Visiting 3 Islands
Islands
Snorkelling
Includes
Every Day
Departures
Soft Adventure
Trip Style

8 – Days Magic of Isabela Galapagos Land Packages


Our 8-day Magic of Isabela is a comprehensive  Galapagos Land Packages taking you to 3 Islands. Enjoy a close-up to the varied habitats found in the Galapagos Islands and observe the unique wildlife they hold. Snorkeling is a big thing in this itinerary.

Swim with sea lions, sea turtles and if  lucky with sharks. Travel through some of the most incredible volcanic landscapes found in the archipelago like the moonlike terrain of Sierra Negra and Volcan Chico.

This all-inclusive travel program allows you to choose from a selection of hotel classes to fit suit your budget and comfort. Daily activities are leaded by a bilingual naturalist guide. Experience the magic of Galapagos through this extensive Galapagos Land Tour! 

Start Date:  Every day
Visiting: San Cristobal, Santa Cruz & Isabela.
Activities:   Short hikes, snorkelling, navigating, and wildlife viewing.
Trip Style:   Soft adventure.
Wildlife to See: Galapagos Pinguins, Galapagos Sea Lions, Marine Iguanas, Lava Lizards, Blue-Footed Boobies, Flamingos, Frigate Birds, Pelicans, Darwin´s Finches, Galapagos Fly-Catchers, Galapagos Mockingbirds, and more.


Short Itinerary

Day 1: Am: Arrive in San Cristobal Island Airport (SCY) – Pm: Interpretation Center, Playa Carola
Day 2: San Cristobal Island: Highlands OR Lobos Island OR Kicker Rock.
Day 3: San Cristobal Island: Am: Speedboat to Santa Cruz – Pm: Highlands, Tortuga Bay.
Day 4: Santa Cruz Island: Am: Charles Darwin Station – Pm: Speedboat to Isabela – Flamingos Lagoon.
Day 5: Isabela Island: Am: Sierra Negra Volcano hike OR Am: Tunnels of Cabo Rosa.
Day 6: Isabela Island: Am: Tintoreras islet – Pm: Humedales Complex.
Day 7: Isabela Island: Am: Kayaks in Puerto Villamil – Pm: Highlands.
Day 8: Am: Transfer out to Baltra Island airport (GPS).

For the complete itinerary click on the tab Itinerary above .


Essential Trip Information

 
Important Remarks
DEPARTURE LOCATION San Cristobal Island Airport (SCY)
RETURN LOCATION Baltra Island Airport. (GPS)
DEPARTURE TIME You must arrive before 11:00 AM. *Ask for more details.
RETURN TIME Approximately after 11:00 AM. *Ask for more details.
WEAR Comfortable clothing, hiking shoes, hat, jacket and sunscreen.
INCLUDED  Accommodation in selected hotels (double rooms).
 All meals in Galapagos (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)
NOT INCLUDED  Air Ticket.
 Galapagos National Park Entry Fee – $100.00 US per person.
 Isabela Dock Fee – $10.00 US per person.
 Migratory Control Card – $20.00 US per person.
 Transportation Baltra Airport – Itabaca Channel – USD 5 p.p. (subject to change).
 Transportation Itabaca Channel – Baltra Airport – USD 5 p.p. (subject to change).
 Cost of the transfer between the hotels and the restaurants designated for the meals in each island.
 Water taxi from dock to speedboat (depending on the tide) – $ 1.00 US per person per ride.
 Soft-drinks and alcoholic beverages.

 Tips

NOTE: Magic of Isabela itinerary is subject to change due to Galapagos National Park dispositions or to circumstances  beyond our control (force majeure).

Day 1

San Cristobal Island: Interpretation Center - Tijeretas - Carola Beach

Arrival to San Cristóbal Airport. After lunch, we will visit The San Cristobal Interpretation Center where we will learn about the islands, evolution of their species, fauna, migration, and how humans came to live there. Then will make our way to “Cerro Tijeretas”, or “Frigate Hill” for some snorkelling.The day ends with a visit to “Playa Carola” to get a first taste of the beautiful beach waters of San Cristóbal.

Accommodations in the hotel class of your choice.

