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4 days / 3 nights Island Hopping – A2

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4 days 3 nights
Availability : Everyday depending on availability
Baltra Airport (GPS)
Baltra Airport (GPS)

– 2 full days, 2 half days in total –

Enjoy a 4-days Island Hopping tour of the Galapagos Islands in which you’ll visit 2 islands to see the best highlights of this archipelago without spending all your savings! You will be able to spot marine iguanas, frigate birds, penguins, tortoises and turtles, blue-footed boobies, pelicans and more. If you do not want to be stuck on a boat, want a private tour and enjoy the Galapagos as its best, don’t hesitate!

A2: Santa Cruz and Isabela

PHOTOS

ITINERARY

Day 1Santa Cruz

You will be picked up at the airport by your private certified guide. Then, you will take the public bus to the Itabaca Channel, which you will cross on a ferry. Afterward, you will go in our taxi to a ranch in the highlands to see giant tortoises in their native environment! You will continue to Garrapatero Beach where you will have the opportunity to swim. In the evening, you will be free to wander around Santa Cruz. You can choose among a lot of restaurants in town for dinner. The Kioskos is also a great option to enjoy a delicious typical meal. Every night, a street in the center of Puerto Ayora is closed to traffic where restaurants put tables and chairs so the guests can eat outside. We recommend a walk at night along the pier where you can often spot juvenile blacktip sharks swimming!

Visits with a private guide
Meals included: Lunch

Day 3Santa Cruz - Isabela

At 6:30 am we will pick you up at the hotel and accompany you to the harbor, where the speed boat will take you at 7:00 am with other passengers to Isabela (approx. 2-hour ride). Our staff will welcome you and accompany you to your hotel. Morning free, you can walk to the Tor-toise Breeding Center or to the Flamingo Lagoon. After lunch, you will visit Tintoreras, a small islet at 10mn navigation away from the port. No plants or animals have ever been brought to this island. First, you will have a panga ride looking for the small Galapagos penguins and sea lions. Then you will hike on the islet looking for marine iguanas, and sometimes you can even see white-tipped sharks resting in a lava tunnel. Afterward, you can snorkel in the bay to spot different fish, sea turtles, rays, and penguins (order of activities depending on the tides). The evening is at your free disposal. You can have a drink at the beach-front bar de Beto, for sunset, and for dinner, we recommend the Coco Surf.

Shared boat to Isabela max 30 people and shared boat tour to Tintoreras max 16 people
Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 3Isabela

You have the choice between two different tours. Please let us know your choice when booking.

Tour 1 – Sierra Negra Volcano:
You walk through spectacular lava landscapes and have views of the northern volcanoes of Isabela and Fernandina. The hike to the Sierra Negra Volcano and Volcano Chico is 16 km long (duration approx. 6 hours), but worth every effort. You see the second-largest volcanic crater in the world and explore different vegetation zones. You get a lunch box for the hike.

Shared tour max 16 people on the tour

Tour 2 – Cabo Rosa (“Tuneles”):
You go by boat to Cabo Rosa (45 min boat ride), 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.

Shared tour max 10 people on board

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 (snorkel equipment in the free time is not included, but can be hired locally).
Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 4Isabela - Baltra airport

At 5:30 am we will pick you up at your hotel and accompany you to the pier, where you will take the shared speed boat at 6:00 am to Santa Cruz (approx. 2-hour ride). At the harbor, our staff will welcome you and accompany you for breakfast. Afterward, your driver will bring you to the Itabaca Channel, which you will cross on a ferry. For the last part of your trip to the airport, you will take the public bus. Your driver will accompany you to the check-in at the airport, where your programs end with the flight back to the mainland. Please take in account that your flight does not depart before 12:30 pm. There is the option to take a small plane straight to Baltra for an additional cost, let us know if you are interested.

