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Galapagos Island Hopper 2020

6 days with Contiki   Rating: Budget
Restricted to Ages 18-35

Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Guayaquil to Isabela Island via Santa Cruz
We’ve arrived in Ecuador’s largest city and are ready and raring to conquer it all. Getting out of here pretty early we’ll take to the skies, bound for the glorious Galapagos Islands. Excited much? You should be. On arrival we’ll appease our rumbling stomachs with some munch.Giant tortoises roaming their natural surroundings and incredible old lava tunnels will welcome us onto the island of Santa Cruz. After lunch, we’ll take to the ocean and make tracks to our home for the night – the impossibly glorious Isabela Island, where we’ll sleep amidst the spellbinding beauty of the Galapagos National Park.The inspiration behind Charles Darwin’s 'Origin of Species’, Isabela Island is home to wildlife you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Picture the scene – sandy streets, palm trees, crystal waters and seal pups playing – can it really get any more perfect? Soak it all in, as it’s home for the next little while.

Day 2 Isabela Island
Well good morning paradise. The ocean is calling, and who are we to resist her? Our wildlife kayaking adventure will see us taking to the seas with beady eyes on the lookout for green sea turtles.

Day 3 Isabela Island to Santa Cruz Island
We’ll wake up hungry for the day this morning (that’s what island life does to you), and for good reason – Santa Cruz is on the horizon.After settling in to the Santa Cruz way of life, we’ll stroll down to the beach and the cosy Tortuga Bay. Wildlife fanatics will be in their element – the island is known for sharks, rays, turtles, great blue herons, and even blue footed boobies. Spend your time sunbaking next to a marine iguana, or roam the streets stopping off in cute cafes for fresh juice pit stops.

Day 4 Santa Cruz to San Cristobal Island
Our stint on Santa Cruz wraps up this morning with a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station where one of the island's most famous residents once lived, Lonesome George, the now deceased 100-year old tortoise. The Research Station is something of a mini miracle in action, where countless species of tortoise and land iguanas have been brought back from the brink of extinction.Back on our boat we’ll set sail for San Cristobal, keeping our eyes peeled for cute bathing sea lions (we won’t have to look too hard – they’re literally everywhere). Four extinct volcanoes sit across the island creating scenic highlands that are best experienced by bike – mainly cruising downhill, you'll be happy to know. The tiny town of El Progreso will add a splash of colour to our journey, and we’ll also cross five different vegetation zones before arriving at our seaside destination – La Loberia beach.

Day 5 San Cristobal Island
It’s our last day soaking up the natural beauty of the Galapagos, and what a day we’ve got planned. Bird-watching will kick us off, followed by a cruise to the 143-metre Kicker Rock – a natural phenomenon that protrudes from the ocean and is one of the greatest icons of the area. Our Local Guide will give us the low-down on the wildlife – both above and below the water – that surrounds the rock, then we’ll jump in and explore for ourselves. Keep a look out for chocolate chip starfish and a Galapagos Shark or two, but remember the golden rule – keep those toes off the coral, as you can do serious damage to the delicate eco-system. Back on board, we’ll make tracks for Puerto Grande beach. Here, we’ll eat lunch on board and enjoy a final afternoon of Galapagos fun, before rounding off the day with a feat to end all feasts. WHAT A DAY.

Day 6 San Cristobal to Guayaquil
There’s time to relax this morning & take in the beauty of the island before heading back to the mainland where your trip ends on arrival. Not done yet? Why not fly to Peru and join our Andes and Amazon Highlights trip?

All This Included
With 6 days island hopping through the unexplored waters and hidden treasures of the Galapagos islands, this trip is a must for the lovers of the great outdoors. Whether you are snorkelling with sea lions & rays, or chilling with the Galapagos giant tortoise, this adventure is epic.

Accommodation

  • We always provide comfortable accommodation in a relaxed atmosphere - think comfy hotels with twin share rooms and bright communal areas for you and your new squad to relax and socialise.

 

Food

  • You can expect to refuel with a hearty breakfasts, luscious lunches and delicious dinners from us but we'll also give you the opportunity to sample some of the best local cuisine. We'll get 8 of your meals, you get the rest. Taste it all - from simple street eats to gourmet fare.

 

Staff

  • A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life. An expert driver who knows foreign roads better than Google Maps. Local Guides who make tourist traps a thing of the past. This is your team. Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything we do.

 

Included in the price

  • Intra Tour Air Ecuador and Galapagos Hoppers
  • Intra Tour Air Tax Ecuador and Galapagos Hoppers

 

Highlights

Guayaquil to Isabela Island

  • Included Flight to Baltra

 

Isabela Island

  • Snorkelling experience
  • Wildlife kayaking adventure

 

Isabela Island to Santa Cruz Island

  • Visit Tortuga Bay and take a hike to a secluded beach

 

Santa Cruz Island to San Cristobal Island

  • Visit Charles Darwin Research Station

 

San Cristobal Island

  • Explore Kicker Rock
  • Boat cruise and off shore bird spotting experience
  • Galapagos Meal
  • Visit a private beach

 

San Cristobal Island to Guayaquil

  • Included flight to Guayaquil

 

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Notes
  • *Your tour starts in Guayaquil at 6:00am and ends in Guayaquil at 4:00pm. Please join your Contiki tour at the start hotel as outlined in your tour documents. Check your travel documents for How To Get There & Pre-Departure Meeting information. Please do not book flights on the last day of the tour before 8:00pm.
  • *Please do not book flights on the last day of the tour before 8:00pm.
  • *A passport is needed to enter Ecuador for all passengers unless they are residents or citizens of Ecuador.
  • *The Galapagos Islands have a compulsory US$100 entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park, a US$20 INGALA fee and a US$10 Isabela Island tax that are only payable in cash on arrival.
  • *MANDATORY: Passport details are required for all Latin America Tours. The clients name as it appears on their passport, date of birth, gender, passport number, expiry date with 6 months validity, and nationality is required by final payment.
  • *MANDATORY INFORMATION:- If flights are not booked by Contiki, the flight information AND International Ticket numbers must be advised to Contiki NO LATER than 50 days prior to departure.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.