Galapagos Island Hopping
Explore San Cristobal, Santa Cruz and Isabela Islands, returning to the comfort of a hotel each evening. Snorkel with rays, sealions and iguanas, and experience the breathtaking beauty of the Galapagos Islands from the top of the Sierra Negra volcano. An excellent option for those looking for a more active Galapagos Islands tour without spending days at sea!
Our Galapagos Islands hopping tour is a great alternative to live-aboard cruises, you get to explore the archipelagos wildlife and natural wonders by day, you sleep in boutique Island hotels by night. This allows non-seagoing travelers to enjoy the highlights of the Galapagos Islands without compromising their comfort and need to be on firm land.
Our base program offers fixed departures every Friday and is made up of 8 days visiting the unique wonders of the Galapagos Islands wildlife.
We also offer 5, 7, 10, 11, 12, 15. day programs with custom itineraries for groups.
We use small Island hotels that have been artfully built with an inspirational design. Our trips are activity packed and include visits to see the unique Galapagos animals and volcanic landscape found nowhere else on the planet. Your excursions also include time for snorkeling and discovering the underwater magic of this wilderness sanctuary.
Galapagos Island Hopping 5 days
Day 1: Arrival in San Cristóbal, transfer to hotel. Lunch and departure for a great snorkel tour to Lobos Island and Kicker Rock. Possibility of spotting: sea lions, iguanas, rays, reef sharks, marine turtles
Meals included: -/L/D
Day 2: Departure in the morning to Floreana Island (2h30). On the way, Panga ride in Champions & Enderby. Then we will snorkel around Floreana Island (Daylight or Loberia, depending of sea conditions). On arrival we visit the highlands: pirate caves, tortoise reserve, freshwater spring.
Afterwords we continue to Isabela Island (1h30) where we’ll visit the Tortoise Breeding Center, have dinner and spend the night
Meals included: B/L/D
Day 3: Today we’ll visit Isabela Island. Bus to the highlands and then
hike to the volcanoes Sierra Negra and Chico. Lunch in Campo Duro finca, which is also a giant tortoise refuge! Back to port in the afternoon and visit to the Tintoreras Islet to hike and snorkel and have the possibility of spotting: blue footed boobies, penguins, marine iguanas…
Meals included: B/L/D
Day 4: Visit of the Wall of tears.
Departure to Santa Cruz Island. Navigation around 2 hours.
In Santa Cruz enjoy a BBQ lunch in a local finca and visit of the Highlands (Twin Craters, Primicias tortoise ranch, lava tunnel), Visit Charles Darwin Station.
Day 5: Transfer to Baltra and flight back to mainland. Meals included: B/-/-
HOSTEL CATEGORY: Tourist Class
Price: 1230 USD per person
Single supplement: 160USD per person
HOSTEL CATEGORY: Tourist Superior Class
Price: 1420 USD
Single supplement: 280 USD
HOTELS: there are 4 categories of hotels
Tourist class Hostels: San Cristobal Island Casa de Nelly, Isabela Island – La Gran Tortuga, Santa Cruz Island – Deja Vu
Tourist Superior Class Hostels: San Cristobal Island – Pimampiro, Isabela Island – Casa de Marita, Santa Cruz Island – Villa Laguna
First class hotels: classy boutique hotels, TV, A/C, personalized attention
Such as Casa Iguana, Angermeyer Waterfront Inn.
Luxury class hotels: first class breakfast, great service, TV, A/C, boutique hotels such as
Casa Iguana (top suite room), Iguana Crossing (ocean view rooms), Angermeyer Waterfront Inn (top rooms)
**in luxury class the transfer San Cristobal to Santa Cruz is made by inter island flight, not speedboat.
If these options are not available at the time of booking, we will find similar hotel with similar standard.
