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GALAPAGOS ISLAND HOPPING – DELUXE TOURS

Experience the magical Galapagos now through a deluxe group island hopping tour! These tours are created for travelers who want to experience the Galapagos in a more luxurious way. During these tours you will enjoy the highest levels of service and stay at the best hotels.
The Galapagos Islands are well known for the endless opportunities of exploring the abundance of life on the islands. Due to the remoteness of the Galapagos it was possible for species to evolve countless millennia. This archipelago is one of the few places on earth where there is such intimate contact with so much wildlife. The tour provides many benefits to local communities and is socially and environmentally responsible. Make sure to be part of this educational and inspirational journey of a lifetime in one of the protected marine wilderness areas in the world.


8 DAY GALAPAGOS MULTISPORT DELUXE (12GPH-8MS-FG)

Discover the Galapagos Islands through an active land tour that will deliver the most extraordinary of this world-class naturalist heaven. As you kayak, mountain bike, trek or snorkel you will experience incredible close encounters with sea lions, iguanas, giant tortoises, boobies, rays, a myriad of tropical fish! This is a socially and environmentally responsible tour that provides many benefits to local island communities. Learn and enjoy from top adventure and naturalist guides that will immerse you in the realm of natural history and evolution. One of the main advantages of this 8 Day Galapagos Multisport program is the English speaking tour leader that will go with you the complete tour. This tour leader makes sure the service you will experience during the tour is excellent. The tour leader is part of the tour if you are going on a fixed departure or if you are going with 4 guests or more. If not there won’t be a tour leader.
Kicker Rock is the remains of a volcanic cone that has been eroded by the sea. Above the water, the monolithic rock formation towers over 500 feet above the Pacific Ocean and is home to a number of Tropicbirds, Blue-footed Boobies and Frigatebirds. The Highlands of Santa Cruz offer a lush contrast to the beaches and arid lowlands found elsewhere on the island. With one of our Naturalist Guides as your escort you will visit some of the highlights of the ‘Parte Alta’. Sea lions are a common sight in the Galápagos. Los Tuneles is an area of naturally occurring underwater stone tunnels. The tunnels are the remainder of lava tubes and make the landscape look like something out of a different world. Giant Tortoises are found on two groups of tropical islands: the Aldabra Atoll in Seychelles and the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. Giant tortoises originally made their way to islands from the mainland. Sierra Negra (Spanish: Black Mountain) is a large shield volcano at the South eastern end of Isabela Island in the Galapagos that rises to an altitude of 1124m. It is one of the most active of the Galapagos volcanoes with the most recent historic eruption in October 2005.

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ITINERARY

DAY 1:
QUITO – SAN CRISTOBAL
Today you get ready to explore the most amazing archipelago in the Pacific coast and the place where Charles Darwin based its theory of the evolution of species. You take a morning flight to the island of San Cristobal. Here you will be welcomed by an English speaking guide, who will bring you to the hotel in the town of Puerto Moreno. In the afternoon you head to La Loberia, which is both home beach and nursery for large Galapagos sea lions. You can spot them launching over rocks or just lazy dozing in the sand. Furthermore, you will see yellow warbler birds, frigate birds, and several species of Darwin finches along the beach. In-between the rocks you can find marine iguanas, which you can only see in Galapagos. If you want to you can also go for a refreshing swim, explore the waters with your snorkel equipment and enjoy the beach.
Accommodation in Hotel Arena Blanca or similar.

DAY 2 (B):
KICKER ROCK – CERRO BRUJO
In the morning, you will take a speedboat to Kicker Rock, also known as the Sleeping Lion (Leon Dormido) because of its resemblance. This site is located off the coast of San Cristobal. The remains of a lava cone eroded by the sea, two vertical rocks rising 500 feet above the ocean, form a small channel that is navigable by small boats. This Galapagos Islands natural monument has become a favorite sight due to the many tropicbirds, frigate birds and boobies that fill the sky in this area. Beneath the sea, the crystal waters offer a brilliant show of colorful tropical fish, such as rainbow fish, and sharks, like hammerhead-, reef- and white tip sharks. After lunch, you will visit Cerro Brujo. This island is ripe with noisy, frolicking, jolly sea lions who will welcome you to their home with open fins. This island also offers great snorkeling opportunities as well as the chance to see blue-footed and Nazca boobies.
Accommodation in Hotel Arena Blanca or similar.

Rebecca tried the Kicker Rock tour, you can check it out in the following video:

DAY 3 (B):
ISABELA ISLAND
In the morning, you will catch a flight to Isabela Island. This is the largest island in the archipelago and the place where the most volcanic activity in the Galapagos is reported. Isabela is formed by six shield volcanoes, Alcedo, Cerra Azul, Darwin, Ecuador, Sierra Negra and Wolf, five of them still active. Therefore the island is one of the most volcanically active places on earth. During our island crossing, you will be on the lookout for dolphins and whales (July to October). In the afternoon, you head out on your mountain bikes to explore the beautiful coastline on an exclusive trail, taking you through an incredible ecosystem with a wide variety of wildlife. Then you start with a visit to the Wall of Tears, a massive wall built with lava rocks. This site dates back to the ’50s, when Isabela was used as a penal colony and prisoners were forced to build the wall to keep them from going mad, because of the isolation they experienced. As you continue your ride along the coast, you explore pristine, white sand beaches, mangrove forests and lagoons. This area is filled with birdlife, including American oyster catchers, herons, flamingos, finches and many shore birds, as well as the ubiquitous sea lions and marine iguanas. After dinner you can enjoy a breath-taking sunset on the beach of Puerto Villamil.
Accommodation in Isabela Beach House or similar.

