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Tour Details

If you want to have the opportunity to explore all the highlights of some of the wonderful Galapagos Islands. This 7 day galapagos island hopping budget tour is your best option to enjoy a vacation with friends, family or partner and have memorable experiences.

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Los Tuneles Snorkel in the clear waters and swim with a lot of different unique animal species
  • Bay tourVisit the highlights around Puerto Ayora, snorkel with sea lions and spot sharks and blue footed boobies.
  • Santa CruzThe Highlands of Santa Cruz is one of the largest green areas of the archipelago. You will be impressed by its flora and fauna.
  • Tintoreras IsletOne of the most visited places on Isabela Island. Named from the white tip shark, locally known as tintoreras.
  • Tortuga BayRelax on a beach of soft white sand and enjoy the sighting of marine iguanas

Departure & Return Location

Quito / Guayaquil

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Meals as described in the itinerary.
  • 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.
  • Transportation between Baltra Airport – Itabaca Channel
  • 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 and Spanish.

Price Excludes

  • Round trip between mainland Ecuador and the 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).
  • Isabela dock fee: $10 p.p. (cash only).
  • Water Taxi (small boat that takes you from the speedboat to the harbor and back)
  • Personal travel & health insurance.
  • For rent: wetsuit (recommended between May – November).
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional tips for the guide.
Itinerary

Day 1BALTRA – SANTA CRUZ ISLAND – ISABELA ISLAND – FLAMINGO LAGOON

We recommend you to book flights with an early arrival time at Baltra airport in time to not miss any activity. 

 

Option 1: Itinerary for flights arriving to Baltra before 12:00 PM

Once at the Baltra airport, a person will take you to Puerto Ayora for a delicious lunch. Then your destination will be Isabela. This tour will be in a speedboat, so we recommend you to bring a waterproof jacket. On the island you will visit the Flamingo Lagoon and finally you will be taken to your hotel. 

 

Option 2: Itinerary for flights arriving to Baltra after 12:00 PM

If your arrival on Baltra is after 12 PM, your first day will be spent on Santa Cruz Island, as the last speedboat to Isabela Island leaves around 03:00 PM. In this case lunch will not be included. In the afternoon if you have time left you can visit Tortuga Bay or the Charles Darwin Station. The rest of the tour is usually as follows: Day 2: Santa Fe; Day 3: Half day visit to Tortuga Bay and Tortuga Bay / Charles Darwin Station; Day 4: Santa Cruz Highlands, afternoon boat to Isabela; Day 5: Wetlands and Tintoreras; Day 6: Los Túneles; Day 7: morning boat to Santa Cruz and transfer to the airport

 

Activity.- Sightseeing. Wildlife Watching.

Transport.- Boat, bus, car

Meal.- Lunch

Accommodation.- Hotel San Vicente or similar (option 1). Hotel Deja Vu or similar (option 2).

Day 2TINTORERAS AND WETLANDS

Early in the morning, your first attraction to visit is the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center. The next activity will be a visit to an iconic site of the islands, the Wall of Tears, followed by a visit to a small lava tunnel. Here you will enjoy the incredible scenery that offers a tapestry of Galapagos Sesuvium between El Túnel del Estero and Playa del Amor. The hike in the Wetlands area is approximately 3 to 4 hours. After enjoying a delicious lunch, your destination will be Tintoreras Islet, named after the white tip sharks, known as Tintoreras. 

 

Activity.- Exploring, Hiking, Wildlife view.

Transport.- Boat, car

Meal.- Breakfast, lunch

Accommodation.- Hotel San Vicente or similar.

Day 3SNORKELING IN LOS TUNELES

After breakfast, you will depart by boat to Puerto Villamil to visit the Tunnels, considered one of the most beautiful places for snorkeling on Isabela Island, thanks to its clear and calm waters. You will have the opportunity to see lots of sea birds and species such as turtles, marine iguanas, sea lions, manta rays, Galapagos penguins and more. This exciting activity lasts approximately 6 hours, including boat rides and a snack before a short walk.

 

Activity.- Exploring, Snorkeling, Wildlife Watching.

Transport.- Boat

Meal.- Breakfast, snack

Accommodation.- Hotel Vicente or similar.

Day 4CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION – TORTUGA BAY

This day you will have to be full of energy. Early in the morning you will take the speedboat to Santa Cruz Island, where you will enjoy a delicious breakfast. Then you will go to the Charles Darwin Research Station. After lunch, you will visit Tortuga Bay. A place to be captivated by wildlife and marine life. To get to Tortuga Bay, there is a 2.5 km (30-45 minutes) walk along a paved road from Puerto Ayora. It is also possible to return from Tortuga Bay to Puerto Ayora by boat. This costs $10 p.p. + $10 for the guide’s boat ride. Departure time is 05:30 PM.

 

Activity.- Exploring, Swimming, Sightseeing, Wildlife Watching.

Transport.- Boat

Meal.- Breakfast, lunch

Accommodation.- Hotel Deja vu or similar 

Day 5SANTA FE ISLAND

Today your destination will be Santa Fe Island. It is a small island located in the center of the Galapagos archipelago. This island is special because it is home to endemic species such as the Barrington’s land iguana (Conolophus pallidus). You will snorkel at Santa Fe Island. Then you will head to Playa Escondida or Garrapatero on Santa Cruz Island, and have a wet landing there. Here, you will have some time to discover the beach.

 

* Today you will have an activity called ‘Pesca Vivencial’ which means that you will be able to experience a fishing demonstration according to weather and park regulations.

 

* Wet landing means that the boat will approach the beach, and from there, you will disembark in the sea. It is recommended to bring extra clothes, as you might get wet.

 

Activity.- Hiking, Snorkeling, Wildlife Watching.

Transport.- Boat

Meal.- Breakfast, Box lunch

Accommodation.- Hotel Deja vu or similar

Day 6BAY TOUR & SANTA CRUZ HIGHLANDS

This day you will take a boat tour of the highlights of Puerto Ayora. Your first stop will be La Lobería, where you will be surprised by the large number of sea lions. 

Next, you will go to Punta Camaño islet. Here you will snorkel with more sea lions and a great variety of fish. Your next activity will be a visit to the Canal del Amor and finally, to finish the Bay Tour, you will go to Los Perros Beach. In the afternoon you will go to the highlands of Santa Cruz, where you will take a short hike on a privately owned ranch.

 

Activity.- Hiking, Sightseeing, Snorkeling, Wildlife Watching.

Transport.- Boat

Meal.- Breakfast, lunch

Accommodation.- Hotel Deja vu or similar

Day 7DEPARTURE DAY

It’s time to say goodbye. Your Galapagos Island Hopping Budget tour has come to an end. After breakfast, you will travel to the Baltra airport, where you will depart for Quito or Guayaquil.

 

Transport.- Boat, Bus, car

Meal.- Breakfast

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