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Sea Lion Galapagos

Galapagos Extension 9 days

About the Challenge

The Galapagos Islands, an isolated rocky archipelago lying roughly 1000km off the coast of Ecuador, are neither easy nor cheap to get to, but they are justifiably world-renowned for their unique wildlife and incredible biodiversity. They are also inextricably linked to Charles Darwin, whose later Theory of Evolution owed a great deal to his observations in these volcanic islands.

Known as one of the best places to view wildlife on the planet, many of the species here can be found nowhere else, and the marine habitat is fiercely protected. The creatures are largely unbothered by human presence, allowing for the unparalleled close-up encounters which make the Galapagos so special.

Our week’s exploration is active and packed with highlights, including snorkelling, kayaking, and walking as we discover these volcanic islands and see the famous giant tortoises, as well as penguins, turtles, sea lions, marine iguanas and a rich array of birdlife. We also visit the Charles Darwin Research Station on the small island of Santa Cruz.

This tour is not private to our group, which has the advantage not only of assuring guaranteed departures, but also making the costs of visiting this bucket-list destination more realistic for our customers.

Single Supplement: £690

Dates & Prices


Dates & Prices

Single supplement: £630

It’s advisable to book as early as possible to avoid any problems with availability.


What's included?

  • Flight from Quito to Galapagos Islands; any locally-paid internal flight tax
  • Transfer between Papallacta and Quito, and airport transfers
  • Transportation in Galapagos (by bus and speedboat)
  • Good standard hotel accommodation, twin-share basis: Quito (4*) and Galapagos (3*)
  • Meals and activities as indicated in itinerary


What's not included?

  • Galapagos National Park Fee: US$100 cash (payable on entry)
  • INGALA transit card: US$20 cash (payable at Quito airport)
  • Pier/port tax: US$10 cash
  • Optional activities (eg during free time in Quito)
  • Meals (lunches & dinners) as indicated
  • Personal spending, drinks, etc
  • Tip for guides

Detailed Information

  • Your safety, and that of the rest of the group, is our highest priority. Our trips are designed and planned with safety in mind. Your crew will be equipped with communication devices (eg phones, radios and/or emergency satellite phones), medical kit and other safety apparatus appropriate to the destination. Our leaders always have access to our 24-hour emergency UK back-up. They are responsible for safety on the trip, and will make any changes to the itinerary they deem necessary, should local conditions dictate. Pre-trip administration - such as medical questionnaires and travel insurance as appropriate - is all done with your safety in mind.

  • We have a Passenger Portal which will give you more details of the challenge itself. It also enables you to see any outstanding information we need, the countdown to your challenge departure, see your outstanding balance, make payments and update your contact details. You can access this via the following link - Passenger Portal Log in.

Preparing for the Challenge

  • We plan our trips around the optimal weather conditions, but could still be exposed to bad weather at any time. It is vital you are prepared for all conditions. We provide you with a detailed packing kit-list on registration, as well as details on useful discounts you are entitled to as a Discover Adventure customer. We are always available if you need advice.

    If you are still to buy some kit don’t forget that Cotswold Outdoor, Snow and Rock, Cycle Surgery and Runners Need offer all Discover Adventure participants 10% off any purchases you make with them. Please ask us for the code if you do not have this already.