12 Days Galapagos Island Hopping expedition (tourist class)

Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours, Traveler pickup is offered to San Cristobal Island Airport

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On this 12 day individual island hopping program, you will experience the highlights of the Galapagos with Las Tijerertas, Kicker Rock, La Lobería, Puerto Chino, Los Tuneles, Lava Tunnels and El Chato Farm, Santa Cruz highlands. You will stay in tourist class hotels. You will have different guides during your tours and you could be joined by other travelers on your day tours.
ItineraryDay 1: SAN CRISTOBAL – FREE AFTERNOONStop At: San Cristobal Interpretation Center, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal, Galapagos IslandsToday you will arrive to the airport of San Cristobal, one of the Galapagos Islands. You will be picked up at the airport and transferred by private transport with an English speaking contact person to your hotel in the town Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Here you will have a meet & greet with one of out staff members who will explain the rest of the itinerary to you. The rest of the afternoon is free to explore the town, or walk to the interpretation center, the beaches or Tijeretas.Duration: 3 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Accommodation in Standard hotel: Hotel Casa Playa Mann or similarDay 2: KICKER ROCKStop At: Kicker Rock, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal, Galapagos IslandsToday you will have a day tour to Kicker Rock, with lunch and snorkeling equipment included. With a small boat you set for the lava formation in the middle of the ocean called Kicker Rock (or León Dormido in Spanish as they say it looks like a sleeping sea lion). First you will circle around the rock formation to observe the difference bird species that use the rock formation as a resting or nesting place. Afterwards the boat will anchor and you will jump of the boat to snorkel the canal in between the rock formation. Beware that the currents can be strong and that you will be snorkeling in open waters without being able to see the bottom. Here you will be able to spot different shark species (sometimes even hammerheads!). turtles, rays, and more. In some seasons you might encounter jellyfish which can sting, however a wetsuit will be provided when this is the case. After snorkeling you will continue to Manglecito or a similar beach. This white coral beach offers the opportunity to walk around and relax and swim in shallow waters before returning to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. You will have a box lunch on board. * It is also possible to dive at Kicker Rock (two immersion) if you have your PADI certificate (+ $ 80) including equipment.Duration: 10 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch: Boxed lunchAccommodation included: Accommodation in Standard hotel: Hotel Casa Playa Mann or similarDay 3: SAN CRISTOBAL HIGHLANDSStop At: San Cristobal Interpretation Center, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal, Galapagos IslandsToday you will have a half day tour to the highlands of San Cristobal. In about 30 minutes your driver brings you to your first stop: El Junco Crater Lake, the only freshwater lake on the Galapagos Islands. Afterwards you continue driving to Puerto Chino, a beautiful white sanded beach (watch fo horseflies). Follow a path that leads you passing the typical Opuntia cactuses until you get to the white sandy beach of Puerto Chino. Here you can make a small walk passing the lazy sea lions that sleep on the beach, towards the blue footed boobies on the rocks. From the top you have an amazing view and you might see some sea turtles in the turquoise seawater. You will walk back to the car so you can continue to La Galapaguera, a breeding center with very nice wooden walkways and clear indications. To get to the station your driver brings you to the entrance, from where you can walk towards the incubation center. Along the way you might have to step over a tortoise, as they walk around loose in the area! After the tour you will have lunch and the the driver brings you back to your hotel.Duration: 6 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchAccommodation included: Accommodation in Standard hotel: Hotel Casa Playa Mann or similarDay 4: SAN CRISTOBAL FREE DAY Stop At: San Cristobal Interpretation Center, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal, Galapagos IslandsToday you have a day off to enjoy San Cristobal by yourself. Duration: 12 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Accommodation in Standard hotel: Hotel Casa Playa Mann or similarDay 5: SANTA CRUZ – BAY TOUR – LA LOBERIAStop At: Santa Cruz Island, Santa Cruz, Galapagos IslandsIn the morning you will transfer to the harbor to take the public speedboat to go to Santa Cruz Island. Upon arrival there you will be transferred to your hotel, where you will have a meet & greet with a staff member. In the afternoon after lunch, you have a Santa Cruz Bay tour included. During the tour you are going with a boat to Academy Bay, where you can swim and snorkel with sea lions and all kind of colorful fish, also known as La Lobería. You can see the blue footed boobies who are resting at the edge of the cliffs. If you climb to the viewpoint and if you are lucky, you can see white-tipped reed sharks swimming. From that spot you can walk to Playa de los Perros were many sea iguanas are resting in the sun. The enormous cacti, the red color of the rocks and the turquoise color of the ocean make a great scenery for landscape pictures.