OVERVIEW

Visit the impressive Galapagos Islands (one of the four Ecuadorian regions) and explore their amazing variety of flora and fauna. During your 5-day hotel based tour you will get to know the Archipelago’s nature and wildlife while being accommodated on Santa Cruz 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.

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TOUR FACTORS

Difficulty 35%
Adventure 50%
Comfort 70%
Family friendly 90%

ITINERARY:

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In the morning, you will 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 and 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 will 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 will 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 visit depends on the schedule authorized by the national park authorities and availability.

In the morning, you and your guide will head to Tortuga Bay, which offers white coral sand, red mangroves, and a tidal flat with lots of shore birds. On the way you will be surrounded by opuntia cacti, palo santo trees, and matasarno trees. Once you reach the beach, you can see marine iguanas, colorful reef fish, white-tip sharks, rays and the beach’s namesake, sea turtles.

In the afternoon, you will make your way to the headquarters of the Galapagos National Park Service. Also you will find the recently renovated Charles Darwin Research Station which is located in Puerto Ayora. There you will get the chance to deepen and broaden your knowledge about the Nationalpark. You will find a fascinating interpretation center and can wander through the tortoise rearing program facilities.

Hotel: Tourist Superior in double room accommodation

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

After breakfast at the hotel, your private transfer will take 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 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

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.

Alternative Tours

  • 8 days Island Hopping on the Galapagos Island
  • visit Santa Cruz, Isabela and San Cristobal
  • starting from US$ 1820,- p.p.

During your 8-days Island Hopping Galapagos Tour you will visit the impressive Galapagos Islands during your Ecuador holiday and discover the variety of flora and fauna. This Galapagos vacation package includes getting to know the nature and wildlife of the Archipelago in day trips starting from Santa Cruz IslandIsla Isabela and San Cristobal. Enjoy the white sandy beaches of Isabela, Tortuga Bay and the highlands of Santa Cruz and famous Kicker Rock from San Cristobal. The nature and wildlife during this part of your Ecuador holiday consist of, for example, Galapagos penguins, sea lions, turtles, several bird species and possibly white-tip sharks and rays. To explore the Galapagos Islands, several activities like hiking, snorkeling and kayaking are scheduled for you.

One of the highlights of this Galapagos vacation package is the visit of the highlands of Santa Cruz. You should check out the twin craters of Los Gemelos, see giant Galapagos tortoises roaming in nature, and cross through ancient underground lava tunnels. On another day you will explore some uninhabited islands. These islands make 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, and sea lions sleeping in the sun.

Visiting Isabela during this Galapagos Island Hopping gives you the opportunity to look for the small Galapagos penguins on the rocks and snorkel in the bay, looking for sea lions, white-tip sharks, rays, sea turtles and reef fish. Take a moderately strenuous hike through lava formations that are other-worldly and visit a marine iguana colony and a sea lion colony nearby. With this Galapagos vacation package you get for sure one of the best deals if you want to explore the Galapagos Islands.

Interested? Read about the Galapagos Insiders.

  • 6 days Island Hopping on the Galapagos Island
  • visit Santa Cruz and  Isabela
  • starting from US$ 1195,- p.p.

Visit the unique Galapagos Islands, one of the four Ecuadorian regions, and explore their amazing variety of flora and fauna. During your six days hotel-based tour you will discover the archipelago’s nature and wildlife while using Santa Cruz and Isabela island as a base camp. These islands are located at the archipelago’s center and the nearby Baltra airport ensures a connection to Ecuador’s mainland. Santa Cruz’ highland is very fertile and its main activity, indeed, is agriculture. From here you will explore Galapagos’ islands admiring the biodiversity, nature and wildlife, preferably by snorkeling or hiking.

Interested? Read about the Santa Cruz and Isabela.

  • 5 days Island Hopping on the Galapagos Island
  • visit San Cristobal and Santa Cruz
  • starting from US$ 1145,- p.p.

Visit the unique Galapagos Islands, one of the four Ecuadorian regions, and explore their amazing variety of flora and fauna. During your six days hotel-based tour you will discover the archipelago’s nature and wildlife while using Santa Cruz and Isabela island as a base camp. These islands are located at the archipelago’s center and the nearby Baltra airport ensures a connection to Ecuador’s mainland. Santa Cruz’ highland is very fertile and its main activity, indeed, is agriculture. From here you will explore Galapagos’ islands admiring the biodiversity, nature and wildlife, preferably by snorkeling or hiking.

Interested? Read about the San Cristobal and Santa Cruz.

Consider as you reserve:

My own room: 

Single supplement fee: USD $400,-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.