Galapagos Budget Island Hopping
Rebecca Adventure Travel offers a unique experience of the Galapagos islands. With our customized individual itineraries, you can choose the sights and activities most suited to your interests. With our land-based island hopping operators you will stay at local hotels and eat at local restaurants. On this 5 day program you’ll experience the highlights of the Galapagos with the Flamingo Lagoon, Sierra Negra volcano, Concha Perla, Charles Darwin Station, Tortuga Bay and Floreana. You’ll stay at budget hotels at Lobo de Mar in Santa Cruz and Tintoreras in Isabela in a private double room with private bathroom.
What's Included?• Accommodation in double rooms at a basic tourist class hotels
• All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) Breakfast on the first day is only included if you arrive before 10 am
• One drink (juice, soft drink or water) during the meal
• The breakfast consists of eggs and bread and the lunch and dinner consists of soup and a main dish. This is not adjustable(If you wish not to eat with the group or to eat somewhere else, you can get $5 back from your guide, so you can go to a different restaurant. If you wish to eat something else with the group, there is a chance that you have to pay a little extra)
• English speaking naturalist guide (local Galapagos guide)
• Transfer: Puerto Ayora – Isabela – Puerto Ayora (by speedboat or public transportation)
• Transfer: Sta. Cruz – Isabela – Puerto Ayora – Baltra
• 24/7 assistance in Dutch, English and Spanish
• Airport pick up and drop off in Baltra (only on same starting and ending day of the program)
Destination CoveredGalapagos National Park
Best SuitedAll, Budget, Families, Groups, Honeymoon, Kids, Luxury, Solo travellers
You take a flight from Quito to the Airport of Baltra Island, our guides will take you over to Isabela Island. Visit to the Flamingo Lagoon which is the largest coastal lagoon found in the Galapagos and is one of the main reproductive sites for the grand majority of flamingos.
Highlights: Flamingos, svelte birds
Activities: Hiking, walking
Hotel Tintoreras, Isabela
Day 2: Sierra Negra Active Volcano Trekking – Concha Perla Isabela (B,L,D)
After breakfast our destination is the rim of Sierra Negra Volcano. This hike takes approximately 5 hours. The Sierra Negra Volcano boasts the largest basaltic caldera in Galapagos at 9 x 10 km. The site offers impressive views and the opportunity to observe up to 7 species of finch and a rich display of vegetation. The north side of the caldera provides evidence of its most recent volcanic activity in 2005. In the afternoon you go to Concha de Perla, it is a shallow, calm bay with crystal clear water that allows you to enjoy the fascinating marine life of Galapagos. If you are lucky you will be able to swim with sea lions and penguins.
Highlights: Basaltic caldera, stunning views, sea lions and penguins
Activities: Hiking, walking, snorkeling
Hotel Tintoreras, Isabela
On this day you can also take a day tour snorkeling to Los Tuneles in Isabela (+60 USD pp)
Day 3: Charles Darwin Station & Tortuga Bay (B,L,D)
The Charles Darwin Research Station is home to turtles ranging from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4 feet long. Sub-species of turtles interact with one another and many of the older turtles are accustomed to humans, stretching out their heads for a pet. The babies are kept until they are about four years old and strong enough to survive on their own.
Tortuga Bay is another destinations to visit on your own on Santa Cruz with baby powder white sand, magic blue waters, marine iguanas, and sometimes flamingos. It is only 2.5 Km from Puerto Ayora on a nice brick path (about 30-45 minutes walking).
Highlights: Marine iguanas, giant tortoises in captivation
Activities: Walking, swimming & optional snorkeling
Hotel Lobo del Mar, Santa Cruz
Day 4: Floreana Island – Post Office Bay – La Baronesa (B,L,D)
This place has a particular history. Whaling Captain James Colnett established the wooden post barrel in 1793. At this time whaling was a big industry. Floreana was a frequent stop. Outbound ships would drop off letters after rounding the cape and the ships returning back home would pick them up and deliver in time by hand. You will explore the north shore of Floreana along narrow channels teeming with life. Rays, turtles and sea lions can be seen gently swimming next to the panga.
La Baronesa is a vista point on the northside of Floreana, located in La Olla Bay. It is a basaltic rock formation between Cormorant Point and Post Office Bay. You will take a panga ride to reach this point. There you can observe several marine species such as golden eagle rays, sea turtles, sea lions, mullets and eventually Galapagos penguins.
Highlights: Post office barrel, nice sandy beach.
Activities: Short hike, snorkeling.
Type of Landing: Wet landing.
Hotel Lobo del Mar, Santa Cruz
*There is the possibility of changes in the itinerary in this day, due to availability, weather conditions and National Park regulations. In this case, we will offer an alternative island visit with similar activities if needed.
*Alternate day tour visit:
SANTA FE ISLAND:
Santa Fe Island, also called Barrington Island after Admiral Samuel Barrington, is a small island of 24 km², which lies in the centre of the Galapagos archipelago. Geologically it is one of the oldest, since volcanic rocks of 4 million years old have been found. The vegetation of the island is characterized by brush, palo santo trees and it 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).
The navigation takes one hour around the island. You can go snorkeling and you can watch sea lions, stingrays and goldfish. Then you will go sport fishing for an hour. After this, you will visit the hidden Beach (playa escondida), before returning at 15:30pm.
Fauna on the island: Sea lions, Land iguanas, Lava lizards, Swallow-tailed gulls, Lava gulls, Shearwaters, Storm petrels, Marine iguanas, Great frigate birds, Blue footed boobies, Brown pelicans, White tip sharks, Sting rays, Sea turtles.
Day 5: The Twins – Baltra (B)
After breakfast, you will travel to Baltra Airport, but on the way you will stop by The Twins, which are similar to craters, but formed by a collapse of the Earth because of the lava flows that passed below it. The tour will end upon the arrival to the airport where you will depart to Quito or Guayaquil.
Highlights: Pit craters, Scalesia forest
Activities: Short hiking
• Flight Quito – Galapagos – Quito
• Galapagos National Park entrance fee: $100,- p.p.
• Migratory Control Card: $20,- p.p.
• Bus from airport to channel and vice versa, only if you fly with TAME $10 p.p.
• Isabela dock fee $5,- p.p.
• Water taxi $3,5 p.p.
• Snorkeling equipment $5.- p.p.
• Wet-suits rent
• Other food and drinks not mentioned in itinerary
• Alcoholic drinks
• Personal expenses
• Optional tips for the guide
5 Days / 4 Nights – $ 825 p.p. based on 2 guests
5 Days / 4 Nights – $ 925 p.p. single traveler fee (private room with private bathroom)
5 Days / 4 Nights – $ 875 p.p. based on 2 guests
5 Days / 4 Nights – $ 975 p.p. single traveler fee (private room with private bathroom)
We recommend you to book your flights with TAME. This airline company is on average mostly on time.
* You will have a guide during the whole program, except on the boat between the islands.
* Arrival to Baltra airport should be between 9 – 11 am. If you’re arriving after 11am you’ll get a slightly different itinerary (first day Santa Cruz) so recommended to arrive before 11am at Baltra airport.
* There might be last minute Galapagos cruise deals available, please contact us for more info.
* If you are looking for a bit more comfort during your Island Hopping tours please take a look at the 5 Day Galapagos Island Hopping program
* 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, National Park regulations or notifications and unforeseeable circumstances.
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