Galapagos Island Hopping

5 Days - 4 Nights

The Island Hopping Galapagos experience was created reveal the full magic of the enchanted islands to travelers who wish to explore the Galapagos outside of the usual cruise format. The Galapagos archipelago is comprised of an extensive variety of islands, some separated by great distances. Any of our Galapagos land-based tours allow travelers to reach some of the most inaccessible places and receive the full range of experiences, while always sleeping on land in 3 to 5 stars hotels.

Island hopping in the Galapagos is a more economical option, and provides the additional opportunity to overnight on land, get to know the local people, and enjoy the charming island towns, while taking daily tours and excursions to the most acclaimed visitor sites.

Day 1: Quito / Guayaquil – Baltra – Puerto Ayora

Flight from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra´s airport where a naturalist guide will transfer you to the Puerto Ayora.

On the way, the guide will make a stop in order to visit the highlands and the giant land turtoises. Here, you would have time for lunch, and enjoy the view.

After a short break is made, we will visit the Charles Darwin Station. At the station, we will be able see a variety of species of Giant Tortoises in captivity. We will watch their different size and age, and learn the Islands they originally come from.

We will listen about the ongoing conservation efforts directed at preserving the Giant Tortoises, as well as the environment of the archipelago as a whole.

Then, return to the hotel for dinner and accommodation

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Note: To execute this itinerary, it is important to choose an early flight that arrives maximum at 10am to Baltra (e.g. Aerogal AV1632).

Day 2: Sailing Tour (Bartolome or North Seymour or Plazas or Fanta Fe)

Only one of the islands you will visit this day

After breakfast, the guide will meet you in the hotel´s lobby in order to take you to the dock, and start the tour. Lunch will be included onboard the small yacht. In the afternoon, you would return to the port

  • North Seymour Island is a spectacular place to hike, swim, and enjoy snorkeling. The main attractions are: the frigates, boobies, gulls, hawks, green sea turtles and the famous Galapagos Sharks.
  • Bartolome Island is the most attractive landscape of the archipelago. This island is undoubtedly the most photographed in all the Galapagos Islands. You can appreciate a spectacular view of two beautiful bays and observe the fascinating formations of lava and volcanic cones.
  • Two islands form Plazas. The turquoise waters of the channel contrast brilliantly with the white sand and black lava coast. It is a wonderful spot to observe marine life, including manta rays. Coasts are a perfect spot for snorkeling activity.
  • Santa Fe Island (Spanish: Isla Santa Fe), also called Barrington Island after admiral Samuel Barrington, is a small island of 24 square kilometres (9.3 sq mi) which lies in the centre of the Galapagos archipelago, to the south east of Santa Cruz Island. Geologically it is one of the oldest, since volcanic rocks of about 4 million years old have been found. The vegetation of the island is characterized by brush, palo santo trees and stands of a large variety of the prickly pear cactus Opuntia echios.

Then, you will return to the hotel for Dinner and accommodation.

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Island will be chosen according to available spaces

Day 3: Santa Cruz Cerro Mesa – Tortuga Bay Beach

The guide will pick you up in order to go to Cerro Mesa. This place provides an impressive view of the archipelago. It has the most prestigious location and the best view to observe a variety of endemic plants, as well as up to 7 subspecies of finch and the vermillion flycatcher.

The area is known by the characteristics of persistent drizzle (‘la garúa’) that falls horizontally throughout 8 months of the year. On the west side of the island you will watch the largest crater on Santa Cruz. At that time, you will have time for lunch.

In the afternoon guide will take you to enjoy Tortuga Bay. Here, you walk for 45 minutes approximately, through a cactus trail on to the first beach, which is called Playa Brava due to its strong currents. On this beach you would see a lot of marine iguanas, marine birds and pelicans.

After visiting Playa Brava, we continue with an additional 15min walk in order to reach Playa Mansa. This second beach is a natural lagoon visited by blue footed boobies and pelicans. It is also a beautiful place for swimming and taking sun. Afterwards, we will have dinner at the port.

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Day 4: Sailing Tour (Bartolome or North Seymour or Plazas or Santa Fe)

On this day, you have the sailing tour to another island (only one island) that you have not visit yet (among the four options mentioned on the second day).

After breakfast, the guide will meet you in the hotel´s lobby in order to take them to the dock, and start the tour. Lunch will be included on board the small yacht. In the afternoon, they would return to the port.

Then, you will return to the hotel for Dinner and accommodation.

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Island will be chosen according to available spaces

Day 5: Santa Cruz – Baltra

Around 08:30, a guide will be waiting for the transfer to the airport in Baltra, so you can take your flight back to Quito or Guayaquil. On the way, we will make a brief stop in order to visit two sunken “holes”, similar to craters, known as “Los Gemelos”.

Afterwards, you and the guide would take the route to the airport, which lasts approximately 1 hour. At the airport, you will take your flight back to Quito or Guayaquil.

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Note: To execute this itinerary, it is important to choose a late flight that departs not before 11am from Baltra.

Hotels

Hotels Solymar

Address Av. Charles Darwin y Thomas de Berlanga Puerto Ayora, Isla Santa Cruz Galápagos 200350

Services

  • Gastronomy and Restaurant
  • Pelican bar
  • Pool and Terrace
  • Events room

Hotels Angermeyer Waterfront Inn

Address Barrio Punta Estrada, Puerto Ayora 200350

Services

  • Restaurant
  • Laundry
  • Pool and Terrace

Hotels Finch Bay

Address Barrio Punta Estrada , EC200350 Puerto Ayora.

Services

  • Restaurant
  • SPA
  • Pool and Terrace

Hotels Mainao

Address Calle Matazarnos e Indefatigable Acacias neighborhood, Puerto Ayora.

Services

  • Pool and Terrace
  • Restaurant

Hotels Villa Laguna

Address Calle Moises Brito S/N y Juan Montalvo Barrio las Ninfas, 200350 Puerto Ayora.

Services

  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Laundry
  • Bar

Hotels Galapagos Inn

Address 12 de febrero y Charles Binford, 200101 Puerto Ayora.

Services

  • Restaurant

Hotels Santa Fe

Address Avenida Charles Binford Sin Numero, EC200350 Puerto Ayora.

Services

  • Pool and Terrace
  • Restaurant

Hotels

Island Hopping Programs Hotels depending on available spaces.


Include

  • Accommodation in double rooms
  • Meals as listed B: breakfast. BL: box lunch, L: lunch and D: dinner.
  • Transportation and Maritime timed views
  • Bilingual naturalist guide (English, Spanish)
  • Scheduled Visits
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • All Transfers in Galápagos
  • Shared Sailing tours

Not Include

  • Air Ticket
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee USD 100.00
  • INGALA Migration Control Card USD 20.00
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Tips


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