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8 Days
Quito or Guayaquil Airport
San Cristobal Island Airport
Max People : 10
Galapagos Land Packages | 8 Days in Isabela, San Cristobal & Santa Cruz Islands - Magic of Isabela

Our Galapagos Land Packages take you to 3 different islands. Enjoy a close-up varied habitats found in the Galapagos Islands and observe the unique wildlife they have. Snorkeling is a great activity in this itinerary.

Swim with sea lions, turtles and if you’re lucky with sharks. Travel through some of the most incredible volcanic landscapes found in the archipelago, such as the lunar landscape of Sierra Negra Volcano.

This all-inclusive travel itinerary allows you to choose from a selection of hotel classes that suit your budget and comfort. Daily activities will be lead by a bilingual naturalist guide. Experience the magic of Galapagos through this extensive Galapagos land tour!

Departure Location

San Cristobal Island Airport – (SCY)

Return Location

Baltra Island Airport – (GPS)

Departure Time

You must arrive before 11:00 AM.
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Return Time

Approximately after 11:00 AM. 
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Price Includes

  • Accommodation in selected hotels (double rooms)
  • All meals in Galapagos (breakfast – lunch – dinner)
  • All land and sea transportation within the Galapagos during the program
  • Excursions and visits during the program
  • Bilingual naturalist guides for each island and all activities
  • Snorkeling Equipment (mask, fins, tube)
  • Transfer Puerto Ayora – Isabela – Puerto Ayora by Public speedboat
  • Transfer Baltra – Puerto Ayora – Baltra (by truck or by bus depending on group size)

Price Excludes

  • Air Ticket
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee ($100 USD)
  • Galapagos Transit Control Card ($20 USD)
  • Isabela Dock Fee ($20 USD)
  • Baltra Airport Transportation – Itabaca Channel ($5 USD)
  • Itabaca Channel Transportation – Baltra Airport ($5 USD)
  • Transfer between hotels and restaurants
  • Water taxi from dock to speedboat ($1 USD)
  • Soft-drinks and alcoholic beverages.
  • Tips
Itinerary
Day 1: San Cristobal: Interpretation Center / Tijeretas / Carola Beach
Day 2: San Cristobal : Hike on Highlands OR Isla Lobos OR Kicker Rock
Day 3: Transfer to Santa Cruz
Day 4: Santa Cruz : Tortuga Bay Beach / Transfer to Isabela Island: Flamingos Lagoon
Day 5: Isabela Island: Sierra Negra Volcano OR Tuneles
Day 6: Isabela Island: Tintoreras Islet / Humedales Hike
Day 7: Isabela Island: Highlands / Kayaking at Puerto Villamil Bay
Day 8: Transfer out Baltra

Arrival to San Cristóbal Airport. After lunch, we will visit The San Cristobal Interpretation Center where we will learn about the islands, evolution of their species, fauna, migration, and how humans came to live there. Then will make our way to “Cerro Tijeretas”, or “Frigate Hill” for some snorkelling.The day ends with a visit to “Playa Carola” to get a first taste of the beautiful beach waters of San Cristóbal.

Accommodations in the hotel class of your choice.

Hike on the Highlands: (standard itinerary) After breakfast, we will visit the Highlands of San Cristobal, The first stop is “Mirador de la Soledad”, where we you can enjoy a magnificent view of San Cristobal Island. Then we will go to the Junco Lagoon, the only fresh water lagoon in San Cristobal. Lunch will be served in the Highlands and will be followed by a short stop at Playa de Puerto Chino.

On the way back we will pass-by the spot where island’s locals cultivate their food and the famous Galapagos coffee.

* OR pick one of the following options *
NOTE: The folowing options are subject to availability and last minute changes. OPTION B has an additional cost. Please, let us know what you prefer beforehand so we can arrange the excursion and advice on availability to any of these spots.

