Galapagos “Island Hopper”
7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS
San Cristobal – Isabela - Santa Cruz
San Cristobal – Isabela - Santa Cruz
NOTE: All navigations described below are done in public speedboats and therefore are shared with other tourist (maximum16). Please contact us if you require information about private navigations.
DAY 1: QUITO OR GUAYAQUIL – BALTRA: CHATO RANCH
At the Baltra Airport you will be met, transfer to hotel, located on Santa Cruz. After lunch we will visit to “El Chato”, Tortoise Reserve, where you can observe giant tortoises in the wild. When these virtually catatonic, prehistoric-looking beasts extend their accordion like necks to feed, it’s an impressive sight. The reserve is also a good place to look for short-eared owls, Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers, Galápagos rails and paint-billed crakes.
Overnight at hotel
DAY 2: SANTA FE ISLAND – HIDDEN BEACH
After breakfast, you will aboard a yacht, an hours sail, to Santa Fe island, from its huge precipices you could observe a forest of giant endemic cactus, colonies of sea birds, including pelicans, boobies and gulls in a calm turquoise bay, habited by a large number of sea lions, this is an ideal place to snorkel, swim with stingrays and tropical fish occasionally observe sea turtles. Lunch on board. Then we will visit Hidden beach and have a relax time before to return to the hotel.
DAY 3: TRANSFER TO ISABELA – FLAMINGOS LAGOON – TINTORERAS ISLET
Departure at 07:00 after breakfast, we board the yacht to the Isabela Island, navigation about two hours. After Arrival to Puerto Villamil, visit the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center, which is located 1.5 km from the town you can walk or drive. Here observe turtles of all ages, can learn about the process of rising and breeding of giant turtles are considered endangered. Later visit Wetlands.
Then we continue our journey to TINTORERAS ISLET, is located on the south of Puerto Villamil. It has a small bay of completely calm turquoise waters, where you can see sea lions, sea turtles, marine iguanas, rays, etc. This bay is connected to a crystal clear crack, shallow and when the tide is low, the input is closed. In this crack, you can see how sharks swimming along with other small fish and sea lions. Approximate travel time from Puerto Villamil to Tintoreras islet is 10 minutes.
DAY 4: SIERRA NEGRA VOLCANO / CHICO VOLCANO – SANTA CRUZ
On Isabela Island, at 8:00 am after breakfast, we will climb the Sierra Negra Volcano (second largest crater in the world). Lunch at a local restaurant, later, visit the “Chico” volcano (in activity), the tour is by car and then on horseback (optional), then you will observe the different vegetation of the island, along the way you will see the lava varieties according to their age , you can see white herons and hawks sometimes.
Then we return to Puerto Ayora.
DAY 5: BAY TOUR
After breakfast, visit the Lobería, this is an ideal place to snorkel, where in the company of our guides, you can swim alongside a colony of playful sea lions and colorful fish, sea turtles and occasionally appear stingrays.
In Punta Estrada, you see a small colony of blue footed boobies and pelicans. After landing on the dock and after a short walk, we reach the viewpoint channel sharks, for from a height of 14 to 15 meters watch. Then go to Cracks “las Grietas”, a paradise of crystal clear water lagoon, where you will swim like a natural pool, when you return visit “los alemanes” beach, where you can enjoy the sun and sea of Galapagos.
DAY 6: PLAZAS ISLAND – CARRION POINT
At 7:00 a.m. a bus to pick them up by their respective hotels for transfer to Itabaca Canal to board the yacht that will take us to Plazas Islands. After 2 hours of navigation, it just landed you can see one of the largest colonies of sea lions archipelago. Then just a few meters behind the dock landing a group of land iguanas are always observed. Then the trail goes to the other side of the island, which is very small and rectangular, walking along a ravine, where you can watch land iguanas, some marine iguanas and birds in the ravine or planning on the same, such as: boobies, blue footed and masked boobies, swallow-tailed gulls nesting, puffins and tropical birds. Besides frigates and pelicans often you fly over the ravines.
Despite its small size it is home to a large number of species and is famous for its extraordinary flora. Therefore, this island is very popular among domestic and foreign visitors. Because it has attractive beautiful trees and cactus thorn and of course the large colony of Galapagos land iguanas. Depending on the season, vegetation changes its color from bright green in the rainy season to orange and purple in the dry season!
DAY 7: TWIN CRATERS - AIRPORT
After breakfast, take a bus or taxi back to the airport, on the way you will make a final stop to visit the Twin Craters, geological subsidence in the middle of a forest of escalecias (native vegetation) located in the highest part of the island.
**Itinerary subject to change without prior notice depending on seasonal changes, weather conditions, and adjustments in policies set by the Galapagos National Park, or other unforeseen circumstances that may arise **
This tour adds an extra day to the Natural Galapagos itinerary so you can visit some other sites to see other animals and interesting landscapes.
2017 Prices per person in US$:
**Ecuadorian people add 14% VAT
** Supplement of 80 usd p/person in Ecuadorian holidays
** Prices subject to change without advance
**The prices are subject to change without prior notice depending on Galapagos National Park and Government regulations, new taxes or other unforeseen circumstances that may drastically change the costs of the program **