Galapagos Island Hopping
Tour Highlights: 7 day, 6 night land-based, unforgettable accommodation, transfers and ground transportation, 2 nights at the recognized Finch Bay hotel at Santa Cruz, 2 nights at special hotel oceanfront in Isabela and finally 2 nights at exclusive Golden Bay hotel in San Cristobal.
Day 1: Baltra Island – Santa Cruz Island
Day 2: Navigable Tour to the neighbor Island
Day 3: Santa Cruz – Isabela Island
Day 4: Sierra Negra
Day 5: Isabela Island – San Cristobal Island
Day 6: Underwater life
Day 7: Departure day
Day 1 : Baltra Island – Santa Cruz Island
Arrival in the Galapagos
Today we arrive in Baltra Island, the gateway to the Galapagos. This tiny island was a military base during the Second World War and hosts the Islands’ principal airport. The airport was built using the most advanced environmental techniques to reduce emissions and energy use, some of which you’ll notice as you walk through the facility. This was the first ecological airport in the world.
We dive into our adventure as soon as we arrive! We enter the airport through a special VIP lounge where you will have a chance to change clothes, put on some sunscreen and get a cool drink before we transfer to the Itabaca Channel to explore its spectacular turquoise waters. We will have a chance to kayak, snorkel and stand up paddleboard (SUP), as well as encountering some of the most famous Galapagos wildlife such as blue-footed boobies, sea lions, brown pelicans, a variety of herons and white-tipped reef sharks.
There’s no better introduction to the Galapagos than to get on the water as soon as possible! We will glide through beautiful red mangrove forests and along lava rock cliffs on water so clear we can see the marine life in the shallows. Our ocean (sit on top) kayaks come in doubles or singles, and life jackets are provided. A support boat will escort us throughout our water activities to ensure safety and to provide water, snacks and towels between activities.
From the Itabaca Channel we head up to the Santa Cruz highlands to a private reserve that borders the National Park, where we can see the famous Giant Tortoises roaming in the wild.
There will be lunch at the reserve for us.
After lunch we drive to our exclusive giant tortoise reserve where our tented camp is located. Perched high on a hillside overlooking the ocean, Magic Galapagos Tented Camp will be our home for the next two nights. The sounds of nature will serenade us in the evenings, and the Milky Way will be our night light. We’ll be able to feast our eyes on the mountains and forests surrounding the Camp, and enjoy the peace of having the entire hillside to ourselves, with the exception of seasonal resident giant tortoises.
Watching the colorful sunset from Magic’s western perch is the perfect segue into evening. Dinners are sumptuous three course affairs, prepared by expert chefs in an open-air kitchen in the main lodge. A favorite post-dinner activity is a short walk to the reserve’s natural lava tubes, for a night cap in the one-of-a-kind ‘Lava Lounge!’ It’s the perfect spot to relax around the fire and share stories from the day’s adventures.
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Kayak: 1.5-2 hours depending on fauna activity and skills of kayakers
Means of Transportation: boat, kayak, stand up paddleboard and private transportation to Galapagos Magic.
Night at the Fich Bay Eco Hotel (Garden View Room)
Day 2 : Full Day Cruise. Visit to a nerby Island of the National park.
Navigable Tour to neighbor islands (shared basis activity)
Embark our motor yacht and enjoy of a daily excursion with a welcoming crew members and knowledgeable naturalist guide, and experience the remote islands in comfort and style.
Our daily excursions will take you to experience the Galapagos Islands in a safe and comfortable manner.
We can visit North Seymour and Bachas, South Plazas, Santa Fe Island or Bartolome and Sullivan Bay.
** These excursions are subject to availability and change without prior notification
Night at the Fich Bay Eco Hotel (Garden View Room)
- Included: breakfast, English speaking guide, transportation, box lunch, sharing basis excursion, accommodation
Day 3 : Santa Cruz – Isabela
Today we take an early morning speedboat to Isabela Island where we will check into our hotel. Our adventure begins with a tour of the Tintoreras, a group of small islands close to the town of Puerto Villamil. The islands are named after the white tipped ‘Tintoreras’ reef sharks that swim in these calm waters. On the Tintoreras we will see almost all the archipelago’s iconic wildlife: white-tipped reef sharks, sea lions, turtles, rays, penguins, and of course pelicans and blue footed boobies. This is a Galapagos in miniature! After walking on the island, we will have a chance to snorkel in the bay. Don’t be surprised if some of the penguins or sea lions jump in to play alongside you in the water!
In the afternoon we will hike the Wetlands Trail, where we can see marine iguana colonies and a number of different types of mangrove trees (all four species can be seen here) as well as enjoying the network of trails, beaches and historic sites. At the end of the trail is the ‘Wall of Tears’, built in the late 1940’s by Second World War prisoners held at the former US base on the island. Our guide will explain the importance of the Wall, giving us a glimpse into the lives of the island’s previous inhabitants. On this network of trails you will enjoy some beautiful views of the village below and have the chance to see birds, and maybe even some wild giant tortoises.
