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5D/4N Islands Hopping

Galapagos Perfect

Galapagos Perfect

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Santa Cruz – Bartolome – Isabela Islands, the perfect combination for a complete experience

Island hopping is the perfect way to explore these enchanted islands, spending quality time in two main towns, taking part in daily excursions and a deserved rest in a comfortable bedroom instead of a moving boat. Based in hotels on two of three islands, you will have a unique and relaxing experience in the bio diverse Galapagos environments, with unique geology, plants and wildlife.

 

This program allows you for walking amongst giant tortoises, go on day excursion to an uninhabited island to see wildlife up close, hike up to Sierra Negra Volcano for a spectacular view and enjoy many snorkeling opportunities where you will swim with sea lions, large schools of fish, sharks, rays, and much more! You will have the option of various classes of hotel to suit your budget.

 

At a glance

DAY 1 Flight to GPS (Santa Cruz) – Lunch at visit to El Chato, Giant Tortoise’s Reserve. PM: Tortuga Bay.
DAY 2 Full day Bartolome or Seymour North (depending of the day)
DAY 3 Transfer from Santa Cruz to Isabela Island. AM: Poza de los Flamingos and Breeding Tortoise´s Center. PM: Tour and Snorkeling in Las Tintoreras.
DAY 4 AM: Hiking to Sierra Negra and Chico Volcano. PM: Free time
DAY 5 Transfer back to Santa Cruz. Free time in Puerto Ayora, with a good option of Charles Darwin Station. PM: Flight back to Quito. End of services.

 

What´s included

    • 5D/4N Galapagos Experience (full board except dinners).
    • Certified Naturalist Local Guide in GPS.
    • Snorkeling equipment (mask and snorkel), except for Concha Perla.
    • Land and maritime transport service.
    • Semiprivate tours depending on the number of clients.
    • Transit Control Card-INGALA (20 USD) Foreign and Nationals.

What´s not included

    • International and local flights.
    • Airport and departures taxes.
    • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary.
    • Bottled water, aerated and alcoholic drinks.
    • Travel insurance.
    • Personal expenses and tips.
    • Municipal tax Isabela Island (10 USD foreign, 5 USD locals) payment in cash only.
    • Entrance to Galapagos National Park (100 USD foreign, 6 USD locals), payment in cash.

 

PAYMENT POLICY:

A deposit of 30% total invoiced for your trip is required to confirm your reservation. The remaining balance (70%) is required 30 days prior to the departure date. In cases of trips confirmed within 30 days of the departure date, payment in full is required for confirmation. You should receive confirmations with every payment you make.

 

CANCELATION POLICY:

  • For cancelations of 30+ days before tour departure date, the full amount minus a cancelation fee of 10% will be refunded to the client.
  • For cancelations between 21-30 days before tour departure date, a cancelation fee of 50% to the deposit paid will be charged.
  • For cancelations less than 20 days prior to the tour departure date, full amount of the tour is charged with no refund.
  • Included
    3 Star Accomodation
    4 Star Accomodation
    5 Star Accommodation
    Airport Transfer
    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Naturalist local guide
    Personal Guide
  • Not Included
    Dinners
    Entrance fee
    Flight tickets
    Gallery Ticket
    Mules and porters
    Personal expenses
    Refuge
    Tips

Tour Plan

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SUPERIOR ACCOMODATION - DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1 – Quito - Santa Cruz – El Chato – Tortuga bay (L)

Upon Arrival to the islands don´t forget to show your Transit Control Card (included) that we will buy in the office of INGALA in the airport in Quito and give it to you. Once at Baltra airport our staff will meet and take you to Santa Cruz Island, where you will visit the highlands of the island, here you can admire the giant tortoises in their natural state, see the lava tunnels and enjoy a delicious lunch at one of its ranches (also the famous twins on the way). In the afternoon, you will go to Tortuga Bay for enjoining a white sand beach (40 minutes’ walk approximately).  

Day 2 – Full day Bartolome or Seymour North (B, L)

Early in the morning we will be picked up by the transportation that will take you into the Itabaca channel, from where you will board the yacht. Bartolome Island is famous for its Pinnacle Rock, a tower or lance-shaped obelisk that rises from the edge of the ocean and is one of the most famous images of the islands. Next to it, a beach in perfect crescent shaped, with pink and white sands, east of the pinnacle, where the crystal waters are waiting for us to do snorkeling. Under the surface, we find schools of tropical fish, sea urchins, starfish and more. Depending of the day, another option is North Seymour a natural refuge of Blue-footed boobies and large colonies of nesting frigate birds. Just off shore can often witness the Galapagos surf club members, the sea lions. In this tour, as well, you will visit an isolated beach called Bachas, for a refreshing snorkeling. North Seymour is one of the most popular day tours from Santa Cruz.  

Day 3 – AM: Transfer to Isabela, visit the Humedales – PM: Tour Tintoreras - Snorkeling (B, L)

After breakfast, you will take a speed boat to Isabela for aprox. 2 hours. As soon as you arrive on Isabela you will visit the Breeding Center of giant tortoises where you will see from eggs to adolescence, in the same facilities of the Galapagos National Park with a small interpretation center. As well the wetlands located at 5 km from the town, complemented by several trails through different wetlands each with an especially attractive, like flamingos, lagoons, small beaches, lava tunnels, the stream etc. After Lunch you will visit "Las Tintoreras," a chain of small islets full of cove and hidden beaches. The islet “Las Tintoreras” is located in the south part of Puerto Villamil. It has a bay where a walk of around 20 minutes is possible to see sea lions, marine turtle, iguanas, manta rays, etc. This bay is connected by a superficial crack with crystalline water which is closed off during low tide. In this crack, you may see white tipped reef shark swimming with the rest of the tropical fish and sea lions. After the walk, you will return to the boat that will take you to the place where you will snorkel and you will appreciate the flora and fauna of the area.  

