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Galapagos Island Hopping 6days
Galapagos birds

Day 1: QUITO - SAN CRISTOBAL, GALAPAGOS

We will pick you up on arrival at San Cristobal Island and bring you to the hotel. Get settled and get ready to enjoy a nice Ecuadorian lunch. Visit Loberia Beach: a beautiful beach with great snorkeling! During the snorkel you may find sea turtles, rays, sea lions and many species of colorful fishes. There is also a nice hike (optional) to a cliff where you can see many marine iguanas and birds such as, blue footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls and frig- ate birds. After that we go back to the hotel to get ready for dinner.
Meals included: Lunch/Dinner
Difficulty: Easy

Galapagos marine wildlife

Day 2: SAN CRISTOBAL

Kicker Rock (León Dormido): Itís a volcanic tuff rock rising at 144 meters above the sea level. A beau- tiful snorkel site famous because of its rich marine life. You can spot there many tropical fishes, sea turtles, sea lions, rays, Galapagos sharks, white tipped sharks and if lucky, hammerhead sharks! Go- ing around the rock with the boat you can spot nazca boobies, blue footed boobies and frigate birds. Lunch will be served on board and then we navigate back to port around 2 PM. The rest of the after- noon is free until dinner. You can use it for shopping or go and visit the interpretation center (entrance free), tijeretas, playa carola and playa mann. You meet for dinner with the whole group where the guide will give you the details for the next day.
Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Difficulty: MEDIUM (snorkeling in open water)

Day 3: FLOREANA

Breakfast will be served at 6 AM in your hotel. Around 06:30 you will be picked-up at your hotel to go to the pier to depart around 7 AM to Floreana. The private boat ride lasts for about 2,5 hours. Upon arrival, we visit the highlands, a place called 'Peace Asylum' where the first colonists of the islands settled. The guide will tell you about the history of the colonists. During the short hike you will also spot Galapagos giant tortoises. Lunch will be served in the small village. After lunch you go snorkeling on a beautiful beach nearby the pier. Afterwards we will continue on the boat to Isabela Island (ap- proximately 1,5 hour ride). Isabela is one of the youngest island which has still moderate volcanic activity (but itís safe!). Itís a beautiful island with its port located near a clear bay and a long White Sandy beach. Upon arrival you will be picked-up by taxi/bus or chiva and will driven to the flamingo lagoon to spot these beautiful animals at sunset. (if time allows otherwise it will be re-scheduled throughout the stay in Isabela). Transfer to the hotel to get ready for dinner. Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Difficulty: EASY


Galapagos giant tortoise

Day 4: ISABELA

On your 4th day you must choose upon booking between a Volcano trekking tour (land tour) or Cabo Rosa (water tour as a supplement)! ** spaces to Cabo Rosa are very limited thatís why it has to be booked in advance and is at extra cost**

Option 1 - VOLCANO HIKE (included in the price) Early in the morning you will be picked-up by bus/taxi/chiva and driven towards the highlands: You will start a trekking (6 hours!) to the Sierra Negra and Chico volcano. The first stop on the hike is Sierra Negra Volcano which has the second largest active crater in the world: 10 km diame- ter. You will continue to walk towards Chico Volcano, which is a cone of Sierra Negra. You will walk through moon-like sceneries and have great views of nearby Fernandina Island and the north of the Isabela Island. This gives you an idea of how the islands looked at their creation. After walking back you will be moved by bus/taxi/chiva to a local farm which is also a tortoise reserve where lunch will be served. You will be back in the hotel around 3:30 PM to change to depart for a nice swim and snorkel at Concha de Perla lagoon.
Difficulty: MEDIUM

Option 2 - CABO ROSA TUNNELS: THIS OPTION HAS AN EXTRA COST! If you prefer snorkeling over hiking this is a great opportunity. You can take the excursion to Cabo Rosa tunnels which is located about 1 hour boat ride south from the port. This is an amazing place where the volcanic activities created lava tunnels going under and over sea level. You can spot the penguins, blue footed boobies and you will have great snorkeling too! Food will be pro- vided during the tour. Later on you meet the rest of the group whom went to the hike to swim/snorkel all together at Concha de Perla lagoon. (Depending on availability the tour might also take place in the afternoon which results that the Concha de Perla snorkeling cannot be done with the group).

Why is this tour not included?
Many people who choose an island based tour prefer to spend a full day on land without navigation. You will go apart from the rest of the group. The volcano tour is accompanied by our guide. If you do the Cabo Rosa Tunnels you pay extra and go with another group of people. Cabo Rosa is a great excursion limited to 10 people per boat.
Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Difficulty: EASY

Day 5: ISABELA - SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

In the morning you will visit the Tintoreras Islet near the port: There you can spot small Galapagos penguins, sea lions, marine iguanas, and blue footed boobies and often you can even spot white tipped sharks in one of the channels. You will have a short hike and go snorkel nearby. After- wards you will continue with our private boat to Santa Cruz (2 hours). Upon arrival you will be transferred to the hotel and change to get ready for lunch and the afternoon program. After lunch you will walk to the Tortuga Bay beach to enjoy a last swim into the Galapagos waters and spot a huge iguana colony. The walk to Tortuga Bay is 3 km each way, passing through a giant endemic cactus forest.
Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Difficulty: EASY TO MEDIUM DIFFICULTY

Day 6: BALTRA - FLIGHT BACK TO QUITO (OR GUAYAQUIL)

In the morning you will reach the airport with a stop to visit a lava tunnel. Sometimes you can spot a Galapagos owl. The guide will accompany you until the airport. Check-in on your own.
Meals included: Breakfast
Difficulty: EASY

A NOTE ON THE ORDER OF THE ITINERARY:

Itinerary subject to change based on local conditions.

Rates in 2016

With tourist class hotels: US$1840 per person / Single Supplement: US$224

Hotels (or similar):

With tourist superior class hotels: US$2130 / Single Supplement: US$392

Hotels (or similar):


NOTE: Tours are on shared basis. Itineraries can be modified due to climatic conditions, National Park regulation or other
unforeseen circumstances.

PRICE INCLUDES: all mentioned visits accompanied by a licensed English speaking naturalist guide, meals mentioned, accommodation in double or twin bedrooms (single accommodation supplement will apply), all transportation between, and on the islands (boat, bus).

NOT INCLUDED: flights from/to mainland (from Quito or Guayaquil) , entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park $100. - (can be modified, INGALA entrance card $20, tips(must be paid in cash at the airport, there is no ATM!) extras, personal travel insurance.

Fix Departure Dates in 2016 :

January: 05-10 / 19-24
February : 02-07 / 16-21
March : 08-13 / 22-27
April : 05-10 / 19-24
May : 03-08 / 17-22
June: 07-12 / 21-26
July: 05-10 / 19-24
August: 09-14 / 23-28
September: 06-11 / 20-25
October: 11-16 / 25-30
November: 08-13 / 22-27
December: 06-11 / 20-25*

Route Estimated price

Galapagos Entrance Fee: US$100 pp (subject to change)
Ingala Transit Card: US$20 pp (subject to change)

Notes:

Flights

Air fares and Galapagos entrance fees are under government control so they can be modified without previous notification.

  • For Christmas depatures there is a US$75 for supplement charge per person
  • Extra fee for Tunnels Rose US$156 per person
  • Extra fee for diving at Kicker Rock US$100 per person
  • Tour extensions in Santa Cruz or in the continent (Quito, Cuenca or Jungle Tours) are available
  • This tour is a fixed departure group tour. The island hopping tour is also available as a 4 day/3 nights or 8 days/7 nights tour. For rates and itineraries please inquire