5 days / 4 nights Island Hopping – Santa Cruz and Isabela

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KEY FEATURES

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5 DAY / 4 NIGHT TOURS
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SANTA CRUZ, UNINHABITED ISLAND &  ISABELA 
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SNORKEL, HIKING
 

This five day island hopping tour will allow you to discover some of the most important landscapes in the Islands, as you hike volcanoes and snorkel into shallow waters.

3 full days, 2 half days in total 

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 with 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 you a walk at night along the pier where you can often spot juvenile black tipsharks swimming!

Visits with a private guide
Meals included: Lunch

Day 2Uninhabited Island

You will participate in a yacht tour to an uninhabited Island. That will either be Santa Fé, Plazas, Bartolomé or Seymour. The destination will depend on availability, weekday and program of the National Park. We will let you know immediately which island is available when you book the tour. On Santa Fé and Plazas you can spot endemic land iguanas. Bartolomé is known for beautiful lava sceneries and on Seymour you can see frigate birds, land iguanas and, blue-footed boobies.

Shared tour max 20 on board
Meals included: breakfast and 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. We will go with a private guide this day explore the wetlands by bike (or walking if you prefer) up to the Wall of tears. We will have several stops along the way and spot Darwin finches, tortoises. There are beautiful viewpoints and hidden beaches. After lunch we will snorkel at the Concha de Perla lagoon (according to the tide we could do first the snorkeling). The evening is at your free disposal. You can have a drink at the beach-front bar de Beto at sunset.

Shared boat to Isabela max 30 people and then private guide
Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 4Isabela

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

Tour 1 – Sierra Negra Volcano:
You will go by bus to the highlands and hike to Sierra Negra and Chico Volcano. Sierra Negra has the second largest active crater in the world, around 10kms, it is very impressive. As you continue to Chico Volcano, you will pass through impressive lava sceneries, and you will have breathtaking views of the north side of the island and of Fernandina Island. In total, it’s a 16kms hike (not steep but long hike, duration approx. 6 hours). A small lunch box is provided.

Shared tour max 16 people

Tour 2 – Cabo Rosa (“Tuneles”):
It’s a beautiful site 45 minutes boat ride from the port. This site is a lava formation of tunnels going under and over the sea level, in a shallow bay where you can usually spot the Galapagos penguins and sometimes some blue-footed boobies. However, the highlight is snorkeling. You will have a chance to see sea turtles, reef sharks, rays, sea lions, seahorses, and many tropical fish. This is one of the most beautiful sites of the archipelago. The tour 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 5Isabela - Baltra airport

At 5:20 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 program ends with the flight back to the mainland. Baltra is the only 100% ecological airport in the world!
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 (max 30 people) and private transfer to the airport
Meals included: Breakfast

HOTELS

(there are 3 categories of 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**

Tourist class hotels: ★

  • San Cristobal: Casa Blanca, Zayapa
  • Isabela: Iguana, Cally
  • Santa Cruz: Posada del Mar, DejaVu

Tourist superior class hotels: ★★

  • San Cristobal: Casa Playa Mann, Casa Iguana Mar y Sol
  • Isabela: Isabela Beach House, Albermarle
  • Santa Cruz: Villa Laguna, Acacia

First class hotels: ★★★

  • San Cristobal: Indigo hotel, Golden Bay
  • Isabela: Iguana Crossing
  • Santa Cruz: Solymar, Angermeyer

GALLERY

TOURIST CLASS

Per person
Single room supplement +63 USD

1573 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 +510 USD

1868 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 +911 USD

2471 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

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
  • Tips (guides expect tips, and also the boat crew – for boat excursions not for transfers between islands)
• Prices for min. 2 people (ask us for the rate in case of 1 participants)
• Please ask for group rates (from 3+)
• Prices are excluding VAT – If you book from outside Ecuador and pay from outside Ecuador to our bank account in Ecuador VAT will not be added (as of June 2017)
• Prices are valid until December 20th – please consult for Christmas season prices
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92Wattsy

Couple Traveller

Had a blast in Galapagos, due entirely to these guys and a company they work with ‘Natural Selection’ (on Isabela).
Everything taken care of – from hotels and tours to taxis and boat fares. So much covered in 5 days, it would’ve been impossible without them. 10/10

September 11, 2018