5 days/4 nights Santa Cruz + Isabela

5 days/4 nights Santa Cruz + Isabela

5-day Galapagos Islands tour, allows you to explore the Islands, just like Charles Darwin Swim alongside colorful fishes, sea urchins and starfish while snorkeling. You might even spot some sharks! The volcanic islands are also home to the Giant Tortoises.
5-day Galapagos Islands tour, allows you to explore the Islands, just like Charles Darwin Swim alongside colorful fishes, sea urchins and starfish while snorkeling. You might even spot some sharks! The volcanic islands are also home to the Giant Tortoises. See these amazing reptiles as well as other creatures, including blue-footed boobies, Galapagos sea lions, albatrosses, marine iguanas and frigate birds in their natural habitat. There are so many breathtaking sights in this natural paradise. Galapagos awaits, so let’s go island hopping!
Note: Itinerary is subject to change
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Services

Included
  • Daily visits with a Guide certified by the National Park – we use local guides on each island, and you are also assisted by our operation staff on each island (English speaking)
  • Meals mentioned
  • Accommodation in double-room (please specify if twin room or double bed needed)
  • All transportation on the islands (boat, car) (except transportation during the free time)
  • Snorkeling gear including fins and Wetsuit (shorty 2.5mm) when the excursions include water activities (not during free time activities)
Excluded
  • Flight from/to mainland
  • Entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park $100,-** (to be paid upon arrival at the airport – CASH ONLY – There is no ATM at the airport. Please bring enough cash)
  • INGALA Migration card $20** to be paid in cash in Quito or Guayaquil airport (Consejo de Gobierno counter, easy to spot in the airport. There you will also have to register your personal details before you go to the check-in counter of your airline)
  • All not mentioned services in the program
  • Travel insurance: mandatory for all tourists entering Ecuador
  • tips (guides expect tips, and also the boat crew – for boat excursions not for transfers between islands)
  • Note: Itinerary is subject to change, the tours are shared (max. 12 persons)
Optional (Available upon request)
  • Vegetarian meals or preferences
  • Airport transfer service

Santa Cruz Island/ Transfer in + El Chato + Twin Craters

You will be picked-up at the airport by your private certified guide. Then, you will take the public bus to the Itabaca Channel, which you will cross on a ferry. Subsequently you will go with the taxi to a ranch (El Chato) in the highlands to see giant tortoises in free environment. Then, We will visit the Twin Craters which are located in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island and are surrounded by lush and green forests, dominated by the endemic Scalesia plants. It is possible to walk along the rim of the craters to better appreciate the magnitude of the holes as well as the local flora and fauna. This site is also one of the most likely places to observe the endemic short-ear owl of the Galapagos.In the evening, you can choose among a lot of restaurants close to the pier for dinner.
Meals: Lunch
Day 1

Santa Cruz Island/ Charles Darwin Station + Tortuga Bay + Crackets

This day we will visit “Las Grietas “ (Cracks). We will hike around 15 minutes down to the beach. We will sisit the channel of love, which is another fissure formation by beautiful water channel sleeping with excellent scenic beauty. The most beautiful place to visit here is the Cracks excellent for diving and snorkeling in crystalline waters. We will also have the opportunity to hike to Tortuga Bay to observe the magnificient wildlife and before arriving into a beautiful beach. You will visit the Charles Darwin Station that is primarily an international scientific research station situated on the outskirts of Puerto Ayora. You will be taken to its visitor center to learn about the geology, climate, natural history and the conservation of the Galapagos Islands.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Day 2

Speed Boat to Isabela Island + Sierra Negra Volcano + Concha Perla

At 6:30 am we will pick you up at the hotel and accompany you to the harbor, where you will take the shared speed boat at 7:00 am to Isabela (approx. 2-hour ride). Our staff will welcomes you and accompany you to your hotel for check-in. You walk through spectacular lava landscapes and have views of the northern volcanoes of Isabela and Fernandina. The hike to the Sierra Negra Volcano and Volcano Chico is 16 km long (duration approx. 6 hours), but worth every effort. You see the second largest volcanic crater in the world and explore different vegetation zones. You get a lunch box for the hike. The rest of the day is at leisure. You can enjoy the beautiful beach in Isabela or you can snorkel in the Concha de Perla Lagoon (snorkel equipment in the free time is not included, but can be hired locally)
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Day 3

Isabela Island / Cabo Rosa (“Tuneles”)

You go by boat to Cabo Rosa (45 min boat ride), where lava has flowed into the ocean and formed beautiful lava tunnels. There you may see penguins, blue-footed boobies and sea turtles. However the Highlight is snorkeling. You have the chance to see sharks, sea turtles, sea lions, rays, seahorses and many tropical fishes. The tour to Cabo Rosa takes about 5 hours. The rest of the day is at leisure. You can enjoy the beautiful beach in Isabela.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Day 4

Isabela Island / Baltra Airport

At 5:30 am we will pick you up at your hotel and accompany you to the pier, where you will take the shared speed boat at 6:00 am to Santa Cruz (approx. 2-hour ride). At the harbor our staff will welcome you and accompany you for breakfast. Afterwards, your driver will bring you to the Itabaca Channel, which you will cross on a ferry. For the last part of your trip to the airport, you will take the public bus. Your driver will accompany you to the check-in at the airport, where your programs ends with the flight back to the mainland. Please take in account that your flight does not depart before 12:30 pm. There is the option to take a small plane straight to Baltra for an additional cost, let us know if you are interested.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Day 5