Ecuador: Santa Cruz Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz, Floreana, Isabela, and Quito

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Island hopping in Galapagos

Visit one of the world’s premier wildlife viewing destinations

  • Be amazed by the unique wildlife of the Galápagos Islands
  • Hike the Sierra Negra Volcano – the second largest volcanic crater in the world
  • Walk across the lava fields
  • Spot flamingos in a secluded lagoon

We know the dilemma: you want to spend as much time as possible exploring the Galapagos Islands and you need to get to the islands as easily as possible. We have the solution for you: We take care of your flights from Quito and back – at the best deal. Visit the Charles Darwin Station in Puerto Ayora and hike the lava fields of Chico Volcano for beautiful views of the surrounding islands. At Isla Isabela, you can come into contact with the impressive giant tortoises and explore the local wildlife before heading back to Quito, where you can relive your newfound experiences.

Travel Program

Individual arrival in Quito. Arrival possible at any time. Your adventure begins tonight with a welcome meeting where you will meet your guide and fellow travelers. Please see the notice in the lobby (or ask at reception) for the time and place to meet the group. Opt for an optional dinner afterwards at a local restaurant with your new travel companions.
We recommend that you book an additional stay in Quito before or after your trip in order to get to know the numerous sights and excursion destinations around the city.

Accommodation: Hotel Mercure Quito (or similar)

Overnight hotel (-/-/-)

Transfer to Quito Airport for the flight to the Galápagos Islands. Landing in Baltra and transfer to the hotel on Santa Cruz Island. Later, get an introduction to the islands’ unique wildlife and history with a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station. The flight from Quito to Baltra is unaccompanied. Local representatives are on hand to assist you on both sides to ensure everything runs smoothly.

Visit the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center, a great place to see many species of captive turtles and iguanas that were on the brink of extinction. Here you can see famous Galápagos tortoises up close – an enclosure for adult tortoises and a nursery enclosure for the young animals up to about three years old when their shells have hardened.

Also visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, a scientific organization established in 1964 that works to preserve the Galápagos ecosystem through the efforts of scientists, researchers and volunteers. In addition, it serves as a study site for international scientists and offers training courses for nature guides.

Activities Included:
– Visit to the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center and Charles Darwin Research Station

Accommodation: Hotel Coloma (or similar)

Overnight hotel (B/-/-)

Walk to “Las Grietas” on the other side of Academy Bay in the morning. Traverse a cactus forest in search of Darwin’s finches and lava lizards en route to Las Grietas, a local swimming spot. The cool, bright turquoise water separates two volcanic cliffs. Fed by the sea from one end and a river from the other, this unique brackish water pool is perfect for swimming.

In the afternoon we take the speedboat to the nearby island of Floreana. By visiting supported, community-run facilities such as guesthouses and restaurants, you are helping to establish community-based tourism on the island.

Floreana Community Restaurant:
To support the people of Floreana even more, our local partner agency offers training in all aspects of tourism, including gastronomy. The community will take care of your physical well-being during your stay on this small island, with meals divided between different members so that as many as possible can benefit from tourism. By eating at the community restaurants, you are helping the first community-based tourism operator in the Galápagos to be self-sustaining.

Floreana Community Pension:
Floreana is a small remote island in the Galápagos Archipelago. Many of its 150 residents have been living here for three generations since the island was first settled. With most visitors to the islands arriving on ships that don’t stop at the village, there aren’t many opportunities for people here to take advantage of the tourism boom. We are investing in community education and infrastructure to build the first ecological community-based tourism program in the Galápagos, primarily benefiting small business owners and the island’s unique wildlife.

Activities included:
– Swimming in Las Grietas

Driving time: approx. 2 hours

Accommodation: Floreana Community Guesthouse

Overnight Hotel (B/-/D)

Walk along the black sand beach to Loberia. You can snorkel or swim at the beach. Snorkel directly from the beach at Loberia and get up close and personal with the numerous animals in the water around the Galápagos Islands. You must be able to swim well for this activity. The sea can be rough here and there are strong currents. We continue to the rarely visited highlands of Floreana. Head to the rarely visited highlands of Floreana. Hear tales of the pirates, whalers, sealers and buccaneers who once lived in this remote and unique landscape. Enjoy guided walks to spot birds and other wildlife and learn about natural history.

Activities included:
– Snorkelling excursion off Loberia
– Excursion to the Floreana highlands

Accommodation: Floreana Community Guesthouse

Overnight Hotel (B/L/D)

Drive to Isabela Island. You hike up the active volcano Sierra Negra, where you circumnavigate the largest volcanic crater in the world. Lace up your hiking boots and climb the Sierra Negra volcano, the largest basalt caldera in the Galapagos archipelago. On the way you will see the smoking fumaroles and the “sulphur volcano” (large amounts of sulfur from the fumaroles). The volcano last erupted in October 2005, the most recent eruption in the Galapagos

. Hike to the summit for a bird’s eye view of this magical landscape. We then continue to the lava fields of Chico Volcano, where we enjoy views of the surrounding volcanoes and islands.

