Discover nature’s wildest frontier in the Galapagos
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9
Next group trip
16 Nov
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£200
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£2999 - £2999
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Trip highlights

Wildlife encounters in Galapagos 

Explore the islands and species that inspired Darwinian theory

Glamping with giant tortoises

Bed down in the Galapagos highlands alongside unique creatures

Black mountain trekking

Navigate the caldera of Sierra Negra, one of the largest in the world

Snow-capped peaks 

Hike through the Avenue of the Volcanoes with its thundering waterfalls

Colonial Quito

Wander through the cobbled streets of the Old Town

What's included?

  • 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners

  • 8 nights’ accommodation

  • All activities, from kayaking to hiking

  • Max. 14 Flashpackers

  • Group transfer upon arrival and departure, all internal flights included

About this trip

From Sierra Negra to Santa Cruz, encounter the rich wildlife of the Galapagos Islands on this 9-day adventure. 

On this trip, we’ll journey to the remote archipelago celebrated for its unique wildlife – the very place that inspired Charles Darwin to develop his groundbreaking theory of natural selection. 

Here, you’ll encounter giant tortoises, flamingoes and marine iguanas in their natural habitat, surrounded by a landscape of volcanic islands and mountains. What’s more, we’ll weave through the archipelago by kayak, snorkel with sea lions and hike to the colossal caldera of Sierra Negra.

Wrapping up in just over a week, explore the raw natural wonders of the Galapagos Islands and Ecuador alongside a group of like-minded travellers.

Our favourite hotels

Magic Galapagos, Santa Cruz 

Highland campsite with doorstep access to incredible wildlife 

Located high in the wilderness, sink into the natural surroundings of the island secluded from the town. 

Why we stay here

Bed down beneath the stars in beautiful safari tents, with giant tortoises roaming around you. This campsite will allow you to experience a unique wildlife phenomenon in the heart of the Galapagos.

Chilcabamba Lodge, Cotopaxi 

Rustic hacienda in Cotopaxi National Park 

Experience a taste of historical Ecuador in this rural hacienda, with spectacular views of the snow-capped volcanoes rising around you. 

Why we stay here

With spacious rooms, a restaurant, bar and garden, you’ll feel right at home amid the splendour of the national park.

Hotel del Parque, Guayaquil 

Beautiful restored building located in the heart of the historic park 

Surrounded by leafy boulevards and colonial buildings, this hotel blends comfort and elegance to enchanting effect. 

Why we stay here 

Sleep in luxurious comfort with the park at your doorstep, with experiences from chocolate harvesting to coffee roasting at your disposal.

The Flash Pack Promise

Here at Flash Pack, we’re committed to unique adventures that deliver great value for money. We pack our trips with epic experiences (unlike other companies, all activities are included), hand-pick stylish hotels and match you with like-minded people.

Itinerary

Day 1

Touch-down in Quito 

Welcome to Quito! Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted with an airport transfer which will take you to the hotel. After meeting your fellow Flashpackers and guide, we’ll head out together for a welcome feast at a traditional restaurant in Quito’s Old Town. With a menu boasting classic Ecuadorian staples, familiarise yourself with the local cuisine as we settle into the first night of adventure, toasting to the journey ahead.

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Quito

Day 2

Discover colonial Quito

This morning, you’ll have the unique opportunity to visit the Mitad del Mundo – a monument marking the equator line that gives Ecuador its name. Alternatively, you can enjoy a relaxed breakfast at the hotel, preparing for the day ahead. Then, after breakfast, we’ll head out to explore the colonial Old Town by foot, uncovering the legacy that Spanish rule left in its wake. Later in the morning, we’ll learn about local chocolate-making traditions, with a guided tour and exclusive chocolate tasting at the Republica del Cacao. Then, from midday onwards, it’s time to roll your sleeves up with an interactive cooking class. Under the guidance of a professional chef, we’ll learn how to make traditional Ecuadorian dishes – a perfect addition to your dinner-party repertoire back at home. After our cooking class, we’re off to our next destination in the volcanic heartlands of Cotopaxi, where we’ll settle down for the night.

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Quito, Ecuador

Day 3

Explore the Avenue of the Volcanoes 

We’ll begin the day with some beautiful hiking routes through Cotopaxi National Park. With shimmering lakes and snow-capped volcanoes, this is one of Ecuador’s most spectacular sights. We’ll follow the Rio Pita, a river that flows from the glacial melt of Mount Cotopaxi and provides sustenance to hundreds of thousands of Ecuadorians. Take a gentle hike through the foothills of Ecuador’s second highest active volcano, savouring the beauty of the mountains. After a picnic lunch, we’ll head to Pucara de Salitre, where you’ll find the ruins of an Incan fort dating back to the 15th century. Here, we’ll meet a local chagra – an Andean cattle-farmer – who will guide us as we explore the mountains by horseback. After our scenic adventures through the Avenue of the Volcanoes, we’ll return to Quito and check into our hotel for the evening.

