Follow Darwin´s Voyage
Explore in 6 Days the most representative sites by Land and Sea. With these Galapagos land base tour we will give you assistance from San Cristobal Airport. In 6 days you may view Blue footed, Nazca Boobies, and snorkel with sharks. You will also visit the Charles Darwin Station in Santa Cruz and surf or snorkel in Tortuga bay.
(Minimum 2 guest per booking)
Ecuadorian TAX IVA 14% not included
Arrive at San Cristobal Airport / Transfer to Pto Ayora / Highlands / Charles
You can arrive to the Galapagos only by flight, and from either Quito or Guayaquil (air ticket not included). Our English speaking guide will be waiting for you at the airport in San Cristobal. We begin our Galapagos land base tour journey at The Interpretation Center to learn about the islands wildlife, geology and history.
We then hike to Frigate Hill along lava rock trails. Along the way, your naturalist guide will explain all about the Galapagos cotton, palo santo, acacia, and cacti you encounter. You will also spot blue footed boobies , frigate birds, pelicans, herons, gulls, and finches.
On the way back we stop for a refreshing snorkel at Post Card Worth Carola Beach.
Return to the hotel
Accommodation in San Cristobal Island
Meals: Lunch + Dinner
Kicker Rock| Snorkel Tour. – San Cristobal
With these Galapagos land base tour, we will see the wonders of the sea fauna; therefore today, we head out on an incredible snorkeling adventure. On our way to our first site, Isla Lobos, we take time to search coves and cliffs for sea turtles, sea lions, frigate birds, blue footed boobies, and Nazca boobies. Once we reach Isla Lobos (Sea Lion Island) you will be able to snorkel with sea lions, marine iguanas, and reef fishes.
We then head out towards the open sea to reach Kicker Rock. In the channel between the two rock walls, you will find some of the best snorkeling in the islands. If you are lucky you may see hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, etc.
Return to the hotel.
Accommodations in San Cristobal.
Meals: Breakfast + Lunch
San Cristobal | Santa Cruz: Charles Darwin Station – Tortuga Bay
Early in the morning (6:40 am), we will prepare ourselves to will take the Public speedboat to Puerto Ayora (07:00), which lasts approximately two and a half hours. After arriving at Puerto Ayora, we will transfer to the hotel. After a brief rest at the hotel we will go to Charles Darwin Station, here we will learn about the ongoing conservation efforts on these Enchanted Islands. The Research Station rears endemic Galapagos plants, land iguanas, and Giant Galapagos Tortoises for educational, scientific and conservation purposes.
In the afternoon of these day of our Galapagos land base tour, after lunch we will go to Tortuga bay beach. This is a favorite place for sea turtles (which gave the name to the beach), sea lions, marine iguanas, pelicans, flamingos, and lava gulls which are endemic to the Islands and are commonly found along the shore of most beaches. It takes around an hour walk to get to the beach. You’ll be able to see beautiful birds including the famous Galapagos finches as you walk. The trail to the beach is paved and marked.
There are two beaches at Tortuga Bay the main beach is used for surfing due to its strong waves. If you want to swim and just relax you can head to the west side of the beach where the waters are calm. The beaches are separated by Red Mangrove. Exotic and endemic Plants of the Galapagos Islands are also all around the beach.
Hotel Accommodation in Santa Cruz
Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
Santa Cruz – Pto Ayora / Isabela Island: Concha Perla / Tintoreras Islet
In the fourth day of our Galapagos land base tour we have to wake up early in the morning (6:40 am), we will prepare ourselves to will take the Public speedboat to Isabela (07:00), which lasts approximately two and a half hours. After arriving at Isabela, we will transfer to the hotel. After a brief rest at the hotel, you will visit Concha de Perla lagoon, where you can swim with sea lions, colourful varieties of fish and with luck sea turtles. Return to hotel for lunch.
Afterwards we will prepare ourselves for the visit to Tintoreras Islet, for which we will make our way to the dock of Puerto Villamil in order to embark on small speedboats that have a capacity of 12 passengers each. After a short ride (approx. 20 min.) we will arrive at Tintoreras Islet. The name of the islet derives from the sharks that live in the waters surrounding the islet that have whit-tipped fins, which are known as “Tintoreras”. The islet is one of the most fascinating places on Isabela Island and in all of the Galapagos. In this one area we can see sea lions, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, Sally Lightfoot Crabs, sea turtles, pelicans, and Galapagos Penguins. As the island is one of the main breeding sites for the marine iguanas, it is an excellent place to see numerous amounts of these creatures close-up. After the hike through the islet, we will get back on the boat and cool off by snorkeling in the waters nearby where we can see multicolor fish, starfish, sea-urchins, and with luck manta rays, sharks, and sea lions that may swim closely with us. After this fascinating experience we will return to the hotel to rest until dinner.
Accommodation at Wooden House Lodge
Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
Isabela Island: Snorkel Day Tour to Cape Rose Tunnels / Biking Time
In the fifth day of these Galapagos land base tour you will have the opportunity to choose between the best Isabela places to snorkel, therefore early in the morning (8:00 am), after breakfast, we will prepare ourselves for a Snorkeling Daily Tour to one of the following destinations:
Cape Rose -Tunnels; this site is located at 40 minutes by boat southwest of Puerto Villamil. The sighting of birds and marine animals from the lava platform is one of the most important attractions. While snorkeling at this site, experience close encounters with many species of fish, ray, golden rays, sea turtles, penguins, and sea lions. You will enjoy a delicious box lunch on board.