INCLUDED: all visits accompanied by a naturalist guide of the Park, meals mentioned, accommodation in double or multiple rooms, all transportation on the islands (boat, bus)
NOT INCLUDED: flights Quito- Galapagos -Quito 497, 31USD/ Guayaquil -Galapagos- Guayaquil 485, 87USD entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park 100USD, Ingala Transit card 10 USD, all not mentioned in the program, travel insurance. Cabo Rosa 140USD optional, 50 usd surcharge for Christmas.
Galapagos recommended packing list:
Health and travel insurance policies, scan all your documentation/tickets/passport and email them to yourself, Ziploc bags or dry packs to keep what you need dry (books, maps, documents, film), pack towel (fast drying, ultra lite), toiletries** including strong sunscreen (high SPF, waterproof), biodegradable soap, shampoo, and toothpaste, feminine hygiene (tampons are especially difficult to find), a full prescription of a doctor prescribed antibiotic or any other medication you are currently taking, flashlight or headlamp, rechargeable batteries, camera and memory card (electronics are very expensive in Ecuador), Swiss army knife or similar multi-tool with scissors/knife, small binoculars, travel alarm clock, basic First Aid kit (for minor cuts, blisters, insect bites, muscle/head aches, diarrhea, and motion sickness, etc.), insect repellent (avoid repellents with strong concentrations of DEET), small backpack and money belt/pouch, large garbage bags (to be used as a pack liner or cover), re-usable water bottle (such as NALGENE), atravel lock, sun hat/visor, light rain jacket or rain poncho, lightweight, fast-drying clothing.
Galapagos Island Hopping – 6 days
Day 1: Arrival in San Cristóbal, transfer to hotel. Lunch and departure for a hike to the Loberia: a mangrove beach where we can spot sea lions, marine iguanas, frigate birds. Hike on to the cliff where we can usually spot the swallow tailed gulls, blue footed boobies. Back to the beach we’ll snorkel looking for marine turtles, sea lions.
Alternative: kayak ride Playa Mann- Darwin Bay: $25.-/ person
Meals included: -/L/D (dinner at a local fishermen home)
Day 2: boat tour to snorkel to Lobos Islands and Kicker Rock; looking for sea lions, marine iguanas, lots of tropical fishes specie…Afterwards we’ll enjoy a nice stop at a beautiful beach to have lunch on board and then relax and swim around the beach. We’ll be back to port around 3PM. After a little rest we’ll have a smooth hike to the Frigate Bird Hill and see the Darwin statue (that is the first place he anchored when arriving on the islands). Our last stop will be Carola beach Meals included: B/L/D
Day 3: In the morning we’ll fly to Isabela (40mn flight). At arrival we’ll go to the Wetlands: this is RAMSAR classified site and hosts a great biodiversity: shore birds, marine iguanas, reintroduced marine tortoises.Afterwards we’ll go to the Tintoreras: this is an islet off Isabela (10 mn boat ride), there we can usually spot: Galapagos penguins, marine iguanas, sharks resting in a channel formed by lava, Galapagos hawk. We’ll also snorkel in the bay. Meals included: B/L/D
Day 4: Hike to Sierra Negra volcan: first by car then hiking until we arrive to the crater. We’ll continue up to Volcan Chico site. Lava sceneries are impressive! Lunch in a local finca, back to port around 3Pm to rest. Optional: instead of Sierra Negra: trekking (intensive) to sulfur mines “volcan de Azufre” With box lunch
Day 5: Early departure by speedboat to Santa Cruz. Arrival around 8AM, breakfast. Visit of the highlands: we’ll see tortoise in the wild, a lava tunnel, the Twin craters. Lunch and then we’ll hike to Tortuga Bay Beach where we can spot iguanas, shore birds, blue footed boobies.. Optional: kayak ride: $25.-/ person
Meals included: B/L/D
Day 6: Time free until pick up for your transfer to airport. You can chose to visit the Charles Darwin Station (free entrance) Meals included: B/-/-
HOSTEL CATEGORY: Tourist Class
Price: 1588 USD per person
Single supplement: 200USD per person
Price: 1825 USD
Single supplement: 350 USD