6 nights on Santa Cruz Island, 1 night on Isabela Island 

Island Hopping 7-night tour

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BRIEF ITINERARY


Day 1. Arrive Baltra airport, transfer to Santa Cruz Island, visit El Chato giant tortoises reserve and Lava Tunnels. Hotel in Puerto Ayora.

Day 2. Visit Santa Fe Island. Hotel in Puerto Ayora.

Day 3. Shared transfer to Isabela Island, visit the Flamingo lagoon and Tintoreras Islet.

Day 4. Visit Sierra Negra and Chico volcanoes. Shared transfer back to Santa Cruz Island. Hotel in Puerto Ayora.

Day 5. Excursions on Santa Cruz island: Loberia, Punta Estrada, Las Grietas. Hotel in Puerto Ayora.

Day 6. Visit Plazas Island and Punta Carrion (Wednesdays & Saturdays). Hotel in Puerto  Ayora.

Day 7. Visit Seymour Norte & Bachas beach* (on Mondays and Thursdays) or Bartolome & Sullivan Bay** (Tuesdays and Fridays). Hotel in Puerto Ayora.

Day 8. Transfer to Baltra airport, flight to the mainland.


MONDAY: North Seymour & Bachas Beach
TUESDAY: Bartolome & Sullivan Bay
WEDNESDAY: Plazas & Punta Carrion
THURSDAY: North Seymour & Bachas Beach
FRIDAY: Bartolome & Sullivan Bay
SATURDAY: Plazas & Punta Carrion
SUNDAY: Santa Fe full day excursion


ANY DAY OF THE WEEK:
Isabela & Tintoreras Islet
Santa Fe & Hidden Beach

S / C NEMO III

Excursions per day of the week

  • INCLUSIONS:

- Accommodations in Ninfa Hotel in Puerto Ayora, A/C rooms with private facilities, hot   showers, cable TV. WiFi access in restaurant area.
- Accommodations in Coral Blanco or similar tourist class hotel on Isabela Island.
- 7 breakfasts included
- 7 lunches included
- Dinner on Isabela Island included.
- Excursions and activities as per itinerary
- Baltra airport – hotel – Baltra airport shuttle.
- English-speaking naturalist guide
- Snorkeling equipment (mask, tube, flippers)
- Snacks and non-alcoholic non-bottled beverages during boat excursions
- Safe box in hotel reception

  • EXCLUSIONS:

- Airfare mainland – Galapagos – mainland
- Galapagos national park fee ($100 per person)
- Galapagos transit card ($20 per person)
- Isabela island tax ($5 per person)
- Dinners in hotel in Puerto Ayora
- Non specified and additional services and activities
- Medical and travel insurance
- Gratuities and tips


- Active itinerary
- Visit  5 Islands
- Stay on 2 different islands
- Unique nature
- Flexible departures
- Group discounts

Tour Highlights

 Galapagos is Ecuador

  • Cancellation Policy:

1. Airfares and last minute deals are non-refundable.
2. FIT’s: cancellation made NN days to 46 days prior to departure are subject to     penalty of US$200 per person confirmation deposit.
3. GROUPS (6+ p) cancellations made NN days to 61 days prior to departure         are subject to penalty of US$200 per person confirmation deposit.
4. FITs: cancellations made 45-31 days prior to departure are subject to penalty     of 50% of all services booked and 100% of airfares.
5. GROUPS (6+p) cancellations made 60-46 days prior to departure are                  subject to penalty of 50% of all services booked and 100% of airfares.
6. Amendments, transferals of bookings and changes in travel dates are                 treated as cancellations and are subject to the cancellation policy outlined         above. 

