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Galapagos Islands Hopping

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,793

Explore volcanic landscapes and spot incredible wildlife on an adventure to the Galapagos Islands. Traverse the caldera of the Sierra Negra Volcano on Isabela Island, spot the iconic giant tortoises on Santa Cruz, and summit the heights of Bartolome Island to lay eyes on the shifting lava fields, golden beaches, and stunning waters of this biodiverse archipelago.


This 8-day tour takes you to the biodiverse islands of the Galapagos where you’ll stay in first-class accommodations and explore the islands aboard a luxury yacht.

The Galapagos Islands are some of the most biologically-diverse islands on the planet. Your trip to the Galapagos begins with a connection from Quito on the mainland to Isabela Island, where you’ll stay at Scalesia Lodge, a luxury lodge built in the style of an African safari camp. On Isabela Island you’ll visit the wetland lagoons and tortoise breeding centre of National Park before enjoying the idyllic white beach of Puerto Villamil. Then traverse one of the world’s largest volcanic calderas at the Sierra Negra Volcano before walking the volcanic surfaces of the Tintoreras Islets in search of blue-footed boobies, penguins, herons, marine iguanas, and reef-sharks in the surrounding waters.

Pass onto Santa Cruz Island and stay in the eco-friendly Finch Bay Eco Hotel. On Santa Cruz Island, you’ll survey the volcanic formations of Los Gemelos, watch giant tortoises roam local reserves, and visit Puerto Ayora’s only pedestrian neighbourhood, Punta Estrada. Board the Sea Lion, a luxury yacht to explore surrounding islands, watching for dolphins and whales as you skirt the distance between shorelines. Summit Bartolome Island to witness the gorgeous panoramas of Pinnacle Rock, the island’s golden beach, and the lava fields of nearby Santiago Island. On South Plaza Island snorkel through Punta Carrion before spotting sea lion pups, marine and land iguanas, and Darwin finches on land.

This island hop offers experiences you won’t find on any other trip to the Galapagos.


 

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,793

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Day 1

Quito to Isabela Island

Fly from Ecuador's mainland to the Galapagos Islands (Baltra Island) and take a very scenic inter-island flight to Isabela Island.

Check in at Scalesia Lodge and enjoy lunch before heading out on your first afternoon of discovery. Get to know the youngest side of the archipelago while exploring the rewarding visitor sites of the National Park, wetland lagoons, and the giant tortoise-breeding center. Wrap up your day at the stunning white beach of Puerto Villamil before returning to the Lodge for dinner.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Scalesia Lodge Isabella Island Galapagos

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    Scalesia Lodge Isabella Island Galapagos



    A wonderful and unique experience awaits you at Scalesia Lodge. Located in the highlands of Isabela Island in the Galapagos, Scalesia Lodge is luxury lodge based on an African safari concept, where guests sleep under canvas allowing them to be fully immersed with the natural ...

    A wonderful and unique experience awaits you at Scalesia Lodge. Located in the highlands of Isabela Island in the Galapagos, Scalesia Lodge is luxury lodge based on an African safari concept, where guests sleep under canvas allowing them to be fully immersed with the natural world. Nestled within 16 hectares of magnificent Scalesia forest, it offers incredible views of the coast of Isabela Island and out onto the Pacific Ocean. With first-class accommodations and superb services, Scalesia Lodge is one of the best options to explore these enchanted islands.

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    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)

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Day 2

Isabela Island

Enjoy an early breakfast before setting out to explore Isabela Island. Depending on the weekday and availability, you will enjoy one of these full-day features:

Sierra Negra volcano and beach-combing.
Tintoreras islets and wetlands.
Wall of Tears and beach-combing.

Sierra Negra Volcano. Walk along the rim of Galapagos' largest caldera - one of the largest in the world - and see recent volcanic activity (last eruption in 2005) and the resulting fascinating formations. A light snack will be provided along the way while lunch is served back at the lodge. Wildlife focuses on the Darwin finches, flycatchers, mockingbirds, and occasionally the Galapagos hawk and rail. Stroll the beach at Puerto Villamil or rest in the afternoon.

Tintoreras Islets. After breakfast, drive down to the wharf of Puerto Villamil and board the bay cruiser to explore the maze of reefs and islets off the shores of Isabela. The visit includes a dry landing and a short walk over volcanic terrain (730 m/0.5 mi total distance). Relevant wildlife includes boobies, herons, penguins, marine iguanas and the white tipped reef sharks in the nearby lava crevasses. Bring your bathing suit as you will enjoy snorkeling in the shallow reefs. Lunch at Scalesia and later in the day, we can explore the wetlands of coastal Isabela. Sunsets at Puerto Villamil are spectacular!

Wall of Tears. A rare combination of human and natural history. A splendid coastal trail combines two segments: 1st part, mangroves and brackish lagoons (1.3 km/0.8 mi) and the arid palo santo forest until we reach the Wall of Tears (an additional 2.2 km/1.4 mi each way). This trail is mostly a flat dirt road (pedestrian and bikes only). Wildlife include coastal Darwin finches, doves, stilts, ducks, flamingos, herons and giant tortoises.

