Galapagos Land Based Adventure



Galapagos Land Based

Galapagos Land Based tours are becoming increasingly an attractive alternative to enjoy the Galapagos Islands. Land based tours to Galapagos means that you fly to the island, instead taking a boat from the mainland. On arrival, you are transferred to a hotel for you to explore the island at ease. Private excursions can be arranged to nearby islands to explore its wildlife. These excursions with your private guide can be customised to include Scuba Diving and other specialised activities. 

Travellers have traditionally visited the islands on a cruise. The reason being that way back in the 1970’s, when the islands caught interest amongst experiential travellers, there were no hotels on the islands. Today, however, few hotels (which comply with environmental regulations) allow land based programmes (also referred to as Galapagos Island hopping tours). These tours with private options are customised to your needs and have become increasingly popular.

And, take naturalist-led day trips to the surrounding islands.

What We Love
  • This tour can be extended to include the Otavalo region or Amazon basin.
  • In Quito, stay at the luxurious boutique Casa Gangotena hotel. 
  • Stay in Pikaia Lodge, the most luxurious and sustainable Eco Lodge in the Galapagos Islands.
  • Explore Galapagos Islands on the hotels private 100-foot yacht.
  • Depart and return whenever you choose – shorten or lengthen the tour to suite your wishes.
  • Around-the-clock support with our local contacts at our associate offices throughout South America.
What to Know
  • This tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience and may require walking on rough surfaces.
  • You will be in a small group during the cruise in Galapagos.
  • Bring proper walking gear and outdoor clothing. Do not forget your skin and eye protection items
  • We offer 24/7 support during your tour to give you complete peace of mind during your holiday.
  • Our Ecuador tours easily combine with touring other destinations in South America
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday.

Galapagos Land Based

Quito, Galapagos Islands
(8 Days – Travel Any Day)

Day 1 – Arrive
Quito On arrival in Buenos Aires you will VIP airport assistance and private transfer to your chosen hotel for a two-night stay.  
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Casa Gangotena.

Day 2 – Private Touring
Quito Full-day private touring: With your private local guide, tour the city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site filled with Spanish colonial-era architecture. Explore interesting back streets, hidden courtyards and churches with spectacular interiors. Visit the best museums, traditional workshops, markets and other sites according to your interests. Perhaps also shop for a high-quality Panama hat—an Ecuador original.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Casa Gangotena (B)

Day 3 – Transfer
Galapagos Islands Private transfer to the airport for your flight to Galapagos. On arrival transfer to hotel. Stay four nights at Pikaia Lodge on Santa Cruz Island, the finest resort hotel in the Galapagos. Enjoy naturalist-led day trips aboard Pikaia’s private 100-foot yacht to landing sites on Santa Cruz and the most interesting surrounding islands, such as Bartolome, Santiago and North Seymour. See incredible volcanic landscapes, and get close to iconic Galapagos wildlife such as giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies and marine iguanas.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Pikaia Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 4 – North Seymour and Santa Cruz Islands
Galapagos Islands Full-day yacht excursion with naturalist to landing sites on North Seymour and Santa Cruz islands. Depending on the season, also see mating rituals, newborns feeding, territorial squabbles and more. If desired, snorkel in areas frequented by sea lions, penguins, sea turtles and schools of colorful fish. Also enjoy a naturalist-led excursion on Santa Cruz to highlights such as the giant tortoise reserve, lava tubes, scalesia forest and the Charles Darwin Research Station, where different subspecies of Galapagos tortoises are raised.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Pikaia Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 5 – Santa Cruz Island
Galapagos Islands Touring on Santa Cruz Island with naturalist guide.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Pikaia Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 6 – Bartolome and Santiago Islands
Galapagos Islands Full-day yacht excursion with naturalist to landing sites on Bartolome and Santiago islands.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Pikaia Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 7 – Transfer
Quito Transfer to flight to Quito. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 1 night
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Casa Gangotena (B)

Day 8 – Depart
Quito Private transfer to the airport for your connecting flight.

Galapagos Land Based Adventure Ecuador

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199

Getting There Ecuador: There are no direct flights to Ecuador from the UK and Ireland, but there are plenty of indirect flights to both Quito and Guayaquil involving a flight change in Europe or the US. Approximate flying times from the US to Quito is four hours from Miami and around five hours from Houston and Atlanta. Iberia and Air Comet offer services via Madrid, and KLM via Amsterdam. Other possibilities include taking a flight to South American hubs, such as Bogotá or Caracas, from where connections to Ecuador can be made. Typical journey times are between 15 to 17 hours.

Galapagos: There are daily flights to Galapagos from Quito and Guayaquil. The airline allows one checked suitcase (maximum 44 lbs.) and one carry-on bag per passenger. We recommend that all passengers travelling to Galapagos consider two nights in mainland Ecuador prior to their cruise to allow for potential flight delays and misconnection.  This is particularly important for passengers travelling over winter holidays when flights tend to be overbooked and/or delayed caused by poor weather conditions.

When to go The Galapagos have a surprisingly cool, sub-tropical climate. There are two seasons, both of which have some precipitation. Galapagos gets an average of ten inches of rain per year, it is never considered “rainy”. During the months of December to May, the cooling currents subside, temperatures rise and the climate is warm and sunny with occasional showers. In June, the trend begins toward cooler temperatures with moderate breezes, which continue through November. This period is referred to as the “garua” season, meaning mist in Spanish.