Galápagos Island Hopping

Puerto Ayora to Puerto Ayora

7 days from 1,599 pp

Looking for more than a cruise to the islands? A week of touring the less-explored parts of the Galápagos Islands is the answer. We’ll start in Santa Cruz, then head to Floreana to stay on a part of the island that sees less visitors than the rest. From there it’s on to Isabela for a few days of hiking, snorkelling, and visiting the island’s main highlights. Top that off with a hike up Sierra Negra Volcano – the second-largest volcanic crater in the world – along with the Galápagos’ typical array of exotic wildlife and prepare to be amazed.
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7 days, Puerto Ayora to Puerto Ayora

From 1,599 per person

Is this tour for me?

 

Travel Style: Classic

All of the highlights, culture, access, and I-can’t-believe-we-did-that moments, all at a great price.

 

Service Level: Standard

Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.

 

Physical Rating: 3 – Average

Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.

 

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12

 

Age requirement: 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Day 1: Puerto Ayora

Arrive in Baltra and make your way to the hotel in Santa Cruz at any time.

As reaching the hotel in Santa Cruz (Puerto Ayora) from the Baltra airport can be tricky, exit the airport and head for the public bus to Itabaca Canal. From there, take a ferry across the canal to Santa Cruz Island. From the ferry terminal, opt to take a taxi or bus to Puerto Ayora, typically a 45-min ride.

There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting:
1h18:00

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

 

Accommodation:
Hotel Lobo de Mar (or similar)
Day 2: Puerto Ayora/Floreana Island

In the morning, walk to “Las Grietas” located across Academy Bay, walk through a rugged cactus forest on the way to this stunning lagoon. In the afternoon, hop on a speedboat to nearby Floreana Island. Stay in the G Adventures-supported community guesthouses and eat meals in the community restaurants and help to support community tourism on the island.

Please note that travel between islands is done by speedboat. The ride can be quite rough, especially from July to December. Make sure to bring sea sickness medication if you are prone to sea sickness.

Swimming at Las Grietas:
Santa Cruz Island

Cross a cactus forest looking for Darwin finches and lava lizards on the way to Las Grietas, a local swimming hole. The cool, bright turquoise water separates two volcanic cliffs. Fed by the ocean from one end and a river from the other this unique brackish pool is perfect for swimming.

Speedboat:
Puerto Ayora – Floreana Island2h

Keep an eye out for dolphins and birds along the way.

G Adventures for Good: Floreana Community Restaurants:

To further benefit the community on Floreana island G has provided training to residents for all aspects of tourism, including food preparation and service. The community will provide your meals while staying on this small island. The meals are rotated amongst different community members in order to spread out the benefits of tourism. While eating at the community restaurants you will be contributing to the self-sufficiency of the first community tourism operator in the Galápagos.

G Adventures for Good: Floreana Community Guesthouse:

Floreana Island is a small, isolated, inhabited island part of the Galápagos Archipelago. Many of its residents have been living there for the past three generations since the islands were first colonized. Its 150 residents have tried to benefit from the tourism boom, but since most tourism is marine-based and the boats don’t stop in the village, they have struggled to find any opportunities. We are investing in community training and infrastructure to develop the first ecological, community tourism program in the Galápagos Islands that sees both the islands small entrepreneurs and its unique wildlife as the primary beneficiaries of this project.

 

Accommodation:
G-Supported Floreana Community Guesthouse (or similar)
Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 3: Floreana Island

Walk along the black-sand beach until Loberia, and enjoy beach snorkelling or swimming. Head up to the seldom-visited highlands of Floreana. Enjoy guided walks to observe birds and other wildlife and learn about the area’s natural history.

Loberia Snorkelling Excursion:
Floreana Island1h-2h

Snorkel straight off the beach at Loberia, and get up close to the diverse wildlife in the waters around the Galápagos. Please be sure you are a strong swimmer; the water here can be rough and the currents are strong.

Floreana Highlands Excursion:
Floreana Island2h-3h

Head up to the seldom-visited highlands of Floreana. Hear the tales about the pirates, whalers, seal hunters and buccaneers who once lived in this isolated and unique landscape.

G Adventures for Good: Floreana Community Restaurants:

To further benefit the community on Floreana island G has provided training to residents for all aspects of tourism, including food preparation and service. The community will provide your meals while staying on this small island. The meals are rotated amongst different community members in order to spread out the benefits of tourism. While eating at the community restaurants you will be contributing to the self-sufficiency of the first community tourism operator in the Galápagos.