During the rest of this day you will be able to rent Bicycles. We suggest visiting the Breeding Center of the Giant Tortoises and the Humid Lands on your own.
Accommodation at Wooden House Lodge
Meals: Breakfast + Boxlunch + Dinner
Transfer to Isabela Island to Santa Cruz Island / Transfer Out.
At 5:00 a.m. we will prepare ourselves to go to the dock (wake-up at 4:30 AM). We will take the public speedboat, which leaves at 6:00 a.m. (subject to change), From Isabela to Puerto Ayora (2.5 hours estimated travel time).
Upon arrival of the last day in our Galapagos land base tour, a driver will be waiting for you to transfer from Puerto Ayora to Baltra Airport, where you will catch your return flight to either Quito or Guayaquil.
Depending on the time of the flights, we may be able to visit two sunken “holes”, similar to craters, known as “Los Gemelos”. (For this reason we recommend booking your return flight for the afternoon). These craters were formed by the collapse of the earth beneath which lava had passed and created giant tunnels, which facilitated the collapse and creation of the craters.
- Accommodation in double occupancy.
- All meals (breakfast – lunch – dinner).
- All land and sea transportation within the Galapagos during the program.
- Bilingual naturalist guides for each island and all activities.
- Excursions and visits during the program.
- Snorkeling Equipment (mask, fins, tube).
- Transfer Puerto Ayora – Isabela – Puerto Ayora by Public speedboat.
- Transfer Baltra – Puerto Ayora – Baltra (by truck or by bus depending on group size).
- Air Ticket.
- Ecuadorian Tax 14% IVA.
- Galapagos National Park Entry Fee – $100.00 US pp.
- Isabela Dock Fee – $5.00 US pp.
- Migratory Control Card – $20.00 US.
- Water taxi from dock to speedboat (Isabela, Santa Cruz Islands – depending on the tide) – $ 1.00 US per person per ride.
- Soft-drinks and alcoholic beverages.
HOTEL SELECTION: The above itinerary is based both operation and hosting services in our hotel The Wooden House in Isabela Island. In the other Islands we work with the same range/ level of hotels.
You can always choose the class of hotels that you would prefer. We will indicate in advance which hotels are available for the dates of your trip and the extra charges. Hotels are categorized in the following classes: Tourist Superior Class, and First Class.
All hotels that we work with are carefully chosen by us after close inspection.
AIRFARE NOT INCLUDED: The price of the tour does not include air tickets. We can help with booking your ticket, or you may book your own flights on your own. PLEASE TAKE INTO ACCOUNT which island you will arrive and leave from, and if you choose to book your own flight please try to book your arrival in the morning (before 11am) and your departure in the afternoon (11am or after) so that you will not miss any part of the tour. You can book your flight through either TAME, AEROGAL, LAN.
RESTAURANTS: We utilize local restaurants for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, which also depend on the category of hotel that is chosen, as not all hotels have restaurant services. Meals are served in the fashion of the local customs as “meal of the day “options.
GUIDES: We use local and different guides for each island you visit or sometimes a guide that specializes in specific activities. The guides will accompany you throughout all excursions and visits, give explanations and education on their knowledge of the islands, flora, and fauna, and coordinate the activities each day. In reference to lunch and dinner, the guide will only indicate the restaurant selected but we will not stay with you during this time. Distances are short in the Galapagos, and as the inhabited settlements have few residents they are very safe to walk around any time of day with normal precaution. The Guide activities start and end with the excursions.The guide will not go with you on the speedboats transfer either.
LUNCH AND DINNER: Consist of the meal of the day (not a la carte). If you would prefer a la carte style meals they can be made available for an extra charge. Please let us know before booking your tour.Description: B = Breakfast / L= Lunch / BXL = Box Lunch / D = Dinner
PUBLIC SPEEDBOATS: We recommend that before beginning the ride between islands that you take a seasickness pill if you are sensitive to sea-sickness. It is also recommended that you carry on small plastic bags in case of seasickness. The speedboats are not completely covered so please make sure that valuables and electronics, or anything that you do not wish to get wet, is stored in a plastic bag. The guide will not go with you on the speedboats but a new guide will greet you on the other side. There are no services onboard the speedboat as space is limited and the journey is relatively short. A water taxi ride is sometimes required (depending on the tide) from the dock to the speedboat, the cost is 1 USD per person and per ride. Please, make sure you bring cash in small denominations in case this expense is needed.
SCHEDULE OF EXCURSIONS: The schedule of the excursions will be coordinated and determined locally through the guide and those responsible for the operations. The guide will indicate what time each activity will start. The transfers between islands on the public speedboats are the only activities that have fixed departure times.
NOTE: Itinerary subject to change without prior warning depending on seasonal changes, weather conditions, and adjustments in policies set by the Galapagos National Park, and other unforeseen circumstances that may arise.