Barefoot Expeditions: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador and Peru Travel Adventures

Island Hopping On A Budget

The tours include the highlights of all the four inhabited islands (San Cristobal, Isabela, Santa Cruz and Floreana)

The 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.


(Choose a departure date and an accommodation level. You will get a confirmation email from us within 24 hours once your spot is fully booked.)

Island Hopping On A Budget (6 days)

SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND / DAY 1
Arrival on San Cristobal Island and transfer to your hotel. Lunch and then visit of the Loberia beach and Cliff: this is a hike not long but a bit difficult as you have to walk on lava rocks for a part of it. But it is really worth it as on the way we can spot huge marine iguanas and near the Cliff swallow tailed gulls, blue footed and Nazca boobies, frigate birds. Back to the beach for a snorkel session: usually there we can spot turtles and all sorts of tropical fish, and of course the funny sea lions! Meals included: -/L/D Difficulty: MEDIUM
SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND / DAY 2
Departure in the morning for a great snorkeling tour at Kicker Rock aka Leon Dormido: a great snorkel site very famous because we can spot there rays, reef sharks, and if lucky, hammerhead sharks! Back on board we will reach a nearby beach, we’ll have lunch on board and then relax time before we navigate back to port around 2PM. Rest of the afternoon free until dinner. Meals included: B/L/D Difficulty: MEDIUM (snorkeling in open water)
FLOREANA ISLAND / DAY 3
AM: Breakfast at 6AM, at 06h30 we meet at the pier and at 7AM 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 first colons of the islands settled. The guide will tell you about the history of the colons. We will also spot Galapagos giant tortoises on the way. Lunch will be served in the small village of Velasco Ibarra. Afterwards we will continue to Isabela island – 1h30 ride. Isabela is a beautiful island with its port located near a clear bay and a long 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 4
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. 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) Difficulty: MEDIUM CABO ROSA TUNNELS: If still you’re ok for some 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 5
In the morning we will visit the Tintoreras Islet near to the port: there we can spot small Galapagos penguins, sea lions, marine iguanas, and sea lions. Hike and snorkeling are scheduled before we continue on to Santa Cruz. Afterwards 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 a 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
BALTRA / DAY 6
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. Meals included: B/-/ Difficulty: EASY

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

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  • “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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