Enjoy an amazing 5 day tour through South Galapagos. Discover a stunning wildlife, spot sea lions and even whales if you’re lucky. Enjoy one of the most beautiful nature experiences in the world.
On this tour Galapagos islands tour, you will explore the islands of Santa Cruz, North Seymour, Española and then San Cristobal at your own pace. Swim with sea lions, snorkel, explore a volcano, meet giant tortoises, get to know the very famous Kicker Rock, and meet the local Galapagos residents.
Duration: 5 days/4 nights
Start/End Location: Galapagos airport
Availability: All year round
You will start your Galapagos Islands tour you will take the bus to the Itabacca channel and then take a ferry. Once you’re on the other side, a driver will take you to your hotel.
In the afternoon you will join a shared tour to the highlands. The dominant vegetation in the highlands is the Scalesia tree, therefore creating a beautiful lush green color. Then a short ride will take you to a 600-acre private reserve where the giant Galapagos tortoises freely roam, graze, and sleep. Walking among the tortoises in the wild will certainly be one of the most memorable moments of your trip.
After visiting these prehistoric creatures in their natural habitat you will take a 5-minute ride to the entrance of a 450-meter (1350 feet) illuminated lava tunnel. With a ceiling of nearly 20 feet high in most places, this is an amazing opportunity to see lava stalagmites, stalactites, sulfur, mineral-colored walls, as well as the rippled floor formed from lava along this unique lava formations.
North Seymour Island is full of life and is a great visitor site! You might have to clear the way to a passing sea lion or marine iguana. Blue-footed boobies nest on both sides of the trail where mating pairs perform their courtship dance. Further along the rocky shore, you can admire a strand of white sand lies inland and large flocks of sea birds.
The trail in North Seymour Island contains the largest nesting site of the magnificent frigate bird of the Galapagos Islands. These huge, dark acrobats have 5 foot wingspan and males, with inflated scarlet gular pouches, sit precariously in low bushes to watch over their equally large chicks.
In the morning you will take the Speedboat to San Cristobal at 07:00 am. You will then join the tour to Kicker Rock, also called “León Dormido” (sp. sleeping lion). The Kicker Rock is a rock formation located on the coast of San Cristobal, a magnificent island in the middle of the sea, and is shaped like a giant sleeping lion, hence its name.
The rocks are remnants of a vertical tuff stone formation and are the favorite place of several species of seabirds to shelter. Its main attractions are snorkeling and diving. You will have the chance to observe not only hammerhead sharks, but also sea turtles, octopuses, and an array of tropical fish.
Located two hours away from San Cristóbal, Española is the southernmost island and one of the oldest in the Galápagos archipelago. The island’s flat profile is extremely dry with only a few rain inches per year. Despite the dry climate, the island is one of the world’s only known nesting sites for the Waved Albatross (aka Galapagos Albatross). From April to December this island is covered with these adorably clumsy birds. Blue-Footed and Nazca Boobies as well as many other bird species also call this island home.
Another unique specie found only on Española Island is the Green and Red Marine Iguana (also known as Christmas Iguanas). You are likely to be greeted by these colorful reptiles. A visit to Gardner Bay for some open water snorkeling then completes this island visit. Whale sightings are common (but not guaranteed) during the openwater cruise to/from San Cristóbal Island.
This is where your Galapagos islands tour ends! You will go to the airport and then take your flight back to Quito or Guayaquil.
After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.