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Galapagos Family Adventure

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Families who love to recreate outdoors will love the Galapagos Family Adventure. It is designed for family members of all ages to experience the Galapagos islands’ famous wildlife while paddling, hiking, biking, and snorkeling on three different islands together. Travel with other families to make sure everybody, kids and parents alike, has somebody to play with.

Trip Length: 9 Days
Destination: San Cristobal Island, Isabela Island, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Lodging: Mid-range (3-star) lodges
Activities: Family kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, snorkeling

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WHY THIS TRIP
Families who love to recreate outdoors will love the Galapagos Family Adventure as it is designed for kids of all ages to experience the Galapagos islands’ famous wildlife while paddling, hiking, biking, and snorkeling. Travel with other families to keep both kids and parents happy. You will explore three very diverse Islands to experience the incredible diversity of wildlife in the Galapagos.

TRIP DESCRIPTION
This Galapagos Family  Adventure is the perfect choice for active families who want to travel with other families to explore the amazing flora and fauna of the Galapagos without being cooped up on a boat. On this Galapagos Multisport, you will be hiking, sea kayaking, snorkeling, and mountain biking alongside the world famous wildlife of the Galapagos, spending more time out in nature recreating than on any naturalist cruise. All of the activities are designed an operated to accommodate people of all levels of activity so that younger kids can paddle, peddle, hike, and snorkel along with their older siblings and parents.

You will discover the incredible wildlife of the Islands with top naturalist and adventure guides. Each guide is trained in running active, challenging tours and to do it safely with people of different ages and abilities. These guides are trained as both naturalist guides (certified by the National Park) and as adventure experts, so you get both interpretation of the Islands’ natural wonders and the expertise to run a truly thrilling tour. Groups are kept small, around 12 travelers or less, to make sure everyone can stay close to the guide and not miss any of the wildlife sightings they point out.

By over-nighting on three different Islands in local lodges, you get a bit of time to yourself and a feel for each Island’s particular culture. Since you don’t travel to new Islands every day, you spend more time visiting sites and less time traveling.  But you also travel enough to really get a sense for the diversity between the Islands to see how the animal and plant life evolved independently. You’ll be active all day, and in the evenings you have time to explore the small port towns, or just kick-back in high-quality, choice hotels. You will have your choice of restaurants each night (on your own).

The itinerary has been set up to take advantage of the best parts of each Island. Thus, on San Cristobal, you’ll be snorkeling at Kicker Rock and Lobos Island (both sites that are off-limits to cruise passengers!) where you have a good chance of swimming with hammerhead sharks, rays, sea lions, tropical fish, and sea lions. On Isabela, you’ll visit Tintoreras; considered one of the best sites to see many of the highlight animals you associate with the Islands, like penguins, iguanas, blue-footed boobies, sea turtles, and white-tipped reef sharks. Also on Isabela, you’ll also take on the challenge hiking up Volcan Chico, making it a far more rewarding and exhilarating hike than the shorter hike most cruise passengers do to the caldera. On Santa Cruz, you’ll be hiking, kayaking, and snorkeling to see Giant Tortoises, blue-footed boobies, and the famous Darwin’s finches.

The Galapagos Multisport Adventure is an ideal vacation for active travelers who want to see the Galapagos and want to have fun in the process.


LOCAL OPERATOR: ECUADOR ADVENTURE
A pioneer of the multi-sport experience in the Galapagos, Quito-based Ecuador Adventures provides meaningful, fun and safe eco-adventure experiences reflecting the company’s strong commitment to sustainable eco-tourism in Ecuador.

ITINERARY
DAY 1: Arrive Quito, overnight local hosteria near airport
DAY 2: Arrive Galapagos. Hike to Frigate Hill and Snorkel Punta Carola
DAY 3: Kayak and Snorkel In San Cristobal’s Northern Coast
DAY 4: Mountain Bike and Explore Tintoreras
DAY 5: Volcano Discovery Hike in the Isabela Highlands
DAY 6: Research Station Visit, Hike With the Giant Tortoises and Explore Los Gemelos
DAY 7: Sea Kayak in Punta Estrada and Hike to Tortuga Bay – Santa Cruz
DAY 8: Depart Galapagos, overnight Quito in local hosteria near the airport
DAY 9: Depart Quito for home or continue to the Amazon or Peru to extend

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DAY 1: Arrive Quito, overnight local hosteria near airport

Upon arrival at the Quito Airport, after you collect you luggage and go through Immigration and Customs, you will be met by a shuttle driver from the hotel who will transfer you 20 minutes to your local hotel on it. You will overnight in a charming local hotel, a perfect way to begin your adventure.

DAY 2: Fly from Quito to the Galapagos. Hike to Frigate Hill and Snorkel Punta Carola

GPS49 Friggates Sky
In the morning, after breakfast, you will be transferred to the Quito airport for your flight to the Galapagos Islands. After arriving at the small San Cristobal Island airport, you have a welcome lunch and a short briefing before the adventure begins. Your first stop is the San Cristobal Interpretation Center, where you will learn about the geology and natural history of the archipelago. You continue on a natural lava trail through a unique dry forest ecosystem, where you identify cacti, acacia, palo santo, and Galapagos cotton.

Your destination is Frigate Hill, where you will enjoy your first encounters with local wildlife. Frigate Hill is famous for its bird life, including the namesake frigate birds, blue-footed boobies, brown pelicans, gulls, herons, Darwin’s finches, warblers and mockingbirds. After enjoying the wildlife and scenic views, you stop at beautiful Carola Beach, where you can enjoy a quick swim or snorkel before relaxing on the beach to take in a colorful sunset. The rest of the evening is open for you to dine and explore peaceful Puerto Baquerizo Moreno at your own pace. (Breakfast, Lunch)

DAY 3: Kayak and Snorkel In San Cristobal’s Northern Coast

GPS08 Kayak Beach with Lion

Today’s journey will take you to some incredible offshore snorkeling sites and along the best kayaking route in the Galapagos! We start paddling along the northern coast, exploring bays and coves full of wildlife as you paddle at a leisurely pace. You may visit Leon Dormido (Kicker Rock), Punta Pitt or Cerro Brujo. The visiting site depends on the week day and the National Park regulations. In the afternoon, you return to your hotel for your last evening in San Cristobal Island, where you are free to choose you own dining options and take a final stroll through town. (Breakfast, Lunch)

DAY 4: Mountain Bike and Explore Tintoreras

Galapagos Penguin near Tintoreras (Isabela Island, Galapagos)
This morning, you board a small plane for a fast inter-island flight from San Cristobal to Isabela Island.