Shared boat to Santa Cruz. Private transfer to the airport
Meals included: Breakfast

GENERAL INFORMATION

The program can change due to National Park rules or meteorological conditions without prior notice.
  • FLIGHT IN and OUT: must be out to/of BALTRA (code GPS). Departures from this island are operated either by LATAM or AVIANCA.
    - Please choose a flight leaving not before 12:30 pm.
  • WATER: You can fill up water bottles in all the hotels each morning before going on the tour. Tap water is not drinkable!
  • TRANSPORTATION: Is made by small speedboats between islands. Navigation times can take up to 3 hours due to the distance between islands and currents. We cannot control the ocean, if a swell comes in the ride can be bumpy, especially during the Garúa season (see below). If you are usually subject to motion sickness please bring parches or pills (you can also buy pills on Galapagos). From experience, the parches are really effective!
  • RYTHM OF THE TOUR: To make most out of the time spent on the Galapagos Islands, early wake ups are scheduled. If you would like to spend some extra days on your own without itinerary, we will be hap-py to help you to book extra nights before and/or after the tour.
  • ACTIVE TOUR: you need to be fit (be used to hiking and swimming). Specifically, the volcano hike is demanding and the group cannot wait too long for slow hikers. If you have doubts that you cannot follow the volcano hike we recommend you to book the alternative Cabo Rosa tour. The issue is that you cannot be left behind on the tour to the volcano due to the National Park restrictions; the group has to be always accompanied by the guide.

HOTELS

Accommodation is in nice, clean hotels with private bathrooms, hot water, air-conditioning and Wi-fi (not always working, as we are on islands). We always prefer family-owned hotels.
There are 3 categories of hotels: ** we use these below or similar according to availability in the moment of booking, we will always reconfirm hotel names before your final booking**

PRICES

PRICES INCLUDE

  • Daily visits with a Guide certified by the National Park – we use local guides on each island, and you are also assisted by our operation staff on each island (English speaking)
  • Meals mentioned
  • Accommodation in double-room (please specify if twin room or double bed needed)
  • All transportation on the islands (boat, car) (except transportation during the free time)
  • Snorkeling gear including fins and wetsuit (shorty 2.5mm) when the excursions include water activities (not during free time activities)

PRICES EXCLUDE

  • Flight from/to mainland (approx. 550$)
  • Entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park $100,-** (to be paid upon arrival at the airport – CASH ONLY – There is no ATM at the airport. Please bring enough cash).
    **Prices can be changed by the government authorities without prior notice**
  • TCT Migration card $20** to be paid in cash in Quito or Guayaquil airport (Consejo de Gobierno counter, easy to spot in the airport. There you will also have to register your personal details before you go to the check-in counter of your airline).
    **Prices can be changed by the government authorities without prior notice**
  • Additional costs for flight delays or cancellations
  • All not mentioned services in the program
  • Travel insurance: mandatory for all tourists entering Ecuador
  • Tips (guides expect tips, and also the boat crew – for boat excursions not for transfers between islands)

TOURIST CLASS

Per person
Single room supplement +49 USD

911 USD

  • Prices are valid until December 20th – Please consult us for Christmas/New Year’s dates
  • Kids: 0-2 pay 50% of the price, 3-11 years old pay 80% of the price

TOURIST SUPERIOR

Per person
Single room supplement +273 USD

1138 USD

  • Prices are valid until December 20th – Please consult us for Christmas/New Year’s dates
  • Kids: 0-2 pay 50% of the price, 3-11 years old pay 80% of the price

FIRST CLASS

Per person
Single room supplement +672 USD

1568 USD

  • Prices are valid until December 20th – Please consult us for Christmas/New Year’s dates
  • Kids: 0-2 pay 50% of the price, 3-11 years old pay 80% of the price
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Pavel P

Family Traveller

All our activities, accommodations, meals and transportation were very well organized. I can’t say enough about our tour guide- Jorge. He is not only very knowledgeable about the nature and history of Galapagos- he really loves the nature and cares about preserving it. Instead of guide we got a friend. Aline, Ariel and Jesica are also very friendly. When I travel I like to immerse in the local culture, try local food and the food we had was authentic, local and in several occasions- truly exceptional. I booked my tour trough another tour operator and only upon arrival I found that it was actually organized by SharkSky. We were lucky in that way and my only regret is that I didn’t book it directly with them. Thank you, SharkSky team for the amazing experience!

November 8, 2018