6 Day Classic Island Hopping

Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours, Traveler pickup is offeredPortsSan Cristobal airport to null

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Do you not like snorkeling, but you want to see the Galapagos? Then this holiday might be perfect for you as a non-swimmer. The classic island hopping tours of Galapagos are designed for travelers who love a mix of adventure, family hotels and good food. These tours are a combination of interesting day trips and time to explore the Galapagos Islands themselves. The hotels are tourist superior class.HIGHLIGHTS- Santa Cruz highlands: Walk around giant tortoises in their natural habitat.- El Junco volcano San Cristobal: The only place on the Galapagos with natural fresh water.- Puerto Villamil: Kayaking while you can spot penguins and blue footed boobies.- Wetlands: Mountain biking next to giant turtles and long white beaches.
ItineraryDay 1: QUITO/GUAYAQUIL – SAN CRISTOBALStop At: Airport Isla San CristobalThe guide will pick you up at San Cristobal airport and take you to the hotel. After a nice Ecuadorian lunch, you have the time to visit Playa Mann, Las Tijeretas or Punta Carolina yourself. You will be welcomed by the hundreds of Galapagos sea lions that live in the village.Duration: 6 hoursMeals included: • LunchAccommodation included: Accommodation in Casa Playa Mann or similarDay 2: SAN CRISTOBAL HIGHLANDS – EL JUNCO – PUERTO CHINOStop At: San CristobalToday you will visit the highlands of San Cristobal. Your driver will take you to your first stop in about 30 minutes: El Junco Crater Lake, the only freshwater lake on the Galapagos Islands. Then you continue to Puerto Chino, a beautiful white sanded beach (lookout for horseflies). Follow a path that leads you along the cacti of the Opuntia until you reach the white sandy beach of Puerto Chino. Here you can take a short walk along the lazy sea lions that lie on the beach, towards the blue footed boobies on the rocks. You walk back to the car so you can continue to La Galapaguera, a breeding ground with very nice wooden walkways and clear indications.Duration: 6 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchAccommodation included: Accommodation in Casa Playa Mann or similarDay 3: FLIGHT ISABELA – MURO DE LAS LAGRIMAS – WETLANDSStop At: Isabela Island, Isabela, Galapagos IslandsEarly in the morning you go to Isabela with a flight of 30 to 40 minutes. After dropping off your luggage and enjoying the village a bit, go on a mountain bike or simply walk to the Muro de Las Lagrimas. Along the way you have a great chance to see the giant tortoises just next to the road.Duration: 6 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Accommodation in Wooden House or similarDay 4: SIERRA NEGRA VOLCANO – KAYAK PUERTO VILLAMILStop At: Sierra Negra, Isabela, Galapagos IslandsEarly in the morning you will be picked up and driven to the highlands. The first stop during your walk is the Sierra Negra volcano, which is the second largest active crater in the world with a diameter of 10 km. The second part of the walk takes you to Chico, a cone of Sierra Negra with moonlike landscapes. This gives you an idea of how the islands looked at their creation. At the end of the afternoon you will make a leisurely kayak trip in the port of Puerto Villamil, this takes about 1.5 hours.Duration: 6 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch: Lunch box providedAccommodation included: Accommodation in Wooden House or similarDay 5: CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH CENTER – SANTA CRUZ HIGHLANDSStop At: Charles Darwin Research Station, Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz, Galapagos IslandsAt 06:00 you take the public speed boat to Santa Cruz Island, where you will have breakfast. Then you will visit the renowned Charles Darwin Research Station. In the afternoon you will visit the highlands of Santa Cruz with the giant turtles. The ride takes about 40 minutes from the village of Puerto Ayora. You take a small walk of about 30 minutes on a private ranch and you see the big turtles in their natural habitat. In the evening you have a farewell dinner.Duration: 6 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Accommodation in Hotel Silberstein or similarDay 6: TRANSFER OUTStop At: Baltra AirportAfter breakfast you will travel to Baltra airport. The tour ends on arrival at the airport, where you leave for Quito or Guayaquil.Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

