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Land iguana, Galapagos Islands

Galapagos & Costa Rica tour

16 days from £10,200pp

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Tour highlights

  • The unique, fearless wildlife of the Galapagos.

  • Relax on a beautiful Pacific beach.

  • Search for the resplendent quetzal and other birdlife in the cool Costa Rican cloudforest.

  • Undertake zip-lining, white-water rafting as well as other activities around Arenal.

  • Get up close to the perfectly conical Arenal Volcano.

Price includes:

  • Scheduled international and domestic flights
  • In-destination transfers
  • Activities and excursions as detailed
  • All accommodation
  • 24-hour support while you travel
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Itinerary idea in detail

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

  • Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Quito. You will be met and transferred to your hotel on arrival in Quito.

  • Enjoy a guided tour of Quito.

  • Transfer to the airport in time for your flight to the Galapagos Islands. Here you will be met by your guide and taken to your awaiting vessel. After a welcome aboard you'll have your first excursions on the islands.

  • Take a walk at Moreno Point on Isabela Island. The trail here runs along a lava flow into a complex of coastal lagoons where you'll find several species of birds around the lakes and mangroves. You can find corals and shells exposed above the water at Urbina Bay. Urbina Bay is home to large and colourful land iguanas, giant tortoises, and Darwin finches.

  • Your sole visit to Fernandina Island will be Espinoza Point, home to the largest population of marine iguanas in the Galapagos. Watch as they bask in the warm sun and swim in the clear waters. Another unique species found here is the flightless cormorant. While enjoying lunch on board your vessel, you'll cross the Bolivar Channel back to Isabela Island to Vicente Roca Point. The calm waters of the coves here are protected from the ocean swell and make for an ideal snorkelling spot among sharks, penguins, and various fish.

  • Egas Port is a black sand beach located on the west side of Santiago Island. While taking in the beautiful location, you'll learn about the human history of the island and one man’s attempt to profit from the salt found here. Rabida Island is unique because of the red rocks and sand found here. Over time, rain, saltwater, and the sea breeze oxidised the volcanic material, creating a distinctive palette. A short walk to a coastal lagoon behind the beach leads you to an optimal birding site where you can spot many land birds such as finches, doves, yellow warblers, and mockingbirds. You may even spy the colony of flamingos that call Rabida home.

  • You'll fly back to Guayaquil, where you will be met and taken to your hotel for the night.

  • Transfer to the airport in time for your flights to San José. Upon arrival, you'll be met and transferred to the San Ramón cloudforest for two nights.

  • Take a morning birdwatching excursion in the cloudforest. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax or potentially book a zip-lining excursion locally.

  • Transfer north to the beautiful Arenal Volcano.

  • Afternoon trip to the Arenal National Park to explore the lava fields.

  • You'll be driven from Arenal to Playa Potrero for some relaxation on the beach.

  • Relax on the beach.

  • Relax on the beach.

  • Transfer by road back to San José in time for your return flight home.

  • Arrive home today to complete your journey.

Accommodation options

While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodation, Audley trips are 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

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When to go

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Place Daily max temperature (°C) Monthly rainfall (mm)
The Galapagos Islands
San José & Central Valley
San Ramón
Arenal Volcano
Playa Potrero

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