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!
Day 1: Quito
Welcome to Quito! The biggest, best-preserved colonial city of America 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 arrival time, you can spend your day exploring the old town of Quito and the surrounding area. Adventure Journeys can help you to organize a day trip, please do a request with time in advance. In the evening, one of our trip leaders will meet you at the hotel’s lobby for a welcome briefing at 18:00 hours, and there will be plenty of time to discuss details and questions you may have regarding the adventure. Our first day is an informational and acclimation day.
Accommodation: Mercure Alameda or similar
Day 2: Galapagos - Isabela
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. 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. From here we take a fast boat to Isabela, 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).
The Galapagos Islands are located 600 miles from the coast of Ecuador, it is really important to understand that you will have to take different air, road and sea transportation to get there. Flying time.- 3 hours (including the stop at Guayaquil city on the way to Baltra airport) Speedboat time from Santa Cruz to Isabela.- 2 hours (If you normally get seasick is very important to take medication before getting on the boat) What to wear today.- Light pants, t-shirt, fleece top, tennis shoes, hat, sun cream.
Accommodation: Cormorant Beach house or similar Meals: Breakfast
Day 3: Isabela Island
Today, we 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 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 playing around.
Before or after the trip, you can enjoy some optional activities such as snorkeling at “Concha de Perla”, taking surfing lessons, biking or just relax on the exotic white-sand beaches of Isabela Island. We recommend you to take some time to visit the giant tortoise breeding center located walking distance from the hotel. Boat ride to the Lava Tunnels time: 1 hour each way Snorkeling time: 2 times of 1 hour each What to wear today.- shorts, water long sleeve t-shirt, sandals or tennis shoes, bathing suit, hat or baseball cap, sun cream, mosquito repellent, buff.
Accommodation: Cormorant House or similar Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4: Sierra Negra
After driving up from Puerto Villamil to the trailhead, we prepare our backpacks and hike into a young forest ecosystem, 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 take in 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 Volcan Chico, a secondary crater that has a wild landscape of puffing fumaroles and colorful lava formations, great examples of the dramatic geological events that have forged the Galapagos Islands over millennia. In the afternoon we will visit Tintoreras Islet, located at a short distance from Puerto Villamil and home to a great variety of wildlife. Its turquoise, crystalline waters are inhabited by white-tipped reef sharks, Galapagos penguins, turtles and sea lions. One of its beaches surrounded by mangroves is one of the few sites where marine iguanas can reproduce successfully.
Hiking time.- 4 hours both ways
Hiking distance.- 6 miles (10 miles optional to Volcan Chico)
Hiking elevation gain.- 950 feet, 289 meters
Maximum elevation while hiking.- 3687 feet, 1124 meters
Kayaking time.- 2 hours
Snorkeling time.- 1 hour
What to wear today for hiking.- shorts, t-shirt, tennis shoes, rain jacket, hat, buff, sun cream, mosquito repellent.
What to wear today for kayaking and snorkeling.- sandals, shorts, water long sleeve t-shirt, bathing suit, hat, sun cream, mosquito repellent.
Accommodation: Cormorant Beach House or similar Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5: Santa Cruz Island
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) 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, lunch is on your own and in the afternoon, we head to the ‘El Chato’ Reserve in the highlands of Santa Cruz, home to the famous Galapagos tortoise, hiking through this 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 frigate birds which gather to wash the salt off their feathers at a freshwater lake. We return to Puerto Ayora to spend the evening in Galapagos’ most populous town, your guide will help you organize a great last dinner on the Islands.
What to wear today.- shorts, t-shirt, tennis shoes or sandals, hat, rain jacket (for the boat ride), sun cream.
Accommodation: Hotel Silberstein or similar visite website Meals: Breakfast
Day 6: Flight back to Quito
After our final breakfast on the Galapagos Island and the last photos taken of sea lions, we have a transfer to Baltra’s airport in time to catch the flight back to the mainland. What to wear today.- Pants, t-shirt, fleece top, tennis shoes, hat.
Accommodation: Mercure Alameda or similar. Meals: Breakfast
Day 7: Quito - Departure
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”!
