Galapagos Island Hopping Adventure 7D/6N

From Galapagos Islands, Ecuador to Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Visiting: Isabela Island, Santa Cruz Island, Santa Fé, San Cristobal Island, Isla Lobos or Kicker Rock


Tour Operator: bamba Travel

Physical rating: Easy


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Tour Overview

Discover the incredibly diverse marine life endemic to the Galapagos Islands and hike one of the world’s largest active volcano in out-of-this-world landscapes! Take a boat ride to nearby islands to see native birds and get the opportunity to swim next to seals and turtles.

Highlights

  • iconView abundant marine life and endemic species
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  • iconChill out on paradisiacal white sandy beaches
  • iconHike through active volcanoes’ moon-like landscape
  • iconSnorkel in the crystalline waters of the Galapagos

Itinerary

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icon Day 1: Baltra Island - Isabela Island, Ecuador

Location: Isabela Island

Baltra Airport Pick-Up & Ferry to Isabela Island
Upon arrival to the Baltra Island, you will get picked up from the airport and transferred to the harbour in Puerto Ayora on the Santa Cruz Island. You will be met by your contact person who will explain the programme for the coming days and you will receive recommendations on restaurants and things to do on Santa Cruz and Isabela. Then you will take the ferry to Isabela Island (trip takes about 2 hours). Arrive in the afternoon and meet your contact person at the harbour of Isabela for your transfer to your accommodation.
Note: Passengers should arrive by 11:00 am at the latest to Baltra Airport (GPS) to guarantee this first day, otherwise we recommend arriving in Santa Cruz one day before the tour.
 

icon Day 2: Isabela Island, Ecuador

Location: Isabela Island

Sierra Negra Volcano (B/L)
Enjoy an early breakfast before departing for your full day tour of Sierra Negra Volcano. Be prepared for a 6-7 hour hike that requires good condition and lots of effort. You will definitely think your work has paid off as soon as you take in the views of the islands. This afternoon relax at Isabela beaches and then get a good night’s rest at your accommodation.
 

icon Day 3: Isabela Island - Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador

Location: Santa Cruz Island

Excursion to Tintoreras Islet & Transfer to Santa Cruz Island (B)
In the morning you will have an excursion to Tintoreras Islet, where you will walk around the islet, spot sharks and penguins and snorkel afterwards. In the afternoon, make your way to the harbour of Isabela from where you will travel by boat to Santa Cruz Island. Upon arrival in Santa Cruz you will be transferred to your accommodation for check in.
 

icon Day 4: Santa Fé, Plazas, Bartolome  or North Seymour Island, Ecuador

Location: Santa Fé

Day Tour to a Nearby Island (Santa Fé, Plazas, Bartolome  or North Seymour) (B/L)
Today is an early rise for a day tour to one of the following islands: Santa Fé, Plazas, Bartolome or North Seymour, depending on availability. Enjoy snorkeling among abundant marine life and relax on board the boat taking in the beautiful surrounding views. Explore the islands to try and spot land iguanas, and go bird watching. Your day tour includes a lunch on-board.
Santa Fé Island
Santa Fe Island has an interesting volcanic composition, where a forest of giant Opuntia Cactus grows over volcanic rocks. The island is located southeast of Santa Cruz and is an island with an area of 24 Km², with a maximum height of 259 meters. After a boat ride to the island, visit two snorkel sites around the coast of Santa Fe. They are generally great places to snorkel with the playful Galapagos sea lions. You can also see many reef fish, and sometimes turtles, reef sharks and rays. Then we will disembark and spend some time on the beach 'Playa Escondida'. If you're lucky you could spot some of the wildlife that inhabits Santa Fé: land iguanas, galapagos hawk, finches, doves, mockingbirds, endemic rice rat and the harmless Galapagos snake.
Plazas Island
There are actually two islands, Plaza Norte and Plaza Sur. Only Plaza Sur, the southern bigger island is visited by tourists. This island has a lot to offer. The flora and fauna will astonish you. This island is mostly known for the many land iguanas that live on it. When you are a little further from the coast, it looks like you’ve walked into the movie “Jurassic Park”, because you will be eye to eye with beautiful green, yellow and orange land iguanas. This is all surrounded by beaches, beautiful cactus and in the background the blue sea. At the coast the male sea lions live in peace. The militant lifestyle is only maintainable for males who are in their prime. The elder spend their last days in colonies, of which one can be found at Plaza Sur. It is sensational to see how the sea lions and iguanas mix. They play together as real pals. This island also offers a lot to bird lovers and a so called “birdwatchers paradise” can be found, a steep cliff with swallow tailed gulls, masked boobies, blue-footed boobies, tropical red bill birds, frigatebirds, pelicans and Audubon's. The gulls, partners for ever, are always here cuddling or nesting.
Bartolomé Island
Bartolomé has a surface area of only 1,2 Km² and the highest point of the island is at 114 meters. You can reach this point by taking a path through an almost surrealistic landscape and past recent signs of volcano eruptions. After a walk which is definitely worth it, you will reach the highest point of the island with a spectacular view over the lava in different colours, the many volcanoes and the deep blue sea as well as the famous “Pinnacle Rock”. In 1993 they constructed stairs on this path because it began to erode due to so many visitors. The beach at “Pinnacle Rock” is also worth a visit. Here you can find, from December till April, green sea turtles who come ashore to lie in the sun. This is special because in other places the turtles only come ashore at night to lay eggs. During the day they are staying in the safe water. Snorkelling is almost a must here. With a little luck you will see the “Moorish Idol”, this is the most beautiful fish from the Galapagos.
North Seymour Island
North Seymour is located north of the island Baltra. The island has a surface area of only 1,9 Km² and is almost totally flat. At this island there are the breeding colonies of the frigatebirds, the blue-footed boobies and the swallow tailed gull. To impress the female frigatebirds, the male blows up his red throat bag. To attract more attention they fly around in the surroundings of the female. You can imagine that this is not too easy with a blown-up throat bag, because they lose their balance quicker. It makes up quite a funny scene.
 

