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Ecuador Galapagos Islands Land & Sea Multi-Adventure

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Quito, Ecuador to Quito, Ecuador

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Ecuador Galapagos Islands Land & Sea Multi-Adventure
Discover the best of the Galapagos by land and sea, combining a magical 5-day cruise with the active options and flexibility of a 3-day island stay. First, enjoy curated cultural immersion in UNESCO-listed Quito, then cruise the islands in style aboard the elegant 16-passenger catamaran Alya. Hike, snorkel, and kayak at Genovesa and other remote islands, getting you amazingly close to wildlife - on land and underwater. Top it off with an action-packed stay on Isabela Island. Hike the Sierra Negra volcano, snorkel amid tubes and bridges formed by lava flows, explore the charming town, and enjoy the comforts of your beachside boutique hotel.
  • Cruise to enchanting remote islands in the Galapagos aboard a 16-passenger luxury catamaran
  • Snorkel top locations with chances to swim with sea lions, penguins, marine iguanas, and sea turtles
  • Hike a volcanic crater, snorkel lava flows, and stroll white sand beaches from your Isabela hotel

Internal Airfare: $900
Minimum Age: 6
Interests
  • Family Vacations
9 Nights Starting At
March 25, 2025 through April 03, 2025
Book by:
March 21, 2025 7:00 PM
Internal Airfare not included
Itinerary Overview
Day 2
Explore Quito's Old Town & Meet Local Artisans
Day 4
Discover the Rich Birdlife of Genovesa Island
Day 5
Hike & Snorkel on Santiago & Bartolome Islands
Day 6
Sombrero Chino & Mosquera Islet
Day 7
See Giant Tortoises in the Wild on Santa Cruz & Journey to Isabela Island
Day 8
Hike the Sierra Negra Volcano
Day 9
Snorkel at Los Tuneles
Day 10
Depart from the Galapagos & Return to Quito
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9 Nights from $9,995.00 (USD) Per Person
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March 21, 2025 7:00 PM
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January 24, 2025 7:00 PM
9 Nights from $9,995.00 (USD) Per Person
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May 16, 2025 7:00 PM
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November 28, 2025 7:00 PM
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Accommodations
MT Sobek: Ecuador Galapagos Islands Land & Sea Multi-Adventure

Day: 1, duration: 2
Illa Experience Hotel

Illa Experience is a deluxe boutique hotel with just 10 rooms, housed in a restored colonial mansion in the historic San Marcos neighborhood of Quito's Old Town. The family owners take great care in providing an immersive experience to capture the traditions, flavors, and scents of a local, traditional home, as well as chances to meet local artisans who make the neighborhood such a special place. The elegant contemporary rooms overlook the Old Town or quiet internal patios. An award-winning gourmet restaurant and rooftop bar celebrate local ingredients, and the spa features a Jacuzzi, sauna, and small fitness center, with massage treatments available.

Day: 3, duration: 4
Alya

Indulge in exceptional style and comfort aboard Alya, a 103-foot luxury catamaran. Eight comfortable cabins each have a private balcony, en-suite bathroom, air-conditioning, feather pillows and luxury cotton sheets. An additional ninth cabin is available for single accommodations, and is the only cabin with no private balcony. The lounge and deck areas are spacious and beautifully designed, with a Jacuzzi, movable sunroof, and indoor and outdoor dining options! Wi-Fi is available on board, and use of paddle boards, kayaks, and snorkel gear are included.

Day: 7, duration: 3
Iguana Crossing Boutique Hotel
This premium small hotel occupies the island's best location, between a pristine beach and a wildlife filled natural lagoon, just outside the town of Puerto Villamil. The name derives from its strategic location next to the paths used by marine iguanas to cross from the wetlands to the beach, and guests can observe this daily pilgrimage. Rooms are spacious with ocean views and air conditioning. The excellent restaurant offers a variety of regional cuisine. An outdoor pool, terrace, and Jacuzzi all feature gorgeous views of the white sand beach, just steps away.
Guides
MT Sobek: Ecuador Galapagos Islands Land & Sea Multi-Adventure

Luis Die
Luis was born in Seville, Spain, and graduated from the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid with a degree in Environmental Biology. He is fluent in Spanish, English, and French and has guided in Galapagos since 1999. In addition to being a professional nature photographer, Luis has a Master’s Degree in Geographic Ecology and is active with conservation groups. A born teacher, he enthusiastically shares his knowledge of Galapagos with people of all ages. He lives in Quito with his wife, twin sons, and daughter and is MT Sobek’s head naturalist guide.





