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8-Day Multisport Galapagos Island Hopping

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Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrive Galapagos (San Cristobal Airport), Interpretation Center, Tijeretas Bay, Carola Beach (SUP)

Visiting: Galapagos Islands

You will be picked-up at the San Cristobal Airport by your private certified guide, who will take you to the hotel. After you collect your luggage, look for someone with a sign with your name on it. It is a 5 minute drive to the town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

After your lunch with the guide, you will visit the Interpretation Center, where the guide will talk you about the formation, colonization, and future of the islands.

Afterwards, you will meet your guide and have an introductory talk about stand-up paddling and the area you will paddle. Then, you will go for a fun tour of the bay, a good way to get introduced to the "locals" -- the playful and curious sea lions. The tour will last approx 2 hours.

Dinner is not included, but you have several options in town: from BBQ at the Bambu restaurant or typical Ecuadorian food at Mockingbird as well as delicious sea food at the El Descanso Marinero. For pizzas and sandwiches, we recommend Calypso.

NOTE: Private Tour

  • Meals: L
  • Budget Lodging: Pimampiro
  • Standard Lodging: Casa Playa Mann
  • Luxury Lodging: Golden Bay

Day 2 : San Cristobal: Kicker Rock and Beach (Snorkeling, Beach)

Visiting: Galapagos Islands

After breakfast (7.30 am), you will do a bay tour to visit the famous Kicker Rock (Leon Dormido – sleeping lion) and Isla Lobos, a volcanic formation amid the ocean. There you will be able to snorkel with sharks, rays, turtles and with luck also with hammerhead sharks. After lunch on the boa,t you will go to a beautiful, pristine beach at Manglesito, where you will have time to relax. Around 3pm, you will be back at the port.

The rest of the day is free at your leisure. You can watch the sunset on Playa Mann, or you can go to Loberia (about $4 each way by taxi). This is a coral beach with a sea lion colony. You will walk along the beach and Barranco cliff trail to see the sea lions, frigates, marine iguanas, and mangroves.

NOTE: Shared Tour with maximum 12 people/boat

  • Meals: BL
  • Budget Lodging: Pimampiro
  • Standard Lodging: Casa Playa Mann
  • Luxury Lodging: Golden Bay

Day 3 : San Cristobal, dive discovery and bike ride / hike at Loberia (Diving, Biking, Hiking)

Visiting: Galapagos Islands

In the morning, you will have a talk and explanation about diving with an experienced dive master. Then you will go to Tijeretas bay to experience the incredible sensation of breathing underwater – if you are already certified this will be a great dive too!

After a great lunch you will go biking to the Loberia! The bike ride is not difficult. Once arrived you will begin a hike up to a cliff. You can expect to see marine iguanas on the way! Once At the cliff you will spot swallow-tailed gulls, frigate birds, blue-footed boobies, tropic birds, petrels…as a former guest said: it's a true aerial meeting! You will just sit and enjoy it!

Back to the beach, those who want can go for a snorkel session in the bay. This is a famous place to spot Pacific green turtles.

NOTE: Private Tour

  • Meals: BL
  • Budget Lodging: Pimampiro
  • Standard Lodging: Casa Playa Mann
  • Luxury Lodging: Golden Bay

Day 4 : Fly to Isabela, Villamil (Kayaking)

Visiting: Galapagos Islands

In the Early morning, you will take a private small plane for a short flight of 40mn. Our staff will welcome you on Isabela and accompanies you to your hotel for check-in. You are free until lunch. We recommend a visit of the Flamingo Lagoon or Galapaguera, a breeding center for the Galapagos Tortoises. Flamingo Lagoon ("Poza de los Flamingo") is a principal breeding ground for the Flamingos. This is a 10-minute walk from town.

You will have Lunch and in the afternoon departure for a kayak tour in the bay of Villamil. You will surely be able to see small Galapagos penguins, sea lions, and with luck you will spot turtles and rays.

