BUDGET ISLAND HOPPING

Our Budget Island Hopping tours offer a good alternative to cruises for budget travelers and families wanting to visit the Galapagos without spending all their savings! We do not sacrifice on visits; you will see plenty of endemic species and have great snorkel excursions. The hotels are nice, clean and welcoming, with hot water and private bathrooms. There is also an option to upgrade to hotels with more cachet. We provide the snorkel equipment and wetsuits, so there are no hidden costs, just bring extra cash for after tour beers, tips and some souvenirs to bring home!

These shared group tours have fixed departures, one or two times per month and during these tours you will discover the islands together with other travelers. You will travel to each island by speed boat and during the tour you stay overnight at hostels or hotels on the different islands. We have 5, 6 and 8 day tours available. During the 5 and 6 day tour you will visit the four inhabited islands (San Cristobal, Floreana, Isabela and Santa Cruz) and during the 8 day tour you will additionally visit some of the uninhabited islands. This is the perfect budget option to discover the beauty of the Enchanted Galapagos Islands!

5 DAY ITINERARY

Day 1: San Cristobal

We will pick you up from the airport and bring you to the hotel. Get settled and get ready to enjoy a nice Ecuadorian lunch. Visit to Loberia Beach: a beautiful beach with great snorkeling! During the snorkeling you may find marine turtles, rays, sea lions and many species of colorful fish. There is also a nice hike to a cliff where you can see many marine iguanas and birds such as: blue footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls and frigate birds. After that we go back to the hotel to get ready for dinner.
Meals included: -/L/D
Difficulty: EASY

Day 2: Floreana - Isabela

Breakfast will be served at 6 AM in your hotel. Around 6:30 AM you will be picked up to go to the pier to depart around 7 AM to Floreana. The private boat ride lasts for about 2.5 hours. Upon arrival, you visit the highlands, where the first colonists of the islands settled. The guide will tell you about the history of the colonists. During the short hike you will also spot Galapagos giant tortoises. Lunch will be served in the small village. After lunch you go snorkeling on a beautiful beach nearby the pier. Afterwards you will travel by boat to Isabela Island (approx. 1.5 hours). Isabela is one of the youngest islands and still has moderate volcanic activity. It is a beautiful island with its town located near a bay and a long white sandy beach. Upon arrival you will be picked up by taxi or bus and we go to the flamingo lagoon to spot these beautiful animals at sunset. Transfer to the hotel to get ready for dinner.
Meals included: B/L/D
Difficulty: EASY

Day 3: Isabela

On your third day you can choose between a Volcano trekking tour (land tour) and the Cabo Rosa tour (snorkeling tour)!

Option 1 - Volcano Hike
Early in the morning you will be picked up by bus or taxi and driven towards the highlands: you will start a trekking (6 hours) to the Sierra Negra and Chico Volcano. The first stop on the hike is Sierra Negra Volcano which has the second largest active crater in the world: 10 km diameter. You will continue to walk towards Chico Volcano, which is a cone of Sierra Negra. You will walk through moon-like sceneries and have great views of nearby Fernandina Island and the north of Isabela Island. This gives you an idea of how the islands looked at their creation. After walking back you will travel by bus or taxi to a local farm, which is also a tortoise reserve, where lunch will be served. You will be back at the hotel around 3:30 PM to change to depart for a nice swim and snorkeling at Concha de Perla lagoon.
Meals included: B/L/D
Difficulty: MEDIUM

Option 2 - Cabo Rosa Tunnels (this option has an extra cost)
If you prefer snorkeling over hiking this is a great opportunity. You can take the excursion to Cabo Rosa tunnels which are located at about 1 hour boat ride south from the town. This is an amazing place where the volcanic activity created lava tunnels under and above sea level. You can spot the Galapagos penguins and you will have great snorkeling too! Lunch will be provided during the tour. Later on you meet the rest of the group to swim/snorkel all together at Concha de Perla lagoon.
Meals included: B/L/D
Difficulty: EASY

Day 4: Isabela - Santa Cruz

In the morning you will visit the Tintoreras Islet near the town; you can spot small Galapagos penguins, sea lions, marine iguanas and blue footed boobies. Often you can even spot white tipped sharks in one of the channels. You will have a short hike and go snorkel nearby. Afterwards you will travel with our private boat to Santa Cruz (2 hours). Upon arrival you will be transferred to the hotel and change to get ready for lunch and the afternoon program. After lunch you will walk to Tortuga Bay beach to enjoy a last swim in the Galapagos waters and you will spot a huge iguana colony. The walk to Tortuga Bay is 3 km each way, passing through a giant endemic cactus forest.
Meals included: B/L/D
Difficulty: EASY TO MEDIUM

Day 5: Baltra airport

In the morning you will reach the airport with a stop to visit a lava tunnel. Sometimes you can spot the Galapagos owl. The guide will accompany you until the airport.
Meals included: B/-/
Difficulty: EASY

6 DAY ITINERARY

Day 1: San Cristobal

We will pick you up from the airport and bring you to the hotel. Get settled and get ready to enjoy a nice Ecuadorian lunch. Visit Loberia Beach: a beautiful beach with great snorkeling! During the snorkeling you may find marine turtles, rays, sea lions and many species of colorful fish. There is also a nice hike to a cliff where you can see many marine iguanas and birds such as: blue footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls and frigate birds. After that we go back to the hotel to get ready for dinner.
Meals included: -/L/D
Difficulty: EASY

