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Galapagos Travel

Kayaking Galapagos

Overnight Land Expedition

from $2,605
7 days

Trip Type

Land

Active Adventure (Moderate)

Private Journey

Small Group Journey

When To Go

Year Round

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Trip Summary

Immerse yourself in one of the world’s richest and most unique marine ecosystem. This program is a
comprehensive kayaking experience with exclusive access to 3 different islands. Highly rated kayaking/
naturalist guides combine sea and land excursions for a full natural history and evolutionary tour. You will
be sure to encounter many friendly species of Galapagos wildlife as you paddle with penguins, sea lions,
marine iguanas, sea turtles and sharks. Snorkeling hiking and biking experiences enhance this one of a kind expedition.  Stay overnight at local Galapagos hotels.

This adventure is offered at two accommodation and service levels: Comfort or Premium and as a Private program. Private programs have flexible departure dates. 

Activities
Kayaking
Hiking
Cycling
Snorkeling

Itinerary Day By Day

Day 1

San Cristobal

After a morning flight to San Cristobal Island, you'll be transfered from the airport to your hotel. After
lunch and a quick introduction, head to the water for an easy paddling afternoon. You'll be fitted into your kayak and paddle along the coast to Darwin Bay. This is the site where the HMS Beagle first landed, when Darwin arrived to the Galapagos. Enjoy your first encounters with the local wildlife including sea lions, sea turtles,iguanas, frigate birds and boobies. After dinner, we’ll explore the friendly, laid-back beach town and stroll down the boardwalk to see an immense colony of endemic Galapagos sea lions. (L/D)

Accommodation Details

Casa Opuntia Comfort

Golden Bay Hotel Premium

Day 2

San Cristobal & Kicker Rock

Your second day begins with a visit to the Galapagos Interpretation Center to learn about the unique wildlife, geology, history, and social dynamics of the Galapagos. Continue your walk to Tijeretas (Darwin Bay) along natural trails formed of lava rocks. The path is surrounded by native plants like Galápagos cotton, palo santo, acacia, and cacti, and spot blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, pelicans, herons, gulls, warblers, mockingbirds, and finches in the vegetation and sea cliffs. Reach the coast line where your kayaks will be waiting, and continue paddling along the coastal bays and coves of San Cristobal’s north coast, full of blue footed boobies, frigate birds, sea lions, and sea turtles. You may see occasional rays and marine iguanas perching on lava rocks. Once you reach Isla Lobos, leave your kayaks and continue exploring by boat. You may visit Leon Dormido (Kicker Rock), Punta Pitt or Cerro Brujo. The visiting site will depend on the week day according to Galapagos National Park regulations. Don your snorkels and fins to interact with sea lions, as well as marine iguanas and countless reef fish. Swim with spotted eagle rays, golden rays, Galapagos sharks, starfish, clams, and fish of every shape, size, and color. With luck, you might even see some menacing but harmless hammerhead sharks! After a full day spent exploring the seas, head back to the hotel to prepare yourselves for a delicious dinner and a well-earned rest. (B/L/D)

Accommodation Details

Golden Bay Hotel Premium

Casa Opuntia Comfort

Day 3

Isabela Island

After breakfast, say goodbye to San Cristobal and take a quick, 40-minute plane ride to Isabela Island.
Upon arrival, jump into your kayaks and paddle along the coastline and around coves, islets and
mangroves, home to the endemic Galapagos penguin. Continue your journey, paddling through small
islets known as Las Tintoreras, where you can see hundreds of marine iguanas, reef sharks, scenic beaches
and lava formations. In the afternoon embark on an easy bike ride that will take you through a wide
variety of environments and ecosystems. Along the way, pass through white sand beaches, mangrove
forests and brackish lagoons, and into a lava tube cave. As you ride, pass giant tortoises, flamingos,
and other wildlife. At the end of your ride, arrive at el Muro de las Lagrimas (the Wall of Tears). When
Isabela was used as a penal colony, prisoners constructed this towering wall of lava rocks for no other
reason than to keep themselves distracted from the madness of isolation. After a gourmet dinner, you can
enjoy the well-appointed lounge or wander the idyllic sand streets of Puerto Villamil. (B/L/D)

Accommodation Details

Iguana Crossing Premium

Casita de la Playa Comfort

Day 4

Isabela Highlands

This morning, you'll be driven up the flanks of the Sierra Negra volcano until the road ends. Here, continue
on foot and hike into a surreal world of geological history. On the hike up, admire incredible
views of the surrounding volcanoes and sea, as well as the distinctive highland ecosystem surrounding you. But
the real prize is at the top where at the rim of the Sierra Negra volcano, you are treated to a truly breathtaking vista. Sierra Negra is the second largest active caldera on the planet, over six miles at its widest point. Hike the rim of this enormous crater and, if you feel energetic, continue on to the caldera of Volcan Chico, an otherworldly landscape of vibrant hues created by sulfur deposits. Here explore spectacular lava formations and fumaroles. After a stop at an idyllic tortoise reserve for lunch, head back to the lowlands in time to spend your last afternoon on Isabela relaxing on the perfect beaches and soaking up the island-life atmosphere. (B/L/D)