4 – 10 August 2018
8 – 14 August 2018
13-19 August 2018
19 – 25 August 2018
29 August – 4 September 2018
5 – 11 September 2018
12 – 18 September 2018
26 September – 2 October 2018
3 – 9 October 2018
10 – 16 October 2018
24 – 30 October 2018
31 October – 6 November 2018
7 – 13 November 2018
21 – 27 November 2018
4 – 10 December 2018
5 – 11 December 2018
16 – 22 December 2018
19 – 25 December 2018
26 December – 1 January 2019
27 December – 2 January 2019
30 December – 5 January 2019
|Arrival/Departure Location||Quito, Ecuador|
|Included||Transportation: Airport transfers (domestic flights), sea transportation Santa Cruz – Isabela islands round trip, comfortable land transportation
Accommodations based in double occupancy: First Class hotel in Quito, 4-star hotels in Galapagos
Activities: Snorkeling in the Lava Tunnels, Trekking to the top of Sierra Negra active volcano, snorkeling, and kayaking in Tintoreras, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, hiking in Santa Cruz highlands
|Meals Included: 6 breakfasts and 2 box lunches
Gear: Snorkeling mask and fins, life vest
Trip Leader: Certified EPL expert English-speaking Adventure Naturalist local guides
|Not Included||My Own Room supplement: USD $610
Airfare Quito – Galapagos – Quito round trip (Estimated Budget $610)
International flights Airport transfer (international flights)
Travel insurance (mandatory)
Meals not described in the itinerary – estimated budget USD $180
INGALA transit card: $20 per person, cash only (subject to change)
|Galapagos National Park fee:$100 per person, cash only (subject to change)
$10 per use fee at Puerto Villamil
Snorkeling gear (mask and fins) for optional activities: $8 per day per person
Wetsuit for rent: $10
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.
FLIGHT TIME: 2h 45 min each way from Quito to Galapagos. Regular size aircraft. About 140 passengers
BOAT TRAVEL TIME: 2 hours each way from Isabela to Santa Cruz 45 minutes each way – Lava Tunnels 15 minutes each way – Tintoreras
DRIVING TIME: 45 minutes Airport transfers in Quito 45 minutes Airport transfers in Galapagos 45 minutes each way in Sierra Negra
KAYAKING TIME: 1-2 hours
SNORKELING TIME: Tintoreras: 1 hour. Lava Tunnels: 2 times of 1 hour each.
HIKING TIME: Short Hikes Sierra Negra: 30 minutes easy uphill; 1 and a half hours on flat terrain; 30 minutes downhill; 2 hours same way back
Credit or debit card
1 Buff 1 Fleece top
1 Rain jacket 4 Shirts/t-shirts
2 Long sleeve water t-shirt for snorkeling
3 Shorts 1 Long trousers or light hiking pants
2 Swimming suit
2 Extra formal clothing for the nightlife
1 Sports sandals (Chacos, keens or similar) 1 Flip flops 1 Tennis shoes
Watch or alarm clock
Sun cream 50 SPF
Sun hat or baseball cap
Camera – waterproof if possible
First-aid kit(should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, 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.)
Why TOV loves Adventure Journeys
Adventure Journeys was created by a group of knowledgeable expert leaders, in order to offer the most amazing group adventure experiences and tailor-made trips adjustable to the needs and requests of our guests. Their mission is to achieve customer satisfaction through our unique client-centered philosophy. Their clients’ happiness, enjoyment, and education are the cornerstones of the company’s reputation and success.
Their advantage is the team of Ecuador experts, who have the ability to design and create life-changing experiences, and guarantee personalized upscale service level, according to individual budgets and needs. They focus on highlighting the beauty, environmental significance, and astounding cultural diversity of the Ecuadorian mainland and Galapagos Islands. In addition, their approach to tourism and the local community is to offer sustainable and responsible programs tailored to each individual client.
They provide the highest level of multilingual out-door naturalist guides, who come from a professional background and have been certified by the Ecuadorian Ministry of tourism and also have been cursed the WAFA (Wilderness Advanced First Aid) International Certification. In addition to this, Adventure Journeys has trained their guides with the best skills ready to react to any possible situation and provide most unique travel experience of a LIFE time to our customers with top service level. Their guides focus in highlighting the beauty of LIFE, and how significant could that be in the richness of their programs.
Philosophy and Values
Their philosophy is based on the meaning of LIFE and how important is to truly understand this and feel it, they believe that with adventure traveling they can make a positive impact on the lives of people and help to change your life perspective. It is all about the achievement of happiness discovering your own planet and helping people to find the amazing feeling of LIFE.
Sustainable Eco and Cultural Tourism
Clients receive interpretation and education about the ecology and conservation of the Andes, Amazon Rainforest, and Galapagos Islands, and learn about the factors that threaten it. Adventure Jaimseys aim to promote long-term conservation for both local people cultural identity and the environment. They transport out and recycle all non-organic garbage and they prefer to work with local suppliers. Your visit will encourage the local communities to support responsible eco-tourism as a sustainable alternative for their living.
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