8 day Galapagos Island Hopper - 8 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”.

Itinerary

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You are met by an our representative at the airport in Quito and provide transfers at Grand Hotel Alameda Mercure or similar in Quito. + Buffet Breakfast.

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 Ronda Street you will find many handicrafts like wooden toys, products such as soaps, creams and shampoos, based on honey and its merger with essential oils and extracts 100% natural. Quesadillas, delicious dessert, typical of Quito, you will learn the secret recipe. Drive up to the “Middle of the World City” (entrance not 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. Overnight at La Vieja Cuba Hotel or Similar in Quito. + Continetal Breakfast

Overnight at La Vieja Cuba Hotel or Similar in Quito. + Continetal Breakfast

When you arrive at the Galapagos in the Baltra airport (flight not included), our staff will meet you. They will transfer you to Hotel, located on Santa Cruz Island. After lunch we will Visit the 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.

Also visit the Gemelos Craters, twin geological depressions amidst a forest of scalesia (native vegetation) on the highest part of the island.

Overnight at Hotel + Buffet Breakfast. Dinner in local restaurant

At 7 a.m., a bus will pick us up at our hotels and take us to the dock at Itabaca Canal where we’ll board the boat that will take us to Plazas Islands. After navigating two hours, and just upon landing, we can see one of the largest colonies of sea lions in the archipelago. A few meters beyond the landing dock, a group of land iguanas are always observed. The trail then leads to the other side of the island, which is very small and rectangular. We walk along a cliff, where you can observe land iguanas, some marine iguanas, and birds – such as blue-footed and masked boobies, nesting swallow-tailed gulls, Galapagos’ shearwaters and tropic birds – on the cliff or soaring above it. As well, frigate birds and pelicans often fly over the bluff.

Despite its small size, this is home to a large number of species and is famous for its extraordinary flora. This island is very popular with domestic and foreign visitors because of its attractive, beautiful thorn trees, cacti and of course the large colony of Galapagos land iguanas. Depending on the season, the vegetation changes color from intense green in the rainy season to orange and purple in the dry season!

Dinner in local restaurant and overnight at Hotel in Santa Cruz + Buffet Breakfast

Pick up hotel. 0800. Navigation to different places suchs as:: CHANNEL OF SHARKS, an arm of the crystal clear sea where sharks found in the surrounding area can see sea lions and frigates. IGUANA BEACH :with a large concentration of marine iguanas, can observe blue-footed boobies; LOVE CANAL crystalline waters, is a very private and romantic place. GRIETAS in this unique place we will have the chance to snorkel into a canyon formed by the sea water into the land, in this area we will also have the chance to see blue footed boobies, red crabs, frigate birds, and other bird species Finally enjoy the BEACH PUNTA ESTRADA.

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. In addition, you can enjoy a Experiential fishing in the island.

Dinner in local restaurant and overnight at Hotel in Santa Cruz + Buffet Breakfast

After breakfast, we will take a bus or taxi back to the airport. Transfer to the Baltra’s airport approx at 09:30 a.m., Flight Galapagos to Quito (not included). In the airport, you are met by our representative and provide transfers at Hotel in Quito.

DAY 08. TRANSFERS OUT

After breakfast, transfer out for taking international flight.

Includes:

  • 3 nights Quito at the Grand Alameda Mercure Hotel
  • 4 nights in Galapagos, Santa Cruz Island, Hotel Ninfa
  • 11 meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches
  • 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
  • Explore Loberia, Punta Estrada, El Chato Reserve, Gemelos Crater with naturalist guides
  • Entrance fees to parks and and all places of interest
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • All transportation between airports and hotels throughout
  • Government Hotel Taxes

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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8 day Galapagos Island Hopper
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