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Cotopaxi, Ecuador

Day 4

Hello, Galapagos 

Today, we’re off to the Galapagos Islands. With unique wildlife roaming its shores, from giant tortoises to inquisitive sea lions, this is an area steeped in biodiversity and natural splendour. Upon arrival in Santa Cruz, we’ll head straight to the Itabaca Canal to explore the coast by kayak. Paddle through red mangrove forests and along cliff banks formed through ancient lava flows, keeping an eye out for sea lions and reef sharks as we go. Later in the afternoon, we’ll head up into the highlands to a giant tortoise reserve, conveniently located beside our glamping site. Bordering the National Park, this vast habitat is home to the island’s iconic creatures, where they roam freely without any threat of predators. Then it’s time to settle into our camp for the evening, with dinner and drinks overlooking the hills – with perhaps a wandering giant tortoise for company.

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Day 5

Adventures on the archipelago 

This morning, we’ll explore the remote islands of the archipelago by boat, uncovering distant shores under the guidance of a naturalist. We’ll disembark to explore one of the islands of the national park, with time to appreciate the spectacular wildlife and pristine natural surroundings. Lunch will be served aboard the boat, with the refreshing sea breeze keeping us cool. Back on Santa Cruz, we’ll head out for a unique dinner in a lava tunnel that has been adapted into a cosy restaurant. Bon appetit.

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Galapagos, Ecuador

Day 6

Snorkelling with reef sharks

After breakfast, we’ll make our way to Isabela, the largest of the Galapagos islands but also one of the least inhabited. After checking into our hotel, we’ll bike to the island’s breeding centre, where the local giant tortoise population is slowly recuperating. Here, we’ll learn about the process of breeding, as the guide talks us through the challenges facing conservation and reintroducing these creatures to the wild. We’ll continue our biking journey, exploring a network of paths winding through the island. Our adventures will show us the island in its full biodiverse beauty, weaving through different varieties of mangrove trees amid colonies of marine iguanas and flamingos en route. We’ll stop for lunch at a local restaurant in town, before heading out to explore the Tintoreras islets. Spend the afternoon snorkelling alongside playful sea lions, who are inquisitive and friendly by nature. After our biking activities, this is the perfect way to unwind, surrounded by beautiful wildlife and sea views.

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Day 7

Hike to the caldera of Sierra Negra

We’re off to an early start this morning, as we hike up to the caldera of Sierra Negra. Isabela is one of the youngest and most volcanic islands of Galapagos – and the mighty Sierra Negra is a testament to the island’s intense volcanic nature. At the peak, you’ll encounter the world’s second largest caldera – a colossal crater impossible to capture in an image. Absorb spectacular views over the archipelago, before we return to town just in time for lunch. In the afternoon, we’ll hit the beach for a few hours of relaxation. You’ll also have the option to kayak around the bay – a great spot for seeking out penguins and sea lions. In the evening, we’ll head out for our last dinner on Isabela.

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Galapagos, Ecuador

Day 8

An evening in Guayaquil 

This morning will be spent making the long journey back to mainland Ecuador. Come afternoon, we’ll arrive in Guayaquil, a lively city overlooking the Pacific coast. After checking into our hotel – a beautiful historic building in a city park – the rest of the day is yours to explore the city at leisure. Unwind in the hotel, stroll along the Malecon or head out to buy some last souvenirs. Then, as evening descends, we’ll gather for a farewell feast at the hotel, looking back on the epic adventure we’ve had. 

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Guayaquil, Ecuador

Day 9

Adiós, Ecuador! 

After breakfast at the hotel, our journey has come to an end. It’s now over to you to make your way to your next destination. From Quito to the Galapagos Islands, we’ve explored some of Ecuador’s most spectacular sights. Not quite done with South America? Why not extend your escape with our bestselling Peru adventure?

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Ecuador

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Important notes

  • Fly into Quito Airport (UIO) and depart from Guayaquil Airport (GYE). 
  • Please arrive in time for our first activity at 6pm, although we will arrange an airport transfer for you at whichever time you arrive. We suggest departing after 10am on the final day.
  • Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. These changes can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control. From time to time we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh. 
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8 Nights
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Total £3749
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