Day 2: San Cristobal

Kicker Rock: a volcanic rock rising at 144 meters above sea level. A beautiful snorkel site famous for hammerhead sharks! You can spot tropical fish, marine turtles, sea lions, rays, Galapagos sharks, white tipped sharks and if lucky, hammerhead sharks! Going around the rock by boat you can spot Nazca boobies, blue footed boobies and frigate birds. Lunch will be served on board and then we navigate back to the port around 3 PM. The rest of the afternoon is free until dinner. You can go shopping or visit the Interpretation Center, Frigate bird Hill, Playa Carola or Playa Mann. You meet for dinner with the whole group where the guide will give you the details for the next day.
Meals included: B/L/D
Difficulty: MEDIUM (snorkeling in open water)

Day 3: Floreana - Isabela

Breakfast will be served at 6 AM in your hotel. Around 6:30 AM you will be picked up to go to the pier to depart around 7 AM to Floreana. The private boat ride lasts for about 2.5 hours. Upon arrival, you visit the highlands, where the first colonists of the islands settled. The guide will tell you about the history of the colonists. During the short hike you will also spot Galapagos giant tortoises. Lunch will be served in the small village. After lunch you go snorkeling on a beautiful beach nearby the pier. Afterwards you will travel by boat to Isabela Island (approx. 1.5 hours). Isabela is one of the youngest islands and still has moderate volcanic activity. It is a beautiful island with its town located near a bay and a long white sandy beach. Upon arrival you will be picked up by taxi or bus and we go to the flamingo lagoon to spot these beautiful animals at sunset. Transfer to the hotel to get ready for dinner.
Meals included: B/L/D
Difficulty: EASY

Day 4: Isabela

On your fourth day you can choose between a Volcano trekking tour (land tour) and the Cabo Rosa tour (snorkeling tour)!

Option 1 - Volcano Hike
Early in the morning you will be picked up by bus or taxi and driven towards the highlands: you will start a trekking (6 hours) to the Sierra Negra and Chico Volcano. The first stop on the hike is Sierra Negra Volcano which has the second largest active crater in the world: 10 km diameter. You will continue to walk towards Chico Volcano, which is a cone of Sierra Negra. You will walk through moon-like sceneries and have great views of nearby Fernandina Island and the north of Isabela Island. This gives you an idea of how the islands looked at their creation. After walking back you will travel by bus or taxi to a local farm, which is also a tortoise reserve, where lunch will be served. You will be back at the hotel around 3:30 PM to change to depart for a nice swim and snorkeling at Concha de Perla lagoon.
Meals included: B/L/D
Difficulty: MEDIUM

Option 2 - Cabo Rosa Tunnels (this option has an extra cost) If you prefer snorkeling over hiking this is a great opportunity. You can take the excursion to Cabo Rosa tunnels which are located at about 1 hour boat ride south from the town. This is an amazing place where the volcanic activity created lava tunnels under and above sea level. You can spot the Galapagos penguins and you will have great snorkeling too! Lunch will be provided during the tour. Later on you meet the rest of the group to swim/snorkel all together at Concha de Perla lagoon.
Meals included: B/L/D
Difficulty: EASY

Day 5: Isabela - Santa Cruz

In the morning you will visit the Tintoreras Islet near the town; you can spot small Galapagos penguins, sea lions, marine iguanas and blue footed boobies. Often you can even spot white tipped sharks in one of the channels. You will have a short hike and go snorkel nearby. Afterwards you will travel with our private boat to Santa Cruz (2 hours). Upon arrival you will be transferred to the hotel and change to get ready for lunch and the afternoon program. After lunch you will walk to Tortuga Bay beach to enjoy a last swim in the Galapagos waters and you will spot a huge iguana colony. The walk to Tortuga Bay is 3 km each way, passing through a giant endemic cactus forest.
Meals included: B/L/D
Difficulty: EASY TO MEDIUM

Day 6: Baltra airport

In the morning you will reach the airport with a stop to visit a lava tunnel. Sometimes you can spot a Galapagos owl. The guide will accompany you until the airport.
Meals included: B/-/
Difficulty: EASY

8 DAY ITINERARY

Day 1 - 5

Like 6-day tour

Day 6: Day Tour to an uninhabited island

To complete the tour, you will visit one of the completely uninhabited islands such as Bartolomé, Seymour, Plazas or Santa Fé. Each one has its own character and species. Due to the restriction of the National Park we cannot guarantee before booking which island you will be visiting this day. You will be picked up at the hotel early in the morning. Note that you will be traveling with other people/guide than you were on the tour, as those day tours have restrictions and just a few boats have the permission to go there. The tour consist in reaching the Itabaca channel by bus (except for Santa Fe which is south), and then aboard a yacht to navigate to the island. After hiking and snorkeling you will have lunch on board. You are usually back late afternoon.
Meals included: B/L/D
Difficulty: EASY (except for Bartolomé where the hike is uphill a bit longer than other hikes, to reach the top)

Day 7: Day Tour to an uninhabited island

Today you will visit another island: different to the previous day of course. Hike and snorkel, back to port late afternoon.
Meals included: B/L/D
Difficulty: EASY (except, again, Bartolomé)

Day 8: Baltra airport

In the morning you will be picked up at your hotel and transferred to the airport to catch your flight to the mainland.
Meals included: B/-/
Difficulty: EASY

Please contact us for more details and tour dates of our Budget Island Hopping Tours!

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