Santa Cruz & Isabela & San Cristobal

Galapagos Island Hopping

8 days



Santa Cruz │ Boat Trip │ Isabela │ Sierra Negra │ Los Tuneles │ San Cristobal │ Leon Dormido


Day 1: Quito or Guayaquil – Baltra – Santa Cruz

You will be welcomed by your guide on arrival. On the neighboring island, Santa Cruz you will first visit its highlands and admire the famous giant tortoises of the Galapagos in their natural habitat at a ranch. After lunch, you continue to the Charles Darin Station, where you learn about the turtle breeding program in the national park of the Galapagos.

Day 2: Santa Cruz: Boat Trip

Today you explore one of the following Galapagos Islands located nearby, depending on availability: Plazas, Seymour, Santa Fé, Bartolomé, Floreana or Cerro Dragón. There you can explore the island and its underwater world while hiking and snorkeling. After enjoying lunch aboard the yacht, you return to Santa Cruz in the late afternoon.

Day 3: Santa Cruz – Isabela

After breakfast you have leisure time on Santa Cruz. We recommend visiting the turtle bay “Tortuga Bay“ with its beautiful white-sand beach, located only 5km/3,1mi from Puerto Ayora. In the afternoon you continue to the biggest island of the archipelago: Isabela (journey time: approx. 2.5 hours). There you can relax, ending the day with a walk on the beach.

Day 4: Isabela

In the morning you travel to the highlands of Isabela and hike along the foothills of the ”Sierra Negra” valcano up to the crater rim, where you have a spectacular view of the bottom of the crater and its surroundings. The Sierra Negra carter is the second-largest in the world with a diameter of 9km/5,6mi. Before returning to your hotel, you also visit its fuming side crater: The “Chico” volcano.

Day 5: Isabela

This day is at your disposal. Optionally you can book the excursion „Los Tuneles“ where you get to know the underwater world even more. Alternatively, you may also visit Islote Tintoreras, embark on a kayak excursion, or rent bikes and visit the wall of tears.

Day 6: Isabela – San Cristobal

In the morning, a small airplane takes you from Isabela Island to San Cristobal Island where the rest of the day is at your disposal. You may visit the interpretation centre or relax the afternoon away in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Day 7: San Cristobal: Boat Trip

Today a boat takes you to one of these natural highlights of the island:

León Dormido: After visiting the volcanic rock island León Dormido and its population of sea birds, you travel to the white-sand beach at Puerto Grande Bay for swimming and snorkeling.

Punta Pitt: The tour starts with bird watching Pitt-Rock and afterwards you drive to Punta Pitt, where you are accompanied by seals and iguanas on your hike along the cliffs.

Española: In the morning you navigate to Española Island where you dock at Punta Suarez. Here you go on a walk over the island where you can see many birds like the blue footed booby, Nazca-Boobies, and the Galapagos albatross. Finally you reach the famous “blowhole”. In the afternoon you visit the picturesque Gardner Bay which is home to a colony of sea lions. Here you can go snorkeling and explore the underwater world of the Galapagos.

Day 8: San Cristobal – Guayaquil or Quito

This is the last day of your Galapagos journey. Your driver will take you to the San Cristobal airport to travel back to Guayaquil or Quito. We wish you a good and safe flight!