Galapagos Land-Based Safari

An epic, lodge-based Galapagos wildlife safari staying in some wonderful accommodation. Perfect for anyone who doesn't want to stay aboard an expedition ship.

Itinerary Summary

Duration
8 Days
Price
When
Year Round
Destination
Galapagos Islands
Type
Tailor-Made
Duration Price When Destination Type
8 Days Year Round Galapagos Islands Tailor-Made
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About this trip

This lodge-based Galapagos itinerary visits the incredible Santa Cruz and Isabela islands and includes boat trips to surrounding islands. This is an incredible way to see the wildlife of the Galapagos for those land-lovers with an aversion to spending too much time on the sea. Swim with playful sea lions; watch the blue footed boobies as they perform in a charming courtship dance; see the emblematic tortoises in their natural habitat and a whole host of other fearless animals.

 

What makes this trip extraordinary

  • Lodge-based Galapagos safari, ideal for those who don't want to stay on a ship, or who have already explored via cruise.
  • View the famous giant tortoises of the Galapagos Islands.
  • Snorkelling in the warm equatorial waters in search of sea turtles and tropical fish.
  • Get up close with the fearless wildlife of the Galapagos Islands.

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An eight day land-based safari in the Galapagos Islands

from $4,424 per person sharing, excluding international flights

Day by day

Day by day

Day 1

Arrive Santa Cruz Island

There is also the chance to see volcanic formations such as pit craters and lava tunnels. Later you visit the Giant Tortoise Reserve, where you can see these iconic giants of the Galapagos Islands in their natural habitat. You will also have the chance to view Darwin’s finches as well as other resident birdlife. Return to Galapagos Safari Camp for dinner and a sunset cocktail.

Overnight: Galapagos Safari Camp (L, D)

Days 2-3

Neighbouring islands

Bartolome Island, with its emblematic pinnacle rock, is often frequented by Galapagos penguins, and sea lions interact playfully with passing snorkelers. Nearby Santa Fe Island is home to land and marine iguanas, as well as frigatebirds and sea lion colonies. On South Plaza Island you will find land iguanas, red-billed tropicbirds, and swallow-tailed gulls. The Galapagos Marine Reserve is the second largest in the world and snorkelling off the boats, or from the beaches are a highlight of any Galapagos safari.

Overnight: Galapagos Safari Camp (B, L, D)

Day 4

Santa Cruz Island

After breakfast you are driven to the east of Santa Cruz Island. Cerro Mesa, rises 490m above sea level, offering breathtaking views and lays claim to the largest crater on the island. Here you can find seven subspecies of finch, a host of endemic plants as well as the vermilion flycatcher. After lunch you head to Garrapatero Beach, where you are presented with an intriguing contrast between mangroves, black lava rocks, powdery white sand and crystalline blue seas. Flamingos and other birdlife can be found at the nearby lagoon and it is a great place to enjoy optional activities such as kayaking or mountain biking.

Overnight: Galapagos Safari Camp (B, L, D)

Day 5

Isabela Island

Today you enjoy your last morning at the Galapagos Safari Camp. You are transferred to Puerto Ayora to board your fast boat across to Puerto Villamil on Isabela Island. Met on arrival you are transferred to your beautiful lodge. The afternoon is free for you to settle into your new surroundings.

Overnight: Scalesia Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 6

Isabela Island

Here you find solitary beaches, lava tunnels as well as natural pools and estuaries where flamingos and other birds reside. Later you visit the Tortoise Breeding Centre where the National Park is breeding tortoise in danger of extinction. Many tortoises have been released back into the wild and can be found on nearby trails. Finally, you will visit the ‘Wall of Tears’ constructed by prisoners between 1945 and 1959 when Isabela served as a penal colony.

Overnight: Scalesia Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 7

Isabela Island

Today you visit Sierra Negra Volcano. After driving to the highlands you begin a walk up this incredible volcano. It last erupted in 2005 and is considered the second largest active caldera on the planet and has a diameter of approximately 10 Kilometres. You will walk along the rim of this dramatic volcano which opens up to spectacular views. Your hike continues to Volcan Chico, where active sulphur vents can be seen and a dramatic collage of reds, yellows, oranges and blacks colour the rocky volcanic landscape.

Overnight: Scalesia Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 8

Depart Isabela Island

This morning you are escorted by boat back to Puerto Ayora before continuing by land to the island of Baltra in time for your connecting flight to mainland Ecuador.

TRIP DETAILS

TRIP INFORMATION

This is a tailor-made itinerary that can be amended to meet your specific requirements.

 

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