Isabela is the largest and youngest island in the Galapagos, still being formed by five active shield volcanoes, which make Isabela one of the most volcanically active places on earth. After settling in, you head out on a mountain bike to explore the beautiful coastline on an exclusive trail that takes you through an incredible variety of coastal ecosystems. You begin with a visit to the Wall of Tears, a massive wall built with lava rock that dates back to the era when Isabela was used as a penal colony, and prisoners were forced to build the wall to keep them from going stir-crazy.

As you continue riding along the coast, you explore pristine white sand beaches, mangrove forests, and brackish lagoons. This area is filled with bird life, including oystercatchers, herons, flamingos, finches and many shore birds, as well as the ubiquitous sea lions and marine iguanas. After your ride and a rejuvenating lunch, you visit Tintoreras, a set of small, rocky islets tucked in Isabela Bay. Tintoreras’ islets are filled with wildlife, most notably the Galapagos penguin, the only penguin that lives on the equator. You will also see sharks, sea turtles, sea lions and more as you explore the small coves and beaches of Tintoreras. (Breakfast, Lunch)

DAY 5: Volcano Discovery Hike in the Isabela Highlands

Trekking Chico Volcano on Isabela Island (Galapagos)
Today you head to the highlands of Isabela Island and into a world of modern geological history. The continuing volcanic activity on this island is a microcosm of the dramatic geological events that have formed the Galapagos Islands over millennia. After driving up to the trailhead, you hike into a young dry forest ecosystem. Your destination is the rim of Sierra Negra, an active volcano which last erupted in October 2005.

Upon arrival, you take in breathtaking views and explore the circumference of the massive crater, over six miles across at its widest point. If conditions are clear, you will also enjoy views of Isabela’s other volcanoes, the Perry Isthmus, and beyond. If you feel energetic, you can continue your hike to Volcano Chico, a secondary crater that has a wild landscape of puffing fumaroles and colorful lava formations. In the afternoon, you return to Puerto Villamil to enjoy your last afternoon on Isabela’s exotic white sand beaches. (Breakfast, Lunch)

DAY 6: Research Station Visit, Hike With the Giant Tortoises and Explore Los Gemelos

Santa Cruz Highlands Tortoises (Galapagos)
After bidding a fond farewell to Isabela, you board a fast boat for a scenic ride to Santa Cruz Island. After you arrive, you head to El Chato reserve in the Santa Cruz highlands, home to several subspecies of Galapagos giant tortoise. Hiking through El Chato’s beautiful highland scenery with these lumbering giants is an unforgettable experience. As you hike, you see other highland wildlife such as pintail ducks, egrets, flycatchers, and finches. You’ll also visit a freshwater lake where frigate birds gather to wash the salt off their feathers.

Your next stop is a group of massive volcanic tunnels that were created by underground lava flows. According to legend, pirates once used these tunnels to hide from pursuing Spanish ships and stash plundered Inca gold. After walking through these fascinating geological formations and reliving some pirate stories, you continue to Los Gemelos, a pair of volcanic sinkholes near the top of the island. Los Gemelos are covered with a beautiful endemic Scalesia forest. As you hike through this unique environment, you keep an eye out for the elusive short-eared owl and other endemic wildlife. You return to town in time to relax on the beach for a while and dine at any of Puerto Ayora’s many outstanding restaurants. (Breakfast, Lunch)

DAY 7: Sea Kayak in Punta Estrada and Hike to Tortuga Bay – Santa Cruz

Kayaking in Santa Cruz (Galapagos Islands)
After breakfast, you head back to sea in a kayak to paddle around Divine Bay and Punta Estrada. This outstanding route takes you along calm turquoise waters that wind through high-walled lava channels. Within the channels, white-tipped sharks and rays cruise under the clear water, and colonies of blue-footed boobies, tropicbirds, herons, crabs and marine iguanas perch along the steep cliffs.

In the afternoon, you hike to Tortuga Bay, a beautiful white sand beach and the preferred nesting site for thousands of black sea turtles. To reach this isolated beach, you hike a 6-kilometer trail through a beautiful dry forest, home to hundreds of land iguanas. After a relaxing afternoon on Tortuga Bay’s pristine beach, you return to Puerto Ayora to spend your last evening in the Galapagos at leisure in the archipelago’s most populous town. (Breakfast, Lunch)

DAY 8: Depart Galapagos, overnight Quito in local hosteria near the airport

Today you are transferred to Baltra Island for your flight back to the mainland. Upon arrival in Quito you will be met by the hotel’s shuttle driver for the transfer to the hotel for your last night in Ecuador.  (Breakfast)

DAY 9: Depart Quito for home or continue to the Amazon or Peru to extend your vacation

Transfer back to the airport for your flight home, or extend your trip to explore Quito, the Avenue of the Volcanoes, the Cloudforest, the Amazon Basin, or even to fly to Peru to explore Machu Picchu. (Breakfast)

Getting To and From the Trip: 

This trip begins upon arrival in the Quito airport on Day 1 where you are met and transferred to your nearby hysteria for the night. The next morning you will transfer back to the airport of a flight from Quito to San Cristobal Island (Galapagos).  Your flights to the Galapagos will be arranged for you by Ecuador Adventure and added on to your total trip cost.  Flights to the Galapagos depart in the morning between 7am – 10am.  If you want to arrive early,  or fly into Guayaquil instead of Quito, we can help you with hotels, transfers, city tours or other adventures.

The trip ends with drop off at Quito airport for your departing flight after the Galapagos trip and one night in a local hysteria near the airport in Quito. If you want to extend your trip to Peru, the highlands of Ecuador, the Amazon, or just in Quito, or if you prefer to fly out of Guayaquil we will be happy to make arrangements for you.

We partner with Exito Travel, a flight company that specializes in flights to/from/within Latin America.  They can assist you with any international or internal flights that you need.  We can connect with them and make sure that all your flights match up with your itinerary.

Trip Start: Trip begins upon arrival in the Quito airport on Day 1 where you are met and transferred to your nearby hosteria for the night.

Trip End: Trip ends with drop off at Quito airport for your departing flight after the Galapagos trip and one night in a local hosteria near the airport in Quito.


