manager for some or all of your journey. More of these packages
18 travelers max, dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
Departures Scheduled Dates
Price Includes
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Hotel
  • Meals
  • Guides
  • Round-trip flights from New York (JFK) on LATAM Airlines, including fuel surcharges and taxes and fees
  • All transfers, ground transportation & Galapagos flights
  • Transportation between islands in shared charter speedboat
  • Superior class accommodations in Quito and in the Galapagos
  • 13 Meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 4 dinners
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours with a naturalist guide on the islands
  • Snorkeling gear
  • Galapagos National Park Fee ($100) & Transit Control Card ($20)
Optional
  • Amazon Optional Extension
Highlights Visit Los Gemelos lava chambers and a Giant Tortoise Reserve, See Concha de Perla, Explore Tortuga Bay
Departs New York Kennedy (JFK) (flight schedule)
Themes Active,  Nature & Wildlife
What to Expect This fast-paced, locally hosted tour involves a significant amount of walking or hiking, often on uneven terrain, and reaches high altitudes requiring a good level of physical fitness to fully enjoy the trip.
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Galapagos Islands Adventure tour itinerary The Galapagos Islands are among Ecuador’s jewels. More than 600 miles offshore in the Pacific, these islands are home to fascinating species of birds and animals such as marine iguanas, giant tortoises, blue and red-footed boobies, pelicans and even a few penguins. These are the legendary islands that inspired Charles Darwin to propose his theory of evolution. Stay on Santa Cruz and Isabela Islands for an incredible Galapagos experience, which includes flights, first-class hotels and most meals, as well as a truly fascinating program of exploration of the Galapagos. Don't wait a moment to book our new Galapagos Islands Adventure package. Space is truly very limited, and at these prices, you won't find a better value-for-money vacation anywhere.

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Dates, Prices & Options

Departure Dates & Prices

Departures & Prices
per person, double occupancy*
Depart Return Price
Thu Apr 20 2017 Thu Apr 27 2017 $2799 Departed
Thu Apr 27 2017 Thu May 4 2017 $2899 Departed
Thu May 11 2017 Thu May 18 2017 $2899 Closed
Thu May 18 2017 Thu May 25 2017 $2899 Closed
Thu May 25 2017 Thu Jun 1 2017 $2899 Closed
Thu Jun 1 2017 Thu Jun 8 2017 $2999 Closed
Thu Aug 24 2017 Thu Aug 31 2017 $3099 Closed
Thu Sep 14 2017 Thu Sep 21 2017 $2899 Closed
Thu Sep 28 2017 Thu Oct 5 2017 $2899 Closed
Thu Oct 12 2017 Thu Oct 19 2017 $2899 Closed
Thu Oct 26 2017 Thu Nov 2 2017 $2899 Closed
Thu Nov 9 2017 Thu Nov 16 2017 $2899 Closed
Thu Nov 23 2017 Thu Nov 30 2017 $2899 Closed
Thu Dec 7 2017 Thu Dec 14 2017 $2999 Closed

Want to stay longer? We may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates. Contact us about prices and availability.

Options, Extensions & Fees

Galapagos Islands Adventure
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Room Supplement +$549
Taxes & Fees
Galapagos National Park Fee of $100 included
INGALA Tourist Control Card of $20 included
Amazon Optional Extension1
Amazon Optional Extension +$699
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Room Supplement +$129

1. This extension requires a minimum of 2 passengers to operate. Flights for the extension must be confirmed separately by the airline, which typically takes 3-5 business days after you place your booking. We will notify you immediately when confirmed.

Flights & Departure Cities

Departure Airports
New York Kennedy (JFK) included

This package includes round-trip flights from the cities listed above. Please review the flight schedule, especially if you're booking connecting flights.

Coming from somewhere else? Unfortunately, we don't offer departures from cities that are not listed, but you can book your own connecting flights separately.

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Transfers: Transfers for this package are provided on a group basis only. For passengers deviating in any way from the group program, transfers are not provided. Individual, private transfers can be arranged at a supplement in price. Taxis and other forms of transportation are also available and may cost less than private transfers. If you wish to arrange private transfers, please request this service at the time of reservation.

How to Make a Reservation

To make a reservation, simply select an available departure date and reserve online using our secure booking system. Or call one of our travel specialists at 800-555-5765, Mon–Fri 9:30–6:00 Eastern time. But first, check out our Things to Know section.

We only require a per-person deposit payment, which you can pay with your credit card or PayPal account. This deposit will be applied towards the cost of your package, and is generally non-refundable (details). The balance is due 75 days prior to departure (or within 72 hours, if you're booking less than 75 days prior to departure), and can be paid by credit card, PayPal, check or money order.

Deposit
Deposit $600

Itinerary

Day 1: Depart JFK

  • Today, make your way to New York Kennedy International Airport and check-in for your flight
  • Depart JFK shortly before midnight on your overnight flight bound for Quito, Ecuador via Lima, Peru

Day 2: Arrive Quito, Ecuador

Accommodations: 1 night Wyndham Quito Airport Hotel or similar, Quito.

