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Discover the wildlife, people and culture of this natural paradise from the unique perspective of the locals, while hopping between Santa Cruz, Floreana and Isabela Islands.
Destinations > Ecuador > Island Hopping
Five nights accommodation, meals as indicated, guided excursions, bilingual naturalist guide, Galapagos transfers, private speed boat and snorkelling gear.
NOTE: An eight day itinerary is also available.
Make the most of your time in the Galapagos Islands with this island hopping small group journey which gives you the opportunity to explore the islands of Santa Cruz, Floreana and Isabela. Visit the Charles Darwin Research Centre to learn more about the Galapagos ecosystem and its conservation, walk along the black sand beaches of Floreana Island and explore Sierra Negra Volcano.
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A combined hotel and yacht experience
Hike and snorkel where the locals do
Taste the traditional delicacies made locally
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On arrival in Baltra you'll take a shuttle to Santa Cruz Island, travelling across the island and into the highlands. Beginning at the coast and travelling north along the road to Puerto Ayora, the road climbs through the agricultural zone and into the mist-covered forests of the highlands. You'll enjoy wonderful birding opportunities, as almost every land bird present on the islands can be found here. Continuing on, stop at one of the ranches and there you’ll have the chance to lunch surrounded by the iconic tortoise species, which you'll be able to watch up close. Later on, you'll have time to visit Santa Cruz Brewery, entrepreneurship that produces one of the local artisanal draft beers. After learning about the complex and delicate process that the brewery follows, there is time for tasting some of the beers before continuing the journey to Puerto Ayora to check into your hotel. Enjoy the remainder of your afternoon at leisure. (L)
This morning you'll travel by speedboat to Floreana Island, a ride of approximately 2.5 hours. This island has the most interesting human history of all of the Galapagos Islands and is the site of the Islands' first 'post office', which was established in 1793 by whalers. Upon arrival at Floreana you'll visit a local farm and learn more about local peoples way of life. During this visit, you'll visit a lagoon where it is possible to observe frigates, and have the opportunity to feed the farm animals and harvest vegetables. Enjoy a delicious lunch prepared with the foods that have been harvested from the farm. After lunch continue on to the historical site of Asilo de la Paz. Here you can view a pirates cave and the fresh water spring which is the main source of water for the population. You'll also learn about the Wittmer family, who lived inside the caves while they were constructing their first house out of leather and stone. Your guide will describe how the family used to live, so you can imagine how extreme it was to live on this island back in those days. Nearby, you'll find a corral with giant tortoises that were originally owned by residents of Floreana. Along this path, you'll also see giant tortoise species that have recently been reintroduced to this island after having been previously considered to be extinct. This evening, you'll enjoy a barbecue on the beach. Enjoy the peace and quiet of Floreana and taste the foods which were harvested by the islands inhabitants. (B)(L)(D)
After breakfast you'll enjoy an excursion to La Loberia, a sea lion breeding area. Take a short walk of approximately 30 minutes along the shore and after taking some time to admire the landscape, you'll begin your first marine excursion in the bright turquoise water. You may have the opportunity to swim with sea lions, sea turtles, manta rays and a variety of colourful coral fish. Enjoy a delicious lunch prepared with the foods harvested from the farm. Next we'll head to take our speed boat to Isabela Island; this ride will take approximately 2.5 hours. On arrival at Isabela the remainder of the afternoon is at leisure for you to enjoy the island. (B)(L)
After having breakfast, you'll take a short ride to the Isabela Breeding Centre. Here, you'll learn more about the efforts that the Galapagos National Park and the local and international foundations are doing to preserve and promote the reproduction of some of the Giant Tortoises species found in Galapagos. Later on, you'll continue through a mangrove path that connects with a series of lagoons where the flamingos rest and feed. This walk is ideal for understanding the Galapagos biodiversity, and how the species have adapted to the harsh conditions that the Enchanted Islands have. Today, lunch will be on your own. This afternoon, you'll visit Tintoreras Islets located a short distance from Puerto Villamil and home to a great variety of wildlife. The turquoise, crystalline waters are inhabited by the white tipped reef sharks, Galapagos penguins, marine turtles, and sea lions. One of its beaches, surrounded by mangroves is one of the few sites where marine iguanas can reproduce successfully. Once we reach the Isle of Tintoreras, you'll discover many of these species. Most of the part of this island is formed by AA lava. (B)
Today you'll visit the iconic Sierra Negra Volcano with the second widest crater of an active volcano (approx. 10km); but first, you'll be driven along the highland of Isabela up to reach the checking control point. The hike is approx. 2km up to the first lookout point of the volcano, where you'll time to enjoy a snack while we recover our strength and let the amazing view amaze us. Later on, you'll return to Puerto Villamil, for lunch and then board a private speedboat, and continue our journey back to Santa Cruz Island. Once we arrive at Puerto Ayora, you be free to enjoy and explore this iconic town for the last night in the Enchanted Islands. Afterwards, you'll return to your hotel in Puerto Ayora. (B)(L)
After breakfast, you'll have a short visit to the Charles Darwin Station. The centre is a reservoir of information on habitats and local conservation as well as other fascinating relevant statistics. The most striking attraction of this station is certainly the Tortoise Breeding Centre, where it is possible to view tortoises of different shapes and sizes. Additionally, in order to fully take advantage of our visit to the Galapagos Islands, you'll be able to visit the station where legendary "Lonesome George" is exhibited as the last of his species. Lonesome George is a "symbol" of conservation. Afterwards, transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)
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