This island-hopping Galapagos tour concentrates on Isabela and Santa Cruz Islands, with the wealth of wildlife they offer. If you suffer from sea sickness, this could be the tour for you as you sleep on dry land!
Day 1 – Arrival Santa Cruz Island
We fly you from Quito or Guayaquil to the island of Baltra to start your Galapagos tour, where you will be met by our local representative.
You will be transferred by a short bus and boat ride to the island of Santa Cruz and then to your hotel, in time for lunch.
In the afternoon, you will visit the famous “Twins”: two large volcanic pits formed by the collapse of a lava chamber many years ago. They are home to a wide variety of endemic species, and we hope to spot Short Eared Owls and Darwin’s Finch as well as explore the remains of the once great Scalesia Woodland.
From here, we head to see the famous giant tortoises, before continuing to explore a 450 meter lava tunnel, which is lit up, allowing us to see various geological formations, such as stalagtites and stalagmites.
We then return to our lodge for dinner and a briefing about the next day.
Day 2 – Sea Kayaking & Isabela Island
Our stomachs full from a delicious breakfast, we take a 45-minute boat ride to our sea kayaking spot.
After instruction and a safety briefing from our qualified guides, we spend the morning exploring from this traditional craft, gaining a unique view of the coastline. We hope to see sea lions, green sea turtles, frigate birds, blue-footed boobies, brown pelicans, and of course plenty of fish. For those who wish, you can even have a go at snorkeling.
After lunch back at our hotel, we take a boat to Isabela Island hopefully seeing sharks, rays and dolphins along the way.
We stay at a wonderful hotel overlooking the beach, and a welcome drink, dinner and briefing are included.
Day 3 – Volcanoes, Giant Tortoises and Snorkelling
This third day of your Galapagos tour will have you donning your hiking shoes. After driving to the start we then walk around the second largest crater in the world.
For those who want to carry on exploring we have the option of also visiting Volcan Chico.
We have lunch at an organic farm known as Campo Duro. We will have a delicious meal, cooked on hot rocks and using produce that is fresh from the farm.
Afterwards we have time to relax and also a chance to learn more about the giant tortoises that roam freely.
We then return to the lodge to collect what we need to go snorkeling at Concha Perla , a very well protected bay with beautiful mangrove trees on the shore. Turtles, sea lions, and of course shoals of colourful fish will be your aquatic companions.
For those who prefer a more sedentary afternoon, why not stroll into town as see how the islanders live. The day finishes with a briefing and dinner.
Day 4 – Exploring Isabela Island
A 45-minute boat ride takes us to the fascinating site of “The Tunnels” which is an area formed by volcanic rocks, with passages, arches, and of course tunnels of rock in the water.
This is a great opportunity to put on your snorkel and swim with sea lions, penguins, turtles, rays and, as always, huge shoals of brightly-coloured fish. For the bird lovers there are also mask boobies and blue footed boobies. And for those who cannot resist a cute animal, at certain times of year, we can see fur seals.
We take lunch back at the hotel, and then go looking for flamingos, before heading to the National Park Tortoise Breeding Centre. Here we will see everything from the new borns to the pensioners of the tortoise world.
A walk through the mangrove swamps, on a raised platform, followed by a visit to a beautiful beach called the ‘Beach of Love’, completes our day’s tour.
Once back at the hotel we have a briefing on the next day of your Galapagos tour and dinner.
Day 5 – Explore Isabella Island & head to Santa Cruz Island
We take a boat to the area known as Las Tintoreras to take a walk across the lava fields with mangrove trees to one side. Today we hope to see, penguins, boobies, white tipped reef sharks, turtles, sea lions and marine iguanas. For those who want there is also the chance for some more snorkeling in the clear tropical waters.
After lunch at the lodge, we take the two and a half hour boat ride back to the island of Santa Cruz. Here we check in to the hotel, before a guided tour of the Charles Darwin Research Station
Day 6 – End Galapagos Tour & back to Quito or Guayaquil
After breakfast we will transfer you back to the Baltra airport from your flight back to either Quito or Guayaquil. As the plane takes off, do not forget to look down on the islands on which you have enjoyed a fantastic Galapagos tour.