  • Rates:

RATES PER PERSON: ACCOMMODATIONS IN STANDARD ROOMS
IN DOUBLE OR TRIPLE ROOM         US$1385

IN SINGLE ROOM                                 US$1535


RATES PER PERSON: ACCOMMODATIONS IN SUITES
IN DOUBLE OR TRIPLE SUITE          US$1460
IN SINGLE SUITE                                  US$1800

  • General Conditions:

1. The operator reserved the right to change itineraries in circumstances of              force majeure, including weather conditions, sea conditions, national park          regulations, strikes and social unrest, terrorism and war (threatened or                actual), or in any other circumstances that may affect safety of the                          passengers or staff.
2. Final itinerary is confirmed 48 hours prior to tour departure.
3. All quotes given for services are valid for 8 days and are not considered a         booking and don’t guarantee a space until a confirmation deposit is                     received.
4. Operator reserved the right to change accommodations and transportation         means due to force majeure or technical circumstances.
5. High occupancy departures (Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Carnival, Easter)         are subject to an additional supplement of US$120 per person.
6. Tintoreras Islet on Isabela Island is subject to an additional US$ 50 per                person fee.
7. All bank costs will be borne by the client, and all wire transfers are subject to     an additional fee of US$ 35 per each wire transfer.

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Day 1. Arrive to Baltra Island where our representative will be waiting for you to transfer you to Santa Cruz Island. Our hotel is situated in Puerto Ayora town.

After lunch in the hotel’s restaurant we start our first guided excursion to El Chato giant tortoise reserve. The reserve is located in the highlands of the island, where climate and vegetation are very different from those on the lower areas. Giant tortoises live in the tropical rainforest of the highlands where water and vegetation are abundant. A small natural lagoon - El Chato - is the place where we usually observe them relaxing or taking a bath. Many bird species, such as finches, herons and the vermilion flycatcher nest and feed around the lagoon.

  • At the end of the excursion to El Chato we’ll visit a natural lava tunnel. Return to the hotel in Puerto Ayora.

Day 2. Breakfast in the hotel.

1-hour navigation to Santa Fe island situated South-East of Santa Cruz. This small island is known for its endemic giant cactus forest and its large colony of sea lions. Many bird species can be observed directly from the boat: blue-footed boobies, gulls, pelicans are just some of them.

The quiet bay with turquoise-colored water is a perfect place to snorkel among tropical fish, manta rays, sea lions and marine turtles. We’ll eventually see the white-tipped sharks and the endemic Galapagos hawk.

  • Lunch will be served on board. Afterwards we’ll navigate about 30 minutes to the Hidden Beach, a perfect place to enjoy the sun, swim and snorkel again in the quiet bay. Return to Puerto Ayora around 16:30pm.

Day 3. Breakfast in the hotel. At 7:30 we’ll board public boat and travel for about 3 hours from Santa Cruz to Isabela Island. Our first excursion upon arrival is the small artificial lagoon where flamingos can be seen. A short break to enjoy the white sand beach of Puerto Villamil, and we continue to the town to have lunch in one of the local restaurants.

  • Our next excursion is aboard a dingy and the goal is to see the white-tipped sharks, a colony of marine iguanas and the endemic Galapagos penguins that rest and feed around the small Tintoreras islet. We can also snorkel here among tropical fish, rays and sharks. Dinner in the hotel in Puerto Villamil town is included.
  • Day 4. Breakfast in the hotel. Guided hike to Sierra Negra and Chico volcanoes. The largest and one of the youngest islands of the Galapagos Archipelago, Isabela has 6 volcanoes. Today we’ll be visiting 2 of them. Sierra Negra is one of the most important reserves for giant tortoises, land iguanas and birds. A breathtaking view of the active volcanic crater covered with recent black lava (last eruption in October 2005) of Sierra Negra is the prize for those who ventured to hike uphill the well marked trail. Sierra Negra is also the second largest volcanic crater in the world, its diameter is around 6 miles (10 km). Return to Puerto Villamil and board public boat to travel to Santa Cruz. Hotel in Puerto Ayora.

Day 5. Breakfast in the hotel. Bay tour of Puerto Ayora offers great snorkeling among playful sea lions, marine turtles and colorful fish. Several bird species can be seen on cliffs right from the boat.

Next we’ll visit Punta Estrada where small colonies of blue-footed boobies and pelicans nest on the cliffs. A short walk will take us to the viewpoint where sharks can be seen from a safe place 15 meters above the sea.

  • To finish an exciting day we’ll visit the beach where large colonies of marine iguanas, red crabs and lava herons can be seen. We’ll also swim in Las Grietas – a quite natural clear water lagoon, and relax on the beach to enjoy the sun of the Galapagos. Hotel in Puerto Ayora.

