Quito to Galapagos Habitat
This 7-day Quito to Galapagos Habitat Expedition gives you the opportunity to take in the sights and sounds of vibrant and historical Quito, before heading to the natural wonders of the Galapagos archipelago for 4 days of excursions to key sites while based in the gorgeous, eco-luxury Galapagos Habitat Hotel. Your every need will be catered for while you enjoy the island paradise that inspired Darwin and generations of naturalists after him.
Starting from $4,190 per person
Pricing includes everything from your international arrival to your departure, with the exception of flights and a few lunches and dinners.
HOW IT WORKS
- Visit key historic, cultural and culinary sites in Quito, the capital city of Ecuador, and enjoy a trip to the equatorial line at Mitad del Mundo.
- Fly to the Galapagos islands where you will stay at the gorgeous eco-luxury lodge, the Galapagos Habitat Hotel, which blends in with the surrounding mangrove forest.
- Enjoy excursions to some of the key sites of the Galapagos archipelago, either on foot or on the hotel’s exclusive Windrose yacht. You’ll visit the Darwin Research Station, North Seymour Island, Bachas Beach, Bartholomew Island, Chinese Hat, South Plaza Island and Santa Fe.
- During your visit, you’ll be likely to encounter blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds, sea turtles, Galapagos sharks, sea lions, marine iguanas, crabs, Galapagos penguins and many more magnificent local animals.
- Relax on beautiful beaches and swim and snorkel in the clear turquoise waters of this equatorial paradise.
Welcome to Quito, the capital city of Ecuador! After a long flight, you all deserve some rest and relaxation. A SA Expeditions representative will pick you and your family up from the airport and take you to your hotel. With a historical center surrounded by modern districts, you can choose the setting for your night’s stay in the capital city.
Not far from ancient Inca ruins, the city of Quito effortlessly balances modern sophistication with traditional culture. Start your kiddy-friendly tour at the neo-gothic Basilica where you can spot your first (stone) Galapagos tortoises. Next, the whole family will learn to make a sweet-savory local pastry known as an Ecuadorean quesadilla. After snapping a few shots of the Presidential Guards in their smart purple uniforms, you'll head to the fascinating Mitad del Mundo site, located on the Equator. At the Inti Ñan Museum, take part in some of the quirky experiments on offer – watch how the water runs in different directions in the Northern and Southern hemisphere and balance an egg on a pinhead.
After a scrumptious breakfast in your Quito hotel, hop on a morning flight to the Galapagos Islands. Begin your island exploration along the north shores of Santa Cruz, where the landscapes are just as whacky and diverse as the plants and animals. You'll have the opportunity to visit the highlands and see giant tortoises on their natural habitat. A guided tour of the Charles Darwin Research Station on the Santa Cruz Island will allow you to view a staggering natural history collection that includes specimens of over nine thousand species, and to learn about the creative conservation efforts that have been applied in order to protect one of the island's most popular residents. Then make your way to the Galapagos Habitat Hotel to enjoy the rest of the afternoon/evening at your leisure.
You’ll navigate for around two hours to your first stop at North Seymour Island. This island is great for hiking. There is a circular path about 2 miles long that crosses the interior of the island, which allows you to explore the rocky coastal path. On this trail, you will encounter some of the largest seabird colonies in the Galapagos Islands. You’ll have the opportunity to see blue-footed boobies, bright and colorful frigatebirds, sea turtles, Galapagos sharks and sea lions. Later, you will relax at Bachas Beach where you can choose to rest and/or swim in the wonderful Galapagos waters.
You will navigate for around two hours to Bartholomew Island. Bartholomew is an island surrounded by turquoise waters and beautiful beaches. The island is a now extinct volcano with a variety of red, orange, green, black and shiny volcanic formations. Later, you’ll head to Chinese Hat, a very small volcano close to Santiago Island, surrounded by small spatter cones. It's one of the smallest Galapagos Islands but don't be fooled: it has a unique visitor’s site with an unforgettable view. You’ll able to see sea lions, endemic Santa Fe Iguanas, Palo Santo (a native tree), crabs, night herons, sea iguanas, sea tortoises, stingrays, Galapagos penguins, and Galapagos hawks.
This morning, you’ll navigate to South Plaza, an island created by lava that rose from the seabed. South Plaza has resident wildlife and diverse plant life. Afterwards, you’ll head to Santa Fe Island, also called Barrington Island after British Admiral Samuel Barrington, which was formed by submarine basaltic lava some 4 million years’ ago. A large part of this island is a faulted plateau covered with a forest of giant Opuntia cacti. Here, you’ll find the most spectacular plant, the giant prickly pear cactus that’s unique to Santa Fe and you’ll also encounter the Galapagos dove, Galapagos hawk, Sea Lion nursery, land iguanas and marine iguanas. Not to mention birds including blue-footed and Nazca boobies, swallow-tailed gulls and tropical birds.
After breakfast at Galapagos Habitat hotel. You'll visit Gemelos for a hike, then transfer by vehicle to Itabaca Channel. After docking at Santa Cruz Island you’ll head to the Baltra airport to catch your return flight to Quito, Ecuador, during which you can start planning your next Galapagos adventure.