  • Arrive in Quito and transfer to your hotel
  • Enjoy the balance of the day at leisure

QuitoFull Day Itinerary: Today arrive in Quito (9,500 feet above sea level) and after customs formalities, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the balance of the day at leisure to explore Quito independently.

Day 3: Quito, Baltra Island & Santa Cruz Island

Accommodations: 1 night Galapagos Hotel (TBA), Puerto Ayora. Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Transfer to the airport for your flight to Baltra Island
  • Take a short ferry ride to Santa Cruz Island
  • Continue to Puerto Ayora for check-in and welcome drink and lunch
  • See Los Gemelos lava chambers
  • Explore a 600-acre private giant tortoise reserve

Sea lionFull Day Itinerary: After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for your flight to Baltra, gateway to the Galapagos Islands to begin your adventure. Next, take a short ferry ride across Itabaca Channel to Santa Cruz Island, then drive through the various micro climates on your way to the village of Puerto Ayora on the south side of the island. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel.

After lunch, you'll see Los Gemelos (The Twins), two enormous collapsed lava chambers - an awe-inspiring visual reminder of the power of nature. The path to the lava chambers a wonderful introduction to the great biodiversity of the Santa Cruz Highlands, teeming with endemic flora and fauna, including a Scalesia Forest draped in liverwort and mosses, as well as numerous birds such as Darwin Finches.

Giant tortoise, Santa Cruz IslandAfterward, drive to a 600-acre private reserve where giant Galapagos tortoises freely roam, graze and sleep. Feel free to mingle with these gentle giants. As prehistoric as these creatures look, wait until you hear what they sound like! Galapago is Spanish for tortoise, and the islands were named for these amazing creatures. There will be a selection of field boots for your use if conditions are muddy.

Next, you'll have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the remnants of an illuminated lava tunnel. Created by ancient lava flows, the tunnel is 1350 feet long with a ceiling nearly 20 feet high in most places, adorned with stalagmites & stalactites, mineral-colored walls, and a rippled lava floor.

Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Santa Cruz Island & Isabela Island

Accommodations: 1 night Isamar Hotel, Puerto Villamil. Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Board a speedboat and set off for Puerto Villamil on Isabela Island
  • See Concha de Perla
  • Afternoon at leisure for optional activities

Isabela IslandFull Day Itinerary: Early this mornging, board a shared charter speedboat embarking at approx. 7:00am and set off for Puerto Villamil on Isabela Island. The trip takes approximately two hours, and you may see some marine life such as whales, dolphins and manta rays among others. Upon arrival at Puerto Villamil, check in at the hotel.

Blue footed boobiesAfter breakfast at the hotel, set out to see Concha de Perla. Return to the hotel for lunch. The balance of the day is at leisure for optional activities.

 

Day 5: Isabela Island & Santa Cruz Island

Accommodations: 2 nights Galapagos Hotel (TBA), Puerto Ayora. Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Explore a small group of islands called Las Tintoreras
  • Take a walk through a lava field that is home to a colony of marine iguanas
  • Board a speedboat and return to Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island

Sally Lightfoot CrabFull Day Itinerary: After an early breakfast at the hotel, board a small craft and head out to Las Tintoreras, a small group of islands located just off the coast of Puerto Villami. Here, you’ll take an intriguing walk through a jagged lava field, passing abundant colonies of nesting marine iguanas and sea lions, to see a small canal of shallow waters, full of resting white-tipped reef sharks. After the walk, you have the opportunity to snorkel in this warm, shallow bay surrounded by mangroves, for an opportunity to see white-tipped reef sharks, sea lions, sea turtles, and, of course, the mystery of the mangrove below the surface.

This afternoon board a shared charter speedboat heading back to Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island. Upon arrival at the hotel, check in and enjoy some free time to explore the town of Puerto Ayora.

Day 6: Tortuga Bay & Santa Cruz Island

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Set out on tour of beautiful Tortuga Bay
  • See exotic native species on a walk through a cactus forest
  • Continue to a sandy beach to observe marine creatures in the shallow water
  • After a chance to swim, take a short hike to an iguana nesting site
  • Walk through a prickly pear forest then continue by boat back to the lodge
  • Visit the Charles Darwin Research Center independently after lunch

IguanaFull Day Itinerary: Depart after breakfast for a tour of Tortuga Bay. A short hike down a path will take you through a cactus forest, home to numerous Darwin Finches, Mockingbirds, Yellow Warblers, Lava Lizards and many more of the Galapagos’ endemic and native species. From the white sandy beach, you will have a chance to observe different marine species, like sting rays and baby reef sharks in the shallow waters of the mangroves.