This is a Galapagos trip segment starting and ending at the Quito, Ecuador airport. We can easily extend this trip to add more time in Quito (or you can fly in and out of Guayaquil instead of Quito) mainland Ecuador before and after the Galapagos.  Click the links below to view our recommended Quito and Guayaquil hotels, as well as, Galapagos Hotels for those arriving early or staying late.

In addition to the Galapagos, we specialize in trips to the Amazon, mainland Ecuador, Machu Picchu and Peru, Chile, Argentina, Patagonia, Brazil, Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Mexico.

2017 PRICES: 

GROUP DEPARTURES

Adults: $2,900.00 per person;

Kids (18 and under): $2,700.00

Single Supplement: $675.00

There are limited triple and quadruple rooms available.

PRIVATE DEPARTURES: 

Private departures rates are available upon request

2018 PRICES: 

For 2018 pricing, please inquire using the “I Am Interested” button above or by calling 1-866-386-4168.


INCLUDED: 

•    Accommodations in standard and tourist superior hotels (see accommodations tab for more details)
•    Meals as described in itinerary (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner)
•    Inter-Island air and boat transportation
•    Adventure and protective equipment (not including wetsuits)
•    Professional English speaking guide, adventure and naturalist guides.

NOT INCLUDED: 

•    International flights (our partner Exito Travel can arrange these for you)
•    Airfare to/from Galapagos (will be arranged by Ecuador Adventure & added to your total trip cost)
•    Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee ($100 per adult / $50 per child under 12)
•    Migration Transit Card ($20 per person / can be pre-paid)
•    ECOGAL transportation fee ($10.00 per person)
•    Beverages in restaurants
•    Dinners
•    Wetsuits (can rent locally)
•    Personal and medical expenses
•    Insurance
•    Gratuities and Tips
•    Potential overweight baggage fees on Galapagos inter-island flight(s) Note: Guests are allowed 1 checked luggage of no more than 20 lbs + 1 small carry on 

Wonder what the inter-island flight is like? Check out a short video here – http://www.detourdestinations.com/blog/inter-island-flights-in-the-galapagos


ADDITIONAL EXPENSES TO CONSIDER:

•    Airfare to/from the Galapagos (approximately $560 per adult, discounts available for children under 12)
•    Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee ($100 per person; $50 per child age 11 or younger)
•    Transit Control Card fee ($20 per person)
•    ECOGAL transportation fee ($10.00 per person)
•    Gratuities for guide(s)
•    Wetsuits, available for rent in person
•    Beverages
•    Dinners
•    Insurance
•    Ecuador departure tax (usually included in your international flight cost)
•    International flights


 

 

 

Plan Your Trip

2017 GROUP DEPARTURES

March 24 – April 1
June 9 – 17
June 23 – July 1
June 30 – July 8
July 28 – August 5
August 4 – 12

PRIVATE DEPARTURES

A private departure can be requested for any day with a minimum of 2 people.  Private departures can also be opened to other passengers, allowing the rate per person to go down based on the tiered pricing below.

This is a family trip so every departure is a family trip geared for multi-generational adventurers!

2017:

March 24 – April 1
June 9 – 17
June 23 – July 1
June 30 – July 8
July 28 – August 5
August 4 – 12

Trip Start: Trip begins upon arrival in the Quito airport on Day 1 where you are met and transferred to your nearby hosteria for the night.

Trip End: Trip ends with drop off at Quito airport for your departing flight after the Galapagos trip and one night in a local hosteria near the airport in Quito.

How Do I Get To and From the Trip: 

This trip begins upon arrival in the Quito airport on Day 1 where you are met and transferred to your nearby hysteria for the night. The next morning you will transfer back to the airport of a flight from Quito to San Cristobal Island (Galapagos).  Your flights to the Galapagos will be arranged for you by Ecuador Adventure and added on to your total trip cost.  Flights to the Galapagos depart in the morning between 7am – 10am.  If you want to arrive early,  or fly into Guayaquil instead of Quito, we can help you with hotels, transfers, city tours or other adventures.

The trip ends with drop off at Quito airport for your departing flight after the Galapagos trip and one night in a local hysteria near the airport in Quito. If you want to extend your trip to Peru, the highlands of Ecuador, the Amazon, or just in Quito, or if you prefer to fly out of Guayaquil we will be happy to make arrangements for you.

We partner with Exito Travel, a flight company that specializes in flights to/from/within Latin America.  They can assist you with any international or internal flights that you need.  We can connect with them and make sure that all your flights match up with your itinerary.

All necessary island and inter-island transportation is included for this trip.

  • Transfers and Land Excursions: 4×4 vehicles are used for transfers to/from airport and excursion depart points
  • Water Excursions:  Speedboat
  • San Cristobal Island to Isabela Island:  Flight on a small passenger plane (40 minutes)
    • Note: Guests are allowed 1 checked luggage of no more than 25 lbs + 1 small carry on
  • Isabela Island to Santa Cruz Island: public speedboat (approx 2 hours)

Getting to the Galapagos: Your round trip flights from Quito or Guayaquil, Ecuador (your choice), to the Galapagos Islands and back will be arranged for you through Ecuador Adventure, the trip operator. Flights generally depart early in the morning to the Galapagos, and return mid morning, arriving in the late afternoon back into Quito or Guayaquil. The cost of the tickets will be added to your invoice.

This trip includes a night in a local charming hysteria near Quito at the beginning and end of your trip, so you don’t need any additional hotels. However, if you want to extend your trip in any way we can arrange that for you.

Click the links below to view some  recommended Quito & Guayaquil Hotels.  Let us know which hotel you’d like us to add on for you and we’ll book your pre & post hotels for you.

You can also opt to spend time in the Galapagos before or after this trip:

Trips to the Galapagos begin and end with a flight from mainland Ecuador (either Guayaquil or Quito).   It is very easy to explore more of Ecuador before/after your Galapagos trip. Quito is a fascinating city with the best kept colonial center in all of South America.   This UNESCO World Heritage Site is definitely worth a day checking out.

Additionally, in just a few days it is easy to visit high Andean volcanoes, stay in historic haciendas, explore the cloud forest, or visit the Upper Amazon Basin.    It’s also possible to fly to Peru (Ecuador’s southern neighbor) to visit Machu Picchu.   This requires a minimum of 5 days to do properly.

