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Galapagos

5 Day Galapagos Islands Hopping

5 days | 4 nights
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From 1399USD per person
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Have you always dreamed to visit the Galapagos Islands and encounter its incredible wildlife but the idea of a cruise does not sound appealing or you simply do not want to break the bank for this once-in-a-lifetime trip? Sea lions, giant tortoises, green turtles, blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas and other curious critters are all part of this 5-day Galapagos land-based tour. While cruises used to be the only way to spend time in this nature sanctuary you can now overnight in one of its 4 inhabited islands. From your base on Santa Cruz Island, you will have the opportunity to explore 2 of the following islands: Bartolomé, the Plaza, North Seymour or Daphne. You will also learn everything about the Galapagos giant tortoise, one of the world's best examples of evolution, a living illustration of Charles Darwin's Theory of Evolution. You will also explore the seahorse-shaped Isabela Island, the largest island in the archipelago and probably one of the most interesting one. No excuse left not to fulfill your Galapagos dream! 

Destinations

Galapagos

Trip at a glance

Visits

Santa Cruz Island: Los Corrales Tortoises Reserve, Isabela Island: Flamingo Lagoon, Arnaldo Tupiza Giant Tortoises Breeding Centre, White Tipped Shark Reef, Roca Union Islet, Finado Snorkeling Site, Cabo Rosa/Lava Tunnels, 2 Islands among: Bartolome island, Plaza islands, north Seymour island, Daphne island, Santa Cruz island: Charles Darwin station

Accomodation

3 nights in 4* hotels

Transportation

All transfers from/to Baltra Airport

2 full day cruise to Santa Cruz nearby Islands + 1 half-day excursion on Isabela Island

Dates and Prices

Arrival date

Trip details

Itinerary

Day 1 Flight to Baltra Island, Santa Cruz Island: los Corrales Tortoises Reserve

Morning

Arrival at Seymour airport on Baltra island. 

Upon arrival at Seymour airport, you will go through an airport inspection to make sure that no foreign plants or animals are introduced to the islands. 

On exiting the airport, you are required to pay an entrance fee to the National Park (US$ 100 for adults, US$ 50 for children under 12) as well as the Ingala Transit Control Card (US$ 20). 

Funds from the entry tax for tourists are used to finance the conservation of biodiversity of flora and fauna, terrestrial and marine, and benefits the local community by improving basic services, education projects, sports, health, environmental sanitation, environmental services and services directly related to tourists. 

Meet and greet with your naturalist guide who will escort you on a short bus ride to the harbor where you will board a short boat ride to get to Santa Cruz Island. 

Afternoon

Transfer by bus (40 min) to the South East of the Island to Los Corrales Tortoises Reserve, built to preserve the population of the island's gentle giant, the world's largest tortoise, the longest living of all vertebrates. 

You will learn why the Galapagos tortoise is also one of the world's best examples of evolution. 

Briefing on next day activities. 

Transfer to your hotel. 

Evening

Free evening on Santa Cruz Island. 

Overnight at your hotel on Santa Cruz Island. 

Day 2 Isabela Island: Flamingo Lagoon, Arnaldo Tupiza Giant Tortoises Breeding Centre, White Tipped Shark Reef

Morning

Morning transfer by bus to Puerto Ayora (45 min) from where you will board your yacht. 

Speedboat trip to Isabela Island (2 hours 30 min). 

Arrival at Puerto Villamil, where your naturalist guide will welcome you. 

Transfer to your hotel for check-in. 

Short walk to visit the Flamingo Lagoon, one of the natural breeding sites of the Galapagos flamingos. 

Visit the Giant tortoises breeding Center to learn about the world's largest tortoise and the longest living of all vertebrates. 

Afternoon

Afternoon visit of the White Tipped Shark reef Channel located in front of Puerto Villamil. A short walk will take you through several trails meandering over lava flows and across mangroves to observe marine and land fauna. 

Transfer back to your hotel. 

Evening

Free evening in Puerto Villamil on Isabela Island. 

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 3 Isabela Island: Roca Union Islet, el Finado Snorkeling Site, Cabo Rosa/Lava Tunnels, sailing to Santa Cruz Island

Morning

Transfer to the pier and sail west (40 min). 

First stop at Roca Union, a small islet in the middle of the ocean, home to pelicans, blue-footed boobies and sea lions. 

Your next stop is El Finado, a great snorkeling site where you can swim along sea turtles, Tintoreras sharks (endemic to the islands), trumpet fish and surgeonfish. You might also be graced by the visit of an eagle or golden rays. 

The other islet of 'Los Tuneles', also known as Cabo Rosa is one of the most beautiful sights in the archipelago. 

