6-Day Galapagos Oceano: Isabela - Santa Cruz - Navigable Island
Product Code: 1020-11639
OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • • Tintoreras Islet
  • • Isabela Island
  • • Visit Flamingos Lagoon
  • • Volcano Sierra Negra
  • • Volcano Chico
  • • Concha Perla
  • • Kayak in Puerto Villamil
  • • Humedales Complex
  • • Santa Cruz Island
  • • El Chato Highlands
  • • Charles Darwin Station
  • • Navigable Island
Tour Code
1020-11639
Duration
6 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 wants 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
Santa Cruz Island

Baltra Island - Santa Cruz Island - Isabela Island

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

You can arrive to the Galapagos only by flight, and only from either Quito or Guayaquil (air ticket not included). Our English speaking guide will be waiting for you at the airport on Baltra Island, who will then take you to the port of Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island for lunch.

Afterwards, we will take a speedboat to Isabella Island (at 2:00pm), for approximately two and a half hours. After arriving at Isabela, we will take a brief rest at the hotel and then head to the Flamingo Lagoon, the largest coastal lagoon found in the Galapagos and is of the main reproductive sites for the majority of flamingos.

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

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.

Day 03
Puerto Villamil

Isabela Island

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

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 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 specified.

Day 04
Santa Cruz Island

Isabela Island - Santa Cruz Island

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

At 5:30am we will get ready to go to the dock (wake-up at 5:00am). We will take the Public speedboat, which leaves at 6:00am (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 Tortoises in 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 specified restaurant.

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 specified restaurant.

Day 05
Puerto Ayora

Navigate to One of this 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 on the morning (either 5:00am or 8:00am) to take you to the small vessel (16-passenger 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 specified restaurant.

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 06
Puerto Ayora

Santa Cruz Island - Baltra Island

On the final day we recommend waking up at 6:00am to get ready and have breakfast before the transfer out to Baltra Airport where you will catch your return flight to either Quito or Guayaquil.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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* Price for Single Occupancy applies when one person stays in one standard hotel room.
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* 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.

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    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.

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    - 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.
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    - 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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