OPTION A – Isla Lobos + Playa Ochoa (navigation to this spot is subject to availability): Isla Lobos Island ia a small islet separated from the main by a narrow channel. In this place we find nesting blue-footed boobies (according to season) and of course with a large colony of sea lions that rest and play on rocky shores. Many birds inhabit the place, frigates, brown pelicans, lava gulls, common boobies, yellow warblers and finches earth. The snorkeling in the clear waters of the channel is unforgettable, with the opportunity to swim with sea lions. Time to enjoy Playa Ochoa. We return to Puerto Baquerizo between 2:30 and 3 PM. After a rest, have dinner in the restaurant indicated.

OPTION B – Kicker Rock + Beach Time: (extra charge) This site is also known as Sleeping Lion or “León Dormido”. Getting to this spot takes 1hr of navigation in a small speed boat. The first stop will be right before we arrive Kicker Rock (going down of Cerro Tijeretas) for some fine swimming and snorkeling. However, Kicker Rock itself is considered one of the most outstanding snorkeling sites in the Galapagos.

The excursion consists of two snorkel immersions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon after lunch. A Box Lunch will be served in the boat, as this part of the islands are inhabited. Afterwards, we will make our way towards a deserted beach to observe wildlife and relax. We will head back to the boat and return to San Cristobal. Return time to Puerto Baquerizo is scheduled around 4pm. After a rest, you will have dinner in the restaurant specified by the guide.

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At 6:00 a.m. get ready to go to the dock (wake-up at 5:00 AM). We will take the Public speedboat, which leaves at 7:00 a.m. (subject to change), to Puerto Ayora (2 hour estimated travel time). Upon arrival and after breakfast, the guide will have indicated the hour to meet to begin the visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station, home to a large a variety of Giant Tortoise representing of each island in the archipelago. We will also listen about the ongoing conservation efforts directed at preserving the Giant Tortoises, as well as the environment of the archipelago as a whole.

After this, make a short visit to the Art Galleries of Puerto Ayora and then eat lunch. In the afternoon we make our way to the Highlands of Santa Cruz. Here you may observe the famous Giant Tortoises in their natural environment, which also known as Galapagos, and from where the name of the Islands derive. Also catch sight of the famous Galapagos Finches, Bird Wizards, as well as endemic vegetation such as Escelacias forests and Matazarnos. After this encounter with the Giant Tortoises, return to Puerto Ayora for lunch.

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In the morning the guide will indicate the meeting time for a 45-minute trip to the beautiful white sand beach called Tortuga Bay. This is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Galapagos; here we can enjoy at the white sand beach and observe pelicans, fish, sea iguanas and other species of wildlife. Return to the hotel to rest and then have lunch.

At 2:00pm (subject to change) you will start the journey to Isabela Island via public speedboat (approximately 2.5 to 3 hours). Another guide will be waiting at Puerto Villamil to take you to the hotel and to a visit to the Flamingos Lagoon, a natural breeding site for this creature. Return to the hotel to rest and eat dinner at a local restaurant in.

Accommodations in the hotel class of your choice.

OPTION 1: Sierra Negra Volcano

Early in the morning (8:00 am), after breakfast, get ready for the Sierra Negra Volcano hike (comfortable clothes, walking shoes and a light rain jacket are recommended). Make sure your camera is stored in waterproof bags, wear some sunscreen, bring water, and a hat! Yourself will prepare your box lunch at the hotel with the foodstuff of your choice. We will then travel approximately 45 minutes by truck or bus to begin the 12 km hike (approx. 4 hours). The hike is long in terms of distance, but not very difficult as the inclines and declines are quite gradual. (There is an option to ride horses for an additional cost, if interested please let us know beforehand). Sierra Negra Volcano has the second largest crater in the world, measuring approximately 6 miles in diameter and 300 feet deep. We will then reach Volcan Chico, which should provide a spectacular view of the islands.

Once we get back to the hotel we will take a short break to rest. In the afternoon, get to do some fine snorkeling in Concha Perla. Swim with sea lions, colorful varieties of fish and, with luck, sea turtles and rays. Return to the hotel to rest before heading to dinner at a local restaurant indicated by the guide.

OPTION 2: (Los Tuneles – extra cost)

There are two departure times for this tour, one at 08:00 am with return time at 13:00 pm approx., and one at 11:00 am, with return time at 16:00 pm. approx. The chosen departure time for your tour might vary; hence, you will be notified on the departure time for this day trip on the night before the tour.

