Galápagos Islands – Full discovery tour

10-Day tour -Santa Cruz, Isabela & San Cristobal Islands

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Santa Cruz Island

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The Galapagos Islands are full of impressive natural sites, where you will encounter in complete privacy land and marine fauna unique in the world, as well as flora endemic to the region. There are many exceptional tours, and it can sometimes be difficult to identify the most interesting sites in the archipelago to make the most of them during your stay in Ecuador.

The ITK Voyage Ecuador agency has selected for you the most sublime tours of interest currently available on the archipelago, to offer you an island-to-island tour in the Galapagos which will allow you to discover all the treasures from the 3 main habitable islands, Santa Cruz, Isabela, and San Cristobal.

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You will approach iconic species such as giant land turtles, blue-footed boobies, large frigates, land iguanas; swimming with sea lions, land turtles, and marine iguanas! This Galapagos tour promises you to experience unforgettable moments in contact with one of the most magical biomes in the world.

This complete trip to the Galapagos will allow you to discover 7 islands in total, including the famous Bartolomé, North Seymour, or even Española, famous for the island endemic albatrosses. You will travel for 10 days through the Galapagos Islands, located 1000 kilometers off the coast of Ecuador, lost in the Pacific Ocean. Playgrounds of the famous English biologist Charles Darwin!

The nights will take place on dry land, in comfortable and pleasant hotels chosen according to your expectations and budget. You will particularly appreciate the unique atmosphere of each port city and will enjoy a great meeting with the local populations.


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Culture and Visits

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Tour highlights :

Superb semi-private tour in Galápagos.
– All of the best tours currently available in the Galapagos, so you don’t miss a thing!
– Visit 7 islands for 10 days!
– Hotels and services are carefully chosen by us. The service is perfect and the boutique hotels are ideally placed on every island where you stay.


Indicative route :

Explore in more detail :

Day by day :

Day 1 : Quito (or Guayaquil) > Baltra > Santa Cruz

Transfer to Quito or Guayaquil airport depending on your previous night. Flight to Baltra then transfer to Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz Island). In the afternoon, you will visit the land turtle reserve.

Day 2 : Seymour island> Santa Cruz island (Bachas)*

Transfer to the Itabaca canal. Visit Seymour Island -one of the uninhabited islands of the Galapagos Archipelago- aboard our boat. You will observe colonies of blue-legged boobies, large frigates, and land iguanas.
Then, sail to the beautiful Bachas beach where you can swim. Return to port in the afternoon. Night in our charming hotel facing the sea and free dinner.
* This day may be replaced by a visit to Floreana or Plazas Island on the same boat depending on the Galapagos National Park authorizations. The change can be made at the last moment.

Day 3 : Bartolomé island

Transfer to the Itabaca canal. Visit Bartolomé Island, considered one of the most beautiful islands in the world by CNN in 2019. Bartolomé is one of the iconic uninhabited islands of the Galapagos Archipelago, which you will visit on board our boat and on foot, through a beautiful accessible walk. Its lunar volcanic landscapes will dazzle you. Beautiful snorkeling also awaits you on one of the island’s beaches, where you can swim in the company of sea turtles, which usually nest there, between January and March.
This day may be replaced by a visit to Floreana or Plazas Island on the same boat depending on the Galapagos National Park authorizations. The change can be made at the last moment.

Day 4 : Santa Cruz island > Isabela island

Transfer by speedboat of about 2 hours. Arrived at Isabela, transfer to the hotel, and installation (depending on the time of arrival).
Free time to go to one of the accessible sites:
– Crianza de Tortuga
– Muro de las lágrimas
– Humedales

Day 5 : Isabela island (Volcans Sierra Negra and Chico)

A day dedicated to a beautiful hike on the Isabela Island heights. 5/6 walk of easy/intermediate difficulty on Sierra Negra slopes and Chico volcanoes, whose last eruption dates back to 2005. You will walk on a striking lava desert that stretches as far as the eye can see, and climb one surrounding peaks.

Day 6 : Isabela island (Tunnels de Cabo Rosa)

Visit the Cabo Rosa site – also called Tuneles – aboard a fishing boat. It is one of the most beautiful and spectacular sites in the Galapagos.

Day 7 : Isabela island> Flight > San Cristobal island

In the early afternoon, you will reach Isabela Airport in a small semi-private 4–10-seater plane, which will take you to San Cristobal Island. Transfer to your beautiful hotel and free time to enjoy, for example, the following activities:
– Interpretation center
– Lobería mangrove beaches
– Hill of the frigates “Cerro de las Tijeretas”

Day 8 : San Cristobal island (360 Tour)

For snorkeling and marine fauna lovers, this day is particularly magical. This complete tour of San Cristobal Island aboard a comfortable boat will allow you to dive in superb sites like Rosa Blanca (lagoon with turquoise waters populated by reef sharks), Punta Pitt and its red-legged boobies, “a memorable fishing moment”, but also Bahia Sardina (white sand beach) and the famous Kicker Rock site famous for hammerhead sharks observation.

Day 9 : San Cristobal island (Española island)

Visit of the magnificent Española Island, first in Punta Suarez, where the Albatrosses -an endemic species of the island- are present from April to December each year. In the morning, a nice hike, with snorkeling time in the afternoon from the Gardner Bay site to fully enjoy the marine life around the island.

Day 10 : San Cristobal island > Quito (or Guayaquil)

Transfer to San Cristobal Island airport. Flight to Quito or Guayaquil. It is possible to take some international flights directly from Guayaquil depending on the time.

B: Breakfast
L: Luch
D: Dinner

Guidance

Galápagos : Transport and semi-private tours *. Bilingual Spanish / English local naturalist guide.

* on days 2, 3, and 4 the visits and transport will be collective.

Required level

Physical: this island-hopping tour in the Galapagos requires special physical conditions. You will still have a slightly longer trek when walking on the Sierra Negra and Chico volcanoes. The walk takes about 6 hours but is accessible to anyone who likes to walk.

Technical: no technical level is necessary.

Equipment

Clothing :

– light t-shirts
– light trousers
– shorts
– waterproof light jacket (k-way type)
– 1 or 2 fleeces for your evenings
– sunglasses
– cap

Additional :

– solar cream
– 1 suimsuit 2/3/4 mm for those who wish (possibility to rent it on site)
– 1 normal camera + waterproof
– binoculars

Accommodation

Two possible options:

“Comfort” option: comfortable, charming 3 * accommodation, offering a service adapted to a European and American clientele and single rooms.

“Superior” option: superior type 4 * accommodation offering quality and personalized service. The bedrooms are spacious and tasteful.

=> the luxury option (4/5 *****) is also available on request.

Observations

– Transfers and visits times are indicative.
– Foresee between $ 5 and $ 30 per meal not included, per person.
– Tips: we recommend between $ 10 and $ 20 per worked day for a guide, and between $ 5 and $ 10 per worked day for a driver.