NOTE: We recommend to book flights with an early arrival time to Baltra airport, Santa Cruz Island (before 11:00am) in order to make sure you can catch the local speedboat that leaves at 14:00 pm to Isabela Island.
If your flight is scheduled to arrive after 11:00 am you’ll stay at Santa Cruz island on the first day because the last speedboat to Isabela leaves around 14:00 pm. In case of this occurring Galatrails will do its best to accommodate your needs.
Upon arrival to Baltra Island our local representative will wait for you in the arrivals hall and help you transfer from Seymour airport by an airport bus (10 min ride) and a ferry ride (5min) to the north side of Santa Cruz where our representative will take you to the town of Puerto Ayora in about 45 minutes.
Upon arrival to Baltra Island our local representative will wait for you in the arrivals hall and help you transfer from Seymour airport by an airport bus (10 min ride) and a ferry ride (5min) to the north side of Santa Cruz where our driver will take you to the town of Puerto Ayora in about 45 minutes.
The same afternoon you are sailing unaccompanied to Isabela Island by public speedboat (2 hours). Speedboat rides can be bumpy therefore prepare yourself with seasickness medication.
Isabela is the largest island of the archipelago, it has more than 58% of the entire land area of the Galapagos, and consist of a chain of six young volcanoes that are intermittently active.
Upon arrival to Puerto Villamil our representative will meet you at the port and take you to your accommodation.
Enjoy your free evening hours on this remote Island. Isabela´s sunsets on the beach are well known for their beauty.
This is a 5 hour tour approximately. First, we leave by local boat from Puerto villamil town, we pass by Union rock a formation in the middle of the ocean where you can see some marine birds, than we continue to “los tuneles” a unique rock formation an hour offshore. These unique formations are a series of above ocean archs which create tunnels for a unique snorkeling experience. We walk along the rock formations and get our closest encounter with blue footed boobies, these birds are amazingly completely unflustered by having humans around. Next we will snorkel, these formations are home to a variety of Galapagos wildlife where with some luck you can snorkel with penguins, sea turtles, parrot fish, sea horses or experience an underwater cave full of sleeping sharks and Golden rays.
We will all enjoy lunch on board and you will return to your hotel for some free time on the island. Make sure you don’t miss the beach view sunset on this enchanted island.
Today you will visit one of Isabela’s most impressive attractions the Sierra Negra and Chico Volcano. Sierra Negra is one of the most active volcanoes of the archipelago and a recent eruption took place in 2005. Sierra Negra has the second largest crater in the world, with a diameter of 7.46 miles. Volcano Chico has an overwhelming “lunatic” landscape with fascinating lava formations.
The 16 km hike is a challenge because of its different terrains and depending on the climate can be hot, humid, muddy and/or rocky. For this hike it´s recommended to have proper hiking boots, sun protection, and 2 liters of water per person.
After this excursion if you have free time you can enjoy some activities (not included) such as:
After Sierra Negra or your optional excursion you can return to your hotel for a relaxing night before you return bright and early to Santa Cruz the next morning.
In the afternoon you take a short flight for 40 minutes from Isabela to San Cristobal island, at your arrival our guide will meet you and your tour starts with a visit to the Interpretation Center which will bring you closer to the human history of the archipelago. Learn more about the discovery and colonization of Galapagos. We continue with a walk to the Frigate bird hill where we can enjoy spectacular views over the island as well as the very well known Kicker Rock.
This morning you are transferred back to the airport where you catch your plane back to Ecuador mainland (flight is not included).
Please advise 15 days prior to the tour your arrival and departure flight details.
For your information this trip is not a group tour. You will be guided during activities by various naturalist guides from the Galapagos National Park. During the activities you will meet other passengers from other tour companies which makes a great chance to meet other travelers. Transiting in the speedboats from island to island you will be on your own but your well looked after as we take the hassle out of all the logistics. Tour Operations in Galápagos, are subject to space availability and itineraries may change, due to weather conditions, operational and logistical matters, so the number of excursions and visits are limited, so not specific excursion can be guaranteed.