Visiting 2 Islands
Islands
Snorkelling
Includes
Every Day
Departures
Soft Adventure
Trip Style

4 – Day Magic of Isabela Galapagos Package

The 4-day Magic of Isabela Tour is a land-based Galapagos Package focused on Isabela Island, the “Lost Paradise” of the Galapagos, while also visiting Santa Cruz Island.

This tirp is among our Galapagos Vacation Packages with short but comprehensive trip itineraries.  Travel through the most incredible habitats found in the Galapagos, from the awesome moonlike volcanic landscape of Sierra Negra Volcano to the natural habitat of Giant Tortoises in the Highlands of Santa Cruz.

Encounter the and unique wildlife that makes the Galapagos Islands such a unique place. Choose form our comfortable at selection of hotels classes and discover Galapagos accompanied by our bilingual naturalist guides.

Start Date: Every day.
Visiting:  Isabela & Santa Cruz.
Activities:   Short hikes, snorkelling, navigating, and wildlife viewing.

Trip Style: Soft adventure.
Wildlife to See Galapagos Pinguins, Galapagos Sea Lions, Galapagos Giant Tortoises, 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 Baltra Island Airport (GPS) – Pm: Transfer to Isabela Island
Day 2: Isabela Island: Am: Sierra Negra Volcano hike or Am: Tunnels of Cabo Rosa.
Day 3: Isabela Island: Am: Speedboat to Santa Cruz – Pm: Highlands & Charles Darwin Station.
Day 4: 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 Baltra Island Airport. (GPS)
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.
 Excursions and visits during the program.
 Bilingual naturalist guides for each island and all activities.
 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

Arrive in Baltra - Transfer to Isabela Island

 

You can arrive to the Galapagos Islands only by flight either from Quito or Guayaquil (air ticket not included). An English- speaking guide will be waiting for you at the Baltra airport. He will then take you to Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz Island) for lunch. Afterwards, the guide will lead you to the Public speedboat towards Isabela Island (departs at 14:00) for a two and a half hours ride. After arriving at Isabela and after a brief rest at the hotel, we head to the Flamingo Lagoon, the largest coastal lagoon found in the Galapagos and one of the main reproductive sites for the majority of flamingos. Dinner will be served at the local restaurant specified by the guide.

Accommodations in the hotel class of your choice

 

Day 2

Isabela Island: (choose ONE of the following options)

 

OPTION 1: 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: (extra cost – please ask us for more info)

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 3

Transfer to Santa Cruz Island: Highlands (Tortoises) / Ch. Darwin Station

 

Get ready to go to the dock (it is recommended to wake-up at 5:00 AM) to take the Public speedboat, which leaves at 6:00 a.m. (subject to change), to Puerto Ayora in Santa Cruz Is (approx. 2 hr.). Upon arrival the guide will take you to eat breakfast.  After a short rest we will make our way to the Highlands of Santa Cruz. Here you will have the unforgettable opportunity to observe the famous Galapagos Giant Tortoises in their natural environment. The Islands themselves were named after these species. You will also be able to observe the famous Galapagos Finches, Bird Wizards, as well as endemic vegetation such as Escelacias forests and Matazarnos. Afterwards we will return to Puerto Ayora. Dinner will be served local-style menu in the restaurant specified by the guide.  In the afternoon, the guide will have specified the meeting time to begin the visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station. Here you can find a large variety of Giant Tortoise, one of each island in the archipelago. You will also learn about the ongoing conservation efforts directed at preserving the Giant Tortoises, as well as the natural environment of the archipelago as a whole. After this, we will make a short visit to the Art Galleries of Puerto Ayora.  Dinner at a local style restaurant specified by the guide.

Accommodations in the hotel class of your choice.

 

Day 4

Transfer out Baltra Airport (Visit “The Twins” on way out)

 

On the final day we recommend waking up at 6:00 am to get ready and have breakfast before the transfer out to Baltra Island Airport where you will catch your return flight to either Quito or Guayaquil The last visit to the Twin Craters on the way out will depend on the departure time of your flights and the general timings of the tour.

 

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

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

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

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

Tourist Class Hotels

Air-Conditioning and hot water
Private bathroom
Wireless Internet
Jacuzzi
Located 5 blocks from the pristine white sand beach

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

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

Galapagos Package
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

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.

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5.00 based on 1 review
September 21, 2016

This tour was absolutely amazing and far exceeded my expectations!

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