5-Day Galapagos Ocean: Santa Cruz - Isabela - Navigable Island
Product Code: 1020-11651
OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • • Baltra
  • • Santa Cruz Highlands
  • • Isabela Island
  • • Flamingos Lagoon
Tour Code
1020-11651
Duration
5 days
Departure City
Baltra Island
End City
Baltra Island
Tour Type:
Bus/Coach
Language:
English, Spanish
IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

Experience: UNESCO, Nature, Marine, Backpacker, Wildlife, Family

Visit locations designated as World Heritage Sites by the United Nations; Get in touch with Mother Earth; Explore the waters of the world by cruise, kayak or surf board; Geared to the "Get up and go!" traveler who want to enjoy independent or semi-guided adventures; Get up close and personal with nature on guided wildlife tours; Enjoy activities and tours that are perfect for the whole family

Style: Guided

Multiple local tour guides/drivers available throughout your tour/activity

Group Type: Standard group

Tour with fellow travelers from all over the world

Activity Level: Moderate

Designed for travelers in good health who are comfortable with light walking or hiking

Quality: Budget, Deluxe, Standard

The most affordable tour service and/or accommodation with fast-paced itineraries; High quality service, meals, private transfers and/or accommodation; Travel with professional guides, enjoy more time at attractions and/or stay at comfortable accommodations

Itinerary
Day 01
Puerto Ayora

Baltra - Puerto Ayora Santa Cruz Is. - Highlands (Tortoise)

Hotel: Hotel San Vicente Galapagos (Tourist Class) / La Laguna Galapagos (Tourist Superior Class) or similar

You can arrive to the Galapagos Islands only by flight from either Quito or Guayaquil (air ticket not included). Our English-speaking guide will be waiting for you at the Baltra Airport in Galapagos. He will then lead you to the port of Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz Island) for lunch.

Afterwards, we will take a short rest before making our way to the Highlands of Santa Cruz. Here you will have the unforgettable opportunity to observe the famous Galapagos Giant Tortoises in their natural environment. The Islands themselves were named after these species. You will also be able to see 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. Dinner will be served local-style menu in the specified restaurant.

Tips:
Please book your arrival in the morning (before 11:00am) and departure in the afternoon (12:00pm or after) so that you do not miss any part of the tour.
Day 02
Isabela Island

Choose One of Four Navigable Sites

Hotel: Hotel San Vicente Galapagos (Tourist Class) / La Laguna Galapagos (Tourist Superior Class) or similar

Depending on the dates and/or navigable site chosen, pick-up from the hotel will be early in the morning (either 5:00am or 8:00am) to take you to the small vessel (16 passengers capacity) at the embarkation point (either Puerto Ayora dock or Itabaca Channel). The destination will be to any of these islands, all of these sites are inhabited and offer a unique close-up with wildlife and endemic vegetation.

The destination can be Santa Fe, South Plazas, North Seymour or Bartolome. The activities will include hiking, snorkeling, swimming and breathtaking sightseeing. After land and sea excursions, we will return back to the hotel in Santa Cruz where you can relax and later on have dinner at the restaurant specified by the guide.

Tips:
The visits to these are established by the Galapagos National Park and are subject to availability. In case none of the sites are available, an alternative itinerary will be used.

Visiting Attractions

Day 03
Isabela Island

Isabela Island

Hotel: Hotel San Vicente Galapagos (Tourist Class) / La Laguna Galapagos (Tourist Superior Class) or similar

The guide will have specified the hour to meet to begin the visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station. After breakfast we will head to this spot. The Station is populated by a variety of Giant Tortoise representing their fellow specie, one of each island in the archipelago. Here you can 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 we will make a short visit to the Art Galleries of Puerto Ayora and then eat lunch. Return to the hotel to rest before heading for lunch at a local specified restaurant.

After lunch we will begin the journey from Puerto Ayora to Isabela Island at 2:00pm (subject to change) via public speedboat (approx. travel time 2 ½ to 3 hrs.) A guide will be waiting for you in Puerto Villamil and then lead you to check in at the hotel. After a brief rest we will take a short walk to visit the Flamingos Lagoon, one of the natural breeding sites of the Galapagos flamingos. Return to the hotel to rest and eat dinner at the local specified restaurant.

Visiting Attractions

Day 04
Isabela Island

Isabela Island

Hotel: Hotel San Vicente Galapagos (Tourist Class) / La Laguna Galapagos (Tourist Superior Class) or similar

Early in the morning (8:00am), 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.

Visiting Attractions

Day 05
Baltra Island

Isabela Island - Puerto Ayora - Baltra

On the final day we recommend waking up at 5:00am 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 6:00am (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.

