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GALAPAGOS ISLAND HOPPING – EXPEDITION TOURS

The Expedition Galapagos Island Hopping Tours are designed for travelers who like a combination of organized activities and explore other parts of the Galapagos Islands by themselves. You will explore the Galapagos Islands with a combination of organized day tours with an English speaking guide and time to explore by yourself with our self-guided packages (a document full of information, walking routes and tips). You’ll stay in local tourists or standard tourist superior class hotels with a private room and bathroom. All tours include some meals, transportation on and between the islands and activities mentioned in the tour itinerary. Here you can find more information about the Galapagos Islands.

Land iguana on the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador


GALAPAGOS 12 DAY EXPEDITION ISLAND HOPPING (59GPH12E)

On this 12-day individual travel program, you will experience the highlights of the Galapagos with Punta Carola, Playa Mann, Las Tijereras, Kicker Rock/Punta Pitt/Española, Flamingo Lagoon, Puerto Chino, Concha Perla, the Charles Darwin Research Station, Tortuga Bay, Los Tuneles, Lava Tunnels, a day tour to Santa Fe and the Twin Craters. This is absolutely the best to take if you have time enough at the Galapagos Islands and if you would like to take the time to see everything very profoundly. You will stay in Galapagos Planet Hotel in San Cristobal, Hotel Fernandina or Deja Vu in Santa Cruz and San Vicente or La Laguna in Isabela. You will stay in a private double room with private bathroom in all three hotels. You will have different guides during your tours and you could be joined by other travelers on your day tours. This program can start every single day. 


ITINERARY

B= Breakfast included
L=  Lunch included
D= Dinner included

DAY 1:
SAN CRISTOBAL – PUNTA CAROLA – LAS TIJERETAS – PLAYA MANN
At arrival, a guide will be waiting for you to bring you to your hotel. At your first day, you can do a self-guided program at Punta Carola, Playa Mann, Las Tijeretas and the Galapagos Interpretation Center. It is possible to visit this with a guide, with extra costs depending on the number of people.
Accommodation in Hotel Galapagos Planet or similar.

DAY 2 (B, L):
SAN CRISTOBAL PUNTA PITT/KICKER ROCK/ESPAÑOLA
Today you will have a day tour to either Kicker Rock, with snorkeling; a day tour to Punta Pitt with snorkeling and hiking; or a day tour to Española, with snorkeling as well. The departures are dependent of Galapagos National Park regulations, so we have to check which one is possible. If you are going to Punta Pitt you will pass by Kicker Rock so you can take pictures but you won’t stop there.
Accommodation in Hotel Galapagos Planet or similar.

Rebecca tested the Kicker Rock snorkeling tour, you can see her adventure in the video below:

DEPARTURES
Kicker Rock: Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Punta Pitt: Every Friday and Sunday + $ 25 per person
Española: Every Monday and Thursday + $ 115 per person

Espumilla Beach, Santiago Island

DAY 3 (B, L):
SAN CRISTOBAL HIGHLANDS
Today you will have a private highlands tour by car with a visit to Puerto Chino, La Galapaguero (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays feeding days), El Junco volcano and the Otoy hacienda, including a short hike. Puerto Chino is a beautiful white beach where you can enjoy the Pacific Ocean. You have to hike for about 10 minutes to get there. The Galapaguero is a breeding center for the San Cristobal giant tortoises. They have feeding days on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday but they are open 7 days a week. After these activities, you go to Hacienda Otoy in the San Cristobal highlands. This ecological produce the giant tortoises’ food Otoy and other fruits and vegetables. You have a delicious lunch here and after lunch, you can walk around the hacienda. On the way back you can hike up to the top of the El Junco volcano.
Accommodation in Hotel Galapagos Planet or similar.

DAY 4 (B):
SAN CRISTOBAL 
Today you have a day off to enjoy San Cristobal by yourself. 
Accommodation in Hotel Galapagos Planet or similar.

DAY 5 (B):
SANTA CRUZ 
Early in the morning, at 07:00 AM, you will go to Santa Cruz by public speedboat. The boat ride takes about 2,5 hours. Upon arrival, the coordinator takes you to the hotel and the rest of the day you have time to relax and explore the island by yourself.
Accommodation in Hotel Fernandina or Deja Vu Hotel.

