Island Hopping On A Budget (8 Day)
This is the full Galapagos Experience. 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 and two uninhabited Island; Bartolomé, Seymour, Plazas or Santa Fe .
Transport between the islands is by private speed boat, accommodation is in hostels or hotels on the islands. Ideal for people that tend to get seasick and don’t want to be on board during the entire tour and are looking for a competitive price! The Budget class is ideal for the young type of travellers and also the Tourist Class is perfect for Families with children as in some hotels include a swimming pool.
DAY 1 / SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND/ La Loberia Hike & Snorkel
DAY 2 / SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND/Kicker Rock Snorkel
DAY 3 / FLOREANA ISLAND / Loberia/ Highlands /ISABELA ISLAND/Flamingo Lagoon
DAY 4 / ISABELA ISLAND (LAND OR SEA)/Cabo Rosa Snorkeling/Sierra Negra Volcano Hike
DAY 5 / ISABELA AND SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS/ Tintoreras & Tortuga Bay
DAY 6 / UNINHABITED ISLAND/ Bartolome, Seymour, Plazas or Santa Fe
DAY 7 / UNINHABITED ISLAND/Bartolome, Seymour, Plazas or Santa Fe
DAY 8 / BALTRA/ Lava Tunnel
Adult Budget Class: $2,350 USD per person + $300 Single Supplement
Adult Tourist Class: $2,700 USD per person + $500 Single Supplement
- 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 (same price as double) with private bathroom
- 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
- Personal Expenses
- Travel Insurance
Transportation: is made on board of small speedboats between islands. Navigation times can be long (max 2h30) depending on the distance between the islands. We cannot control the ocean. If a swell comes in the ride can be bumpy, especially during the Garua season (see below). If you are usually subject to motion sickness, please bring patches or pills (you can also buy pills on the islands). The patches are really effective!
This is a pretty active and group tour: you have to be fit (be used to hiking and swimming). Please take into consideration that this is not a relaxed tour. Early wake ups are usual here on the Galapagos, to make the most of the day, as days are quite short (sunset is at 6 PM).
Meals during the tour are not “a la carte”, but menus. We do our best to vary meals but remember we are on the islands and lots of products are imported or not available. Rice is a common plate here in Ecuador, chicken and (extremely fresh!) fish as well. Your meal is always accompanied by a fresh fruit juice.
You can never see all species of the Galapagos unless you do a 15 day tour visiting all the possible islands: some animals just live on some islands, sometimes in just 1 part of 1 island.
Species you CAN see on this tour:
sea lions, frigate birds, blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, tropicbirds, marine iguanas, sharks, rays, penguins, giant tortoises, turtles, Darwin finches, mockingbirds, lava lizards.
Species you CANNOT see on this tour:
albatrosses, red-footed boobies, flightless cormorants, pink iguanas (nobody can see this one as it is ultra-protected and living in a part of the islands totally closed to tourism): if you are interested in spotting one of those, let us know, so we can complete the tour with a cruise. LAND IGUANAS can be spotted on the 8-day tour only.