Galapagos Tour

Experience the wonders of Galapagos, Ecuador, Columbia and Panama!

ABOUT THIS TRIP

From RM52000 per pax (Twin sharing)

Difficulty: Easy

The Galápagos Islands, part of the Republic of Ecuador, are an archipelago of 19 volcanic islands, distributed on either side of the Equator in the Pacific Ocean surrounding the centre of the Western Hemisphere, 906 km (563 mi) west of continental Ecuador. These 19 islands and the surrounding marine reserve have been called a unique ‘living museum and showcase of evolution’. Each island boasts its own unique landscape, ranging from barren black, volcanic rocks to swaths of white sand beaches melting into gemstone-blue waters.

Located at the confluence of three ocean currents, the Galápagos are a ‘melting pot’ of marine species. Ongoing seismic and volcanic activity reflects the processes that formed the islands. These processes, together with the extreme isolation of the islands, led to the development of unusual animal life – such as the land iguana, the giant tortoise and the many types of finch – that inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection following his visit in 1835.
The Galápagos Islands and their surrounding waters form the Galápagos Province of Ecuador, the Galápagos National Park, and the Galápagos Marine Reserve.

The principal language on the islands is Spanish. The islands have a population of slightly over 25,000. The Galapagos Islands are a bucket-list destination for many and for a good reason: Thanks to a lack of natural predators, friendly wildlife such as playful sea lions and gigantic sea tortoises let visitors get up close and personal with nature.

The Galapagos tour package below does not only cover Galapagos Islands, but also includes neighbouring Ecuador, Columbia and Panama. Our packages are fully customisable according to your needs and requirement. Our experienced team is able to advise and recommend itineraries that work best for your vacation, to ensure that you obtain an experience of a lifetime!

DAY 1

Depart Kuala Lumpur

DAY 2

Arrive in Quito, Ecuador

Arrive in the capital of Ecuador, Quito. Transfer to hotel.

DAY 3

Colonial Quito and Middle of the Earth Private Tour

Quito, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, is a multicolored urban quilt draped across the steep slopes and undulating inter-Andean valleys at the foot of Pichincha Volcano. Strolling the narrow cobblestone streets of Quito’s old-town is like walking through time and back again amidst splendid 16th century architecture, churches bathed in gold, convents tucked away behind hand–carved baroque doors and block upon block of Spanish-style villas with their charming hidden courtyards.

The Middle of the World complex and the Equator Monument situated at 00’0” latitude where the 18th century French Geodesic Expedition built one of the three pyramids as landmarks for their planet calculations to deduct the shape of the earth.

Afternoon at leisure.

DAY 4

Quito / Galapagos

Depart from Quito to Baltra via Guyaquil (2 ½ hours flight).
Upon arrival in Galapagos, our natural guides will be there to meet you and take you on a 10-minute bus ride to the pier to board the M/V Galapagos Legend (5 days sailing, 4 nights on board).
In the afternoon, travel to Mosquera Islet, located between North Seymour and Baltra Island. This is home to a large colony of sea lions, herons and lava gulls. With no exiting trail, guests can enjoy strolling in the wide open spaces.

DAY 5

Galapagos Islands – Rabida Island

In the morning, a wet landing on Egas Port on Santiago Island to view the black volcanic sand beach and its variety of animals. During your time here, you will be able to spot yellow-crowned herons, lobster, starfish and other marine wildlife.
In the afternoon, a wet landing on the dark red-sand beaches of Rabida. Often called the epicenter of the Galapagos, this island features incredible landscapes. Look for Brown Pelicans and other sea birds. Snorkel off the coast known for particularly active marine life.

DAY 6

Galapagos Islands – Urbina Bay

In the morning, a wet landing on the black sand beach of Urbina Bay on Isabela Island, the largest island. Here you have a chance to spot giant tortoises and iguanas. Also, you may get a chance to snorkel with the turtles, sea lions and fishes!
In the afternoon, a dry landing in Tagus Cove to learn about the eruption of the five volcanoes that formed the island. Followed by a dinghy ride along the coastline to look for a variety of seabirds and Galapagos penguins of which there are more than 2,000 on the island! Finally, snorkeling in the deep waters of the cove.