Night at the Iguana Crossing (Ocean Front)
- Included: breakfast, English speaking guide, transportation, equipment rental, lunch, accommodation and dinner
Day 4 : Isabela Island
Volcanic eruptions created all the Galapagos Islands, and you will have a chance to see this geologic process first-hand as we explore Isabela, one of the archipelago’s youngest and most volcanically active islands.
We have the whole day to explore the Isabela highlands, and we start by hiking up to the crater of the massive Sierra Negra volcano, and then onward to the rim of the Volcan Chico. This fascinating walk usually begins with some morning fog and drizzle, which sometimes persists in the shadow of the volcano, adding to its mysterious character. Despite the drizzle, we may see Galapagos Hawks, finches, flycatchers and Short Eared Owls en route.
When we reach the rim of the Sierra Negra crater, the second largest in the world after the Ngorongoro in Tanzania, we will see the reward for our efforts. The crater is so large, and the views so expansive, photos can’t do it justice, but bring your binoculars and camera anyway!
Later, as we head towards Volcan Chico, we may get the feeling we are walking on Mars due to the alien landscape. And while the land appears to be utterly desolate, a closer look will reveal small lizards scurrying about among the rocks. From the crater’s rim, we will enjoy more amazing views along with lava tubes and fumaroles.
After Volcan Chico and its extreme landscape, we will be able to relax in the shade of a lovely “jaboncillo” tree, and enjoy our box lunch while taking in the spectacular and expansive views over the central and northern parts of the Island. In the distance, we will be able to see Fernandina, Pinzon and Santa Cruz Islands. We then head back down to complete our day of hiking (16 kilometers / 9,94 miles in total) and relax on the beaches of Puerto Villamil.
- Lunch included
- Night at the Iguana Crossing (Ocean Front)
- Included: breakfast, English speaking guide, transportation, lunch, accommodation and dinner
Day 5 : Isabela Island – San Cristóbal Island
Today we take an early morning flight to San Cristobal Island. After arrival and check in the hotel visit to La Loberia.
Short walk towards La Loberia. We will grab our bikes, or walk along the coast, do a bit more snorkeling, or just sitting and watching a playful colony of sea lions while we admire the brilliant ocean sunset.
Night at Golden Bay hotel (Deluxe Waterfront room)
- Included: breakfast, domestic flight, English speaking guide, transportation, lunch, accommodation and dinner
Day 6 : San Cristóbal Island
Today we leave early from Baquerizo Moreno Port and head to the impressive Leon Dormido or Kicker Rock, but before getting there we will try out our snorkeling gear in a small protected bay with calm water and playful sea lions.
Leon Dormido, made of two rocks in the form of an obelisk jutting dramatically out of the sea, is considered one of the top snorkel and dive sites in the Galapagos, and here we use our snorkeling equipment to explore a channel between the rocks. Stingrays, white-tipped reef sharks, hammerhead sharks, turtles, tropical fish and eagle rays all live in the waters around Leon Dormido and if you are lucky you may even get to spot dolphins and whales!
Night at Golden Bay hotel (Deluxe Waterfront room)
- Included: breakfast, English speaking guide, excursion, Snack during the activity, transportation, accommodation and dinner
Day 7 : San Cristóbal Island
Interpretation center and transfer out.
It is time to say good bye to the enchanted islands, and after an early breakfast we will pay a quick visit to the Interpretation Center located at the northern edge of town. The Center provides great information about this fascinating archipelago, including the natural history of the Islands’ as well as the impact of humans on the ecosystem. You will also learn about the efforts to conserve the Galapagos and the challenges facing the Islands.
At midday we will board the flight to mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil).
- * Transfers and ground transportation in Galapagos
- * 2 nights of accommodation at Finch Bay Hotel (Santa Cruz)
- * 2 nights of accommodation at Iguana Crossing Hotel (Isabela)
- * 2 nights of accommodation at Golden Bay Hotel (San Cristobal)
- * 1 Boat excursion with snorkeling on a sharing basis
- * Meals (detailed in itinerary)
- * Excursions (detailed in itinerary)
- And more!
* Flights (all flights from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos Islands can be arranged upon request)
* Galapagos National Park entrance fee (US$100 per adult / US$50 per child under 12 – subject to change)
* Tourist transit card (US$20 per person – subject to change)
* Beverages, Laundry service
* Gratuities and personal expenses
* Insurance (prior to your journey please ensure your travel insurance is valid in your country of origin)
You can choose one of our programmed tours or request a custom tour designed specifically for you. Contact us to start planning your visit to Ecuador today.
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