Overview

Jump into the adventure and seize one of the best deals designed for solo travelers coming to Ecuador! Give yourself the best gift and travel solo to some of the most luxurious sites in Ecuador, all with one of the best rates available! Visit Quito, the crown jewel of the Andes Mountains before heading to the Galapagos Islands, the latter of which offers numerous, incredible activities that will allow you to get to know the archipelago in an unforgettable way! Get to know the islands aboard our Santa Cruz II Galapagos Cruise while visiting one of the most popular and coveted islands in the whole archipelago – Genovesa Island! Come aboard and discover one of the most extraordinary places on our planet!

What you get:

  • 1 night at the Hilton Colon Hotel in Quito
  • Quito City Tour
  • Galapagos Airfare (Quito-Baltra-Guayaquil)
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee
  • 5-day/4-night Northern Galapagos Islands itinerary aboard the Santa Cruz II

A Sneak Peek

 

Hilton Colon Hotel Quito - Suite Executive
Northern Galapagos Islands - Baltra Island
Quito City Tour - La Ronda Street
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Highlights

Professionally guided tours of:

Quito:

  • Historic Quarter
  • Independence Square
  • Middle of the World
  • Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús Church
  • Monumento de la Mitad del Mundo

Northern Galapagos Islands:

  • Baltra
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santiago
  • Rabida
  • Bartolome
  • Genovesa

Galapagos Solo Travel

Day by Day

Day 1: Arrive to Quito/ Transfer to Hotel

Solo Travel: Quito

Arrival transfer from airport to hotel in Quito. Overnight at Hilton Colon Hotel.

Day 2: Quito City Tour

Solo Travel: Quito Old Town

City tour of Quito. Overnight at Hilton Colon Hotel.

Day 3: Arrive to Galapagos/ Transfer to Boat/ Santa Cruz Island

Solo Travel: Las Bachas, Galapagos

Baltra Island

You will land in Baltra Island by plane in the morning and then take a guided transfer to the dock to board the Santa Cruz II. After an introductory briefing onboard, all passengers will partake in an emergency boat drill and then lunch.

Las Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz Island)

This beautiful visitor site is located on the northern shore of Santa Cruz Island, where a glorious white beach awaits along with a couple of brackish lagoons that are just a few steps away from the sea. These lagoons actually serve as the feeding grounds of various wading birds, from stilts to flamingos. You are more than welcome to enjoy swimming and snorkeling activities at this beach, too.

Day 4: Buccaneer Cove/ Puerto Egas

Solo Travel: Puerto Egas

Buccaneer Cove

Explore the coastline along the impressive cliffs of Buccaneer Cove, all while learning about the area’s history. This cove is home to a large number of marine birds, sea lions, and inter-tidal organisms. We will also get to marvel at the fantastic geological formations. Here, you will have the chance to go snorkeling, take a ride on the dinghy or the glass-bottom boat.

Puerto Egas

Enjoy a swim or snorkel along the rocky shorelines, typically in the company of marine turtles. After, a walk will give us the opportunity to see both land and marine birds as they skitter about a landscape that consists of tuff-stone layers and lava flows.

Day 5: Rabida Island/ Bartolome Island

Solo Travel: Bartolome island

Rabida Island

The color of this beach is the result of the unusually high levels of iron that are found within its sand. The walk here will bring guests close to a colony of sea lions, marine iguanas, and many more creatures. A nearby saltwater pond, too, is occasionally seen hosting American flamingos. Snorkeling along the beach is offered.

Bartolome Island

This island is home to Pinnacle Rock and is a great place for all of us to go for a swim and snorkel from the beach. Guests will get to go for a hike to the summit of Pinnacle Rock on this relatively small island, the viewpoint of which boasts fantastic views of the archipelago.

Day 6: Genovesa Island

Solo Travel: Darwin Bay

Prince Philip’s Steps

A flight of stairs reach a flat and rocky plateau. Once there, you can walk along comfortably and check out large colonies of Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, great frigatebirds and storm petrels. Otherwise, you can opt for enjoying a longer dinghy ride along the cliffs, weather permitting. Kayaking here is optional.

Darwin Bay

In the afternoon, we will land at the beautiful beach that lines this bay to enjoy some swimming and/or snorkeling. Following this refreshing dip, the excursion will head out to take a stroll and observe hundreds of different birds. Opportunities for snorkeling, kayaking and swimming are available here.

Day 7: Santa Cruz Highlands/ Transfer to Airport/ Farewell!

Solo Travel: Tortoise reserve

Tortoise Reserve

You will begin your last morning on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, where you will head out for one last visit over at the Giant Tortoise Reserve, where one of the final highlights of this itinerary awaits: giant tortoises roaming around in the wild. These lush highlands include dense forests consisting of Galapagos daisies, orchids and bromeliads as well as several endemic land birds.

Baltra Airport

After this final visit, you will take your transfer vehicle to Baltra airport and say farewell to Galapagos!

Conditions

  • Subject to availability
  • Based on single accommodation in Horizon Deck Voyager Cabin
  • All entrance fees are subject to change without prior notice
  • Rates valid for 2019: except on Inti Raymi dates (June 22/27), Christmas & New Year (December 23, 2019 – January 03, 2020) and any other National Holiday
  • Religious Holidays which may have special rates. Please verify with your Destination Expert.
  • Restrictions apply
  • Galapagos itineraries are subject to change due to weather conditions, logistical reasons, guests’ safety and/or Galapagos National Park Regulations.
  • *Please be aware that you can combine this Package with any of our Galapagos Cruise itineraries. Our Destination Experts will customize the package based on your request and send you a quote.

Not Included

  • International flights
  • Domestic flights to/from Galapagos (approx. $500)
  • Beverages
  • Tips
  • Wi-fi on board (due to the Galapagos’ remote location, internet connections are intermittent and low-bandwidth, fee of $40+taxes per device)
  • Wetsuits
  • Personal expenses (Late checkout, laundry, gifts, etc)
  • Meals not described in the program

 

Testimonial

“I had a great time on the Santa Cruz II. The itinerary was great… blown away by the places we visited. The guides were extremely informative and helpful. The accommodations on the boat were also great.” ~Chris