Galapagos Island Hopping Tour Starting in Santa Cruz


Brimming with the best that nature has to offer in the Galapagos Islands, this unique tour takes place onboard a yacht. Your experience includes a visit to Bellavista where lava tunnels form an underground maze, and the nearby research station named after Charles Darwin. Also here you get a unique opportunity to make friends with giant tortoises, sea lions and even check out the colorful frigatebird. You are never far from adventure and exploration in this tour whether you are snorkeling underwater, marveling at the sharks in Dyers Bay, visiting areas like Kicker Rock, or trekking to the Sierra Negra volcano. 

Highlights:

  • Visit "La Loberia" and befriend sea lions at their largest colony anywhere in the Galapagos!
  • Observe giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies, iguanas, and other animals native to the Islands in their natural habitats.
  • Relax on beautiful beaches or snorkel with sharks, rays, and more!
  • Learn about the conservation efforts at work in the Galapagos at the Charles Darwin Research Center.
  • Hike up active volcanoes and through ancient tunnels of hardened lava!
Enjoy the beautiful beaches and landscapes!
Get to know the locals!
Say hello to blue-footed boobies!

Itinerary


Your excursion will begin at Baltra Airport. Just after landing, in the airport, you should see guides for this excursion; please present this voucher, along with valid photo ID, to the guides to begin your journey. At this time, you should also be prepared to pay the $20 Transit Control Card, and the $100 Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee, all of which are payable only in cash and on a per-person basis.

Cities Covered Baltra Island ,  Santa Cruz Island

Please Note: All itineraries are approximate and subject to change based on availability and conditions at the destination.

Arriving to Baltra we will take a shuttle through Santa Cruz Island to reach the highlands of the Islands with its green vegetation where we will stop to visit a ranch. Here we will be able to see Giant Turtles in their natural habitat and enjoy lunch at the ranch.

Optional activity: After lunch we will proceed to leave our “soul print” in the Galapagos Islands and you will be part of the project of conservation on the Island. The program consists in planting your own tree in Primicias Ranch, this tree will have your name on and afterwards, you will receive a certificate for actively supporting in the maintenance of the Galapagos' ecosystem.

After this visit we will head to Puerto Ayora to check-in in a selected hotel.

Cities Covered Bartolome Island ,  North Seymour Island ,  Santa Cruz Island ,  South Plaza Island

After breakfast at the hotel, board a yacht for an exciting excursion to one of the following islands: Bartolome, North Seymour, South Plazas, or Santa Fe. After lunch, you will return to the hotel for free time, dinner, and an overnight.

The tour consists of a hike around the island and afterwards you can snorkel, swim or just relax. Based on availability we can confirm one of the following tours.

Bartolome Island: Discover amazing landscapes, and fascinating geological formations, here you will have great opportunity for snorkeling.

North Seymour Island: The main fauna species of this island are Land Iguanas, the Magnificent Frigate bird with their incredible scarlet regular pouch, blue-footed boobies and their particular courtship dance and sea lions surfing across the waves.

South Plazas: Small island but outstanding concentration of wildlife, dramatic cliffs, spectacular natural red carpet of algae and great contrasts to be seen.

Santa Fe: This Island has a lot of diversity. The lagoons of the Santa Fe Island provide an excellent place for snorkeling alongside colorful fishes, sea lions, giant tuna and even small sharks that are often sited in these environments.

** Tour Operations in Galápagos are subject to space availability and changes in itineraries, departure dates, etc. For climate, operational, and logistical conditions, the number of excursions and visits to make is guaranteed, but not the itinerary or specific place of visit. **

Cities Covered Bartolome Island ,  North Seymour Island ,  Santa Cruz Island ,  South Plaza Island

This day you will have the opportunity to do a navigable excursion to another Island, in order to discover the diversity of the Galapagos Islands. The tour of consists a hike around the island and afterwards you can snorkel, swim or just relax. Based on availability we can confirm one of the following tours:

(You can choose a different Island of the one picked in day 2)

Bartolome Island: Discover amazing landscapes, and fascinating geological formations, here you will have great opportunity for snorkeling.

North Seymour Island: The main fauna species of this island are Land Iguanas, the Magnificent Frigate bird with their incredible scarlet regular pouch, blue-footed boobies and their particular courtship dance and sea lions surfing across the waves.

South Plazas: Small island but outstanding concentration of wildlife, dramatic cliffs, spectacular natural red carpet of algae and great contrasts to be seen.

Santa Fe: This Island has a lot of diversity. The lagoons of the Santa Fe Island provide an excellent place for snorkeling alongside colorful fishes, sea lions, giant tuna and even small sharks that are often sited in these environments.

