Discover the stunning nature of the Galapagos from the awesome moon-like volcanic landscape of Sierra Negra Volcano to the Giant Tortoises in the Highlands of Santa Cruz.
Come to the “Lost Paradise” of the Galapagos, Isabela Island. The Galapagos is such an unforgettable place that you must visit on this land-based tour. Galapagos Penguins, Sea Lions, Giant Tortoises, Flamingos, Mockingbirds, Marine Iguanas are the magical wildlife that makes the Galapagos a unique place on earth. During this tour, you will have the opportunity to do several activities such as hiking, snorkeling, navigating, and wildlife viewing.
Duration: 5 days
Start time: 11:00 am
Start & End Location: Baltra Island Airport
Language availability: English & Spanish
Day 1: Welcome to the Galapagos!
You can fly to Galapagos Islands from Quito or Guayaquil only. At Baltra Island airport, an English-speaking guide will be waiting for you. He will then take you to Puerto Ayora for lunch.
At 14:00 pm, you will board a public speedboat that will lead you towards Isabela Island. Then, you will have the time to briefly rest at the hotel. After this, you will head to the Flamingo Lagoon which happens to be the largest coastal lagoon in the Islands. It is also one of the main reproductive sites for the flamingos.
Day 2: It’s time to hike the volcano
Option 1: Sierra Negra Volcano
At 8:00 am, after breakfast, you will get ready for the Sierra Negra Volcano hike. Don’t forget to wear comfortable clothes, walking shoes, a light rain jacket and a hat. Make sure your camera is stored in a waterproof bag, wear some sunscreen and bring water! You will then travel approximately 45 minutes to begin the 7.5 miles hike.
The hike is long in terms of distance but is not very difficult. If you wish to ride a horse for an additional cost, do let us know beforehand. Sierra Negra Volcano has the second largest crater in the world, measuring approximately 6 miles in diameter and 300 feet deep. You will eventually reach Volcan Chico, which should provide a spectacular view of the islands.
Once you go back to the hotel, you will have the opportunity to take a short break to rest. In the afternoon, why don’t you do some snorkeling in Concha Perla, swim with sea lions, and, with a little luck, sea turtles and rays?
Option 2: Los Tuneles (extra cost)
For this tour, there are two departure times available: one at 8:00 am and the other at 11:00 am. As the chosen departure may vary, you will be notified for the departure time of this particular day trip the night before.
Cabo Rosa aka Los Tuneles is perhaps one of the most beautiful sights in the archipelago. Continuous volcanic eruptions petrified into tunnel-like lava formations right in the middle of the sea, and crystal clear turquoise water allows an amazing view of marine vegetation.
The first stop is a small islet in the middle of the ocean, home to pelicans, blue-footed boobies, and sea lions. Finados snorkeling site is the next stop, where you can swim next to sea turtles, Tintoreras sharks (endemic to the islands), trumpet fish and surgeonfish.
Hopefully, eagle and golden rays will come to this site too. Getting to Los Tuneles will take around one hour and a half to two hours. Once there, the speedboat will navigate through various spots in and around the Lava Tunnels. Here you get the chance to do some more snorkeling and enjoy some short walks while observing the landscape and wildlife inhabiting the area. A lunchbox on board will be provided for this day.
Day 3: See the teeming nature of Tintoreras Islet
After breakfast, get ready to visit Tintoreras Islet. After a 20-minute ride on a small speedboat, you will arrive at Tintoreras Islet. The name of the islet actually derives from the sharks that dwell in the waters surrounding the islet: the white-tipped fins Tintorera Sharks. The islet is one of the most stunning places on Isabela Island.
There, you will find Galapagos sea lions, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, Sally Lightfoot Crabs, sea turtles, pelicans, and Galapagos Penguins. It is one of the main breeding sites for marine iguanas so it’s a great spot to get a close-up with them. After a hike around the islet, get back on the boat and take some time to snorkel in the waters nearby. After such an amazing experience, you will return to the hotel for lunch.
In the afternoon, visit the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center of Isabela. There, you will observe a variety of giant tortoises. You will also hear how this center has successfully bred the giant tortoises to preserve many endangered subspecies. After that, you will visit the Wall of Tears, el Muro de las Lagrimas.
On the way back, you will make a visit to a Lava Tunnel near the Wall – visits to Mirador Orchilla, Estero de Isabela, and Playa del Amor are also part of the schedule.
Get ready to go to the dock and take the public speedboat, which leaves at 7:00 a.m. (subject to change), to Puerto Ayora in Santa Cruz Island. Upon arrival, the guide will take you to eat breakfast.
In the Highlands of Santa Cruz, you will have the unforgettable opportunity to observe the famous Galapagos Giant Tortoises in their natural environment. The Islands were named after these species! After this, you will go back to Puerto Ayora.
In the afternoon, the guide will have specified the meeting time to begin the visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station. You will learn about the ongoing conservation efforts directed at preserving the Giant Tortoises, as well as the natural environment of the archipelago as a whole. After this, you will visit the Art Galleries of Puerto Ayora.
On the final day, you will wake up around 6:00 am to get ready and have breakfast before the transfer out to Baltra Airport where you will catch your return flight to Quito or Guayaquil. The last visit to the Twin Craters on the way out will depend on the time of your flight and the timings for the tour.
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.