9 days
Duration
Galapagos
Location
Easy
Physicality
Adventure Journeys
Operator
$2,999
base price per person

Island-Hop Across the Galapagos

Discover the enchanted Galapagos Islands through this island-hopping tour! The islands offer endless opportunities to investigate and explore a unique abundance of life in a setting unlike any other on earth.

The Galapagos form a natural sanctuary that preserves species, allowing them to evolve in isolation over countless millennia. This is one of the few places on earth that allows such intimate contact with so much wildlife.

The tour also provides many benefits to local communities and is socially and environmentally responsible. Be part of an educational and inspirational journey of a lifetime in one of the most fiercely protected marine wilderness areas in the world! It is such a magical place, travelers often have to be reminded to stay on their guard, even the animals allow such intimate contact with them.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrive in Quito

Airport Transfer and pick up at the airport. Welcome to Quito, the biggest, best-preserved colonial city of America, which was already declared in 1978 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is considered the Cultural Capital of South America and the second most important city of the old Inca Empire. Depending on arrival time, you can spend your day exploring the old town of Quito and the surrounding area. Adventure Journeys also can help you to organize a day trip such as:

Quito City tour (including a visit to the equator line)
Mindo Cloud forest
Cotopaxi national park
Quilotoa Crater Lake
Otavalo Indian market
Papallacta hot springs, and many more….

In the evening, one of our trip leaders will organize a welcome meeting to talk about the Galapagos expedition and then you will go out for dinner at local restaurants to see the real Quito night life.

Accommodation: Anahi Boutique Hotel or similar

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Day 2: Santa Cruz Island

FLIGHT TO GALAPAGOS – KAYAK IN PUNTA ESTRADA

Today we get ready to explore the most amazing archipelago in the Pacific coast and the place where Charles Darwin based its theory of the evolution of species, a magical place where dreams of swimming with sea lions, turtles and fish are a reality. We board a morning flight from Quito to the island of Baltra. Once arrived, we head to the town of Puerto Ayora, the biggest town in Galapagos. In the afternoon we will enjoy our kayaking expedition in Punta Estrada to view sea turtles, rays and sharks, as well as the fantastic volcanic formations into the sea.

Accommodation: Silberstein Hotel or similar
Meals : Breakfast

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Day 3: North Seymour Island

NORTH SEYMUR – HIKE AND SNORKEL

Today we will go to North Seymour, which is a small island and is the home of many different species of animals. Here is the best place to see the frigate birds with a red balloon, the very romantic blue footed boobies dance, land and marine iguanas, Galapagos sea lions and fur seals, and other sea birds as swallow-tailed gulls, shearwater, and tropic birds. This walk takes around 2 hours in this magic place. After the walk, we will go back to the boat for lunch, and then we will sail to Bachas beach which is a nesting area for sea turtles. There is small lagoon where flamencos can be seen occasionally and we do snorkelling activity.

Accommodation: Silberstein Hotel or similar
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

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Day 4: Isabela Island

TORTUGA BAY AND ISABELA

Amazing morning by the best beach in the archipelago tortuga bay where we will be able to explore crystal colored waters and white sandy beaches packed with wildlife. In the afternoon we board a fast boat to Isabela, the largest island in the archipelago and the place where most volcanic activity in the Galapagos is reported. The island is being formed by 6 shield volcanoes, Alcedo, Cerra Azul, Darwin, Ecuador Sierra Negra and Wolf. 5 of them are still active and therefore the island is one of the most volcanically active places on earth. During our island crossing, we will be on the lookout for dolphins and whales (July to October).

Accommodation: Isabela Beach House or similar
Meals : Breakfast

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Day 5: Sierra Negra Volcano

HIKING TO SIERRA NEGRA VOLCANO AND KAYAKING IN TINTORERAS

After driving up from Puerto Villamil to the trailhead, we prepare our backpacks and hike into a young dry forest ecosystem, into a world of recent geological history. Our destination is the rim of Sierra Negra Crater, an active volcano which last erupted in October 2005. Upon arrival, we will have breathtaking views and explore the circumference of the massive, lava-filled crater, over six miles across at its widest point. If we feel energetic enough, we can continue our hike to Vulcan Chico, a secondary crater that has a wild landscape of puffing fumaroles and colorful lava formations. This is a great examples of the dramatic geological events that have forged the Galapagos Islands over millennia.

In the afternoon we will visit the Tintoreras Islet on a shared tour, located a short distance from Puerto Villamil. It is home to a great variety of wildlife. Its turquoise, crystalline waters are inhabited by white-tipped reef sharks, Galapagos Penguins, marine turtles and sea lions. One of its beaches, surrounded by mangroves, is one of the few sites where marine iguanas can reproduce successfully.

