Camping is perhaps the best way to immerse yourself in nature, and this 9-day Galapagos Camping Adventure is perfect for those seeking a truly unique outdoor vacation. Stay close to the amazing landscapes and wildlife found in these famous islands and experience for yourself the abundance of nature they have to offer.
Start in the Colonial City of Quito on the Mainland
You’ll first arrive in Quito, on the mainland of Ecuador, and spend a short time exploring this bustling capital city. Roam through the colonial city center and learn its history, and visit the actual Equatorial Line a short distance away. You’ll also have the exciting opportunity to learn about the fine chocolate produced here and even experience a decadent tasting in an art museum wine cellar.
Galapagos Islands Camping Adventure Begins
After a short flight from Quito to Baltra Island, you’ll find yourself in the midst of the famous Galapagos Islands. A quick taste of what these natural islands have to offer occurs in the Itabaca Channel. Kayak, snorkel, or paddleboard the beautiful turquoise waters here or wander along the shore to see what wildlife you can spot.
Santa Cruz Island is your next destination and where you will stay in the Magic Galapagos Tented Camp. For your two nights here, you’ll be surrounded by nature day and night, taking in the sounds around you and enjoying the starry nights above you. Giant tortoises roam nearby, and chatty birds fill the skies. Expert chefs prepare gourmet evening meals, after which you may want to venture to the reserve’s so-called ‘Lava Lounge’ for a nightcap in the nearby naturally-formed lava tubes.
You’ll also have chances to explore the neighboring island of Isabela and its active volcanoes. A stay in the Isamar Boutique Hotel here gives you the perfect opportunity to rest and relax and adds to the glamour of your island adventure.
Moving on to San Cristobal Island, home of the oldest settlement in the islands, you’ll enjoy a hotel stay at the luxurious Galapagos Sunset Hotel, which is convenient to the beach and nearby shops. Spend your time here catching glimpses of sea lions, red and blue-footed boobies, tortoises, and marine iguanas. Bike or walk along the coastal areas or grab a snorkel and mask and immerse yourself in the gorgeous water.
The well-known Kicker Rock is another adventurous place you’ll have a chance to experience. Recognized as one of the best snorkel and scuba diving sites in the Galapagos Islands, you can swim around spotting tropical fish, spotted eagle rays, and maybe even dolphins and sharks. Before returning to the mainland, spend your last hours learning about the challenges the islands continue to face and the conservation measures already in place to ensure their protection for future generations.