Galápagos with Sophie & Sarah Exploration

Quito - Santa Cruz - Isabela

2023: Apr 22 - Apr 30


Explore the land and sea that inspired some of Darwin's greatest theories of evolution and the animals that paved the way! This 9-day adventure across the islands of the Galápagos will have you face-to-face with Blue Footed Boobies, Marine Iguanas, Finches, and sharks; all of which are only found here in the Galápagos!

  • 9 days

  • 8 - 14 spots

  • Double occupancy in 3-star hotels (single rooms available for $419)

  • 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners included

  • TrovaTrip will provide 3 transfers from Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) , between 8 AM and 5 PM

  • TrovaTrip will provide 2 transfers to Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) on the last day

Activities Included

  • Quito City Tour
  • Local Market Visit and Cooking Class
  • Inti Ñan Museum Visit
  • Giant Tortoise Visit in National Park
  • Trapiche Experience
  • Charles Darwin Research Station Visit
  • Island Exploration with Hiking and Snorkeling
  • Tintoreras Tour
  • Sierra Negra Volcano Hike
  • Flamingo Lagoon Visit
  • Tortoise Breeding Center Tour

Other Inclusions

  • Double occupancy in 3-star hotels
  • Local Guide throughout trip
  • All city transfers
  • Arrival airport transfer (until 5 pm on first day)
  • Departure airport transfer (morning of last day)
  • Roundtrip domestic flights to the Galápagos Islands
  • 8 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches and 3 Dinners

Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Food and alcohol (except as noted)
  • Visas and travel insurance
  • Airport transfers outside of designated times

Your Host

Sarah & Sophie

Sarah and Sophie are wildlife artists from the UK. They are passionate about conservation and the natural world and love to travel.

Both Sarah and Sophie have worked with and raised money for many charities through their work and now they want to take you on adventures to learn about wildlife and any conservation issues first hand.

Join them on fun filled adventures around the world looking for amazing wildlife and meeting new friends.

Itinerary

Day 1

Saturday, Apr 22, 2023

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Day 1

Welcome to Ecuador! TrovaTrip will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to the hotel in Quito where your adventure begins.

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Arrival Transfer

TrovaTrip will provide 3 transfers from Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) , between 8 AM and 5 PM

meal

dinner

Welcome dinner at a local restaurant is included.

Informal Gathering

Welcome!

Before we sit down to eat together let's meet in the hotel lobby before dinner for a brief hello and introduction gathering.

accommodation

Hotel Reina Isabel

Overnight in Quito.

Day 2

Sunday, Apr 23, 2023

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Day 2

Good morning. Today on your first full day in Ecuador, you'll get to explore the bustling city of Quito with your fellow travelers.

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breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel is included.

activity

Quito City Tour

Take a guided tour of Quito and the Basilica, if you're up for it, climb inside it's towers, then continue on to the Main Square, the Archbishop's Palace and more!

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Local Market Visit and Cooking Class

Savor the flavors at this cooking class where a local chef will help you hand pick your ingredients before whipping up some traditional recipes. The best part? You get to enjoy your Ecuadorian food creations for lunch!

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Inti Ñan Museum Visit

Head to the Inti Ñan Museum where you’ll learn about Ecuadorian culture and how the world is a little different on the equator. You can participate in various experiments that will prove you are indeed at the Center of the Earth!

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Hotel Reina Isabel

Overnight in Quito.

Day 3

Monday, Apr 24, 2023

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Day 3

Time to head to the islands! You’ll catch an early morning flight to the Galápagos, with a short layover in Guayaquil.

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breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel is included.

transfer

Domestic Flight to Galápagos

Transfer

activity

Giant Tortoise Visit in National Park

You’ll make your way to the highlands of Isla Santa Cruz with your local guide and observe giant tortoises in their natural habitat.

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Trapiche Experience

Visit a sugar cane farm where the farmers will demonstrate how sugar cane is processed and turned into alcohol using a traditional "Trapiche".

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Charles Darwin Research Station Visit

Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. The station's visitor center and museums contain information about the islands and the conservation efforts to preserve its unique and diverse ecosystem.

meal

dinner

Dinner at a local restaurant is included.

