8-Days All Inclusive Galapagos Island Hopping - Guayaquil

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Key Details

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  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Baltra airport (GPS)
  • Return Details :
    Baltra airport (GPS)
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

The first step in your itinerary will be arriving at Baltra Island. Here you will be welcomed by your guide, and he will bring you to Puerto Ayora. Then you will travel to IsabelaIsland by speedboat. In here you will visit the Flamingo lagoon and go snorkeling in Los Tuneles. Besides, you can choose an optional self-guided snorkeling activity in Concha Perla. Next, you will goto Rancho Primicia, where youll find the giant Galapagos turtles. The next Island isSanta Fe island. Back in Santa Cruz Island you go the Santa Cruz highlands where you will find the great Giant Tortoises in their natural habitat. For the snorkeling lovers the Bay Tour would be great where you will visit highlights asPunta Camao, La Loberia andPlaya de Los Perros.

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B= Breakfast included;L= Lunch included; S= Snack included; Acc= Accommodation
DAY 1 (L):SANTA CRUZ ISLAND ISABELA ISLAND FLAMINGO LAGOON
Recommended to book flights with early arrival to Baltra airport to enjoy all of the activities.
Option 1: Flights arriving before 11:00 AM. At Baltra airport, a guide willtake you to the port of Puerto Ayora for lunch. At 2 PM, youll take a public speedboat to Isabela Island. Upon arrival on Isabela Island, youll visitthe Flamingo Lagoon(short visit).
Acc: Hotel San Vicente or similar
Option 2: Flights arriving after 11:00 AM. Youll stay at Santa Cruz Island on the first day (the last speedboat to Isabela leaves at 2 PM). You wont have lunch if you arrive after 2 PM. Your tour will change a little but you won't miss anything.
Acc: Hotel Fernandina or similar
DAY 2 (B, S):KAYAK IN PUERTO VILLAMIL ISABELA ISLAND HIGHLANDS
Kayak excursion in Puerto Villamil. You will spot endemic animals: marine iguanas, sea lions, and penguins. You willgo to the Highlands of Isabela and visit La Cueva de Sucre, The Mango viewpoint, and Campo Duro, which is another place of giant tortoises.
Acc: Hotel San Vicente or similar
DAY 3 (B, L):TINTORERAS AND WETLANDS
You willvisit The Wetlandsand the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center. Then, a visit to The Wall of Tears. After lunch, you will visit Tintoreras Islet, home of sharks, and the pier of Puerto Villamil.
Acc: Hotel San Vicente or similar
DAY 4 (B, L):SNORKELING IN LOS TUNELES
You will go on a boat ride from Puerto Villamil and explore Los Tuneles. You can choose to explore Concha Perla.
Acc: Hotel San Vicente or similar
DAY 5 (B, L):CHARLES DARWIN STATION TORTUGA BAY
Youll go to the Charles Darwin Research Station. After lunch, you will visit Tortuga Bay.
Acc: Hotel Fernandina or similar
* For independent travelers, the Tortuga Bay tour includes extra costs.
DAY 6 (B, L):SANTA FE ISLAND
You will travel to Santa Fe Island, homeof endemic species such as the Barrington Land Iguana. There you will have a very nice snorkeling activity. Then, you will go to Playa Escondida or Garrapatero in Santa Cruz.
Acc: Hotel Fernandina or similar
DAY 7 (B, L):BAHIA HALF DAY & SANTA CRUZ HIGHLANDS HALF DAY TOUR
You'll visitthe highlights around Puerto Ayora:La Loberia, Punta Camao Islet, theChannel of Love, Playa de Los Perros, and the highlands of Santa Cruz.
Acc: Hotel Fernandina or similar
DAY 8 (B):TRANSFER OUT BALTRA
After breakfast, you will travel to Baltra Airport.End of tour

Itinerary:

DAY 1: BALTRA – SANTA CRUZ ISLAND – ISABELA ISLAND – FLAMINGO LAGOON (L)
It is recommended to book flights with an early arrival time to Baltra airport to make sure you can enjoy all of the activities of the tour.

Option 1: Itinerary for flights arriving at Baltra before 11:00 AM
At Baltra airport, an English speaking guide will pick you up to go to the port of Puerto Ayora (about 1 hour) where you can enjoy your lunch. Around 02:00 PM, you’ll take the small public speedboat to Isabela Island (about 2,5 hours). This can be a bumpy, wet ride so provide yourself a waterproof jacket and motion sickness medication if necessary. Upon arrival on Isabela Island, a driver will pick you up and you’ll visit the Flamingo Lagoon (short visit). After that, your driver will drop you off at your hotel.
Accommodation in Hotel San Vicente or similar.