Afternoons include the magical sunsets from the beach of Puerto Villamil.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Isabela Island

Enjoy an early breakfast before setting out to explore Isabela Island. Depending on the weekday and availability, you will enjoy one of these full-day features:

Sierra Negra volcano and beach-combing.
Tintoreras islets and wetlands.
Wall of Tears and beach-combing.

Afternoons include the magical sunsets from the beach of Puerto Villamil.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Isabela Island to Baltra Island

After breakfast, Scalesia Lodge's staff will transfer you to Puerto Villamil's airport. A short but interesting flight will bring you back to Baltra. Your guide will lead you across the Itabaca Channel to Santa Cruz Island. The day's visit includes a brief exploration of Los Gemelos, a natural volcanic formation in the upper end of the windward side of the island. Surrounded by a forest of high growing endemic daisies, this area is home to some of the most elusive land birds of Galapagos.

Then you visit the Tortoise Reserve, impressive lava tunnels and enjoy lunch at a restaurant in the highlands. In the afternoon, you travel to Puerto Ayora's only pedestrian neighborhood, Punta Estrada, where the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel is located. Check-in and enjoy the hotel's beachfront facilities. Dinner is up to you: choose the hotel's signature cuisine or one of the many options in town. Overnight at the Finch Bay Hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration4 Nights
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Finch Bay Eco Hotel

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    Finch Bay Eco Hotel



    The hotel is located at the south side of Santa Cruz Island, in front of Puerto Ayora town. Finch Bay is the only beachfront hotel in Puerto Ayora. It is a 7 minute walk from the main shopping district in the Galapagos and a 15 ...

    The hotel is located at the south side of Santa Cruz Island, in front of Puerto Ayora town. Finch Bay is the only beachfront hotel in Puerto Ayora. It is a 7 minute walk from the main shopping district in the Galapagos and a 15 minute walk to the Charles Darwin Station. This ecologically oriented hotel also boasts innovative garbage processing and recycling programs. The entire infrastructures, as well as the activities are totally oriented to a concept of true ecotourism in a pristine natural environment.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Day 5

Finch Bay Lodge

Over the next 3 days enjoy 2 of these 4 full-day yacht explorations (based on the weekday and availability). There is one day allocated for free time.

North Seymour
Bartolome island
South Plaza Island
Santa Fe island

In addition, the program includes: Coastal Exploration of Santa Cruz and Charles Darwin Research Station and Tortoise Breeding Facilities.

Bartolome island. Start the day with the Finch Bay's generous breakfast, featuring local and international favorites, before leaving for Itabaca Channel, 42 km away on the north shore of Santa Cruz. Board the Sea Lion yacht. A 21-nautical mile sailing stretch is well worth its length. Dolphins or whales are often seen in these waters. A dry landing marks the start of the 1.5 km/1 mi walk. Much of the trail is over a wooden boardwalk with a staircase of 366 steps. There are several observation platforms on the way up to the summit of Bartolome (150 m above sea level). Once atop, you will enjoy one of Galapagos' most famous views: the tilted pinnacle rock, the golden beach of Bartolome and the impressive lava fields of Santiago Island. Upon descending back to the coast, you will have a chance to scan the volcanic shore, in search of flashy Sally Lightfoot crabs and Galapagos penguins, before enjoying a soothing dip at the beach. Lunch on board and a brief exploration of nearby Sullivan Bay before sailing back to the Itabaca Channel for the drive back to the hotel.

South Plaza. After breakfast, you will board the Sea Lion yacht (depending on the day, it could be moored in Itabaca Channel or in Academy Bay). Your day includes 2 highlights. One of them, the snorkeling/swimming site known as Punta Carrion, has a name that startles some English speakers, but in this case, it's merely a reference to a family name. And just 8 nautical miles away, South Plaza Island shocks visitors with the sheer volume of amazing wildlife that greets them right upon arrival: dozens of frolicking sea lion pups, patrolling alpha male sea lions, basking marine and land iguanas, stunning red crabs and various Darwin finches await. The trail is over 1.5 km/1 mi long, over rounded boulders.

All days you return to the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel, and enjoy the sunset from its beachfront facilities. Dinner is up to you: choose the hotel's signature cuisine or one of the many options in town. Overnight at the Finch Bay.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 6

Finch Bay Lodge

Today, you can have a day at leisure or enjoy one of these yacht explorations (based on weekday and availability). There is one day allocated for free time.

North Seymour
Bartolome island
South Plaza Island
Santa Fe island

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 7

Finch Bay Lodge

Today, you can have a day at leisure or enjoy one of these yacht explorations (based on weekday and availability). There is one day allocated for free time.

North Seymour
Bartolome island
South Plaza Island
Santa Fe island

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 8

Baltra to Quito

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before being transferred to the airport for your flight back to Quito.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES:

2017: Friday

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Quito - Galapagos return flights
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee
  • Migration Control Card
  • Municipal fee to Puerto Villamil
  • Inter-island flights and local Galapagos transfers
  • All accommodation
  • Guided excursions as listed
  • Snorkeling gear at Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel and on the Sea Lion yacht
  • Rubber boots and rain ponchos at Scalesia Lodge
  • Wi-Fi (limited and intermittent broadband only due to Galapagos' poor satellite connection)
  • All meals as indicated

PRICE EXLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes unless specifically indicated
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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