Galapagos Island Hopping - 4 days

From Quito to Quito
  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos Islands
  • Custom
  • Wildlife
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Tour Description

Island hopping packages offer you the unique opportunity to explore the islands of the Galapagos while spending each night on land.  These are generally more economical than cruises while still offering fantastic wildlife interaction. There are also multisport options including trekking, biking and kayaking and scuba diving options are available as well.

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Tour Itinerary

Customisable ? This tour can be customised to suit your tastes and timing. Enquire here for more information.
Day 1
Quito Isabela Island

You will take a local flight to the Galapagos Islands. Arriving at Baltra Airport, our guide will welcome you and transfer you to Puerto Ayora. Lunch in a local restaurant in town. After lunch we will take a fast speed boat to Isabela, the largest island of the Archipelago composed of 6 volcanoes, 5 of which are active. A speed boat takes us to the southern part of the Archipelago. This trip takes about 2½ hours. Transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon we will have time to walk to the Flamingo Lagoon on our own. Accommodation at the hotel in Isabela Island.

Day 2
Isabela Island

Our guide will meet us at the hotel and take us to a beautiful volcano. The crater of this volcano called “Sierra Negra” is approximately 7 kilometers in diameter. We will spend 4 hours trekking through the wonderful scenery unique to this environment. We stop for lunch on a local farm called Campo Duro where we can also watch Isabela giant tortoises. Back to Puerto Villamil town we will visit the Tintoreras Islets. Here a colony of white tip sharks can often be seen resting in a lava canal. Nearby hundreds of marine iguanas can be observed, as 'Las Tintoreras' is one of their main breeding sites. On the nearby sandy beaches, sea lions play and relax in the sun. Afterwards we will have the opportunity to snorkel. Return to the hotel and lodging.

Day 3
Isabela Island

Prepare yourself for one of the best days on this trip! After sailing for 45 minutes from Puerto Villamil, we will reach Cape Rosa on the western side of the island. This is one of the most beautiful places nature has bestowed upon our planet. Here we can walk over the connected lava tunnels situated in the blue sea waters. From the surface, we will very easily be able to see dozens of sea turtles, penguins and rays and we will also be able to go snorkeling and swimming alongside this rich marine fauna. As we sail to and from Isabela, we hopefully will spot some manta rays of different sizes that will make this trip different, and if it is the mating season, we will see them diving along the surface, which opens excellent photo taking opportunities! In the afternoon we will drive towards the “Wall of Tears”. This historical place was built by prisoners from Ecuador’s first jail. On the return trip we will stop at the Orchilla Mirador. From its summit you can see the entire coastal wetland system including Poza de los Diablos, Puerto Villamil, the beaches, the volcanoes and the islets to the south east of Isabela. It's a great location for taking panoramic photos on clear days.
If there is still time we will visit the giant tortoise breeding centre where we will be able to observe tortoises of all ages and sizes. We will also learn about the reproduction and rearing of giant tortoises and see all the work that is being carried out to help recover the wild populations of these species. Return to the hotel and lodging.

Day 4
Isabela Island Quito

We have an early departure to take the speed boat back to Puerto Ayora. We will take a bus across Santa Cruz Island to the Baltra Airport where we will check in for our flights to the main continent. Optional flight available to Baltra Airport in a 5 to 9 capacity plane. The flight from Isabela to the Baltra airport is 30 minutes and connects to the flight to the continent (no flights on Sundays). This service is optional and is charged extra, and should be reserved at least 48 hours in advance.

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 3 nights tourist class hotels in double or triple room
  • Included Copy 31 Upgrades available
Food
  • Included Copy 20 Breakfast daily
  • Included Copy 20 3 lunches
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Public Speed Boat for navigation (open boats)
  • Included Copy 20 Bilingual English speaking naturalist guide (local guides) during the excursions
  • Included Copy 20 Private land transportation as per the itinerary
  • Included Copy 20 Equipment for the sports as detailed in the itinerary
  • Included Copy 20 Airport assistance in Quito to take flight to Galapagos
  • Included Copy 7 Galapagos Islands National Park Entrance Fee USD$100 (Payable locally)
  • Included Copy 7 Ingala Tourist Card USD$20 (Payable locally)
  • Included Copy 7 Return flights Quito / Galapagos Islands / Quito approx. USD$550
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Duration

4 days

Price from

$1,515 USD

Per person, twin share

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