10 DAY MULTISPORT GALAPAGOS

Located in the Pacific Ocean, about 1.000 km away from the South American continent, these 19 islands and the surrounding marine reserve have been called a unique ‘living museum and showcase of evolution’. Located at the confluence of three ocean currents, the Galápagos are a ‘melting pot’ of marine species. Ongoing seismic and volcanic activity reflect the processes that formed the islands. These processes, together with the extreme isolation of the islands, led to the development of unusual animal life such as the land iguana, the giant tortoise and the many types of finch. These animals inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection after his visit in 1835.

Ecuatraveling offers a unique experience of the Galapagos islands, in the way we see them: as locals. 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.

Experience the Galapagos islands from the inside with Ecuatraveling – Enjoying Life!

Day 1 – Quito (SUNDAY)

Arrive at any time.

Located 2850m (9348ft) above sea level, the Ecuadorian capital of Quito enjoys a wonderful spring-like climate, despite the fact that it is only 22km (14 mi) south of the Equator.

On a clear day, several snow-capped volcanoes, including nearby Pichincha, are visible from the centre of this city nestled in a mountain-flanked valley. Add a rich history and a well-preserved colonial district to its beautiful location, and you can begin to understand why Quito appeals to thousands of tourists every year.

Accommodation: Hump Day Hostel (or similar) Hostel

Day 1 – Santa Cruz Island/Puerto Ayora

Transfer to airport from Hostel.

Arrive in Santa Cruz and make your way to the hotel.

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, opt to take a taxi or bus to Puerto Ayora, typically a 45-min ride.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting 1h

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour.

Accommodation: Hotel Lobo de Mar (or similar) Hotel

Day 2 – Santa Cruz Island

Visit the highlands of Santa Cruz to see the giant tortoise’ natural habitat and the lava tunnels. Afternoon walk to Tortuga Bay for a kayak excursion to explore the mangroves!

Visit the highlands of Santa Cruz to observe the Galapagos giant tortoise in its natural habitat. The area is also famous for amazing lava tunnels, some of which are more than 1km (0.6 mi) long! From this elevation, the panoramic views of the other islands are stunning.

Later the day, head to Tortuga Bay, a beautiful beach with fine white sand to see some marine iguanas, do some kayaking, or soak up some sun.

Santa Cruz Highlands Excursion

Santa Cruz Island 2h-3h

Visit the highlands of Santa Cruz and see the Galapagos giant tortoise in its natural habitat. Explore the area and its 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.

Tortuga Bay Kayaking

Santa Cruz Island 2h-3h

Grab a life jacket and go for a kayak adventure in the mangroves of Tortuga Bay. Keep an eye out for a wide variety of marine life, including colorful reef fish, rays, and sea turtles, as you paddle the blue waters. Relax afterwards on a beautiful fine white sand beach, and soak up some sun – you may spot some iguanas also trying to catch some rays on the shore.

Accommodation: Hotel Lobo de Mar (or similar) Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 4 – Santa Cruz Island/Floreana Island

Spend a free morning enjoying Santa Cruz, before crossing by speedboat to Floreana, where you have the opportunity to swim and snorkel. In the afternoon enjoy an excursion to the highlands of Floreana.

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. Afterwards, 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.

Please note that traveling between the 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.

Speedboat

Santa Cruz Island – Floreana Island 2h-3h

Cut swiftly through the surf en route to the next stop (and hang on to your hat).

Black Beach Snorkelling

Floreana Island 2h-3h

Try an introduction to snorkelling straight off the black sands of Floreana. Immerse yourself in the waters of the Galapagos and meet some of the local wildlife.

Floreana Highlands Excursion

Floreana Island 2h-3h

Head up to the seldom-visited highlands of Floreana. Hear the tales about the pirates, whalers, seal hunters and buccaneers who once lived in this isolated and unique landscape.

Free Time

Santa Cruz Island Morning

Get out and explore.

Floreana Community Restaurants

Floreana Island

To further benefit the community on Floreana island G has 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 on the Galapagos.

Accommodation: Floreana Lava Lodge (or similar) Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 5 – Floreana Island

Enjoy a visit to Loberia, where there are opportunities to swim and snorkel. Opt to get into a kayak and explore the area around Black Beach.

Walk along the black sand beach to Loberia to enjoy beach snorkelling or swimming. Please be sure you are a comfortable swimmer. The water here can be rough and the currents are strong.

Loberia Snorkelling Excursion

Floreana Island 1h-2hAfternoon

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; the water here can be rough and the currents are strong.

Floreana Community Restaurants

Floreana Island

To further benefit the community on Floreana island G-Adventure has 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 Galápagos.