DAY 7

Galapagos Islands – Espinosa Point

In the morning, a dry landing at Espinosa Point on Fernandina Island. Search for the largest and most primitive looking marine iguanas and view the “Pa-hoe-hoe” and “AA” lava formations.

In the afternoon, go snorkeling in the deep waters of Vincente Roca Point to enjoy some of the richest marine havens on the planet. Take a dinghy ride along the coast to view the great diversity of coastal sea birds.

DAY 8

Galapagos Islands – Santa Cruz Island

In the morning, a dry landing on Santa Cruz Island and a 45-minute bus ride to Puerto Avora to visit the natural reserve for giant tortoises. These giant creatures can weigh up to 600 pounds and will live up to 150-200 years.
In the afternoon, transfer to Baltra Airport for return flight to Quito.
On arrival, transfer to hotel. Free at leisure.

DAY 9

Quito / Bogota, Columbia

Early transfer to Quito Airport for flight to Bogota, capital of Colombia.

On arrival, start the Bogota city tour with a panoramic view of the historic and cultural center of the city, known as La Candelaria, famous for its narrow and steep streets, houses with roofs and Colonial architecture. Visit Plaza Bolivar, surrounded by some of the most important constructions of the city, such as The Cathedral Primada de ColombiaThe House of the Ecclesiastical Cabildo (considered the oldest building in the framework of the Plaza de Bolivar), The Capilla del Sagrario (built to house the Blessed Sacrament), The Archbishop’s PalaceThe National CapitolThe Liévano Palace (headquarters of the mayoralty of Bogota) and El Palacio de Justicia.

Visit the Gold Museum where you will appreciate the largest pre-Hispanic gold and silver collection in the world, with approximately 34,000 pieces of gold and tumbaga (gold and copper alloy), about twenty-five thousand objects in ceramics, stone, shell, bone and textiles!

DAY 10

Bogota / Zipaquira

Depart for Villa Leyva (approximately 1.5 hours on the road), visiting the Cathedral of Salt in Zipaquira. The beautiful Cathedral which is carved completely in salt is unique in its type and presents its visitors with an unparalleled majesty. At 180m underground, this is a place far from everyday life that invites reflection, self-discovery and internal encounter with the spiritual part.

We will head on to the restaurant Funzipa (one of the most beautiful colonial villas in the country, founded in 1572), where we will have lunch. During the Cretaceous, this territory was occupied by a primitive sea. With the tectonic development of the planet, the sea was retired and gave rise to the creation of lakes and valleys that finally molded the massif known as the Andes.

DAY 11

Zipaquira / Cartagena

Enjoy this colonial town visiting the cobbled alleys, colonial houses and Plaza Mayor; the second largest colonial plaza in the Americas. We will also visit El Infiernito or Parque de los Indigenas Muiscas.

In the late morning, we will leave for Bogota Airport to board flight to Cartagena.
Arrive in Cartagena and transfer to hotel.

DAY 12

Cartagena

Start the Cartagena Historic City Tour, with a panoramic tour of the modern residential and tourist area of BocagrandeCastillogrande and the traditional neighborhood of Manga built in the early days of the 20th century.

Proceed to the Monastery and Church of La Popa, a cloister built in 1606, from which you can see a beautiful view of the city. This Monastery stands on the summit of the only promontory that dominates the whole urban area and was formerly called La Popa del Galeón, due to the striking similarity of the profile of the hill with La Popa of a ship.

Then visit the Castle of San Felipe de Barajas, a great fortress that was built for 200 years on the hill San Lázaro, to defend the City from any attack by the enemies of the Spanish Crown.

There will be a stop for shopping for handicrafts in Bovedas, where you will have the opportunity to appreciate the historical center.

Afternoon is at leisure to rest or further explore Cartagena on your own.

DAY 13

Cartagena / Medellin

Visit the Museum of Contemporary ArtThe Old BootsThe House of Simon Bolivar and The House of Sweets. We finish this beautiful tour through the streets of this city and head back to the hotel to check out.