What’s included

  • 5x Breakfast
  • 1x Dinner
  • 3x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 5 nights
  • Accommodation in a single, double or triple room
  • Airport pickup and drop off at Baltra airport at your arrival/departure time
  • Transportation on and between the Islands as described in the itinerary
  • Local naturalist guide (English & Spanish speaking)
  • All activities as described in the itinerary
  • Snorkeling equipment: mask, snorkel, fins and life vest
  • Transportation between Baltra Airport – Itabaca Channel fee ($5 p.p.) each way
  • 24/7 assistance in English, Dutch and Spanish
  • Entry/Admission - San Cristobal
  • Entry/Admission - Isabela Island
  • Entry/Admission - Sierra Negra
  • Entry/Admission - Charles Darwin Research Station
  • Entry/Admission - Baltra Airport

What’s not included

  • Return flights from mainland Ecuador to Galapagos Islands
  • Food & drinks that are not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fee for the Galapagos National Park: $ 100 p.p. (cash only)
  • Migratory Control Card / Ingala Transit Card: $ 20 p.p. (cash only)
  • Water Taxi around $ 1 p.p. (small boat that takes you from the speedboat to the harbor and back)
  • For rent: wetsuit (recommended between May – November): $ 5 p.p. per day (cash only)
  • Personal travel & health insurance
  • Optional tips for the guide

Itinerary

Day 1: QUITO/GUAYAQUIL – SAN CRISTOBAL Stop At: Airport Isla San Cristobal The guide will pick you up at San Cristobal airport and take you to the hotel. After a nice Ecuadorian lunch, you have the time to visit Playa Mann, Las Tijeretas or Punta Carolina yourself. You will be welcomed by the hundreds of Galapagos sea lions that live in the village. Duration: 6 hours Meals included: • Lunch Accommodation included: Accommodation in Casa Playa Mann or similar
Day 2: SAN CRISTOBAL HIGHLANDS – EL JUNCO – PUERTO CHINO Stop At: San Cristobal Today you will visit the highlands of San Cristobal. Your driver will take you to your first stop in about 30 minutes: El Junco Crater Lake, the only freshwater lake on the Galapagos Islands. Then you continue to Puerto Chino, a beautiful white sanded beach (lookout for horseflies). Follow a path that leads you along the cacti of the Opuntia until you reach the white sandy beach of Puerto Chino. Here you can take a short walk along the lazy sea lions that lie on the beach, towards the blue footed boobies on the rocks. You walk back to the car so you can continue to La Galapaguera, a breeding ground with very nice wooden walkways and clear indications. Duration: 6 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch Accommodation included: Accommodation in Casa Playa Mann or similar
Day 3: FLIGHT ISABELA – MURO DE LAS LAGRIMAS – WETLANDS Stop At: Isabela Island, Isabela, Galapagos Islands Early in the morning you go to Isabela with a flight of 30 to 40 minutes. After dropping off your luggage and enjoying the village a bit, go on a mountain bike or simply walk to the Muro de Las Lagrimas. Along the way you have a great chance to see the giant tortoises just next to the road. Duration: 6 hours Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Accommodation in Wooden House or similar
Day 4: SIERRA NEGRA VOLCANO – KAYAK PUERTO VILLAMIL Stop At: Sierra Negra, Isabela, Galapagos Islands Early in the morning you will be picked up and driven to the highlands. The first stop during your walk is the Sierra Negra volcano, which is the second largest active crater in the world with a diameter of 10 km. The second part of the walk takes you to Chico, a cone of Sierra Negra with moonlike landscapes. This gives you an idea of how the islands looked at their creation. At the end of the afternoon you will make a leisurely kayak trip in the port of Puerto Villamil, this takes about 1.5 hours. Duration: 6 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch: Lunch box provided Accommodation included: Accommodation in Wooden House or similar
Day 5: CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH CENTER – SANTA CRUZ HIGHLANDS Stop At: Charles Darwin Research Station, Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands At 06:00 you take the public speed boat to Santa Cruz Island, where you will have breakfast. Then you will visit the renowned Charles Darwin Research Station. In the afternoon you will visit the highlands of Santa Cruz with the giant turtles. The ride takes about 40 minutes from the village of Puerto Ayora. You take a small walk of about 30 minutes on a private ranch and you see the big turtles in their natural habitat. In the evening you have a farewell dinner. Duration: 6 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Dinner Accommodation included: Accommodation in Hotel Silberstein or similar
Day 6: TRANSFER OUT Stop At: Baltra Airport After breakfast you will travel to Baltra airport. The tour ends on arrival at the airport, where you leave for Quito or Guayaquil. Duration: 3 hours Meals included: • Breakfast No accommodation included on this day.
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