Destination

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Duration
7 Days
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Tour Type
Cruise
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Group Size
Max People : 12
Ecuador

Galapagos Island Hopping Tour – 7 Days

Tour Details
Start on the Island of Baltra and end in Quito! Perfect for couples, multi-generational families and those who want alternatives to traditional island visits, this carefully designed Galapagos Safari will allow you to see the best of the islands.
 
The abundant fauna, both marine and terrestrial, attracts ecological tourism to the Ecuadorian Galapagos Islands. Explore it on foot or by Zodiac boat. Snorkel or scuba dive with the inhabitants of these waters, from sea lions to turtles, at Cousin de Santiago Rock.
Walk alongside finches, flamingos and iguanas along the Darwin trail. Admire the Sierra Negra volcano, in Isabela. Since the National Park admits a limited number of visitors, book the boat tour through a tour operator.
 
For optimal diving conditions, travel between January and April.
Departure & Return Location Quito International Airport
Departure Time
  • Domestic Air fares
  • Accommodation in selected hotels (double rooms)
  • Bilingual naturalist guides for each island and all activities
  • Entrance Fees & Excursions and visits during the program.
  • All transportation in destination location
  • Transfer Puerto Ayora – Isabela – Puerto Ayora by Public speedboat
  • Transfer Baltra – Puerto Ayora – Baltra (by truck or by bus depending on group size)
Departure Time
  • 3 Hours Before Flight Time
Price Includes
  • Domestic Air fares
  • Accommodation in selected hotels (double rooms)
  • Bilingual naturalist guides for each island and all activities
  • Entrance Fees & Excursions and visits during the program.
  • All transportation in destination location
  • Transfer Puerto Ayora – Isabela – Puerto Ayora by Public speedboat
  • Transfer Baltra – Puerto Ayora – Baltra (by truck or by bus depending on group size)
Price Excludes
  • Guide Service Fee
  • Any Private Expenses or not in inclusions
  • Room Service Fees
Highlights
  • Discover the active volcanoes of the Galapagos Islands.
  • 97% of the Galapagos Islands are a protected National Park full of nature.
  • Learn about the unique habits of the marine iguana with your expert naturalist guide.
  • Experience the aerobatic routines of blue-footed boobies and the death-defying stunts of the frigate birds as they whizz through the air.
  • Snorkel the incredible waters of Leon Dormido (Kicker Rock), an eroded volcanic cone where sea turtles, rays and colourful fish make their home.

Details

Itinerary

At the airport in Baltra, you'll meet up with our English speaking guide who will take us to the port of Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz Island) for lunch. Afterwards, you'll take the public speedboat to Isabela, which lasts approximately three hours. You'll arrive to your Hotel. After a brief rest at the hotel, you'll head to the Flamingo Lagoon, which is the largest coastal lagoon found in the Galapagos and is one of the main reproductive sites for the grand majority of flamingos.
  • Overnight - Hotel
Early in the morning, after breakfast, we’ll take an excursion to the Sierra Negra Volcano. This volcano is located 13 miles from Port Villamil and has the second largest volcanic crater in the world, measuring 6 miles in diameter and 300 feet deep. To arrive at this incredible sight we travel in bus or similar vehicle for 45 minutes to the Galapagos National Park where you'll register your visit and then begin your hike to the Sierra Negra Volcano. You’ll then proceed to the Volcan Chico where you can feel the warmth of the ground as proof of the volcano’s activity. Here you’ll stop for a box lunch before returning to the hotel. After a brief rest, you’ll have the chance to go snorkeling or swimming at Concha Perla where you can observe the colorful fish, sea urchins, starfish, sea lions, or even sea turtles.
  • Overnight and dinner in Hotel.
After breakfast you'll go to the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center, where you will see giant tortoises in different stages of life and learn about the process that the center to going through to bring back the numbers tortoises on the island. Additionally, you'll visit a small lava tunnel and another Flamingo Lagoon, and then you'll return to the hotel to have lunch. In the afternoon, you'll sail to “Islote Tintoreras”. It is called this due to a large crevice with very clear calm water in which white-tip sharks known as “Tintoreras” come daily to rest on the bottom. We can also observe penguins, sea lions, and marine iguanas and go snorkeling with colourful tropical fish while enjoying the beaches of Isabela.
  • Overnight and dinner in Hotel
After breakfast our guide will accompany us for a kayak excursion in the bay of Puerto Villamil. Then you'll return back to the hotel for lunch and a short rest. In the afternoon, you'll make your way to the Highlands of Isabela to visit  La Cueva de Sucre, the Mango Viewpoint, and Campo Duro where you'll be able to observe and get close to Giant Turtles in their natural habitat the following day.
  • Overnight and dinner in Hotel
After breakfast, you’ll take the public speedboat to Puerto Ayora, where your guide will be waiting for you in order to check in to the hotel. Immediately, you’ll enjoy a wonderful visit to see Giant Turtles in their natural habitat. After lunch in the Highlands, you’ll return to Puerto Ayora and go to the Charles Darwin Research Station. Here you’ll have the grand opportunity to see ‘Lonesome George‘, the last Galapagos tortoise of its species.
  • Overnight and dinner in Hotel
  • Optional: You may visit the town again at night for dancing and entertainment
After breakfast you'll go to the dock to take our speed boat to start the navigation to Floreana Island or Santa Fè Island which both last approximately 2 hours. If you go to Floreana, the first activity will be snorkeling at Floreana Lobery. After lunch in the afternoon, you'll visit the Floreana Island highlands, where we will see the caves that were used by the pirates years ago, the Asylum of Peace (viewpoint) and the ancient habitat of Wittmer, one of the earliest inhabitants of the island. If you go to Santa Fe. Upon reaching one of the oldest islands in the archipelago with some volcanic rocks over 4 million years old we will have the opportunity to explore, hoping to find the Barrington Land Iguana, a unique species endemic only to Santa Fe lsland. You'll wander the beach with countless sea lions and hike through Opuntia Cactus trees.
  • Both options of these Islands will return to Puerto Ayora for dinner and accommodation in Hotel.
After breakfast, you'll travel to BALTRA Airport, but on the way you'll first stop by “The Twins” (“The Gemelos”), which are similar to craters, but formed by a collapse of the Earth because of the lava flows that passed below it. The tour will end upon the arrival to the airport where you'll depart to Quito or Guayaquil.

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