Hidden Galapagos Private Adventure

Overview

See another side of the Galápagos on this lodge-based adventure that combines the enchanting islands of Santa Cruz and Isabela. Follow expert naturalist guides to explore hidden spots, where tourist boats don't go, and experience the many landscapes of this nature-lover's paradise. Each day brings a new excursion, including the fumaroles and caldera of Sierra Negra Volcano, snorkeling with Galápagos penguins and marine iguanas, and, of course, spotting the native wildlife for which these islands are known. Your trip begins and ends in historic Quito, the capital of Ecuador and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Kayak and snorkel among sea lions, marine iguanas, and sea turtles in the world's top nature destination

  • Hike to the giant caldera of Sierra Negra, one of the world's largest active volcanoes

  • Encounter giant tortoises as you follow trails in the company of expert Galápagos naturalist guides

  • Arrive: Quito, Ecuador
  • Depart: Quito, Ecuador
  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Group Size: 2-10 Guests
  • Minimum Age: 12 Years Old

Itinerary

  • Day01

    Arrive in Quito

    Welcome to the historic city of Quito, the capital of Ecuador. An MT Sobek representative will meet you outside customs at the airport and escort you to your hotel. After settling in at the hotel, the rest of the day is free unwind, take advantage of the hotel's pool and spa services, or begin your exploration of this dynamic city. Dinner is on your own tonight.

    • Accommodation: Swissôtel
    • Transportation: 45-minute private vehicle transfer
  • Day02

    Explore Quito

    After breakfast, enjoy a half-day guided sightseeing tour of colonial Quito, the oldest part of the city. This colorful neighborhood, one of UNESCO's first declared World Heritage Sites, is rich with Spanish colonial architecture, gilded churches, lively restaurants, museums and small shops. Your guide will explain the history and traditions of Quito and offer special insight into everyday life. After lunch in an area restaurant, the rest of the day is free to relax, shop, or explore on your own.

    • Accommodation: Swissôtel
    • Activity: 2.5-3 hour city walking tour
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day03

    Journey to the Galápagos Islands

    After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the Quito airport and fly to Baltra Island in the Galápagos. From here, connect with a local flight to Isabela Island, the largest of the islands, and transfer to your beachfront lodge in Puerto Villamil. Take the remainder of the day to swim and snorkel at the beach and explore the village with your guide. Be sure to keep an eye out overhead for blue-footed boobies and along the shoreline for Galápagos sea lions.

    • Accommodation: Casa de Marita
    • Activity: Swimming and snorkeling
    • Transportation: 2.5-hour flight transfers
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day04

    Hike the Sierra Negra Volcano

    Take an awe-inspiring hike up the Sierra Negra Volcano (4,890'), one of the most active volcanoes in the Galápagos. Hike two hours up a gradual incline to the massive crater's edge, walking among fumaroles and petrified lava formations. Along the way, enjoy spectacular views of the ocean and surrounding islands, and watch for endemic Galápagos hawks, martins, and vermilion flycatchers. From there, you can hike back down or extend your hike by continuing along the crater's rim.

    • Accommodation: Casa de Marita
    • Activity: 4-7 hours/10 miles hiking with 400' elevation gain and loss
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day05

    Explore Isabela Island

    Enjoy a full day exploring the sites of Isabela Island. After breakfast, head to Tintoreras islet, accessible only by small boats. The walk on Tintoreras is easy and a great opportunity to observe marine iguanas, sea lions, penguins, boobies, and herons. After the walk, snorkel among tropical fish, sea turtles, reef sharks, and, if you're lucky, even Galápagos penguins. After lunch, you can visit the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center, or simply relax at the hotel and swim from the beach.

    • Accommodation: Casa de Marita
    • Activity: 1.5 hours/0.7 miles walking plus snorkeling
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day06

    See the Highlands of Santa Cruz

    Awake early to swim or take a nature walk before your transfer to Puerto Villamil airport for the short flight to Baltra. From Baltra, transfer to Santa Cruz Island, stopping to visit the lush forests to search for Darwin's giant tortoises in their natural environment. Explore a lava tunnel, and enjoy lunch at a restaurant in the highlands. Later, continue the drive to the town of Puerto Ayora, the largest settlement in Galápagos, then check in to your hotel with time to relax or explore town.

  • Day07

    Explore Santa Cruz Island

    Start your day with an easy, 30-minute walk through a dry forest dominated by giant prickly-pear cactus. Arrive at the beautiful, white-sand Tortuga Beach, where you can kayak or swim in the calm waters of the bay. In the afternoon, visit the Charles Darwin Station or one of the nearby beaches. For an additional cost, you can ride horses on a private ranch in the highlands, take a dive trip to a nearby island, or take a boat trip to a nearby island to view wildlife.

  • Day08

    Return to Quito

    Transfer to the Baltra airport for your return flight to Quito. An MT Sobek representative will greet you at Quito airport and provide assistance to your nearby hotel. You can use your hotel room as a dayroom with extended check-out and depart on a late evening flight home, or you can use your room as an overnight room and depart the next day. Lunch and dinner are on your own today.

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Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

MT Sobek was one of the first North American companies to bring visitors to the Galápagos Islands, with an inaugural charter for the Sierra Club in 1970.

Reason #02

Guests love our Galápagos adventures because we work with our own team of expert naturalist guides - all certified to the highest level.

Reason #03

This trip is the perfect alternative to our yacht-based adventures with eight nights at comfortable hotels and inns, hand-picked by our Galápagos specialists.

Meet Our Guides

Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.

What To Expect

  • Activities

    Easy walks, snorkeling, kayaking, and enjoying the endemic wildlife that made these islands famous.

  • Lodging

    Island inns with fabulous beach & waterfront views. Enjoy your first nights at the luxurious Swissôtel in Quito and the last night at the convenient Wyndham.

  • Climate

    June is considered "cool" season in Galápagos with temperatures of 67-77°F and water temperatures of 65-72°F.

FAQ

  • When and where should I arrive?

    Arrive in Quito any time on Day 1. An MT Sobek representative will meet you and transfer you to the hotel. Most flights from the US arrive late at night.

  • When and where should I depart?

    You could depart Quito on a late evening flight on Day 8, or any time the following day. You'll have a room reserved for you on the evening of Day 8.

Dates & Pricing

Pricing Dates

Flexible Dates

We offer this trip on a private basis with seasonal departure dates that offer great flexibility (pending availability). Click below to request dates and an MT Sobek Regional Specialist will be in touch to help organize your private adventure.

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2019
$4,695.00 Price per person

Additional Cost

  • $980.00 Internal Airfare
  • $1,100.00 Single Supplement

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at welcome dinner
  • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide
  • All necessary specialty activity gear (include for camping, trekking trips)
  • All group activities and ground transportation
  • Arrival and departure day group airport transfers
  • Optional travel protection

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Galápagos National Park fee, collected upon arrival (Age 12 and older: $100 / Age 11 and younger: $50)
  • Lunch on Day 8 and dinners on Days 1, 2, 4, 7 and 8
  • Optional tips to your lead adventure guide
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Wetsuit rentals

Testimonials

  • "We always come home with wonderful memories of the people we meet and things we see. MT Sobek is an outstanding eco-friendly company to work with."

    Bob J.

    MT Sobek Guest

  • "Having visited the places that Darwin visited for his evolution theory makes you appreciate all we have in this world!"

    Laura C.

    MT Sobek Guest

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