DAY 4 (B, L):
SIERRA NEGRA – TINTORERAS
After driving up from Puerto Villamil to the trailhead, you have to prepare your backpacks and hike into a young forest ecosystem, a world of recent geological history. The destination is the rim of Sierra Negra Crater, an active volcano which last erupted in October 2005. Upon arrival, you take in breathtaking views and explore the circumference of the massive, lava-filled crater, over six miles across at its widest point. If you have enough energy, you can continue your hike to Volcan Chico, a secondary crater that has a wild landscape of puffing fumaroles and colorful lava formations. These are great examples of the dramatic geological events that have forged the Galapagos Islands over millennia. In the afternoon, you return to Puerto Villamil and you will go kayaking in Tintoreras to watch sea lions, penguins, turtles and marine iguanas.
Accommodation in Isabela Beach House or similar.

DAY 5 (B, L):
LAVA TUNNELS
Today, you will explore the amazing formations of lava created by the last eruptions of the Volcanic Island along the seashore. This magical place is been used by the staff of BBC / National Geographic for their documentaries. It is a labyrinth of lava arches inside the breakers with crystal clear water full of huge sea turtles, eagle rays, sea lions, fish, white-tipped reef sharks and more. Turtles navigate their own highway from the mangroves to the open sea through “Los Túneles”. Over here, you will have a very good snorkeling opportunity with all these beautiful animals, including the curious Galapagos penguin playing around. Before or after the trip, you can enjoy some optional activities such as snorkeling at “Concha de Perla”, taking surfing lessons or just relax on the exotic white-sand beaches of Isabela Island. A visit to the giant tortoise breeding center is also recommended.
Accommodation in Isabela Beach House or similar.

DAY 6 (B):
CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH CENTER
In the morning you embark on a fast boat from Isabela to Santa Cruz Island. During the island crossing, you will be on the lookout for dolphins and whales (July to October). Once you arrive, you can check in at the hotel. After this, you will have time to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn more about many of the endemic species we met during our adventure, as well as the ongoing conservation and management efforts on the Galapagos Islands. In the afternoon, you will head to the ‘El Chato’ Reserve in the highlands of Santa Cruz, home to the famous Galapagos tortoise. Hiking through El Chato’s beautiful scenery with those lumbering giants is an unforgettable experience! You will also see other highland wildlife such as pintail ducks, egrets, flycatchers and finches while hiking. Furthermore you observe frigatebirds which gather to wash the salt off their feathers at a fresh water lake. You return to Puerto Ayora to spend the evening in Galapagos’ most populous town.
Accommodation in Angermeyer Waterfront Inn or similar.

DAY 7 (B):
SANTA CRUZ
This is a day you can experience the Galapagos at your pace! As an option, you can go on a self-guided exploration walk through a dry forest to Tortuga Bay (about 3 ½ miles long). Tortuga Bay is a beautiful white sand beach and nesting side to thousands of marine turtles. This beautiful place invites for swimming or snorkeling. Alternatively, you can join any of the optional activities (at an extra cost), such as a trip to Floreana Island, Bartolome Island or a scuba-diving day trip, just to mention a few.
Accommodation in Angermeyer Waterfront Inn or similar.

DAY 8 (B):
BALTRA – QUITO
After your final breakfast on the Galapagos Island and the last photos taken of sea lions, you have a transfer to Baltra airport, where you can catch your flight back to the mainland.

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INCLUDED

  • Meals included as described (B= breakfast, L = lunch/lunchbox).
  • Accommodation in a double private room at first-class hotels.
  • Transfer in from San Cristobal airport and transfer out to Baltra airport.
  • Transportation on and between the Islands as described in the itinerary (one-way flight San Cristobal – Isabela, sea transportation Santa Cruz – Isabela).
  • Trip Leader: certified EPL expert Englisch-speaking adventure Trip Leader (minimum 4 people for this service) and local naturalist guide in Galapagos National Park (English & Spanish speaking).
  • All activities as described in the itinerary.
  • Gear for (sport)activities: mask, snorkel, fins, life vest, mountain bikes, helmets, kayaks and paddles.
  • 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).
  • Optional activities.
  • Snorkeling gear for optional activities.
  • Water Taxi (small boat that takes you from the speedboat to the harbor and back).
  • Personal travel & health insurance.
  • Personal expenses.
  • For rent: wetsuit (recommended between May – November): $ 10 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).
  • Optional tips for the guide.

TRAVEL STYLE

This Galapagos Tour is a Fixed Group Tour when you choose for one of the open departures. A Fixed group tour means you have the same tour leader and the same group the complete tour. If you choose for another date this is a Private Tour, which means that you have the same guide during your whole tour. Click here if you want more information about our different travel styles.

OPEN DEPARTURES FOR FIXED GROUP TOURS 2018

June 3, 14 & 24
July 1, 8, 14, 22 & 29
August 12
September 2 & 30
October 7 & 28
November 18 & 25
December 16, 23 & 29


PRICE

$ 2.475 p.p. based on 6 or more guests
$ 2.750 p.p. based on 2 – 5 guests
$ 3.699 p.p. based on 1 guest

* Single travelers have a private room with a private bathroom.
* For children under 12 years old we can offer a discount. Please contact us for the exact amount.
* If you go on a fixed group tour departure we can offer a $ 200 discount per person.


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.
  • There are no guides on the transportation by public speedboat between islands. Please note that, when the travel between islands is done by speedboat, the ride can be quite rough (especially from July to December). Make sure you bring sea sickness medication if you are prone to sea sickness.
  • Try to only bring small baggage/bags since public transportation on the Galapagos Islands is quite small.
  • 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.
  • 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 cannot take any responsibility for any illnesses or missed meals & tours due to an illness.
  • This itinerary is fixed. If you are looking for a customized itinerary, please send us an email.
  • 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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