GALAPAGOS REVEALED (MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND ADVENTURE)

Ecuador Galapagos islands

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Karina Safari
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May 26 - 30, 2018
Group size: 8 - 14
GALAPAGOS REVEALED (MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND ADVENTURE)
Ecuador Galapagos islands

Karina Safari
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30 reviews

May 26 - 30, 2018
Group size: 8 - 14

About this trip

Trip highlights:


1) BEST wildlife and active adventure experience on the remote and unique archipelago in the world, a perfect place for an active traveler and photographer


2) Follow the steps of Charles Darwin. Meet and interact with unique Galapagos wildlife, terrestrial and marine creatures can be found only here:


- Take a 500-pound giant tortoise for a walk :-)

- Snorkel in a company of sea lion puppies, colorful reef fish, sea turtles and rays

- Relax and soak in the sun with a family of lazy marine iguanas on a picturesque white-sand beach

- Learn a bridal dance of blue-footed boobies, see how Pacific bird raise their chicks

- Look for Galapagos penguins and pelicans fishing


3) Every single day will be full of ACTIVITIES: 


- Hiking to gigantic volcano crater with the best jaw-dropping panoramic views 

- Snorkeling in the lava tunnels, see abundant marine world

- Exploring pristine white-sand coast, hidden lagoons and mangroves on kayaks

** Swimming and snorkeling in the warm Pacific equatorial waters! Snorkeling equipment provided. Average water temp: +23C/73F, air +26/ 79F


4) This is island-hopping tour. Travel between the islands on a speedboat ferry (2h rides). Overnight on land, in the basic hotels and guest-houses.  You will have a plenty of free time in the evenings for bar-hopping and relaxing and exploring on your own


5) This tour is a great deal for budget conscious travelers and families without spending all their savings! We do not sacrifice on visits, you’ll see the best parts of Galapagos and have a great travel experience! :-)


Just hurry up, flights and hotel rooms are taken up really fast for the Holiday season.

What’s included

* ALL mentioned tours
* Meals (breakfast and lunch)
* Assistance of professional English-speaking local naturalist guides (rangers) certified by Galapagos National Park
* All transportation between islands (regular ferries), land transportation, airport transfers
* Lodging: standard/basic hotels and eco-lodges, clean rooms with private facilities

* Snorkeling equipment is provided for day-tours

Not included

* International flights (from $480 roundtrip)
* Domestic flights to Galapagos from mainland  (~$440 roundtrip)
* Admission fee to Galapagos National Park $120 per adult ($50 per child up to 12 y.o) - paid at the airport immigration office on arrival

* Any optional tours not included in the mentioned itinerary

* Hotel stays on the mainland prior or after Galapagos
* Drinks & alcoholic beverages, dinners
* Travel insurance (~$50)

Before You Go

The trip cost is based on a group of 8 or more participants

Tours are shared or private depending on the number of participants in the group
There is also an option to upgrade hotels for more comfortable category (4*)

DIFFICULTY: EASY/MODERATE


CHILDREN: recommended age 9+
Kids up to 12 y.o get a discount for domestic flights


ECUADOR ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:  
* Travel document - valid passport at least 6 months after your planned departure
* Visa is not required for the citizens of the most countries

* VACCINATIONS: NOT required


PACKING LIST AND TRAVEL INFO: will be provided for the registered participants

Available Packages

Early bird
Available until December 31, 20176 left
$1375
Deposit: $700
Count me in!
Available until March 31, 20188 left
$1475
Deposit: $700
Child up to 12 y.o
Available until March 31, 20186 left
$1275
Deposit: $700

Available options

Uninhibited Island day-tour12 left
$260
Single accommodation supplement only 2 left
$200

Itinerary

Day 1.
Santa Cruz highlands: A walk with Giant tortoises

Arrival to Baltra airport, meet with English-speaking local guide, expert in Galapagos wildlife. Drive to hotel, with a stop in Santa Cruz highlands on the way. Watch giant tortoises in free environment, these creatures are the oldest residents of the islands, they live up to 200 years! After lunch continue to the white-sand beach Garrapatero to swim and relax. Evening free to explore a small town of Puerto Ayora,  fisherman market and best sea-food dining at local restaurants,

Who’s interested

Your Organizer


KS
Karina Safari
30 reviews
Professional adventure travel organizer and team leader since 2006. Originally from Moscow, Russia. Lived and worked as a tour guide and destination expert in South American countries (Ecuador and Colombia) in 2009-2012. Moved to the U.S. in 2012. Resident of San Francisco bay area. Founder of Safarika Adventure Club, CA since 2013 (CST # 2112795-40). Join our tribe of active travelers! Experience epic bucket list destinations and world best trails you have only dreamed of in our unbeatable team adventures to South America and beyond

Reviews

NH
I had a great time! Thank you for everything, Karina and Sasha!
By Natalie H for Alaska Hiking Adventure: Glaciers, Icebergs & Fjords on 26 Jul, 2021
GL
It was my second hiking adventure organized by Karina (the first one was to Patagonia). Everything was awesome: hikes, guides, lodging, transportation, schedule. I'm sure I would not be able to pack as many activities in 1 week if I planned the trip myself. Above all, Karina assembled an amazing group of people who made the time extremely enjoyable. I'm sure I'll be back for another trip.
By Grigory L for Alaska Hiking Adventure: Glaciers, Icebergs & Fjords on 19 Jul, 2021
AK
I've heard of Karina's adventure traveling company from many of my friends who had a fantastic experience! I wanted to give it a try and wasn't disappointed. The trip was planned and organized very well, and as one of my friends said after reading Karina's bio " you will be fine, your guide looks legit " . ;) We have seen great nature, challenged ourselves daily, and at the end of the day ate great local food in a company of new friends. This trip combined it all for me! It's very important to have a professional leading the pack and Karina is indeed that. She is also very much of a peoples' person and makes you feel at home. I valued her input and enjoyed our many talks on this trip. We also had a second leader on the tour with whom she cooperated, Alex Mironyuk , who is an experienced adventurer, fantastic photographer and last but not least, a very fun guy. Kudos to Karina's leadership for putting together a great group and making all of us feel safe and welcome. I look forward to going on more trips with her!
By Alona K for Alaska Hiking Adventure: Glaciers, Icebergs & Fjords on 17 Jul, 2021
We had a great time. Wonderful people. Thank you for a fantastic experience!
By Yulia V for Meet your Inner Mountain (Retreat Lodging) on 22 Jun, 2021
It was a great trip -again!!! Wonderful trails, people, accommodations and everything was will organized and thoughtful. Highly recommend! Thank you Katya and Karina!
By Natasha K for Best of Yellowstone and Grand Teton Hiking trip on 09 Jun, 2021
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One of the best trips I've done! I am mainly either a solo traveler or prefer to go with my family But 4 days hiking trip to Montana Glacier NP has changed my preferences :) Thank you very much, it's been a pleasure and FUN Met so many interesting intelligent people, would highly recommend if you enjoy active vacations
By Yelena M on 10 Sep, 2020
GL
I traveled with Karina to Patagonia in 2020 and it was awesome! Perfect planning & organization throughout the trip, including dealing with the unexpected (e.g. lost luggage). I really liked other folks in the group and made several new friends in this trip. I highly recommend Karina's trips to casual and semi-serious hikers, and plan to be a return customer myself.
By Grigory L on 14 Mar, 2020
Thank you, Karina, for a wonderful first time experience of active adventure trip! Everything is well thought and organized. Would recommend to anyone!
By Aizhan T on 20 Jun, 2019