Activities Included:
– Sierra Negra Volcano Excursion

Driving time: approx. 2.5 hours

Accommodation: Hotel Iguana (or similar)

Overnight hotel (B/-/-)

Free time in the morning. Optionally, you can take a boat trip to “Islote Tintoreras” where you can see white tip reef sharks, marine iguanas, blue footed boobies, rays and penguins. Later we visit the giant tortoise breeding station. Cross the town’s wetlands and visit the giant tortoise sanctuary. Walk past sunbathing iguanas and flamingos, and head into the sanctuary’s forest to see these gentle giants in their natural habitat. When the giant tortoise was threatened with extinction in the late 1950’s, this program was set up to protect these noble creatures.

Explore the area with a short walk, spot flamingos in the wetlands and experience a stunning Isabela sunset on the beach. On the way we will stop at a viewpoint and visit ponds, beaches and mangrove swamps.

Optional Activities:
– Surf
Lesson 45-55USD per person. Grab your swimsuit and prepare to face the waves. Learn how to find and surf the right wave with a surfing lesson from local experts. Enjoy the fresh sea air and the water and keep an eye out for the many sea creatures.

– Swimming
Enjoy a refreshing swim and keep an eye out for the local marine life.

– Snorkeling at Islote Tintoreras
45-50 USD per person. Go snorkeling at the small island of Las Tintoreras south of Puerto Villamil. It’s the perfect place to experience the magic of the underwater world up close. Enjoy a quiet little cove with turquoise waters where you can spot white tip reef sharks, which are quite common in this archipelago. (The town owes its name to this shark, called Tintorera in Spanish.) Keep an eye out for sea lions, sea turtles, marine iguanas and rays, and sharks.

– Snorkeling
140-150USD per person. Grab your swimwear and a snorkel and hit the water to explore what lives beneath the sea. Los Tuneles or Las Tintoreras beach are good spots (keep an eye out for eagle rays and turtles).

Activities included:
– Visit to the giant tortoise breeding center

Accommodation: Hotel Iguana (or similar)

Overnight hotel (B/-/-)

Take a speedboat to Santa Cruz Island, where you can spend the afternoon exploring Puerto Ayora town or shopping. In the evening you have free time to explore this bustling little town and visit some of the local restaurants and bars or do some last minute shopping. Enjoy a short stroll to the beautiful white sands of Tortuga Bay. Relax on the beach, hike along the mangroves and spot land iguanas and birds, rent a kayak and explore this marine wonderland. Keep an eye out for tintoreras sharks, sea turtles and manta rays in the shallows.

Optional Activities:
– Kayaking in Tortuga Bay (15USD per person)
Grab a life jacket and embark on a kayaking adventure in the mangroves of Tortuga Bay. Look out for a variety of marine life including colorful reef fish, rays and turtles as you paddle through the blue waters. Relax on a beautiful, fine, white sand beach and soak up some sun – you might see some iguanas on the shore, which are also enjoying the sun’s rays here.

Activities Included:
– Hike to Tortuga Bay

Hiking route: approx. 8 km
Travel time: approx. 3 hours

Accommodation: Hotel Coloma (or similar)

Overnight hotel (B/-/-)

Return to Baltra for flight back to Quito. Upon arrival in Quito, transfer to the hotel for one last night in the city. Our guide in Quito can arrange many of the available day trips in and around Quito if you still have some time to spare. We highly recommend planning additional post-trip nights in this lively city.

Driving time: approx. 3 hours

Accommodation: Hotel Mercure Quito (or similar)

Overnight hotel (B/-/-)

Departure possible at any time.

Overnight hotel (B/-/-)

Included meals: B=breakfast; L=lunch; D=dinner

What's Included

Services included in the prices:

  • Galapagos round trip according to program
  • Transport, accommodation and meals according to the program
  • Domestic flights (Quito – Santa Cruz and back)
  • Excursions, activities and visits as per itinerary
  • Floreana community restaurants
  • Visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station
  • Visit to Las Grietas
  • Snorkeling in La Loberia
  • Visit to the Flamingo Lagoon
  • Hike to the Sierra Negra volcano
  • Visit to the turtle sanctuary
  • Visit Tortuga Bay with hike on Santa Cruz Island
  • Port Tax Isabela

Not included:

  • Meals and drinks not mentioned
  • Galapagos National Park Fee (USD 100)
  • Galapagos Transit Card (USD 20)
  • Optional excursions and activities
  • Personal expenses, tips

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Duration: 09 days
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Country / Location: Ecuador
Mountain Guide: Eric Albino Lliuya
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