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GALAPAGOS ISLAND HOPPING – CLASSIC TOURS

The Galapagos Islands Archipel is a very special place in the world, read more about the islands through this link. The Classic Galapagos Island Hopping Tours are classics: a combination of interesting day tours and time to explore the islands by yourself, with delicious meals and great service, for a reasonable price. You’ll see the highlights of 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 standard tourist or tourist superior class hotels with a private room and bathroom. All tours include various meals, transportation on and between the islands and activities mentioned in the tour itinerary.


5 DAY CLASSIC ISABELA ISLAND TOUR (59GPH5IS)

This Classic Isabela Galapagos Tour is a very interesting program that covers most of your interests. Rebecca Adventure Travel offers a tour with all the highlights of Isabela island. Take a look at Flamingos in their natural habitat, hike up an enormous volcanic caldera, meet the famous Galapagos Giant Turtles, snorkel in the magnificent Tintoreras Islet, relax with beautiful beaches and kayak along colorful mangroves.


ITINERARY

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

DAY 1 (L, D):
QUITO/GUAYAQUIL – BALTRA – SANTA CRUZ – ISABELA – FLAMINGO LAGOON
It is recommended to book flights with an early arrival time to Baltra airport to make sure you can enjoy all of the activities of the tour. On the first day there are two options, depending on your arrival time.

Option 1: Itinerary for flights arriving at Baltra before 11:00 AM
At Baltra airport, an English speaking guide will pick you up to go to the port of Puerto Ayora (about 1 hour) where you can enjoy your lunch. Around 02:00 PM, you’ll take the small public speedboat to Isabela Island (about 2,5 hours). This can be a bumpy, wet ride so provide yourself a waterproof jacket and motion sickness medication if necessary. Upon arrival on Isabela Island, a driver will pick you up and you’ll visit the Flamingo Lagoon (short visit). After that, the driver will drop you off at your hotel.
Accommodation in Hotel San Vicente or similar.

Option 2: Itinerary for flights arriving at Baltra after 11:00 AM
If your flight is scheduled to arrive after 11:00 AM, you’ll stay at Santa Cruz Island on the first day because the last speedboat to Isabela Island leaves around 02:00 PM. Please note that you won’t have lunch if you arrive after 02:00 PM. If you have time you have an activity, either Tortuga Bay or Charles Darwin Station.
Accommodation in Hotel Fernandina or similar.

DAY 2 (B, L, D):
SIERRA NEGRA ACTIVE VOLCANO HIKE – CONCHA PERLA SNORKEL
After breakfast, you will take a guided excursion to the Sierra Negra Volcano (1.490 m); the second largest volcanic crater in the world, 9 km wide and 90 m deep. You’ll drive for about 45 minutes to the starting point of the hike of about 4 hours. You’ll ascend from 870 m of altitude to 1.040 m at the top of the crater. A lunch box will be provided. Afterwards, you’ll go back to the hotel for a brief rest. Around 03:30 PM you can go snorkeling or swimming at Concha Perla where you can observe the colorful fishes, sea urchins, starfishes, sea lions, or even sea turtles.
Accommodation in Hotel San Vicente or similar.

* Upgrade option: Los Túneles snorkeling
This day you can also take a snorkeling tour to Los Túneles instead of hiking to Sierra Negra and snorkeling at Concha Perla: + $ 70 p.p.

Snorkeling Los Túneles

DAY 3 (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 (The Wall of Tears). 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 similar.

DAY 4 (B, L, D):
KAYAK IN PUERTO VILLAMIL – ISABELA ISLAND HIGHLANDS
After breakfast your guide will accompany you for a relaxing and beautiful kayak excursion in the bay of Puerto Villamil. Here you will be able to spot various endemic animals such as Marine Iguanas, Sea Lions, and Penguins Isabela. After this, you will return to the hotel for lunch and a short rest. In the afternoon, you will make your way to the Highlands of Isabela and visit La Cueva de Sucre, The Mango viewpoint, and Campo Duro, which is another place of giant tortoises.
Accommodation in Hotel San Vicente or similar.

DAY 5 (B):
TRANSFER TO BALTRA AIRPORT

Early in the morning you leave the hotel and start your trip to Baltra airport. The boat from Isabela to Santa Cruz leaves at 06:00 AM. The program ends with the drop off at Baltra airport, please note that your flight cannot depart earlier than 01:00 PM due to the long travel from Isabela. 

isabela galapagos tour

Volcan Sierra Negra


INCLUDED

  • Meals als described in the itinerary (B= breakfast, L = lunch/lunchbox, D= dinner).
  • Accommodation in double/single private room at standard tourist class hotels.
  • Airport pickup and drop off at Baltra airport at your arrival/departure time.
  • Transportation on and between the islands as descibed in the itinerary.
  • Local naturalist guide (English & Spanish speaking).
  • All activities as described in the itinerary.
  • 24/7 assistance in English, Dutch and Spanish.

NOT INCLUDED

  • Return flights from mainland Ecuador to Galapagos Islands.
  • Food & drinks that are not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fee for the Galapagos National Park: $ 100 p.p. (cash only).
  • Migratory Control Card / Ingala Transit Card: $ 20 p.p. (cash only).
  • Isabela dock fee: $ 10 p.p. (cash only).
  • Water Taxi (small boat that takes you from the speedboat to the harbor and back)
  • For rent: wetsuit (recommended between May – November): $ 5 p.p. per day (cash only).
  • For rent: rain boots (recommended for Sierra Negra hike between June – September): $ 2 p.p. per day (cash only).
  • Personal travel & health insurance.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Optional tips for the guide.

TRAVEL STYLE

All the Classic Galapagos Island Hopping tours are shared group tours. The shared group tours are a mix of group day tours and individual private day tours. Every group day tour will have different travelers. You can have a different driver/guide every day. There are different tour coordinators on every island. You can start this tour every day of the year. Click here if you want more information about our different travel styles.


PRICE

$ 909 p.p. based on 2 or more guests
$ 1.006 based on 1 guest

* Single travelers have a private room with a private bathroom.
* For children under the age of 12, there is a discount. Please contact us for the exact amount.
* Optional: snorkeling tour to Los Túneles on the second day: $ 70 p.p.
* 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.
  • If your flight is delayed or canceled and you cannot make it to Puerto Ayora in time to take the last speedboat to Isabela Island, which departs around 02:00 PM, the team assist you with finding accommodation on Santa Cruz Island but this will be on your own expense. You will miss the planned activities.
  • Try to only bring small baggage/bags since public transportation on the Galapagos Islands is quite small.
  • All meals consist of basic, local Ecuadorian food. If you prefer to have dinner outside the hotel, you can get a discount of $ 10 p.p./per day. Please let us know beforehand if you want this option.
  • Tap water on the Galapagos Islands might contain bacteria and should not be consumed, not even for brushing your teeth. Bottled or purified water is always recommended.
  • This itinerary is fixed. If you are looking for a customized itinerary, please send us an email.
  • Inform yourself about food safety when traveling to tropical countries. Take the necessary precaution to avoid food poisoning (always wash your hands before eating, don’t eat ‘street food’, only eat peeled fruits, etc.).
  • It is mandatory to have valid travel and medical insurance. Please inform us of any known medical conditions you have.
  • Rebecca Adventure Travel reserves 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.

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