Tips:
Itinerary subject to change without prior warning depending on seasonal changes, weather conditions, and adjustments in policies set by the Galapagos National Park, and other unforeseen circumstances that may arise.

Visiting Attractions

Pick-up Details/Transfers
Arrival
Please book flights arriving at North Seymour Airport (Baltra Island) before 11:30am.
WHAT'S INCLUDED

Package Includes

  • Accommodation in selected class hotels and rooms
  • All meals (breakfast - lunch - dinner)
  • All land and sea transportation within the Galapagos during the program
  • Bilingual naturalist guides for each island and all activities
  • Excursions and visits during the program
  • 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)

Package Excludes

  • Air Ticket
  • Galapagos National Park Entry Fee - USD $100.00
  • Isabela Dock Fee - USD $10.00 pp.
  • Migratory Control Card - USD $20.00
  • Transportation Baltra Airport – Itabaca Channel - USD 5 p.p. (subject to change) - per way
  • Water taxi from dock to speedboat (Isabela, Santa Cruz Islands - depending on the tide): USD $1.00 per person per ride
  • Please note: a fee of the 5.4% is charged because of intermediation issues by credit card.
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Tips
  • Air fare: Air fare should be issued for the incoming flight arriving to Baltra before 11:30am and for the departing flight going back to mainland after 12:00 pm (make sure of that because other flights can affect the operation of the tour)
  • Please note: a fee of the 5.4% is charged because of intermediation issues by credit card.
Special Notes
  • All optional tours including service fee must be paid for in cash only which should be planned as part of your tour expenses before joining the tour.
  • We work with both hotel and local restaurants alike for breakfast, lunch and dinner. In case food is not served at the hotel, the guide will specify the chosen restaurant. No transfers to and from the restaurants to the hotels are included in the cost of the program. However, distances are all at a minimum walking distance in Galapagos.
  • We recommend that you take a seasickness pill before each ride between islands if you are prone to seasickness. The speedboats are not completely covered so please make sure that valuable objects and electronics are stored in a plastic bag. The guide will not go with you on the speedboats but a new guide will greet you on the other side. A water taxi ride is sometimes required (depending on the tide) from the dock to the speedboat; the cost is USD 1.00 per person per ride. Please make sure you bring cash in small denominations in case this expense is needed.
  • In order to protect your own property, please bring any valuable items with you at any time. Please do not leave any valuable items on the bus/hotel/attraction/restaurant etc. Tours4fun, local operators, drivers and tour guides will not take any responsibility for any theft loss at any location.
  • This tour/activity is overseen by a select local operator in the region. Upon booking your tour or activity and after receiving confirmation, you will be issued an e-ticket detailing the local operator's name and contact information. If you require assistance finding a specific tour, please contact us for more information.

Pricing Info

Your reservation is always subject to confirmation by email, normally within one to two business days.

* Price for Single Occupancy applies when one person stays in one standard hotel room.
* Price for Double/Triple/Quadruple Occupancy applies when two/three/four people stay in one standard hotel room respectively.
* Triple/Quadruple price does not guarantee a third/fourth bed in the room since each room is equipped with 2 beds. Please check the availability at the time of check-in.
* Price for child applies when a child between the ages of 2 years old and 12 years old stays in one standard room as a third or fourth person.
* Maximum room capacity: 4 people including adult and child/infant.

Reservation Info

    1.Immediately after submitting your reservation you will receive a Receipt of Reservation via email.
    2. Within one to two business days of submitting your reservation you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you need to book an airline ticket, we recommend that you do so after you receive a confirmation of your tour reservation from us.
    3. An E-Ticket will be sent to you via email as soon as details of your reservation are confirmed or your supporting information is received by us. We will provide you with all detailed information about your tour on the E-Ticket. Contact information for local tour provider will be included on E-Ticket for your convenience or re-confirmation purpose if re-confirmation is required.
    4. Simply print your E-Ticket and present it with your valid photo ID on the day of your activity to your tour guide. Please remember E-Ticket is your proof of purchase.

Terms and Conditions

    - Your purchase does not guarantee confirmation. Your purchase will initiate a reservation process. We will confirm with you via email within one to two business days.
    - Prices may vary due to availability. We reserve the right to make price adjustment without prior notice.
    - Please refer to our Standard Amendment, Cancellation and Refund Policy before you make reservation.
    - Please refer to Customer Agreement before you make reservation.
    - Local tour provider reserves the right to make modifications to tour arrangements including order of tour activities, hotel and its location if deemed necessary.
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