ADVENTURE ISLAND HOPPING

For those who want to discover the beauty of the Galapagos Islands with the comfort of staying at a hotel instead of being on a boat, Enjoying Ecuador Travel also offers unique and active Island Hopping Tours. During our Adventure Island Hopping tours you will travel from island to island taking speed boats or by plane and you stay overnight at hotels which suit your budget and needs.
These tours are semi-private tours and can start on any day of the week with a minimum of two persons. You will be combined with other groups for certain activities. Here you can find our 5 and 8 day itineraries, but we also can adapt the itineraries to your wishes and to the number of days you have available. A great alternative to experience the magic of the Galapagos Islands!

ITINERARY A: 5 DAYS - SAN CRISTOBAL & SANTA CRUZ

Day 1: San Cristobal

Arrival in San Cristobal, transfer to your hotel. After lunch you will visit the Interpretation Center, where you can learn about the formation and colonization of the islands. Then you follow the trail to go to Frigate bird Hill, a viewpoint from where you have a great view over the islands. You will snorkel at Darwin Bay, a shallow bay where you can swim with sea lions, various tropical fishes and marine turtles. You will finish the hike at Carola beach before we go back to the hotel. For dinner you have several options in town; we recommend Bambu and Mockingbird restaurants, the delicious sea food of “Descanso del Marinero”, and for pizzas and sandwiches you can go to Calypso restaurant. Meals included: -/L/-

Day 2: San Cristobal

In the morning you will go to the famous Kicker Rock, a volcanic formation in the middle of the ocean, where you will snorkel with sharks, rays, and if lucky, hammerhead sharks! Afterwards you will reach a beautiful beach where we will have lunch on board. You will be back to town around 3 PM. The rest of the afternoon is free; you can enjoy the sunset at Playa Mann with a beer or go to La Loberia to do the Barranco (cliff) trail. Meals included: B/L/-

Day 3: Santa Cruz

Departure to Santa Cruz early morning (7 AM), by speedboat (2 hour ride). Transfer to the hotel and then departure to Manzanillo ranch to spot the giant tortoises in the wild! We will also go to Cerro Mesa Reserve, where we can see a huge crater or sinkhole. Lunch and visit of Garrapatero beach where we can swim and snorkel. Evening free, you can choose among all the restaurants in town for dinner – you have a great variety of restaurants from sandwiches and pizza to more gastronomical options. The Kioskos are a great option: every night in the center of Puerto Ayora restaurants put their tables and chairs on the street and you can have a great typical meal with the locals. Meals included: B/L/-

Day 4: Day Tour to an uninhabited island

Today we will do a day tour to an uninhabited island. That will be either to Plazas, Santa Fé, Bartolomé or Seymour. We will let you know after booking which island is available. The destination will depend on availability at booking and day of the week, as the National Park gives daily itineraries to avoid crowding the islands. Meals included: B/L/-

Day 5: Baltra airport

Free time until pick up for your transfer to the airport. You can choose to visit the Charles Darwin Station or to do some souvenir shopping. Meals included: B/-/-

ITINERARY B: 5 DAYS – SANTA CRUZ & ISABELA

Day 1: Santa Cruz

Arrival in Baltra and transfer to Santa Cruz. Visit of Manzanillo ranch to spot giant tortoises in the wild! Lunch and visit of Garrapatero beach where we can swim and snorkel. Evening free, you can choose among all the restaurants in town for dinner – you have a great variety of restaurants from sandwiches and pizza to more gastronomical options. The Kioskos are a great option: every night in the center of Puerto Ayora restaurants put their tables and chairs on the street and you can have a great typical meal with the locals. Meals included: B/L/-

Day 2: Day Tour to an uninhabited island

Today we will do a day tour to an uninhabited island. That will be either to Plazas, Santa Fé, Bartolomé or Seymour. We will let you know after booking which island is available. The destination will depend on availability at booking and day of the week, as the National Park gives daily itineraries to avoid crowding the islands. Meals included: B/L/-

Day 3: Isabela

7 AM speed boat to Isabela Island, the ride lasts 2.5 hours. At arrival in Isabela you will be welcomed by your guide, transfer to your hotel. Your first visit will be the Flamingo lagoon. Then you will visit the tortoise breeding center to see the work of the Galapagos National Park to conserve the species of giant tortoises. Lunch in town and in the afternoon you will visit the Tintoreras islet. There you can spot the Galapagos penguins, marine iguanas, sea lions and even sometimes sharks resting in a lava tunnel. The tour includes also snorkeling; usually you can spot marine turtles there. For dinner there are several restaurants in town you can choose from. We recommend “The Booby Trap”, “Isabela Grill”, “El Cafetal”, “Hakuna Matata” and for a fancier option the restaurant of the Iguana Crossing hotel is great. Meals included: B/L/-

Day 4: Isabela

Isabela by land or by sea. Today you can choose between two activities:

By Land: Hike to Sierra Negra Volcano: today you will hike to Sierra Negra Volcano and Volcano Chico. The hike is long (16km in total, around 6 hours), but really worth it. You can hike with spectacular lava sceneries and views to the northern volcanoes and Fernandina Island. Box lunch on the way. Rest of the afternoon is free. You can enjoy the beach or snorkel in the beautiful lagoon of Concha de Perla. Meals included: B/L/-