In the afternoon, transfer to the airport for your flight to Medellin.
Arrive in Medellin and transfer to hotel.

DAY 14

Medellin

Our tour starts in the West of Medellín, where you can find the San Cristóbal corregimiento and the entrance to one of the most important engineering works of the last century “El Túnel de Occidente“, which is 4.6 kilometers long! When you leave the tunnel, the landscape will surprise you, great green mountains and at the end the river Cauca welcomes the West Antioquia. The first municipality on the route is San Jerónimo, where you have the opportunity to enjoy the taste and variety of exotic fruits such as Tamarindo, Guanábana, Corozo and more.

The tour continues to Santa Fe de Antioquia. The colonial architecture, its cobbled streets, Colonial gates, balconies and beautiful churches which takes you back to ancient times. The churches, built between the 17th and 18th century, among which stand the Metropolitan Cathedral, which is located in the main park, designed in Renaissance-style. In ancient times, it was a prison for priests.

DAY 15

Medellin / Panama City, Panama

After breakfast, transfer to airport for flight to Panama City.
Upon arrival in Panama City, transfer to hotel.

DAY 16

Panama City – Lake Gatún

Visit the Embera Quera Indigenous Community, a tourist community established since January 2007 on the shores of Lake Gatún. It’s a Emberá village integrated by people who arrived from Darién and other communities of the Eastern; Sector of the Panama Canal Watershed.

In the community, you will have lunch consisting of fish, rice with coconut and Patacones served locally on a banana leaf and cooked in their own way. From the community, you will take a boat and go to the nearby island called Island of Monkeys. From the boat, you can observe the spider monkeys in their habitat. You cannot disembark on the island but you can be close enough to take some good photos and observe them in their natural habitat. At the end of our experience, return to Panama City and enjoy a typical Panamanian dinner at Restaurant Diablicos. You will also enjoy a dance and Folkloric show.

DAY 17

Panama City – Canal de Panama

Visit the famous Canal de Panama. Upon arrival, we get a projection room where you can see short films on how they built the canal, where the idea came from, how the locks work etc. At the end, enter the Museum to observe photos and findings of the moment when they were constructing this colossus.

At the end of this tour, we continue to Casco Viejo. In 1997, the Old Quarter of Panama is included in the list of World Heritage sites of UNESCO. The old town has four main squares, La Plaza de la Independencia (the first and only square for several centuries), La Plaza Bolivar and La Plaza Herrera (built on vacant lots that remained of the fires that ravaged the city) and Plaza de Francia (built in 1922 to honor the French people, pioneers in the construction of the Panama Canal). We will pass through the Main Square where there is a crafts market. At the end of this walk we head to Amador, the Duty Free Zone for shopping.

DAY 18

Depart Panama City / Amsterdam

Early check out and proceed to the Panama Canal Railway Station, which will take you on an hour ride alongside the canal to the City of Colon. The Panama Railroad is one of the great train journeys in the world. Coupled with its colorful history, the railroad follows a picturesque route through the Isthmus of Panama. The road runs along the Panama Canal passing through a lush tropical jungle, the canal locks, the historic Culebra (Snake) Cut and crossing narrow roads on Gatun Lake. It connects one of the beautiful tourist corridors between the City of Colon (on the Atlantic Coast) and Panama City (on the Pacific Coast).

When you arrive in Colon train station, you will take the road to Fuerte de San Lorenzo, located at the entrance of the Chagres River. It was declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1980 under the name of the Fortifications of the Caribbean coast of Panama. Together with the fortresses of the city of Portobelo, they formed the defensive system for the transatlantic trade of the Crown of Spain and constitute a magnificent example of the military Architecture of the 17th and 18th centuries.

You will also visit the new locks of Agua Clara (third set of locks) corresponding to the expansion of the Canal that went into service in June 2016.

Enjoy lunch at the historic Hotel Melia Colon which is surrounded by nature in all splendors, before transferring to Panama City airport for your flight home.

DAY 19

Amsterdam / KL 

DAY 20

Arrive Home

Home sweet Home

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