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Galapagos Safari Camp: Itineraries

 Galapagos Safari Camp Itineraries

Galapagos Safari Camp 5 and 6 Day Galapagos Islands Tours

The Galapagos Safari Camp offers a range of services to help you design the perfect Galapagos trip. The Classic Safari option that the camp offers includes spotting giant tortoises; visiting some of the nearby islands; and hiking around the eastern side of Santa Cruz Island. The tour is a great introduction to the Galapagos Islands and will allow travellers to see all kinds of exotic flora and fauna.

Those travelling with children can make the most of the Family Safari option. This tour takes families all over Santa Cruz Island by bike and kayak and gives you the chance to see marine iguanas, white-tip reef sharks and giant tortoises. The itinerary also includes some fishing with local fishermen; visiting the Charles Darwin Research Centre and the chance to discover one of the uninhabited islands of the Galapagos Archipelago.

A special Scuba Diving Safari is also available, designed especially for dive enthusiasts. Scuba diving in Galapagos is considered to be one of the world´s best. This program includes two dives per day and a land excursion on arrival.

Classic Safari – 5-Days/4-Nights

The core model trip, the Classic Safari, is a combination of land activities and boat excursions that take you to beautiful neighboring islands. This unforgettable journey is filled with opportunities for adventure and relaxation.

Day 1 - In search of the giant tortoise

Welcome to the Galapagos! An English-speaking naturalist guide meets you at the VIP lounge at Baltra Airport to escort you on your excursion of the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. Enjoy a delicious, locally-sourced lunch at a farm in the western hills. Take in the area’s natural beauty, pit craters, lava tunnels, and learn more about the Scalesia and Guayabillo forests. At the Tortoise Reserve, share some time in the giant tortoises’ natural habitat, surrounded by the abundant bird life of the area. End this day at Galapagos Safari Camp with a sunset cocktail followed by dinner.

Days 2 & 3 - Explore neighboring islands

Early morning finds you on a motor vessel to one of the neighboring islands: North Seymour, Bartolomé, Plazas, Santa Fé, Floreana or Isabela. Each island is an endemic treasure to explore and enjoy. The Galapagos Marine Reserve is the second largest marine reserve in the world, and snorkeling off the boat is highly recommended. Destinations will be given when we have your dates.

Day 4 - Experience the east

A morning drive takes you to the eastern part of the island. At 490m above sea level, Cerro Mesa Reserve offers spectacular views of the largest crater on Santa Cruz Island, exotic plants, and seven unique subspecies of finch and the elusive vermilion flycatcher. After lunch explore Garrapatero Beach, with stunning contrasts of mangroves, black lava, white sand, and turquoise water — including a flamingo lagoon. Kayaking and mountain biking are optional.

Day 5 - Sunrise walk and departure

Enjoy the serenity that Galapagos Safari Camp has to offer. Relax, walk, or enjoy the sunrise from our observatory before departure to your next destination. (Here’s where you’ll wish you had extended your journey!) . 

Included:

+ Accommodation

+ All meals

+ Airport VIP services

+ Transfers & ground transportation

+ Boat excursions with snorkeling on a sharing basis (additional option to take a private guide or to charter the boat for a fully private experience)

+ Wetsuits and snorkeling equipment

+ English-speaking naturalist guide

+ Activities and visits detailed in the itinerary

 

Not Included:

- Flights (all flights from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos Islands can be arranged upon request)

- Galapagos National Park entrance fee (US $100 per adult/$50 per child under 12)

- Tourist transit card (US $20 per person)

- Beverages

- Laundry service

- Insurance (prior to your journey please ensure your travel insurance is valid in your country of origin)

Gratuities

Family Safari – 6-Days/5-Nights

The family safari is diverse in activities and engaging educational experiences for both parents and children. Safari Camps works with knowledgeable guides to lead your safari, many of whom have their own families and understand the need for flexibility, patience, and downtime.

