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San Cristóbal: 7-Day Galapagos Island Hopping Tour

1. San Cristóbal: 7-Day Galapagos Island Hopping Tour

Itinerary Day 1: Quito/Guayaquil – San Cristobal On the first day of your 7-day Galapagos Classic tour, your will start at San Cristobal Airport (SCY) where the guide will pick you up at the airport and will drop you off at your hotel. If you arrive before 02:00 PM you will get lunch. If you arrive later, lunch is not included. This day will be self-guided. Optional activities: you can visit The San Cristobal Interpretation Center, where you will learn about the islands, the evolution of their species, fauna, migration, and how humans came to live here. Then you can go to Playa Mann for your first contact with the stunning waters of these islands. Day 2: Kicker Rock After breakfast, you go by boat to snorkel at the famous Kicker Rock. Two volcanic rocks 140 meters tall are located off the coast of San Cristobal Island. When viewed from the south the rocks look like a sleeping lion, which is why the Spanish name is León Dormido (sleeping lion). From another side it looks more like a boot, hence the English name: Kicker Rock. In the sea, you see the great underwater life wherefore the site is that famous. The channel between the rocks is the ideal habitat to view a variety of sharks and rays. In the afternoon you go back to the hotel. Day 3: Puerto Ayora – Charles Darwins Station – Santa Cruz Island Highlands In the morning you will take the speedboat from San Cristobal to Puerto Ayora, where your guide will be waiting for you. Around 10:30 AM you will visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, where you can see the memorial site for the last living Galapagos tortoise of its species. In the afternoon you will go to the Highlands of Santa Cruz to make closer contact with the Giant Galapagos Tortoises. You will have lunch here. Day 4: Santa Fe Island After breakfast, you will travel to Santa Fe Island which is a small island that lies in the center of the Galapagos archipelago. Among animals, Santa Fe is home to endemic species such as the Barrington Land Iguana (Conolophus pallidum). After a 45-minute boat ride, you will arrive at the bay of Santa Fe. There you will have a very nice snorkeling activity, if you are lucky, you can spot some birds on the rocks. After snorkeling, you will go to Playa Escondida or Garrapatero in Santa Cruz island and have a wet landing there, where you will discover the beach. *Wet landing means that the boat gets close to the beach, and from there you will disembark in the sea. It is recommended that you bring extra clothing, as you might get wet. Day 5: Free Morning – Isabela Island – Flamingo Lagoon This morning you have to explore by yourself. Around 1.30 PM, you will take a public speedboat to Isabela Island, which takes approximately 2,5 hours. Upon arrival in Isabela, you will visit the Flamingo Lagoon. This place is the largest coastal lagoon found in the Galapagos and is one of the main reproductive sites for the majority of flamingos. Day 6: Los Tuneles Snorkeling Today, you will explore the amazing formations of lava created by the last eruptions of the Volcanic Island along the seashore. Over here, you will have the best snorkeling opportunity with all these beautiful animals, including the curious Galapagos penguin playing around. After the trip, you can enjoy some optional activities such as kayaking in Tintoreras, taking surfing lessons, biking, or just relaxing on the exotic white-sand beaches of Isabela Island. We recommend you take some time to visit the giant tortoise breeding center. Day 7: Transfer Out to Baltra Airport This is the last day of your 7 Day Galapagos Classic tour. After breakfast you take a short transfer to Isabela Airport (5 min) from where you take a small airplane (capacity of 9 people) to Baltra Airport. The flight time is about 40 minutes. The tour will end upon arrival to Baltra Airport.

6 Day Galapagos Island Hopping Classic

2. 6 Day Galapagos Island Hopping Classic

Itinerary Day 1: Transfer In - San Cristobal The guide will pick you up at San Cristobal Airport and take you to the hotel. After a nice Ecuadorian lunch, you will have the time to visit Playa Mann, Las Tijeretas, or Punta Carola by yourself. You will be welcomed by the hundreds of Galapagos sea lions that live in the village. Day 2: San Cristobal Highlands – El Junco – Puerto Chino Today, you will visit the highlands of San Cristobal. Your driver will take you to the first stop in about 30 minutes which is El Junco Crater Lake, the only freshwater lake on the Galapagos Islands. Then, you will continue to Puerto Chino, a beautiful white-sanded beach. You will follow a path that leads you along Opuntia cacti until you reach the white sandy beach of Puerto Chino. Here, you can take a short walk along the lazy sea lions that lie on the beach, towards the blue-footed boobies on the rocks. You will walk back to the car, and you will be taken to the last stop, La Galapaguera, a breeding ground with very nice wooden walkways and clear indications. Day 3: Flight Isabela – Biking Self Guided – Kayak Puerto Villamil Early in the morning, you will go to Isabela Island with a flight of about 40 minutes. After dropping off your luggage and enjoying the village a bit, you will go on a mountain bike to the breeding center and other accessible places, or you can simply walk to the Muro de Las Lagrimas. Along the way, you have a great chance to see the giant tortoises just next to the road. In the afternoon, your guide will accompany you for a relaxing and beautiful kayak excursion in the bay of Puerto Villamil. Here, you will be able to spot various endemic animals such as marine iguanas, sea lions, and penguins. Day 4: Sierra Negra Volcano Early in the morning, you will be picked up and driven to the highlands. For the first activity, you will have a hike in the Sierra Negra Volcano, which has the second-largest active crater in the world with a diameter of 10 km. The second part of the hike will take you to Chico, a cone of Sierra Negra with moonlike landscapes. This will give you an idea of how the islands looked at their creation. You will be back at around 02:00 PM. The rest of the afternoon is free to enjoy the beach on your own. Day 5: Charles Darwin Research Center – Santa Cruz Highlands At 06:00 AM, you will take a public speed boat to Santa Cruz Island, where you will have breakfast. Then, you will visit the renowned Charles Darwin Research Station. In the afternoon, you will visit the highlands of Santa Cruz and see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. The ride to the highlands takes about 40 minutes from the village of Puerto Ayora. Once there, you will take a short walk of about 30 minutes on a private ranch to see these famous animals. Day 6: Transfer Out After breakfast, you will travel to Baltra Airport. The tour will end on arrival at the airport, where you will leave for Quito or Guayaquil.

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