Barefoot Expeditions: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador and Peru Travel Adventures

Galapagos Island Hopping 5 days

  • Beach in San Cristobal
  • Floreana
  • Floreana Galapagos
  • San Cristobal - Galapagos
  • Floreana Galapagos
  • Dinner in isabela group tour
  • Galapagos tours
  • Galapagos tour isabela
  • Isabela island beach
  • Tintoreras at Puerto Villamil
  • lava formations
  • Charles Darwin research station
  • Fisherman port galapagos
  • Charles Darwin research station

The Galapagos Island Hopping on a budget tours have fixed departures once or twice a month and you go on tour with max. 16 fellow travelers to explore the magic of each island. The tours include the highlights of all the four inhabited islands (San Cristobal, Isabela, Santa Cruz and Floreana). Transport between the islands is by private speed boat, accommodation is in hostels or hotels on the islands. Ideal for those who don’t want to be on board during the entire tour and are looking for a competitive price! The tour is ideal for the younger “backpacker” type of client aged between 18 and 40 years.

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Hotel based land tour 5 days - 4 Islands

SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND / DAY 1
Morning: Meet on San Cristobal Island & transfer to the hotel. Get settled and enjoy a nice Ecuadorian lunch. Afternoon: Visit Loberia Beach: a beautiful beach with great snorkeling! During the snorkel you may find sea turtles, rays, sea lions and many species of colorful fish. There is also a nice hike (optional) to a cliff where you can see many birds such as, blue footed boobies and frigate birds, fishing during the evening. After that we go back to the hotel to get ready for dinner. It is possible to spot sea lions, sea turtles, rays, marine iguanas, frigate birds, blue footed boobies etc. Meals included: -/L/D Difficulty: EASY
FLOREANA ISLAND / DAY 2
AM: Breakfast at 6 AM, at 06h30 we meet at the pier and at 7 AM we depart for Floreana. The ride takes 2h30. At arrival, we will snorkel at Loberia beach and then visit the highlands, a place called “Peace Asylum” where the first colonist of the islands settled. The guide will tell you about the history of the colonists. We will also spot Galapagos giant tortoises on the way. Lunch will be served in the small village of Velasco Ibarra. Afterward, we will continue to Isabela island – 1h30 ride. Isabela is a beautiful island with its port located near a clear bay and along White Sandy beach. At arrival, the bus will pick us up and we will reach the flamingo lagoon to spot these beautiful animals at sunset. Meals included: B/L/D Difficulty: EASY
ISABELA ISLAND (LAND OR SEA) / DAY 3
We offer you 2 choices for this day: Volcanoes or Cabo Rosa (with a supplement, look at the price section) (best season December –May). Isabela is the biggest island but only a really small part of it can be visited, the rest is entirely protected by the National Park and visits are forbidden. A) VOLCANO HIKE: Early in the morning we will reach by bus the highlands: we will begin a trekking (6 hours!) to the Sierra Negra and Chico volcano. Sierra Negra has the second largest active crater in the world: 10km round. We will continue to Chico volcano, which is a cone of Sierra Negra. We will walk through moon-like sceneries and have great views all over Fernandina and the north of the island. This gives us an idea of how the islands looked at their creation. Lunch will be served in a local farm which is also a tortoise reserve. We will be back around 3h30 PM and we will end the day with a nice swim and snorkel at Concha y Perla lagoon. (included in the cost of the tour) Meals included: B/L/D Difficulty: MEDIUM B) CABO ROSA TUNNELS: If still you’re ok for a boat ride (2 hours), you can take the excursion to Cabo Rosa tunnels. This is an amazing place where the volcano activity created lava tunnels going under and over the sea level. We can spot the penguins, blue footed boobies.. and we will have great snorkeling too! Back to port around 2PM, late lunch and then we will wait until around 3h30PM when the rest of the group comes back from the volcano to go and swim/snorkel at Concha y Perla lagoon. (extra cost 100 USD) Meals included: B/L/D Difficulty: Easy
ISABELA AND SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS / DAY 4
In the morning we will visit the Tintoreras Islet near to the port: there we can spot small Galapagos penguins, marine iguanas, and sea lions. Hike and snorkeling are scheduled before we continue on to Santa Cruz. Afterward, we will continue on to Santa Cruz (2 hours). At arrival, transfer to the hotel and lunch. Then we will walk to the Tortuga Bay beach to enjoy the last swim into the Galapagos waters and spot a huge iguana colony. The walk to Tortuga Bay is 3km each way, passing through a giant endemic cactus forest. Meals included: B/L/D Difficulty: EASY TO MEDIUM
BALTRA / DAY 5
In the morning we will reach the airport passing by a lava tunnel that we will visit going entirely through it. Sometimes we can spot an owl there. After that you will be dropped off at Baltra airport to catch your flight back to Ecuador mainland. Meals included: B/-/ Difficulty: EASY
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Included

  • All visits accompanied by a naturalist guide of the National Park (English/Spanish speaking)
  • Meals mentioned in the itinerary (menus for lunch and dinner)
  • All transportation within Galapagos Islands (boat, bus)
  • Snorkel Gear (up to size 47) and wetsuit (shorty)
  • Accommodation in accommodation chosen in double or triple rooms with private bathroom

Not Included

  • Airflight rate to Galápagos (we can book the flights for you)
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee (100 USD for adults / 50 USD for children aged less than 12 years)
  • Galapagos transit control card (20 USD per person)
  • Extra drinks
  • Tips
  • Personal Expenses
  • Travel Insurance

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Testimonials

  • “We had a wonderful time. Everything exceeded our expectations.”

    The McDonalds, San Francisco, CA
  • “Great Galapagos trip through Barefoot Expeditions – Highly recommended Service”
    As one of our main highlights for our 3 1/2 weeks Ecuador travel we wanted to go for a Galapagos cruise and found Barefoot Expeditions through tripadvisor as a well recommended agency with great personal service. The agency, located in Quito, is owned by Diego and Kerstin and their web page gives a good taste of their service.

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