Day 6. Early wake up and breakfast in the hotel. At 7am you’ll take the bus to drive to the Itabaca channel that separates Santa Cruz from Baltra Island. From there, a 2-hour boat trip will take us to Plazas Island.

  • This small rectangular island can be walked through to observe sea lions, land iguanas and birds nesting along the cliff or fighting for food in the air upon our heads. Blue footed boobies and Nazca boobies, tropical birds, frigate birds, pelicans and gulls are just some of the species we can see. Plazas is also famous for its unique vegetation. Giant cactus trees are just picturesque, and the ground covered with Sesuvium vegetation changes its color from bright-green in the rain season to orange and red during the dry season. Lunch on board and boat ride to Punta Carrion situated on North-east of Santa Cruz Island. We’ll snorkel in a quiet shallow bay to see tropical fish, sea lions, manta rays and eventually sharks. Return to the hotel in Puerto Ayora at 16:30.

Day 7. OPTION: NORTH SEYMOUR & BACHAS BEACH (Mondays & Thursdays)

Early wake up and breakfast in the hotel. At 7am you’ll take the bus to once again drive to the Itabaca channel. Today we’ll navigate to North Seymour, one of the most famous islands to observe birds. Wildlife here is always very active! Males of Magnificent frigate bird display their spectacular red breasts to attract females. Blue-footed boobies nest and fish near the cliffs, in some seasons we can observe their typical mating dance.

We’ll cross the island through a 2km trail to explore the rocky coast. After lunch on aboard, we’ll snorkel with sea lions, green marine turtles and eventually hammerhead sharks. In the afternoon we’ll enjoy the sun on the white-sand Bachas Beach where marine turtles nest and flamingos feed in a nearby small natural lagoon. Navigate back to Itabaca and drive with the bus to your hotel in Puerto Ayora.

OPTION: BARTOLOME & SULLIVAN BAY (Tuesdays & Fridays)

Early wake-up and bus ride (6am) to Itabaca channel, where we board our boat to Bartolomé. Breakfast will be served on board. Upon arrival to the island, we’ll climb through the 114 meters high staircase to the summit of a hill. The view from its summit is simply amazing! Two white-sand beaches and several volcanic cones with the Pinnacle Rock in the center is the most famous and representative panorama of the Galapagos Archipelago. Bartolome is an extinct volcano and it’s volcanic past can be witnessed through red, brown, orange, green and black soil layers.

We’ll take a refreshing bath and snorkel with sea turtles, riff sharks, tropical fish and other marine wildlife. There’s a small colony of the Galapagos penguins, and a place where green marine turtles nest.

  • After lunch on board, we’ll visit Sullivan Bay, a place to see interesting lava formation from the eruption of 1903, one of the eruption types that formed the Archipelago. Boat trip and bus ride back to your hotel in Puerto Ayora (5pm).

Day 8. Breakfast in the hotel. Bus or taxi ride to the airport and flight back to the mainland.

End of services.

 - 20% deposit of the total charter rate is required to confirm reservation. If the deposit is not credited, space will be placed as requested only.
- 50% deposit of the total rate is required 180 days before the date of departure.
- 100% of total outstanding balance must be paid 91 days before departure date. Fuel Surcharge will be invoiced according to the maximum capacity of the ship.

  • Payment Policy:

1. FITs: A non-refundable US$ 200 per person confirmation deposit is required     NN days to 46 days prior to departure to confirm services.
2. GROUPS (6+ pax) a non-refundable US$200 per person confirmation                 deposit required NN days to 61 days prior to departure to confirm services.
3. Airfares are subject to change and cannot be guaranteed until tickets are           issued.

4. FITs: Full payment of all services booked is due 45 days prior to departure.
5. GROUPS (6+p) Full payment of all services booked is due 60 days prior to         departure.
6. If booking within 45 days (FITs) or 60 days (GROUPS) prior to departure, full      payment is required to confirm services.
7. Failure to comply with terms of payment, incurs in cancellation and penalty         of up to 100% of confirmation deposits and airfares.

Day by Day Itinerary

Payment and Cancellation Policies for Hotel Based Tours 2017