 

DAY 1 - Land of the giant tortoise

Your family’s naturalist guide meets you at Baltra Airport. You will cross the narrow Itabaca Channel to Santa Cruz Island, and then drive up to Galapagos Safari Camp. While you settle in, your guide will capture your children’s imagination with an overview of the animal species they are soon to encounter. After lunch, you may explore our 135 acre farm, pick local tropical fruit, harvest cacao seasonally, and spot local birds. Before sundown, visit the lava tunnels and search for giant tortoises roaming the National Tortoise Reserve adjacent to GSC.

 

DAY 2 - Activity day

After breakfast, visit a neighboring organic coffee plantation to learn about responsible small-scale farming in the Galapagos, and the children have a chance to pick coffee beans if season allows. Then drive to the enormous Cerro Mesa crater for a short walk in the wetlands that is home to a wonderful variety of birds and the occasional bathing tortoise. After lunch at a local restaurant, jump on bikes for a downhill ride to Garrapatero Beach, where the contrast of mangroves, black lava, white sand, and turquoise water, along with its birdlife and flamingo lagoon, is magnificent. Explore the bay in sea kayaks, accompanied by marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, and countless shorebirds. In the evening, back at GSC, parents can relax while the children take a private art class with a local artist.

 

DAY 3 - Explore an uninhabited island

Spend the day spotting wildlife and snorkeling on one of the uninhabited islands easily accessed by a day-yacht from Santa Cruz Island. The exact island location depends on travel dates, but options include North Seymour, South Plazas, Santa Fe, and Bartolomé, all of which are rich in wildlife and offer wonderful snorkeling opportunities. Please note this is a shared boat excursion unless requested otherwise. Destination will depend on your dates.

 

DAY 4 - Fishing Adventure

An excursion with local fishermen is a favorite among children visiting us. This excursion is both a wildlife experience and a cultural exchange opportunity. We are involved in a program with the National Park Service that aims to engage local fisherman in tourism activities as an alternative means of income, with the added benefit of protecting local fisheries from depletion. The fishermen have very safe and modern speedboats, which we charter privately for the day. With your guide acting as translator, the fishermen share anecdotes from a lifetime at sea, and the children learn local fishing tricks. After fishing, you’ll land on a deserted beach and may snorkel in a spot known only to locals. If you prefer to limit fishing and enhance the snorkeling or beach experience, your guide is there to adapt the day to your preferences.

 

DAY 5 - Charles Darwin Research Station and bay tour

Visit the famous Charles Darwin Research Station to learn about its preservation efforts and scientific research. The children will have an up-close experience with the tortoises that are the islands’ namesake. Parents can enjoy free time to wander around Puerto Ayora, while your guide takes the children to a local playground or on a tour of the local fish market on the waterfront. After lunch, take a speedboat to Tortuga Bay, a white sandy beach with basking marine iguanas, and shallow turquoise waters teeming with white-tip reef sharks and fish. Or you can join a snorkeling boat that will take you to frolic with sea lions.

 

Day 6 - Sunrise walk and departure

Enjoy the serenity that Galapagos Safari Camp has to offer. Relax, walk, or enjoy the sunrise from our observatory before departure to your next destination. 

 

Included:

+ Accommodation

+ All meals: our chef has a substantial repertoire of kid-friendly meals, and plenty of healthy snacks are prepared for each day’s outings

+ Airport VIP services

+ Transfers & ground transportation

+ Boat excursion with snorkeling on a shared basis (additional option to take a private guide or to charter the boat for a fully private experience)

+ Wetsuits and snorkeling equipment

+ English-speaking naturalist guide

+ Chartered fishing experience

+ Activities and visits detailed in the itinerary

 

Not Included:

- Flights (all flights from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos Islands can be arranged upon request)

- Galapagos National Park entrance fee (US $100 per adult/$50 per child under 12)

- Tourist transit card (US $20 per person)

- Beverages

- Laundry service

- Travel Insurance 

- Gratuities

Dive Safari – 5-Days/4-Nights

Scuba diving in Galapagos is considered to be one of the world´s best. Designed for dive enthusiasts, this program includes two dives per day and a land excursion on arrival.