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Accommodation in Standard hotel: Hotel Silberstein or similarDay 6: SANTA CRUZ – SANTA FE / PINZONStop At: Santa FeA day to discover the wonderful underwater world of Galapagos. Depending on the day of the week, your snorkeling tour will take you either to the waters around the island Santa Fe or Pinzon. After taking a boat there, you will have to chance to snorkel and swim with sealions, tropical fish, white tipped reefsharks and more of the fauna that is present in Galapagos. Lunch will be had aboard, after which you can enjoy time at a beach and snorkel from here again. Return in the afternoon to Puerto Ayora.Duration: 6 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchAccommodation included: Accommodation in Standard hotel: Hotel Silberstein or similarDay 7: SANTA CRUZ – ISABELA Stop At: Isabela Island, Isabela, Galapagos IslandsEarly in the morning you will be transferred to the dock, to take the public ferry leaving at 07:00 AM to Isabela Island. Upon arrival at Isabela, after 2 – 2.5 hours, you will be transferred to your hotel. For the rest fo the day you will have a bicycle at your disposal to discover the wonderful island. Don’t forget to discover the wetlands, explore the wall of tears and go past the Flamingo Lagoon and the tortoise breeding center.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Accommodation in Standard hotel: The Wooden House Lodge or similarDay 8: TINTORERASStop At: Las Tintoreras, Puerto Villamil, Isabela, Galapagos IslandsToday you will have a half day tour to Tintoreras Islet. It is called like this due to a large crack, in which white-tip sharks known as Tintoreras come daily to rest at the bottom. You will have a transport which will take you to the pier of Puerto Villamil, here you will board a boat for 10 minutes to cross to the islet which is located across the bay. It will be necessary for passengers to use walking shoes or sneakers (closed shoes) to cross the volcanic rocks. You can also observe penguins, sea lions, marine iguanas and you can go snorkeling with colorful tropical fish while enjoying the beaches of Isabela.Duration: 6 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Accommodation in Standard hotel: The Wooden House Lodge or similarDay 9: ISABELA FREE DAYStop At: Isabela Island, Isabela, Galapagos IslandsFree day to explore Isabela. You have a full day (7hours) bicycle at your disposal to cycle the island.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Accommodation in Standard hotel: The Wooden House Lodge or similarDay 10: ISABELA – LOS TÚNELESStop At: Los Tuneles, Puerto Villamil, Isabela, Galapagos IslandsToday you will have a tour to Los Tuneles. This marine snacturary is characterized by its unique geologic formations. A series of lava flows have produced a number or arches and tunnels both under and above the water, where you find a number of animal species that have taken up residence in these magnificent formations. Together with your bilingual guide you will walk through this incredible landscape and you will have the opportunity to see blue footed boobies, sea lions, penguins and the landscapes. The you will head to El Finado, just 10 minutes from Los Tuneles. Here is an islet that for many years has been used by local fisherman to rest from their journeys in the ocean. El Finado is one of the most spectacular places for snorkeling in Isabela as the water is shallow, clear and calm, giving us chance to see sea horses, parrot fish, hog fish, wrasses, in their mysterious habitat. You will snorkel between lava rocks or formed caves, a preferred spot for stingrays, white tipped sharks, sea turtles and colorful tropical fish. In the early afternoon we will return to Puerto Villamil. Snorkeling equipment and snack is included.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Accommodation in Standard hotel:The Wooden House Lodge or similarDay 11: SANTA CRUZ HIGHLANDSStop At: Santa Cruz IslandToday you will have a very early transfer to catch the 06:00 AM speedboat back to Santa Cruz. Here you will be transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon you will take a transfer with a Spanish speaking driver up to the highlands of Santa Cruz, to the private finca to El Chato, where it is possible to see the Galapagos Tortoises in its natural habitat.Duration: 4 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchAccommodation included: Accommodation in Standard hotel: Hotel Silberstein or similarDay 12: TRANSFER OUTStop At: Baltra AirportIn accordance with your flight schedule, we will program you transfer out to Baltra, with a Spanish speaking driverDuration: 2 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

