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Galapagos Highlights 8D

Tour Details

This tour offers a good alternative to cruises for budget conscious travelers, families wanting to visit the Galapagos without spending all their savings! We do not sacrifice on visits, you’ll see plenty of endemic/native species and have great snorkel excursions.We offer 3 options: 5, 6 and 8 days.Our guides are English speaking, and our hotels are nice, clean and welcoming, with hot water and private bathrooms. There is also an option to upgrade to have hotels with more cachet.We provide the snorkel equipment and wetsuits, so there are no hidden costs, just bring extra cash for after tour beers, tips and some souvenirs to bring home!  If you do not want to be stuck on a boat, want to join a fun group and enjoy the Galapagos as its best, don’t hesitate to join us!

THESE TOURS HAVE FIXED DEPARTURES, PLEASE CHECK THE DEPARTURES BELOWTO SEE WHICH ONE FITS YOU!

 

Prices include:

  • all meals on the islands
  • tours with English-speaking guides
  • all transportation (boat, bus, taxi)
  • snorkel gear and short wetsuit
  • accommodation in double or triple room occupancy
  • Isabela entry fee

 

Prices do not include:

  • flights from and to mainland Ecuador (priced between 480$-560$ +/-)
  • entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park
    • 100$ per adult, 50$ per child (12 years and under)
    • CASH ONLY: bring cash with you. There is NO ATM at airport!
    • These prices are subject to change without previous notice from the Galapagos Authorities
  • migration card
    • 20$ per person
    • bought at the airport (Quito or Guayaquil)
    • CASH ONLY
    • this price is subject to change without previous notice from the Galapagos Authorities
  • 14% Ecuadorian VAT (only valid for the Ecuadorian residents)
  • travel insurance WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND YOU PURCHASE ONE
  • all not mentioned in the program
  • tips

 

DEPARTURES:

MONTH 8 DAYS
JANUARY 17-24
FEBRUARY 14-21
MARCH 14-21
APRIL 11-18
MAY 16-23
JUNE 13-20
JULY 18-25
AUGUST 22-29
SEPTEMBER 19-26
OCTOBER 17-24
NOVEMBER 21-28
DECEMBER 19-26**

**Christmas departure 100$ more per person

Why you choose this package!

  • For conscious travelers
  • Highlights: 5 islands
  • Budget option
  • Wildlife plus
  • Land based
  • All inclusive
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Day 1,San Cristobal

We will pick you up on arrival at San Cristobal Island and take you to the hotel. Get settled and get ready to enjoy a nice Ecuadorian lunch.Visit Loberia Beach: a beautiful site with great snorkeling! During the snorkel you may find sea turtles, rays, sea lions and many species of colorful fish-es. There is also a nice hike (optional) to a cliff where you can observe many marine iguanas and birds such as, blue footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls and frigate birds. After that you will go back to the hotel and get ready for dinner. Meals included: -/L/D Difficulty: EASY
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Day 2,San Cristobal

Kicker Rock (León Dormido): It’s a volcanic tuff rock rising at 144 meters above the sea level. It’s a beautiful snorkel site, also famous because of its rich marine life. You can spot there many tropical fishes, sea turtles, sea lions, rays, Galapagos sharks, white tipped sharks and if lucky, hammerhead sharks! Going around the rock with the boat you can spot nazca boobies, blue-footed boobies and frigate birds. Lunch will be served on board and then we will navigate back to the pier around 2 PM. The rest of the afternoon is free until dinner. You can use it for shopping or go and visit the interpreta-tion center (entrance free), tijeretas, playa carola and playa mann. You will meet with the whole group for dinner where the guide will give you the details for the next day. Meals included: B/L/D Difficulty: MEDIUM (snorkeling in open water)
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Day 3,Floreana

Breakfast will be served at 6AM in your hotel. Around 06:30AM you will be picked-up at your hotel to go to the pier to depart around 7AM to Floreana. The private boat ride lasts for about 2,5 hours. Upon arrival, you will visit the highlands, a place called “Peace Asylum” where the first colonists of the is-lands settled. The guide will tell you about the history of the colonists. During the short hike you will also spot Galapagos giant tortoises. Lunch will be served in the small village. After lunch you will go snorkeling on a beautiful beach nearby the pier. Afterwards you will continue on the boat to Isabela Island (approximately 1,5 hour ride). Isabela is one of the youngest islands which has still moderate volcanic activity (but it’s safe!). It’s a beautiful island with its pier located near a clear bay and a long White Sandy beach. Upon arrival you will be picked-up by taxi/bus or chiva and driven to the flamingo lagoon to spot these beautiful animals at sunset. (If time allows, otherwise it will be re-scheduled throughout the stay in Isabela). Transfer to the hotel to get ready for dinner. Meals included: B/L/D Difficulty: EASY
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Day 4,Isabela