Fernando Ortiz
Fernando is an Ecuadorian marine biologist who has worked and lived in Galapagos for over 25 years. An accomplished diver, he has enjoyed more than 5,000 dives in the Galapagos, Ecuador, Cayman Islands, Cozumel, Baja California, Palau, Malaysia, and Costa Rica. He joined Conservation International in 2005 after working for the Galapagos National Park as Head of the Department of Control and Conservation of Marine Ecosystems. Fernando returned to guiding to re-encounter the environment that he is so passionate about and loves inspiring MT Sobek travelers on their adventures in the Galapagos.





Patricia Stucki
Patricia has been guiding diving trips in Galapagos since 1999. A native of Switzerland and originally a journalist for the Swiss News Agency, Patricia started her career in guiding as a divemaster in Honduras in 1995 and as a naturalist guide in Costa Rica. She is fascinated by wildlife, is a passionate teacher, and an active conservationist in the islands. As a resident of Galapagos, she will be able to give you an insider’s viewpoint of life in the islands. Patricia is fluent in English, German, and French.





Inclusions/Exclusions
MT Sobek: Ecuador Galapagos Islands Land & Sea Multi-Adventure

Inclusions
Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
Snacks and water between meals
Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
Baggage transfers and porterage

Exclusions
Galapagos National Park fee, collected upon arrival (Age 13 and older: $200 from Aug 1 2024 / Age 12 and younger: $100 from Aug 1 2024)
International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and yacht crew
Travel Protection Program
Personal expenses
Galapagos Transit Control Card
What To Expect
MT Sobek: Ecuador Galapagos Islands Land & Sea Multi-Adventure

Reason #01
MT Sobek was one of the first North American companies to bring visitors to the Galapagos Islands, with an inaugural charter for the Sierra Club in 1970.Reason #02
We charter truly small (maximum 16-passenger) deluxe vessels for a fully MT Sobek-operated experience with our own expert naturalist guide and a dedicated Quito office.Reason #03
This trip is the perfect blend of cruise- and land-based explorations of the Galapagos Islands, with an exploration of historic Quito, joined into one deluxe adventureActivities
Cultural touring and tasting dinner in Quito, island cruising by luxury catamaran and a lodge-based island stay, both with daily panga rides, hikes, kayaking, and/or snorkeling,Lodging
Deluxe accommodations throughout, from a boutique hotel in Quito and a Galapagos catamaran with private balconies, to a premier beachfront lodge on Isabela Island.Climate
In Galapagos, Dec-May expect 76-86°F and water temperatures of 70-75°F. Jun-Nov expect 67-77°F and water temperatures of 65-72°F.How qualified are your guides in the Galapagos?
Our Galapagos Naturalist Guides are all rated Level 3 by the Galapagos National Park, which is the highest level of qualification, and means each guide has passed the Naturalist Level II course certifying that he/she has expert knowledge of the Galapagos Islands. This level guide will also hold a university degree in biology, biology related fields, and/or tourism, and must be fluent in 3 languages.Do I need a wetsuit for snorkeling in the Galápagos?
With cooler water temperatures, most people prefer using a wetsuit. This way, you will enjoy snorkeling longer. Wetsuits rentals are included in our program price.When is the best time to go to the Galapagos?
The Galapagos Islands are a year-round destination, with something to see and do every month. The warmer season (December to May) is the best time for warmer, calmer seas and good underwater visibility. Late spring brings the mating and nesting season for frigate birds and blue-footed boobies! The water is choppiest in September.How does MT Sobek support conservation in the Galapagos?
MT Sobek is a proud supporting travel partner of the Galapagos Conservancy. All of our highly-experienced naturalist guides are also active in conservation and work closely with the Galapagos National Park.When and where should I arrive?
Arrive in Quito any time on Day 1. An MT Sobek representative will meet you and transfer you to the hotel. Most flights from the US arrive late at night.Am I able to extend my stay before or after my Galapagos cruise?
Absolutely! There are several ways to extend your stay in Ecuador and Peru before and after the trip. Visit the Hacienda Zuleta and Otavalo Market on our 2- or 3-day extension. We recommend a 4- or 5-day excursion to the Sacha Jungle Lodge in the Upper Amazon Rainforest, where we see toucans and monkeys among many other creatures. Or choose to explore Cusco and Machu Picchu on our 6-day extension in Peru.What is the minimum age for this trip?
The standard minimum age for this trip is 18, but check out our family friendly departures and private trip options for groups with younger guests.
MT Sobek: Ecuador Galapagos Islands Land & Sea Multi-Adventure

