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Destination

Ecuador

Duration

6 Days

Price

From $4,298 pp

This itinerary has been specially designed for land - lovers with activities arranged exclusively on Santa Cruz Island with no boat excursions. Experience up close encounters with giant tortoises, abundant bird life, nature walks and take advantage of the optional opportunities to kayak or bike.

Days Activities Accommodations
Day 1
Guayaquil
  • Airport Transfer (Arrival)
Oro Verde - Standard Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 2
Guayaquil - Galapagos - Santa Cruz Island
  • Airport Transfer (Depart)
  • In Search of the Giant Tortoise
Galapagos Safari Camp - Luxury Tent
Full Board
Day 3
Santa Cruz Island - Galapagos
  • Nature Walk
Galapagos Safari Camp - Luxury Tent
Full Board
Day 4
Santa Cruz Island - Galapagos
  • Exploring the East
Galapagos Safari Camp - Luxury Tent
Full Board
Day 5
Santa Cruz Island - Galapagos
  • Science and Relaxation
Galapagos Safari Camp - Luxury Tent
Full Board
Day 6
Galapagos
  • Sunrise Walk and Departure

Day 1
Guayaquil

Welcome to Ecuador! Upon arrival at the airport, you will be greeted by one of our local Travelous, English-speaking representatives who will be holding a sign with your name printed on it. Your representative will accompany you to your hotel and assist you with check-in.

Oro Verde - Deluxe Room

Day 2
Guayaquil - Galapagos - Santa Cruz Island

Transfer in private vehicle with full assistance from your hotel to Airport.

Having been met by an English-speaking-naturalist guide at Baltra Airport, you will cross the narrow Itabaca Channel to Santa Cruz Island, heading up to a farm in the Highlands for a delicious lunch. You will then have the opportunity to explore the area's vegetation and microclimates, as well as Pit Craters and Lava Tunnels, and to become acquainted with its endemic Scalesia and Guayabillo forests. At the Tortoise Reserve you will experience the emblematic Giant Tortoises in their natural habitat, in addition to the abundant bird life of the highlands. Your afternoon will conclude at Galapagos Safari Camp, with a sunset cocktail followed by dinner.

Galapagos Safari Camp - Luxury Tent

Day 3
Santa Cruz Island - Galapagos

Accompanied by your guide, you will follow a 5 km trail uphill to Media Luna, walking through the Miconia zone, which a virtual monoculture of Miconia Robinsonia. You will see a variety of ferns, including the lovely Galapagos tree fern. You can hike up to Puntudo, a pointy volcanic cone, or to the highest point on the island, Cerro Crocker (864 m). Ornithologists and birdwatchers will be particularly captivated with this area, since it is home to several interesting species, such as rails, finches and petrels.

Galapagos Safari Camp - Luxury Tent

Day 4
Santa Cruz Island - Galapagos

In the morning you will be driven to the eastern part of the island. At 490m above sea level, Cerro Mesa offers spectacular views and boasts the largest crater on Santa Cruz Island. It is home to a number of endemic plants, as well as seven subspecies of finch and the vermilion flycatcher. After lunch you will visit Garrapatero Beach, where the contrast of mangroves, black lava, white sand and turquoise water, along with its birdlife and flamingo lagoon, is magnificent. Kayaking and mountain biking are optional activities.

Galapagos Safari Camp - Luxury Tent

Day 5
Santa Cruz Island - Galapagos

Take a tour of the Charles Darwin Research Station in the morning, followed by lunch in one of Puerto Ayora's vibrant restaurants. You can spend the rest of the day relaxing at Tortuga Bay, which is a wonderful long white sandy beach. There is a good trail to get there, with some very impressive cacti along the way. At the end of the bay there is a large, mangrove lagoon, rich in wildlife and ideal for swimming.

Galapagos Safari Camp - Luxury Tent

Day 6
Galapagos

On your last day you can tour Galapagos Safari Camp at leisure or enjoy the sunrise before your airport transfer.

With its abundance of plants, animals, microorganisms and ecosystem, its four natural regions (Amazon, Andes, Galapagos, Pacific Coast, and its relatively small surface (approximately 280,000 km2/173938.88 square miles), Ecuador positions itself as the most diverse country per square meter in the world. A touristic paradise where in just a few days you can discover the glory of the Andes, bathe on lush Pacific Ocean beaches, explore the richness of the Amazon and marvel at the wonders of the Galapagos Islands.