Option 2: Itinerary for flights arriving at Baltra after 11:00 AM
If your flight is scheduled to arrive after 11:00am, you’ll stay at Santa Cruz Island on the first day because the last speedboat to Isabela Island leaves around 02:00 PM. Please note that you won’t have lunch if you arrive after 02:00pm. The rest of the tour usually looks like this: Day 2: Santa Fe, Day 3 Tortuga Bay & Charles Darwin Station, Day 4 Santa Cruz highlands, Bahia bay tour, Day 5 morning boat to Isabela, Wetlands & Tintoreras, Day 6 Los Tuneles, Day 7 kayak in Puerto Villamil, visit Isabela highlands, Day 8 morning boat to Santa Cruz and transfer out.
Accommodation in Hotel Fernandina or similar.
Note: Please note that the activity sequence depend on the availability of the different tours and transportation and your flight schedule. The sequence of your complete tour might change but you won’t miss any tours if you have an afternoon flight back to Ecuador on the last day.

Accommodation in Hotel San Vicente or similar.

DAY 2: SNORKELING IN LOS TUNELES (B,S)
Early in the morning, you will go on a 30 to 40 minute boat ride from Puerto Villamil. The max group size is 10 participants per guide. You will explore the brilliant scenery in Los Tuneles which is considered the most beautiful place to snorkel in Isabela Island. Around the Los Tuneles you will find a highly contrasted color for snorkeling with clear, calm water. Additionally, the lava flows that passed through this area had formed unique geological formation and, of course, shaped like tunnels. You will get the chance to spot large quantities of seabirds such as the albatros, flamingos, blue footed boobies and the magnificent frigatebird. Besides, you can find species feedings such as tortoises, swimming iguanas, sea lions, manta rays, Galapagos penguins, lobsters, and sea snakes. This exciting activity takes approximately about 6 hours including the boat rides and a snack before a short hike. The snorkeling area is about 800 meters and the average water temperature is 20 degrees Celsius. The departure time is between 7:00 AM and 11:30 AM and depends on availability and National Park regulations. So, depending on when you will go to Los Tuneles, you can choose to explore Concha Perla by yourself before or after this, since it is very close to the dock. If you would like to do the optional snorkeling there, you can get the snorkel equipment from your hotel and get to chance to spot even more animals.
Accommodation in Hotel San Vicente or similar.

DAY 3: TINTORERAS AND WETLANDS (B, L)
Early in the morning, you will have a tour to The Wetlands. Here you will visit the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center, where you will spot small and giant tortoises in their natural habitat. The next activity is a visit to The Wall of Tears.
From 1946 to 1959, Isabela was designated as a penal colony by the Ecuadorian government and prisoners were obligated to build a wall with enormous blocks of solid lava. Due to the arduous
labor and hard conditions prisoners lived in, this site is known as El Muro de Lagrimas (The Wall of Tears). Additionally, you will visit a small lava tunnel. Tunel del Estero, a 75m path with adequate lava plates ending in a staircase inside a lava tunnel. Above the tunnel you can see the intertidal landscape that offers a tapestry of Galapagos Sesuvium between El Túnel del Estero and Love Beach.
* Please have in mind that the total length of the walk in The Wetlands area is approximately 3 to 4 hours.

After lunch, you will have a little break and then you will visit Tintoreras Islet. It is called like this due to a large crack, in which white-tip sharks known as Tintoreras come daily to rest at the bottom. You will have a transport which will take you to the pier of Puerto Villamil, here you will
board a boat for 10 minutes to cross to the islet which is located across the bay. It will be necessary for passengers to use walking shoes or sneakers (closed shoes) to cross the volcanic rocks. You can also observe penguins, sea lions, marine iguanas and you can go snorkeling with
colorful tropical fish while enjoying the beaches of Isabela.
Accommodation in Hotel San Vicente or similar.

DAY 4: KAYAK IN PUERTO VILLAMIL – ISABELA ISLAND HIGHLANDS (B, L)
After breakfast your guide will accompany you for a relaxing and beautiful kayak excursion in the bay of Puerto Villamil. Here you will be able to spot various endemic animals such as Marine Iguanas, Sea Lions, and Penguins Isabela. After this, you will return to the hotel for lunch and a short rest. In the afternoon, you will make your way to the Highlands of Isabela and visit La Cueva de Sucre, The Mango viewpoint, and Campo Duro, which is another place of giant tortoises.
Accommodation in Hotel San Vicente or similar.

