8 DAYS GALAPAGOS MULTISPORT
This 8 day adventure is perfect for those who want to experience the incredible wildlife and scenery of the Galápagos Island but prefer to sleep on shore so your time on the water is limited to commuting between islands. Go ashore at the lesser-visited island of Isabela and spend your days with playful sea lions, giant manta rays, and the Galápagos giant tortoise. This adventure offers a great balance of guided excursions and free time -and optional activities abound.
Encounter incredible wildlife, snorkel and swim with sea turtles and manta rays, take a cycle around Isabela Island and hike the Sierra Negra Volcano.
SANTA CRUZ – PUERTO AYORA
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, you have the option to take a taxi or bus to Puerto Ayora, typically a 45-min ride. 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. Overnight in Hotel Lobo de Mar (or similar) Hotel.
DAY 2 (B, L)
HIGLANDS OF SANTA CRUZ – ITABACA CANAL
Visit the Highlands of Santa Cruz to see the giant tortoise’s natural habitat. Explore the area and it’s incredible underground lava tunnels – some are more than 1km (.6 mi) long! Wander along the volcanic tubes and keep an eye out for the (mainly) nocturnal barn owls that sometimes roost here. In the afternoon, kayak the Itabaca Canal and keep an eye out for nearby pelicans, blue-footed boobies, and other seabirds. Jump in and explore the underwater world with a mask and snorkel where schools of yellowtail surgeonfish, king angelfish and parrotfish dance in the gentle waves. Spot turtles, friendly sea lions pups and small, docile, white tip reef sharks. Overnight in Hotel Lobo de Mar (or similar) Hotel
DAY 3 (B, D)
SANTA CRUZ – FLOREANA ISLAND
After a free morning, depart Santa Cruz and head to Floreana Island. Keep an eye out for dolphins and the magnificent albatross along the way. Enjoy an introduction to snorkelling directly off Black Beach on the island and immerse yourself in the waters of the Galápagos and meet some of the local wildlife. After, head up to the seldom-visited highlands of Floreana. Hear tales about the pirates, whalers, seal hunters and bucaneers who once lived in this isolated and unique landscape. Furthermore, you will visit the Floreana Community Restaurants. To further benefit the community on Floreana Island we have 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 Galapagos. Overnight in Floreana Lava Lodge (or similar) Hotel.
DAY 4 (B, L, D)
LOBERIA – BLACK BEACH
Enjoy a visit to Loberia, where there are opportunities to swim and snorkel. Option to get into a kayak (optional activity) and explore the area around Black Beach or walk along the black sand beach to Loberia to enjoy beach snorkeling or swimming. 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 because the water here can be rough and the currents are strong. Option to get into a kayak and explore the area around Black Beach. Walk along the black sand beach to Loberia to enjoy beach snorkeling or swimming. Furthermore, you will visit the Floreana Community Restaurants. To further benefit the community on Floreana Island we have 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 Galapagos. Overnight in Floreana Lava Lodge (or similar) Hotel.
DAY 5 (B, L)
FLOREANA ISLAND – ISABELA ISLAND
Take a morning speedboat journey to Isabela Island. Visit Tintoreras (Shark Alley) to kayak and observe the whitetip reef sharks found swimming in the channels between the rocks. Get a close-up view of pelicans, frigatebirds, and diving blue-footed boobies. Watch for manta rays and rare Galápagos penguins, of which only 800 pairs exist. Later that day you can go snorkeling again near Las Tintoreras, located south of Puerto Villamil which is the perfect place to glide alongwatching the magic unfold under the water’s surface. Look out for sea lions, sea turtles, marine iguanas, and if you are lucky some Galápagos penguins. Overnight in Hotel Tintoreras (or similar) Hotel.
DAY 6 (B, L)
SIERRA NEGRA VOLCANO – GIANT TORTOISE BREEDING CENTER
Take a full day tour on Isabela Island that includes a trek up the Sierra Negra Volcano, one of the most active volcanoes in Galápagos boasting the second largest crater in the world. See smoking fumaroles and the sulphur volcano (large amounts of sulphur deposited around the fumaroles) along the way. The volcano last erupted in October 2005, making it the most recent eruption in the Galápagos. Hike to the summit to experience a birds-eye view of the magical landscape and enjoy an exhilarating downhill bike excursion. Stop by the Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre on the way back to town. In the evening you have the option to have an optional surfing lesson. Learn how to find and ride the waves with surfing lessons from local experts. Enjoy the fresh sea air, and try to spot local marine life while enjoying the waters. Or relax at the bar or on the beach and enjoy a nice cold beer or cocktail. Overnight in Hotel Tintoreras (or similar) Hotel.
DAY 7 (B)
ISABELA ISLAND – SANTA CRUZ ISLAND
Free day to enjoy Isabela Island, where how much activity is involved is up to you. Choose from snorkelling, surfing or a variety of other activities before returning to Santa Cruz by speedboat. In the afternoon, set sail for Santa Cruz Island and dock at the town of Puerto Ayora. After a late hotel check-in, enjoy free time to explore this bustling little town and sample some of the local restaurants and bars, or maybe do some souvenir shopping in one of the many shops. Overnight in Hotel Lobo de Mar (or similar) Hotel.
DAY 8 (B)
PUERTO AYORA – SANTA CRUZ ISLAND
On the last day you have the freedom to depart at any time.
Highlands and wild tortoise excursion
Kayaking and snorkeling excursion
Community restaurant visit (Floreana Island)
Snorkeling at Black Beach and Loberia
Biking excursion (Isabela ISland)
Sierra Negra Volcano hike
Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre visit
Isabela Municipal Tax
All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 2 dinners
English speaking naturalist guide (local Galapagos guide)
24/7 assistance in Dutch, English and Spanish
Flight to and from Quito
Transfer to/from airport at Galapagos
Galapagos Island Park Entry Fee of $100
$20 Transit Card
$10 Isabela Dock Fee
Other food and drinks not mentioned in itinerary
Optional tips for the guide
ADVANTAGES OF BOOKING WITH REBECCA ADVENTURE TRAVEL
- Personal attention: the team would like to get to know the customers so they can create the perfect holiday;
- The staff: the staff use their passion and own travel experiences to create tours of high quality;
- Authenticity: the tours are personally selected by Rebecca and are a unique and authentic experience;
- Tailor made: tell the team your preferences and they will create an unforgettable experience;
- 24/7 assistance: our team can be contacted 24/7 by phone in case of emergencies or unexpected situations (they speak English, Spanish and Dutch!);
- Insurances: customers will be traveling safely with Rebecca Adventure Travel because they are insured by Dutch guarantee funds (GGTO & VvKR).
*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
*You will have a guide during the whole program, except on the boats between the 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.
* 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 USD 10 per day per person.
* Please note that tap water at the Galapagos might contain bacteria so we recommend to always use bottled water, even when brushing your teeth.
* Consider informing yourself with your doctor about food safety when traveling to tropical countries and precaution measurements on how to avoid food poisoning (e.g. always wash your hands always before eating, don’t eat things on the kiosks on the street, only eat peeled fruit, etc.).
* Rebecca Adventure Travel can not take any responsibility for any illnesses or missed meals & tours due to an illness.
* This itinerary is fixed, it can’t be changed. If you are looking for a customized itinerary, please send us an email.
* It is important that you will have current travel insurance including personal medical insurance. Please inform us of any known medical conditions you have.
* The operator reserves the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather, availabilities, National Park regulations or notifications and unforeseeable circumstances.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will be glad to help you.