8-Day Galapagos Island Hopping Tour

Multi-day & Extended Tours, San Cristobal Airport (SCY) to Seymour / Baltra Airport (GPS)

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HIGHLIGHTS • Kicker Rock: the favorite place for an array of marine birds, and great underwater life. • Santa Cruz highlands: walk a around giant tortoises in their natural habitat. • Los Tuneles: Snorkel in the clear waters and swim with a lot of different animal species. • Charles Darwin Research Station: known for its turtles, born from 3 inches to 4 feet long. • Wetlands and Tintoreras: Visit the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center, Wall of Tears and Tintoreras islet. • Sierra Negra Volcano:  stimulate your sense of adventure by hiking in the crater of the huge Volcano. • Puerto Villamil: enjoy an adventurous morning with a kayak excursion in the bay of Puerto Villamil.  • San Cristobal Interpretation Center: learn about the evolution of the species in the Islands.
B = Breakfast included; L = Lunch included; BL = Boxlunch; S = Snack included; D = Dinner included; Acc = AccomodationDAY 1 (L): QUITO – SAN CRISTOBAL – PLAYA MANN Our guide will be waiting for you at the San Cristobal airport. If you arrive before 02:00 PM you will get lunch. You will visit The San Cristobal Interpretation Center. Then you will go to Playa Mann for your first contact with the stunning waters of these islands.Acc: Hotel Casa Playa Mann or similar.DAY 2 (B, L): KICKER ROCK After breakfast, you go by boat to snorkel at the famous Kicker Rock; the favorite place for an array of marine birds and underwater life. In the afternoon you go back to the hotel.Acc: Hotel Casa Playa Mann or similar.DAY 3 (B, L, D): PUERTO AYORA – CHARLES DARWIN STATION – SANTA CRUZ ISLAND HIGHLANDSAround 07:00 AM you will take the public speedboat from San Cristobal to Puerto Ayora. Around 10:30 AM you will visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, where you can see the memorial site of the last living Galapagos tortoise of its species. Then you will go to the Highlands of Santa Cruz and have lunch. At night you will have a special diner to show you the gastronomy of the island.Acc: Hotel Silberstein or similar.DAY 4 (B): FREE MORNING – ISABELA ISLAND – FLAMINGO LAGOONFree morning. Around 1:30 PM, you will take a public speedboat to Isabela Island, (2,5 hours). Upon arrival in Isabela, you will visit the Flamingo Lagoon. Acc: Hotel The Wooden House or similar.DAY 5 (B, BL): SIERRA NEGRA ACTIVE VOLCANO TREK – CONCHA PERLA SNORKELYou’ll take an excursion to the Sierra Negra Volcano, the second largest volcanic crater in the world.  You will hike to the Sierra Negra (4 hours). After returning to the hotel, you can go snorkeling or swimming by yourself at Concha Perla.Acc: Hotel The Wooden House or similar.DAY 6 (B, S): LOS TUNELES SNORKELINGYour guide will take you to Los Tuneles. The water is shallow, calm and very clear- a sea sanctuary. You will have lunch on board and then return to Puerto Villamil.Acc: Hotel The Wooden House or similar.DAY 7 (B): KAYAK IN PUERTO VILLAMIL TINTORERAS – FREE AFTERNOONThe guide will accompany you for a kayak excursion in the bay of Puerto Villamil. After, you have time to enjoy the beautiful beach or do an optional activity.Acc: Hotel The Wooden House or similar.DAY 8 (B): TRANSFER OUT TO BALTRA AIRPORTAt 6:00 AM you take the public speedboat to Puerto Ayora (2,5 hours), then you go by taxi to the airport (about 40 minutes). 

What’s included

  • Meals as described in itinerary (B = breakfast, L = lunch, BL = boxlunch, S = snack, D = dinner)
  • Accommodation in a single, double or triple room.
  • Airport pickup and drop off at San Cristobal and 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.
  • 24/7 assistance in English, Dutch and Spanish.

What’s not included

  • Flights from and returning to Ecuador.
  • 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.
  • Isabela dock fee $ 10 p.p. cash only.
  • Water Taxi (small boat that takes you from the speedboat to the harbor and back)
  • Transportation between Baltra Airport – Itabaca Channel fee ($5 p.p.) each way
  • For rent: wetsuit (recommended between May – November) $ 5 p.p. per day – cash only.
  • For rent: rain boots (recommended for Sierra Negra hike between June – September) $ 2 p.p. per day.
  • Optional tips for the guide


  • Close encounter with wildlife
  • Enjoy fantastic aerial views
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Get up-close to native wildlife
  • Step back in time on a history tour