One week stay in the heart of the Galapagos Islands archipelago: live a waking dream in this incredible natural paradise.

Magnificent discovery of the Galapagos Islands. You will go from island to island enjoying daily excursions that will allow you to discover the unique flora and fauna of this natural jewel in the middle of the Pacific. Giant turtles, blue-footed crabs, multicolored crabs, … you will find it hard to believe your eyes and however this experience will be very real! An unforgettable trip that will remind you how beautiful our planet is and how Mother Nature is a gift to be preserved.

DEPARTURE San Cristobal
ARRIVAL Baltra
INCLUDED
Travel as described in the itinerary Snorkeling equipment
Local Team Services Accommodation based on double room
All transports Mentioned entries
NOT INCLUDED
Flights from the mainland Airport taxes
Compulsory travel insurance (accident/repatriation) Anything not mentioned under “Included.”
Extra luggage on the flight San Cristobal – Isabela (you will be entitled to 11kg per person – the rest can be sent by boat or you can pay an extra 4USD/kilo) Entrance to the Galapagos National Park (100USD to be paid directly when you get off the plane in cash. (Attention no cash machines on site)
Immigration card (20USD to be paid in Quito or Guayaquil) Tips

Your expenses on site

Allow an average of $25/day for meals (except when included) and drinks. This amount may vary depending on your choice of restaurant.

Also include an amount for souvenirs that you would like to take away and for your personal expenses.Today you will have two options of activities (to choose at the time of booking)

Additional information

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1

San Cristobal

We pick you up at the airport and take you to your hotel.
After lunch (not included) your guide will take you to the island’s interpretation center where you will learn more about the formation, colonization and current situation of San Cristobal. You will then go to Frigate Hill from where you will enjoy a panoramic view of the whole island before embarking on your first snorkeling session. Depending on the weather of the day your guide will take you to Tijeretas Bay or Carola Beach to give you the best experience possible. You will be able to observe sea lions, different species of fish and turtles.

You will then go back to your hotel and enjoy a free late afternoon.

Tour with private guide spanish – english

2

San Cristobal

Today you will have two options of activities (to choose at the time of booking)

Tour 1: Lobos Island (rather walk): After 30mn by boat you will arrive on Lobos Island which as its name suggests is home to many sea lions. Nevertheless, this is not the only thing you will see while walking and enjoying a snorkeling session during this day.
During your hike you may have the chance to see the famous blue-footed boobies, sea iguanas or different types of local birds. During your snorkeling session you will be on a spot known for its turtles and rays. The tour also includes a stop at Ochoa beach.
You will be back in the afternoon and can enjoy a free end of the day.

Group tour Spanish – English (16 pers.) / Breakfast and lunch included

Tour 2: Kicker Rock (rather snorkeling): Today you will visit the Kicker Rock site also known as the Sleeping Lion, a volcanic formation in the middle of the ocean. You will enjoy a long snorkeling session during which you may have the chance to observe turtles, rays, different species of fish but also sharks.
After having lunch on the boat you will go to a beautiful beach for a moment of tranquility. Return to the port in the afternoon and end of the day free.

Group tour Spanish – English (12 pers.) / Breakfast and lunch included

3

San Cristobal - Isabela

We will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the airport for your flight to Isabela. The morning is free (you can go to the turtle center or to the Flamingo lagoon).

After lunch we will go to Tintoreras, a small unspoiled islet where we will go for a walk where we can observe penguins, iguanas, sea lions and white sharks resting in the lava tunnels.
We will continue our day as always with a snorkeling session during which you will have the opportunity to observe fish, rays, penguins, turtles, … The end of the day is left free.

Shared plane (9 pers.), group tour Spanish – English (16 pers.) / Breakfast and lunch included

4

Isabela

A bus takes you to the heart of the island and then you walk to the slopes of the Sierra Negra volcano. The Sierra Negra has the 2nd largest active crater in the world! An impressive scenery. You will continue your walk to the Chico volcano and enjoy breathtaking views and a panorama on the north side of the island and on Fernandina island. In total your hike will take about 6 hours (16km).

