Galápagos on a Shoestring

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Please note, these local payments are not included in the price of this tour.

+20.00 USD (Transit Control Card)+100.00 USD (Galapagos Park Fee)
9 days,Quito to Quito

Witness whitetip sharks at 'Shark Alley', travel by public speedboats around the Galapagos Islands, camp in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island with views towards the ocean, visit Charles Darwin Research Station and the Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre, hike Sierra Negra Volcano.

This 9-day adventure is perfect for those who want to experience the incredible wildlife and scenery of the Galapagos Islands but prefer to sleep on shore—so your time on the water is limited to commuting between islands. Go ashore at the lesser-visited island of Isabela and spend your days with playful sea lions, giant manta rays and the Galapagos giant tortoise. With fewer inclusions but plenty of options, you can choose which activities are right for you and experience one of the natural wonders of the world on a budget.

What's Included

  • Visit to the Interpretation Centre (San Cristóbal)
  • Hike to "Las Tijeretas" (San Cristóbal)
  • Full-day hike of Sierra Negra Volcano
  • Visit to Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz)
  • Visit to the "Muro de las Lagrimas" and Tortoise Breeding Centre (Isabela Island)
  • Isabela Municipal Tax
  • Opportunities for snorkelling, swimming and Incredible wildlife encounters
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • 1 lunch, 1 dinner (Allow USD255-340 for meals not included. You must pay a USD20 Tourist Transit card fee at the Quito airport, a USD100 (cash) Galapagos park entry fee immediately upon arrival to the islands (subject to increase) and USD5 for the Isabela Municipal tax.)
  • Plane, public speedboat, van, pickup truck, Zodiac, public bus.
  • Local naturalist guide for included activities in the Galapagos Islands (certified by the Galapagos National Park), Local G Adventures representative in Quito.
  • Small group experience; Max 16, Avg 10
  • Simple hotels (7 nts, some multi-share), camping (1 nt).

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Places Visited


Day 1Quito

Arrive at any time.

Day 2Quito/San Cristóbal Island

Fly to San Cristóbal Island. Visit the Interpretation Centre and hike to 'Las Tijeretas' for birdwatching.

Day 3San Cristóbal Island

Enjoy a free day to chill out. Swim in the bay, anyone?

Day 4San Cristóbal Island/Isla Santa Cruz(1L, 1D)

Take a morning speedboat to Santa Cruz. See giant Galapagos land tortoises in the wild, then camp in the highlands at a sustainable living farm area.

Day 5Isla Santa Cruz/Isla Isabela

Travel by speedboat to Isabela Island. Visit the Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre as well as the 'Wall of Tears'.

Day 6Isla Isabela

Enjoy a full-day excursion to Sierra Negra Volcano.

Day 7Isla Isabela/Puerto Ayora

Hop on a speedboat to Santa Cruz and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. Free time to walk to beautiful Tortuga Bay in the afternoon. Opt to get active by kayaking, mountain biking or snorkelling.

Day 8Puerto Ayora/Quito

Say goodbye to the Galapagos Islands and take a morning flight back to Quito. Enjoy a final night out with the group.

Day 9Quito

Depart at any time.

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