This tour offers a good alternative to cruises, for travelers wanting to visit the Galapagos without spending all their savings! We do not sacrifice on visits; you’ll see plenty of endemic and native species and have great snorkel excursions. We offer 6 versions in total with lengths of 5,6,7,8 and 9 day tours. Our guides are English speaking, and our hotels are nice, clean and welcoming. There is a possibility of upgrading hotel if you want more comfort. We provide the snorkel equipment and wetsuits, so there are no hidden costs; just bring extra cash for after tour beers, tips and souvenirs to bring home! If you do not want to be stuck on a boat, want to join a fun group and enjoy the Galapagos as its best, don’t hesitate! THESE TOURS HAVE FIXED DEPARTURE DATES; PLEASE CHECK BELOW TO SEE WHICH DATE FITS YOU
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We will pick you up on arrival at the airport of San Cristobal Island and take you to the hotel. After a nice Ecuadorian lunch with the guide, you will visit Loberia: a beautiful beach with a great snorkeling spot! During the snorkel you may find sea turtles, rays, sea lions and many species of colorful fishes. After that you will do a nice hike to a cliff where you can observe many marine iguanas and birds such as blue footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls and frigate birds. In the afternoon you go back to the hotel and get ready for dinner.
Meals included: lunch and dinner
. Today we give you the option of going to one of these 2 excursions: (please let us know at booking your preference)
On a 30 min boat ride from the port you arrive on Lobos Island, as it name implies a home to a large sea lion colony. But that’s not the only thing you’ll find while you’ll hike and snorkel at the island on this half day tour. During the hike, you hopefully spot blue footed boobies, marine iguanas and frigate birds, while during snorkeling you can often see the marine iguanas eating, as well as rays and turtles in the sandy bottom that separates Lobos Island from the mainland of San Cristobal. This tour is includes a stop at Playa Ochoa. In the early afternoon you be back at the port. Difficulty: EASY
You will visit the famous Kicker Rock (Leon Dormido – sleeping Lion), a volcanic formation amid the ocean. There you will be able to snorkel with sharks, rays, turtles and if you are luck also with hammerhead sharks! After lunch on the boat you will go to a beautiful, pristine beach, where you will have time to relax. At afternoon you will be back at the port. Shared tour max 12 on board
Difficulty: MEDIUM (snorkeling in open water)
The rest of the afternoon is free until dinner. You can use it for shopping or go and visit the interpretation center (entrance free), tijeretas, playa carola and playa mann. You will meet with the whole group for dinner where the guide will give you the details for the next day.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Departure by boat to Española island. The boat ride takes 1h30 each way approx. At arrival you will disembark at Punta Suarez where you will begin a hike, looking for Nazca and blue footed boobies.. After the hike you will go back on board for lunch and then reach a snorkel spot where those who want can enjoy a snorkel session and look for tropical fishes, rays..back to San Cristobal port in the end of the afternoon. Please note : Albatrosses are not on the island from late December to beginning of April approx. Still you have a lot of wildlife to see). After the tour you have a bit of free time and then you will meet with the whole group for dinner where the guide will give you the details for the next day.
Meals included: breakfast ,lunch, dinner
Breakfast will be served in your hotel. Then you will be picked-up to go to the pier where you depart around 7AM to Floreana island. The private boat ride lasts for about 2,5 hours. Upon arrival, you will visit the highlands, a place called “Peace Asylum”, where the first colonists of the islands settled – the guide will tell you all about the mysteries. During the short hike you will be able to spot Galapagos giant tortoises. After lunch in the small village “Puerto Velasco Ibarra” you will go snorkeling at a beautiful, black sanded beach nearby the pier. Afterwards you will continue on the boat to Isabela Island (approximately 1,5 hour ride). Isabela is one of the youngest islands which still has moderate volcanic activity. It’s a beautiful island with a long white sandy beach and a clear bay located near to the pier. Upon arrival you will be driven in a taxi,bus or chiva to the flamingo lagoon to spotthese beautiful animals (if time allows, otherwise it will be re-scheduled throughout the stay in Isabela). After that, you will get a transfer to the hotel to get ready for dinner.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Today you must choose upon booking between the Volcano (trekking tour) and Cabo Rosa (snorkeling tour as a supplement)!
Early in the morning you will be picked-up and driven towards the highlands: You will start a 16km trekking (6 hours!) to the Sierra Negra and Chico volcano. The first stop on the hike is the Sierra Negra Volcano, which has the second largest active crater in the world of 10km diameter. The second part of the hike takes you to Chico, a cone of Sierra Negra with moon-like sceneries. This gives you an idea of how the islands looked at their creation. After you’re returned from the volcano, you will be transported to a local farm where lunch will be served. Back at the hotel around 3:30 PM.
If you prefer snorkeling over hiking this is a great opportunity. You can take the excursion to Cabo Rosa (45 mn boat ride each way), where lava has flowed into the ocean and formed beautiful lava tunnels. There you may see penguins, blue-footed boobies and sea turtles. However the Highlight is snorkeling. You have the chance to see sharks, sea turtles, sea lions, rays, seahorses and many tropical fishes. The tour to Cabo Rosa takes about 5 hours. Difficulty: EASY
The rest of the day is at leisure. You can enjoy the beautiful beach in Isabela or you can snorkel in the Concha de Perla Lagoon.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
In the morning you will visit the Tintoreras Islet near the pier, where you have a short hike and snorkel. There you can spot small Galapagos penguins, sea lions, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies and often you can even spot white-tipped sharks in one of the channels. Afterwards you will continue with our private boat to Santa Cruz (2 hours). Upon arrival you will be transferred to the hotel to get ready for lunch and change for the afternoon program. Once finished with lunch you will take a boat to the Tortuga Bay beach (20min ride), where spot a huge marine iguana colony andenjoy a last swim into the Galapagos waters . On the return from Tortuga Bay you will walk 3 km back to Puerto Ayora, passing through a giant endemic cactus forest.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Difficulty: EASY TO MEDIUM
Today you will be picked up at your hotel by bus and taken to the channel of Itabaca at the northern part of the island. You will then board a yacht and navigate (approx 1 hour) to North Seymour: this island is a true open zoo: we can spot from really close: swallow tailed gulls, sea lions, marine iguanas, land iguanas, blue footed boobies, frigate birds. We will hike around 1.5 hours on the island. Then you will have lunch on board while navigating to Bachas: Bachas is a beautiful beach in the north of Santa Cruz which is just accessible by boat. There the blue ocean contrasts with the black of the lava rocks and the smooth White sand of the beach. There is also a lagoon where we sometimes can spot flamingos
. Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Today also you will be picked up at your hotel by bus and taken to the channel of Itabaca at the northern part of the island. You will then board a yacht and navigate (approx 2.5 hours ** note that the navigation to is long but the ) to Bartolomé. We’ll disembark and begin the hike on to the top. The trail has been arranged so it is easier and less harmful for the island, leaving less steps. Arrived on the top we will have an amazing view over the island, the bay, and the pinnacle rock. This rock is believed to have been cut in two during the second world war when the American soldiers were training on Baltra military base.You will also snorkel there.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner
In the morning you will reach the airport with a stop to visit a lava tunnel. Sometimes you can spot a Galapagos owl. You will be accompanied until the Check- in point at the airport
Meals included: Breakfast