By Sea: Today you will do an amazing snorkeling tour: the Cabo Rosa tour lasts approx. 5 hours. You go south of the island by boat and arrive to Cabo Rosa where the lava went into the ocean and created incredibly beautiful lava tunnels. You can spot sometimes Galapagos penguins and blue footed boobies, but the most amazing part is the snorkeling. Meals included: B/L/-ion will depend on availability at booking and day of the week, as the National Park gives daily itineraries to avoid crowding the islands. Meals included: B/L/-

Day 5: Baltra airport

At 5:30 AM pick up at the hotel and transfer to the pier to take the 6 AM boat to Santa Cruz. Breakfast and departure for Baltra to catch your flight back to mainland. Meals included: B/-/-

ITINERARY C: 8 DAYS – SAN CRISTOBAL / ISABELA / SANTA CRUZ

Day 1: San Cristobal

Arrival in San Cristobal, transfer to your hotel. After lunch you will visit the Interpretation Center, where you can learn about the formation and colonization of the islands. Then you follow the trail to go to Frigate bird Hill, a viewpoint from where you have a great view over the islands. You will snorkel at Darwin Bay, a shallow bay where you can swim with sea lions, various tropical fishes and marine turtles. You will finish the hike at Carola beach before we go back to the hotel. For dinner you have several options in town; we recommend Bambu and Mockingbird restaurants, the delicious sea food of “Descanso del Marinero”, and for pizzas and sandwiches you can go to Calypso restaurant. Meals included: -/L/-

Day 2: San Cristobal

In the morning you will go to the famous Kicker Rock, a volcanic formation in the middle of the ocean, where you will snorkel with sharks, rays, and if lucky, hammerhead sharks! Afterwards you will reach a beautiful beach where we will have lunch on board. You will be back to town around 3 PM. The rest of the afternoon is free; you can enjoy the sunset at Playa Mann with a beer or go to La Loberia to do the Barranco (cliff) trail. Meals included: B/L/-

Day 3: Isabela

In the morning a flight to Isabela island (the flights lasts around 40 min). At arrival in Isabela you will be welcomed by your guide, transfer to your hotel. Your first visit will be the Flamingo lagoon. Then you will visit the tortoise breeding center to see the work of the Galapagos National Park to conserve the species of giant tortoises. Lunch in town and in the afternoon you will visit the Tintoreras islet. There you can spot the Galapagos penguins, marine iguanas, sea lions and even sometimes sharks resting in a lava tunnel. The tour includes also snorkeling; usually you can spot marine turtles there. For dinner there are several restaurants in town you can choose from. We recommend “The Booby Trap”, “Isabela Grill”, “El Cafetal”, “Hakuna Matata” and for a fancier option the restaurant of the Iguana Crossing hotel is great. Meals included: B/L/-

Day 4: Isabela

Today you will hike to Sierra Negra Volcano and Volcano Chico. The hike is long (16km in total, around 6 hours), but really worth it. You can hike with spectacular lava sceneries and views to the northern volcanoes and Fernandina Island. Box lunch on the way. Rest of the afternoon is free. You can enjoy the beach or snorkel in the beautiful lagoon of Concha de Perla. Meals included: B/L/-

Day 5: Isabela

Today you will do an amazing snorkeling tour: the Cabo Rosa tour lasts approx. 5 hours. You go south of the island by boat and arrive to Cabo Rosa where the lava went into the ocean and created incredibly beautiful lava tunnels. You can spot sometimes Galapagos penguins and blue footed boobies, but the most amazing part is the snorkeling. Meals included: B/L/-

Day 6: Santa Cruz

Early wake up! You will take the 6 AM boat to Santa Cruz. Arrival around 8 AM, a full breakfast served at arrival as the hotels in Isabela do not give early breakfast. Transfer to the hotel and then departure to Manzanillo ranch to spot giant tortoises in the wild! You will also go to Cerro Mesa Reserve, where we can see a huge crater or sinkhole. Lunch and visit of Garrapatero beach where we can swim and snorkel. Evening free, you can choose among all the restaurants in town for dinner – you have a great variety of restaurants from sandwiches and pizza to more gastronomical options. The Kioskos are a great option: every night in the center of Puerto Ayora restaurants put their tables and chairs on the street and you can have a great typical meal with the locals. Meals included: B/L/-

Day 7: Day Tour to an uninhabited island

Today we will do a day tour to an uninhabited island. That will be either to Plazas, Santa Fé, Bartolomé or Seymour. We will let you know after booking which island is available. The destination will depend on availability at booking and day of the week, as the National Park gives daily itineraries to avoid crowding the islands. Meals included: B/L/-

Day 8: Baltra airport

Free time until pick up for your transfer to the airport. You can choose to visit the Charles Darwin Station or to do some souvenir shopping. Meals included: B/-/-

For any questions about our Island Hopping Tours you can contact us at info@enjoyingecuador.com

Please contact us at info@enjoyingecuador.com

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