DAY 6 (B, L, D):
SANTA CRUZ – ISABELA – FLAMINGO LAGOON
At 07:00 AM the speedboat to the island Isabela leaves and you will arrive around 09:00 AM. At Isabela you will visit the wetlands and you can go snorkeling at Concha Perla. Here you can observe the colorful fishes, sea urchins, starfishes, sea lions or even sea turtles. In the afternoon you have enough time to visit the beautiful beaches and the Flamingo Lagoon by yourself. This lagoon is the largest coastal lagoon found in the Galápagos and is one of the main reproductive sites for the grand majority of flamingos.
Accommodation in Hotel San Vicente or Hotel La Laguna.

DAY 7 (B, L, D): ­
TINTORERAS AND WETLANDS
Early in the morning after breakfast, you will have a tour to The Wetlands. Here you will visit the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center, where you will spot small and giant tortoises in their natural habitat. The next activity is a visit to The Wall of Tears.

From 1946 to 1959, Isabela was designated as a penal colony by the Ecuadorian government and prisoners were obligated to build a wall with enormous blocks of solid lava. Due to the arduous labor and hard conditions prisoners lived in, this site is known as El Muro de Lagrimas. Additionally, you will visit a small lava tunnel. “Tunel del Estero”, a 75m path with adequate lava plates ending in a staircase inside a 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. It is called like this due to a large crack, in which white-tip sharks known as Tintoreras come daily to rest at the bottom. You will have a transport which will take you to the pier of Puerto Villamil, here you will board a boat for 10 minutes 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. You can also observe penguins, sea lions, marine iguanas and you can go snorkeling with colorful tropical fish while enjoying the beaches of Isabela.
Accommodation in Hotel San Vicente or Hotel La Laguna.

DAY 8 (B):
ISABELA FREE DAY
Today you have enough time to explore Isabela by yourself!
Accommodation in Hotel San Vicente or Hotel La Laguna.

DAY 9 (B, L, D):
SNORKELING IN LOS TÚNELES
On this day, our guide will take you to what is said to be one of the best snorkeling places in the world, Los Túneles. The water is shallow, calm and very clear – a sea sanctuary. A series of lava flows have produced unique geological formations, a series of arcs and tunnels underneath and above the water- a habitat for many local Galapagos Species. The entrance to the site is shallow and the waves can be strong, for this reason, the access can be complicated. You will have lunch on board on the way back to Puerto Villamil. Click here for more information about the Los Túneles snorkeling tour.
Accommodation in Hotel San Vicente or Hotel La Laguna.

DAY 10 (B, L)­:
SANTA CRUZ HIGHLANDS
In the morning, at 06:00 AM, you will take a speedboat back to Santa Cruz to visit the highlands of Santa Cruz in the afternoon. Here you will find the giant tortoises. You will also stop at the Lava Tunnels of the highlands. This place has been shaped by lava flows over centuries. It is a 30-minute walk where you can perceive intact stands of vegetation zones, including dense scalesia forest and miconia.
Accommodation in Hotel Fernandina or Deja Vu Hotel.

DAY 11 (B, L)­:
SANTA FE BASICO
After breakfast you will travel to Santa Fe Island which is also called Barrington Island after Admiral Samuel Barrington, is a small island of 24 km² which lies in the center of the Galapagos archipelago. Geologically, it is one of the oldest islands in the archipelago, since volcanic rocks from about 4 million years old have been found here. The vegetation of the island is characterized by brush, palo santo trees, and stands of a large variety of the prickly pear cactus and Opuntia echios. Among animals, Santa Fe is home to endemic species: the Barrington Land Iguana (Conolophus pallidus) and the Santa Fe Rice Rat (Aegialomys galapagoensis bauri). You will enter the bay of Santa Fe in a curious panga ride, depending on the conditions, and you will start the trip with a very nice snorkeling activity. Here you will be able to see beautiful wildlife and majestic cliffs. You have a “wet landing” here which means there is no dock in Santa Fe, the boats get on the beach and from there you will disembark in the sea so you bring shorts and shoes that can get wet. Also, you will observe colonies of sea lions, blue-footed boobies, and marine iguanas. After lunch, you will return to Santa Cruz Island to rest and relax in the hotel. If you would like to receive pictures that the guide takes in Santa Fe please bring your own USB stick.
Accommodation in Hotel Fernandina or Deja Vu Hotel.