Day 2

San Cristobal Island: Hike on Highlands ( OR choose ONE of the following options)

Hike on the Highlands: (standard itinerary) After breakfast, we will visit the Highlands of San Cristobal, The first stop is “Mirador de la Soledad”, where we you can enjoy a magnificent view of San Cristobal Island. Then we will go to the Junco Lagoon, the only fresh water lagoon in San Cristobal. Lunch will be served in the Highlands and will be followed by a short stop at Playa de Puerto Chino.

On the way back we will pass-by the spot where island’s locals cultivate their food and the famous Galapagos coffee.

* OR pick one of the following options *
NOTE: The folowing options are subject to availability and last minute changes. OPTION B has an additional cost. Please, let us know what you prefer beforehand so we can arrange the excursion and advice on availability to any of these spots.

OPTION A – Isla Lobos + Playa Ochoa (navigation to this spot is subject to availability): Isla Lobos Island ia a small islet separated from the main by a narrow channel. In this place we find nesting blue-footed boobies (according to season) and of course with a large colony of sea lions that rest and play on rocky shores. Many birds inhabit the place, frigates, brown pelicans, lava gulls, common boobies, yellow warblers and finches earth. The snorkeling in the clear waters of the channel is unforgettable, with the opportunity to swim with sea lions. Time to enjoy Playa Ochoa. We return to Puerto Baquerizo between 2:30 and 3 PM. After a rest, have dinner in the restaurant indicated.

OPTION B – Kicker Rock + Beach Time: (extra charge) This site is also known as Sleeping Lion or “León Dormido”. Getting to this spot takes 1hr of navigation in a small speed boat. The first stop will be right before we arrive Kicker Rock (going down of Cerro Tijeretas) for some fine swimming and snorkeling. However, Kicker Rock itself is considered one of the most outstanding snorkeling sites in the Galapagos.

The excursion consists of two snorkel immersions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon after lunch. A Box Lunch will be served in the boat, as this part of the islands are inhabited. Afterwards, we will make our way towards a deserted beach to observe wildlife and relax. We will head back to the boat and return to San Cristobal. Return time to Puerto Baquerizo is scheduled around 4pm. After a rest, you will have dinner in the restaurant specified by the guide.

Accommodations in the hotel class of your choice

Day 3

Transfer to Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Research Station / Highlands (Giant Tortoises)

At 6:00 a.m. get ready to go to the dock (wake-up at 5:00 AM). We will take the Public speedboat, which leaves at 7:00 a.m. (subject to change), to Puerto Ayora (2 hour estimated travel time). Upon arrival and after breakfast, the guide will have indicated the hour to meet to begin the visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station, home to a large a variety of Giant Tortoise representing of each island in the archipelago. We will also listen about the ongoing conservation efforts directed at preserving the Giant Tortoises, as well as the environment of the archipelago as a whole. 

After this, make a short visit to the Art Galleries of Puerto Ayora and then eat lunch. In the afternoon we make our way to the Highlands of Santa Cruz. Here you may observe the famous Giant Tortoises in their natural environment, which also known as Galapagos, and from where the name of the Islands derive. Also catch sight of the famous Galapagos Finches, Bird Wizards, as well as endemic vegetation such as Escelacias forests and Matazarnos. After this encounter with the Giant Tortoises, return to Puerto Ayora for lunch.

Accommodations in the hotel class of your choice.

Day 4

Santa Cruz Island: Tortuga Bay Beach - Isabela Island: Flamingos Lagoon

In the morning the guide will indicate the meeting time for a 45-minute trip to the beautiful white sand beach called Tortuga Bay. This is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Galapagos; here we can enjoy at the white sand beach and observe pelicans, fish, sea iguanas and other species of wildlife. Return to the hotel to rest and then have lunch.

At 2:00pm (subject to change) you will start the journey to Isabela Island via public speedboat (approximately 2.5 to 3 hours). Another guide will be waiting at Puerto Villamil to take you to the hotel and to a visit to the Flamingos Lagoon, a natural breeding site for this creature. Return to the hotel to rest and eat dinner at a local restaurant in.

Accommodations in the hotel class of your choice.

Day 5

Isabela Island: (Sierra Negra Volcano OR Tuneles).

