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Galapagos Venture

From £1393 for 9 days
Trip Overview

Take a thrilling sojourn around the highlights of the unique flora- and fauna-rich islands of the Galapagos. From rubbing shoulders with prehistoric-looking giant tortoises and marine iguanas, to gazing up in wonder at the spectacular blue-footed boobies’ synchronised fishing technique, the Galapagos offers the chance to see an abundance of rare creatures at close range. There are also heaps of opportunities to explore the underwater world of the Galapagos by snorkelling and diving in the surrounding waters - usually in the good company of playful sea lions and sea turtles. With just the right amount of relaxation, adventure and wildlife-filled awe, this Galapagos Venture is the way to see the very best of the Galapagos.

Essential Info
Starts: Quito
Ends: Quito
Ages: Min 15
Theme: Discovery, Wildlife
Trip Code: IGGRR
Activity Level:     
Countries visited: Ecuador, Galapagos Islands
What's Included

Meals

8 Breakfasts included

Transport

Plane,Speed boat,Private Vehicle,Public bus

Accommodation

Hostel (2 nts),Hotel (5 nts)

Trip Highlights

•   Arrive early and discover Quito’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage, filled with colonial era buildings, boulevards of multicoloured mansions and gracefully ageing cathedrals

•   Learn about the unique habit of the marine iguana. This dinosaur-like little creature has an iridescent sheen and is only found on the Galapagos Islands

•   Many come to Isla Santa Cruz just for the giant tortoises. Get up close and personal with these enormous animals, as they drag themselves through the sand

•   Birdwatching at the Galapagos is quite an experience. Watch the aerobatic routines of blue-footed boobies and the death defying stunts of the frigate birds, as they whizz through the air

•   Get your blood pumping as you scale Sierra Negra Volcano on Isabela Island

Dates & Availability
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Price
Availability
Departing: 24th May 2018
Returning: 1st June 2018
Quito - Quito
£1,562pp 
* Plus $130 USD
Fully Booked
Departing: 31st May 2018
Returning: 8th June 2018
Quito - Quito
£1,487pp 
* Plus $130 USD
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2 spaces
Departing: 21st June 2018
Returning: 29th June 2018
Quito - Quito
£1,577pp 
* Plus $130 USD
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3 spaces
Departing: 5th July 2018
Returning: 13th July 2018
Quito - Quito
£1,643pp £1,489pp
* Plus $130 USD
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Availability: Good
Departing: 12th July 2018
Returning: 20th July 2018
Quito - Quito
£1,562pp 
* Plus $130 USD
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3 spaces
Departing: 26th July 2018
Returning: 3rd August 2018
Quito - Quito
£1,622pp 
* Plus $130 USD
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3 spaces
Departing: 2nd August 2018
Returning: 10th August 2018
Quito - Quito
£1,592pp 
* Plus $130 USD
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3 spaces
Departing: 9th August 2018
Returning: 17th August 2018
Quito - Quito
£1,547pp 
* Plus $130 USD
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Availability: Good
Departing: 30th August 2018
Returning: 7th September 2018
Quito - Quito
£1,487pp 
* Plus $130 USD
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Availability: Good
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Itinerary & Notes
Bienvenidos! Welcome to Quito, Ecuador. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please contact our 24 hour emergency number which is located on these trip notes. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader. At the meeting you will be offered a duffle bag to use for the duration of your time in the Galapagos, please see the packing section in the trip notes for more information. Quito is one of the most attractive cities in South America, sitting at an altitude of 2,850 metres under the gaze of Volcan Pichincha. With Colonial style buildings, a cosy Old Town and plenty of nooks and crannies to explore, you may like to take a stroll this evening and see some sights. We will however be back in Quito at the end of the trip, giving you a chance to further experience the city, depending on when you are flying out ofcourse! Notes: Due to the high altitude of many of places we visit, the air is thinner and some people can suffer altitude sickness, regardless of age, gender or fitness. Please see the 'Is This Trip Right For You?' and 'Health' sections in the trip notes for detailed information. Optional Activities in Quito: Quito is an incredible city with loads to see and do. This trip doesn’t include much time in Quito, so a few extra days to explore it is recommended. Great activities are available through our local office – just email quitodaytours@peakdmc.com before departing or, once you’re in Quito, give our office a call +593 9 94014877 and they will happily assist you. Urban Adventures: If you are interested in any of the Urban Adventures listed you will need to contact Urban Adventures directly. Contact information for Quito can be found here: http://www.urbanadventures.com/contact-us City Tour & The Equator Line, an in-depth half-day city tour, including a trip to the equator line to see how it feels to be in the middle of the world, literally. If you’re short on time You can choose to do just the city tour or Equator line (we’ve listed separate prices below) Otavalo Market, a full day tour of the biggest Indian market in South America in the northern town of Otavalo, full of local handicrafts to take home for your friends, and the Cotacachi leather market. Cotopaxi Volcano, for something more active, head out to the 5,897 metre high Cotopaxi Volcano – drop by the National Park museum, then hike for around 2 hours and visit the picturesque Limpiopungo Lagoon. Quilotoa Lagoon, if you’re into lagoons, maybe take a full day trip to the stunning Quilotoa Lagoon. Early in the morning, drive 3 hours south through the local communities and Andes views of the Avenue of Volcanoes. Then hike (2 hours return) to the beautiful Quilotoa volcano crater lagoon, before returning to Quito. Something more chill is a full day at the Papallacta Hot Springs – take a scenic drive, reaching heights of 4,150 metres, and then relax in springs with views to the towering Antisana Volcano. Cloud Forest, maybe get in touch with the region’s incredible nature with a shared services trip to the Cloud Forest – take a guided hike through a reserve on the edge of the Choco Bio-region, one of the most bio-diverse places in the world, and get acquainted with the exuberant vegetation, bird life, and the fascinating adaptations to life in this special environment. Papallacta-Something more chill is a full day at the Papallacta Hot Springs – take a scenic drive, reaching heights of 4,150 metres, and then relax in springs with views to the towering Antisana Volcano. Please note, the prices listed below include entrance fees, however these are paid separately by you during the tour. Some tours require a minimum of 2 passengers to operate. (Please note prices listed are subject to change)

Additional Activities

Quito Market Discovery
99 USD
Quito - Papallacta Hot Springs (Full day)
70 USD
Quito - Sweet & Culinary Experience - Urban Adventures
103 USD
Quito - Old Town & Gastronomic- Urban Adventures
99 USD
Condors and Culture in Otavalo
156 USD
Quito - Otavalo Indian Market (Full day)
70 USD
Quito city tour + the Equator line Full day
75 USD
Quilotoa - Quilotoa Lagoon (Full day)
100 USD
Quito - Bellavista Cloud forest (Full day)
110 USD
Cotopaxi - National Park Hiking Tour
95 USD
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