The 5 Day Highlight Tour is a great way to see a lot with limited time and escape the boat. This is our
shortest and most affordable option, but we don’t skimp on the details or sites. You’ll stay at nice accommodations on each island. This is a full-service tour. You’ll be greeted at the airport in San Cristobal and escorted to the Baltra Airport at the end of your trip, wishing you could do it all again.
- See 4 different islands
- Likely get a glimpse of flamingos, tortoises, penguins, and boobies, among other animals
- Hike the second largest crater in the world and enjoy amazing views
DAY 1: SAN CRISTOBAL
We will pick you up on arrival at San Cristobal Island and take you to the hotel. Get settled
and get ready to enjoy a nice Ecuadorian lunch. Visit Loberia Beach: a beautiful site with
great snorkeling! During the snorkel you may find sea turtles, rays, sea lions and many
species of colorful fishes. There is also a nice hike (optional) to a cliff where you can observe
many marine iguanas and birds such as, blue footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls and frigate
birds. After that you will go back to the hotel and get ready for dinner.
Meals included: -/L/D
DAY 2: FLOREANA
Breakfast will be served at 6 AM in your hotel. Around 06:30 AM you will be picked-up at your hotel to go to the pier to depart around 7 AM to Floreana. 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 about the history of the colonists. During the short hike you will also spot Galapagos giant tortoises. Lunch will be served in the small village. After lunch you will go snorkeling on a beautiful 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 island which has still moderate volcanic activity (but it’s safe!). It’s a beautiful island with its pier located near a clear bay and a long White Sandy beach. Upon arrival you will be picked-up by taxi/bus or chiva and driven to the flamingo lagoon to spot these beautiful animals at sunset. (if time allows, otherwise it will be re-scheduled throughout the stay in Isabela). Transfer to the hotel to get ready for dinner.
Meals included: B/L/D
DAY 3: ISABELA
On your 3rd day you must choose upon booking between a Volcano trekking tour (land tour) or Cabo Rosa (water tour as a supplement)! Spaces to Cabo Rosa are very limited that’s why it has to be booked in advance and is at extra cost.
Option 1 – VOLCANO HIKE (included in the price)
Early in the morning you will be picked-up by bus/taxi/chiva and driven towards the highlands: You will start a trekking (6 hours!) to the Sierra Negra and Chico volcano. The first stop on the hike is Sierra Negra Volcano which has the second largest active crater in the world: 10 km diameter. You will continue to walk towards Chico Volcano, which is a cone of Sierra Negra. You will walk through moon-like sceneries and have great views of nearby Fernandina Island and the north of the Isabela Island. This gives you an idea of how the islands looked at their creation. After walking back you will be moved by bus/taxi/chiva to a local farm which is also a tortoise reserve where lunch will be served. You will be back in the hotel around 3:30 PM. The rest of the afternoon is free.
Option 2 – CABO ROSA TUNNELS: THIS OPTION HAS AN EXTRA COST!
If you prefer snorkeling over hiking this is a great opportunity. You can take the excursion to Cabo Rosa tunnels which is located about 1 hour boat ride south from the port. This is an amazing place where the volcanic activities created lava tunnels going under and over sea level. You can spot the penguins, blue footed boobies and you will have great snorkeling too! Food will be provided during the tour. The rest of the afternoon is free.
Meals included: B/L/D
Day 4: ISABELA – SANTA CRUZ
In the morning you will visit the Tintoreras Islet near the pier: 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. You will have a short hike and go snorkel nearby. Afterwards you will continue with our private boat to Santa Cruz (2 hours). Upon arrival you will be transferred to the hotel and change to get ready for lunch and the afternoon program. After lunch you will walk to the Tortuga Bay beach to enjoy a last swim into the Galapagos waters and spot a huge iguana colony. The walk to Tortuga Bay is 3 km each way, passing through a giant endemic cactus forest.
Meals included: B/L/D
Difficulty: EASY TO MEDIUM
Day 5: BALTRA
In the morning you will reach the airport with a stop to visit a lava tunnel. Sometimes you can spot a Galapagos owl. The guide will accompany you until the airport. Check-in will be done by your own.
Meals included: B/-/
The program can change due to National Park rules or meteorological conditions without prior notice.
Prices (in USD)
|Package 5 Day Tour||Double Room||Single Room|
|Basic Rate**||$ 1.165,–||+ $ 160,–|
|Hotel Upgrade **||$ 1.365,–||+ $ 280,–|
|Upgrade Cabo Rosa||+ $ 140||–|
**Christmas departure 50$ more per person
All prices include:
- All meals as listed (B- Breakfast, L- Lunch, D- Dinner)
- Tours with English-speaking guides
- All transportation (boat, bus, taxi) as part of the tour
- Snorkel gear and short wetsuit
- Accomodation in double or triple room occupancy
- Isabela entry fee
Prices do not include:
- Flights from and to mainland Ecuador (priced between 480$-560$ +/-)
- Entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park: $100 per adult, $50 per child (12 years and under)
- CASH ONLY – there is NO ATM at the airport! These prices are subject to change without previous notice from the Galapagos Authorities
- Migration card: $20 per person, bought at the airport (Quito or Guayaquil), CASH ONLY! This price are subject to change without previous notice from the Galapagos Authorities
- 14% Ecuadorian VAT (only valid for the Ecuadorian residents)
- Travel Insurance (We strongly recommend you purchase one)
- All not mentioned in the program
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