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Check out the amazing Galapagos Islands on this epic 7 day adventure

Kick off your Galapagos adventure in Baltra, where not much happens, so it’s lucky we’re not sticking around for long. Head on over to Isla Isabela, where tortoises roam free and sharks have their very own alley to chill in, go iguana spotting in Tortuga Bay, splash about with a raft of sea lions and pay your respects to the late, great Lonesome George, who was the world’s last Giant Pinta tortoise, in Santa Cruz.

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Isla San Cristobal, Ecuador
Physical rating
Traveller’s rating
27 reviews
Min 18 , Max 29
Group size
Min 1, Max 15

Why we love this trip

  • Get a quick and dirty taste of Galapagos... well, maybe not dirty, but this short trip is jam-packed with adventure

  • Collect solid gold bragging rights after climbing Isla Isabela's volcano. The views don't get much better than this

  • Get up close and personal with the stars of the show: the Galapagos giant tortoises

  • Snorkel through underwater realms of freaky looking fish and sharks that don't actually bite

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip travels from island to island on speed boats. If you have trouble with motion sickness (even if you don’t really!) we recommend you visit your doctor before the trip to get some motion sickness medication.

  • Wildlife is a big focus on this trip. You'll be taking part in activities such as birdwatching, swimming and making visits to museums. It's a great trip for those who love nature and animals.

  • This trip includes a 17km hike (approximately 6-7 hours) on rocky terrain. We recommending bring comfortable walking shoes that offer good support.

  • While you're free to go diving if you so choose, our leaders are specifically prohibited from recommending or assisting with booking this activity. This is part of Geckos internal safety policy.


Welcome to Baltra, Galapagos Islands. Your tour begins with a welcome meeting where you join with a group who are arriving from Quito. Check the hotel lobby for a note regarding where and when the meeting will take place. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information, so please ensure you have these with you. Once you've joined the group, transfer to Puerto Ayora and board a speed boat for a three-hour ride to Isabela Island. On arrival, you'll need to pay the Isabela Island port fee of USD 5.

Joining this tour:
As this trip starts in the Galapagos, there are two joining points available.
Baltra Airport at 9:30am on day one: The tour guide will meet you in the arrivals hall with an Geckos sign.
Hotel Lobo de Mar Hotel- Address: Charles Darwin & 12 de Febrero Santa Cruz Island-Puerto Ayora at 12:45. This hotel is simply a meeting point, from here we will be taking An included transfer to Isabela.
Please advise no later than 15 days prior to departure, where you plan to join this trip.
Customer services phone number to call while in Galapagos if any issues: 0994014877

Please advise us where you plan to join the group no later than 15 days prior to departure.
It’s imperative that you are not late for these meeting times or you will miss the included transfer. In the case that you do arrive late and miss the transfer, we will assist you with meeting the group, however any additional costs will be payable by you.

If you are making your own way from Baltra Island (airport) to Santa Cruz (Puerto Ayora) please see instructions below-
Walk out of the arrivals hall and look out for the buses leaving either to Muelle or Canal.
From here you take the bus to the Canal (Itabaca Channel) the journey is approximately 10 minutes (free).
Once at the Itabaca Channel you have to cross by ferry, again the journey is approximately 10 minutes and about 1 USD per person to the other side (the northern side of the Santa Cruz)
From here you have two options:
Public bus – they only depart when they are full and you might have to wait for a while (3 USD per person) – 50 min ride
Taxi – the cost is approximately 20 USD for the whole taxi and you reach Puerto Ayora within 45 min.

If you wish to book a night or two prior to the tour commencing, we recommend booking the hotel in Santa Cruz. This way you can meet your fellow travellers on day one and take the included transfer to Isabela Island where the first night is spent.

