Galápagos Island Hopping with Quito

Galápagos Island Hopping with Quito


Maximize your time exploring the Galápagos Islands on this trip that includes flights to and from Quito, giving you plenty of time to hike, snorkel, and befriend the amazing wildlife of these cool islands.

  • Hike up Sierra Negra volcano
  • Observe flamingos at an isolated lagoon
  • Marvel at the unique wildlife of the Galápagos
  • Stay at a community guesthouse in Floreana

What’s Included

  • Hotels (6 nights); Community Guesthouse, Floreana Island (2 nights)
  • 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners (allow USD185-240 for meals not included)
  • Charles Darwin Research Centre visit (Santa Cruz Island)
  • Visit to Las Grietas
  • Snorkelling at Loberia (Floreana Island)
  • Flamingo Lagoon visit (Isabela Island)
  • Sierra Negra volcano hike
  • Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre visit
  • Tortuga Bay hike (Santa Cruz Island)
  • Isabela Municipal Tax
  • Internal flights, ie. between Quito and Galápagos Islands
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities, including speed boat, van, pickup truck, local bus, panga
  • Tour Leader/Naturalist Guide while in the Galápagos Islands (certified by the Galápagos National Park Authority), local Rep in Quito

Is this tour for me?

Physical Rating: 3 – Average

Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience: max 16, average 12

Age requirement: 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult

18-30s : Also available as a 7-day 18-30s tour from San Cristobal Island to Santa Cruz Island – from £637pp – see below

Day 1 Quito

Arrive at any time. There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.

Day 2 Quito/Puerto Ayora

Transfer to the Quito airport and catch a flight to the Galápagos. Arrive at Baltra and travel to the hotel in Santa Cruz. Later, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station for an introduction to some of the unique wildlife and history of the area before an evening welcome meeting.

Day 3 Puerto Ayora/Floreana Island

In the morning, walk to "Las Grietas" located across Academy Bay, walk through a rugged cactus forest on the way to this stunning lagoon. In the afternoon, hop on a speedboat to nearby Floreana Island. Stay in a community guesthouse and eat meals in the community restaurant to help to support community tourism on the island.

Day 4 Floreana Island

Walk along the black-sand beach until Loberia, and enjoy beach snorkelling or swimming. Head up to the seldom-visited highlands of Floreana. Enjoy guided walks to observe birds and other wildlife and learn about the area's natural history.

Day 5 Floreana Island/Isabela Island

Travel to Isabela Island. Hike up the active Sierra Negra Volcano and walk around the rim of the largest volcanic crater in the archipelago. Hike to the summit to experience a bird's-eye view of this magical landscape of the surrounding volcanoes and islands.

Day 6 Isabela Island

Enjoy free time in the morning, opt to take a wildlife boat excursion to 'Islote Tintoreras' to view breeding white-tip reef sharks, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, rays, and penguins. Later, visit the Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre. Explore the surroundings with a short walk to observe pink flamingos in the wetlands and catch a stunning Isabela sunset on the beach. Along the way, stop at a lookout point, and visit natural pools, beaches, and mangrove swamps. In the evening, relax at the bar or on the beach and opt to enjoy a drink at sunset.

Day 7 Isabela Island/Puerto Ayora

Travel by speedboat back to Santa Cruz Island. Later, enjoy a walk to Tortuga Bay, opt for a kayak, surf lessons or swim in the turquoise water. In the evening, enjoy free time to explore this bustling little town and sample some of the local restaurants and bars, or do a little last minute shopping.

Day 8 Puerto Ayora/Quito

Travel back to Baltra to catch the flight to Quito. Transfer to the hotel and enjoy the evening in the capital city. Retrace your footsteps to return to Baltra Island for the flight to Quito. Upon arrival in Quito, transfer to the hotel for one last night in town. The tour representative in Quito will be able to arrange many of the available day tours in and around Quito if you have time to spare. We highly recommend booking post-accommodation in this lively city.

Day 9 Quito

Depart at any time.

NB International flights are not included in the cost of this trip but can be arranged if requested.

18-30s  7-day tour: San Cristobal Island to Santa Cruz Island – from £637pp


  • Interpretation Centre Visit (San Cristóbal Island)
  • Hike to Sierra Negra Volcano (Isabela Island)
  • Isabela Highlands Camping
  • Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island)
  • Isabela Municipal Tax
  • Opportunities for snorkelling, swimming, and incredible wildlife encounters
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities


Multi-share hostel (4 nt), camping (2 nts)


4 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners


Speedboat, pickup truck, public bus, and private vehicle

Staff & experts

Group Leader and Naturalist Guide while in the Galápagos Islands (certified by the Galápagos National Park Authority).

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