On your 4th day you must choose upon booking between a Volcano trekking tour (land tour) and Cabo Rosa (water tour as a supplement)! ** spaces to Cabo Rosa are very limited that’s why it has to be booked in advance and is at extra cost** Option 1 - VOLCANO HIKE (included in the price) Early in the morning you will be picked-up by bus/taxi/chiva and driven towards the highlands: You will start a trekking (6 hours!) to the Sierra Negra and Chico volcano. The first stop on the hike is Sierra Negra Volcano which has the second largest active crater in the world: 10 km diameter. You will continue to walk towards Chico Volcano, which is a cone of Sierra Negra. You will walk through moon-like sceneries and have great views of nearby Fernandina Island and the north of the Isabela Island. This gives you an idea of how the islands looked at their creation. After walking back you will be moved by bus/taxi/chiva to a local farm where lunch will be served. You will be back in the hotel around 3:30PM, on the way back we will stop at the flamingo lagoon. The rest of the afternoon is free. Difficulty: MEDIUM Option 2 - CABO ROSA TUNNELS: THIS OPTION HAS AN EXTRA COST! If you prefer snorkeling over hiking this is a great opportunity. You can take the excursion to Cabo Rosa tunnels which are located about 1 hour boat ride south from the port. This is an amazing place where the volcanic activities created lava tunnels going under and over sea level. You can spot the penguins, blue footed boobies and you will have great snorkeling too! Food will be provided during the tour. The rest of the afternoon is free. Difficulty: EASY Meals included: B/L/D
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Day 5,Isabela - Santa Cruz

In the morning you will visit the Tintoreras Islet near the pier: There you can spot small Galapagos penguins, sea lions, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies and often you can even spot white tipped-sharks in one of the channels. You will have a short hike and go snorkel nearby. Afterwards you will continue with our private boat to Santa Cruz (2 hours). Upon arrival you will be transferred to the ho-tel and change to get ready for lunch and the afternoon program. After lunch you will walk to the Tor-tuga Bay beach to enjoy a swim into the Galapagos waters and spot a huge iguana colony. The walk to Tortuga Bay is 3km each way, passing through a giant endemic cactus forest. Meals included: B/L/D Difficulty: EASY TO MEDIUM
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Day 6,Uninhabited Island

To complete the tour, you will visit one of the completely uninhabited islands such as Bartolomé, Seymour, Plazas or Santa Fé. Each one has its own character and species (Seymour, Plazas and Santa Fe have endemic species of land iguanas;Bartolomé has penguins and amazing views).You will be picked-up at the hotel early in the morning.Note that you will be traveling with other peo-ple/guide than you were on the tour, as those day tours have restrictions and just a few boats have the permission to go there.The tour consist in reaching the Itabaca channel by bus (except for Santa Fe which is south), and then board a yacht to navigate to the islands. After hiking and snorkeling you will have lunch on board. You are usually back late afternoon. Meals included: B/L/D Difficulty: EASY(except for Bartolomé where the hike is uphill a bit longer than other hikes, to reach the top) IMPORTANT: Due to the restriction of the National Park we cannot guarantee before booking which island you will be visiting this day.
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Day 7,Uninhabited Island

Today you will visit another island: different to the previous day of course. Hike and snorkel, back to the pier in the late afternoon. Meals included: B/L/D Difficulty: EASY (except, again, Bartolomé) IMPORTANT:Due to the restriction of the National Park we cannot guarantee before booking which island you will be visiting this day.
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Day 8,Baltra

In the morning you will be picked-up at your hotel and transferred to the airport to catch your flight to the mainland. Meals included: B/-/ Difficulty: EASY
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BBC Galapagos Documentary

Additional Info

  • Check In : 01 January, 2007
  • Check Out : 23 December, 2017
  • Duration : 8 Days, 7 Nights
  • Person : 1+ Person
  • Availability : 6
  • Price : $2305
  • Location : Islas Galápagos, Ecuador

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