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Island hopping in the Galapagos is an amazing opportunity to see its vast scenery and wildlife without the expense of a cruise. This trip will take you to the islands of Isabela, Floreana and Santa Cruz where you'll experience snorkelling with sea lions as well as hiking Sierra Negra Volcano, one of the most spectacular mountains in the Galapagos reaching about 300 feet and having the second largest crater in the world!
Duration: 6 Days
Arriving to Baltra Airport you first take a short shuttle bus and ferry ride over the Itabaca Canal, where your driver is waiting for you. Through the highlands of Santa Cruz Island, you drive towards Puerto Ayora town. On the way, you make a stop to visit the El Chato Ranch, a reserve, where you can see giant turtles in their natural habitat. Just put on some rubber boots and start searching in the muddy grass ‒ for sure you will find many of them relaxing in the mud pool or walking in slow-motion beneath the trees.
After lunch at the ranch, you will be brought to Puerto Ayora to visit the Charles Darwin Station and learn more about endemic flora and fauna.Transfer to your hotel and spend the remainder of the afternoon at your leisure.
This morning you will hop on a speed boat to Floreana Island. Arriving to Floreana, your guide will give you some time to spend at the dock where you can admire the native sea lions and the “Red Marine Iguanas”, only found on this particular island. These two species coexist naturally in the dock´s surroundings. At this point, you will have an interpretation by your guide on how these species live, their natural behavior and evolution.
After checking-into your lodge, enjoy a delicious lunch before taking off on your excursion to La Loberia. Take a short walk along the shore and take in the stunning landscape of bright turqoise water. Grab your snorkelling gear and swim alongside playful sea lions, sea turtles, manta rays and a variety of colourful coral fish. On your walk back to town, enjoy a mesmorising Galapagos sunset before heading back to the lodge.
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included.
After breakfast, your guide will pick you up at your hotel and begin your day tour to Floreana Highlands. Your first visit will be to Wittmers' tombstones where you will learn abit of the history of this cemetery. Continue on a 15-minute boat ride to Cerro Alieri, a great site for birdwatching and lush vegetation. Over 48 different species of birds have been identified here, 56 % of which are native and 33 % endemic.
Later, continue to Asilo de la Paz. This is primarily a historical site where visitors can view a pirates’ cave and the fresh water spring, which is the main source of water for the population. Also in this place, the Wittmer family set out to live inside the caves while they were constructing their first house made of leather and stone. Return to the lowlands to have lunch, and then continue to board the speed boat that will transfer you to Isabela Island; this ride will take approx. 2h30 min.
Arriving to Isabela you can relax for the rest of the day on the beautiful beaches of the biggest and one of the newest Islands.
Breakfast and Lunch included.
Today will begin with a car ride to the mountainsides of the Sierra Negra Volcano. Take off on a two-hour hike until you reach the crater of the volcano. There you will have a wonderful view of the crater and with a little bit of luck, you will be able to see the Galapagos Sparrow Hawk. You will get to know the geology of the Sierra Negra Volcano, learning that most of this island was formed by AA lava. Enjoy a box lunch and visit the “El Chico” Volcano.
In the afternoon, return to the hotel and spend the remainder of the day at leisure, perhaps you can stroll along the beach and enjoy the marvelous coral sand and turquoise water of Isabela Island!
Breakfast and Lunch included.
After breakfast, your guide will take you to visit the Famingo’s Lagoon. This is an approx. 2km trail where you will have listen to a story of the vegetation and geology of the young Isabela Island. Arriving to the Flamingo lagoon, you might be able to see Flamingos feeding in this lake. This is an artificial lake, which, due to construction related excavations, was filled up by the rain.
After this, continue to the Tortoise Breeding Center. Here you will learn more about the reproduction and breeding of the Tortoises. Later you will transfer back to Puerto Villamil for a boat ride to Santa Cruz. Spend the afternoon at your leisure in Puerto Ayora.
After breakfast, visit Charles Darwin Station, the reservoir of information on habitatis and local conservation. The tortoise breeding centre here allows visitors to see tortoises of different sizes and shapes in their natural habitat.
Later you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to mainland Ecuador.
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This tour operates with a maximum of 16 passengers.
*Hotel rates are based on double/twin share lead-in rooms. Other room types and hotels are available. Rates are subject to change and different rates may apply during holiday seasons and special events.
Hotel upgrade options are available on request.
**This tour also offers private daily departures. For more information, feel free to contact us.