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Galapagos & Costa Rica tour

15 days from $7,200pp

What is tailor made? 100% custom | Exceptional experiences | Hand-picked guides | Lodging with character | Designed to your schedule, budget & interests

    Places visited:

  • Quito
  • Galapagos Islands
  • Guayaquil
  • San Jose
  • San Ramon
  • Arenal Volcano
  • Playa Potrero
  • The unique, fearless wildlife of the Galapagos.

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

  • Get up close to the perfectly conical Volcan Arenal.

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

  • Relax on a beautiful Pacific beach.

Michael, an Audley Travel specialist

What our specialists say...

This itinerary combines two of Latin America's most popular and wildlife-rich destinations. A comprehensive tour of the Galapagos Islands is followed by time in the cool Costa Rican cloud forest, which is teeming with birdlife. Volcan Arenal is one of Central America's most active volcanoes but is home to a number of fabulous activities as well as relaxing thermal springs. The proximity of the Pacific coast is ideal for a few days relaxing before returning home.

We recommend this trip for:

  • Quito
  • Galapagos Islands
  • Guayaquil
  • San Jose
  • San Ramon
  • Arenal Volcano
  • Playa Potrero

Itinerary idea in detail

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Day 1 Quito

Quito

On arrival in Quito you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

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Day 3 Galapagos Islands

Quito , Galapagos Islands

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 will have your first excursions on the islands.

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Day 4 Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands

You'll spend the day at Santa Cruz Island, where one of the main highlights is a hypersalinic (saltier than the sea) lagoon. Here you're likely to see flamingos, common stilts and pintail ducks, among other birds. There'll be a short guided walk to a great viewpoint over the island and a marine iguana nesting site, before swimming and snorkeling in Bachas Bay.

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Day 5 Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands

Today you'll visit two points on Floreana Island. One is Post Office Bay, where, in the 18th century, sailors left a barrel that visitors traditionally fill with unstamped but addressed mail. You can leave a postcard here, in the hope that it'll reach its destination, or take mail away to hand deliver yourself. Marine iguanas are often seen prowling around the beach. In the afternoon, you'll visit a brackish lagoon that's home to many species of bird.

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Day 6 Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands

Today you'll explore the remote island of Española. It's here that you can see waved albatrosses launch themselves into the air. On a guided walk, you're also likely to see Nazca boobies and blue-footed boobies. The island itself is rugged and dramatic, with an impressive natural blowhole. In the afternoon, there's the chance to swim and snorkel in Gardner Bay, where the beach is often speckled with sea lions.

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Day 7 Guayaquil

Galapagos Islands , Guayaquil

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

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Day 8 San Ramon

Guayaquil , San Jose , San Ramon

Transfer to the airport in time for your flights to San Jose. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to the San Ramon cloud forest for two nights.

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Day 9 San Ramon

San Ramon

Take a morning birdwatching excursion in the cloudforest. Rest of the day at leisure to relax or potentially book a ziplining excursion locally.

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Day 10 Arenal Volcano

San Ramon , Arenal Volcano

Transfer north to the beautiful Arenal volcano.

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Day 11 Arenal Volcano

Arenal Volcano

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

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Day 12 Playa Potrero

Arenal Volcano , Playa Potrero

You will be driven from Arenal to Playa Potrero for some relaxation on the beach.

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Day 13 Playa Potrero

Playa Potrero

Relax on the beach.

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Day 14 Playa Potrero

Playa Potrero

Relax on the beach.

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Day 15 Return home

Playa Potrero

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

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The specialist who designs your trip to the Galapagos Islands will have explored the country many times and, in some cases, lived there. Their first-hand knowledge gives us the belief that no other travel company can match our expertise in helping you plan your trip. Your dedicated specialist will take the time to understand your preferences and build them into an itinerary to match, working to your budget. He or she will keep perfecting it until you’re completely happy and ready to book.

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San José & Central Valley
 
 
 
San Ramon
 
 
 
Arenal Volcano & the Cloudforest Reserves
 
 
 
Playa Potrero
 
 
 

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