OVERVIEW

Visit the impressive Galapagos Islands during your Ecuador journey and explore the flora and fauna’s variety. During your 5-days Island Hopping Tour you will get to know the Archipelago’s nature during tours starting from Santa Cruz and San Cristóbal. The highland of the Archipelago’s center Santa Cruz is very fertile, thus ideal for agriculture. The neighboring Baltra Island with its airport ensures a connection to Ecuador’s mainland. San Cristóbal is the Archipelago’s fifth largest island and was mainly an agricultural place. Nevertheless nature and wildlife lovers get their money’s worth due to the endemic elephant turtle and several white sandy beaches. With Santa Cruz and San Cristóbal as a basis for your Galápagos tour, the following days you explore other islands and admire the biodiversity, nature and wildlife, for example by snorkeling or on nature walks.

TOUR FACTORS

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

ITINERARY:

Click to see every day in detail

Your guide will pick you up at the airport on San Cristobal Island. The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, is located here. About 5,500 permanent inhabitants live here, who mainly work for the government or earn their money with fishing. The city lies very close to the ocean. So feel welcome to enjoy the extremely white beach and the beautiful sunsets in the evening while watching the sea lions.

Hotel: Tourist Superior in double room accommodation

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Today, you have two options:
Option 1: Excursion to Kicker Rock 
You will cruise out to Kicker Rock (approx. 1 hour) where you admire the form of this Islet as its cliffs tower over you. Snorkel through the deep, narrow channel created by this island naturally. While you snorkel, look for hammerhead sharks, rays, sea lions, sea turtle and a variety of fish passing below. After snorkeling you will continue to Playa Manglecito or a similar beach. This white coral beach offers the opportunity to walk around, relax and swim in shallow waters before returning to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. 
Option 2: Junco lagoon, Galapaguera tortoises, and Puerto Chino Beach
Enjoy a taxi ride (about an hour) and panoramic views in the highlands of San Cristobal. Arrive at El Junco, a fresh water lake, where you can take a scenic hike and see the frigate birds bathing. Afterwards visit the Galapaguera, San Cristobal´s tortoise center, located on the other side of the island.  Here you will see San Cristobal’s growing tortoise population. Then continue on to Puerto Chino, a beautiful and secluded beach. In the afternoon you have free time. Walk to the beach of La Loberia where you can see the sea lions, visit the Galapagos Interpretation Center or visit the beautiful city Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Hotel: Tourist Superior in double room accommodation

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch 

Early in the morning, you take the public boat to Santa Cruz and the guide will be waiting for you.  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 back to Puerto Ayora for your check-in at the hotel.

Hotel: Tourist Superior in double room accommodation

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch 

Today, you take a boat to one of the following islands: 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.

After breakfast at the hotel, your private transfer takes you to the airport on Baltra Island to fly to Guayaquil or Quito, from where you leave for your international flight, or for an optional extension.

Meals included: Breakfast

WHAT'S INCLUDED:

  • Transfers from/to airport in Galapagos - hotel
  • 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
  • Ticket for public boat San Cristobal - Santa Cruz

starting from

$ 1145,- 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 $320,-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.