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Activities & Transport
- Wildlife Watching
- Bird Watching
- City Tour
- Car with driver
- Boat | Sailing Boat
Main travel focus
Islands Hopping Galapagos
- Day 8: Penguins, Sharks & Sea Iguanas
- Day 2: stand simultaniously in the northern and southern hemispheres in the Middle of the World
- Day 8: Snorkel in the Lava tunnels of Isabela
- Day 6: Blue footed boobies, fregates and land iguanas
Arrive to Quito and prepare to discover the amazing effects of being on the Ecuadorial line with a tour to the Museum of the Sun. Then, prepare to explore the Galapagos archipelago by island-hopping on all the principal islands!
This is the best value way to travel, compared to the cruise options, offering you a chance to see all the islands have to offer. Scenic highlights and a great variety of flora and fauna, are just some of the great things you will discover in the Enchanted Islands!
The land tours includes the islands Santa Cruz and Isabela, San Cristobal, Española and day tours to smaller islands, even richer in fauna, are included to allow you a complete discovery of the archipelago!
- Return flight from Quito or Guayaquil to Galapagos
- 9 x overnights in Double Room in the category chosen by you
- 8 x Breakfast, 4 x Lunch
- Transfer Puerto Ayora – Isabella – Puerto Ayora (with the speedboat or by public transportation)
- Transfer: Baltra – Puerto Ayora – Baltra
- English speaking guide during the whole trip
- All activities as mentioned in the day description
- Snorkeling equipment on tours (mask, snorkel, fins)
- International flights
- Galapagos National park Entrance fee: $100 per person
- Ingala Card: $20 per person
- Isabella Docking fee: $5 per person
- Transfers pier-hotel-pier
- Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
- Spa treatments
- Cycling tours
- Horse-back riding tours
- Extra visits
- Luxury hotel nights
Example Trip to customize
Arrival in Quito
Upon your arrival in Quito you will be greeted by one of our drivers who will be holding a sign with your name. Our driver will pick you up from the airport and drive you to the hotel. Depending on the timing you might spend the night in the beautiful old town before tomorrow your Galapagos adventure begins!
Quito City Tour - Middle of the World
Our guide will pick you up from your hotel and you will begin your day by exploring the historic center of Quito. This colonial city was the first to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978 due to having the best preserved historic center in the Americas. The tour will show you the highlights such as La Plaza de la Independencia, La Igelsia de San Francisco and the impressive Basilica de Voto Nacional. During this time you will learn of Quito’s turbulent history as well as taking in the sights and sounds of daily Ecuadorian life.
Afterwards we have approximately a one hour drive to Mitad del Mundo meaning ‘middle of the world’. This is the point where you can stand with one foot in the Southern hemisphere and the other in the North. The Intiñan Museum shows an interesting range of experiments to demonstrate the uniqueness and magic of this special location.
Flight to Galapagos & San Cristobal Island
In the morning our driver will drive you to the airport for your flight. At your arrival in San Cristobal Island, our driver will pick you up to drive you to your hotel. In the afternoon you can explore by yourself some places such as the Loberia Beach where you will have the chance to see sea lions and visit the Interpretation Center which explains how the Galapagos Archipelago was formed.
The Colours of Española Island
Located two hours from San Cristóbal, Española is the southernmost island and one of the oldest in the Galápagos archipelago. The island's flat profile is extremely dry with only a few inches of rain per year. Despite the dry climate the island is one of the world's only known nesting sites for the Waved Albatross (aka Galapagos Albatross). From April to December each year, this island is covered with these adorably clumsy birds. Blue-Footed and Nazca Boobies as well as many other bird species also call this island home. Another unique species found only on Española Island is the Green and Red Marine Iguana (also known as Christmas Iguanas). Quite often you will be greeted by these colorful reptiles. A visit to Gardner Bay for some open water snorkeling completes this island visit. Whale sightings are common (but not guaranteed) during the openwater cruise to and from San Cristóbal Island.