** Tour Operations in Galápagos are subject to space availability and changes in itineraries, departure dates, etc. For climate, operational, and logistical conditions, the number of excursions and visits to make is guaranteed, but not the itinerary or specific place of visit. **

Cities Covered Isabela Island ,  Santa Cruz Island

After breakfast, we will head to the Charles Darwin Station. The center is a reservoir of information on habitats and local conservation, as well as other fascinating relevant statistics. The most striking attraction of this station is certainly the Tortoise Breeding Center, where it is possible to view tortoises of varied sizes and shapes. Travelers here can freely walk and get their photos clicked with the tortoises. Among other inhabitants at the center, you can see the land and marine iguanas and different species of birds. In the afternoon, we will take a speedboat and transfer to Isabela Island where you will have accommodation.

Accommodations : Casa de Marita,Isabela Island(Other) or similiar
Cities Covered Isabela Island

After breakfast, we will visit a unique place in the islands, “Los Tuneles”. Our trip starts on board a speedboat for a 45 minutes drive. Our experienced captain will securely lead us across the waves that normally hide this treasure. The Tunnels were formed millions year ago when rivers of liquid lava ran across the island reaching the coast shore. The cold water froze their superficial layer isolating the interior while liquid lava kept flowing into the sea. When the eruption finished, a hollow structure was formed and its wall later broke allowing water to come inside and creating tunnels. Our guide will join us along hundreds of tunnels while we snorkel and discover the marine life such as sharks, lobsters, penguins, sea lions, boobies, marine turtles among other endemic species from Galapagos. A snack will be served on board. If lucky enough, we will have the chance to witness giant manta rays feeding in open waters.

Back to Isabela. In the afternoon, we will also visit the Tortoise Breeding Center, at this place you will learn more about the breeding and reproduction of the Tortoises. Return to the hotel.

Accommodations : Casa de Marita,Isabela Island(Other) or similiar
Cities Covered Baltra Island ,  Isabela Island ,  Santa Cruz Island

Early in the morning, after breakfast, return to Santa Cruz Island and Baltra Airport for your flight back to the mainland and the conclusion of your adventure in this island wonderland!

Please Note: We strongly encourage you to book a flight out of Baltra Airport that departs later in the day so that we will be able to get you to the airport on time.


Departure Dates and Rates

The prices do not include VAT (For Ecuador residents ONLY  – not applicable for international guests)
Prices are subject to change without notice in case of extreme circumstances.
Children Under 12 (Should not have completed 12th birthday) allowed child fare but they have to pay along side with 2 Adults (triple room)

*Please contact us if you have any interest in a shorter itinerary, we could prepare a customize one according to your needs depending on availability.

 

What your journey prices includes:

  • Transportation to and from the airport; accommodations, as per requirement; meals, as described in the tour in the tour itinerary; transportation to and from, and participation in, excursions and activities as described in the itinerary as well as the services of bilingual (Spanish and English) speaking naturalist guides.

What your journey price DOES NOT include:

  • Airfare (Domestic or international) to and from Ecuador as well as to and from the Galapagos Islands; visa fees; travel insurance fees; any meals not specifically mentioned as part of the tour itinerary; alcoholic beverages; gratuities; $20 Transit Control Card per person (Payable in cash only upon the time of arrival in the Galapagos Islands); $100 Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee per person (Payable upon the time of arrival); any items or services of a personal nature, such as souvenirs; any items not specifically described in the tour itinerary.
  • Unless specifically mentioned, any pre- or post-tour accommodations, transfers to and from hotels at the beginning and end of the tour, or tour extensions are not included in the price of your journey.
  • All Ecuadorian citizens participating in this excursion must pay an additional tax equivalent to 12% of their total tour price. 
Terms and Conditions

PAYMENT TERMS:

30% of total tour cost is due at the time of booking, with the remaining balance of 70% is due no later than 68 days prior to the tour's departure date.

If a customer wishes to change their tour dates and their original departure date is more than 68 days away, then they will be charged a $200 fee per person.

If a customer wishes to change their tour dates and their original departure date is less than 68 days away, then relevant cancellation fees will apply.


CANCELLATION POLICY:

  • Palace Tours will issue a refund but charge a cancellation fee equal to 15% of the total tour cost if service is cancelled more than 68 days prior to departure.
  • Palace Tours will not issue a refund if the tour is cancelled less than 67 days prior to departure, and customers will still be required to pay 100% of their original total tour cost.
  • If any customer is a "no-show," than they will not be issued a refund and they will still be responsible for paying 100% of the total tour cost.
  • When applicable, Palace Tours will charge an administrative fee equal to 15% of the total tour cost for any refunds conducted by wire transfer or credit card.

 

ITINERARIES:

All itineraries are approximate and subject to change based on availability and conditions at the destination.

 

TRAVEL INSURANCE:

We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance to cover the losses incurred in case of cancellation. For information on available plans or to purchase travel insurance, please visit www.palacetours.com/insurance.

 






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