Accommodation: Isabela Beach House or similar
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

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Day 6: Lava Tunnels - Isabela

LAVA TUNNELS SNORKELING

Today, we will explore the amazing formations of lava created by the last eruptions of the Volcanic Island along the seashore. This magical place is been used by the staff of BBC /National Geographic for documentaries. It is a labyrinth of lava arches inside the breakers with crystal clear water full of huge sea turtles, eagle rays, sea lions, fish, white tipped reef sharks and more. Turtles navigate their own highway from the mangroves to the open sea through “Los Tuneles”. Over here, we will have the best snorkeling opportunity with all these beautiful animals, including the curious Galapagos penguin playing around.

In the afternoon it is optional to go biking to the Wall of Tears.

Accommodation: Isabela Beach House or similar
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

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Day 7: Santa Cruz Island

SANTA CRUZ, CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION AND HIGHLANDS

In the morning we embark on a fast boat from Isabela to Santa Cruz Island. During our island crossing, we will be on the lookout for dolphins and whales (July to October). Once we arrive, we will check in at the hotel. We will have time to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn more about many of the endemic species we met during our adventure, as well as 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 tortoise. Hiking through El Chato’s beautiful scenery with those lumbering giants is an unforgettable experience! We also see other highland wildlife such as pintail ducks, egrets, flycatchers and finches on our hike. We can also observe frigatebirds which gather to wash the salt off their feathers at a fresh water lake.

We will return to Puerto Ayora to spend the evening in Galapagos’ most populous town.

Accommodation: Angermeyer waterfron or similar
Meals : Breakfast

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Day 8: Quito

TRANSFER TO BALTRA AIRPORT – FLIGHT BACK TO QUITO

After our final breakfast on the Galapagos Island and the last photos taken of sea lions, we will have a transfer to Baltra’s airport in time to catch the flight back to the mainland.

Accommodation: Nu house or similar
Meals : Breakfast

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Day 9: Quito - Departure

DEPARTURE & END OF SERVICES

Today our trip will end and you will have your International departures. Take with you your memories and photos and leave a piece of your heart, as you will want to return to Ecuador soon to experience more of this enchanted land. We wish you a “buen viaje”!

Meals : Breakfast

Overview

TRIP DATES
2 – 10 April 2018
16 – 24 April 2018
30 April – 8 May 2018
14 – 22 May 2018
28 May – 5 June 2018
11 – 19 June 2018
25 June – 2 July 2018
9 – 17 July 2018
23 – 31 July 2018
6 – 14 August 2018
20 – 28 August 2018
3 – 11 September 2018
17 – 25 September 2018
1 – 9 October 2018
15 – 23 October 2018
29 October – 6 November 2018
12 – 20 November 2018
26 November – 4 December 2018
10 – 18 December 2018
24 December – 1 January 2019
ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE LOCATION Quito, Ecuador
INCLUDED Activities: Snorkeling at Kicker Rock and Isla de los Lobos, tortoise breeding center and flamingo lagoon in Isabela Island, snorkeling in Tintoreras and Lava Tunnels, Wall of Tears, Charles Darwin Research Station, hiking in Santa Cruz highlands
Accommodation based on double occupancy: First Class hotel in Quito, 4-star hotels in Galapagos
Meals: 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches
Transportation: Airfare Quito – Galapagos – Quito round trip, airport transfers (national flights), one way flight San Cristobal – Isabela, sea transportation Santa Cruz – Isabela islands, private and comfortable land and sea transportation
Gear: Snorkeling mask and fins, life vest
Trip Leader: Certified EPL expert English-speaking adventure trip leader and naturalist local guides in Galapagos National Park
NOT INCLUDED International flights
Single supplement USD $560
Airport transfer (international flights)
INGALA transit card: USD $20 per person, cash only (subject to change)
USD $10 pier-use fee at Puerto Villamil (subject to change)
Wetsuit for rent: USD $10
Travel insurance (mandatory)
Meals not described in the itinerary – estimated budget USD $320
Tips
Galapagos National Park fee: USD $100 per person, cash only (subject to change)
Snorkeling gear (mask and fins) for optional activities: USD $8 per day per person

Important Information

It is our intention to adhere to the itinerary described; however, due to our travel style, on occasions it may be necessary or desirable to make small changes. Weather conditions and unpredictable local circumstances may lead us to make alterations to the route and/or travel times. Hotels and flight schedules might change according to availability. Any mention to specific wildlife in the itinerary or trip details is not a guarantee that it will be seen during the trip.

Packing List

Quick dry clothing
Fleece top
4 shirts/t-shirts
2 pairs of shorts
2 pairs of long trousers
1 pair hiking pants/track pants
Rain jacket
Sun hat or cap
2 swimsuits
Sport sandals
Hiking shoes
Tennis shoes
Day backpack 20L (with rain cover)
Water bottle 1L or camelback 1L
Watch or alarm clock
Waterproof binoculars (if possible)
Insect repellent
Sun screen 60SPF
Flashlight
Waterproof camera (if possible)
Money belt
Sunglasses

First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, seamotion sickness medication, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking.

NOTE: IMPORTANT LUGGAGE WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS ON FLIGHT FROM SAN CRISTOBAL TO ISABELA (25 lb.)

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