10 days
Duration
Galapagos
Location
Easy
Physicality
Ecuador Pure Life
Operator

Island-Hop Across the Galapagos

Discover the wonders of three of the most famous Galapagos Islands on an island-hopping experience that will bring you close to giant tortoises, sea lions, iguanas, sea turtles, and penguins. Enjoy the unique volcanic landscape of the islands and relax on the white sand beaches. Highlights of this trip include snorkeling with sea turtles, eagle rays, sea lions and hummer head sharks at Kicker Rock, the best site in the Galpagos islands; and kayaking with penguins and eagle rays at  Tintoreras islet.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrive in Quito

Arrive in Quito, the biggest, best-preserved colonial city of South America, that was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. The city is considered the Cultural Capital of South America and the second most important city of the old Inca Empire. Depending on your arrival time, you can spend your day exploring the old town of Quito and the surrounding area, or Ecuador Pure Life can help you to organize a day trip. In the evening, a trip leader will meet you at the hotel for a welcome briefing and there will be plenty of time to discuss details and answer any questions you may have regarding the adventure. Overnight at Mercure Alameda or similar.

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Day 2: Galapagos - San Cristobal Island

Today we get ready to explore the most amazing archipelago in the Pacific coast and the place where Charles Darwin formed his theory of the evolution of species. We will board a morning flight from Quito to the island of San Cristóbal. Once arrived, we will transfer to the hotel in the town of Puerto Moreno and there will be a short briefing about the next few days. In the afternoon we will head to “La Loberia”, which is both a home beach and nursery for large Galapagos sea lions. We can spot them jumping over rocks or just lazing in the sand. We also get to see yellow warbler birds, frigate birds, and several species of Darwin finches along the beach. In between the rocks we can find marine iguanas, which you can only see in Galapagos. We will also have the time to go for a refreshing swim, and explore the waters with our snorkel equipment and enjoy the beach. Overnight at Hotel Arena Blanca or similar. Meals : Breakfast

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Day 3: Kicker Rock - San Cristobal

In the morning, we will take a speed boat to Kicker Rock, also known as the Sleeping Lion (Leon Dormido) because of its resemblance to one. This site is located off the coast of San Cristobal. The remains of a lava cone eroded by the sea, two vertical rocks rising 500 feet above the ocean, form a small channel that is navigable by small boats. This Galapagos Islands natural monument has become a favorite sight due to the many tropicbirds, frigate birds and boobies that fill the sky in this area. Beneath the sea, the crystal waters offer a brilliant show of colorful tropical fish, such as rainbow fish, and sharks, like hammerhead-, reef- and white tip sharks. After lunch, we will visit Cerro Brujo, an island ripe with noisy, frolicking sea lions that will welcome us to their home with open fins. This island also offers great snorkeling opportunities as well as the chance to see blue-footed and Nazca boobies. Overnight at Hotel Arena Blanca or similar. Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

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Day 4: Isabela Island

In the morning, we will take a short flight to Isabela Island, the largest island in the archipelago and the place where the most volcanic activity in the Galapagos is reported. The island is formed by six shield volcanoes, Alcedo, Cerra Azul, Darwin, Ecuador, Sierra Negra and Wolf, five of them 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). In the afternoon, we will explore the incredible ecosystem and wildlife of the island, enjoying great views of flamingos and marine iguanas in the salt water lagoons, white sand beaches and mangrove forests. This area is filled with birdlife, including American oyster catchers, herons, flamingos, finches and many shore birds, as well as the ubiquitous sea lions and marine iguanas. One of the highlights of today is the Tortoise Breeding Centre, where we will see giant tortoises in various stages of development, from eggs to small hatchlings, to juveniles to sub adults. We will also visit the Wall of Tears, a massive wall built with lava rocks. This site dates back to the ’50s, when Isabela was used as a penal colony and prisoners were forced to build the wall to keep them from going mad, because of the isolation they experienced. After dinner we can enjoy a breathtaking sunset on the beach of Puerto Villamil. Overnight at Isabela Beach House or similar. Meals : Breakfast
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Day 5: Tintoreras - Isabela Island

Today we will visit Tintoreras Islet, located at a short distance from Puerto Villamil and home to a great variety of wildlife. We will have a fantastic snorkeling experience in its turquoise, crystalline waters, inhabited by white-tipped reef sharks, Galapagos penguins, marine turtles and sea lions. Later, we will take a walk to explore the islet beaches, surrounded by mangroves. This is one of the few sites where marine iguanas can reproduce successfully. Overnight at Isabela Beach House or similar. Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
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Day 6: Lava Tunnels - Isabela Island

Today, we will explore the amazing formations of lava created by the last eruptions of the Volcanic Island along the seashore. This magical place has been used by the staff of BBC /National Geographic for their 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.After the trip, you can enjoy some optional activities: snorkeling at “Concha de Perla”, taking surfing lessons or just relaxing on the exotic white-sand beaches of Isabela Island. Overnight at Isabela Beach House or similar. Meals : Breakfast
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Day 7: HighLands - Santa Cruz

In the morning, we will 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 will 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. Overnight at Angermeyer waterfront inn or similar. Meals : Breakfast
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Day 8: Santa Cruz Island Free Day

Today, you can experience the Galapagos at your pace. As an option, you can go on a self-guided exploration walk through a dry forest to Tortuga Bay (about 3 ½ miles long), a white sand beach that is a nesting site to thousands of marine turtles. This beautiful place is great for swimming or snorkeling. Alternatively, you can join any of the optional activities (at an extra cost), such as a trip to Floreana Island, Bartolome Island or a scuba-diving day trip. Overnight at Angermeyer waterfront inn or similar. Meals : Breakfast
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Day 9: Quito

After our final breakfast on the Galapagos Islands and the last photos taken of sea lions, we will transfer to Baltra’s airport in time to catch a flight back to the mainland. Overnight at Mercure Alameda or similar. Meals : Breakfast
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Day 10: Departure

We wish you a “buen viaje”, as today is the last day of the trip!  

Overview

TOUR DATES 21 – 30 July 2017
28 July – 6 August 2017
11 – 20 August 2017
1 – 10 September 2017
8 – 17 September 2017
6 – 15 October 2017
13 – 22 October 2017
20 – 29 October 2017
27 October – 5 November 2017
3 – 12 November 2017
17 – 26 November 2017
24 November – 3 December 2017
1 – 10 December 2017
15 – 24  December 2017
22 – 31 December 2017
29 December – 7 January 2018
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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