G Adventures for Good: Floreana Community Guesthouse:

Floreana Island is a small, isolated, inhabited island part of the Galápagos Archipelago. Many of its residents have been living there for the past three generations since the islands were first colonized. Its 150 residents have tried to benefit from the tourism boom, but since most tourism is marine-based and the boats don’t stop in the village, they have struggled to find any opportunities. We are investing in community training and infrastructure to develop the first ecological, community tourism program in the Galápagos Islands that sees both the islands small entrepreneurs and its unique wildlife as the primary beneficiaries of this project.

 

Accommodation:
G-Supported Floreana Community Guesthouse (or similar)
Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 4: Floreana Island/Isabela Island

Travel to Isabela Island. Hike up the active Sierra Negra Volcano and walk around the rim of the largest volcanic crater in the archipelago.

Hike to the summit to experience a bird’s-eye view of this magical landscape. Continue to the lava fields of Volcano Chico admiring views of the surrounding volcanoes and islands.

Speedboat:
Floreana Island – Isabela Island2h-2h30m

Cut swiftly through the water en route to the next stop (and hang on to your hat).

Sierra Negra Volcano Excursion:
Isabela Island1h-2h

Lace up your hiking boots to explore Sierra Negra Volcano, which has the largest basaltic caldera in the Galápagos. The volcano last erupted in October 2005, making it the most recent eruption in the Galápagos.

Please note – due to increased volcanic activity in Sierra Negra for safety reasons some hiking areas are restricted at this time.

 

Accommodation:
Hotel Tintoreras (or similar)
Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 5: Isabela Island

Enjoy free time in the morning, opt to take a wildlife boat excursion to ‘Islote Tintoreras’ to view breeding white-tip reef sharks, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, rays, and penguins. Later, visit the Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre.

Explore the surroundings with a short walk to observe pink flamingos in the wetlands and catch a stunning Isabela sunset on the beach. Along the way, stop at a lookout point, and visit natural pools, beaches, and mangrove swamps. In the evening, relax at the bar or on the beach and opt to enjoy a drink at sunset.

Please note that space may be limited for optional activities during high season, these activities are operated by third-party operators and will be subject to availability.

Free Time:
Isabela Island

Enjoy free time to enjoy the largest Island in the archipelago.

Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre Visit:
Isabela Island2h-3h

Walk through the town’s wetlands to visit the Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre. With the giant tortoise on its way to extinction in the late 1950s, this program was established to protect these noble creatures.

 

Accommodation:
Hotel Tintoreras (or similar)
Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 6: Isabela Island/Puerto Ayora

Travel by speedboat back to Santa Cruz Island. Later, enjoy a walk to Tortuga Bay, opt for a kayak, surf lessons or swim in the turquoise water.

In the evening, enjoy free time to explore this bustling little town and sample some of the local restaurants and bars, or do a little last minute shopping.

Speedboat:
Isabela Island – Puerto Ayora2h-3h

Cut swiftly through the water en route to the next stop (and hang on to your hat).

Tortuga Bay Hike:
Santa Cruz Island

Enjoy a short walk to the beautiful white beach of Tortuga Bay. Relax on the beach, walk along the mangroves looking for marine iguanas and birdlife, or rent a kayak and explore this marine wonderland. Look for Tintoreras sharks, sea turtles, and manta rays in the water’s shallow areas.

Free Time:
Santa Cruz Island

Enjoy free time to explore this little town. Head to the lively fish market where sea lions, pelicans and other birds drop by to see the daily catch.

 

Tortuga Bay Kayaking:
Santa Cruz Island2h-3h

15USD per person

Grab a life jacket and go for a kayak adventure in the mangroves of Tortuga Bay. Keep an eye out for a wide variety of marine life, including colorful reef fish, rays, and sea turtles, as you paddle the blue waters. Relax after on a beautiful fine white sand beach, and soak up some sun – you may spot some iguanas also trying to catch some rays on the shore.

 

Accommodation:
Hotel Lobo de Mar (or similar)
Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 7: Puerto Ayora

Depart at any time.

Meals included:

Breakfast

What’s Included

  • G Adventures for Good: Floreana Community Restaurants, Floreana Island
  • G Adventures for Good: Floreana Community Guesthouse, Floreana Island
  • Visit to Las Grietas (Santa Cruz Island)
  • Snorkelling at Loberia (Floreana Island)
  • Flamingo Lagoon visit (Isabela Island)
  • Sierra Negra volcano hike with lava fields visit (Isabela Island)
  • Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre visit (Isabela Island)
  • Tortuga Bay hike (Santa Cruz Island)
  • Isabela Municipal Tax
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

 

Accommodations:

Hotels (4 nts), G Adventures-supported community guesthouse (2 nts).

 

Meals:

6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
Allow USD140-185 for meals not included.

 

Transportation:

Private van, speedboat, walking.

 

Staff & experts:

CEO/Naturalist Guide while in the Galápagos Islands (certified by the Galápagos National Park Authority).

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