OVERVIEW

Visit the impressive Galapagos Islands (one of the four Ecuadorian regions) and explore their amazing variety of flora and fauna. During your 6-day hotel based tour you will get to know the Archipelago’s nature and wildlife while being accommodated on Santa Cruz Island and Isabela island. This island is the Archipelago’s center since the nearby airport island Baltra ensures a connection to Ecuador’s mainland. Santa Cruz’ highland is very fertile and used for agriculture. From this island, the next days you explore Galapagos’ further islands and admire the biodiversity, nature and wildlife, for example by snorkeling or on hikes.

Great on its own, this trip gets even better when paired with a Galapagos cruise or any other Ecuador-based tour.

 

TOUR FACTORS

Difficulty 55%
Adventure 60%
Comfort 70%
Family friendly 90%

ITINERARY:

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In the morning, you fly to the “Enchanted Islands” and your guide will pick you up at the airport on Baltra Island. You will take the bus (approx. five minutes) to cross Baltra, take the ferry across the Itabaca Channel to Santa Cruz Island. You will visit the highlands of this island (please have your shoes and rain jacket ready). En route, you will stop at the Twin Crater. These two large pit craters along the road from Puerto Ayora to Baltra were caused by the collapse of empty magma chambers. A circular trail to the larger crater passes through the beautiful Scalesia forest, which is an excellent place to observe terrestrial birds, including Vermilion Flycatchers, Short-eared Owls, the Galapagos Dove, and several finch species. Afterwards you will visit one of the reserves, which are known as roaming grounds for the Galapagos Giant tortoises. They cross the reserve on their permanent migrations from the coast to the highlands, making it one of the very few places where is possible to see these enigmatic animals in their natural habitat. You will also have a chance to walk through lava tunnels before having lunch at the restaurant. 
In the afternoon, you head to Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz’ principal town for the check-in at the hotel.

Hotel: Tourist Superior in double room accommodation

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

On both days, you take a boat to one of the following island: Bartholomew, South Plaza,  North Seymour or Santa Fe Island. The uninhabited islands are what makes Galapagos so special: animals that can only be found on these specific islands, endemic plant species, birds that get so close you can almost touch them (please do not though…), and sea lions sleeping in the sun. You will see vast selection of wildlife including blue footed boobies, marine turtles and marine iguanas as well as white-tip reef sharks or Galapagos sharks.

Hotel: Tourist Superior in double room accommodation

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

* Please note that the actual island visited depends on the schedule authorized by the national park authorities and availability.

In the morning, you have some free time to explore the small town of Puerto Ayora or you can take a stroll to the Charles Darwin Station.

In the afternoon, you take the public speedboat from Santa Cruz to Isabela Island (ca. 2 hrs., beware: it can be a rough ride, if you tend to get seasick please take some precautions). 

Hotel: Tourist Superior in double room accommodation

Meals included: Breakfast

Travel along the coast of Isabela by boat to “Los Tuneles”, about 45 minutes (sometimes choppy water can make a bumpy ride) where you visit a labyrinth created by the interaction of lava flows and ocean currents. You can trek across lava arches and bridges and snorkel and enjoy an astonishing array of marine creatures.There are large quantities of seabirds such as the albatross, flamingos, blue-footed boobies and the magnificent frigatebird. Also, you can find species such as tortoises, swimming iguanas, sea lions, manta rays, Galapagos penguins, lobsters, sea snakes and white-tipped sharks.

In the late afternoon you have free time which you can use to visit Concha y Perla Bay or just relax on the beautiful white sand beach.

Hotel: Tourist Superior in double room accommodation

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

*Not available when strong currents make the entrance unsafe. Time of pick-up depends on the tide.

Early in the morning, you take a guided excursion to the Sierra Negra Volcano (1.490 m); the second largest volcanic crater in the world, 9 km wide and 90 m deep. First, you drive for about 45 minutes to the starting point of the hike of about 4-5 hours. You ascend from 870 m of altitude to 1.040 m at the top of the crater. A lunch box will be provided today. In the afternoon, you are back in Puerto Villamil and you can go snorkeling or swimming at Concha Perla where you can observe the colorful fishes, sea urchins, starfishes, sea lions, or even sea turtles.

Hotel: Tourist Superior in double room accommodation

Meals included: Breakfast | Box Lunch

Early in the morning, you take the public boat back to Santa Cruz (boat ride ca. 2 hrs. optional: small aircraft). Before a private driver brings you to the airport on Baltra island, you have breakfast. National flight to the continent for your international flight or extension on the mainland.

Meals included: Breakfast

WHAT'S INCLUDED:

  • Transfers from/to airport in Baltra - Puerto Ayora - Baltra
  • Accommodation in double room with private bathroom, breakfast included
  • Two (2) land based excursions with certified, English-speaking naturalist guide, lunch included
  • Two (2) boat tours to uninhabited islands in international, small groups with certified, English-speaking naturalist guide, lunch on board, snorkel equipment included
  • Meals as described
  • Isabela entrance port fee
  • Ticket for public boat Santa Cruz - Isabela - Santa Cruz

starting from

$ 1195,- p.p.

in US DOLLAR

*Please contact us for special offers and child discounts. Prices are subject to change.

*Price based on double occupancy.

Consider as you reserve:

My own room: 

Single supplement fee: USD $405,-p.p.

Not Included:

International airfare to and from destination; Galapagos National park entrance fee US$100,- per Person (to be paid in cash at arrival at the airport in Galapagos); Transit Control Card US$20,- per Person (to be paid in cash at the airport in Quito or Guayaquil); wet-suits for snorkeling (available for rental); meals not described; cost of medical immunizations as needed; trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance; cost of optional activities; excess baggage charges; airport taxes (if any); alcoholic beverages or soft drinks; optional gratuities to your guides; items of personal nature.

Travel Insurance:

To protect your travel investment, we highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance. Travel insurance is intended to cover medical expenses, trip interruption and cancellation, theft and other losses incurred while traveling domestically or internationally.

Visa and Entry Requirements

Ecuador requires a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity). Contact your local embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements.