One week at Galapagos Santa Cruz Island land based program 5D – 4N

Galapagos land iguana

This tour features a five-day tour on the Galápagos Islands. Every day a guide takes you to visit the must-sees of a particular island. You will surely enjoy the unique fauna and flora of the Galápagos. At the end of this trip you will have seen the highlights of this incredible destination, but also a lot of good memories and a bunch of beautiful pictures. 

Day 1 : Quito/guayaquil – Baltra – Puerto Ayora

Flight from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra´s airport where a naturalist guide will transfer you to Puerto Ayora. On the way, the guide will make a stop in order to visit the highlands and the giant land tortoises. Here, you would have time for lunch, and enjoy the view. Afterwards, you will continue with the transfer to the hotel.

In the afternoon, the guide will take you to enjoy Tortuga Bay. Here, you walk for approximately 45 minutes, 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 15 minute walk 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 relaxing on the beach.

Blue-footed booby

© Latin Trails

You will be walking the same distance to return to the hotel for dinner and accommodation.

Note: To execute this itinerary, it is important to choose an early flight that arrives maximum at 10am to Baltra

Day 2,3 & 4 : Bartolome Or North Seymour Or Plazas Or Santa 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.

Galapagos shark

Photo:  KenRinger

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.

Island will be chosen according to available spaces .

Day 5 : Santa Cruz – Baltra

After breakfast, the guide will take you to visit the Charles Darwin Station. Here you will see a variety of species of Giant Tortoises. You will also hear about the ongoing conservation efforts directed at preserving the Giant Tortoises, as well as the environment of the archipelago as a whole.

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.

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

Galapagos giant tortoise

Photo: marktucan

4 Days


  • Accommodation in double rooms
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner). First day: lunch and dinner. Last day:breakfast
  • Transportation and Maritime timed views
  • Bilingual naturalist guide (English, Spanish)
  • Scheduled Visits
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Transfers from Puerto Ayora – Isabela Island – Puerto Ayora
  • Shared Sailing tours
  • Navigation tours are shared

Not Included

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



  • Santa Cruz: Galapagos Suites or similar

Tourist Superior:

  • Santa Cruz: Ikala (suites) or similar

First Class:

  • Santa Cruz: Finch Bay or similar