The Galapagos are a once in a lifetime opportunity to witness the living panorama of nature’s evolutionary tapestry. Totally Latin America offer luxury Galapagos vacations from your base on Santa Cruz Island which is the perfect vantage point to explore the treasures of the archipelago. Land based tours, hiking, boat excursions, swimming, snorkeling, (optional diving) snorkeling and myriad other fascinating activities all await you in this wonderland of nature. The landscapes of the islands are each unique and hold their own treasures of geology, flora and fauna. Evolution was the focus for Charles Darwin in 1835 and to this day the islands and habitats continue to do so like no other place on our planet. Venture out and you too will evolve!
This evolutionary journey will leave you forever changed and enriched by the understanding of life’s ever changing, ever evolving beauty…
QUICK OVERVIEW BY DAY:
- Day 01 – Arrive Quito
- Day 02 – Morning City Tour of Colonial Quito
- Day 03 – Santa Cruz Island & Charles Darwin Research Station
- Day 04 – 06 – Island Visits Galapagos* (Option of Diving for certified divers)
- Day 07 – Fly to Guayaquil/Quito and Depart
GALAPAGOS: ESSENTIAL 6 DAYS
NOTE: Due to Galapagos National Park regulations, tour descriptions are subject to change at any time. Photos shown on this page are for reference only. The hotel included in the program may vary depending on the level of accommodations you require and availability. Island visits are examples only and are subject to change. Please contact your luxury Galapagos vacation expert at Totally Latin America for details.
Our trips are tailor-made to suit your requirements. Contact a luxury Galapagos Vacations expert for a comprehensive itinerary and pricing:
- US$ 750+ per person per day (based on 5-star hotels)**
- US$ 700 – 750 per person per day (based on 4-star hotels)**
- US$ 600 – 700 per person per day (based on 3-star hotels)**
**NOTE: The price of the trip varies greatly depending on the level of hotels that are included in your trip. Talk to a travel expert about the hotels that best meets your budget expectations.
Included in the Price:
- Guided excursions as described in itinerary.
- Hotel nights + breakfasts.
- Airport collections and drop-offs with check-in and baggage assistance.
- 24 Hour emergency contact number and assistance (in-country).
Not Included in the Price:
- International flights.
- Domestic flight package. Flights needed Quito – Galapagos – Quito/Guayaquil. Approximate cost US$ 460 – 600. We can purchase these flights on your behalf.
- INGALA Transit Control Card – US$ 20 pp (subject to change at any time).
- Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee: US$ 100 pp (adult) / US$ 50 pp (child) (subject to change at any time).
- Tips or gratuities.
- Other meals not stated in the itinerary.
- Travel insurance.
You can travel to the Galapagos anytime of the year. There isn’t really a good or bad time to travel, simply different times. When you travel could depend on the wildlife that you want to see, breading patterns or when the water is warmer for snorkeling. There are many considerations! December – February offers a warmer climate, and sea temperatures also start to increase meaning that you’ll probably not need a wet suit for snorkeling come February. Over Christmas and New Year hotel prices are usually higher availability is often challenging (often booked up 12-16 months in advance). March – April: These are the warmest months of the year and an increasingly popular time to travel. During these months you’ll want air-conditioning in your hotel to offset the scorching sun. May – July: Temperatures in the Galapagos start to cool off, so a great time for exploring the islands. This is a popular period to travel, so booking with lots of anticipation is important during this period. Towards the end of these months, nighttime temperatures can get a little nippy, so you’ll need to be prepared with a light jacket or jumper. August – November: These are the coolest months in the Galapagos. This period is known as the “garua” period as the islands and seas are encapsulated in a light mist. If hiking in the highlands you may require a light water-proof jacket. August and September are known for having choppier seas. These months are good for snorkeling as the water is clearer, but due to the lower sea temperatures a wetsuit is usually required. This would be considered low season in the Galapagos.
Booking With Anticipation
We highly recommend that you plan your Galapagos vacation with as much anticipation as possible. It is not uncommon over holiday periods and during high-season (April – July) that hotels are booked up 12- 16 months in advance.
Dates are flexible and customized to meet your needs. Let us know which dates work best for you and we will tailor the itinerary accordingly.
This Galapagos vacation package is suitable for people looking for an active trip that includes light-adventure. It is suitable for all ages but consider carefully taking young children or babies to the Galapagos. We recommend a minimum age of 8 years for children.
Easy – Moderate: This Galapagos travel package is suitable for most people. It is recommended to have a good level of fitness and mobility as island excursions can include moderately-challenging hikes of 1-2 hours (often in warm conditions). Some island excursions require wet landings, meaning that you’ll be taken close to the shore in a zodiac boat, and you’ll disembark in shallow water.
- Galapagos Islands
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