Optional Activities – Day 4

Kayaking

Floreana Island

Tour the waters by kayak and get up close to marine life in the area. Keep an eye out for sea lions, turtles, and more!

Accommodation: Floreana Lava Lodge (or similar) Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 6 – Floreana Island/Isabela Island

Morning speedboat ride to Isabela Island. Enjoy a kayak excursion near Tintoreras (Shark Alley) and snorkel at Concha de Perla.

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 Galapagos penguins, of which only 800 pairs exist. Snorkel in the calm waters of Concha de Perla and keep an eye out for marine life.

Speedboat

Floreana Island – Isabela Island 2h 37km

Cut swiftly through the surf en route to the next stop (and hang on to your hat).

Las Tintoreras (Shark Alley) Excursion

Las Tintoreras

Tour the “Tintoreras” Shark Alley to watch manta rays and whitetip reef sharks swim in the channels between the rocks. Get up close to pelicans, frigatebirds, and diving blue-footed boobies, and keep an eye out for rare Galapagos penguins, the only species found in Galapagos and north of the Equator.

Concha de Perla snorkelling

Isabela Island

Visit the calm bay of Concha de Perla for a snorkelling experience. Snorkel alongside up to 20 different species of birds as well as tropical fish, sea lions and maybe even penguins.

Accommodation

Accommodation: Hotel Tintoreras (or similar) Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 7 – Isabela Island

Full-day tour to Sierra Negra Volcano to see the second-largest crater in the world and enjoy an exhilarating downhill bike excursion. Visit the Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre on the way back to town. Opt to take surfing lessons on the nearby beach.

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. Hike to the summit to experience a birds-eye view of the magical landscape.

Stop by the Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre on the way back to town. In the evening, opt for a surfing lesson or relax at the bar or on the beach and enjoy a nice cold beer or cocktail.

Private Vehicle

Isabela Island – Sierra Negro 3h 55km

Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

Sierra Negra Volcano Excursion

Isabela Island 5h

Lace up your hiking boots to explore Sierra Negra Volcano, which has the largest basaltic caldera in the Galapagos. 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 Galapagos.

Optional Activities – Day 6

Surfing Lesson

Isabela Island

Grab your swimsuit and get ready to hang ten! 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.

Accommodation: Hotel Tintoreras (or similar) Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 8  – Isabela Island/Santa Cruz Island

Free day to enjoy Isabela Island, choose from snorkelling, surfing or a variety of other activities before returning to Santa Cruz by speedboat.

Enjoy a day free for activities in Isabela Island, where the amount of activities involved is up to you. 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.

Free Time

Isabela IslandFull Day

Get out and explore.

Speedboat

Isabela Island 2h 46km

Cut swiftly through the surf en route to the next stop (and hang on to your hat).

Accommodation: Hotel Lobo de Mar (or similar) Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9 – Puerto Ayora/Santa Cruz Island

Transfer across Santa Cruz Island to Baltra. Fly back to Quito.

After a transfer over the island of Santa Cruz, arrive at Baltra Island for the return flight to Quito. Upon arrival in Quito, transfer to the hotel for one last night in the town. Our representative in Quito will be able to advise and help you with some of the many day tours available in and around Quito.

Transfer to Hostel

Accommodation: Hump Day Hostel (or similar) Hostel

Day 10 – Quito

Depart at any time. To fully experience this charming city, booking pre- or post-accommodation is highly recommend.

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*  The operator reserves the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather, National Park regulations or notifications and unforeseeable circumstances.

Every Sunday of each week, the maximum number of people in one group is 15.

Reserve your spot for $500 deposit

  • Gemelo twin craters visit (Santa Cruz)
  • Highlands and wild tortoise excursion (Santa Cruz)
  • G Adventures-supported community restaurant visit (Floreana)
  • Snorkelling at Black Beach and Loberia (Floreana Island)
  • Biking excursion (Isabela Island)
  • Sierra Negra Volcano hike (Isabela Island)
  • Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre visit (Isabela Island)
  • Kayaking and snorkel excursion (Isabela Island)
  • Isabela Municipal Tax
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Hotels/Hostel (9 nights).

Meals

9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
Allow USD135-175 for meals not included.

Transportation

Speed boat, van, pickup truck, local bus, panga.

Staff & experts

CEO/Naturalist Guide while on the Galapagos Islands (certified by the Galapagos National Park Authority).

Flight  Quito – Galapagos – Quito (aprox $500)

Galapagos National Park entrance fee: $100,00 USD per person

Migratory Control Card: $20,00 USD per person

Isabela dock fee $5,00 USD per person.

Water Taxi’s at each island transfer $1.00 USD per person each

Tips

9 Days – 8 Nights – USD $2550p.p (no minimum people)