Countries Visited: Ecuador

Destinations Visited: 

Galapagos Islands:

  • San Cristobal Island: Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Frigate Hill, Punta Carola, & one of the following sites depending on the day: Punta Pitt, Leon Dormido (Kicker Rock), or Cerro Brujo
  • Isabela Island: Puerto Villamil, Wall of Tears & the Wetlands, Tintoreras, Sierra Negra Volcano to Volcano Chino
  • Santa Cruz Island: Darwin Station, El Chato & Los Gemelos in the Highlands, Las Grietas & Tortuga Bay

Green Certifications: Rainforest Alliance Verified

Trip Sustainability: 

Ecuador Adventure´s tours are socially and environmentally committed to sustainable ecotourism practices. We are proud board members of ASEC (Ecuadorian Ecotourism & Adventure Association), and we also preside over the presidency position through our general manager. Through ASEC, we are able to contribute to Ecuador´s tourism industry at both an operational and political level. One of our larger direct impacts on the national ecotourism industry was helping to establish the first certification standards for nature-based hotels, and we are currently working on establishing minimum operational standards for adventure activities. We work closely with the International Ecotourism Society (TIES), abide by Leave No Trace camping and environmental standards, are members of Sustainable Travel International (STI), and are certified as sustainable tour operators by the Rainforest Alliance. Furthermore, our land-based tours have become a model for tourism in the Galapagos in which 70% of the funds from our tours are redistributed within the local Galapagos economy.

Activities: Beach, Birdwatching, Day Hike, Family Adventure, Mountain Bike, Multisport, Sea Kayak, Snorkel, Wildlife Viewing and Safaris

Activity Description: 

Each day you will be discovering the fascinating flora and fauna of the Galapagos while hiking, snorkeling, mountain biking, and sea kayaking.  All adventure gear is provided for you (aside from wetsuits which can be rented in person for $5-10 per person / per day).  Hikes will be mostly 2 hours at a time, but the Sierra Negra hike is around 8 hours.  Sea kayaking and mountain biking are 1 – 3 hours each. These activities can be tailored to fit your groups’ needs and pace (for private trips).  Snorkeling will be offered almost every day.  You will have a variety of activities each day, so you may start the day with a hike, then snorkel, then go sea kayaking in the late afternoon.  Frequent stops will be made during each activity to observe wildlife with your guide.  You will have a short briefing each night to prepare for the next day’s activities.

While challenging, these activities are not overly strenuous.  In general, you should be fit enough to enjoy these activities at a moderate pace so as to keep up with the group and get the most out of the tour.  If you are looking for a serious challenge or if you need a slower paced trip, a private trip is the best way to go because the itinerary can be altered to fit your needs (either by adding in extra activities or shortening some of the tours).

Safety motor canoes & vehicles are on hand during all kayaking and mountain biking excursions.

Trip Difficulty: Moderately Strenuous

Fitness Level: 

This trip is suited for those of medium fitness levels; it’s generally recommended that you have the ability to hike at a moderate pace for a few hours (with stops) over uneven terrain.

Standard tours will have you active for 1.5 to 3 hours at a time, twice a day.  The volcano hiking is a full day (16 km) taking approximately 8 hours.   No previous experience is needed to enjoy the Multisport trip.  All outings (with the exception of the volcano hike) will offer a safety boat or vehicle for guests who wish to stop the activity.

Minimum Age: 6

Maximum Age: 75

Minimum Group Size: 2

Maximum Group Size: 16

Typical Group Size: 8

Months Offered: All Year, January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Best Time to Go: 

The Galapagos Islands is a fantastic destination at all times of the year, with there being no one best time to visit. The wildlife viewing is good all year round, as the temperatures don’t vary much and most wildlife does not migrate and thus is on each island year round. The major exception to this is the waved Albatross, which leaves the Galapagos from January to March, so if you want to see the Albatross you need to visit from April to December.

There are two seasons in the Galapagos, and each will have some precipitation. The Galapagos only receives about 10 inches of rain a year, so it is not a very rainy destination. From June to November the cold Humboldt Current sweeps northward from Antactica, cooling the air and creating an inversion over the islands, meaning the lowlands are dry and the highlands are cool and misty, and the days are often cloudy. The air temperatures are pleasant during this season, but the water temperatures are chilly and wetsuits are recommended for snorkeling. Additionally, the seas are rougher during this season, with the roughest seas occurring in September.

From December to May, the Humboldt Current is not present in the Galapagos, so the water is warmer, and the air is generally clear and warm. There are periods of heavy rain during this season, but the rain usually doesn’t last long and then sunshine returns. The water is generally warm enough that wetsuits aren’t needed for snorkeling, and the seas are relatively calm.

Peak season in the Galapagos is not based on when the best wildlife viewing occurs, but rather on holiday travel and school holidays.

Food and Special Diets: 

Special needs diets can be accommodated for (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, etc).

This trip includes breakfast at your hotel each morning.  Lunch at your hotel, a local restaurant or a boxed lunch while out on an excursion.  Several dinners are on your own.  Check the day by day itinerary to see which dinners are included.

Drinking Water: 

It is recommended that you bring a re-usable water bottle on this trip.  Drinking water will be provided at each hotel (in your room and in the lobby) and at all meals.  Before leaving for your excursion each day, you should fill up and carry 2 large (nalgene-type) water bottles or a camelback.

NOTE: Ecuador ́s tap water is not drinkable. Drink only bottled, boiled, or filtered water, and avoid ice in drinks.  In your hotel, use the bottled or available filtered water provided for brushing your teeth.

Equipment Provided: 

All adventure and protective equipment is included on this trip (high-flotation life jackets, high-impact helmets, touring and sit on top sea kayaks, front-suspension mountain bikes, snorkel, mask and fins).  NOTE: Wetsuits are not included, but can be rented locally (prices range from $5 – $10 per person / per day).

Ecuador Adventure’s equipment is professional grade and top-of-the-line, specialized to withstand the rigors of adventure sports and designed to ensure maximum safety and enjoyment. They also carry spare equipment in case of breakdown and are constantly maintaining and replacing equipment to keep them up to their high standards.

KAYAKS:  Ecuador Adventure purchased all new PRIJON sea kayaks in 2013.  Prijon kayaks are made in Germany and are very light weight and comfortable.  They have a router adjustable to any size of person along with several waterproof easy to access compartments for storing personal items.

LIFE JACKETS: NRS professional grade life vests are provided to each traveler.

MOUNTAIN BIKES: Giant ATX or Giant Pro models are used.  Small, Medium, and Large sizes are available, as are various kid sizes.  Most bikes will have 21 gears and are well maintained and easy to use.  Note: Trails in the Galapagos are typically dirt or off road trails.  No single track.