OPTION 1: Sierra Negra Volcano

Early in the morning (8:00 am), after breakfast, get ready for the Sierra Negra Volcano hike (comfortable clothes, walking shoes and a light rain jacket are recommended). Make sure your camera is stored in waterproof bags, wear some sunscreen, bring water, and a hat! Yourself will prepare your box lunch at the hotel with the foodstuff of your choice. We will then travel approximately 45 minutes by truck or bus to begin the 12 km hike (approx. 4 hours). The hike is long in terms of distance, but not very difficult as the inclines and declines are quite gradual. (There is an option to ride horses for an additional cost, if interested please let us know beforehand). Sierra Negra Volcano has the second largest crater in the world, measuring approximately 6 miles in diameter and 300 feet deep. We will then reach Volcan Chico, which should provide a spectacular view of the islands.

Once we get back to the hotel we will take a short break to rest. In the afternoon, get to do some fine snorkeling in Concha Perla. Swim with sea lions, colorful varieties of fish and, with luck, sea turtles and rays. Return to the hotel to rest before heading to dinner at a local restaurant indicated by the guide.

OPTION 2: (Los Tuneles – extra cost)

There are two departure times for this tour, one at 08:00 am with return time at 13:00 pm approx., and one at 11:00 am, with return time at 16:00 pm. approx. The chosen departure time for your tour might vary; hence, you will be notified on the departure time for this day trip on the night before the tour.

Cabo Rosa aka. Los Tuneles is perhaps one of the most beautiful sights in the archipelago. Continuous volcanic eruptions petrified into tunnel-like lava formations right in the middle of the sea, and crystal clear turquoise water allows an amazing view of marine vegetation and playful sea lions.

The tour begins early at 8:00am via speedboat and the first stop is a small islet in the middle of the ocean, home to pelicans, blue-footed boobies, and sea lions. Finados snorkeling site is the next stop, where you can swim next to sea turtles, Tintoreras sharks (endemic to the islands), trumpet fish and surgeonfish. With some luck, eagle and golden rays will come to this site too. Getting to Los Tuneles will take around 1 ½ – 2 hrs. Once there, the speedboat will navigate through various spots in and around the Lava Tunnels.

Here you get the chance to do some more snorkeling and enjoy some short walks while observing the landscape and wildlife inhabiting the area. A box lunch on board will be provided for this day. Dinner will be served at the local specified restaurant.

Accommodations in the hotel class of your choice.

Day 6

Isabela Island: Tintoreras Islet / Humedales Hike

After breakfasts, get ready to visit to Tintoreras Islet. Make our way to the dock of Puerto Villamil in order to embark on small speedboats (12 passenger capacity). After a short ride (approx. 20 min.) we will arrive at Tintoreras Islet. The name of the islet derives from the sharks that inhabit in the waters surrounding the islet, the famous white-tipped fins Tintorera Sharks. The islet is one of the most fascinating places on Isabela Island.

Galapagos sea lions, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, Sally Lightfoot Crabs, sea turtles, pelicans, and Galapagos Penguins can all be found in this site. It is also one of main breeding sites for marine iguanas, and a great spot to get a close-up with them.

After a hike around the islet, get back on the boat and cool off by snorkeling in the waters nearby. Swimming next to multicolor fish, starfish, sea urchins, and with luck manta rays, sharks, and sea lions is a major highlight in this excursion. After a fascinating experience we will return to the hotel for lunch.

In the afternoon, visit the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center of Isabela. Here you can observe a variety of species of giant tortoises. You will also hear how this center has successfully bred and raise the giant tortoises to preserve many endangered subspecies. Afterwards, we will visit the Wall of Tears (Muro de las Lagrimas).

Between 1946 and 1959 Isabela Island was used as a penal colony by the Ecuadorian government, and the prisoners were obligated to build this wall out of the sharp and hard volcanic rocks. The wall is 100 meters long and 7 meters high.  

On the way back we will make a visit to a Lava Tunnel near the Wall- Visits to Mirador Orchilla, Estero de Isabela, and Playa del Amor are also programmed. We will then return to the hotel to rest before heading to dinner at a local restaurant specified by the guide.

Accommodations in the hotel class of your choice.

Day 7

Isabela Island: Highlands - Kayaking at Puerto Villamil Bay

After breakfast and depending on the tide, we will make our way to the dock and prepare for the kayaking excursion. After listening to the instructions and safety precautions, and once equipped with lifejackets and oars, we will begin rowing towards along all the seas of Puerto Villamil bay and reaching Tintoreras Islet where we will be able to observe a variety of fauna from our kayaks, including Penguins, Blue-footed Boobies, and Marine Iguanas. We will make our way up to El Faro before heading back to shore (appx. 2 hours). After this we will return for a well-deserved lunch.

