Santa Cruz, San Cristobal & Isabela Islands
Daily Program – 6 Days / 5 Nights
This tour gives you the opportunity to discover different trails to the highest and most spectacular places on each island. While hiking in some of the most unique natural surroundings in the world, it is perfect to stop, take a picture and enjoy the breathtaking landscapes! kayaking, and also boat rides.
Day 1: Arrival to San Cristobal – Fragata Hill (trekking) or Tijeretas Hill – Interpretation Center
Upon arrival at San Cristobal Airport our local guide will welcome you and begin the excursion towards the Fragata or Tijeretas hill. Later on, we will visit the Interpretation Center on the highlands of San Cristobal. Return to hotel and lodging. -/L/-
Day 2: San Cristobal Island – Santa Cruz Island – Puerto Ayora – Charles Darwin Station – Tortuga Bay (trekking)
We will navigate to Santa Cruz Island, one of the most important islands in the Archipelago because this is where most of the hotels and tourist accommodations are located. After arrival, we will visit the important Charles Darwin Research Station where we will watch some of the largest breeding centers for Galapagos tortoises and land iguanas. Lunch in the village. In the afternoon, we will walk to Tortuga Bay in order to relax in the beach. Return to the hotel and lodging. B/L/-
Day 3: Private Reserve Cerro Mesa – Santa Cruz
Today we are going to the Private Reserve Cerro Mesa. There we will hike for about 5 hours through a tropical landscape. We will be able to see the “Gran Crater” Volcano as well as a lagoon where a unique species of turtle’s lives. There also is a lookout where you can see the whole island as well as other islands if the weather conditions are good. We will have lunch in the Restaurant at the park. In the afternoon, we will go to the bay to snorkel. Return to hotel and lodging. B/L/-
Day 4: Bay Tour – Isabela Island
In the morning, we will tour the bay and visit Punta Estrada, the Germans’ Beach, Channels of Love and the Grietas. During this tour, we will watch marine birds and sea lions and be able to surface dive. Lunch in Puerto Ayora. Then we will be transferred to Isabela Island. Accommodation. B/L/-
*We also suggest a visit to the Flamingos Lagoon
Day 5: Sierra Negra Volcano – Chico Volcano (trekking)
Today will be very special because our guide will meet you at the hotel and take you to one of the most beautiful volcanoes in the world. The crater of this volcano called Sierra Negra is approximately 7 kilometers in diameter. We will go slowly horseback riding in order to enjoy the wonderful scenery. Then we will have a long trekking tour of five to six hours towards the Chico Volcano where we will walk through the fumaroles of this active volcano and look down on the sea. Return to the hotel and lodging. B/BL/-
Day 6: Isabela Island – Santa Cruz Island – Baltra – Quito / Guayaquil
We will have an early departure to take the public speed boat to Puerto Ayora. We will have Breakfast in town and transfer from Puerto Ayora to Baltra Island (Airport) by private taxi. On this day passengers will be given the opportunity to visit the Twin Craters. Passengers can also take an inter-island 30-minute flight that connects with the flight to the continent: Baltra – Quito / Guayaquil (No flight on Sundays). When choosing this option, the visit to the Twin Craters will not be possible. B/-/-
✓ B= Breakfast
✓ L= Lunch
✓ BL= Box Lunch
✓ D= Dinner
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 to Santa Cruz Island is a shared based service (First and sixth day in the itinerary).
✓ 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, please 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
✓ 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 (if you require $165.50).
✓ Entrance fee Galapagos National Park (US$ 100 or $50 if your country belongs to the Andean Community or Mercosur).
✓ Transit Control Card (US$ 20).
✓ Isabela Departure Fee (US $5).
✓ 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 other activity hereby not mentioned.
✓ 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, 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].