Galapagos Island Hopping Adventure - 10 Days

Galapagos Island Hopping Adventure

Welcome to Ecuador! On this Galapagos Island Hopping Adventure you will be amazed and truly astounded by the beauty, culture and diversity of wildlife and geographical locations during this once in a lifetime trip!

10 Days | Multi-Sport Adventure Luxury Holidays

Your Galapagos adventure begins in Quito.

Enjoy a half day cultural guided walking tour of Quito, Ecuador’s delightful highland capital.

Galapagos Island Hopping Adventure

Visit Mirador de Mango from where you have panoramic views of southern Isabela and the agricultural area. This is also a place for finch birds observation. Swim with spotted eagle rays, golden rays, Galapagos sharks, starfish, clams, and fish of every shape, size, and color. With luck, we might even see some menacing but harmless hammerhead sharks!

On this tour you:

  • Enjoy a Half Day Colonial Quito city tour
  • Explore Sierra Negra & Volcan Chico
  • Tour the Tintoresas Islets
  • Enjoy a Yacht tour to North Seymour
  • See Santa Cruz Island
  • Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station
Galapagos Island Hopping Adventure Map

Overview

Quito • Galapagos Islands

Highlights

  • Half Day Colonial Quito city tour
  • Full Day Sierra Negra & Volcan Chico tour
  • Half Day Tintoresas Islets Tour
  • Half Day Yacht tour to North Seymour
  • Full Day Santa Cruz Island Tour
  • Full Day Santa Fe Yacht Tour
  • Divine Bay Tour
  • Charles Darwin Research Station

Accommodation

JW Marriott Hotel, Quito

Galapagos Islands

Scalesia Lodge

Finch Bay Hotel

Oro Verde Guayaquil Hotel, Guayaquil

 

Itinerary

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Welcome to Ecuador!

Upon arriving, you are met and transferred to your hotel.

Accommodation: JW Marriott Hotel Quito

Day 2 :
Quito

Today, enjoy a cultural walking tour of Quito.

Depart on a half day guided tour of Quito, Ecuador’s delightful highland capital.

Accommodation: JW Marriott Hotel Quito

Breakfast

Commence your Galapagos expedition.

You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to the Galapagos Islands.

Accommodation: Scalesia Lodge

ON ARRIVAL AT BALTRA ISLAND AIRPORT, YOU WILL CONNECT TO YOUR INTER-ISLAND FLIGHT THAT WILL TAKE YOU FROM BALTRA ISLAND TO ISABELA ISLAND.
Upon arrival, you will be met & assisted to your hotel to begin your Galapagos adventure.

Anticipate an afternoon visit to Sucre´s cave, about 8 miles off Villamil Port, which is in the agricultural area of the island.

Enjoy a short walk to appreciate the typical vegetation and endemic plants. Continue to Mirador de Mango from where you have panoramic views of southern Isabela and the agricultural area. This is also a place for finch birds observation.

Return to the hotel by dinner.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The Sierra Negra and Volcan Chico.

Today you will visit some of Isabela’s best attractions, the Sierra Negra and Volcan Chico.

Accommodations: Scalesia Lodge

Sierra Negra is one of the most active volcanoes of the archipelago, its recent eruption took place in 2005.

We may visit Leon Dormido (Kicker Rock), Punta Pitt or Cerro Brujo. The visiting site will depend on the weekday and Galapagos National Park regulations.

WE’LL PUT ON SNORKELS AND FINS TO INTERACT WITH SEA LIONS, AS WELL AS MARINE IGUANAS AND COUNTLESS REEF FISH.
We’ll swim with spotted eagle rays, golden rays, Galapagos sharks, starfish, clams, and fish of every shape, size, and color. With luck, we might even see some menacing but harmless hammerhead sharks! After a full day spent exploring the seas, we head back to town for a delicious dinner and a well-earned rest.

Breakfast, Lunch

Enjoy a visit to Tintoreras.

Enjoy a visit to Tintoreras, a group of islets located a short distance from Puerto Villamil.

Accommodation: Scalesia Lodge

Reachable only by boat, Tintoreras includes a short walk alongside a maze of narrow lava crevices, broken “AA” lava flows, sandy beaches and stunning coves framed by Mangroves.

Its wildlife ranges from basking marine iguanas, perched boobies and pelicans, stalking herons, Galapagos penguins, sea lions, turtles and white tipped sharks (locally known as tintoreras).

Back to Scalesia Lodge for lunch.

IN THE AFTERNOON THERE IS FREE TIME TO ENJOY THE MAGICAL BEACH OF PUERTO VILLAMIL OR ENJOY ONE OF THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES FOR EXTRA COST: BIKING, SURFING, OR KAYAKING.

Breakfast, Lunch

Continue with your Galapagos adventure.

Fly from Isabela Island to Baltra Island. Upon arrival, guests are met by the hotel naturalist guides and accompanied directly to the yacht for your half day boat trip to North Seymour Island.