Departure airport:
This trip finishes in San Cristobal, departure flights should be booked from this airport. If you plan on departing from an alternative airport in the Galapagos you will need to make your own way there. Please ensure you allow enough time for this by speaking with your travel agent.
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Isla Isabela - Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre (1 Hour)
  • Isla Isabela- Sierra Negra Volcano Hike (5-6 Hours)
Optional Activities
  • Kayak rental - USD30
  • Wet Suit rental - USD10
  • Isla Tintoreras - USD47
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Start with a visit to the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center for a chance to get a close encounter with these placid giants. Afterwards, move onto the Sierra Negra Wetlands where you can observe migratory birds like sandpipers, common stilts, plovers, flamingos, American oystercatchers and many other interesting species. After spending an hour here, take a bus to the Sierra Negra Volcano, the most active volcano on the Galapagos Islands and the largest crater in the world. Go for a challenging 17 kilometre hike up to the crater, which will take around six to seven hours in total. Please wear comfortable walking shoes that offer good support.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Enjoy a free day in Isla Isabela. You might like to do some of the optional activities, like an excursion to the small islet of Las Tintoreas. Here you can see the rare Galapagos penguin and journey through Shark Alley, where white tipped sharks rest during the day. This is also a great place to see the freaky-looking marine iguanas who nest here.
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Start the day with an early-morning speedboat ride to Isla Santa Cruz, which takes about two and a half hours. After settling into your hotel, head out to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and learn about the Charles Darwin Foundation's success in repopulating the islands with the once endangered land iguana and several species of giant tortoise. In the afternoon, head to the higher part of the island to observe the giant tortoise roaming in its natural habitat.
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Isla Santa Cruz - Charles Darwin Research Centre (45 Minutes)
  • Isla Santa Cruz - Highlands Visit (3 hours) - Dry Landing
Optional Activities
  • Isla Santa Cruz - Tortuga Bay visit (45 Minute walk, one way) - Free
  • Snorkelling gear rental - USD5
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
This morning you'll have some free time to do any optional activities you couldn't fit into your schedule yesterday. Later, travel to Isla San Cristobal for about three hours. In the afternoon, your leader will take you on a walking tour of San Cristobal. This evening and all of tomorrow is yours to explore the island at your own leisure. Take as much time to relax as you want or squeeze in as many optional activities as you can. See tomorrow's notes or ask your leader for ideas.
  • Hostel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Isla Lobos. - USD70
  • Kicker Rock excursion - USD120
  • Frigate Bird Hill - Free
  • Mann Beach - Free
  • Snorkelling gear rental - USD5
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today is completely free for you to see more of Isla San Cristobal and do any activities you couldn't do yesterday. Perhaps hike to Mann Beach where you can swim with sea lions, or climb up Frigate Bird Hill where you can enjoy incredible views over the islands. There's the option of taking a boat ride to Kicker Rock or Isla Lobos, a favoured excursion that involves swimming and snorkelling with the famous Galapagos marine life. Keep an eye out for sea turtles, eagle rays and the odd harmless Galapagos shark among many others.
  • Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Before saying goodbye to the Galapagos Islands, make one last visit to the Interpretation Center. Learn more about the natural history of the islands, human settlement and conservation. This is an awesome way to end your trip. Later, transfer to San Cristobal airport where your trip comes to an end.
If you are booking a departure flight for today, please ensure it's booked for anytime after 1pm.
Included Activities
  • Isla San Cristobal - Interpretation Center (45 minutes)
Optional Activities
  • Quito Market Discovery - USD99
  • Quito Sweet & Culinary Experience - Urban Adventures - USD103
  • Condors and Culture in Otavalo - USD156
  • Old Town & Gastronomic Urban Adventure - USD99
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.


2 breakfasts


Boat, Speed boat


Hostel (2 nights), Hotel (4 nights)

Included Activities

  • Isla Isabela - Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre (1 Hour)
  • Isla Isabela- Sierra Negra Volcano Hike (5-6 Hours)
  • Isla Santa Cruz - Charles Darwin Research Centre (45 Minutes)
  • Isla Santa Cruz - Highlands Visit (3 hours) - Dry Landing
  • Isla San Cristobal - Interpretation Center (45 minutes)


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Important notes

From 01st January 2018 the itinerary of this trip will change.

To constantly improve our itineraries we take on all feedback from our previous travellers and local teams.
From the 1st of January 2018 this itinerary will operate in a slightly different order so that the first day is not such a long travel day.

More details will be published in coming months, with the new itinerary outlined below:
(1) San Cristobal
(2) Isla San Cristobal
(3) Santa Cruz
(4) Isla Santa Cruz
(5) Isla Isabela
(6) Isla Isabela
(7) Santa Cruz

A Galapagos Transit Card fee of US$20 is payable on departure from Quito Airport (or whichever airport in Ecuador you are flying to the Galapagos from). The Galapagos park fee (US$100) and Isabela Port fee (US$10) are payable upon arrival to the islands (cash only). These amounts are in addition to your trip payment.
When booking, please ensure that your details are correct and they match your passport.
Your passport must match the booking details provided to us; otherwise it could cause issues with your transit card and internal flights resulting in purchasing a new card and flights at your own expense.

Single supplements are not available on this trip due to hotel capacity restrictions.

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