7 Day Galapagos Island Hopper

7 Days

Overview

Galapagos “A Separate Center of Creation”. Animals and birds invite man to explore the total isolation that breeds the rarest and most fascinating wildlife on earth.

Explore the remarkable islands, a living laboratory of evolution, where wildlife has no fear of man and will create memories that will last a lifetime! Galapagos represents a “cross-roads in evolution”
A great way to explore the best of Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands. The comforts of your charming hotel in Santa Cruz, the largest of Islands, provide the base for your daily adventures. You’ll experience a living laboratory. Ideally located, hotel Ninfa in Santa Cruz is close to the town’s center, restaurants, Charles Darwin Research Center and the pier for daily tour departures to the many islands.

A pre/post stay in mainland Ecuador gives you a chance to discover Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage City.

Itinerary

You are met by an Explorer Tour representative at the airport in Quito and provide transfers at Grand Hotel Alameda Mercure or similar in Quito.

After breakfast, we will go back in time a couple of hundred years while driving around the colonial section of Quito and admire architectural monuments, la Basilica church, Independence Square, with the Presidential Palace and the colonial Churches. Visit the toy workshop, you will find wooden toys, like spin toys. Visit the Api Real store, they produces products such as soaps, creams and shampoos, based on honey and its merger with essential oils and extracts 100% natural.

You will learn how to do it and you will take home the secret recipe and drive up to the “Middle of the World City” (entrance included) where the monument that divides the Northern from the Southern Hemisphere will be visited. It was built during the XVII century when a French Expedition defined the precise location of the equatorial line. The “Intiñan Museum”, known as the Equinox solar Museum, can also be visited (entrance is not included)

Overnight at Grand Hotel Alameda Mercure or similar in Quito + Buffet Breakfast

Early in the morning, after breakfast, you will have the transfer to Quito airport to take Galapagos flight. When you arrived at the Galapagos in the Baltra airport, our staff will meet you. They will transfer you to Lava House, located on Santa Cruz Island. We will have the afternoon free to take a walk along Puerto Ayora’s seafront and buy crafts.

After breakfast, we sail an hour to Santa Fe Island. From the yacht, we see on its huge cliffs a forest of giant cacti endemic to this island. In the calm, turquoise waters of the bay are colonies of sea birds, such as pelicans, boobies and gulls, and many sea lions. Snorkeling is fantastic. We will swim with manta rays and tropical fish, and sometimes see sea turtles. We will have lunch on board and then land on a beautiful, white-sand beach. There we will relax, take photos and enjoy the Galapagos sun, before returning to the hotel.

The highlands of Santa Cruz Island offer important attractions thanks to its climate and vegetation. This tropical rain forest has a very different landscape than the lowlands. In the Santa Rosa sector, we will visit the El Chato Reserve where the famous “Galapagos” giant tortoises live in the wild. You can watch the tortoises relaxing and bathing in El Chato lagoon. Also, this is nesting grounds for many of the island’s wild birds, such as finches, Vermilion Flycatcher, Cattle Egret and sometimes Galapagos Crake. Our journey lets you see the huge Galapagos tortoises in their natural state. During the visit to this reserve we’ll also visit a natural lava tunnel, which you can go through thanks to the soft lighting installed by the owners of the ranch.

After breakfast, we will take a bus or taxi back to the airport. On the way, we will make a last stop to visit the Gemelos Craters, twin geological depressions amidst a forest of scalesia (native vegetation) on the highest part of the island.

When you arrive Quito or Guayaquil, you are met by our Representative and provide transfer at Grand Hotel Alameda Mercure + BB

After breakfast, transfer out

Includes:

  • 3 nights Quito at the Grand Alameda Mercure Hotel
  • 3 nights in Galapagos, Santa Cruz Island, Lava House Hotel
  • 7 meals: 7 breakfasts
  • City Tour of Colonial Quito and Middle of the World
  • Visit Santa Fe Island with beach landing aboard the private 12 passenger yacht, Sun Ray
  • Tour El Chato Reserve, Gemelos Crater with naturalist guides
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • All transportation between airports and hotels throughout
  • Government Hotel Taxes
  • Services of SLT local representatives throughout

Excludes:

  • International / domestic airfare

Must be paid locally

  • Entrance Galapagos National Park $100
  • INGALA $20
  • Tax spring Isabela  $5

Minimum 2 to operate

Hotels Used or Similar

Mercure Alameda Quito
We are proud to present the fully refurbished Hotel Mercure Alameda, where warm and welcoming atmospheres combine to ensure guests on business and pleasure enjoy a comfortable stay and a range of excellent services at the best hotel in Quito. Furthermore, our staff offer, dedicated to offering world-class hospitality services, treat all our guests with a human touch.

Lava House Galapagos

Lava House Hostal and our privileged location allows you to enjoy the most exclusive area in Puerto Ayora; you can walk for a few minutes to the main avenue Charles Darwin (Pelican Bay)

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7 Day Galapagos Island Hopper
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