Cabo Rosa aka. Los Tuneles is perhaps one of the most beautiful sights in the archipelago. Continuous volcanic eruptions petrified into tunnel-like lava formations right in the middle of the sea, and crystal clear turquoise water allows an amazing view of marine vegetation and playful sea lions.

The tour begins early at 8:00am via speedboat and the first stop is a small islet in the middle of the ocean, home to pelicans, blue-footed boobies, and sea lions. Finados snorkeling site is the next stop, where you can swim next to sea turtles, Tintoreras sharks (endemic to the islands), trumpet fish and surgeonfish. With some luck, eagle and golden rays will come to this site too. Getting to Los Tuneles will take around 1 ½ – 2 hrs. Once there, the speedboat will navigate through various spots in and around the Lava Tunnels.

Here you get the chance to do some more snorkeling and enjoy some short walks while observing the landscape and wildlife inhabiting the area. A box lunch on board will be provided for this day. Dinner will be served at the local specified restaurant.

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After breakfasts, get ready to visit to Tintoreras Islet. Make our way to the dock of Puerto Villamil in order to embark on small speedboats (12 passenger capacity). After a short ride (approx. 20 min.) we will arrive at Tintoreras Islet. The name of the islet derives from the sharks that inhabit in the waters surrounding the islet, the famous white-tipped fins Tintorera Sharks. The islet is one of the most fascinating places on Isabela Island.

Galapagos sea lions, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, Sally Lightfoot Crabs, sea turtles, pelicans, and Galapagos Penguins can all be found in this site. It is also one of main breeding sites for marine iguanas, and a great spot to get a close-up with them.

After a hike around the islet, get back on the boat and cool off by snorkeling in the waters nearby. Swimming next to multicolor fish, starfish, sea urchins, and with luck manta rays, sharks, and sea lions is a major highlight in this excursion. After a fascinating experience we will return to the hotel for lunch.

In the afternoon, visit the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center of Isabela. Here you can observe a variety of species of giant tortoises. You will also hear how this center has successfully bred and raise the giant tortoises to preserve many endangered subspecies. Afterwards, we will visit the Wall of Tears (Muro de las Lagrimas).

Between 1946 and 1959 Isabela Island was used as a penal colony by the Ecuadorian government, and the prisoners were obligated to build this wall out of the sharp and hard volcanic rocks. The wall is 100 meters long and 7 meters high.

On the way back we will make a visit to a Lava Tunnel near the Wall- Visits to Mirador Orchilla, Estero de Isabela, and Playa del Amor are also programmed. We will then return to the hotel to rest before heading to dinner at a local restaurant specified by the guide.

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After breakfast and depending on the tide, we will make our way to the dock and prepare for the kayaking excursion. After listening to the instructions and safety precautions, and once equipped with lifejackets and oars, we will begin rowing towards along all the seas of Puerto Villamil bay and reaching Tintoreras Islet where we will be able to observe a variety of fauna from our kayaks, including Penguins, Blue-footed Boobies, and Marine Iguanas. We will make our way up to El Faro before heading back to shore (appx. 2 hours). After this we will return for a well-deserved lunch.

In the afternoon we you will grab bikes again to visit the Highlands of Isabela. After being tansported by truck to Campo Duro starting point. 42 Giant Galapagos Tortoises in a semi-natural inhabit the protected environment. On the way you will also visit the Mirador del Mango, La Cueva de Sucre (lava formations). After this bike adventure, you will then return to the hotel to have dinner at a local restaurant.

Accommodations in the hotel class of your choice.

Early in the morning (06:00 am), we will take the public speedboat from Isabela to Puerto Ayora, where the guide will be waiting to take you to breakfast. On our way to Baltra Island Airport we will stop by “The Twins” (a.k.a. “The Gemelos”), which are crater-like formations naturally built from the collapse of the earth and lava flows. The tour will end upon the arrival to the airport where you will catch your plane to Quito or Guayaquil.

NOTE: Itinerary is subject to change due to operational matters, Galapagos National Park dispositions or circumstances beyond our control (force majeure).
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