What’s included

  • 11x Breakfast
  • 4x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 11 nights
  • Accommodation in a single, double or triple room.
  • Snorkel gear.
  • English speaking naturalist guide (local Galapagos guide)
  • Transfer in from San Cristobal airport and transfer out to Baltra airport.
  • Transfer to highlands Santa Cruz and visit to El Chato farm.
  • Transportation between the Islands.
  • 24/7 assistance in Dutch, English and Spanish.
  • Entry/Admission - Santa Cruz Island

What’s not included

  • Round trip flights from mainland Ecuador to Galapagos Islands.
  • Entrance fee Galapagos National Park: $100 p.p. (cash only)
  • Migratory Control Card: $20 p.p. (cash only)
  • Isabela dock fee: $10 p.p. (cash only)
  • Water taxi $ 1 p.p. each way (a boat that takes you from the Speedboat to the Harbor and vice versa)
  • Transportation between Baltra Airport – Itabaca Channel fee ($5 p.p. each way)
  • Wet-suits rent: $5 p.p. (recommendable between May-November)
  • Food and drinks that are not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Personal health & travel insurance.
  • Optional tips for the guide.

Itinerary

Day 10: ISABELA – LOS TÚNELES Stop At: Los Tuneles, Puerto Villamil, Isabela, Galapagos Islands Today you will have a tour to Los Tuneles. This marine snacturary is characterized by its unique geologic formations. A series of lava flows have produced a number or arches and tunnels both under and above the water, where you find a number of animal species that have taken up residence in these magnificent formations. Together with your bilingual guide you will walk through this incredible landscape and you will have the opportunity to see blue footed boobies, sea lions, penguins and the landscapes. The you will head to El Finado, just 10 minutes from Los Tuneles. Here is an islet that for many years has been used by local fisherman to rest from their journeys in the ocean. El Finado is one of the most spectacular places for snorkeling in Isabela as the water is shallow, clear and calm, giving us chance to see sea horses, parrot fish, hog fish, wrasses, in their mysterious habitat. You will snorkel between lava rocks or formed caves, a preferred spot for stingrays, white tipped sharks, sea turtles and colorful tropical fish. In the early afternoon we will return to Puerto Villamil. Snorkeling equipment and snack is included. Duration: 8 hours Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Accommodation in Standard hotel:The Wooden House Lodge or similar
Day 11: SANTA CRUZ HIGHLANDS Stop At: Santa Cruz Island Today you will have a very early transfer to catch the 06:00 AM speedboat back to Santa Cruz. Here you will be transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon you will take a transfer with a Spanish speaking driver up to the highlands of Santa Cruz, to the private finca to El Chato, where it is possible to see the Galapagos Tortoises in its natural habitat. Duration: 4 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch Accommodation included: Accommodation in Standard hotel: Hotel Silberstein or similar
Day 12: TRANSFER OUT Stop At: Baltra Airport In accordance with your flight schedule, we will program you transfer out to Baltra, with a Spanish speaking driver Duration: 2 hours Meals included: • Breakfast No accommodation included on this day.
Day 1: SAN CRISTOBAL – FREE AFTERNOON Stop At: San Cristobal Interpretation Center, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands Today you will arrive to the airport of San Cristobal, one of the Galapagos Islands. You will be picked up at the airport and transferred by private transport with an English speaking contact person to your hotel in the town Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Here you will have a meet & greet with one of out staff members who will explain the rest of the itinerary to you. The rest of the afternoon is free to explore the town, or walk to the interpretation center, the beaches or Tijeretas. Duration: 3 hours No meals included on this day. Accommodation included: Accommodation in Standard hotel: Hotel Casa Playa Mann or similar
Day 2: KICKER ROCK Stop At: Kicker Rock, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands Today you will have a day tour to Kicker Rock, with lunch and snorkeling equipment included. With a small boat you set for the lava formation in the middle of the ocean called Kicker Rock (or León Dormido in Spanish as they say it looks like a sleeping sea lion). First you will circle around the rock formation to observe the difference bird species that use the rock formation as a resting or nesting place. Afterwards the boat will anchor and you will jump of the boat to snorkel the canal in between the rock formation. Beware that the currents can be strong and that you will be snorkeling in open waters without being able to see the bottom. Here you will be able to spot different shark species (sometimes even hammerheads!). turtles, rays, and more. In some seasons you might encounter jellyfish which can sting, however a wetsuit will be provided when this is the case. After snorkeling you will continue to Manglecito or a similar beach. This white coral beach offers the opportunity to walk around and relax and swim in shallow waters before returning to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. You will have a box lunch on board. * It is also possible to dive at Kicker Rock (two immersion) if you have your PADI certificate (+ $ 80) including equipment. Duration: 10 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch: Boxed lunch Accommodation included: Accommodation in Standard hotel: Hotel Casa Playa Mann or similar