Continuous volcanic eruptions petrified into tunnel-like lava formations right in the middle of the sea, and the clear turquoise water provides spectacular views of playful sea lions among the abundant marine vegetation. 

Your boat will take you through various spots in and around the lava tunnels. 

Enjoy some more snorkeling and short walks to venture on this unique landscape and meet the wildlife inhabiting the area. 

Afternoon

After lunch, sail back to Puerto Villamil from where you will board a speedboat to return to Santa Cruz Island (2hours 30min). 

Evening

Free evening on Santa Cruz Island. 

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 4 Full-day sailing and excursion to Nearby Islands

According to scheduled departures and authorization of National Park Authorities, you will visit one of these islands: Bartolomé, the Plaza islands, North Seymour or Daphne. 

Transfer by bus to Puerto Ayora (45 min) from where you will board the yacht. 

Sail to the scheduled island. 

North Seymour Island: Seymour is home to large colonies of frigate birds and blue-footed boobies some of which nest in the middle of trails. Here, every inch and every shrub branch seems to be inhabited by birds and other fowls. A walk on flat grounds will allow you to observe the Palo Santo trees and colonies of blue-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls and magnificent frigate birds. On the other side of the island, the sea breaks against the rocks and sea lions play in the waves. 

Santa Fe: The flattest of the islands is home to the tallest trees in the whole archipelago, the giant Opuntia Echios. Several species live here, such as the Galapagos sparrowhawk, a wide variety of finches, sea lions and turtles. 

The Plaza Islands: Despite being small in size, these islands are hosts to great biolodiversity. Surrounded by turquoise waters, they are home to a large population of iguanas and sea birds of all kinds. They also boast one of the largest colonies of sea lions in the archipelago. 

Bartolomé Island: This island is one of the most visited in the Galapagos archipelago, particularly for its 'Roca Pináculo' and the incredible panoramic view from a nearby mountain top. Its white sand beaches are a visitor's favorite for snorkeling. Several types of land and sea animals such as the Galapagos penguins, sea turtles, colorful lizards and silvertip sharks are all regulñar visitors Hike to the top of the island, to enjoy a beautiful view of Santiago and the famous 'Pinnacle' (a volcanic rock). After a zodiac boat tour to encounter the small Galapagos penguins, you will return to the beach where you can bask in the sun.

Sail back to Puerto Ayora and transfer back to your hotel (45 min). 

Evening

Free evening on Santa Cruz Island. 

Overnight at your hotel in Santa Cruz Island. 

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Packed lunch during the excursion

Day 5 Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Station, departure

Morning

This morning, you will visit Charles Darwin Station and learn about the protection and conservation projects on the islands. 

The main attractions are the National Park information center, the Van Staelen Exhibition Hall, the Breeding and Rearing Centre for young tortoises and adult Galapagos tortoises in captivity. 

Transfer out to Seymour Airport on Baltra Island. 

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Services

What's included

Accommodation

Nights
3 nights in 4* hotels

Meals

Bed & Breakfast plan
3 breakfasts + 1 lunch box

Transportation

Bus
All transfers from/to Baltra Airport
Cruise
2 full day cruise to Santa Cruz nearby Islands + 1 half-day excursion on Isabela Island

Orientation

Guide
Shared English-speaking naturalist guide for all visits

What's not included

  • Domestic Flights: 580 USD/Person
  • International Flights
  • Entrance fee to Galapagos National Park: 100 USD/Person
  • Migration Card: 20 USD/Person
  • Travel Insurance
  • Extra Meals
  • Drinks
  • Tips

Important notes

Each guest must strictly follow the Galapagos National Park Rules: 

  • Remain on marked trails at visitor sites and respect signs at all times for the protection of wildlife
  • Maintain a distance of at least six feet (two meters) from wildlife to avoid disturbing them, even if they approach you
  • Never feed wildlife, as this can cause health problems
  • Flash photography is not permitted when taking photos of wildlife
  • Professional photography and videos recorded for commercial purposes must be authorized by the Galapagos National Park Department
  • It is your responsibility not to introduce food, animals, or plants into the Archipelago. Cooperate fully with all environmental inspection and quarantine officials during your visit.
  • Do not take or buy any products or souvenirs made from banned substances, including black coral, shells, lava rock, animal parts, or any native wood or vegetation prior to leaving Galapagos. This is illegal and must be reported
  • Practice “leave-no-trace” principles in order to maintain the beauty of the environment
  • Pack out all trash and dispose of or recycle it in the populated areas or on your tour boat
  • Smoking and/or campfires are strictly prohibited within the Galapagos National Park
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