WHY THIS TRIP
A lodge-based naturalist trip in the Galapagos that visits and explores 3 different Islands. An ideal option for those who don’t like boat travel, but still want a full itinerary, wildlife-viewing opportunities, and comfortable accommodations.
Many land-based Galapagos naturalist trips suffer from a slow-paced itinerary, too many boat rides, and dingy accommodations; the Galapagos Wildlife Discovery is the antidote to such subpar trips. On this wildlife-filled itinerary, you’ll be snorkeling with sea turtles, wandering amongst magnificent frigate birds, and swimming with petite Galapagos penguins — all with your professional, naturalist guide. At night, you will relax at comfortable hotels.
This trip stays on three different Islands so as to avoid long round-trip boat rides. This lets you see more of an Island than what you would on a one-day visit, and experience the stark ecological diversity between the Islands. You start on San Cristobal Island, famous for the blue-footed boobies and frigate birds founds on land, as well as the sharks, rays, sea lions, and turtles you’ll find at sites like Kicker Rock. On Isabela Island, you’ll be exploring a newer volcanic landscape and discovering a diversity of animals who have made their home here. Snorkel among penguins and marine iguanas in turquoise water, walk white-sand beaches and hike up stunning volcanoes for a panoramic view of the archipelago. The trip finishes with a exploration of Santa Cruz Island where you observe giant tortoises lumbering through the highlands and visit the famous Charles Darwin Research Center.
While this trip is well-structured to ensure you see tons of wildlife and get to see the best of the Galapagos, there is still lots of room for you to personalize your trip. There are longer versions of the trip, as well as the option to go with a group tour or a privately-guided trip. For those who want to see even more, SCUBA or naturalist tour days can be added upon request.
LOCAL OPERATOR: NeoTropic Expeditions
A pioneer of the multisport experience in the Galapagos, Quito-based NeoTropic Expeditions provides meaningful, fun and safe eco-adventure experiences reflecting the company’s strong commitment to sustainable eco-tourism in Ecuador.