Galapagos by land
take in the stunning wildlife and beaches of the enchanted islands with your feet on solid ground
An alternative view of the beautiful Galapagos Islands. This unique land based experience includes two of the archipelago’s inhabited islands. Great for those who want to avoid the crowds and experience the islands like the natives. There are some lovely walks and opportunities to see the unique wildlife of the Galapagos.
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Day 1: Arrive in Guayaquil where you will be met and transferred to a central hotel.
Days 2-5: Next day fly to Baltra, separated by a small channel from Santa Cruz, and stay four nights by the sea in the town of Puerto Ayora or in the highlands, 45 minutes from the town. Close to town is the Charles Darwin Research Station, once home to the late Lonesome George, but still the site of an impressive giant tortoise breeding program. The island has some beautiful white beaches and some impressive lava tunnels.
Days 6-8: Take a hopper flight to Puerto Villamil, the only town on the island of Isabela, the largest and one of the youngest islands in the archipelago. Stay three nights at one of the island's beach front hotels with free days to visit the active Sierra Negra volcano, the 'wall of tears' and the giant tortoise breeding centre. Snorkelling and diving can also be arranged in the wildlife diverse waters surrounding the island.
Days 9-10: Fly back to Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and home to the vibrant Malecón (a restored section of the historic Simón Bolivar pier) and the colourful neighbourhood of Las Peñas, where there are a number of art galleries. Spend the night in the city before flying home the following day, or connect with a same day international flight.
In the following section you will see our suggested options for possible accommodation.
The estimated flight cost included in this itinerary (assuming international flights from the UK plus any internal flights that are necessary) is £1,675 per person.
Standard - £3,300
- Hampton Inn by Hilton - within walking distance of Guayaquil's main sites, including the Malecon.
- Hotel Albermarle - walking out of the hotel you will be on the pristine white sand of Isabela's main beach.
- Red Mangrove Inn - in the heart of Puerto Ayora and a stones throw from the Charles Darwin Research Station.
Luxury - £3,900
Price and validity notes
We have tried to give you as accurate an idea of prices as possible, including meals where appropriate (but not when there are good local options so you don't pay for a meal that you might not want), accommodation, transfers, and any tours we have included.
All prices are per person based on two people sharing a room and are intended as a guide (local high or low seasons can cause some variation). All prices were correct when published but may vary with exchange rate fluctuations, fuel surcharges, or changes in the general economic situation.