After an opportunity to swim, take a short hike to a marine iguana nesting site. The walk back is through a prickly pear forest carpeted in crimson sesuvium with black lava outcroppings. A short boat ride brings you back to the hotel. Visit the Charles Darwin Research Center independently in the afternoon after lunch. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 7: Santa Cruz Island & Depart Quito

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Transfer to the Baltra airport for your flight back to Quito
  • Board your overnight return flight via Lima, Peru

Full Day Itinerary: After breakfast, head north along the Santa Cruz highway through the various vegetation zones of the island. The highway ends at a small port where you will board the ferry to Baltra Island. Continue to the Seymour Airport by bus passing through the rocky terrain and the remains of a strategic U.S. Army Air Force base constructed during World War 2. If time permits, take advantage of the souvenir shops at Seymour Airport before boarding your flight to Quito. Later this evening, board your overnight return flight via Lima, Peru.

Day 8: Arrive JFK

  • Arrive at JFK this morning

 

Inter-Island Transportation

The Galapagos Islands are connected by shared charter speedboats that take travelers from one island to another. Unfortunately, most of the boats tend to be small, and the trip from island to island can be choppy. Be patient with this means of transport, as it is not possible to enjoy the incredible experiences found only on these islands without being able to get from place to place. Generally the trips can last 2 hours. While the inter-island trips can be bumpy at times due to rough seas, you'll travel in the relative comfort of our boats, which are among the best in the islands.

 

Important Travelers Notes

Due to the fragile ecosystem on the islands, there are very few roads accessible by motorized vehicles. Some venues within the islands may be accessed by foot only. When touring the islands, you may expect considerable amount of walking, often on uneven terrain. If you are prone to motion sickness, we highly recommend that you bring medication to counter the effects of motion sickness. We strongly recommend that you consult with your physician regarding any concerns.

The Red Mangrove hotels on this tour are the finest properties available on the Galapagos, These are small, intimate and unique hotels, with all the necessary amenities, but accommodations are more basic than lavish, as the delicate island ecosystems cannot support large luxury hotels. Click the hotel names above for more details.

Amazon Optional Extension

Why not take advantage of your already-included international airfare to visit the fascinating Ecuadorian Amazon. Passengers taking the post-tour extension will arrive in the U.S. 3 days later than the dates listed.

Day 7: Santa Cruz Island & Quito

Accommodations: 1 night Wyndham Quito Airport Hotel or similar, Quito. Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Transfer to the Baltra airport for your flight back to Quito
  • Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for check-in
  • Enjoy the balance of the day at leisure

Full Day Itinerary: After breakfast, head north along the Santa Cruz highway through the various vegetation zones of the island. The highway ends at a small port where you will board the ferry to Baltra Island. Continue to the Seymour Airport by bus passing through the rocky terrain and the remains of a strategic U.S. Army Air Force base constructed during World War 2. If time permits, take advantage of the souvenir shops at Seymour Airport before boarding your flight to Quito. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for check-in.

Day 8: Quito, Papallacta & Ecuadorian Amazon

Accommodations: 2 nights Casa del Suizo, Punta Ahuano. Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.

  • Drive to the Ecuadorian Amazon
  • Stop en route at Papallacta hot springs
  • Continue to Punta Ahuano for a canoe ride on the Napo River to the lodge
  • Welcome cocktail and dinner

Casa del Suizo, AmazonFull Day Itinerary: After breakfast today, set out along a scenic stretch of road overlooking lush green valleys and sparkling waterfalls. En route, stop at Papallacta, a small resort town known for its thermal springs tucked high away in an Andean valley (11,000 feet above sea level). You’ll have the option to bathe in the hot springs ($19 per person, includes hot springs entrance, towel, and locker) or independently explore the surrounding area by foot.

Continue by van/coach and arrive this afternoon at Punta Ahuano, a tiny port town on the north bank of the Napo River, where piraguas (canoes) await you for a short ride downstream to your lodge. After check-in, sip a refreshing welcome cocktail and dinner.

Day 9: Amazon

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Enjoy a full day of activities at the Amazon lodge

Quechua face painting, Casa del SuizoFull Day Itinerary: Enjoy a full day exploring the wonders of the Napo River Amazon region. After a short walk through the jungle, your guide will present you with the itinerary for the day. Some of the activities available include a visit to a Quechua family, a demonstration of indigenous animal trapping techniques, nature hikes and river rafting or tubing along the Napo River. The activities for the day will be determined at the discretion of the tour guide to best fit your group’s abilities and interests. Time permitting, other independent activities may be available at additional cost.

Day 10: Amazon & Depart Quito

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Today, transfer to the Quito Airport
  • Check-in for your return flight home via Lima, Peru

Canoe ride, Napo RiverFull Day Itinerary: After breakfast, set out on canoes again to return to Punta Ahuano. Continue by van/coach along the scenic Andes Mountain range back to Quito. Arrive at the airport and check-in for your overnight return flight home via Lima, Peru.

Day 11: Arrive JFK

  • Arrive at JFK this morning

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I returned last night from my first trip with Friendly Planet. What a glorious adventure this was. Our guide, Dennis, is a remarkable, knowledgeable, and patient man with a great sense of humor. (He humored me when—after our first stop—I saw the need to feed stray dogs along the way.) Food and hotels were all magnificent. I learned so much. Ecuador and the beautiful people will be forever in my heart. Thank you very much, Friendly Planet.

Liesel Appel, Asheville, NC

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