DAY 5: CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION – TORTUGA BAY (B, L)
At 06:00 AM you will take the public speedboat to Santa Cruz Island where you’ll have breakfast. Then you’ll go to the Charles Darwin Research Station where more than 100 scientists, educators and volunteers provide scientific knowledge and assistance to ensure the conservation of the environment and biodiversity of Galapagos. The guides will explain more about the famous giant tortoises. After lunch at a local restaurant, you will visit Tortuga Bay. Think: white sand, captivating blue water and observing marine iguanas, pelicans and flamingos. It is a 2.5 km (30-45 minutes) walk over a paved path from Puerto Ayora. You can swim here. It’s possible to return from Tortuga Bay to Puerto Ayora by boat. This costs $ 10 p.p. + $ 10 for the boat ride of the guide. The departure time is at 05:30 PM.
Accommodation in Hotel Fernandina or similar.

DAY 6: SANTA FE ISLAND(B, L)
After breakfast you will travel to Santa Fe Island which is also called Barrington Island after Admiral Samuel Barrington, is a small island of 24 km² which lies in the center of the Galapagos archipelago. Geologically, it is one of the oldest islands in the archipelago, since volcanic rocks
from about 4 million years old have been found here. The vegetation of the island is characterized by brush, palo santo trees and stands of a large variety of the prickly pear cactus and Opuntia echios. Among animals, Santa Fe is home to endemic species: the Barrington Land Iguana
(Conolophus pallidus) and the Santa Fe Rice Rat (Aegialomys galapagoensis bauri). After a 45 minute boat ride, you will arrive to the bay of Santa Fe. There you will have a very nice snorkeling activity, if you are lucky, you can spot some birds on the rocks. After snorkeling, you will go to Playa Escondida or Garrapatero in Santa Cruz island and have a wet landing there, where you will have approximately 1 hour to discover the beach and after you go back on board and you will have your lunch.
Accommodation in Hotel Fernandina or similar.

* This tour is called ´Pesca Vivencial´ which means that you might be able to experience a fishing demonstration according to weather and park regulations.
* Wet landing: It means that the boat gets close to the beach and from there you will disembark in the see, it is recommended that you bring extra clothing, as you might get wet.

DAY 7: BAHIA HALF DAY & SANTA CRUZ HIGHLANDS  HALF DAY TOUR (B, L)
With the Bay Tour you visit the highlights around Puerto Ayora by boat. The first destination will be La Loberia where you find sea lions. Next you will navigate for about 15 minutes to arrive at Punta Camaño Islet. Here you will snorkel with sea lions and a large variety of fish. Also, you will go on a channel where you can spot Tintorera sharks and blue footed boobies. Your next activity will be a visit to the Channel of Love. This is another formation by fissure that results in a beautiful sleepy water channel with excellent scenic beauty. Finally Playa de Los Perros. This is a 15-minute walk until you reach the beach where you will be able to observe lots of dog crabs colonies, lots of large marine iguanas on the island and unparalleled scenic views.
In the afternoon you visit the highlands of Santa Cruz with the giant tortoises. The drive takes about 40 minutes from Puerto Ayora village. You will do a small hike of about 30 minutes on a privately owned ranch and you can see the big tortoises in their natural habitat.
Accommodation in Hotel Fernandina or similar.

DAY 8: THE TWINS – TRANSFER OUT (B)
After breakfast, you will travel to Baltra Airport. On the way, you will stop by The Twin Craters (Los Gemelos). They are located opposite to each other and are similar to craters. However, the name is only figurative. These formations were created by the collapse of surface material due to the lava flow hundreds of years ago. The tour will end upon arrival to the airport where you will depart to Quito or Guayaquil.

Inclusions

Meals as described in the itinerary (B= breakfast, L = lunch, S= snack)

Accommodation in a single, double or triple room.

Airport pickup and drop off at Baltra airport at your arrival/departure time.

Transportation between Baltra Airport Itabaca Channel each way.

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

Local naturalist guide (English & Spanish speaking)

All activities as described in the itinerary.

Snorkeling equipment: mask, snorkel, fins and life vest.

24/7 assistance in English, Dutch and Spanish.

Exclusions

Return flights from mainland Ecuador to Galapagos Islands.

Food & drinks that are not mentioned in the itinerary.

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 around $ 1 p.p. (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.

Personal travel & health insurance.

Optional tips for the guide.

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

Not recommended for travelers with back problems

Not wheelchair accessible

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.

If your flight is delayed or canceled and you cannot make it to Puerto Ayora in time to take the last speedboat to Isabela Island, which departs around 02:00 PM, the team assist you with finding accommodation on Santa Cruz Island but this will be on your own expense. You will miss the planned activities.

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

Try to only bring small baggage/bags since public transportation on the Galapagos Islands is quite small.

It is mandatory that you will have current travel insurance including personal medical insurance. Please inform us of any known medical conditions you have.

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.).

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

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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Round trip flights from and to Galapagos

Room type (twin, matrimonial) or triple (in case of a group with 3 or more guests)

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In case your flight arrives after 11:00am you will stay at Santa Cruz Island. Please let us know if you would like to either go to Tortuga Bay or Charles Darwin Station

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This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

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