Galapagos Island Hopping 6 days 5 nights
Galapagos Island Hopping 6 days 5 nights In this tour program you will visit one of the most important and inhabited island of the archipielago, Santa Cruz. Here we have some restaurants and stores to buy souvenirs as well as being in contact with the native animals.
Galapagos Island Hopping 6 days 5 nights
In this tour program you will visit one of the most important and inhabited island of the archipielago, Santa Cruz. Here we have some restaurants and stores to buy souvenirs as well as being in contact with the native animals.
Departure TimeDepending of your time flight
Return TimeDepending of your time flight
IncludeTransportationHotel accomodationEntry FeesEnglish Speaking GuideAirport TransfersMentioned meals
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Day 1: Arrival in Galapagos
The Adventures begin! After our flight from Guayaquil/Quito, we land at Baltra´s Airport. Once we passed the National Park checking point, we will meet our naturalist guide. Then, we continue our journey to Puerto Ayora, but first, we will do our first visit to the Highlands of Santa Cruz.
This first visit will let us impressed by the different types of life zones that Santa Cruz has, from the agricultural coast to the mist covered forest. Also, there are plenty of lava tubes, sinkholes, and craters during this journey. Hold on! Not everything is landscaped and beautiful geological formations in the highland. This is going to be our first approachment to the amazing birds of Galapagos. With some luck, we will be enchanted by the red feathers of a vermillion flycatcher or one of the Darwin´s Finch. Finally, we can see wild tortoises in their habitat.
After had this sneak peak of Galapagos views, landscapes, and wildlife, we will have our delicious lunch, and then we will continue to the next stop, the well known Tortuga Bay. But first, we have to walk approximately 45 minutes, through a cactus trail on the first beach, which is called “Playa Brava” do to its strong currents. Have you seen marine iguanas? Here you can see them, as well as marine birds and pelicans.
Continuing our journey, we will go to “Playa Mansa” which is the opposite of “Playa Brava” because it´s a natural lagoon where we can swim and sunbathe, surrounded by blue-footed boobies and pelicans.
After enjoying this marvelous day, we will go to our hotel for resting and dining. (-/L/D)
Day 2: Navigation day
After resting from the first day, and maybe after catching the marvelous Galapagos sunrise, we will have our breakfast. Later, we will meet our naturalist guide who is going to assist us with the plan chosen by us. This day we can choose between four programs, subject to availability, and there are:Bartolome Island Full Day Seymour Island Full Day Plazas Island Full Day Santa Fe Island
Day 3: Santa Cruz - San Cristobal
This day starts very early with our breakfast, and then we will meet our driver who is going to pick up and transferring us to the dock, from where our adventure begins.
After 2-2:30 hours of navigation approximately, we will reach The Junco Lake or el Junco, as it is called by locals, is an inactive volcano that has a fresh water lake where frigate birds and Bahamas ducks rinse their wings from the salt. This will be our first approach to the amazing view of Galapagos and its wildlife. Here, we will have our first delicious lunch at the archipelago.
Moving on in our daily journey, after an approximate hike of 1 hour, we will have the opportunity to watch the famous Galapagos Giant Tortoises in their natural habitat. Where? At the Galapaguera Breeding Center. This center, run by the Galapagos National Park Authority, allows us not only to watch these magnificent tortoises but also touch and see some of their eggs. This visit is ideal for understanding the behavior of this massive animal that may weigh up to 200kg (440 pounds) and live up to 150 years.
After this amazing contact with the wildlife of Galapagos, we will move on to Puerto Chino. This is a breathtaking beach where we can lay down or having a sunbath.
Once we were astonished by the Galapagos first overview and the impressive animals, we are going to reach our hotel, where we will rest after a long but rewarding day as well as having a delicious meal. (-/L/D)
Day 4: Española Island Full Day (only available on Saturdays)
Española is the jewel of the archipelago, so if we can, we should visit it! This journey is ideal for scuba diving and snorkeling lovers. In this trip, we will visit Gardner Bay and Punta Suarez.
The first spot to visit is Gardner Bay, the turquoise water of this bay is ideal for snorkeling with the friendly sea lions that habit this area while we are astonished by the sharks or the 50 species of fishes that inhabit in this Bay. If we snorkel, we have the possibility to swim among hammer sharks. But, hold on! There is not only clear water and colorful fishes, there are also interesting birds such as the Galapagos Hawk or finches.
Today, and depending on the activities and the group, we will have an unforgettable lunch on board.
After this unforgettable experience, we will go to Punta Suarez. This rocky land requires a bit of effort by us, but firstly we have to wear comfy shoes or boots for being able to enjoy the 2 – 2:30 hours trail. Don´t worry! The effort will be more than rewarded. Here we will watch many species of birds like the blue-footed and red-footed boobies, hawks, finches and the Galapagos doves. If we are traveling between May and December, we will be able to see the albatross colony. At the end of it, there is another wonder of Galapagos waiting for us into the cliffs. There is the impressive blowhole of water that height up to 20m or more (50-75 ft). It like looking a geyser in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. (B/L/D)
Important Note: If we arrive on Thursday the Española Island day will be done on the 3rd day, and the activity chosen for any other day.
Day 6: Navigation day
- 360º Full Day Tour
- Kicker Rock Full Day
Day 6: Final Day
Sadly, our daily adventure in Galapagos arrived at its end! Our guide will assist us in our return flight or to move on to our next experience in Galapagos, hopefully on boar of an expedition cruise like the Boutique Yacht Galapagos Sea Star Journey and the First Class Catamaran Galapagos Seaman Journey.
Santa Cruz, Galapagos