Accommodation: Overnight Finch Bay Hotel

North Seymour was lifted from the ocean floor by past seismic events, and its origins as a seabed give the island its low, flat profile.

Cliffs only a few meters high form the shoreline, where swallow-tailed gulls sit among the ledges and rocks.

This island is teaming with life! You might have to give way to a passing sea lion or marine iguana; blue-footed booby nests sit beside the trail where mating pairs perform their courtship dance.

THIS IS A WALKING EXCURSION AND INVOLVES UNEVEN ROCKY TERRAIN. DRY LANDING.
Lunch is served on board the yacht Sea Lion. After the visit, the yacht sails to Itabaca channel, from where we cross by bus over Santa Cruz Island to reach the south shore, where the Finch Bay Hotel is located.

Breakfast, Lunch

Exploring Santa Cruz Island.

After breakfast, our guests will leave Academy Bay to the lush highlands of Santa Cruz Island.

Accommodation: Overnight Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel

From there a short drive across the farming area will lead us to El Manzanillo. Manzanillo is on the natural path tortoises take every year as they migrate to higher moist locations during the garúa season (June-September), or when they descend to the warmer lowlands during the wet season.

Year round, tortoises can be seen grazing on the surrounding vegetation or wallowing in muddy banks or in a small red-colored pond (impressively colored by surface red pondweeds).

Lunch will be served in the cooler highlands, with the stunning views of Santa Cruz Island. After lunch, we visit a small farm, where coffee, sugar cane and cocoa beans are grown, harvested and prepared – all organic and sustainable. We have the chance to taste the products while learning about the artisanal way to burn island spirits!

WE THEN RETURN TO THE HOTEL TO ENJOY ITS POOL AND BEACH. FEEL FREE TO ASK FOR SUGGESTIONS FOR ACTIVITIES.

Breakfast, Lunch

Depart on a yacht trip to Santa Fe island.

Santa Fe offers one of the more beautiful and sheltered coves in the archipelago.

Accommodation: Overnight Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel

Its turquoise lagoon is protected by a peninsula of tiny islets forming an ideal anchorage. A wet landing on a sandy white beach brings us into contact with one of the many sea lion harems. Bulls vie for the right to be Beach Master, while smaller males masquerade as females and make stealthy mating moves. Galápagos hawks are often easily approached, perched atop saltbushes.

The giant prickly pear cactus found here live up to their name, with tree-sized trunks!

Our goal is to spot one of the large species of land iguana, native to Santa Fe. Beige to chocolate brown in color with dragon-like spines, these huge iguanas truly resemble dinosaurs. An indigenous species of rice rat also inhabits the island, and lucky hikers can spot harmless Galapagos snakes. After the hike, there is nothing more inviting than a swim in the calm waters of the bay, a great snorkeling opportunity with diverse marine life.

LUNCH ON BOARD YACHT SEA LION. SAIL BACK TO PUERTO AYORA.

Breakfast, Lunch

Explore wildlife rich Divine Bay.

This morning, depart to the quiet and wildlife rich Divine Bay.

Accommodation: Overnight Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel

Named after one of the islands first settlers, this cove is protected from the swells by natural volcanic reefs on one side, by a gallery of mangrove trees on the other, and cliffs created eons ago by the uplift of the lava plateau. The whole area provides a wonderful natural shelter for wildlife.

We can explore this lovely cove by boat while more adventurous guests could take the tandem, sit-on-top kayaks straight from the hotel’s beachfront.

The morning’s visit includes snorkeling on a calm, but active, sector of the cove. This is next to a wooden dock we use to explore Punta Estrada. A dry landing and a short walk will lead us to the south shore of the island, to a small beach called “Playa de los Perros” (Dog Beach). This is a great place to see intertidal organisms and learn about marine iguanas in their nesting sites.

Also, there’s a nearby natural terrace from where young white-tipped reef sharks can be observed from above as they swim about the lava crevices. After this morning’s visit, we return to the Finch Bay Hotel. Afternoon visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station and the giant tortoise-breeding program, with time to enjoy the town.

Breakfast, Lunch

End your Galapagos adventure.

After breakfast, we leave the Finch Bay Hotel and on the way to Baltra, stop at the Twin Pit Craters, great geological depressions of volcanic material formed by a long process of slow sinking of the ground, where exceptional Scalesia trees, ferns, mosses and orchids can be seen in the surroundings. Then, overland transfer to the airport in Baltra for your flight to Guayaquil.

Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to the hotel, where we have arranged for a day room. At a pre-arranged time, you will be transferred back to the airport for your departure flight from Ecuador.

Day use room: Oro Verde Guayaquil Hotel

Breakfast

What is included?

  • Flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Meals as per Itinerary
  • Excursions as per Itinerary

What is not included?

  • Personal Expenses
  • Travel Insurance

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