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   – 4 full days, 2 half days in total –
This tour offers a good alternative to cruises, for travelers wanting to visit the Galapagos without spending all their savings! We do not sacrifice on visits; you’ll see plenty of endemic and native species and have great snorkel excursions. We offer 6 versions in total with lengths of 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9-day tours. Our guides are English speaking, and our hotels are nice, clean, and welcoming. There is a possibility of upgrading hotel if you want more comfort. We provide the snorkel equipment and wetsuits, so there are no hidden costs; just bring extra cash for after tour beers, tips, and souvenirs to bring home!  If you do not want to be stuck on a boat, want to join a fun group, and enjoy the Galapagos as its best, don’t hesitate!
THESE TOURS HAVE FIXED DEPARTURE DATES; PLEASE CHECK BELOW TO SEE WHICH DATE FITS YOU.
ITINERARY

Day 1San Cristobal

We will pick you upon arrival at the airport of San Cristobal Island and take you to the hotel. After a nice Ecuadorian lunch with the guide, you will visit Loberia: a beautiful beach with a great snorkeling spot! During the snorkel, you may find sea turtles, rays, sea lions, and many species of colorful fishes. After that, you will do a nice hike to a cliff where you can observe many marine iguanas and birds such as blue-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, and frigate birds. In the afternoon you go back to the hotel and get ready for dinner.

Meals included: Lunch and dinner
Difficulty: EASY

Day 2Española

Departure by boat to Española island. The boat ride takes 1h30 each way approx. At arrival you will disembark at Punta Suarez where you will begin a hike, looking for Nazca and blue-footed boobies… After the hike, you will go back on board for lunch and then reach a snorkel spot where those who want can enjoy a snorkel session and look for tropical fishes, rays..back to San Cristobal port in the end of the afternoon. Please note: Albatrosses are not on the island from late December to the beginning of April approx. Still, you have a lot of wildlife to see). After the tour, you have a bit of free time and then you will meet with the whole group for dinner where the guide will give you the details for the next day.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
DIFFICULTY: EASY

Day 3San Cristobal - Floreana - Isabela

Breakfast will be served in your hotel. Then you will be picked-up to go to the pier where you depart around 7 AM to Floreana island. 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 all about the mysteries. During the short hike, you will be able to spot Galapagos giant tortoises. After lunch in the small village “Puerto Velasco Ibarra” you will go snorkeling at a beautiful, black sanded beach nearby the pier. Afterward, you will continue on the boat to Isabela Island (approximately 1,5-hour ride). Isabela is one of the youngest islands which still has moderate volcanic activity. It’s a beautiful island with a long white sandy beach and a clear bay located near to the pier. Upon arrival, you will be driven in a taxi, bus, or chiva to the flamingo lagoon to spot these beautiful animals (if time allows, otherwise it will be re-scheduled throughout the stay in Isabela). After that, you will get a transfer to the hotel to get ready for dinner.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and Dinner
Difficulty: EASY

Day 4Isabela

Today you must choose upon booking between the Volcano (trekking tour) and Cabo Rosa (snorkeling tour as a supplement)!

Option 1 – VOLCANO HIKE (included in the price)
Early in the morning you will be picked-up and driven towards the highlands: You will start a 16km trekking (6 hours!) to the Sierra Negra and Chico volcano. The first stop on the hike is the Sierra Negra Volcano, which has the second largest active crater in the world of 10km diameter. The second part of the hike takes you to Chico, a cone of Sierra Negra with moon-like sceneries. This gives you an idea of how the islands looked at their creation. After you’re returned from the volcano, you will be transported to a local farm where lunch will be served. Back at the hotel around 3:30 PM.
Difficulty: MEDIUM

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 (45 mn boat ride each way), 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. Difficulty: EASY

Why is this tour not included?
Many people who choose an island based tour prefer to spend a full day on land without navigation. The volcano tour is accompanied by our guide. If you choose to do the Cabo Rosa Tunnels you pay extra and join a day tour excursion with another group of people and a different guide. The boat is limited to 10 people.

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.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 5Isabela - Santa Cruz

In the morning you will visit the Tintoreras Islet near the pier, where you have a short hike and snorkel. 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. Afterward, you will continue with our private boat to Santa Cruz (2 hours). Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel to get ready for lunch and change for the afternoon program. Once finished with lunch you will take a boat to the Tortuga Bay beach (20min ride), where spot a huge marine iguana colony and enjoy a last swim into the Galapagos waters. On the return from Tortuga Bay, you will walk 3 km back to Puerto Ayora, passing through a giant endemic cactus forest.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Difficulty: EASY TO MEDIUM

Day 6Santa Cruz - Baltra Airport

In the morning you will reach the airport with a stop to visit a lava tunnel. You will be ac-companied until the check-in point where your program ends with your return flight to the mainland. Baltra is the world’s first green airport!

Meals included: Breakfast

GENERAL INFORMATION
The program can change due to unforeseen circumstances (such as strikes or meteorological conditions) without prior notice.
  • FLIGHT IN The flight IN must be to San Cristobal Island (code SCY).
  • FLIGHT OUT: The flight OUT must be out of BALTRA (code GPS).
    Arrivals and departures from Galapagos are operated either by LATAM or AVIANCA.
    - Please choose the latest flight leaving around 1PM (not before or you would be missing the tunnel activity).
  • MEALS: Meals are not “a la carte”, but menus. Please let us know, if you haveany allergy orspecial diet. Typical meal is soup, main plate with vegetables and rice, fresh made juice and a dessert. Coffee and alcoholic drinks are not included)
  • 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 (June to November approx.). 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: This is a pretty 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. 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 happy to help you to book extra nights before and/or after the tour
  • GUIDES: On tours to Kicker Rock, Lobos Island, Española, Cabo Rosa, Seymour and Bartolome you will be joining a day tour excursion with different guides than the rest of the tour (valid only for 6 days and more Highlight tours).
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.

Prices:

Prices Include

  • All meals on the islands as mentioned in the program
  • Tours with English-speaking guides
  • All transportation (boat, bus, taxi)
  • Snorkel gear and short wetsuit
  • Accommodation in double or triple room occupancy
  • Isabela entry fee

Prices Exclude

  • 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: bring cash with you. There is NO ATM at 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 is subject to change without previous notice from the Galapagos Authorities
  • 12% Ecuadorian VAT (only valid for the Ecuadorian residents)
  • Travel insurance: mandatory for all tourists entering Ecuador
    (you can be asked for it when entering the country)
  • Single supplement if you are a solo traveler
  • All not mentioned in the program
  • Tips

Tourist class hotels

per person Single room supplement +213 USD
+ USD 149.- supplement for the Cabo Rosa Tunnels option on Day 3

1765 USD

Tourist superior class

per person Single room supplement +372 USD
+ USD 149.- supplement for the Cabo Rosa Tunnels option on Day 3

2031 USD

Departure dates:

if you are a group of 10 or more, we can organize private departures too