5-Day Galapagos Islands Exploration

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 5 Days
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    We recommend you to book flights that arrive early on the first day and that leave late on the last day. 
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Ports
    Seymour Airport (GPS) in Baltra
  • Return Details :
    Returns to Seymour Airport in Baltra
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

This 5 day Galapagos Islands Exploration is our Classic, first and maybe best of the island hopping programs we offer. You stay in comfortable tourist superior class hotels and you will be well taken care of with great service (local coordinator that speaks English, Spanish and Dutch), great guides, and a combination of awesome activities and free time to relax and explore by yourself with our self guided info.This tour is designed for travelers who dont want to be in groups all the time. You will receive your snorkeling equipment that you will keep with you during the whole tour. Highlights of the itinerary are theSanta Cruz Highlands (giant tortoises in their natural habitat), IsabelaIsland,Tintoreras islet (white tip sharks and great snorkeling), Santa Fe or Pinzon Island(depending on availability) and optional activities likeTortuga Bay or Charles Darwin Station.

Highlights

  • Family friendly
  • See native wildlife in their natural environment
  • Vegetarian meal option available
  • Instant Confirmation

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Itinerary

Day 1: QUITO/GUAYAQUIL BALTRA SANTA CRUZ HIGHLANDS

Stop At: Santa Cruz Island, Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands
First of all, you fly from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra Airport (it is highly recommended to book an early flight). At the Baltra airport, you meet up with our English speaking driver who will take you to the port of Puerto Ayora, but on the way, you will stop in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island to have your first encounter with the stunning nature of the Islands. You will be amazed by the Giant Galapagos Tortoises in their natural habitat, and the exotic flora and fauna. After check in at your hotel, you will have a well-deserved rest and some time to explore the island, watch the colorful sunset, and maybe catch a sea lion sleeping on a park bench. At night you will have a welcome dinner to enjoy the local cuisine of the islands.

Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:
Lunch
Dinner
Accommodation included: Accommodation in Hotel Silberstein or similar.


Day 2: ISABELA ISLAND TINTORERAS ISLET

Stop At: Las Tintoreras, Puerto Villamil, Isabela, Galapagos Islands
Early in the morning, at 06:00 AM, you will catch a speedboat to Isabela Island. Here you check in in your hotel. You will have some time to get familiar with the area before you go to Tintoreras Islet. These rock formations are located in front of Isabela Island and are home to two different shark species. Here you will be able to snorkel and have your first experience with the wonders of Galapagos marine wildlife.

Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
Lunch
Breakfast
Accommodation included: Accommodation in The Wooden House Hotel or similar.


Day 3: ISABELA SANTA CRUZ

Stop At: Charles Darwin Research Station, Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands
Today you will have a free morning in Isabela to walk around town or enjoy Puerto Villamils beach. You will have snorkeling equipment available all the time so you get to decide where and what to explore. In the afternoon you will take a public speedboat to Santa Cruz islands. In the afternoon you can go on a self-guided walk to Charles Darwin research station, where you can learn more about his theory of evolution of species, and even visit the Galapagos Breeding center. Here, threatened species are born, until they are big enough to be inserted in their natural habitat.

Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
Breakfast
Accommodation included: Accommodation at Hotel Silberstein or similar.


Day 4: SANTA FE ISLAND SNORKELING

Stop At: Santa Fe Island, Santa Fe Island, Galapagos Islands
The departure will be around 8:00 AM. After about an hour youll be near the island of Santa Fe. From the boat you will see the huge cacti of which the island has many of. These cacti are endemic and only exist on this island. Furthermore, you will encounter various colonies: pelicans, gulls and perhaps blue footed boobies. The cliffs are home to many of these birds. In turquoise, calm waters in the bay of Santa F you will likely see a lot of sea lions. It is the ideal place to snorkel, maybe you will swim with a manta ray, surrounded by marine iguanas and many colored tropical fish that habit in these waters. Occasionally also sea turtles come here. Lunch will be on board. You will continue by boat for about half an hour until you arrive at Playa Escondida. Playa Escondida is a beautiful beach with clear water, the perfect place to enter the water one more time to swim and snorkel. You can also decide to go for a walk to observe the colonies of marine iguanas and their natural habitat. Until about 3:30 PM you can enjoy the beach, before heading back to Santa Cruz.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
Breakfast
Lunch
Accommodation included: Accommodation at Hotel Silberstein or similar.


Day 5: BALTRA AIRPORT

Stop At: Baltra Airport
Bye Galapagos! On the last day, you will have breakfast, and then your guide will bring you back to Baltra airport to catch your flight to Quito or Guayaquil. The tour will end upon arrival to the airport.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.

Inclusions

4x Breakfast

1x Dinner

3x Lunch

Accommodation included: 4 nights

Accommodation in a single, double or triple room.

Local naturalist guide (English & Spanish speaking).

Transfer in and out from Baltra airport

Transportation on and between the Islands as described in the itinerary.

Snorkeling equipment during the whole tour: mask, snorkel, fins and life vest.

24/7 assistance in Dutch, English and Spanish

Transportation between Baltra Airport Itabaca Channel fee ($5 p.p.) each way

All activities as described in the itinerary.

Exclusions

Round trip flights from mainland Ecuador to Galapagos Islands.

Entrance fee for the Galapagos National Park: $ 100 p.p. (cash only).

Migratory Control Card / Ingala Transit Card: $ 20 p.p. (cash only).

Isabela dock fee: $ 10 p.p. (cash only).

Water Taxi $ 1 p.p. each way (small boat that takes you from the speedboat to the harbor and back).

For rent: wetsuit (recommended between May November): $ 5 p.p. per day (cash only).

Other food and drinks not mentioned in itinerary

Personal expenses

Optional tips for the guide

Personal travel & health insurance.

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

A current valid passport is required on the day of travel

Not recommended for travelers with back problems

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

There are no guides on the transportation by public speedboat between islands.

Please try to bring small bags and luggage, The Galapagos public transportation is on average small and it takes more time and space when you bring large baggage.

Please let your guide know if you decide to have dinner outside of the hotels.

It is mandatory to have valid travel and medical insurance. Please inform us of any known medical conditions you have.

The operator reserves the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather, National Park regulations or notifications and unforeseeable circumstances.

Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking

Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required

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Return flights from and to Galapagos

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Whatsapp phone number (in case you use Whatsapp and would like us to contact you that during your stay via Whatsapp)

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Passport numbers

Date of birth

Nationality

Food restrictions

Medical restrictions

It is recommended to book flights with an early arrival time to the Galapagos Islands and a late departure time from the Galapagos Islands to make sure you can enjoy all of the activities of the tour. Late arrivals and/or early departures mean you might miss some activities.

Tap water on the Galapagos Islands might contain bacteria and should not be consumed, not even for brushing your teeth. Bottled or purified water is always recommended.

Inform yourself about food safety when traveling to tropical countries. Take the necessary precaution to avoid food poisoning (always wash your hands before eating, dont eat street food, only eat peeled fruits, etc.).

Not wheelchair accessible

Near public transportation

Most travelers can participate

It is possible that pictures will be taken during your tour, so it is recommended to bring a USB.