Day: 1, duration: 2
Illa Experience Hotel

Illa Experience is a deluxe boutique hotel with just 10 rooms, housed in a restored colonial mansion in the historic San Marcos neighborhood of Quito's Old Town. The family owners take great care in providing an immersive experience to capture the traditions, flavors, and scents of a local, traditional home, as well as chances to meet local artisans who make the neighborhood such a special place. The elegant contemporary rooms overlook the Old Town or quiet internal patios. An award-winning gourmet restaurant and rooftop bar celebrate local ingredients, and the spa features a Jacuzzi, sauna, and small fitness center, with massage treatments available.

Day: 3, duration: 4
Alya

Indulge in exceptional style and comfort aboard Alya, a 103-foot luxury catamaran. Eight comfortable cabins each have a private balcony, en-suite bathroom, air-conditioning, feather pillows and luxury cotton sheets. An additional ninth cabin is available for single accommodations, and is the only cabin with no private balcony. The lounge and deck areas are spacious and beautifully designed, with a Jacuzzi, movable sunroof, and indoor and outdoor dining options! Wi-Fi is available on board, and use of paddle boards, kayaks, and snorkel gear are included.

Day: 7, duration: 3
Iguana Crossing Boutique Hotel
This premium small hotel occupies the island's best location, between a pristine beach and a wildlife filled natural lagoon, just outside the town of Puerto Villamil. The name derives from its strategic location next to the paths used by marine iguanas to cross from the wetlands to the beach, and guests can observe this daily pilgrimage. Rooms are spacious with ocean views and air conditioning. The excellent restaurant offers a variety of regional cuisine. An outdoor pool, terrace, and Jacuzzi all feature gorgeous views of the white sand beach, just steps away.
MT Sobek: Ecuador Galapagos Islands Land & Sea Multi-Adventure

Luis Die
Luis was born in Seville, Spain, and graduated from the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid with a degree in Environmental Biology. He is fluent in Spanish, English, and French and has guided in Galapagos since 1999. In addition to being a professional nature photographer, Luis has a Master’s Degree in Geographic Ecology and is active with conservation groups. A born teacher, he enthusiastically shares his knowledge of Galapagos with people of all ages. He lives in Quito with his wife, twin sons, and daughter and is MT Sobek’s head naturalist guide.





Fernando Ortiz
Fernando is an Ecuadorian marine biologist who has worked and lived in Galapagos for over 25 years. An accomplished diver, he has enjoyed more than 5,000 dives in the Galapagos, Ecuador, Cayman Islands, Cozumel, Baja California, Palau, Malaysia, and Costa Rica. He joined Conservation International in 2005 after working for the Galapagos National Park as Head of the Department of Control and Conservation of Marine Ecosystems. Fernando returned to guiding to re-encounter the environment that he is so passionate about and loves inspiring MT Sobek travelers on their adventures in the Galapagos.





Patricia Stucki
Patricia has been guiding diving trips in Galapagos since 1999. A native of Switzerland and originally a journalist for the Swiss News Agency, Patricia started her career in guiding as a divemaster in Honduras in 1995 and as a naturalist guide in Costa Rica. She is fascinated by wildlife, is a passionate teacher, and an active conservationist in the islands. As a resident of Galapagos, she will be able to give you an insider’s viewpoint of life in the islands. Patricia is fluent in English, German, and French.





