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Explore Santa Cruz and two neighboring islands while staying at Red Mangrove's Aventura Lodge in the Galapagos. The excursions will take you along the coast and up into the highlands to see the Galapagos' biodiversity and to witness first-hand the wildlife and unique scenery of the "Enchanted Islands." Travelers stay active with hiking and snorkeling excursions, but there is plenty of time to relax at the lodge or on the beach. To learn more about the intriguing natural history of the islands, your park service guide will introduce you to historical sites on the Galapagos.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Fly Galapagos | Santa Cruz Island
Day 2 : Island Exploration
Day 3 : Isabela Island
Day 4 : Twin Craters | Return Quito


  • Explore Bartolome, Santa Fe, Seymour Norte, or Plazas Island
  • Stay on Santa Cruz Island, your homebase for the duration of this trip
  • Snorkel with fish, rays, sea turtles, & sea lions
  • View giant Galapagos tortoises as they roam, graze, and sleep

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Trip Type

  • Independent

Activity Level


Trip Snapshots

Curious sea lion during a snorkeling outing Colorful land iguana Giant Tortoise Two frigate birds Pinnacle rock on Bartolome Blue footed booby Sea lion on a pristine beach Aventura Lodge

Day 1 Fly Galapagos | Santa Cruz Island

This morning, catch a flight from Quito to the Galapagos. Arrive Baltra Island, meet your guide and transfer to Santa Cruz Island. Check in to your hotel in Puerto Ayora and enjoy a free afternoon to explore the island on your own!

Day 2 Island Exploration

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
After breakfast, you will be transferred from the lodge to a yacht that will take you to one of the following islands: Bartolome, Santa Fe, Seymour, or Plazas.  Enjoy a full day of exploration that allows you to get to know the island, its wildlife inhabitants, and its unique landscape!

You will have the opportunity to snorkel with sea turtles, sharks, tropical fish, sea lions, and many other marine species specific to the island which you are visiting. This day will also allow plenty of time to hike among the wildlife, enjoy beautiful scenery, and lounge on the beach.

Day 3 Isabela Island

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
After breakfast, board a yacht to Isabela Island! Upon arriving, you will first visit the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center where you will observe these gentle giants.  You will learn about the process of breeding and raising teh giant tortoises.  After lunch and some time to enjoy the beautiful beaches of Isabela and a flamingo lagoon, the journey continues to Tintoreras Islet.  Watch sea lions, tortoises, marine iguanas, sharks, and rays from the calm turquoise waters of the bay. This relaxing area is the perfect place to end your day on Isabela Island.

Day 4 Twin Craters | Return Quito

  • 1 Breakfast
This morning you will make a stop to see Twin Craters. These two geological depressions in the middle of a forest of scalesia, (native vegetation), are on the highest point of Santa Cruz Island.  Then, you will return to Baltra and catch your flight back to the mainland.

If you are not ready for your travels to end, spend an evening in Quito and make a toast to your experience in the remarkable Galapagos Islands!

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Based on Superior Mangrove View rooms at Aventura Lodge. Shorter itineraries available. Please contact us for alternative options.

Please note: For departures between December 15 - January 5, internal flights must be paid at the time of booking.


  • 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches
  • 3 Nights Accommodations
    • 3 Nights Hotel
  • 3 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Gear Rental
    • Snorkeling


  • Internal Flights
    • $590 Quito-Galapagos-Quito
    • Flight cost is subject to change
  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are excluded.
  • International Flights

Recommended Budgeting

  • $100 Meals not Included
  • $55 Airport Departure Tax
  • $110 Park Entrance Fee
    • $100 Galapagos entrance fee + $10 Isabela
  • $20 INGALA Transit Control Card
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This was my first experience with Adventure Life - and I couldn't have been more pleased with the trip. The guides and local staff in both Buenos Aires and Uruguay were terrific - extremely helpful and accommodating. I really enjoyed meeting the friendly staff in Buenos Aires in person (I left my bags with them for the afternoon).
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