Island Hopping Galapagos - Santa Cruz and San Cristobal 5 Days

Galapagos Island Hopping – Quito, Santa Cruz and San Cristobal 6 days

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 paddling.

Number of days: 6
Regions: Galapagos
Interests: Hiking & Trekking, Nature & Wildlife
Category: Standard
Total CO2 emission, in lb (per day for cruises):

Beach on San CristóbalBeach on San Cristóbal
Sealion baby on the Galapagos IslandSealion baby on the Galapagos Island
View of Kicker Rock View of Kicker Rock
twin craters of Los Gemelostwin craters of Los Gemelos
lava tunnelslava tunnels
Flamingos in Santa CruzFlamingos in Santa Cruz


Day 1: Arrival in Quito 

Welcome to Ecuador! Land at Quito’s international airport “Mariscal Sucre”, transfer to your hotel in Quito´s new town and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. If the time allows it, stroll through Quito’s old town with its cobbled streets, one of the first centers of its kind to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978 and  is considered to be one of Latin America’s most important historic areas, packed with

Hotel Quito (or similar)



Day 2 – Galapagos Archipelago – Visit of the Santa Cruz Highland

Your guide will pick you up at the airport on Baltra Island. You will take the bus (approx. 5 minutes) to cross Baltra, take the ferry across the Itabaca Canal to Santa Cruz Island. You will visit the highlands of this Island (please have your shoes and rain gear ready). Check out the twin craters of Los Gemelos, see giant Galapagos tortoises roaming in nature, and cross through ancient underground lava tunnels. Then visit a reforestation and coffee project and learn about the ways in which people do conservational work on Galapagos.
Finally, you travel on to Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz’ principal town and check-in to the hotel.

Hotel Ikala (or similar)



Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 3: Boat tour to an uninhabited islands

Today you take a boat to Bartolome Island, South Plaza Island, Las Palmas or Santa Fe. 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.
Please note that the actual island visited depends on the schedule authorized by the national park authorities.

Hotel Ikala (or similar)



Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 4: Transfer to San Cristobal

In the morning you have free time. Our representative will give you some tips for excursions on your own. Walk, for example, to the beautiful beach of Tortuga Bay or visit the Charles Darwin Research Station.
In the afternoon, you take the public speedboat from Santa Cruz to San Cristobal Island (beware: it can be a rough ride, if you tend to get seasick please take some precautions). 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 Opuntia (or similar)



Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5: Boat tour to Kicker Rock or Hike in the highland

Today, you have two options:
Option 1: Kicker Rock and León Dormido
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.
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 Opuntia (or similar)



Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6: Airport Transfer

On your last day, you will be taken back to the airport in San Cristobal for your flight back to the continent.

Rates and Services

Price per person: US$ 1,095.00
(based on 2 people traveling)

Price includes:

  • English-speaking guide
  • transportation
  • breakfast
  • excursions and activities
  • accommodation in double rooms
  • Isabela entrance port fee
  • snorkel equipment

Not included:

  • international and domestic flights
  • meals not specified
  • drinks
  • gratuities
  • personal expenses
  • entrance fees for museums etc.
  • optional excursions and activities
  • personal travel insurance
  • entrance fees Galapagos ($100 p.p.)
  • Migration Control Card Galapagos ($20 p.p.)
  • water taxis (each ca. $1 p.p.)
  • wetsuit


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Additional Information

For more information about the Galapagos Islands check out our Galapagos information page.

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