Visiting 2 Islands
Every Day
Soft Adventure
Trip Style

6 – Day San Cristobal Galapagos & Santa Cruz Hotel Based Tour

Our 6-day San Cristobal Galapagos hotel -based tour visits San Cristobal  and Santa Cruz islands. Meet the most incredible environments found in the Galapagos. Snorkel the awesome Kicker Rock (Leon Dormido). Walk through the Galapagos Giant Tortoises and the playful sea lions. 

Encounter the wonderful and unique wildlife that make the Galapagos Islands such a magical and unforgetable experience. This all-inclusive land tour itinerary allows you to choose form a selection of hotels to fit your budget and comfort. A bilingual naturalist guide will escort you on daily activities.

Start Date:  Every day

Activities:   Short hikes, snorkelling, navigating, and wildlife viewing.

Age range:  1 yr – active 60’s.

Trip Style:   Soft adventure.

Wildlife to See: Galapagos Sea Lions, Marine Iguanas, Lava Lizards, Frigate Birds, Pelicans, Darwin´s Finches and more.

Short Itinerary

Day 1: Am: Arrive in San Cristobal Island Airport (SCY) – Pm: Interpretation Center / Tijeretas – Playa Carola

Day 2: San Cristobal Island: Excursion to Kicker Rock

Day 3: San Cristobal Island: Am: Highlands of San Cristobal – Pm: Loberia.

Day 4: Santa Cruz Island: Am: Charles Darwin Station – Pm: Highlands (Galapagos Tortoises)

Day 5: Santa Cruz Island: Free day

Day 6: Transfer out Baltra Airport (Visit “The Twins” on way out) / Goodbye Galapagos!


For the complete itinerary click on the tab Itinerary above .

Essential Trip Information


Important Remarks
DEPARTURE LOCATION San Cristobal Island Airport. (SCY)
RETURN LOCATION Santa Cruz 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.

 Accommodation in selected hotels (double rooms).


Lunch & Box Lunch (Day 2 & 3)

 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).

NOT INCLUDED  Air Tickets to/from Galapagos.
 Galapagos National Park Entry Fee – $100.00 US per person.

 Migratory Control Card – $20.00 US per person.

 Cost of the transfer between the hotels and the restaurants designated for the meals in each island.

 Soft-drinks and alcoholic beverages.

Day 1

Arrive in San Cristobal: Interpretation Center / Tijeretas snorkel - Playa Carola

Arrive by plane to Galapagos from either Quito or Guayaquil (air ticket not included). Our guide will be waiting for you at the airport on San Cristobal Galapagos Island where the tour will begin. After checking-in at the hotel and eating lunch in a local restaurant head to the San Cristobal Interpretation Center where our guide will explain how the Galapagos Islands were formed, the evolution of species, the migration of the animals, and the human settlements within the Galapagos.

After visiting the Interpretation Center, we will make our way to “Cerro Tijeretas”, or “Frigate Hill”. Here you can do some snorkeling to see colorful fish species, starfish, sea urchins, or to simply enjoy the crystal clear waters. The afternoon continues with a visit to Playa Carola, where you will have time to enjoy the beautiful beach before returning to the hotel.

Meals included: Lunch. 

Accommodation: In San Cristobal Island in the hotel class of your choice

Day 2

San Cristobal: Excursion to Leon Dormido (Kicker Rock)

This site is also knows as Sleeping Lion or “León Dormido”. Getting to this spot takes 1 hr navigation. The first stop will be right before Kicker Rock (going down of Cerro Tijeretas) for some fine swimming and snorkeling. Kicker Rock itself is considered one of the most outstanding snorkeling sites in the Galapagos. The excursion consists of two snorkeling immersions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon after lunch. A Box Lunch will be served in the boat, as these parts 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. 

Meals included: Breakfast, box lunch. 

Accommodation: In San Cristobal Island in the hotel class of your choice

Day 3

San Cristobal Island: Highlands / La Lobería

After breakfast the day begins with a short bus or truck ride (depending on the size of the tour group) to visit the Highlands of  San Cristobal Galapagos island. Along the way we will make a stop at the Mirador de la Soledad where you may enjoy a magnificent view of the island. Afterwards we will make our way to the Laguna del Junco, the only freshwater lagoon in San Cristobal, and also where frigate birds come to wash their wings. We will then make a short stop at Playa de Puerto Chino before eating a lunch in the Highlands. On the way back you will pass by the spot where the island‘s locals cultivate their food and the famous Galapagos Coffee. We will then arrive at the hotel to rest and eat dinner at a local restaurant specified by the guide.

In the afternoon get ready for an excursion to La Lobería. You will drive northwest of downtown Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and arrive on a scenic sea lion-laden beach. This is a great spot for catching sight of the island’s playful local residents aside from wild iguanas, lava lizards, yellow warblers and frigates, among other fascinating creatures. After a walk in the beach, get ready with the snorkel equipment to submerge in the color-filled waters of the area to swim alongside Galapagos turtles, sea lions and colorful fish. 

Meals included: Breakfast, box lunch. 

Accommodation: In San Cristobal Island in the hotel class of your choice


Day 4

Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Station / Highlands (Galapagos 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 to the hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5

Santa Cruz Island: Free Day)

In your last day you will get a FREE DAY to explore Puerto Ayora in you own. You can spend a day at the white-sand beach at Tortuga Bay go for a day-tour or simply relax in the town. Or ask for our navigable Galapagos day trips with extra cost. 

Meals included: Breakfast


Day 6

Transfer out Baltra Airport (Visit “The Twins” on way out) / Goodbye Galapagos!

On the final day we recommend waking up early to have enough time to get ready for the transfer-out from Puerto Ayora to Baltra where you will catch your return flight to either Quito or Guayaquil

Meals included: Breakfast


NOTE: Itinerary is subject to change due to operational matters, Galapagos National Park dispositions or circumstances  beyond our control (force majeure).

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 Golden Bay

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  • Lobby and Reception Area
  • Business Center
  • Main Restaurant on the Ground Floor
  • Snack-Bar with wood oven to bake fresh pizzas 
  • Swimming pool located on the ground floor
  • Panoramic Terrace with covered areas

Hotel Finch Bay

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  • Lobby and Reception Area
  • Business Center
  • Main Restaurant on the Ground Floor
  • Snack-Bar with wood oven to bake fresh pizzas 
  • Swimming pool located on the ground floor
  • Panoramic Terrace with covered areas

Tourist Superior Hotels

Hotel Opuntia

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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

Hotel Solymar

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  • Swimming pool
  • Air-conditioning and hot water
  • Wireless internet
  • Private bathroom

Tourist Hotels

Hotel Blue Marlin

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

Hotel Galapagos Suites

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Hot water
Relaxing area
Private bathroom

Economy Hotels

Cabañas Pipampiro

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

Hotel Fiesta

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Swimming pool
Air-conditioning and hot water
Private bathroom

San Cristobal Galapagos

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