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7 Day Galapagos Island Hopping Budget

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Day 1: BALTRA – SANTA CRUZ ISLAND – ISABELA ISLAND – FLAMINGO LAGOON

Stop At: Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador
Option 1: Itinerary for flights arriving at Baltra before 11:00 AM
At Baltra airport, an English speaking guide will pick you up to go to Puerto Ayora to enjoy your lunch. After lunch you’ll take the speedboat to Isabela Island. This can be a bumpy ride so provide yourself a waterproof jacket and motion sickness medication if necessary. Upon arrival on Isabela Island, a driver will pick you up and you’ll visit the Flamingo Lagoon. After that, your driver will drop you off at your hotel.
Duration: 6 minutes

Stop At: Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador
Option 2: Itinerary for flights arriving at Baltra after 11:00 AM
If your flight is scheduled to arrive after 11:00 AM, you’ll stay at Santa Cruz Island on the first day because the last speedboat to Isabela Island leaves around 02:00 PM. You won’t have lunch in this case. If you have time you have an activity, either Tortuga Bay or Charles Darwin Station. The rest of the tour usually looks like this: Day 2: Santa Fe, Day 3 Bahia half day tour & Tortuga Bay / Charles Darwin Station, Day 4 Santa Cruz highlands, afternoon boat to Isabela, Day 5 Wetlands & Tintoreras, Day 6 Los Tuneles, Day 7 morning boat to Santa Cruz and transfer out.
Duration: 6 minutes

Meals included:
• Lunch
Accommodation included: Hotel San Vicente or Similar

Day 2: TINTORERAS AND WETLANDS

Stop At: Las Tintoreras, Puerto Villamil Ecuador
In the morning, you will have a tour to The Wetlands where you will visit the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center to spot small and giant tortoises in their natural habitat. The next activity is a visit to The Wall of Tears.
Additionally, you will visit a small lava tunnel. Above the tunnel you can see the intertidal landscape that offers a tapestry of Galapagos Sesuvium between El Túnel del Estero and Love Beach.
* Please have in mind that the total length of the walk in The Wetlands area is approximately 3 to 4 hours.
After lunch, you will have a little break and then you will visit Tintoreras Islet, where white-tip sharks known as Tintoreras come daily to rest at the bottom. You will go to the pier of Puerto Villamil, to board a boat to cross to the islet which is located across the bay. It will be necessary for passengers to use walking shoes or sneakers (closed shoes) to cross the volcanic rocks.
Duration: 8 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
Accommodation included: Hotel San Vicente or similar

Day 3: SNORKELING IN LOS TUNELES

Stop At: Los Tuneles, SE Isabela Island Nr. La Union Rock, Puerto Villamil 200250 Ecuador
Early in the morning, you will go on boat ride from Puerto Villamil. You will explore the brilliant scenery in Los Tuneles which is considered the most beautiful place to snorkel in Isabela Island. Around the Los Tuneles you will find a highly contrasted color for snorkeling with clear, calm water. You will get the chance to spot large quantities of seabirds and species feedings such as tortoises, swimming iguanas, sea lions, manta rays, Galapagos penguins, lobsters, and sea snakes. This exciting activity takes approximately about 6 hours including the boat rides and a snack before a short hike.

Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Hotel San Vicente or similar.

Day 4: CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION – TORTUGA BAY

Stop At: Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador
At 06:00 AM you will take the speedboat to Santa Cruz Island where you’ll have breakfast. Then you’ll go to the Charles Darwin Research Station where the guides will explain more about the famous giant tortoises. After lunch at a local restaurant, you will visit Tortuga Bay. Think: white sand, captivating blue water and observing marine iguanas, pelicans and flamingos. It is a 2.5 km (30-45 minutes) walk over a paved path from Puerto Ayora. You can swim here. It’s possible to return from Tortuga Bay to Puerto Ayora by boat. This costs $ 10 p.p. + $ 10 for the boat ride of the guide. The departure time is at 05:30 PM.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
Accommodation included: Hotel Fernandina or similar

Day 5: SANTA FE ISLAND

Stop At: Santa Fe Island, Ecuador
After breakfast you will travel to Santa Fe Island which is a small island that lies in the center of the Galapagos archipelago. Among animals, Santa Fe is home to endemic species including the Barrington Land Iguana (Conolophus pallidus). After a 45 minute boat ride, you will arrive to the bay of Santa Fe. There you will have a very nice snorkeling activity, if you are lucky, you can spot some birds on the rocks. After snorkeling, you will go to Playa Escondida or Garrapatero in Santa Cruz island and have a wet landing there, where you will discover the beach.

Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
Accommodation included: Hotel Fernandina or similar

Day 6: BAHIA HALF DAY & SANTA CRUZ HIGHLANDS HALF DAY TOUR

Stop At: Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador
With the Bay Tour you visit the highlights around Puerto Ayora by boat. The first destination will be La Loberia where you find sea lions. Next you will go to Punta Camaño Islet. Here you will snorkel with sea lions and a large variety of fish. Your next activity will be a visit to the Channel of Love. This is another formation by fissure that results in a beautiful sleepy water channel with excellent scenic beauty. Finally Playa de Los Perros, a 15-minute walk until you reach the beach. In the afternoon you visit the highlands of Santa Cruz with the giant tortoises. You will do a small hike on a privately owned ranch and you can see the big tortoises in their natural habitat.

Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
Accommodation included: Hotel Fernandina or similar

Day 7: TRANSFER OUT – BALTRA

Stop At: Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador
After breakfast, you will travel to Baltra Airport with a Spanish speaking driver, where you will depart to Quito or Guayaquil.

Duration: 30 minutes

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.
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We decided to go with Rebecca Adventure Travels after shopping around online and reading the reviews. Delighted to say we were not disappointed and couldn’t have asked for a more well organised and special trip. We went with the 8 day budget island hopping tour...More

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