ISLAND HOPPING PACKAGE
SANTA CRUZ AND ISABELA ISLANDS
DAILY PROGRAM 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS
Is for people who prefer to travel from island to island in an adventuresome spirit with the goal to visit as much as possible of the Galapagos enchanted Islands.
Day 1: Baltra– Puerto Ayora – Isabela Island
Upon arrival at Baltra Airport, our guide will welcome you and transfer you to Puerto Ayora. Lunch in a local restaurant in town. After lunch, we will take a fast speed boat to Isabela, the largest island of the Archipelago composed of six volcanoes, five of which are active. A speed boat takes us to the southern part of the Archipelago. This trip takes about two and a half hours. Transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, we will have time to walk to the Flamingo Lagoon on our own. Accommodation at the hotel in Isabela Island. -/L/-
Day 2: Sierra Negra Volcano – Highland Farm – Tintoreras
Our guide will meet us at the hotel and take us to one of the most beautiful volcanoes in the world. The crater of this volcano called Sierra Negra is approximately 7 kilometers in diameter. This day we will have a trekking tour of two hours while enjoying the wonderful scenery unique in the world. Lunch in a local farm where we can also watch Isabela Giant Tortoises during the visit.
Back to Puerto Villamil town, we will visit Tintoreras Islets. Here a colony of white tip sharks can often be seen resting in a lava canal. Nearby hundreds of marine iguanas can be observed, as ‘Las Tintoreras’ is one of their main breeding sites. On the nearby sandy beaches, sea lions play and relax in the sun. Afterwards we will have the opportunity to snorkel. Return to the hotel and lodging. B/L/-
Day 3: The Tunnels of Cape Rosa – Wall of Tears – Orchilla Viewpoint – Breeding Center “Arnaldo Tupiza”
Prepare yourself for one of the best days of your trip! After sailing for 45 minutes from Puerto Villamil, we will reach Cape Rosa on the western side of the island. This is one of the most beautiful places nature has bestowed upon humankind. Here we can walk over the connected lava tunnels situated in the blue sea waters. From the surface, we will very easily be able to see dozens of sea turtles, penguins and rays and we will also be able to do snorkeling and swimming alongside this rich marine fauna.
As we sail to and from Isabela, we hopefully see manta rays of different sizes that will make this trip different, and if it is the mating season, we will see them diving upside-down on the surface, waiting to have their pictures taken. In the afternoon, we will drive towards the “Wall of Tears”. This historical place was built by prisoners from Ecuador’s first jail. On the return, we will stop at the Orchilla Mirador. From its summit, you can see the entire coastal wetland system including Poza de los Diablos, Puerto Villamil, the beaches, the volcanoes and the islets to the south east of Isabela. It’s a great location for taking panoramic photos on clear days.
Then we will visit the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center where we will be able to observe tortoises of all ages and sizes. We will also learn about the reproduction and rearing of giant tortoises and see all the work that is being carried out to help recover the wild populations of these species. Return to the hotel and lodging. B/L/-
Day 4: Isabela Island – Baltra Airport
We will have an early departure to take the speed boat back to Puerto Ayora. We will immediately take a bus across Santa Cruz Island to the Baltra Airport where we will check in for our flights to the Continent. Those who want can take an inter-island flight in a 5 to 9 capacity plane. The flight from Isabela to the Baltra airport is 30 minutes and connects to the flight to the continent (no flights on Sundays). This service is optional and is charged extra and should be reserved at least 48 hours in advance. B/-/-
The operator reserves the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather, National Park regulations or greater force.
✓ Departures every day of the week.
✓ Minimum 2 passengers.
✓ Ask for extension Packages to San Cristobal and Floreana Island.
✓ If you need a PERMANENT guide, ask for the extra cost.
✓ The ferry to cross from Baltra Island to Santa Cruz Island is shared based service. (First and last day)
✓ Inter-island navigations are on a shared based service.
✓ The daily tours, including bay tours will be given on shared based services.
✓ If you want a PRIVATE speed boat for navigations, ask for the extra cost.
✓ Accommodation in double or triple room with breakfast
✓ Meals as detailed in the itinerary
✓ Public Speed Boat for navigation (open boats)
✓ Bilingual English speaking naturalist guide (local guides) during the excursions
✓ Private land transportation as per the itinerary
✓ Equipment for the sports as detailed in the itinerary
✓ Airport assistance in Quito to take flight to Galapagos
✓ Confirmed spaces on flight (UIO/GYE-GPS-UIO/GYE)
PACKAGE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
✓ Airfare to Galapagos (round trip).
✓ Airfare from Isabela Island to Baltra airport
✓ Entrance fee Galapagos National Park (USD 100 or USD 50 if your country belongs to the Andean Community or Mercosur)
✓ Transit Control Card (USD 20)
✓ Fee pier Isabela Island (USD 10)
✓ Water taxi (USD 1 per way)
✓ Personal expenses and tips
✓ All drinks. Please bring your own water bottle
✓ Fee at Isabela airport (USD $ 15)
✓ Meals not mentioned on the itinerary
✓ VAT for Ecuadorian people
✓ Wetsuit (Available for rent)
✓ Any item or activity not mentioned in the itinerary
✓ Medical Insurance
Every passenger MUST bring their own medical insurance, otherwise they will not be able to enter the Galapagos Islands.
✓ Procure Medical and/or Travel insurance prior to your trip.
✓ Luggage: We suggest you take a 10kg suitcase and a carry on. This is what is allowed by the local airlines. Please bear in mind that trips in Galapagos take place outdoors and include hikes, swimming, scuba diving, and other physical activities that require comfortable, lightweight, informal clothing.
✓ Clothing: For the hot months (December — May) we recommend a bathing suit, T-shirts, shorts, sunglasses, cap or hat, insect repellent, sunscreen, sport shoes that are good for walking in lava and rocks, and sandals. For the cooler months (June — November), a waterproof jacket or poncho and light pants are necessary. Other important items are lip balm, eye drops, waterproof bags for electronic equipment, binoculars, patches or pills for sea sickness, a photo or video camera and enough film, batteries or chargers and any personal medications that you normally take.
✓ The activities in these programs can be adapted to the passengers´ preferences.
✓ In our programs, we operate in the best places and we strive to achieve the best customer satisfaction!
✓ The programs start every day of the year
✓ We offer the packages in tourist, tourist superior and first-class hotels. This depends on the chosen island and on the availability of rooms in the hotels.
✓ For big groups (more than 8 passengers) we recommend a permanent bilingual guide instead of different local guide on every island
✓ Depending on your needs and expectations we can also offer a private speed boats for long trips. (An extra cost applies)
✓ We strive to ensure our tour is unique so that you can visit special and interesting places that are usually not offered by other local operators
✓ If you would like to dive, we will be pleased to offer you daily diving tours starting from Santa Cruz, Isabela and San Cristobal Islands [minimum of 4 divers per each excursion]