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.

Duration 8 Days
Price From $4,375
When Year Round
Destination Galapagos Islands

Safari Overview

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.

Spend your time in luxury accommodation and enjoy day excursions to some stunning Galapagos sites.

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Day by day

Day 1

Arrive Santa Cruz Island

Today you arrive to the Galapagos Islands. Met on arrival in Baltra by your expert naturalist guide, you will cross the narrow Itabaca Channel to Santa Cruz Island before heading to the highlands to a local farm for lunch. After lunch, explore the area characterised by differing vegetation and microclimates including Scalesia and Guayabillo forests.

Overnight: Galapagos Safari Camp L, D

Days 2-3

Neighbouring islands

Over the next two days you will enjoy boat safaris to uninhabited neighbouring islands. On North Seymour Island, you may see magnificent and giant frigatebirds nesting, blue-footed boobies showing off their dazzling feet in their courtship dance and sea lions relax lazily on the beaches.

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

This morning you take a short dinghy ride to Las Tintoreras Islets. Formed by lava flows, its name is derived from ‘tintoreras’, the Spanish name for white-tipped reef sharks which often frequent the turquoise waters around the islets. The Galapagos penguin is often seen here as well as marine iguanas. A stunning place to snorkel; the waters are filled with tropical fish and playful sea lion pups join you for a swim. After lunch, you visit Los Humedales, an area identified by the four types of mangroves found in the Galapagos.

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.

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