Day 4 – AM: Visit Sierra Negra & Chico Volcano – PM: Free time (B, BL)

After breakfast, we will take our transportation to go to Sierra Negra Volcano (the second largest and most active volcano in the world), this activity is by foot and if the weather conditions permit, we will also visit Chico Volcano for enjoying a box lunch (4 hours hike approximately). After this, we come back to the hotel for a free time in the beach or snorkeling (not included) in Concha Perla. Last night in the Enchanted Islands “The Galapagos”.  

Day 5 – Isabela to Santa Cruz. Flight back to Quito (BB)

Early in the morning (6 am), we start our trip back to Santa Cruz by a speed boat (around 2 hours). As soon as you arrive, free time to go to Charles Darwin Station or explore the town, depending on the flight time. Transfer to Baltra Airport for your flight back to Quito. End of our services.
NOTES:
  • Food detail: B: breakfast. L: lunch BL: box lunch BB: box breakfast
  • Hotels and Daily tours depend on availability
  • If the tour group is bigger than 8 pax, you will have an Ecuadorian Tour Leader with the group in order to assist you all the time.
  • Accommodation in double rooms standard with breakfast included.
  • The earliest flight to GPS and the latest flight back to Quito is recommended.
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DELUXE ACCOMODATION WITH INTER ISLAND FLIGHTS!!

Day 1 – Quito – Santa Cruz – El Chato – Tortuga Bay (B, L)

Upon Arrival to the islands don´t forget to show your Transit Control Card (included) that we will buy in the office of INGALA in the airport in Quito and give it to you. Once at Baltra airport our staff will meet and take you to Santa Cruz Island, where you will visit the highlands of the island, here you can admire the giant tortoises in their natural state, see the lava tunnels and enjoy a delicious lunch at one of its ranches (also the famous twins on the way). After this our guide will get to the hotel for a short rest. In the afternoon, you will go to Tortuga Bay for enjoining a white sand beach (40 minutes’ walk approximately).  

Day 2 – Full day Bartolome or Seymour North (B, L)

Early in the morning we will be picked up by the transportation that will take us into the Itabaca channel, from where you will board the yacht. Bartolome Island is famous for its Pinnacle Rock, a tower or lance-shaped obelisk that rises from the edge of the ocean and is one of the most famous images of the islands. A beach in perfect crescent shaped, with pink and white sands, east of the pinnacle. On this beach, where the crystal waters are waiting for us to do snorkelling. Under the surface, we find schools of tropical fish, sea urchins, starfish and sea anemones. Depending of the day, another option is North Seymour a natural refuge of Blue-footed boobies and large colonies of nesting frigate birds. Just off shore can often witness the Galapagos surf club members, the sea lions. In this tour, as well, will stop at isolated beach called Bachas, for a refreshing snorkel. North Seymour is one of the most popular day tours from Santa Cruz.  

Day 3 – AM: Transfer to Isabela, visit Humedales – PM: Tour Tintoreras - Snorkeling (B, L)

After breakfast, free time to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station (depending of your flight time). Later on, you will be pick up to take you to Baltra airport to take your scenic flight to Isabela for 30-45 minutes. As soon as you arrive on Isabela Island, you will visit the Breeding Center of giant tortoises where you will see from eggs to adolescence, in the same facilities of the Galapagos National Park with a small interpretation center. As well the wetlands located at 5 km from the town, complemented by several trails through different wetlands each with an especially attractive, like flamingos, lagoons, small beaches, lava tunnels, the stream etc. After lunch you will visit "Las Tintoreras," a chain of small islets full of cove and hidden beaches. The islet “Las Tintoreras” is located in the south part of Puerto Villamil. It has a bay where a walk of around 20 min is possible to see sea lions, marine turtle, iguanas, manta rays, etc. This bay is connected by a superficial crack with crystalline water which is closed off during low tide. In this crack, you may see white tipped reef shark swimming with the rest of the tropical fish and sea lions. After the walk, you will return to the boat that will take you to the place where you will snorkel and you will appreciate the flora and fauna of the area.  

Day 4 – AM: Visit Sierra Negra & Chico Volcano – PM: Free time (B, BL)

  After breakfast, we will take our private transportation to go to Sierra Negra Volcano (the second largest and most active volcano in the world), this activity is by foot and if the weather conditions permit, we will also visit Chico Volcano for enjoying a box lunch (4 hours hike approximately). After this, we come back to the hotel for a free time in the beach or snorkeling (not included) in Concha Perla. Last night in the Enchanted Islands “The Galapagos”.  

Day 5 – Isabela to Santa Cruz. Flight Back to Quito (BB)

  In the morning, we start our trip back to Santa Cruz by a scenic flight. Depending on the internal and the local flight back time to Quito, you will be pick up. On Baltra Airport, you will be on time ready for you flight. End of our services.

NOTES:

  • Food detail: B: breakfast. L: lunch  BL: box lunch BB: box breakfast
  • Hotels and Daily tours depend on availability
  • If the tour group is bigger than 8 pax, you will have an Ecuadorian Tour Leader with the group in order to assist you all the time.
  • Deluxe accommodation in double rooms standard with breakfast included.
  • The earliest flight to GPS and the latest flight back to Quito is recommended.
  • Included scenic flight but timings are not prescheduled so that it gives us the flexibility to accommodate continental flight arrivals or departures to ensure you are transferred to your island within the shortest possible time.
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