Galápagos Island Hopping
“It really is a once in a lifetime experience to see the Galápagos!”
Going on a tour of the Galápagos Islands is a unique and unforgettable experience. The islands are home to a diverse array of wildlife, including giant tortoises, iguanas, sea lions, and a variety of birds. Enjoy guided tours to see these animals in their natural habitats and learn about the islands’ unique ecosystem. The islands also offer opportunities for snorkeling and diving in the crystal-clear waters, where you can see a variety of colorful fish and other marine life.
Are you ready to explore the Galápagos for 5 unforgettable days?
- NMountainbike and explore Isabela Island.
- NKayak to Tintoreras and spot sharks.
- NEnjoy stunning views on top of Siera Negra Volcano.
- NLearn more at the Charles Darwin station.
- NExplore the highlands and tortoises of Santa Cruz.
DAY 1 - Arrival - Transfer to Isabela Island – Free Afternoon- Ov Isabela Island
Today, we are getting ready to explore the most stunning archipelago on the Pacific coast and the place where Charles Darwin developed his theory about how species change over time. We will take a morning flight to the island of Baltra from Quito. Welcome to the Galapagos Islands! We head to Puerto Ayora, the largest town in the Galapagos, once we arrive. We will then take a speed boat to Isabela, the largest island in the archipelago.Alcedo, Cerra Azul, Darwin, Ecuador, Sierra Negra, and Wolf are the six shield volcanoes that make up the island. Five of them are still active.
day 2 - Breeding Center, Flamingo Lagoon, and Tintoreras - Ov Isabela Island
Today, we will set out on our mountain bikes to explore the stunning coastline on a private trail that takes us through an amazing ecosystem that is home to a wide variety of animals. We begin with a visit to the massive lava rock wall known as the Wall of Tears. This location dates to the 1950s, when Isabela was used as a prison colony. Because of their isolation, the inmates had to build the wall to keep them from going insane.
We will see lagoons, mangrove forests, and pristine white-sand beaches as we continue our ride along the coast. In addition to the ubiquitous sea lions and marine iguanas, this area is teeming with birdlife, including American oyster catchers, herons, flamingos, finches, and numerous shorebirds. In the afternoon, we’ll take our kayaks to Tintoreras Islet, which is just a short drive from Puerto Villamil and is home to a wide variety of wildlife.White-tipped reef sharks, Galapagos penguins, marine turtles, and sea lions live in its turquoise, crystalline waters. One of the few places in the world where marine iguanas can successfully reproduce is on one of its beaches, which is surrounded by mangroves.
DAY 3 - Sierra Negra Volcano and Concha Perla - Ov Isabela Island
We will pack our backpacks and hike into a young forest ecosystem, a world with recent geological history, after driving up from Puerto Villamil to the trailhead. The rim of Sierra Negra Crater, an active volcano that last erupted in October 2005, is our destination. We explore the massive, lava-filled crater’s circumference and take in the breathtaking views upon arrival. At its widest point, the crater measures more than six miles across.
Spend the afternoon relaxing by the beach or go snorkeling at Concha Perla Bay in search of sea lions, turtles, and other sea creatures. In your spare time, you can also sign up for an optional surfing lesson.
DAY 4 - Transfer to Santa Cruz - Charles Darwin Station and Highlands - Ov Santa Cruz Island
In the morning we will travel from Isabela to Santa Cruz Island to see the Charles Darwin Research Station. We will check into the hotel when we get there. After that, we will go to the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn more about the ongoing conservation and management efforts on the Galapagos Islands. In the afternoon, we will head to the ‘El Chato’ reserve in the highlands of Santa Cruz, home to the famous Galapagos tortoises. Hiking through El Chato’s beautiful landscape with these lumbering giants is an unforgettable experience! Afterward, return to Puerto Ayora to spend the evening in Galapagos’ most populous town.
Day 5 - Transfer to Baltra Airport - Departure Goodbye!
We will have a transfer to Baltra’s airport in time to catch the flight back to the mainland after our final breakfast on the Galapagos Island and the last photos of this stunning place. We will see you soon again!
- N4 night(s) accommodation according to the itinerary.
- NEnglish speaking guide(s).
- NPrivate or shared transportation.
- NAll transfers: airport, hotel pickup and drop-off.
- NAll ground transportation.
- N24-hour support by our local staff.
- KInternational and domestic flights (in case you request them, please ask your travel agent).
- KVISA procedures, travel insurance, pre and post tour accommodation.
- KOther expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).
- KTips for guides, drivers and other staff.
- KAnything not specified in the itinerary description.
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