 

Day 1 - In search of the giant tortoise

Welcome to the Galapagos! An English-speaking naturalist guide meets you at the VIP lounge at Baltra Airport to escort you on your excursion of the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. Enjoy a delicious, locally-sourced lunch at a farm in the western hills. Take in the area’s natural beauty, pit craters, lava tunnels, and learn more about the Scalesia and Guayabillo forests. At the Tortoise Reserve, share some time in the giant tortoises’ natural habitat, surrounded by the abundant bird life of the area. End this day at Galapagos Safari Camp with a sunset cocktail followed by dinner.

 

Days 2, 3 & 4 - Diving (two daily submersions)

POSSIBLE DIVE SITES

Floreana Island

One of the older volcanic islands, Floreana, has an excellent selection of diverse dive sites. Most of the interesting activity takes place in the shallows where the current strikes the reefs. We have spotted Galapagos sharks, white tip reef sharks, turtles, sting rays, eagle rays, barracudas, sea lions, and reef fish.

 

Gordon Rocks

An eroded crater at the top of a tuff cone, Gordon Rocks is one of the best dive sites in the central islands. You might see hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, white tip reef sharks, rays, green turtles, sea lions, Galapagos eels, barracudas, and reef fish.

 

North Seymour Island

Created by seismic uplift rather than volcanic origin, North Seymour is teeming with life. It is home to many species of shark, including Galapagos white tip and black tip, eagle rays, green turtles, Galapagos eels, barracudas, and more.

 

Cousins Rock

This is a triangular-shaped rock formation with a breath-taking vertical wall of black coral, invertebrates, and mollusks. It is a combination of shoal and wall diving, in the company of Pacific seahorses, frogfish, Galapagos sharks, white tip reef sharks, turtles, stingrays, spotted eagle rays, barracudas, sea lions, and reef fish.

 

Bartolomé Island

Despite being one of the younger islands, Bartolomé’s underwater world is stunning—with penguins as a highlight! There is a 10m-deep platform with an enormous variety of reef fish; and on the edge of the platform a 15m-deep submarine canyon, home to white tip reef sharks, mobula rays, stingrays, barracudas, turtles, and a variety of invertebrates and mollusks.

 

Mosquera Islet

This rocky islet is a popular gathering place for sea lions and an enormous colony of garden eels. The 21m drop-off is ideal for schools of eagle rays, hammerhead sharks, manta rays, and black tip reef sharks.

 

Daphne Islet

This is a drift dive along an impressive drop-off at the top of a sloping wall. Close to the islet you´ll discover coral areas bursting with sea urchins, starfish, and a plethora of cardinal fishes. The area is frequently visited by manta rays, green turtles, sea lions, grunts and snappers, sharks, and eagle rays.

 

Day 5 - Sunrise walk and departure

Enjoy the serenity that Galapagos Safari Camp has to offer. Relax, walk, or enjoy the sunrise from our observatory before departure to your next destination. 

 

Included:

+ Accommodation

+ All meals

+ Airport VIP services

+ Transfers & ground transportation

+ Boat excursions with two submersions each day on a shared basis (additional option to take a private guide or to charter the boat for a fully private experience)

+ Wetsuits and diving equipment

+ English-speaking dive guide

+ Activities and visits detailed in the itinerary

 

Not Included:

- Flights (all flights from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos Islands can be arranged upon request)

- Galapagos National Park entrance fee (US $100 per adult/$50 per child under 12)

- Tourist transit card (US $20 per person)

- Beverages

- Laundry service

- Travel Insurance

- Gratuities

- Dive computer 


 Rainforest Cruises Top Tip

Top tip: The Galapagos Safari Camp Lodge and flights to the Galapagos Islands fill up fast. Visitation to Galapagos is limited and often sells out 6 to 9 months in advance, so book ahead to avoid disappointment. Contact Us for more information.


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