Extend your trip with a visit to the enchanted Galapagos Islands where a 4 or 5-day trip (depending on availability) will take you between the different islands. The English-speaking guide will tell you all about the volcanic origin of the islands and the unique ecosystem of the animals that are here. You will be able to get unusually close to them, as they have not built up any fear due to the absence of natural enemies. You can photograph nesting albatross up close, go swimming with sea lions, observe thousands of iguanas and walk among the giant tortoises. The Galapagos package is on a request basis.
The price for the Galapagos package is from € 1500, - per person. The price depends on which boats are available on the desired date. Each boat has its own price tag. Please note that the price in high season can rise to up to € 2000, depending on availability.
IMPORTANT: If you choose to visit the Galapagos Islands, then you need to scan a copy of your passport and send it to us.
The package includes:
- Flight Guayaquil - Galapagos - Guayaquil
- 5 days /4 nights or 4 days/3 days stay on a yacht
- English speaking naturalist guide
- All meals on board (3 x per day)
- All excursions
- Transfers to and from the airport
Not included: Galapagos National Park entrance fee ($ 120 per person upon arrival in Galapagos), drinks, personal expenses, tips.
There are many different boats active in the Galápagos Islands, each with its own price and own schedule. Sailing schedules are always subject to change. The captain of the boat and the authorities of the Galápagos National Park always maintain the right to change the route (during the trip).
Take a morning flight from Guayaquil to Baltra Island where you will board a motor yacht. You will visit the idyllic beaches of Las Bachas where you can swim and sunbathe.
Today you visit the Islas Plazas and the island of Santa Fe. The Islas Plazas are two small islands off the coast of Santa Cruz. Here you will find a real cactus forest where many land iguanas dwell. A path leads you along a kilometer of sea lion colonies and along a steep cliff where different species of birds nest. From the Islas Plazas sail to Isla Santa Fe or Barrington, a small island about 20 miles southeast of Santa Cruz. The island has a beautiful bay and there are a number of hiking trails. Cacti grow here that can reach a height of 10 meters. This is the island where the Santa Fe land iguana roams, a rare subspecies. You can also find a colony of sea lions, marine iguanas and visit various species of birds.
Today we see the island of Española in the program. The English name for this island is Hood. It is the southernmost island in the archipelago. From March to December you have a great opportunity to see albatrosses here. The stately Blue-footed boobies let themselves be photographed at close range whilst in their nests and you have the chance to witness the comical mating dance of these birds. Marine iguanas are also frequently seen. The island has lovely white sand beaches.
The next island on the route is Floreana, officially called Isla Santa María. This is the sixth largest island of the archipelago. This island has beautiful beaches and the snorkelling is excellent. The island has an interesting fauna, marine iguanas, sea turtles, flamingos, pelicans and other birds.
On this last day take the boat to the island of Santa Cruz where you can visit the town of Puerto Ayora, the Charles Darwin Research Center and the Turtle Farm, where the world famous giant tortoises can be admired. At the end of the afternoon take the flight back to Guayaquil, where the group is currently staying and the tour will finish.
If you want to book the Galapagos package, please inform us when booking. Shoestring will contact you about the possibilities, the route and the final price. Then you can decide if you wish to confirm your place(s).