Accommodation Details

Iguana Crossing Premium

Casita de la Playa Comfort

Day 5

Santa Cruz Island

Wake up with the sea breeze and travel by speedboat or internal flight to Santa Cruz Island, keeping
an eye out for whales and dolphins along the way. After checking in at the hotel head to El Chato in
the Santa Cruz highlands to find the famous giant tortoise in its natural habitat. It is truly an honor to walk
in the stately presence of these gentle giants, who can live to be over 175 years old. You will also see
pintail ducks, Darwin’s finches, frigate birds, egrets, and the vermillion flycatcher. The next stop is the incredible lava tunnels on Santa Cruz, which formed an ideal hideout for the pirates that once frequented the Galapagos. Legend has it that they were also used to hide Inca gold stolen from Spanish ships. Next, a hike on Los Gemelos to view two deep volcanic sinkholes at the top of the island. Your path takes you through a forest of endemic Scalesia trees, where we will be on the lookout for the elusive short-eared owl. The trees are covered with ferns and epiphytes, and lend the forest a quiet, eerie feel. (B/L/D)

Accommodation Details

Angermeyer Inn

Day 6

Santa Cruz Island

This morning,  head back to sea in kayaks to explore the unique landscape of Punta Estrada and
Divine Bay. As you paddle through towering lava channel walls, you can see rays and white-tipped reef
sharks below in the serene, clear water. You can also paddle right up to the fearless blue-footed
boobies, lava gulls, herons, sally lightfoot crabs, and marine iguanas perched along the cliffs. After lunch, take a short hike through a distinctive dry forest to Tortuga Bay. Emerge from the forest onto Tortuga Bay, one of the most beautiful beaches in the Galapagos, with soft, fine sand and pristine turquoise waters, perfect for a relaxing afternoon. As evening comes, return to your hotel to celebrate a wonderful trip and enjoy our last
evening in the Galapagos. If there is enough time you'll stop for a visit at the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn from local scientists about the ongoing conservation efforts on these enchanted islands. The Research Station rears endemic plants, land iguanas, and giant tortoises for educational, scientific, and conservation purposes. Here, you can learn more about the diverse evolutionary paths and characteristics of the animals and plants that you osberved today. (B/L/D)

Accommodation Details

Angermeyer Inn

Day 7

Santa Cruz to Mainland Ecuador

Transfer to Baltra Island for your return flight to the mainland and bid a fond farewell to the Galapagos. (B)

Dates & Rates

TOUR TYPE & LEVEL2 GUESTS3 guests4 guestsSINGLE Supplement
PRIVATE: COMFORT$3265 PP$2665 PP$2605 PP$425
PRIVATE: PREMIUM$3720 PP $3120 PP$3085 PP$770

View Rate Notes

The above rates are per person, based on double occupancy and in US dollars unless indicated otherwise. Private programs operate year round with flexible anytime departure dates based on availability. Group rates available upon inquiry.

Deposit: 30% of trip cost. Deposits may be paid by credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express).

Final Payment: Due 90 days prior to departure.  Final payment is payable by check or wire only.

Additional Costs:

  • Airfare to/from Ecuador: Approximately $550 per adult
  • Galapagos National Park tax: $100 per person
  • Galapagos Transit fee: $20 per person
  • Extra hotel nights and transfers during tour or before and/or after in Ecuador or beyond
  • Additional surcharges for Christmas and New Year

Included: Meals as specified on itineraries (B/L/D); spring water with all meals; services of at least one licensed guide; all guided activities specified in itineraries; all necessary Galapagos land and sea transportation 

Not Included: Airfare to/from Galapagos or Ecuador; airport transfers and hotels in Mainland Ecuador; Galapagos National Park Tax; Galapagos Transit Fee; soft drinks, juices or alcoholic beverages; gratuities; entrance fees to national parks, reserves, or protected areas; laundry services

Cancellation Policy

All reservations cancelled with more than 90 days prior to departure are subject to a $250 handling fee per person. All reservations cancelled fewer than 90 days prior to departure (computed by date of receipt of written cancellation notice) are subject to the following schedule of fees:

  • 89 to 60 days prior to departure, 20% of the full price will be forfeited
  • 59 to 45 days prior to departure, 50% of the full price will be forfeited
  • 44 to 30 days prior to departure, 75% of the full price will be forfeited
  • 29 days or fewer prior to departure, full payment will be forfeited

Cancellations must be received in writing. Failure to secure a valid passport, visa or air arrangements does not waive this policy.

Trip Cancellation Insurance is strongly advised.

ExploringCircle Insurance Provider: TravelEx

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Accommodations

Trip Policy

Included: Meals as specified on itineraries (B/L/D); spring water with all meals; services of at least one licensed guide; all guided activities specified in itineraries; all necessary Galapagos land and sea transportation 

Not Included: Airfare to/from Galapagos or Ecuador; airport transfers and hotels in Mainland Ecuador; Galapagos National Park Tax; Galapagos Transit Fee; soft drinks, juices or alcoholic beverages; gratuities; entrance fees to national parks, reserves, or protected areas; laundry services

Cancellation Policy

All reservations cancelled with more than 90 days prior to departure are subject to a $250 handling fee per person. All reservations cancelled fewer than 90 days prior to departure (computed by date of receipt of written cancellation notice) are subject to the following schedule of fees:

  • 89 to 60 days prior to departure, 20% of the full price will be forfeited
  • 59 to 45 days prior to departure, 50% of the full price will be forfeited
  • 44 to 30 days prior to departure, 75% of the full price will be forfeited
  • 29 days or fewer prior to departure, full payment will be forfeited

Cancellations must be received in writing. Failure to secure a valid passport, visa or air arrangements does not waive this policy.

Trip Cancellation Insurance is strongly advised.

ExploringCircle Insurance Provider: TravelEx

ExploringCircle Terms and Conditions

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