Kicker’s Rock & Isla Santa Cruz
Kicker Rock is a rock formation, located on the coast of Isla San Cristobal, a magnificent island in the middle of the sea, and is shaped like a giant sleeping lion, hence its name. The rocks are remnants of a vertical tuff stone conformation, is the favorite place for the shelter of several species of seabirds, and its main attraction is the activity of snorkeling or diving. This is where many Galapagos sharks, hammerhead sharks, sea turtles, octopuses and an array of tropical fish are observed and depending on the season, dolphins and whales.
Back to San Cristobal, you will take the speed boat (2 hours and 30 minutes) to reach Santa Cruz island. At your arrival to Santa Cruz (Puerto Ayora), a driver will pick you up and take you to your hotel.
Seymour North Island
North Seymour Island is teaming with life and is a great visitor site on Galapagos! You might have to give way to a passing sea lion or marine iguana. Blue-footed boobies nest on either side of the trail where mating pairs perform their courtship dance. Further along the rocky shore a strand of white sand lies inland, and large flocks of sea birds mass for outstanding feeding frenzies, rendering a tableau for us from ages long past. The trail in North Seymour Island turns inland to reveal the largest nesting site in the Galapagos of the magnificent frigate bird. These huge, dark acrobats have 5 foot wingspan, and males, with inflated scarlet gular pouches, sit precariously in low bushes to watch over their equally large chicks.
Highlands of Santa Cruz & Isla Isabela
This day you will be with a taxi driver that knows where to take you. You will have time to observe by yourself those amazing sites:
The highlands of Santa Cruz are a deep green, contrasting beautifully with much of the dry, lower islands. The dominant vegetation in the highlands is the Scalesia trees, creating the lush green color. Afterwards you will do a short ride that will take you to a 600-acre private reserve where the giant Galapagos tortoises freely roam, graze, and sleep. Walking among the tortoises in wild, will be one of the most treasured moments of your trip.
After visiting these prehistoric creatures on their natural habitat, we’ll take a 5-minute ride to the entrance of a 450-meter (1350 feet) illuminated lava tunnel. With a ceiling nearly 20 feet high in most places, this is an incredible opportunity see lava stalagmites, stalactites, sulfur, mineral-colored walls, and the rippled floor formed from lava along this unique lava formations.
Back to Puerto Ayora, you will take the speed boat to Isabela island. At your arrival, a driver will be waiting for you to take you to the hotel.
This is the most spectacular site for scuba diving in Isabela Island. The water is shallow, calm and very clear- a sea sanctuary. A series of lava flows have produced unique geological formations, a series of arcs and tunnels underneath and above the water- a habitat for many local Galapagos Species. The entrance to the site is shallow and the waves can be strong, for this reason, the access can be complicated. The best time to visit the tunnels is between January and May. It is an exciting boat adventure to a very unique geological site, a snorkeling paradise and home to various species of the incomparable enchanted islands. There is an extension of 800 meters and an average temperature between 18 and 22 degrees Celsius. The large quantities of seabirds such as the Albatros, Flamingos, Blue Footed Boobies, the magnificent frigate bird, are on the banks, where you can also see distinct species feeding such as the tortoises, iguanas, sea lions, manta rays, penguins, lobsters, and sea snakes. In a geographic context of countless colors and textures due to the different types of volcanic lava, and the colorful desert vegetation which includes Xerophitic plants among: cactus, "Palo Santo" (holy wood), and carob trees.
The Wetlands of Isabela & back to Santa Cruz
The wetlands are a complex of trails that lead you to: El Cerro Orquilla (sightseeing point), El Estero (mangroves and majagual forests, penal colony), La Poza Escondida (rock and wood trail), Poza Redonda (lava tube), El Túnel del Estero (lava tunnel, marine landscape), La Playa del Amor (coral and sand beach), Mirador de los Tunos y Pozas Verdes (trails with sightseeing points) and La Playita (beach). The cemetery is also on the way to and from Puerto Villamil. Keep in mind that you will not visit all these sites, it will all depend on your local guide and tour itinerary.
After the tour, you will have free time to enjoy a lunch and the beach. In the afternoon, you will make your way to the pier for the speed boat back to Santa Cruz island for your last night on the islands.