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Galapagos Island Hopping Tour

Itinerary Highlights:

• As you make your way to the Charles Darwin research station to learn about conservation efforts, see several species of famous Galapagos tortoises in their natural habitat!
• Get a chance to swim and snorkel with sea lions, sea turtles, marine iguanas, penguins, rays, and many species of tropical fish along beautiful coral beaches.
• Observe animals in their natural habitats--like blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, iguanas, and more--and marvel at the lush vegetation of the islands. 
• Walk through tunnels made of cooled lava and learn all about the Galapagos Islands' volcanic history!

Go swimming in crystal-clear seas!
Make friends with sea lions!


Your excursion will begin at Baltra Airport. Just after landing, in the airport, you should see guides for this excursion; please present your 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, the $20 Isabela Island Entrance Fee, and the $100 Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee, all of which are payable only in cash and on a per-person basis.

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Arrive at Baltra airport. Shared transfer in.

In the morning, we will head to the El Chato Reserve in the highlands of Santa Cruz, home to the famous Galapagos giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Hiking through lava tunnels in El Chato's beautiful scenery with those lumbering giants is an unforgettable experience! We also see the fantastic formation of the twin craters with other highland wildlife such as: flycatchers, owls, anys and various number of Darwin finches on our hike. The impressive underground tunnels southeast of the village of Santa Rosa are more than 1km in length and were formed when the outside skin of a molten lava flow solidified. When the lava flow ceased, the molten lava inside the flow kept going, emptying out of the solidified skin and thus leaving tunnels. Because they are on private property, the tunnels can be visited without an official guide. The tunnels have electrical lighting (you can also hire flashlights/torches).

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Breakfast. Full day exploration with lunch.

Santa Fe offers one of the more beautiful and sheltered coves in the islands. Its turquoise lagoon is protected by a peninsula of tiny islets forming an ideal anchorage. The island lies to the southeast of Santa Cruz within sight of Puerto Ayora. Like North Seymour, Santa Fe has been uplifted seismically and you can see underwater lava formations.

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Island excursion.

The headquarters of the Galapagos National Park Service and the Charles Darwin Research Station are located side by side on the outskirts of Puerto Ayora. There is an interpretation center open to the public and visitors may view the tortoise breeding program. Those guests who do not have the opportunity to explore the highlands of Santa Cruz and see tortoises in their natural habitat will have the chance to see tortoises here. And for those who have already seen them in the wild, a visit to the research station will see tortoises from the other islands and expand their knowledge of this unique, iconic Galapagos inhabitant.

Tortuga Bay is located to the southwest of Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island. Its name means “turtle”, and the island received this moniker because it is favorite place for sea turtles to lay their eggs. Many consider the stunning white sand beach the most beautiful in the Galapagos archipelago. The beach is reached via a marked and cobbled two-kilometer path that starts at the west end of Charles Binford Street. Guests must sign in and out at the national park control point at the beginning of the path. It is open from 6:00 AM to 6:30 PM daily.

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Shared transfer out to Baltra airport.


*The itinerary is subject to change without prior warning depending on seasonal changes, weather conditions and adjustments in policies set by the Galapagos National Park, or other unforeseen circumstances that may arise.

Departure Dates and Rates

All Rates in US$ per person including ALL taxes and surcharges

ClassDatesSingle RateDouble RateTriple Rate
For departures February 13,2018 through December 31,2018 US$ 2,500 US$ 1,845 US$ 1,745
For departures February 13,2018 through December 31,2018 US$ 3,350 US$ 2,450 US$ 2,350

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: Comfortable sea and land transfers •
  • Accommodations based in double occupancy: 3 nights’ accommodation in chosen category •
  • Activities: Visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station, hiking in the Santa Cruz highlands, navigable day tour to Santa Fe Island, visit to the lava tunnels of Santa Cruz and Tortuga Bay beach
  •  Meals Included: 3 breakfasts and 1 box lunch •
  • Gear: Mask, snorkel, fins and life vest •
  • Trip Leader: Certified EPL expert English-speaking certified local naturalist guide


What your journey price DOES NOT include:

  • Round trip airfare to/from Galapagos from 485 USD p/person
  • International flights
  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Meals not described in the itinerary
  • Transit control card: 20 USD per person, cash only (subject to change)
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee: 100 USD p/person, cash only (subject to change)
  • 10 USD p/person pier usage fee in Puerto Villamil
  • Wet suit for rent: 10 USD per day per person
  •  Tips
  • All Ecuadorian citizens participating in this excursion must pay an additional tax equivalent to 12% of their total tour price. 
Terms and Conditions


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.


  • 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.



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



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