Oro Verde

Hotel Oro Verde offers 236 rooms and suites, recently refurbished with all the services you can expect from a world class hotel. High speed WIFI Internet, 300 thread sheets, mini bar with complimentary soft drinks, coffee maker and electric kettle in your room are some of the amenities available to you. Stay fit in the renovated fitness center or relax in our comfortable and exclusive Wet-Spa with sauna, whirlpool and steam room. End your day with a relaxing massage or swim in the outdoor pool.Savour a delicious meal at Le Gourmet. Consistently recognized as one of the best restaurants in Ecuador, LE GOURMET offers contemporary cuisine in a magnificent classical author environment.

Equipped with King, Queen or two Twin beds the newly refurbished deluxe rooms offer a fresh, bright and spacious atmosphere; ideal for relaxation.From 270 to 345 sq ft., the Deluxe rooms are complemented with fully remodeled bathrooms with rainfall showerheads, bathrobes and slippers. Amenities Hair dryer Internet access via WiFi Complimentary Airport - Hotel - Airport Shuttle In room massage available 32 inch Television with cable TV Free soft drinks in the Mini Bar Coffe maker and kettle in the room. Free parking

Galapagos Safari Camp

The Galapagos archipelago is one of the last places on the planet to be relatively untouched by man. With only 3 per cent of their landmass inhabited, the islands support a number of remarkable ecosystems, as well as being home to one of the planet"s most important marine reserves. The Enchanted Islands, as they are known, lie at the crossroads of science, nature, exploration and literature.Galapagos Safari Camp is a new way to experience the Galapagos, either in addition to a cruise or as a unique destination in itself. The eco-luxury tented camp - one of the first in Latin America - follows the African safari tradition in which guests enjoy total comfort under canvas while experiencing nature in its purest form.

Erected on wooden platforms, the Luxury Tents are composed of three layers: one to protect against the sun, another against the rain and an inner canvas shell. Inside they are spacious (27m2), and their custom-made furniture was designed with comfort, practicality and elegance in mind. Twin beds can be joined to become one queen bed; and there are cupboards, a writing desk and a fan/heater for temperature control. A sofa bed can be added for children under 12. The en suite bathrooms are tastefully designed with hot power showers and flush toilets. All the tents have a large balcony with a hammock and chairs from which to take in the wonderful view.

Terms and Conditions

What's Included:

  • Accommodation, Activities, Transfers, Meals, and Fees as indicated on your itinerary. Local and international traveler assistance during your tour. Specialised and personalised services.

What's not Included:

  • Airfare to/from the Tour start point, including domestic or inter-country connecting flights, unless otherwise stated in itinerary.
  • tips and gratuities
  • items of a personal nature such as incidentals, excess baggage charges
  • airport taxes/entrance fees, port charges, foreign government departure taxes
  • Visas (unless otherwise indicated), Inspection, Customs, Immigration and Naturalization fees Additional fuel surcharges on cruises
  • Travel Insurance including Medical, Lost Baggage and Trip cancellation
  • Optional activities (golf, watersports, etc.)
  • any other activities or items not explicitly advertised as included in the price of a Tour

 

Reservations/Booking and Deposits:  To book a Tour, each Traveler (or leader of a Group of Travelers) must submit:

 

A.     A completed booking form signed electronically by the main Traveler. By submitting the booking form on the payments page, the traveler accepts our full Terms and Conditions.  

B.     A deposit of 30% of the Tour price (minimum $250 per person), is due immediately upon booking.

C.     The full balance of the trip cost is due ninety days (90) before the trip departure date.

D.      If you book your trip with us ninety days (90 days) or less before the departure date, the full cost of the trip is due at that time.

E.      In the instance payment is made by certified check or wire transfer, reservations will only commence once the check is cleared.

F.      Availability of Services and Accommodations cannot be guaranteed until a Tour is booked.  We will exercise our best efforts to book the Services and Accommodations described in the Tour Itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of Tour date, we may be forced to offer substitutes.  In this instance we will notify you as soon as possible and try to substitute comparable Services and Accommodations based on availability.

G.     Ticketing & credit card processing for international transport and other select domestic airfare pertaining to a specific country is done by a 3rd party and not included in your total land package price unless otherwise stated.

H.     Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $250 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.

       *NOTE: Certain destinations require a 30% non-refundable deposit at the time of booking and therefore, would supersede our standard cancellation policy prior to 90 days in this instance.

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