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

During this six day experience will participate in a yacht tour to an uninhabited island. You will spot endemic land iguanas, lava sceneries and observe many endemic bird species.

4 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. Subsequently you will go with the taxi to a ranch in the highlands to see giant tortoises in free 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 close to the pier for dinner. The “Kioskos” in the center of Puerto Ayora are a great option as well: every night the street is closed to traffic and restaurants put tables and chairs on the street where you can enjoy a typical local meal surrounded by locals. We recommend to walk by night at the pier where you can often spot juvenile sharks swimming!
Visits with a private guide this day
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

Trekking to 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 the 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
Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 5Isabela

Cabo Rosa (“Tuneles”):
You go by boat to Cabo Rosa (45 mn 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. 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).
Shared tour max 10 people on board
Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 6Isabela - 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. Afterwards, 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 ends 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 airport
Meals included: Breakfast

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

RATES

Tourist class

per person
Single room supplement +82 USD

2016 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 + 561USD

2376 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 +1020 USD

3050 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

Price Includes

  • 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)
  • Luggage for the flight Cristobal-Isabela up to 23kilos / person including hand luggage

Price Excludes

  • Flight from/to mainland (approx. 550$)
  • Extra overweight on the flight Cristobal-Isabela (if you have more than 23kilos/person) count 4USD per extra kilo
  • 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)
  • INGALA 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)
  • 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)
  • ** Prices can change without prior notice from the government authorities
• 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