Staff Pick Itinerary: Ultimate Galapagos Island Hopping

Galapagos Land and Sea Trip

Returning travelers can’t stop raving about the Galapagos Islands! They’re reporting more wildlife than ever and getting to experience the marvels all to themselves. Award-winning specialist, Renee, shares why she recommends the Ultimate Galapagos Island Hopping itinerary for your next trip.

Her nuanced knowledge of the region, including the most reputable and well-run Galapagos cruises and land-based experiences as well as an in-depth understanding of each island, and strong relationships with in-country coordinators and guides sets her apart. Because she is a specialist, rather than a generalist, she is able to craft 100% private and custom travel in the Galápagos and Ecuador.

I love the combination of exploring The Galapagos Islands by both land and sea in this itinerary. Cruises and land based trips each have their own advantages, and with this itinerary you don’t have to pick between these two unique ways to explore the islands. You’ll take advantage of the cruise to get to the further out spots, fit in the maximum visitor sites and wildlife experiences each day, before then experiencing everything a land based trip has to offer from flexibility, customization and privacy to the ability to head out on a long hike, jump on a bike or just simply relax on a beach.

Plus, Ecuador has been open without quarantine since August and the Covid testing requirements (which we help arrange) are easy to meet. Or, if you’ve been vaccinated, they now accept proof of vaccine for entrance into the country instead of a Covid test.


Ultimate Galapagos Island hopping TOUR Overview

This Galapagos experience is the perfect blend of small-ship cruising, and land-based exploring. By combining styles you get both the incredible wildlife experiences of the remote shore excursion areas, as well as the more independent, flexible adventures and beach time that being land-based — in a premier, luxury tented safari camp — affords.

From $5,995 – 9 Days

Quito Ecuador Travel


Explore the history, architecture and sights and sounds of of the Spanish Colonial empire and the world’s first UNESCO World Heritage site and stay in a restored colonial mansion.

Santa Cruz Galapagos Cruise Travel


Enjoy some of the world’s unique wildlife experiences on a luxurious small-ship catamaran. Galapagos wildlife know no predators and are as curious about you as you are them!


Perched in the highlands this luxury safari style camp is the perfect place from which to base for more independent explorations and relaxation after a cruise, as well as experiencing Galapageño culture.

*Price approximation reflecting seasonality and room category. All Knowmad trips are custom and quoted individually. 


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  • Knowledgeable and fun local guides
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  • 98% traveler satisfaction rate

For a detailed trip itinerary, information on pricing, and more about traveling Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, head over to our Ultimate Galapagos Island Hopping Trip Idea — my personal staff pick.



Saludos, Renee

Renee is a Trip Specialist at Knowmad Adventures, a company dedicated to creating unique, private and custom trips in South America. She lived in Mexico for over 3 years and is excited to help Knowmad travelers discover the wonderful impact not just travel, but really experiencing a different country and culture can have on your life. Read Renee’s biography and more about the Knowmad team.