Experience the Incredible Galapagos with Gateways International

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Experience the Incredible Galapagos




  • Roundtrip International and Domestic airfare from Toronto* with LATAM Airlines
  • Welcome assistance upon arrival and departure
  • Private transfers and porterage between airport and hotel
  • 7-nights accommodation 3-nights in Quito 4-nights in Galapagos aboard the Endemic or Elite Catamaran ★★★★+
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee
  • All meals and excursions while cruising in the Galapagos
  • Breakfast daily in Quito
  • Hotel taxes and service charges
  • Airport & departure taxes**


Pricing as indicated valid October 31, 2019, based on two passengers travelling together. Subject to availability at time of booking.Blackout periods apply. For alternative dates, inquire for pricing. Itineraries are fully customizable. **Airport and departure taxes are included, subject to change at any time. Optional tours and activities not included.  For terms and conditions, click here. Ongoing monitoring of the Zika virus continues around the world including Central, South America and the Caribbean. Itinerary subject to change, as it varies depending on the vessel, weather, etc. . Please evaluate your risks before travelling.


Day 1: Fly from Toronto to Quito and overnight.

Day 2:Fly from Quito to the Galapagos.

Arriving in the Galapagos, passengers are picked up at the airport by our natural guides and taken on a ten-minute bus drive to the pier to board their vessle.

PM : Highlands Tortoise Reserve (Santa Cruz Island)
Dry landing. In the central highlands of Santa Cruz Island we have our best opportunity to interact at close quarters with totally wild, Galapagos giant tortoises.

A short walk among these huge, 600 lb, reptiles will also offer the chance for more highland species, especially several species of the famed finches.

Difficulty level: Easy

Type of terrain: Flat & sometimes muddy

Duration: 45-minute drive / 1 ½-hour walk

(Photo: Galapagos giant tortoises on Santa Cruz island) 

Day 3: Genovesa Island 

AM- El Barranco, Prince Philip's Steps (Genovesa Island)

Riding our pangas to the far side of the caldera, red-billed tropicbirds display vociferously overhead while Galapagos fur seals can be seen on the shoreline.
Once at the top of the rocky stairway we are immediately met by Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, mockingbirds and finches that line our way through a palo santo forest until we arrive at an expansive open lava field. Wedge-rumped storm petrels swarm above the lava where we keep our eyes peeled for short-eared owls.

Difficulty level: Moderate

Type of terrain: Rocky lava

Duration: 45-minute walk

PM - Darwin Bay (Genovesa Island)

From within the flooded caldera of Tower Island we set foot onto a sandy beach to be greeted by swallow-tailed gulls often said to be the most beautiful gull in the world.
Our short, flat, trail leads us past stands of mangroves and saltbush on which we have our best possible looks at nesting red-footed boobies and great frigatebirds. At the tidal lagoon we may also see the rarest gull in the world, our very own, endemic lava gull.

Difficulty level: Moderate

Type of terrain: Sand & Lava

Duration: 2 ½-hour walk approx.

(Photo: A pair of Blue Footed Booby's on the island)  

Day 4: Santa Cruz Island 

AM- Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz Island)

Dry landing. Arriving to a small lava dock our first encounters are with marine iguanas that blend-in perfectly to the dark rock. As we walk past large prickly pear cacti we arrive to one end of a long, sickleshaped, beach with Dragon Hill standing in the distance. Our walk takes us on a circular path, past a shallow lake where flamingoes frequently come to feed. Waders such as stilts, turnstones and sandpipers work the muddy edges frenetically looking for food as we continue inland to a dry, forested habitat where land iguanas nest and burrow.

Difficulty level: Moderate

Type of terrain: Rocky

Duration: 2-hour walk

PM- Santa Fe Island

Wet landing. After a fabulous snorkel in the turquoise waters of the protected bay we may have enjoyed time with sea lions, turtles, reef sharks and spotted eagle rays. Landing onto a sandy beach we are immediately distracted by the abundant sea lions there with us. We begin a walk past a forest of island-endemic giant Opuntia cacti. Here we search for another islandendemic
the Santa Fe land iguana, paler than its cousins on other islands. Galapagos hawks and even endemic rice rats are also things to look out for.

Difficulty level: Moderate

Type of terrain: Rocky

Duration: 1 ½-hour walk / 1-hour deep water snorkeling

(Photo: Pink flamingoes on Galapagos Islands)  

Day 5: Galapagos – Mainland (Quito)

AM- Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz Island)

Wet landing. Named for some wrecked World War II barges whose ribs are still visible in the sand this visitor site offers great swimming, a lovely walk along the shore and a visit to a lagoon behind the hightide line with wading birds, marine iguanas and sometimes even flamingoes. The two beaches are also favorite nesting sites for green turtles which often leave tractor-like tracks in the sand.

Difficulty level: Easy

Type of terrain: Sandy

Duration: 1-hour walk

This afternoon transfer to the Baltra airport for your return flight to Quito. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel.

Day 6: Quito

After breakfast, begin your private tour of Quito, including Independence Plaza, seeing important sites such as the Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, the Municipal Building and the Archbishops Palace. Visit the temple of La Compañía de Jesús, then continue on to the Monastery of San Francisco.

Drive 15 minutes north of the city to the Equatorial Monument and Ethnographic Museum which features exhibits showing the different Native American groups living in Ecuador. Get your certificate for having crossed the Equator before heading back to the hotel.

Day 7: Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.


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