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Galapagos Hotel Based Tours

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  • Galapagos Hotel Based Tours allow you to explore the islands but sleep on land
  • Diving, kayaking and hiking options available
  • Great flexibility for families
  • Hang out with tortoises and swim with sharks in the Galapagos Islands

6 Days US$1995 + flights

Day 1: Arrive in Ecuador
On arrival into Quito or Guayaquil we will pick you up and take you to your city center hotel

Day 2-5: Hotel Based Galapagos Tour
Today we will take you to the airport for your flights to the Galapagos – the inspiration of evolution. You will be met there and transferred to your hotel to begin your next adventure - a four day land-based program in the Galapagos Islands.

About Staying on the Galapagos
Stay in a comfortable four star hotel or lodge and visit other parts of the Galapagos on day excursions. This way can experience the amazing variety of the Islands but still sleep on solid ground. Alternatively stay in comfortable lodges on three different islands.

Galapagos Hotels

Our hotels are all designed to blend into the environment. All are full board and have excellent dining. Whether you chose to stay on different islands, or prefer the comfort of having one hotel base – you are guaranteed a comfortable stay with a variety of daily excursions. All excursions are on roomy yachts with fully qualified nature guides with the safety precautions you would expect. This is also the best base from which to dive around the Islands (more below).

Examples of daily excursions:

Santa Fe Island (Barrington)
Walk through a forest of big Opuntia cacti to see land Iguanas (only on this island), lava lizards. On the beach see families of sea lions sunbathing and then snorkel with off the beach with the creatures. Galapagos hawks can also be seen on the cliffs here.

Tortuga Bay
Visit the white sandy beaches of this pristine beach visited by turtles who lay their eggs here. Also a good spot to see finches and other birdlife, flamingoes, pelicans and marine iguanas

Plaza Island
This small island is teeming with wildlife, sea side and along the cliffs: sea lions, land iguanas, swallow-tailed gulls, Opuntia cacti and vegetation that changes colors with the seasons.

Bartolome Island
Enjoy the spectacular Galapagos views as you ascend the hillsides of this unique island. Interesting lava formations and tuff cones can be observed. Sea lions and penguins swim in the vicinity of Pinnacle Rock. Enjoy snorkeling or swimming from the beach

Introduction to Diving
Ideal for unqualified divers who want to try it out and have a deeper the amazing life in the Galapagos seas. Instruction in a pool first before open water dive.

Diving Excursions for Qualified Divers
With opportunities to see Eagle Rays, Manta Rays, Hammerheads, White-Tipped Reef Sharks, Galapagos Shark, Stingrays, Marbled Rays, Moray Eels, Sea Turtles, Jacks, Blue and Gold Snappers, Flag Cabrilla, Creolefish, King Angelfish, Barracuda, Frogfish, Scorpionfish, Cardinalfish, Nudibranch and more.

Tortoise Walk
Visit two enormous collapsed lava chambers and a 450m illuminated lava tunnel and then continue to a private reserve which is the home of the giant Galapagos tortoise.

Sea Kayaking
Go at a leisurely pace between the bays and coves of Santa Cruz Island. Take a break for some snorkeling and a good chance to see white tip and Galapagos sharks, manta rays and tropical fish.

Day 5:  Last day Galapagos, Fly home
Today your final day on the Islands, you will have one last local visit and then be brought to the airport for your flights back to Guayaquil, Quito or Lima and onwards home … an unforgettable trip!

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First, we had a wonderful time and the trip was fun and interesting. We managed not to get sick and did not have any altitude

Alan and Judy, Peru & Ecuador

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Hey Donovan - the overall trip exceeded our expectations.  We would definitely recommend the trip, even though it was a bit expensive for our friends,

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Linda, Costa Rica

We had the best time ever, just an exceedingly wonderful whirlwind tour of Peru and the Galapagos. Your tour guides were so careful and aware

Jane and Sue, Peru

I had contracted with Ideal South America (ISA), after checking with eleven other travel agencies.  If you plan on a trip to South America I

Col. Ed Scholl, Peru

Max, The trip was fantastic and you put together a very nice itinerary.  The guides were very knowledgeable and the lodging was great, the flights

Ralstons & Pruesses, Peru

As promised, a while back, I am sending you some pictures from our trip to Peru. As I mentioned previously, we had an amazing time!

Peru, Eid-Heberle Family

I wanted to take a moment and thank you and your staff for planning and delivering an incredible trip! Alyssa and I had an amazing

Jake and Alyssa

We are back we had a great time. Thanks for your careful planning. The Andes were spectacular, the yacht was terrific … the Galapagos amazing.

Schreibers, Florida

"We had a wonderful time on our trip. Everything went really smoothly and we enjoyed all of our excursions. It was the trip of a

Ralston Family, California

Our trip was wonderful! Everything was well organized, hotels were great, and the weather was close to perfect.

Lewis Family, Pennsylvania

Jan 2013

...the places we saw exceeded our expectations. Machu Picchu is way better than the pictures show. The Galapagos trip is also great. I guess the

Sonny & Amanda Punzalan, California

Dec 2012

The trip to Ecuador and Peru were great! We felt that all of the guides, drivers, and transfers were excellent. Everything went well

Sue Clark & Family, Washington

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Machu Picchu & Galapagos, Dec 2012

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Bruce Thaler, Philadelphia

Machu Picchu & Galapagos, November 2012

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Howard Silberstein, Miami

Galapagos & Ecuador, November 2012

Thank you guys for planning our Galapagos and Machu Picchu trip. We had a great time! The transfers were punctual, and the guides

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Thanks for arranging such an awesome trip for the Whiteside family when in Peru this week. The guides were absolutely superb

Janet Whiteside, Florida

Peru, July 2012

The experience from beginning to end was excellent. The combination of Sacred Valley, Iguazu ending in Rio is great

Paul Jones

Machu Picchu, Iguazu & Rio, March 2012

We just returned from our South American trip with fond memories and no hitches. Thanks to your planning and foresight.

Victor Limlingan, Travel Agent – The Philippines

Ecuador, Galapagos & Panama, June 2012

...we were so pleased with your services and will be booking with you again for our South American travel in the future!

Jennafer Bonello – Washington DC

Peru, June 2012

We had a wonderful trip. everything went well and all the guides were super nice and helpful.

Hamila Atefi – Washington DC

Peru and Galapagos, May 2012

I just wanted to say thank you for all of your hard work planning my trip. It was all appreciated, and provided us with

Chris Leggat – New York

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Just back from one of the most enjoyable and well put together vacation trips we have ever experienced! Thanks for putting it all together for

Rick Velategui – USA

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The hotels, guides & drivers were first class & we could not have expected anything more than what was delivered. Thank you again

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