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Trip to Galapagos | 6 Days in Isabela & Santa Cruz Island

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6 Days
Quito or Guayaquil Airport
Baltra Island Airport
Max People : 10
Trip to Galapagos | 6 Days in Isabela & Santa Cruz Island

Our 6-day Trip to Galapagos is a land excursion that focuses on the “Lost Paradise” of Galapagos (Isla Isabela), while also visiting Santa Cruz Island.

This complete trip will take you through the most incredible places in the Galapagos, from the impressive volcanic landscape of the Sierra Negra Volcano, the geological formations of Cabo Rosa to the home of giant tortoises in the highlands of Santa Cruz. .

On the way you will find the unique fauna that makes Galapagos an incredible and unforgettable place.

Choose from a convenient selection of hotel classes and discover the Galapagos Islands accompanied by a bilingual naturalist guide.

Departure Location

Baltra Island Airport – (GPS)

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: Arrive in Baltra - Tranfer to Isabela / Flamingos Lagoon
Day 2: Sierra Negra Volcano / Concha Perla
Day 3: Full Day Navigable Tour to Cabo Rosa aka. Los Tuneles
Day 4: Tintoreras Islet / Humedales
Day 5: Transfer to Santa Cruz Island / Highlands / Charles Darwin Station
Day 6: Transfer out Baltra Airport

You can arrive to the Galapagos Islands only by flight, and either Quito or Guayaquil (air ticket not included). An English- speaking guide will be waiting for you at the Baltra airport. He will then take you to the port of Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz Island) for lunch. Afterwards, the guide will lead you to the Public speedboat towards Isabela Is. (departs at 14:00) for a two and a half hours ride. After arriving at Isabela and after a brief rest at the hotel, we head to the Flamingo Lagoon, the largest coastal lagoon found in the Galapagos and one of the main reproductive sites for the majority of flamingos.

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Early in the morning (8:00 am), after breakfast, you will 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 a 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 (appx. 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, and 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 reach Chico Volcano before heading back, which should provide a spectacular view of the incredible moonlike terrain.

Once we get back to the hotel we will take a short break to rest. On the afternoon you will get to do some fine snorkeling in Concha Perla. There you can 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 specified restaurant.

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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), trumpetfish and surgeon fish. 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 will be provided for this day. Return to Isabela Island is programmed at 15h00. Dinner will be served at the local restaurant specified by the guide.

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After breakfasts, get ready to visit to Tintoreras Islet. First we will 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, we will 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 we you 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 breed 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 construct this wall out of the sharp and hard volcanic rocks.

The wall is 100 meters long and 7 meters high, and the name is derived from the arduous and painful nature of the conditions in which the prisoners were forced to work. On the way back we will make a visit to a Lava Tunnel near the Wall- Visits toMirador 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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At 6:00 a.m. we will get ready to go to the dock (wake-up at 5:00 AM). We will take thePublic speedboat, which leaves at 7:00 a.m. (subject to change), to Puerto Ayora in Santa Cruz Is (approx. 2 hr.). Upon arrival the guide will take you to eat breakfast. After a short rest we will make our way to the Highlands of Santa Cruz. Here you will have the unforgettable opportunity to observe the famous Galapagos Giant Tortoisesin their natural environment.

The Islands themselves were named after these species. You will also be able to observe the famous Galapagos Finches, Bird Wizards, as well as endemic vegetation such as Escelacias forests and Matazarnos. After this incredible encounter with the Giant Tortoises, we will return to Puerto Ayora. Lunch will be served local-style menu in the restaurant specified by the guide. In the afternoon, the guide will have specified the meeting time to begin the visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station.

Here you can find a large variety of Giant Tortoise, one of each island in the archipelago. You will also learn about the ongoing conservation efforts directed at preserving the Giant Tortoises, as well as the natural environment of the archipelago as a whole. After this, we will make a short visit to the Art Galleries of Puerto Ayora. Dinner at a local style restaurant specified by the guide.

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On the final day we recommend waking up at 5:00 am to have enough time to get ready for the transfer-out from Isabela to Puerto Ayora.

We will take the public speedboat, which leaves from the dock at 6:00 am (subject to change), and arrive in Puerto Ayora (approx. 2 ½ hrs. depending on the tide). We will eat breakfast there, and then depart for Baltra where you will catch your return flight to either 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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