Have fun on the Islands, with our land based Galapagos tour! This tour takes you to see the highlights of the Islands and is a great option for backpackers, budget conscious travelers, and families wanting to visit the Galapagos without spending all their savings! We do not sacrifice on visits, you’ll see plenty of endemic/native species and have great snorkel excursions.
Day 1: SAN CRISTOBAL
|AM: Meet at San Cristobal Island & transfer to the hotel. Get settled and enjoy a nice Ecuadorian lunch.
PM: a beautiful beach with great snorkeling! During the snorkel you may find sea turtles, rays, sea lions and many species of colorful fish. There is also a nice hike (optional) to a cliff where you can see many birds such as, blue footed boobies and frigate birds, fishing during the evening. After that we go back to the hotel to get ready for dinner.
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- Sea lions
- Sea turtles
- Marine iguanas
- Frigate birds
- Blue footed boobies.
Day 2: FLOREANA
|AM: Breakfast at 6AM, at 06:30 we meet at the pier and at 7AM we depart for Floreana. The ride lasts for 2.5 hours. |
We will snorkel at Loberia beach and then visit the highlands, a place called “Peace Asylum” where the first colonists of the islands settled. The guide will tell you about the history of the colonists. We will also spot Galapagos giant tortoises on the way. Lunch will be served in the small village of Velasco Ibarra.
Afterwards we will continue to Isabela Island – 1.5 hour ride. Isabela is a beautiful island with its port located near a clear bay and a long White Sandy beach. Upon arrival, the bus will pick us up and we will reach the flamingo lagoon to spot these beautiful animals at sunset.
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Day 3: ISABELA : Options: by land or by sea
Volcanoes or Cabo Rosa (with a supplement, look at the Price section) (best season December –May) Isabela is the biggest island but only a really small part of it can be visited, the rest is entirely protected by the National Park and visits are forbidden.
|1||Volcano Hike|| we will begin a trekking (6 hours!) to the Sierra Negra and Chico volcano. Sierra Negra has the second largest active cráter in the world: 10km round.|
We will continue to Chico volcano, which is a cone of Sierra Negra. We will walk through moon-like sceneries and have great views of nearby Fernandina island and the north of the island. This gives us an idea of how the islands looked at their creation.
Lunch will be served in a local farm which is also a tortoise reserve. We will be back around 3:30PM and we will end the day with a nice swim and snorkel at Concha de Perla lagoon.
|2||Cabo Rosa Tunnels||If you are okay with another boat ride (2 hours) you can take the excursión to Cabo Rosa tunnels. This is an amazing place where the volcanic activity created lava tunnels going under and over the sea level. |
We can spot the penguins, blue footed boobies, and we will have great snorkeling too! Back to port around 2PM,late lunch and then meet the other group around 3:30PM to swim/snorkel at Concha de Perla lagoon.
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Day 4: ISABELA- SANTA CRUZ
| There we can spot small Galapagos penguins, sea lions, marine iguanas, and sea lions. There we will have a short hike and snorkel. Afterwards we will continue on to Santa Cruz (2 hours). Upon arrival, we will go to the hotel and then to lunch. |
Next, we will walk to the Tortuga Bay beach to enjoy a last swim into the Galapagos waters and spot a huge iguana colony. The walk to Tortuga Bay is 3 km each way, passing through a giant endemic cactus forest.
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Day 5: BALTRA
|In the morning we will reach the airport passing by a lava tunnel that we will visit going entirely through it. We can sometimes spot an owl.||Easy||B / - / -|