In the afternoon we you will grab bikes again to visit the Highlands of Isabela. After being tansported by truck to Campo Duro starting point. 42 Giant Galapagos Tortoises in a semi-natural inhabit the protected environment. On the way you will also visit the Mirador del Mango, La Cueva de Sucre (lava formations). After this bike adventure, you will then return to the hotel to have dinner at a local restaurant.

Accommodations in the hotel class of your choice.

Day 8

Transfer out Baltra

Early in the morning (06:00 am), we will take the public speedboat from Isabela to Puerto Ayora, where the guide will be waiting to take you to breakfast. On our way to Baltra Island Airport we will stop by “The Twins” (a.k.a. “The Gemelos”), which are crater-like formations naturally built from the collapse of the earth and lava flows. The tour will end upon the arrival to the airport where you will catch your plane to Quito or Guayaquil.

NOTE: Hotels depend on availability, we may not always use hotels listed below, but we will always stick to the class you selected.

First Class Hotels

 

Hotel Albemarle

On-site water purification plant
Wireless internet
Air-conditioning and hot water
Located on a pristine white-sand beach
Large double glass doors in every room with spectacular ocean views
Most luxurious hotel in Isabela

Solymar Hotel

Swimming pool and jacuzzi on terrace
Air-conditioning and hot water
Wireless internet
Located new Charles Darwin Research Station
Completely remodeled in 2006
Private bathroom

Hotel Opuntia

Great view of the port of San Cristobal
Located a few meters from Playa de Oro beach
Gourmet cuisine
Private outdoor pool
Air-conditioning and hot water

Tourist Superior Hotels

Air-conditioning and hot water
Wireless internet
BBQ area
Rooftop jacuzzi and terrace
Located next to Flamingo Lagoon
Private bathroom

Swimming pool and jacuzzi
Air-conditioning and hot water
Internet
Relaxing garden
Private bathroom

Swimming pool
Air-conditioning and hot water
Internet
Relaxing pool area
Private bathroom

Tourist Class Hotels

Air-Conditioning and hot water
Private bathroom
Wireless Internet
Jacuzzi
Located 3 blocks from the pristine white sand beach

Swimming pool and jacuzzi
Air-conditioning and hot water
Internet
Relaxing garden
Private bathroom

Swimming pool
Air-conditioning and hot water
Private bathroom
Nice lobby area

Economy Class Hotels

Private rooms
Private bathrooms
Clean and comfortable
Located near the beach

Private rooms
Private bathrooms
Hot water and air-conditioning
Centrally located with a charming garden area

Private rooms
Private bathrooms
Hot water showers
Clean and comfortable

Galapagos Land Packages
Kayaking in Puerto Villamil Galapagos - Tour View
Twins Galapagos - Tour View
Charles Darwin Station Galapagos - Tour View
Flamingos Lagoon Galapagos - Tour View
Tintoreras Galapagos - Tour View
Cabo Rosa Galapagos - Tour View
Volcan Sierra Negra Galapagos - Tour View
Ochoa Beach Galapagos - Tour View
Carola Beach Galapagos - Tour View

Please be aware that the prices vary consistently due to promotions and Galapagos last minute deals, so in order to GET THE BEST PRICE for the dates you desire please fill out the request form below. After doing so, we will send you the absolute best prices for the dates that you indicate.

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 1 review
August 2, 2016

We went to Galapagos for 10 days (Island Hopping Tour) in June 2015, Nature Galapagos & Ecuador Inc. organized our trip. They answered our emails really fast and tried to accommodate all of our requests. Compared to other Galapagos tours, the price from this company was very reasonable and the quality of the trip was very good. We have knowledgeable, friendly and patient guides, nice, clean, and relaxing hotels. The 10-day tour also includes all the meals. We really appreciate that because food in Galapagos Islands are expensive. Food was also excellent!!! All of the activities were great and we had so much fun. Snorkeling with sea lions and penguins was a life time experience! Our favorite animal, however, is blue feet booies. They are so cute and funny looking! All the islands we visited were beautiful and unique. Among all of them, Isabela Island is our favorite. It is less developed, but so much to offer. I highly recommend this company for your Galapagos trip.

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