Boat Specifications:

N/A

Special Equipment You Should Bring: 

Many travelers choose to buy their own mask and snorkel ahead of time and bring it with them, so you would just be using Ecuador Adventure’s fins in the Galapagos.  These items are relatively inexpensive, pack well, and ensure a good fit.

Additional Suggestions:  Day pack, water sandals, hiking shoes, light rain shell, water bottle, non-cotton trekking gear, sun block, hat and mosquito repellent.  See suggested packing list under the “More Info” tab for a more thorough packing list.

 

HOTEL / LODGE AMENITIES:  Breakfast, Restaurant, Swimming Pool, WiFi

BOAT AMENITIES: You do not stay on a boat on this trip

CAMP AMENITIES: You will not be camping on this trip

ROOM AMENITIES: Twin Beds, Double Beds, Queen Beds, Air Conditioning, Safebox, WiFi, Hairdryer, Hot Water, Private Bathroom, Shower, Soap and Shampoo, Towels

ROOMING OPTIONS: Double, Triple, Single, Suite

DESCRIPTION:

This trip uses a mix of available Tourist & Tourist Superior Hotels and Lodges on San Cristobal, Isabela and Santa Cruz Islands.   Below is a list of standard hotels used on each island.

SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND
Hotel Miconia
Casa Opuntia

ISABELA ISLAND
Casita de la Playa

SANTA CRUZ ISLAND
Hotel Fernandina

 

 

Local Tour Operator:

A leading adventure travel specialist since 1991 and a pioneer of the multisport experience in the Galapagos, Quito-based Ecuador Adventure really shines for the active traveler. Travelers explore the country’s landscapes at the wing of hand-picked professional guides, each an Ecuadorian and a friendly source of extraordinary local insight.

All guides possess a premium of certifications and mastery of the high-quality gear used to equip clients for their adventures. Travelers can rest assured that Ecuador Adventure guides are not just naturalists in a kayak or on a glacier, they’re passionate kayakers and climbers. With a staff of 25 dedicated Ecuadorians, clients are in good, capable hands. The company was founded on outdoor expertise by brothers Marcelo and Alfredo Meneses, who began by guiding whitewater trips and soon after expanded to trekking, mountain biking and sea kayaking.

For adventure, diverse wildlife or indigenous community encounters, or a combination of sights, sounds, flavors, and naturalist experiences in this South America biological hotspot, Ecuador Adventures carefully selects the journey. Every experience is designed with a focus held on four pillars ─ nature and culture, local knowledge, comfort and adventure. The company promises a meaningful, fun and safe eco-adventure experience and delivers with faithful attention to the details and strong commitment to sustainable ecotourism in Ecuador. This commitment is both operational and political.

With membership on the board of the Ecuadorian Ecotourism & Adventure Association, Ecuador Adventures contributes direct leadership to social and environmental sustainability of Ecuador’s adventure travel industry. In this capacity it had a significant role in the establishment of the first certification standards for nature-based hotels and currently is actively involved in establishing minimum operational standards for adventure-based activities. Ecuador Adventures works closely with the International Ecotourism Society, follows Leave No Trace practices, has membership in Sustainable Travel International and is certified and verified sustainable by the Rainforest Alliance.

As an expression of its commitment to sustainable tourism on a local level, a solid 70 percent of the funds raised from its land-based tours in the Galapagos are redistributed within the local Galapagos economy. The company collaborates a portion of these funds with Hacienda Tranquila on San Cristobal Island to help strengthen simultaneously the community and environment while also addressing social issues.

 

Guides:

Alfredo-MenesesAlfredo Meneses – Alfredo is our lead guide and Chief Exploratory Officer. Alfredo started guiding at the tender age of 19, when he began working as a Mountain Travel Sobek tour guide all over South America. Alfredo is a natural guide, and his guests always take a special liking to him, responding to his charisma, empathy, and sensibility. Alfredo is passionate about his work and possesses vast knowledge of biology and natural history. He has extensive rainforest experience and is also a kayak instructor. Alfredo has kayaked all over North and South America, completing over 50 river descents. If you ever sit at a dinner table with him, you’ll forget you’re a guest and feel like his old friend.

 

Felipe-MenesesFelipe Meneses – Felipe is a self-taught naturalist guide with extensive outdoor experience, including mountaineering, orienteering, sea kayaking, adventure racing, and mountain biking. Felipe graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biotechnology, which adds a unique flavor to the information he shares with his clients. He is a certified whitewater rafting and kayaking instructor and our wilderness search and rescue leader. Felipe has international adventure travel experience in Canada, Mexico, and the Middle East, and has won several tough adventure races.

 

 

miguel-veraMiguel Vera – Miguel is a guide dedicated to his craft. Before trips, you can always find him reviewing every detail of his itineraries and constantly making improvements. In addition to his skill in outdoor adventure, he has a special knack for leading culture tours, always adding a special significance to his guests’ experience. Miguel seems to know everything about Ecuador’s natural and cultural history. His guests appreciate his knowledge and dedication and tend to refer to him as a natural leader. In recognition of his mastery of his craft, Miguel won REI’s Top Guide Award in 2009

 

Fabricio-ChavezFabricio Chavez – Fabricio is a charismatic guide with a true passion for nature. A native of the Ecuadorian Amazon, Fabricio’s guests on rainforest tours are always impressed by his incredible knowledge of the region’s plant and animal life. Fabricio has over 15 years of experience guiding tours throughout Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, and Colombia. He has a degree in Geography and Environmental Studies and is a certified whitewater rafting and kayaking instructor.
All of Ecuador Adventure’s guides possess the following certifications:

  • University degrees in tourism, guiding, or environmental science
  • Ecuadorian National Guide Certification – Ecuadorian Ministry of Tourism
  • Certified Naturalist Guide – Galapagos National Park
  • First Aid and CPR Certification
  • Graduate of our intensive in-house Guide Training Program
  • Five years minimum field experience


Adventure Guides also possess:

  • Wilderness First Responder – International emergency medical certification
  • Open Water Safety and Rescue – American Canoe Association
  • Mountain Bike Guiding and Maintenance Training Program

TMI (Too Much Information)

Luggage 

It’s always a good idea to travel light by bringing only what you need for your trip. Being over burdened with luggage can make transfers and travel difficult. For your flights, always wear or carry on the items that are absolutely necessary to your trip. 