Group tour Spanish – English (16 pax) / Breakfast and lunch box included

5

Isabela - Cabo Rosa

You start today with a 45-minute boat ride to the Cabo Rosa tunnels. These are lava formations below and above sea level where you can usually see penguins and blue-footed boobies.

You will also enjoy a snorkeling session in the heart of one of the most beautiful sites of the archipelago with today the possibility to observe sharks, turtles, rays, seahorses, fish, …
The tour will last about 5 hours. The rest of the day is free.

Group tour Spanish – English (10 pers.) / Breakfast and lunch included

6

Isabela - Santa Cruz

We will pick you up early at your hotel and take you to the port from where you will take a fast boat to Santa Cruz (2 hours by boat). Arrived at the port of Santa Cruz you will have time to have breakfast before being accompanied to your hotel.
We will then leave for a ranch where you will be able to observe giant turtles in their natural environment.
After lunch we will go to observe the crater of Cerro Mesa Reserve before continuing to Garrapatero Beach where you will have the opportunity to swim. Late afternoon is free in Santa Cruz.

Grouped boat (30 pers.) – Visits with private guide spanish – english / Breakfast and lunch included

7

Santa Cruz - Baltra

If you have enough time before your flight we advise you to visit the Charles Darwin Centre today (free entrance).
A driver will then pick you up and take you to the Itabaca Canal. You will cross by ferry and then take a public bus to the airport. Our driver will accompany you to the airport.

Breakfast included

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Tourist season

CLIMATE
The Galapagos can be visited all year round. There are two seasons:

Garua’s season runs from mid-June to mid-October (more or less): the cold Humboldt current enters the island and makes the water colder (about 17 degrees Celsius, a wetsuit is required), cloudy days and light drizzle. This makes the climate cooler – so don’t expect every sunny day. Cooler weather for hiking and no need for air conditioning or fans at night and almost no mosquitoes. Cooler water brings more plankton and wildlife; it’s the best time of year to spot whales during boat trips.

The hot season is from November to mid-May (approximately): the days can be very hot (over 30 degrees) and the water is warm due to the entry of the Panama current into the islands. During this season, no wetsuit is needed and the days are sunnier. This is the perfect season, if you want to warm up from the northern hemisphere winter! Because of the tropical rains in this season, all the islands are greener.

Between these two seasons, it’s a time of transition where you can have a bit of both!

Customs formalities

No visa is required for stays of less than 90 days. You must travel with a passport that is still valid for 6 months after your stay.

Health

The islands have health posts where you can receive all types of care. However, you have to pay on the spot and then ask for reimbursement from your health insurance company.

We advise you to check whether your insurance covers medical expenses in the countries you visit and if not, to seek reimbursement. Repatriation insurance is compulsory.

Currency / Credit Cards

Dollars are accepted everywhere. Credit cards are accepted at all ATMs (visa, mastercard, diners, american express). The ATM commission is between 5 and 10usd.

Tips

In the service sector, it is normal to leave a tip when you are happy with the service. Between 5 and 10% of the value of the service is usual.

Physical preparation

Whenever you travel, remember to keep fit. Even for “Discovery” trips, by preparing yourself physically you will adapt more easily and enjoy your discoveries (especially during possible diving and snorkeling sessions).

Material to take away

Passport and 2 copies Visa (if required) Travel insurance (mandatory) and copy
Airline tickets and copy Yellow fever vaccination certification (if visiting the Amazon) Currency in US dollars, euros or local currency
1 large bag and 1 small bag (preferably backpack or duffel) Photographic camera / Video camera Binoculars
Reading/writing materials Flashlight 2 comfortable trousers (trekking type)
1 pair of shorts, 3 T-shirts Swimwear Cap
Waterproof jacket Good shoes for eventual hikes Small towel and bathing suitcase
Toiletry bag Protection against sun and insects Medicines you usually take

Basic first aid kit (bandages, disinfectant, tape, 1 pain reliever, 1 disinflammatory, immodium, broad spectrum antibiotic, mosquito repellent, lip stick)

Vaccines

You must be up to date with Tetanus, Hepatitis and Typhoid (Yellow Fever when visiting the Amazon).

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