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Lobo de Mar

Overnight in Santa Cruz.

Day 4

Tuesday, Apr 25, 2023

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Day 4

Ahoy! Your island hopping begins when you board your yacht for a tour of some of the nearby islands.

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breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel is included.

activity

Island Exploration with Hiking and Snorkeling

The exact stops you’ll make depend on weather and water conditions, but you’re bound to have an incredible day no matter where you stop. You’ll get to explore the area by land on a light trek and by sea while snorkeling. Potential destinations include Bartolome, North Seymour, South Plazas, or Santa Fe!

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lunch

Lunch after snorkeling activity is included.

Informal Gathering

Conservation and wildlife art chat

Sophie and Sarah will talk to you about their work with conservation organisations

accommodation

Lobo de Mar

Overnight in Santa Cruz.

Day 5

Wednesday, Apr 26, 2023

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Day 5

After an early departure by boat to Isabela, you’ll arrive in Puerto Villamil, a small port village located on the southeastern edge of Isabela.

meal

breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel is included.

activity

Tintoreras Tour

Time to embark on the Tintoreras Tour. First, you’ll go on a Panga Ride where you’ll cruise the bay by boat looking for Blue Footed Boobies, Galápagos Penguins, Galápagos Sea Lions, Pacific Green Sea Turtles, and much more! Next, you’ll head out on a 45-minute hike around the islet, passing close to a huge Marine Iguana colony. Lastly, close out this action-packed day with snorkeling. The marine life includes turtles, sea lions, rays, sharks, and more!

accommodation

San Vicente Hotel

Overnight in Isabela.

Day 6

Thursday, Apr 27, 2023

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Day 6

Today is all about volcanoes! After your morning hike, the rest of the day is yours to spend enjoying the beach or exploring on your own.

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breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel is included.

activity

Sierra Negra Volcano Hike

Take a guided hike up to the summit of Sierra Negra Volcano for wonderful views into one of the largest calderas in the world. Continue your hike for breathtaking views of Volcán Chico where you will feel like you are literally walking on the moon. Hike Duration: 4-5 hours / Hike Distance: ~9.5 miles / Hike Difficulty: Moderate

meal

lunch

Lunch at a local restaurant is included.

accommodation

San Vicente Hotel

Overnight in Isabela.

Day 7

Friday, Apr 28, 2023

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Day 7

Today is your last full day on the islands. This afternoon, take the speedboat back to Santa Cruz for your final night in this unique ecological paradise.

meal

breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel is included.

activity

Flamingo Lagoon Visit

Floreana Island, one of the islands in the Galapagos archipelago, is home to the largest colony of flamingos in the Galápagos. With their bright pink colors, long legs and neck and graceful movements, the Galapagos flamingo is a wonderful and unexpected bonus for Galapagos visitors.

activity

Tortoise Breeding Center Tour

Visit the tortoise breeding center to learn more about these gentle giants and what the Galápagos National Park is doing to help breed and release them into their natural habitat.

accommodation

Lobo de Mar

Overnight in Santa Cruz

Day 8

Saturday, Apr 29, 2023

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Day 8

It’s time to say adios to the Galápagos and make your way back to the mainland! You’ll fly back to Quito and check into your hotel.

meal

breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel is included.

transfer

Domestic Flight to Quito

Flight

meal

dinner

Farewell dinner at a local restaurant is included.

Informal Gathering

Farewell meet up

Sarah and Sophie will organise something fun for the last night so we can all meet one last time to discuss the trip.

accommodation

Hotel Reina Isabel

Overnight in Quito.

Day 9

Sunday, Apr 30, 2023

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Day 9

All good things must come to an end. Enjoy one last breakfast before saying ‘hasta luego’ to Ecuador.

meal

breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel is included.

transfer

Departure Transfer

TrovaTrip will provide 2 transfers to Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) on the last day

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*If you cancel when your spot is confirmed and outside of 60 days until departure, you can receive a trip credit for your down payment minus the $100 cancellation fee.

For our full cancellation policy, see our Terms & Conditions.

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