Designed for travellers who prefer a land experience rather than cruising the Galapagos Islands, this tour encompasses all the beauty that Galapagos Islands offer, based on Santa Cruz and Isabela Islands.
On arrival you will be met and transferred to Puerto Ayora.
Once on Santa Cruz, we journey across the island into the highlands, experiencing the island’s variety of wildlife and landscapes along the way. In the highland area, we’ll make a stop at one of the ranches where we will have the chance to have lunch surrounded by the archipelago’s iconic giant tortoise species, which are easily observable in the area. After this visit we will head to Puerto Ayora to check in at our selected hotel.
NAVIGABLE TOUR TO ANOTHER ISLAND (L)
Today, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a daily tour to one of the nearby islands, a great chance to discover the diversity of the Galapagos. These tours are subject to availability, and may be to one of the following islands:
Bartolome Island: We will discover an amazing landscape as well as fascinating geological formations like Pinnacle Rock. Here we will have a great opportunity for snorkeling.
North Seymour Island: The main species on this island are the Land Iguanas, the Magnificent Frigate Birds, characterized by their incredible scarlet pouch, the famous blue-footed boobies, and their particular courtship dance as well as the playful sea lions surfing across the waves.
South Plazas Island: This is a small island, yet it has an outstanding concentration of wildlife, dramatic cliffs, spectacular natural red carpet of algae and great contrasts to be seen
Santa Fe Island: This island has a lot of diversity. The lagoons of the Santa Fe Island provide an excellent place for snorkeling alongside colorful fish, sea lions, giant tuna and even small sharks that are often sited in these environments.
TRANSFER TO ISABELA ISLAND (B)
After breakfast, you will have a transfer service to Puerto Ayora’s public pier. When you get there, you will be transferred to the dock to take the speedboat to get to your next destination: Isabela Island, the archipelago’s largest and youngest island; this trip takes approx. 2h30m. After having arrived you will be transferred to the hotel and have the rest of the afternoon free. Accommodation at your selected hotel
Day at leisure on Isabela island.
*Optional tour at additional cost
VISIT TO THE TUNNELS (BL)
Today, we will visit a unique place on the islands, “Los Tuneles”. Our adventure starts onboard our speed boat with a 45-minute trip. Our experienced captain will safely lead us across the waves that normally hide this treasure. The Tunnels were formed millions of years ago when rivers of liquid magma ran across the island reaching its coastal shore. The cold water froze their superficial layer isolating the interior while liquid magma kept flowing into the sea. When the eruption ended, a hollow structure was formed and its wall later broke allowing water to seep inside, creating a tunnel. Our guide will join us along hundreds of tunnels while we snorkel and encounter marine life such as sharks, lobsters, penguins, sea lions, boobies, sea turtles among other endemic species of the Galapagos. A snack will be served onboard our boat. If lucky enough, we will have the chance to see giant manta rays feeding in open water.
SIERRA NEGRA VOLCANO (B, L)
After breakfast, today we will go deep into the highlands until reaching the mountainsides of the Sierra Negra Volcano, this volcano is considered one of the oldest and most active volcanoes on Isabela Island. To be able to see the volcano’s 10 km wide crater, we need to hike up the side of the volcano for about 4 to 6 hours. With a little bit of luck, we will be able to see Galapagos Hawks soaring above the volcano, this will also be a marvellous opportunity to learn a bit more about the geology of the Galapagos Islands. After enjoying the breath-taking view of the crater and enjoying our boxed lunch, we can continue the hike to Volcano Chico, depending on the weather conditions. Later on, we will return to our hotel.
TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT (B)
After breakfast, early in the morning, you will be transferred to the port in Puerto Villamil to take a speedboat trip back to Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz. Upon arrival, a tour guide will drive you to the Baltra airport and help you with the check-in process to take your flight back to the mainland.
- Accommodation at selected hotels
- Meals as per itinerary (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner
- Bilingual guides
- Any items not listed in the inclusions and the itinerary