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5-Days Galapagos Islands Highlights Tour - with unbiased reviews

5-Days Galapagos Islands Highlights Tour

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Enjoy a 5-days tour of the Galapagos Islands in which you'll visit 4 islands to see the best highlights of this archipelago without spending all your savings! You will be accompanied by a local, knowledgeable guide and be in a small group for more personalized attention. You will be able to spot marine iguanas, sea lions, frigate birds, penguins, tortoises and turtles, blue footed and nazca boobies, pelicans and more. We provide the snorkel equipment and wetsuits, so there are no hidden costs; just bring extra cash for after tour beers, tips and 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!
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Itinerary
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Stop At: La Loberia, Ecuador

We will pick you upon arrival at the airport of San Cristobal Island and take you to the hotel. After a nice Ecuadorian lunch with the guide, you will visit Loberia: a beautiful beach with a great snorkeling spot! During the snorkel you may find sea turtles, rays, sea lions and many species of colorful fishes. After that you will do a nice hike to a cliff where you can observe many marine iguanas and birds such as blue-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls and frigate birds. In the afternoon you go back to the hotel and get ready for dinner.

Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Asilo de la Paz, Ecuador

Depart around 7 AM to Floreana island (approx 2,5 hours ride). Upon arrival, you will visit the highlands, a place called Peace Asylum, where the first colonists of the islands settled - the guide will tell you all about the mysteries. During the short hike, you will be able to spot Galapagos giant tortoises. After lunch in the small village Puerto Velasco Ibarra, you will go snorkeling at a beautiful, black sanded beach nearby the pier. Afterward, you will continue on the boat to Isabela Island (approximately 1,5 hour ride). Isabela is one of the youngest islands which still has moderate volcanic activity. It’s a beautiful island with a long white sandy beach and a clear bay located near to the pier. Upon arrival, you will be driven in a taxi, bus or Chiva to the Flamingo Lagoon to spot these beautiful animals (if time allows, otherwise it will be re-scheduled throughout the stay in Isabela).

Duration: 5 hours

Stop At: Volcan Chico, Isabela Island, 010850 Ecuador

On your third day, you must choose upon booking between a Volcano trekking tour (land tour) or Cabo Rosa (water tour with a supplement). Spaces to Cabo Rosa are very limited and that’s why it has to be booked in advance. Option 1 - Volcano Hike: early in the morning you will be picked-up and driven towards the highlands: You will start a 16km trekking (6 hours!) to the Sierra Negra and Chico volcano. The first stop on the hike is the Sierra Negra Volcano, which has the second largest active crater in the world of 10km diameter. The second part of the hike takes you to Chico, a cone of Sierra Negra with moon-like sceneries. This gives you an idea of how the islands looked at their creation. After you’re returned from the volcano, you will be transported to a local farm where lunch will be served. Back at the hotel around 3:30 PM.

Duration: 6 hours

Stop At: Isabela Island, Galapagos, 010850 Ecuador

Option 2 - Cabo Rosa Tunnel (This option has an additional cost, $149 per person) If you prefer snorkeling over hiking this is a great opportunity. You can take the excursion to Cabo Rosa (45 mn boat ride each way), where lava has flowed into the ocean and formed beautiful lava tunnels. There you may see penguins, blue-footed boobies and sea turtles. However, the Highlight is snorkeling. You have the chance to see sharks, sea turtles, sea lions, rays, seahorses and many tropical fishes. Back to port around 2 pm, you will enjoy a late lunch and the rest of the afternoon is free.

Duration: 6 hours

Stop At: Las Tintoreras, Puerto Villamil Ecuador

In the morning you will visit the Tintoreras Islet near the pier, where you have a short hike and snorkel. 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.

Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, South-West of the town of Puerto Ayora, 200350 Ecuador

Afterwards you will continue with our private boat to Santa Cruz (2 hours). Upon arrival you will be transferred to the hotel to get ready for lunch and change for the afternoon program. Once finished with lunch you will take a boat to the Tortuga Bay beach (20min ride), where spot a huge marine iguana colony and enjoy a last swim into the Galapagos waters. On the return from Tortuga Bay you will walk 3 km back to Puerto Ayora, passing through a giant endemic cactus forest.

Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador

In the morning you will reach the airport with a stop to visit a lava tunnel. Sometimes you can spot a Galapagos owl. You will be accompanied until the check- in point where your program ends with your return flight to the mainland. Baltra is the world’s first green airport!

Duration: 4 hours
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Important Information
Departure Point
Airport Isla San Cristobal, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
Duration
5 days
Return Details
Baltra Airport Road, Baltra Airport Rd, Ecuador
Inclusions
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Dinner
  • Dinner
  • Dinner
  • Lunch
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Breakfast
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Breakfast
  • Meals as as mentioned (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Local guide from National Park Galapagos
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
  • Round-trip shared transfer
  • Isabela port tax
  • Shorty wetsuit between June and November included (not necessary the rest of the year, water temp. is warm)
  • All trasportation (boat, bus, taxi) (except transportation during the free time)
  • Small-group tours (max 16 people)
Exclusions
  • Entrance fee to the National Park - $USD 100 (paid on arrival in Galapagos, must be paid in cash only)
  • Migration card fee - $USD20 (to be paid at departure airport Quito or Guayaquil)
  • Round trip flights (approx 550$ must be booked into San Cristobal Airport and out of Baltra Airport)
  • Gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals and activities not specified
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Additional Info
  • Infant meals not included
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Important: Please bring cash to pay for the National Park fees ($USD100) as there is no ATM at the airport
  • Note: On your third day, you must choose between a Volcano trekking tour (land tour) or Cabo Rosa (boat tour with a supplement). Please advise at time of booking which activity you prefer. The Cabo Rosa option must be booked in advance and has an additional cost, $149 per person
  • Note: Your flight must be booked into San Cristobal Airport and out of Baltra Airport
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
Cancellation Policy
If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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Billy67 wrote a review 5 Dec.
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My wife and chose the Galápagos Islands For our honeymoon as we were looking for a place where neither of us had been before. We wanted to experience all the islands had to offer together. The diversity and echo systems on the Galapagos islands certainly delivered a most truly
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Date of experience: December 2019
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  • Duration: 5 days
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  • Free Cancellation up to 7 days in advance
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