MT Sobek: Ecuador Galapagos Islands Land & Sea Multi-Adventure

Inclusions
Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
Snacks and water between meals
Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
Baggage transfers and porterage

Exclusions
Galapagos National Park fee, collected upon arrival (Age 13 and older: $200 from Aug 1 2024 / Age 12 and younger: $100 from Aug 1 2024)
International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and yacht crew
Travel Protection Program
Personal expenses
Galapagos Transit Control Card
MT Sobek: Ecuador Galapagos Islands Land & Sea Multi-Adventure

Reason #01
MT Sobek was one of the first North American companies to bring visitors to the Galapagos Islands, with an inaugural charter for the Sierra Club in 1970.Reason #02
We charter truly small (maximum 16-passenger) deluxe vessels for a fully MT Sobek-operated experience with our own expert naturalist guide and a dedicated Quito office.Reason #03
This trip is the perfect blend of cruise- and land-based explorations of the Galapagos Islands, with an exploration of historic Quito, joined into one deluxe adventureActivities
Cultural touring and tasting dinner in Quito, island cruising by luxury catamaran and a lodge-based island stay, both with daily panga rides, hikes, kayaking, and/or snorkeling,Lodging
Deluxe accommodations throughout, from a boutique hotel in Quito and a Galapagos catamaran with private balconies, to a premier beachfront lodge on Isabela Island.Climate
In Galapagos, Dec-May expect 76-86°F and water temperatures of 70-75°F. Jun-Nov expect 67-77°F and water temperatures of 65-72°F.How qualified are your guides in the Galapagos?
Our Galapagos Naturalist Guides are all rated Level 3 by the Galapagos National Park, which is the highest level of qualification, and means each guide has passed the Naturalist Level II course certifying that he/she has expert knowledge of the Galapagos Islands. This level guide will also hold a university degree in biology, biology related fields, and/or tourism, and must be fluent in 3 languages.Do I need a wetsuit for snorkeling in the Galápagos?
With cooler water temperatures, most people prefer using a wetsuit. This way, you will enjoy snorkeling longer. Wetsuits rentals are included in our program price.When is the best time to go to the Galapagos?
The Galapagos Islands are a year-round destination, with something to see and do every month. The warmer season (December to May) is the best time for warmer, calmer seas and good underwater visibility. Late spring brings the mating and nesting season for frigate birds and blue-footed boobies! The water is choppiest in September.How does MT Sobek support conservation in the Galapagos?
MT Sobek is a proud supporting travel partner of the Galapagos Conservancy. All of our highly-experienced naturalist guides are also active in conservation and work closely with the Galapagos National Park.When and where should I arrive?
Arrive in Quito any time on Day 1. An MT Sobek representative will meet you and transfer you to the hotel. Most flights from the US arrive late at night.Am I able to extend my stay before or after my Galapagos cruise?
Absolutely! There are several ways to extend your stay in Ecuador and Peru before and after the trip. Visit the Hacienda Zuleta and Otavalo Market on our 2- or 3-day extension. We recommend a 4- or 5-day excursion to the Sacha Jungle Lodge in the Upper Amazon Rainforest, where we see toucans and monkeys among many other creatures. Or choose to explore Cusco and Machu Picchu on our 6-day extension in Peru.What is the minimum age for this trip?
The standard minimum age for this trip is 18, but check out our family friendly departures and private trip options for groups with younger guests.
About MT Sobek
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This is where adventure travel began! Since our first Everest Base Camp trek in 1969, we’ve been connecting adventurers to the world through genuine, active and immersive experiences. We can’t think of anything more fulfilling than being outside and going deep into nature, exploring hidden places and getting to know local people. It’s what we love to do, so let us share it with you.

To feed your spirit of adventure, Mountain Travel Sobek offers a wide range of unique and perfectly paced itineraries led by incredible local guides. We keep groups small, usually fewer than 10 people, and seek out great food and characterful accommodations everywhere we go.

Beyond the seamless logistics and careful attention to detail, our aim is to create a space for truly special moments in unforgettable places.

We are the Adventure Company—come explore with us.

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About MT Sobek
This is where adventure travel began! Since our first Everest Base Camp trek in 1969, we’ve been connecting adventurers to the world through genuine, active and immersive experiences. We can’t think of anything more fulfilling than being outside and going deep into nature, exploring hidden places and getting to know local people. It’s what we love to do, so let us share it with you.

To feed your spirit of adventure, Mountain Travel Sobek offers a wide range of unique and perfectly paced itineraries led by incredible local guides. We keep groups small, usually fewer than 10 people, and seek out great food and characterful accommodations everywhere we go.

Beyond the seamless logistics and careful attention to detail, our aim is to create a space for truly special moments in unforgettable places.

We are the Adventure Company—come explore with us.

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Prices are per-person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted.