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This popular 8-day Galapagos island hopping will allow you experience Galapagos with a privileged itinerary while lodging in a comfortable hotel in Santa Cruz island and Isabela island. Daily practice of snorkeling allows you to swim with a variety of sea life. The Galapagos island hopping offers an unique opportunity to encounter the penguins and pink flamingos on Isabela island and many more unique fauna only to be seen on the Galapagos Islands.
When choosing this Galapagos tour, you can be sure that you will enjoy a great level of comfort an customer service, the Galapagos Tour is also a perfect alternative for travelers who suffer from sea sickness and wouldn’t enjoy spending the entire day on board of a cruise but still want to enjoy the beauty of the Galapagos Islands at its fullest.
Galapagos Island Hopping
Galapagos (Puerto Ayora)
To be confirmed on booking
To be confirmed on booking
Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking boots, hat, jacket and sunscreen.
After breakfast continue with the Galapagos island hopping, we sail an hour to Santa Fe Island. From the yacht, we see on its huge cliffs a forest of giant cacti endemic to this island. In the calm, turquoise waters of the bay are colonies of sea birds, such as pelicans, boobies and gulls, and many sea lions. Snorkeling is fantastic. We will swim with manta rays and tropical fish, and sometimes see sea turtles.
We will have lunch on board and then land on a beautiful, white-sand beach. There we will relax, take photos and enjoy the Galapagos sun, before returning to the hotel.
At the Baltra airport start the Galapagos island hopping tour, our staff will meet you and transfer you to the Hotel, located on Santa Cruz Island. After lunch we will have the first visit, to El Chato Reserve.
The highlands of Santa Cruz Island provide important attractions due to its climate and vegetation. This is a tropical rain forest offering a very different landscape than that of the lowlands.
In the Santa Rosa sector we will visit the El Chato Reserve, a reserve where the famous “Galapagos” giant tortoises live in the wild. You can watch the tortoises relaxing in El Chato lagoon. Also, this is where many of the island’s wild birds nest, such as finches, Vermilion Flycatcher, Cattle Egret and sometimes Galapagos Crake.
Our journey lets you see the huge Galapagos tortoises in their natural state. During the visit to this reserve we’ll also see a natural lava tunnel, which you can go through thanks to the soft lighting installed by the ranch’s owners.
Departure at 7:30 a.m. After breakfast, we board the yacht bound for Isabela Island to continue the Galapagos island hopping, two hours navigation away.
After arriving in Puerto Villamil, we visit the Flamingo Lagoon and have a moment to enjoy Isabela’s beautiful beach. From there, we head to the port for lunch at a local restaurant. Afterwards, we continue our journey aboard a fiberglass boat that will take us to visit the white-tip sharks (tintoreras), and the marine iguana and penguin colonies. Then we snorkel in the sector to observe tropical fish, sea turtles and sharks. Dinner.
On Isabela Island at 8:00 a.m., after breakfast, we climb Sierra Negra Volcano. It is the largest and one of the most active volcanoes of the islands. Its northern edge is usually covered with clouds and fog, allowing the growth of vegetation. This is one of the most important biological reserves in the world, and includes tortoises, iguanas and birds.
The naturalist Charles Darwin studied them in the nineteenth century to write “On the Origin of Species.” Chico Volcano is located to the northeast of Sierra Negra Volcano, at an altitude of 860 m.a.s.l. There is a clearly marked footpath. From there, we head to the port for lunch at a local restaurant. Then we return to Santa Cruz.
La Lobería is perfect for snorkeling. In the company of our guides, you can swim with a colony of playful sea lions and colorful fish. Occasionally sea turtles and manta rays appear.
At Punta Estrada, we will visit the cliff to observe a small colony of blue-footed boobies and pelicans. After disembarking at the pier and a short walk, we reach the 14-meter-high lookout point of the canal to observe sharks. Later, we visit Playa de los Perros, upon whose rocks you can observe a colony of marine iguanas, zayapas (crabs) and sometimes lava herons. Afterwards we will go to Las Grietas, a paradisiacal, clear-water lagoon where we will swim. On the return, we will visit Playa de los Alemanes where you can enjoy the sun and sea of Galapagos.
Breakfast at selected hotel to continue with your Galapagos island hopping, hotel Pick up at 7:50 am to head for the pier and sail to Isla Pinzón: it takes approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes to get to Pinzón Island. One of the best destinations for snorkeling in the Galapagos Islands. In Pinzón you can observe unique marine life. Turtles, sharks, sea lions, manta rays and occasional penguins.
Lunch aboard the boat
Las Palmas: we will continue our trip to Las Palmas or La Fe, there we will have a moment of relaxation in which depending on the weather conditions you will be able to disembark, otherwise you can enjoy another snorkeling at any of those two points and return to the hotel. In the intermediate fishery is also possible for approximately 40 minutes.
NORTH SEYMOUR – BACHAS BEACH
At 7:00 a.m. a bus to pick them up by their respective hotels for transfer to Itabaca Canal to board the yacht that will take us through our journey. North Seymour Island is a great place for hiking. There is a visitor or circular path about 2 miles long that crosses the interior of the island and takes him to explore the rocky coast path. This trail will take you through some of the largest seabird colonies in the Galapagos Islands.
Here you will have the opportunity to observe nesting sites of Blue-Footed Boobies bright and colorful frigates that are visible throughout the year. Which are one of the biggest attractions of Galapagos. These birds inflate their huge red swish hanging from their necks when they try to attract or draw attention to a couple, the frigates are also well known to steal food from the blue-footed boobies. You definitely will delight comic or mating ritual dance performed by blue-footed boobies.
After lunch, we will snorkeling with green sea turtles and the famous Galapagos sharks, you’ll also appreciated the mischievous sea lions playing and surfing in the sea. Visit Bachas where we can enjoy the wonderful sun and Galapagos sea. Finally we will be back at 5pm for transfer to your hotel.
BARTOLOME – SULLIVAN BAY
At 6:00 a.m. a bus to pick them up by their respective hotels for transfer to Itabaca Canal to board the yacht that will take our tour of this island turquoise waters and beautiful white sand beaches .
We will take on board breakfast and after 2 hours of sailing arrive at Bartholomew. Once arrived, we have to climb a staircase and from the top you will see a spectacular landscape of two beautiful bays and fascinating formations of lava and volcanic cones. Here is the famous Pinnacle. This is a huge black lava formation that has eroded over time and is the most representative image of the archipelago. Near Pinnacle Rock you can also see two beautiful beaches in the form of a crescent.
This island offers some of the most beautiful landscapes of the archipelago. The island is an extinct volcano and has a variety of red soils, orange, green, black and shiny volcanic formations. After practice snorkel with sea turtles, sharks, white tip reef, tropical fish, sea lions and many other unique marine species. Also, this is the perfect area to observe the Galapagos Penguins. After lunch, we visit Sullivan Bay, here you can see some amazing lava formations, the product of a volcanic eruption in 1903. This is an excellent example of typical forms and colors that contrast with lavas from older types.
Also Bartolome Island is the breeding ground of the green sea turtles. They come to the shores of the island to nest during the months of January and March of each year. We will be back at 5pm for transfer to your hotel.
After breakfast, we will take a bus or taxi back to the airport. On the way, we will make a last stop to visit the Gemelos Craters, twin geological depressions in the middle of a forest of scalesia (native vegetation) on the highest part of the island. end of the Galapagos island hopping.
After breakfast, we will take a bus or taxi back to the airport. On the way, we will make a last stop to visit the Gemelos Craters, twin geological depressions in the middle of a forest of scalesia (native vegetation) on the highest part of the island. end of the Galapagos island hopping tour
All itineraries are subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control including but not limited to weather, road, trail, sea conditions flight schedules adjustments or cancellations, local authorities orders.