NOTE: Private Tour

  • Meals: BL
  • Budget Lodging: Gran Tortuga
  • Standard Lodging: Isabela Beach House
  • Luxury Lodging: Iguana Crossing

Day 5 : Isabela Island: Sierra Negra Volcano (Hiking)

Visiting: Galapagos Islands

Today the Sierra Negra Volcano is on the agenda. This is the 2nd largest and most active volcano in the world (last eruption on October 22, 2005). You will also see steam rising from nearby Volcan Chico. You walk through spectacular lava landscapes and have views of the northern volcanoes of Isabela and Fernandina. The hike to the Sierra Negra Volcano and the Chico Volcano is about 16km long (2-3 hour hike up), but worth the effort. You see the second largest volcanic crater in the world and discover different vegetation zones. You get a lunchbox for the hike. It is a 40-minute drive to the base of the volcano hike. You can also rent a horse ($10) if you prefer not to hike.

The rest of the day is at leisure. You can enjoy the beautiful beach in Isabela or you can snorkel in the Concha de Perla lagoon (snorkel equipment is not included in the free time, but can be hired locally).

NOTE: Shared Tour with maximum 16 people

  • Meals: BL
  • Budget Lodging: Gran Tortuga
  • Standard Lodging: Isabela Beach House
  • Luxury Lodging: Iguana Crossing

Day 6 : Isabela: Los Tuneles/Cabo Rosa (Snorkeling)

Visiting: Galapagos Islands

After breakfast at your hotel, you will leave at 7:30am with your guide to go by boat to Los Tuneles/Cabo Rosa (45 minutes) where lava has flowed into the ocean and formed beautiful lava tubes. There you may see penguins, blue-footed boobies and sea turtles. However, the highlight is snorkeling. You have the chance to see white-tip sharks which rest daily on the bottom, sea turtles, sea lions, rays, seahorses, and many tropical fish. The tour takes about 5 hours.

The rest of the day is free time. You can do a bike ride to the Wall of Tears (bikes are not included, but can be hired locally).

NOTE: Shared Tour with maximum 16 people

  • Meals: BL
  • Budget Lodging: Gran Tortuga
  • Standard Lodging: Beach House
  • Luxury Lodging: Iguana Crossing

Day 7 : Transfer Isabela to Santa Cruz: Highlands, Garrapatero Beach (Biking, Swimming)

Visiting: Galapagos Islands

At 5:30am, your guide will pick you up at the hotel and accompany you to the harbor, where you will take the 6:00am speed boat to Santa Cruz (2.5-3.5 hours).

At the pier, our staff welcomes you and accompanies you for breakfast. Afterwards you will go to the hotel for check-in and to meet your private local guide.

Your guide will drive you to a ranch in the Santa Cruz Highlands to see the giant tortoises in their native environment. After lunch, you will stop at Cerro Mesa Reserve where you can see a huge crater, a remnant of the time when Santa Cruz was still a volcanic active island. Then you will continue to Garrapatero Beach where you will have time to swim.

You will also see a lava tunnel. Lunch is provided in the highlands and then you will enjoy a bike ride to the Garrapatero beach. Once there, you will be able to Rest on this beautiful beach, before back to port. Enjoy in the evening a walk at the pier where by night you can spot lots of baby sharks!

The evening is at your leisure. You can choose among a lot of restaurants in town for dinner. The "Kiosks" are a great option -- every night one street in the center of Puerto Ayora is closed to traffic and restaurants put tables and chairs in the street where you can enjoy a typical meal among locals.

NOTE: Private Tour

  • Meals: BL
  • Budget Lodging: Hotel Deja Vu
  • Standard Lodging: Villa Laguna
  • Luxury Lodging: Angermeyer Waterfront Inn

Day 8 : Transfer to Baltra Airport for flight to Quito or Guayaquil

Visiting: Galapagos Islands

The time until the airport transport is at your leisure. You can visit the Charles Darwin Station (free entrance) or do some souvenir shopping.

Your driver will accompany you for the transfer to the Baltra Airport. The transfer includes private vehicle across the island to the dock for Baltra Island (40-60 minutes), taking a boat across the Itabaca Channel, and the public bus to the Baltra airport (5 minutes). Your driver will accompany you until the check-in where your program ends with your return flight to the mainland.

  • Meals: B

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