Luggage Restrictions

Keep in mind that flights between mainland Ecuador and the Galápagos limit you to a maximum of 20 kg or 44 lbs for your checked luggage. You are allowed one carry-on, which is limited to a maximum of 7 kg or 15 lbs.  This trip uses a flight in the Galapagos between San Cristobal and Isabela Islands.  This flight is on a small airplane with tight luggage restrictions.  These flights have a maximum of 9 kgs or 20 lbs in one bag for your checked luggage, and you are allowed one small carry-on, such as a purse or day pack. These allowances should be enough for what you’ll need to bring, but if you have extra items you wish to leave in Quito or Guayaquil during your trip to the Galápagos—such as items you may have acquired at Otavalo—arrangements can be made to leave extra bags at your hotel.

Following are our recommendations for luggage for this trip: 

• Daypack or Fanny pack: This bag stays with you at all times, will most likely be your carry-on and is where you will keep such Galápagos necessities as your camera—unless you have a camera bag—sunscreen, glasses, windbreaker and other similar objects during your hikes. Some people prefer both a daypack and a small fanny pack. Because you will be the one to carry this bag(s) you’ll want to keep the weight down.

• Duffel Bag: In addition to your carry-on bag you should only need one duffel bag to serve as your main luggage for the trip. This can also be a carry-on but check with your airline to insure it meets specifications. Your duffel or suitcase should be well made and durable to take the punishment the airlines and traveling can dish out. A medium size duffle or suitcase of 30” X 15” X 14” with a capacity of 110 liters or slightly larger should be sufficient.

• Spare Duffel: It’s a good idea to carry a spare duffel rolled up in your main luggage piece. This is not only good in case you want to leave belongings in Quito while you are in the Galápagos or Amazon, but it comes in handy for those who like to do a good deal of shopping.

• Small Padlocks: These are always a good idea when traveling and discourages anyone inclined to zip open your bag to see what they might find.

• Plastic Bags: Sturdy zip lock bags are great to keep important items dry while in the Galápagos or Amazon.

Footwear  • Comfortable walking or hiking shoes with good traction.

• Teva style sandals are good for hiking the island beaches and you do not have to worry if you get your feet wet. Thongs are acceptable but are not good for hiking though they are good on deck. A security strap is a good idea in the surf.Note: The shoes you wear during landings are kept in a bin on the yacht. If you want to wear them on board the yacht we can wash the bottoms but you may want to have a light pair of deck shoes or thongs for the yacht. Bare feet are also acceptable.

Outerwear 

• Wind shell (ideal for the islands) and or rain jacket or poncho with hood.

• Medium to light fleece jacket or fleece sweater (wool is fine too)

• Cotton sweat shirt

• The above are frequently needed when it gets cooler in the islands during the evenings, which is the time you will experience more breezes as we cruise to another location. Also remember that Quito can be cool and it can get downright cold if you go higher into the mountains.

Shirts & Blouses 

• T-Shirts / Polo shirts / Light blouses (can be purchased along the way)

• A long sleeve shirt or blouse for cooler evenings and sun protection. 

For Swimming  • Two swimsuits.

• Women report getting a lot of mileage out of swim suite wraps that can be worn as a dress or skirt.

• Lightweight neoprene wetsuit: Optional. This allows you to spend more time in the water. A less expensive substitute is long underwear made from a water resistant fiber such as capilene. You can also inquire about renting a wetsuit or body glove. 

Trousers & Skirts  • Hiking shorts.

• Lightweight full length pants either synthetic or cotton is fine and great for cooler nights in the highlands or islands

• Pair of dressier shorts

• Women may want to bring a casual dress or skirt (see below). 

Head Gear  • Sun hat or cap. Wide brim hats should have chin strap in case they blow off your head. Unless you have a really thick head of hair and never burn sun visors are out.

• Bandana (great to shield your neck).

• Dark glasses with security strap (polarized lenses will help you to see more when looking in the water to spot turtles and rays). It’s a good idea to bring two pairs, especially if you need prescription glasses. 

Socks  • Comfortable athletic type socks for walking and hiking.

Underwear 

• Regular underwear.

Travel Accessories 

• Snorkel gear.  Most trips include the use of snorkel gear (fins, mask, and snorkel) in their rates.  If this gear is not included, it will be available to rent (please check the included / not included information of your trip).  However, you may want to bring your own mask, so you will be sure to have a mask that fits you.

• First aid Kit.  While we do carry first aid kits on our yachts, you are responsible for bringing along your own personal medical kit including medications, especially prescription drugs, or vitamins you regularly take (fill prescriptions BEFORE you travel), including any over the counter drugs you might take such as pain relievers, motion sickness pills or indigestion tablets.

• Seasickness medication.  While Galápagos waters tend toward calm, there are at least two crossings during the typical cruise. In case you are susceptible to sea sickness or if the seas do get high please bring along medication for seasickness if you are susceptible.

• Toiletry kit: Tooth paste, toothbrush, shaving kit, etc.

• Insect repellent (for those going to the Amazon see above / Galápagos travelers sensitive to bites).

• Sunscreen with SPF rating of 15 or higher (you are on the equator so bring a full bottle).

• Aloe gel of a high quality.

• Lip gloss with sunscreen of SPF rating of 15 or higher.

• Hand sanitizers like Purell for a quick way to keep hands clean when traveling on your own.

• That book you have wanted to read and the stationery for the letters you have wanted to write.

• Binoculars: Even though you can get up close to much of the wildlife in the Galápagos you will still want a good pair of binoculars. Water resistance is a plus.

• Water resistant travel alarm watch.

• Water resistant compass.

• Small flashlight or headlamp (good for searching in your duffel and when in Amazon).

• Spanish / English pocket dictionary or electronic pocket translator.

• Batteries.

 

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CAMERAS AND VIDEO

Photography is a highlight of any trip to the Galápagos. With the transition to digital, the best advice is to bring a camera and a format that you are familiar with and know will give you the results you are looking for. If you want to try something new, take time to become familiar with your gear before you head out on the trip. A good rule is to always bring more film or memory space than you think you will need. If you are looking for the results of those glossy catalogs, look into a high color saturation slide film or more mega pixels. While a good zoom lens can come in handy and render excellent up-close results, you probably don’t need anything larger than a hand held lens that does not require a tripod in the Galápagos, and that’s because it’s fairly easy to get close to wildlife. However, if you are looking for professional results you may want to bring both a long lens and tripod. If you plan to visit the Amazon to get shots of wildlife a telephoto lens and tripod are musts.The Galápagos is a great place to bring along a disposable underwater camera as well.Sand and seawater are the enemies of any optical or electronic instrument. Keep this in mind when considering what to bring. A good measure to take for any photographic equipment is to bring large high quality zip lock bags with a zipper locks to keep your camera in, especially when crossing to shore. Bring a few, as they are hard to dry out or clean once wet. Whether photographing wildlife in the Galápagos or people at Otavalo, please be respectful and considerate. Your guide will advise you on the “do’s and don’ts”.