DAY 12 (B):
TWIN CRATERS – TRANSFER OUT

Before you will be brought back to the airport, you will have a visit to the Twin Craters on your way. These are no real craters, but they look like it. They were formed by a collision in the earth. After taken stunning pictures of this view, you will continue your way to the airport, where the tour ends. 


INCLUDED

  • Accommodation in double or single private rooms at standard tourist class hotels.
  • Meals included as described (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch/lunchbox, D =  Dinner).
  • English speaking naturalist guide (local Galapagos guide).
  • Transfer in from San Cristobal airport and transfer out to Baltra airport. 
  • Transportation between the Islands.
  • 24/7 assistance in Dutch, English and Spanish.

NOT  INCLUDED

  • Return flights from mainland Ecuador to Galapagos Islands.
  • Entrance fee Galapagos National Park: $100 p.p. (cash only).
  • Migratory Control Card: $20 p.p. (cash only).
  • Isabela dock fee: $10 p.p. (cash only).
  • Water taxi (a small boat that takes you from the Speedboat to the Harbor and vice versa).
  • Wet-suits rent: $5 p.p. (recommendable between May-November).
  • Food and drinks that are not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Personal health & travel insurance.
  • Optional tips for the guide.

TRAVEL STYLE

All the Galapagos Island Hoppings are Shared Group Tours. This means you have a different guide every day and a different coordinator on every island. It will be a mix of group day tours and individual private day tours. You will be with different guests during the group tours. Click here if you want more information about our different travel styles.


PRICE

$ 2.490 p.p. based on 4 or more guests
$ 2.840 p.p. based on 2 or 3 guests

* For children under 12 years old we can offer a discount. Please contact us for the exact amount.
* Optional: dinner outside of the hotel: discount of $ 10 p.p./per day.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • It is recommended to book flights with an early arrival time to the Galapagos Islands and a late departure time from the Galapagos Islands to make sure you can enjoy all of the activities of the tour. Late arrivals and/or early departures mean you might miss some activities.
  • Please note that the food during the tour is basic local Ecuadorian food, if you prefer to dine outside your hotel, please let us know and we can give you a discount of $ 10 per day per person. 
  • You will have different guides during the day tours of the program, there are no guides on the transportation between islands. There are coordinators on the different islands.
  • Please try to bring small bags and luggage, The Galapagos public transportation is on average small and it takes more time and space when you bring large baggage.
  • This itinerary is fixed, it can’t be changed. If you are looking for a customized itinerary, please send us an email.
  • It is mandatory to have a valid medical and travel insurance. Please inform us of any known medical conditions you have.
    Tap water on the Galapagos Islands might contain bacteria and should not be consumed, not even for brushing your teeth. Bottles or purified water is always recommended.
  • Inform yourself about food safety when traveling to tropical countries. Take the necessary precaution to avoid food poisoning (always wash your hands always before eating, don’t eat ‘street food’, only eat peeled fruit, etc.).
  • Rebecca Adventure Travel cannot take any responsibility for any illnesses or missed meals & tours due to an illness.
  • Rebecca Adventure travel serves the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather conditions, availabilities, National Park regulations or notifications and unforeseeable circumstances.

ADVANTAGES OF BOOKING WITH REBECCA ADVENTURE TRAVEL

  • Personal attention: the team would like to get to know the guests so they can create the perfect holiday;
  • Team: the enthusiastic international travel agents have lots of travel experience themselves;
  • Authenticity: the tours are personally selected by Rebecca and her team;
  • 24/7 assistance: the team can be contacted 24/7 by phone (including Whatsapp) in case of emergencies or unexpected situations (they speak English, Spanish and Dutch);
  • Insurances: Rebecca Adventure Travel possesses all mandatory insurances for tour operators.

When you book (the moment you sign the registration form or submit a booking request through Anyguide) a tour with Rebecca Adventure Travel you agree to the following terms and conditions: https://www.rebeccaadventuretravel.com/conditions/

 

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