Essential Galapagos

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Essential Galapagos  - Intrepid Travel
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Start and end in Quito! With the wildlife tour Essential Galapagos , you have a 9 day tour package taking you through Quito, Ecuador and 3 other destinations in Ecuador. Essential Galapagos is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel and hostel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
Age range
18 to 29 year olds
Hostel, Hotel
Max Group Size
Boat, Local Transport, Private Vehicle, Plane
Physical Rating
Travel style
Wildlife, Adventure

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  • Essential Galapagos  reviewer 1
    Written on April 20, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    First the good things: Galapagos is an amazing! Everyone should visit to see what makes this a uniquely special place on the planet. Also, our guide (Juan Martin) was excellent! Bad things: It's expensive - but most people already understand this.... Read more

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  • Essential Galapagos  reviewer 2
    Written on May 12, 2015
    4.0 - Good

    Great and enlightening trip! Loved the islands and the culture there. This trip encompassed all of what I wanted to see. The weather did not cooperate for the first 2-3 days of the trip, however we made the most of it and still enjoyed what there was to see... Read more

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  1. Introduction
  1. Day 1: Quito
  2. Day 2: Isla San Cristobal
  3. Day 3: Isla San Cristobal
  4. Day 4: Isla Santa Cruz
  5. Day 5: Isla Isabela
  6. Day 6: Isla Isabela
  7. Day 7: Isla Santa Cruz
  8. Day 8: Quito
  9. Day 9: Quito

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  • Accommodation

    Rated Good by past passengers
  • Guide

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
  • Meals

    Rated Good by past passengers
  • Transport

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
  • Additional Services

Not included

  • Flights

  • Insurance

  • Optional

  • Additional Services

Questions & Answers

Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions about this tour.

    • Why is this trip only for young people? Why not for anyone who wants to go?

      Unfortunately, this tour addresses only people between 18 and 29. If this trip isn't quite what you were looking for, we still have plenty of fantastic tours. Get in contact with us and our customer support team will work on pairing you with the perfect adventure.

    • Can you tell me the difference between the galapagos evolution and a taste of the galapagos tour?

      The Galapagos Evolution tour has 6 nights included in a hotel instead of 4 offered in A Taste of Galapagos, as well there are 3 breakfasts included other than two.

    • What time does your tour depart and what time does it return to Quito? Also, is the flight from Quito to Galapagos Island included?

      Day 1 is an arrival day, there will be a Welcome Meeting at 6pm at the starting hotel. The tour ends on Day 9 after breakfast.

      A flight (approx 2.5-3 hours) from Quito to Baltra Island is included. The departure time will be between 8.20am and 10.30am depending on flight schedule time.

    Ask a question logo What are people saying about TourRadar?

    • Willow22nd April 2015
      Thanks so much Luke! I've been really impressed with the service TourRadar had provided. I'll definitely use your site again and recommend it to friends. Cheers, Willow



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    Plugs & Adapters



    Here is an indication for which countries you might need a visa. Please contact the local embassy for help applying for visas to these places.


    These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
    Recommended for Ecuador. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Hepatitis A
    Recommended for Ecuador. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Recommended for Ecuador. Ideally 3 months before travel.
    Hepatitis B
    Recommended for Ecuador. Ideally 2 months before travel.
    Recommended for Ecuador. Ideally 1 month before travel.
    Yellow fever
    Recommended for Ecuador. Ideally 10 days before travel.


    Start and end in Quito.
    Hold my space
    TourRadar can request Intrepid Travel to hold spaces for you for up to 48 hours without any credit card details.
    TourRadar only requires a deposit of $99 to confirm this Intrepid Travel booking. The remaining balance is then payable 60 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 21 June 2019 the full payment of $1,582 is necessary.
    Cancellation policy
    No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 60 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $1582 for Essential Galapagos , but the deposit of $99 is non-refundable.
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    Covering a total distance of approx 2,825 km.
    • Quito (Ecuador)
    • 1,410 km
    • Isla Isabela (Ecuador)
    • 88 km
    • Isla Santa Cruz (Ecuador)
    • 108 km
    • Isla San Cristobal (Ecuador)
    • 1,219 km
    • Quito (Ecuador)

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