Guides
• A Field Guide to the Birds of Galápagos, by Michel Harris
• A Field Guide to the Fishes of Galápagos, by Godfrey Merlen
• A Guide to the birds of the Galápagos Islands, by Isabel Castro and Antonia Phillips
• Flowering Plants of the Galápagos, by Dr. Conley K. McMullen
• Galapagos Wildlife, a Visitor’s Guide. David Howell & Pete Oxford
• Lonely Planet Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands, by Rob Rachowiecki (Lonely Planet Publications)
• Marine Life of the Galápagos, by Pierre Constant
• Reef Fish Identification, by Paul Humann
• Subtidal Galápagos, by James Cribbs

Photography 
• Galápagos, Islands Lost in Time, by Tui de Roy
• Galápagos, A Terrestrial and Marine Phenomenon, by Paul Humann
• Galápagos, Discovery on Darwin’s Islands, by Steadman and Zousmer
• Galápagos, Back to Nature, by Steve Lu
• Galápagos, by Nathan Farb

Other Recommendations 
• The Voyage of the Beagle, by Charles Darwin
• Charles Darwin, A Biography, by Janet Browne
• Floreana, by Margaret Wittmer
• The Beak of the Finch, by Jonathan Weiner
• The Encantadas, by Herman Melville
• The Galápagos Affair, by John Treherne
• My Father’s Islands, A Galápagos Quest, by Johanna Angermeyer 
The electricity current in the Galapagos is 110 Hz, generally with a two-prong wall socket (Type A & Type B)

Most hotels and restaurants in the Galapagos will accept credit cards.   Small shop vendors in the Galapagos will only accept cash.  There is at least one ATM machine on San Cristobal and Santa Cruz Islands, however, they can unreliable or left unserviced for days at a time.

Smoking is not allowed in rooms or enclosed public areas.

Safety:

Depending on the activities, Ecuador Adventure guides meet and exceed the following qualifications and requirements:

* Wilderness Emergency Medicine – First Responder
* Kayak Instructor – American Canoe Association
* Ecuadorian National Guide Certification – Ministry of Tourism
* Ecuadorian Mountain Association – ASEGUIM
* Rock Rescue – American Mountain Guide Association
* Professional Paddle Association
* Swift Water Rescue
* Open Water Rescue
* Red Cross
* CPR – American Heart Association
* Guide Training Program – Ecuador Adventure
* Five years minimum experience requirement

Each of your excursions (with the exception of Sierra Negra Volcano Hiking on Isabela) will include a safety boat or vehicle for travelers that need immediate assistance or wish to stop the activity.

Medical Attention:

All of your guides will be trained in CPR, Red Cross First Aid, & Open Water Rescue.

There are 2 hospitals in the Galapagos Islands (on San Cristobal & Santa Cruz), however, staff and medical supplies can be lacking. Medical care in the Galapagos Islands is extremely limited. There are no facilities for acute cardiac or surgical care. Those with serious illnesses must be evacuated to the Ecuadorian mainland or the United States for treatment.

Staff/ Crew on Trip: Specialty naturalist guide on each island (1 guide : 16 max passengers)

DETOUR'S POLICIES

DETOUR’S DISCLAIMER
Detour acts only as an agent for the various independent suppliers that provide hotel accommodations, transportation, sightseeing, activities, or other services connected with this tour. Such services are subject to the terms and conditions of those suppliers. Detour, LLC and their respective employees, agents, representatives, and assigns accept no liability whatsoever for any injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, or any other incident which may be caused by the negligence, defect, default of any company or person in performing these services. Responsibility is not accepted for losses, injury, damages or expenses of any kind due to sickness, weather, strikes, hostilities, wars, terrorist acts, acts of nature, local laws, or other such causes. All services and accommodations are subject to the laws and regulations of the country in which they are provided. Detour, LLC is not responsible for any baggage or personal effects of any individual participating in the tours /trips arranged by Detour, LLC. Individual travelers are responsible for purchasing a travel insurance policy, if desired, that will cover some of the expenses associated with the loss of luggage or personal effects.

Cancellations: If you cancel the trip at any point after confirmation, you will forfeit a $100 per person handling fee to Detour. This is separate and in addition to the fees, deposits, and payments potentially owed to the tour operator (see information below).

Trip Changes:  If you decide to make any changes to your trip (changes to your itinerary, travel dates, tours, or accommodations) after it is booked, you will incur a $50 change fee per person, per change.  Unavoidable changes (such as those imposed by an international flight schedule change) will not incur this fee.  Adding on services before or after your confirmed tour will not incur this fee.

Rate Changes to Domestic Flights, Park Entrance Fees, Government Taxes and Fuel Surcharges:  The rates for all these items are subject to change at any point and these fees or fee changes can be imposed on any trip, even after a trip has been confirmed and paid for in full.  These rate changes are beyond the control of Detour or our local operating partners.  Oftentimes, these changes are imposed by government decree and take effect immediately.  While this is a rare occurence and the rate changes themselves are typically quite small, these changes are unpredictable and sometimes unavoidable.  Travelers are responsible for any additional costs or fees due to these rate changes, even after the trip is paid in full.

Passports and Traveler Details:  Passengers are responsible for sending up-to-date and correct information that is requested in the “Trip Reservation Form.”  If any of those details change, it is the passenger’s responsibility to notify Detour of the change before the trip departure.  If you need to renew your passport prior to your trip, you must notify Detour that you will be renewing your passport and you will have to email a scanned copy of both your old and new passports to Detour.  Additionally, you will have to bring both passports with you on your trip. Please make sure that you request to receive your old passport at the start of the renewal process.

Airport Transfers:  Airport transfer rates are based on group size with the assumption that all travelers will be taking the same transfer.  If some travelers in your personal group arrive or depart on different days or at different times, additional airport transfers will have to be booked and the passenger is responsible for this additional cost.

