Galápagos Island Hopping

Classic, Puerto Ayora to Puerto Ayora

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Looking for more than a cruise to the islands? A week of touring the less-explored parts of the Galápagos Islands is the answer. We’ll start in Santa Cruz, then head to Floreana to stay on a part of the island that sees less visitors than the rest. From there it’s on to Isabela for a few days of hiking, snorkelling, and visiting the island’s main highlights. Top that off with a hike up Sierra Negra Volcano – the second-largest volcanic crater in the world – along with the Galápagos’ typical array of exotic wildlife and prepare to be amazed.

What’s included

  • G Adventures for Good: Floreana Community Restaurants, Floreana Island G Adventures for Good: Floreana Community Guesthouse, Floreana Island
  • Visit to Las Grietas (Santa Cruz Island)
  • Snorkelling at Loberia (Floreana Island)
  • Flamingo Lagoon visit (Isabela Island)
  • Sierra Negra volcano hike with lava fields visit (Isabela Island)
  • Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre visit (Isabela Island)
  • Tortuga Bay hike (Santa Cruz Island)
  • Isabela Municipal Tax
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Hike up sierra negra volcano – the second-largest volcanic crater in the world – and walk on the lava fields
  • Observe flamingos at an isolated lagoon
  • Be amazed at the unique wildlife of the galápagos
  • Enjoy a g adventures-supported community guesthouse on floreana.

Itinerary

Day 1 Puerto Ayora As reaching the hotel in Santa Cruz (Puerto Ayora) from the Baltra airport can be tricky, exit the airport and head for the public bus to Itabaca Canal. From there, take a ferry across the canal to Santa Cruz Island. From the ferry terminal, opt to take a taxi or bus to Puerto Ayora, typically a 45-min ride. There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Puerto Ayora/Floreana Island (1B, 1D) In the morning, walk to "Las Grietas" located across Academy Bay, walk through a rugged cactus forest on the way to this stunning lagoon. In the afternoon, hop on a speedboat to nearby Floreana Island. Stay in the G Adventures-supported community guesthouses and eat meals in the community restaurants and help to support community tourism on the island. Additional Notes: Please note that travel between islands is done by speedboat. The ride can be quite rough, especially from July to December. Make sure to bring sea sickness medication if you are prone to sea sickness. Included Activities: Swimming at Las Grietas Floreana Community Restaurants Floreana Community Guesthouse Transport: Keep an eye out for dolphins and birds along the way. Speedboat (2.00 hour(s))
Day 3 Floreana Island (1B, 1L, 1D) Walk along the black-sand beach until Loberia, and enjoy beach snorkelling or swimming. Head up to the seldom-visited highlands of Floreana. Enjoy guided walks to observe birds and other wildlife and learn about the area's natural history. Included Activities: Loberia Snorkelling Excursion Floreana Highlands Excursion Floreana Community Restaurants Floreana Community Guesthouse
Day 4 Floreana Island/Isabela Island (1B) Hike to the summit to experience a bird's-eye view of this magical landscape. Continue to the lava fields of Volcano Chico admiring views of the surrounding volcanoes and islands. Additional Notes: Please note - due to increased volcanic activity in Sierra Negra for safety reasons some hiking areas are restricted at this time. Included Activities: Sierra Negra Volcano Excursion Transport: Speedboat (2.00-2.50 hours)
Day 5 Isabela Island (1B) Explore the surroundings with a short walk to observe pink flamingos in the wetlands and catch a stunning Isabela sunset on the beach. Along the way, stop at a lookout point, and visit natural pools, beaches, and mangrove swamps. In the evening, relax at the bar or on the beach and opt to enjoy a drink at sunset. Additional Notes: Please note that space may be limited for optional activities during high season, these activities are operated by third-party operators and will be subject to availability. Included Activities: Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre Visit
Day 6 Isabela Island/Puerto Ayora (1B) In the evening, enjoy free time to explore this bustling little town and sample some of the local restaurants and bars, or do a little last minute shopping. Included Activities: Tortuga Bay Hike Transport: Speedboat (2.00-3.00 hours)
Day 7 Puerto Ayora (1B) Depart at any time.
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