Day 3: SAN CRISTOBAL HIGHLANDS Stop At: San Cristobal Interpretation Center, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands Today you will have a half day tour to the highlands of San Cristobal. In about 30 minutes your driver brings you to your first stop: El Junco Crater Lake, the only freshwater lake on the Galapagos Islands. Afterwards you continue driving to Puerto Chino, a beautiful white sanded beach (watch fo horseflies). Follow a path that leads you passing the typical Opuntia cactuses until you get to the white sandy beach of Puerto Chino. Here you can make a small walk passing the lazy sea lions that sleep on the beach, towards the blue footed boobies on the rocks. From the top you have an amazing view and you might see some sea turtles in the turquoise seawater. You will walk back to the car so you can continue to La Galapaguera, a breeding center with very nice wooden walkways and clear indications. To get to the station your driver brings you to the entrance, from where you can walk towards the incubation center. Along the way you might have to step over a tortoise, as they walk around loose in the area! After the tour you will have lunch and the the driver brings you back to your hotel. Duration: 6 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch Accommodation included: Accommodation in Standard hotel: Hotel Casa Playa Mann or similar
Day 4: SAN CRISTOBAL FREE DAY Stop At: San Cristobal Interpretation Center, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands Today you have a day off to enjoy San Cristobal by yourself. Duration: 12 hours Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Accommodation in Standard hotel: Hotel Casa Playa Mann or similar
Day 5: SANTA CRUZ – BAY TOUR – LA LOBERIA Stop At: Santa Cruz Island, Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands In the morning you will transfer to the harbor to take the public speedboat to go to Santa Cruz Island. Upon arrival there you will be transferred to your hotel, where you will have a meet & greet with a staff member. In the afternoon after lunch, you have a Santa Cruz Bay tour included. During the tour you are going with a boat to Academy Bay, where you can swim and snorkel with sea lions and all kind of colorful fish, also known as La Lobería. You can see the blue footed boobies who are resting at the edge of the cliffs. If you climb to the viewpoint and if you are lucky, you can see white-tipped reed sharks swimming. From that spot you can walk to Playa de los Perros were many sea iguanas are resting in the sun. The enormous cacti, the red color of the rocks and the turquoise color of the ocean make a great scenery for landscape pictures. Duration: 8 hours Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Accommodation in Standard hotel: Hotel Silberstein or similar
Day 6: SANTA CRUZ – SANTA FE / PINZON Stop At: Santa Fe A day to discover the wonderful underwater world of Galapagos. Depending on the day of the week, your snorkeling tour will take you either to the waters around the island Santa Fe or Pinzon. After taking a boat there, you will have to chance to snorkel and swim with sealions, tropical fish, white tipped reefsharks and more of the fauna that is present in Galapagos. Lunch will be had aboard, after which you can enjoy time at a beach and snorkel from here again. Return in the afternoon to Puerto Ayora. Duration: 6 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch Accommodation included: Accommodation in Standard hotel: Hotel Silberstein or similar
Day 7: SANTA CRUZ – ISABELA Stop At: Isabela Island, Isabela, Galapagos Islands Early in the morning you will be transferred to the dock, to take the public ferry leaving at 07:00 AM to Isabela Island. Upon arrival at Isabela, after 2 – 2.5 hours, you will be transferred to your hotel. For the rest fo the day you will have a bicycle at your disposal to discover the wonderful island. Don’t forget to discover the wetlands, explore the wall of tears and go past the Flamingo Lagoon and the tortoise breeding center. Duration: 8 hours Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Accommodation in Standard hotel: The Wooden House Lodge or similar
Day 8: TINTORERAS Stop At: Las Tintoreras, Puerto Villamil, Isabela, Galapagos Islands Today you will have a half day tour to Tintoreras Islet. It is called like this due to a large crack, in which white-tip sharks known as Tintoreras come daily to rest at the bottom. You will have a transport which will take you to the pier of Puerto Villamil, here you will board a boat for 10 minutes to cross to the islet which is located across the bay. It will be necessary for passengers to use walking shoes or sneakers (closed shoes) to cross the volcanic rocks. You can also observe penguins, sea lions, marine iguanas and you can go snorkeling with colorful tropical fish while enjoying the beaches of Isabela. Duration: 6 hours Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Accommodation in Standard hotel: The Wooden House Lodge or similar
Day 9: ISABELA FREE DAY Stop At: Isabela Island, Isabela, Galapagos Islands Free day to explore Isabela. You have a full day (7hours) bicycle at your disposal to cycle the island. Duration: 8 hours Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Accommodation in Standard hotel: The Wooden House Lodge or similar
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