NEOTROPIC TRAVEL (ECUADOR ADVENTURES) TERMS AND CONDITIONS
RESERVATIONS
In order to ensure availability and low airfare, we recommend making reservations
several months in advance, especially for Galapagos trips. For immediate confirmation
of a reservation, please call us to arrange payment for the initial deposit. The initial
deposit is calculated as 20% of the total cost of your trip. Each participant must also
submit a separate signed application to secure your space, even if you have already
paid your deposit.

PAYMENT
To guarantee any group or individual Galapagos reservation, a deposit of $300.00 USD
per participant is required. For mainland reservations, a deposit of $150.00 USD per
participant is required.

For Galapagos tours we require full payment 60 days prior to the date that services are
scheduled to begin.

For Land tours we require full payment 30 days prior to the date that services are
scheduled to begin.

For last-minute reservations made fewer than 30 days prior to departure, we require full
payment upon reservation. Special policies may apply for allotments, series and specific bookings during high
season. We will issue a final invoice when all services are confirmed (for third party suppliers,
payment will be requested according to operator polices). All payments must be made by credit card, US bank transfer, international wire transfer, PayPal, or as previously arranged.

CANCELLATIONS
All reservations cancelled fewer than 30 days prior to departure for mainland tours or
60 days prior to departure for Galapagos tours (computed by date of receipt of written
cancellation notice) are subject to the following schedule of fees:

For mainland tours, if cancellation is received:
•    29 to 20 days prior to departure, 30% of the full price will be forfeited
•    19 to 10 days prior to departure, 50% of the full price will be forfeited
•     9 to 5 days prior to departure, 75% of the full price will be forfeited
•    4 days or fewer prior to departure, full payment will be forfeited

For Galapagos tours, if cancellation is received:
•    59 to 45 days prior to departure, 25% of the full price will be forfeited
•    44 to 30 days prior to departure, 50% of the full price will be forfeited
•    29 days or fewer prior to departure, full payment will be forfeited

In addition, reservations cancelled 60 to 30 days prior to departure for mainland tours or
90 to 60 days prior to departure for Galapagos tours are subject to a $50.00 handling
fee per person. Should an individual group member cancel, he/she should be replaced
by another individual in order to avoid the cancellation fee.

CANCELLED TRIPS
Ecoadventure, legal representation for Neotropic Travel Group, reserves the right to
cancel any trip prior to departure for any reason whatsoever. The refund of all payments
received shall release Ecoadventure from any further liability. Ecoadventure is not
responsible for expenses incurred by trip members in preparing for a cancelled trip (e.g.,
air tickets, visa fees, inoculations, equipment, etc.).

PRICING
In general, our listed rates for fixed departure dates are the lowest rates available for
any trip. For non-fixed departures, the price paid per person will vary depending on the
number of participants. Neotropic staff, guides or Tour Leaders are not included in the
pricing count.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS
All pricing is based on double accommodation. Participants who desire single
accommodation should request this arrangement in advance. If single accommodation is
available, participants will pay a single supplement, which varies by hotel and room.

RESPONSIBILITIES
Ecoadventure reserves the right to change or withdraw any travel arrangements when
deemed necessary or in the best interests of our clients. This is especially applicable
when faced with unforeseen weather conditions that prevent us from running a trip safely.
We reserve the right to refuse service to any passenger should he/she jeopardizes
group safety or engages in illegal, abusive, or offensive behavior. Luggage travels at the
owner’s risk throughout the tour, although we take all necessary precautions. We are not
responsible for cancellation of any services due to natural disasters, social upheavals or
other circumstances out of our control.

Participants have the responsibility to select a trip appropriate to their abilities and interests.
In order to assist you, required effort is listed for each trip. We are also happy to discuss
the details of trips and activities with you. Trip members are held responsible for being in
sufficient health to undertake the trip. Trip members are responsible for preparing for the
trip by studying the itinerary and pre-departure information sent by Ecoadventure and for
bringing the appropriate clothing and equipment as advised therein.

INCLUSIONS AND EXCLUSIONS
Meals: Meals provided are specified on itineraries as breakfast (B), lunch (L), picnic lunch
(PL), and dinner (D). Spring water is included with all meals, but soft drinks, juices, and
alcohol are not included unless specified. Some trips do not include full meals, but you
may request them at an additional cost.

Airfare: The prices of our trips DO NOT include airfare unless specified. We are happy
to reserve and sell the necessary airline tickets for your arrival and departure. Prices vary
according to season.

Airport transfers: International and domestic airport transfers are not included unless
specified.

Entrance fees: Our trips DO NOT include entrance fees to national parks, reserves, or
protected areas.

Guides and transportation: All of our trips include the services of at least one licensed,
bilingual guide. All activities specified in itineraries are guided. Our trips include all
necessary land transportation in safe, private, quality 4×4 vehicles, vans, and/or buses.

You’ll start each day early to fuel up with breakfast at your hotel.   Your guide will meet you at your hotel and you will depart for a morning activity.  Depending on the day, you may be hiking, mountain biking, snorkeling, kayaking or going on a wildlife viewing walk with your certified naturalist guide for a few hours before stopping for lunch.  You will have a boxed lunch or lunch at a local restaurant.  After lunch there is a little bit of downtime before venturing out for an afternoon adventure & wildlife viewing.   You have the rest of the evening free to relax.  Dinner on your own.

Your hotels on this trip will have Internet.  Keep in mind that Internet in the islands can be spotty and slow.  You will also have cell service available in town at the start and end of your days.

Tips are not included in the trip rate.   Tips are usually given, but up to your discretion.   We suggest $8-15 per day / per person for your naturalist guide(s).

Laundry: There are laundry services on San Cristobal and Santa Cruz Islands. Ask your guide for assistance on where to take your laundry.

Food and Special Diets: 

Special needs diets can be accommodated for (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, etc).

This trip includes breakfast at your hotel each morning.  Lunch at your hotel, a local restaurant or a boxed lunch while out on an excursion.  Several dinners are on your own.  Check the day by day itinerary to see which dinners are included.

Drinking Water: 

It is recommended that you bring a re-usable water bottle on this trip.  Drinking water will be provided at each hotel (in your room and in the lobby) and at all meals.  Before leaving for your excursion each day, you should fill up and carry 2 large (nalgene-type) water bottles or a camelback.

NOTE: Ecuador ́s tap water is not drinkable. Drink only bottled, boiled, or filtered water, and avoid ice in drinks.  In your hotel, use the bottled or available filtered water provided for brushing your teeth.

 

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