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Galapagos Habitat

Hotel-Based Tour - Example 6 Day Tour
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Explore the Galapagos Island of Santa Cruz as well as her neighboring islands during this 6-day tour. You will be based out of the  comfortable beachfront hotel Galapagos Habitat, with daily ship excursions aboard the Windrose to discover the nearby islands. All of which have unique wildlife and volcanic features. This tour balances activity and relaxation perfectly in one of the world's premier wildlife-viewing destinations.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive Baltra | Santa Cruz, Highlands | Charles Darwin Station
Day 2 : Santa Fe | South Plaza
Day 3 : North Seymour | Bachas Beach
Day 4 : Batholomew | Sullivan Bay
Day 5 : Chinese Hat | Dragon Hill
Day 6 : Gemelos | Transfer Out


  • Visit the Highlands and observe Giant Tortoises in their natural habitat
  • Explore South Plaza a unique location with a diverse plant life
  • Discover North Seymour Island, a great hiking spot
  • Admire some of the largest seabird colonies in the Galapagos Islands

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Bachas Beach
  • Baltra
  • Bartolome
  • Charles Darwin Center
  • Chinese Hat
  • Dragon Hill
  • Galapagos Habitat
  • Highlands
  • Los Gemelos (Twin Craters)
  • North Seymour
  • Puerto Ayora
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santa Fe
  • Santiago
  • South Plaza Island
  • Sullivan Bay


Trip Type

  • Independent

Activity Level


Trip Snapshots

Wooden boardwalk in Bartolome Blue-footed Booby spotted while cruising the Galapagos Tortoise being photographed Iguana up close Frigate Bird

Day 1 Arrive Baltra | Santa Cruz, Highlands | Charles Darwin Station

Arrive early in the morning at Baltra airport where you'll meet your guide and start your Galapagos adventure. After taking the quick ferry to Santa Cruz, visit the Highlands, where Giant Tortoises can be seen in their natural habitat. Followed by a tour of the Charles Darwin Station, an important research facility with an extensive collection of Galapagos plant life specimens. Make your way to the Galapagos Habitat Hotel and enjoy the rest of the afternoon and evening at the hotel.

Day 2 Santa Fe | South Plaza

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Take a 2-hour boat ride to Santa Fe Island, also called Barrington Island after British Admiral Samuel Barrington. Santa Fe was formed by uplifted, submarine basaltic lava, created some 4 million years’ ago. A big part of this is a faulted plateau covered with a forest of giant Opuntia cactae. This afternoon, visit South Plaza, which was created by lava that was uplifted from the sea bed, this unique location has resident wildlife and diverse plant life.

Day 3 North Seymour | Bachas Beach

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Take a 2-hour boat ride to North Seymour Island, a great hiking spot. There is a circular path about 2 miles long that crosses the interior of the island which allows you to explore the rocky coastal path. On this trail, you are able to discover some of the largest seabird colonies in the Galapagos Islands. Later on, visit Bachas Beach, here you can choose to rest and/or swim in the wonderful Galapagos waters.

Day 4 Batholomew | Sullivan Bay

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Take a 2-hour boat ride to Bartholomew Island, an island surrounded by turquoise waters and beautiful beaches. The island is a now an extinct volcano with a variety of red, orange, green, black and shiny volcanic formations. This afternoon, visit to Sullivan Bay. Here you can see some amazing lava formations, which are a product of a 1903 volcanic eruption.

Day 5 Chinese Hat | Dragon Hill

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Take a 2-hour boat ride to Chinese Hat, a very small volcano close to Santiago Island, surrounded by small spatter cones. It's one of the smallest Galapagos Islands but don't be fooled: it has a unique visitor site with an unforgettable view! Later in the day, visit Dragon Hill, one of the few visitor sites directly related to a conservation program led by the Charles Darwin Foundation and the Galapagos National Park. It was named after the land iguanas, considered the Galápagos’ “dragons”.

Day 6 Gemelos | Transfer Out

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast at the Galapagos Habitat, visit the spectacular Gemelos or Twin Craters, located in the Highlands of Santa Cruz Island. These craters are surrounded by endemic Scalesia forests. Then take the Ferry to Baltra and transfer to the Baltra Airport to catch your flight to the mainland.  

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  • 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners
  • 5 Nights Accommodations
  • Arrival Transfer
  • Departure Transfer
  • Gear Rental: Snorkeling Gear
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Professional, bilingual guide service as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed


  • International Flights
  • Airport Departure Tax
  • Wetsuits - Available on board
  • Alcoholic and non specified beverages
  • Tips and Personal Expenses
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
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The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.
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