7 days/6 night, Island Hopping – Santa Cruz, Isabela, San Cristobal

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KEY FEATURES
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7 DAY / 6 NIGHT TOURS
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SAN CRISTOBAL ,ISABELA & SANTA CRUZ 
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SNORKEL, HIKING
 
 

The seven day tour will take to the most important spots in the archipelago, as you discover unique wildlife, sandy beaches, the flora and fauna and active volcanoes.

Itinerary

Day 1San Cristóbal

You will be picked-up at the airport by your private certified guide and he will take you to the hotel. After your lunch with the guide you will visit the Interpretation Center, where the guide will talk to you about the formation, colonization and actual situation of the islands. Then you will follow the trail to the Frigate bird hill, a viewpoint from which you have a beautiful view over the island. You will be able to snorkel the shallow waters of TijeretasBay or Carola beach (according to the tide your guide will take you to the best spot), where you can see sea lions, various tropical fishes, and turtles. Your small hike will finish at Carola beach from where youwill go back to the hotel and have evening free.
For Dinner, you have several options in town to choose from, eg. BBQ at the Bambu, delicious sea food at the “El DescansoMarinero” or pizzas at the Calypso.
Tour with a private guide
Meals included: Lunch

Day 2San Cristóbal

Today we give you the option of going to one of these 2 excursions: (please let us know your preference when booking)

Tour 1 – Lobos Island (mostly hiking):
On a 30 min boat ride from the port, you arrive on Lobos Island; as its name implies, 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 includes a stop at Playa Ochoa. In the early afternoon, you will be back at the port and have free time for the rest of the afternoon.

Boat tour shared with max 16 people
Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Tour 1 – Kicker Rock (mostly snorkeling):
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 lucky also with hammerhead sharks! After lunch on the boat, you will go to a beautiful, pristine beach, where you will have time to relax. In the afternoon you will return to the port. The rest of the day is at your leisure. You can watch the sunset on Playa Mann or go to Loberia (about $5 each way by taxi). There you can walk the Barranco Cliff Trail.

Shared tour max 12 on board
Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 3San Cristobal - Isabela

In the morning we will pick you up at the hotel and accompany you to the airport, where you will do your check-in for the flight to Isabela (estimated elapsed time: 45 min.).
Our staff will welcome you at your arrival 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 plane to Isabela max 9 people and then private guide
Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 4Isabela

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
Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 5Isabela

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. 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 - Santa Cruz

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 welcomes you and accompany you for breakfast. After check-in your guide will drive you to a Ranch in the highlands to see giant tortoises in their native environment! After lunch you will stop at Cerro Mesa Reserve, where you can observe a huge crater, a remnant of the time when Santa Cruz was still a volcanic active island. 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” are a great option as well: every night one street in the center of Puerto Ayora is closed to traffic and restaurants put tables and chairs in the street where you can enjoy a typical meal around locals. We recommend to a walk by night at the pier where you can often spot juvenile sharks swimming!
Shared boat to Santa Cruz, and then visits in Santa Cruz with a private guide
Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 7Santa Cruz - Baltra airport

If there is enough free time until your transfer to the airport we suggest that you visit the Charles Darwin Station (entrance free) .Your driver will pick you up at your hotel and take 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 until the check-in point where your program ends with your return flight to the mainland. Baltra is the only 100% ecological airport in the world!
Private transfer to airport
Meals included: Breakfast

HOTELS
(there are 3 categories of hotels):

Accommodation is in nice, clean hotels with private bathrooms, hot water and Wi-fi (not always working, as we are on islands). We always prefer family-owned hotels.

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 +158 USD

2331 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 +791 USD

2857 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 + 1442 USD

3752 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