Galapagos: In Darwin's Footsteps

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4.9 Based on 11 Reviews
  • duration 14 days
  • tour type Small group Request as private
  • age requirement 16-95 yrs
  • max group size 16
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Tour Code BM-12450
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Starts Quito, Ecuador
  • Ends Guayaquil, Ecuador
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Trek to the crater rim of the Sierra Negra Volcano
  • Plenty of island walks to discover the Galapagos landscape
  • Incredible wildlife viewing and photographic opportunities with neartame animals
  • Plenty of snorkelling opportunities with iridescent fish, playful Sea lions and turtles
  • Island hopping by motorboat but sleep in hotels and lodges
  • Part of the Aldo Kane collection
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Starting in Quito and ending in Guayaquil, the "Galapagos: In Darwin's Footsteps" trip is a guided wildlife tour that takes 14 days. You will travel through North Seymour Island, Puerto Ayora, Puerto Villamil and 14 other destinations in Ecuador. "Galapagos: In Darwin's Footsteps" is a small group trip which includes accommodation in hotels, transport, meals and others.

Extended trekking on the island of Isabela in the remote Galapagos archipelago is a rare privilege and we are one of only a few operators allowed here. As part of this trip, we enjoy two days trekking on the Sierra Negra Volcano, going to the 11km wide crater rim, a hike blessed with striking views of the lava-strewn landscape and its smouldering fumaroles. As well as five major volcanoes, Isabela is also one of the last remaining habitats of the Galapagos giant tortoise. Elsewhere in the Galapagos we undertake shorter walks to appreciate the geological features of these enchanting islands and discover their endemic wildlife.

Aldo Kane Collection: A hand-selected range of adventures by our Brand Ambassador:"This unique trip combines volcanoes treks, fascinating geology and encounters with near-tame wildlife. The Galapagos archipelago has been on my bucket list for years. Where else in the world can you see smouldering fumaroles, spot neon-coloured Chameleons and snorkel with friendly Sea lions on the same day?"
  • Day 1: Start Quito.
  • Day 2: Quito city tour.
  • Day 3: Fly to San Cristobal; visit the Galapagos Interpretation Centre.
  • Day 4: Snorkel Leon Dormido and walk along one of three white sand beaches
  • Day 5: San Cristobal highlands walk; snorkelling at Puerto Chino.
  • Day 6: Boat to Floreana; visit highlands of Floreana
  • Day 7: Visit Sea lion colony on Floreana; sail to Isabela and visit the historical 'Wall of Tears'.
  • Day 8: Sierra Negra Volcano trek
  • Day 9: Trek to the Sulphur Volcano
  • Day 10: Snorkelling excursion in the area of Cabo Rosa
  • Day 11: Visit Las Tintoreras; afternoon free to relax.
  • Day 12: Sail to Santa Cruz; optional visit to Charles Darwin Research Centre; visit Tortuga Bay.
  • Day 13: Explore Bartolome, North Seymour or Plazas Island.
  • Day 14: Fly to Guayaquil; end Guayaquil.
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts, 7 lunches and 1 dinner included
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Compulsory Galapagos taxes USD120 (approx. GBP95) paid locally.
4.9 - Excellent
Based on 11 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • On May 06 2019
5 - Excellent
The most fabulous trip, worth every penny, saw so much , great accommodation, well organised trips ! Two weeks spent with a lovely bunch of people seeing
  • Anonymous
  • On Apr 03 2019
5 - Excellent
An enjoyable trip
  • Anonymous
  • On Mar 24 2019
5 - Excellent
An amazing adventure with awesome wildlife
This was a full-on trip, early morning starts with full days of activity - but SO worth it! Each of the 4 islands visited were very different in both their landscape and wildlife. Tourism in all but the last island (Santa Cruz)... Read more
  • Anonymous
  • On Mar 23 2019
5 - Excellent
Spectacular Galápagos
From snorkelling with sharks, sea turtles and sea horses to watching giant tortoises, swimming iguanas, dancing blue-footed boobies, leaping manta rays, penguins and mating eagle rays, to trekking around a huge caldera and... Read more
REQUEST A PRIVATE, CUSTOMIZABLE DEPARTURE By design, this is a group tour. You can however request a private, customized version of this tour for yourself or your private group of people. Private departures are usually more expensive, but come with these benefits:
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Galapagos: In Darwin's Footsteps tour. You can cancel the tour up to 71 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 70 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 07 April 2023, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 07 April 2023, a deposit of 15% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 70 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Galapagos: In Darwin's Footsteps tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Galapagos: In Darwin's Footsteps tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols have been adhered to.
  • Group sizes are kept small to maintain a low risk ‘small group bubble’, with an average of 10 guests in each group.
  • Hygiene safety measures and distancing will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
  • All travellers will be required to be fully vaccinated no less than two weeks prior to travel.
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