icon Day 5: Santa Cruz Island - San Cristobal Island, Ecuador

Location: San Cristobal Island

Boat to San Cristobal Island (B)
Take advantage of a free morning to visit the sites of Santa Cruz that you have not yet visited. Then make your way to the harbour from where the boat to San Cristobal Island. Upon arrival you will be met by your contact person at the harbour and will be taken to your accommodation. Your contact person will explain your programme on San Cristobal and you will receive recommendations on restaurants and things to do on San Cristobal. During the rest of the afternoon, you can stroll the boulevard and watch the many sea lions that sleep there or go relax on one of the nearby beaches.
 

icon Day 6: Isla Lobos or Kicker Rock, Ecuador

Location: Isla Lobos or Kicker Rock

Day Tour to Isla Lobos or Kicker Rock (B/L)
Today you will go on a day tour to either Isla Lobos or Kicker Rock, depending on availability. Lunch is included on this day tour. Return to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno at 16:00 pm.
Isla Lobos
You will have the opportunity to walk around this wonderful little island. There, marvel at the sea lion colonies, seabirds such as: blue footed boobies, migratory birds, frigates nesting or courting with that impressive red balloon, and nazca boobies also can be found. Go to Canal Lobos, a great place for snorkeling or swimming in turquoise waters with sea lions, tropical fish, rays, sea turtles. After this amazing experience, we sail to Playa Ochoa or Manglesito (according to the tide) where we have our box lunch and relax ourselves on a beautiful white sandy beach.
Kicker Rock
The boat will transport us to the beautiful rock in the middle of the ocean, which according to the “isleños” looks like a sleeping sea lion. The boat will take you around the rock to spot different nesting seabirds and will stop at the entrance of the canal from where you will snorkel. During this snorkel adventure you can spot sharks (white tipped, galapagos and hammerhead), sea turtles, rays and more. After this wonderful experience we sail to Playa Ochoa or Manglesito (according to the tide) where we have our box lunch and relax ourselves on a beautiful white sandy beach.
 

icon Day 7: San Cristobal Island, Ecuador

Location: San Cristobal Island

San Cristobal Airport Drop-Off (B)
Enjoy your final moments today morning as today is the last day of your journey. You will be transferred to the San Cristobal Airport on time for your flight. We wish you safe travels.

What's Included

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    Guides

    Some of the activities

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    Experiences

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    Transport

    Airport Transfers, Van, Ferry

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    Meals

    6 Breakfast(s), 3 Lunch(es),

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    Accommodation

    6 Nights in budget, standard or superior accommodation (2N Isabela, 2N Santa Cruz, 2 San Cristobal)

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    Activities

    Active, multi-sport adventures

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    Extras

    Extra equipment

What's Not Included

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    Ferry ticket to cross the Itabaca canal ($1 USD)

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