Galapagos Island Hopping
This land-based Galapagos adventure offers a mixture of wildlife, marine activities and great food while staying at boutique hotels. Visit the islands of San Cristobal, Isabela and Santa Cruz, each very different and offering a wonderful array of experiences that unfold with the help of expert local naturalist guides. An ideal alternative to explore areas not possible to reach on the regular Galapagos Island cruises, and to better interact with the local people.
Day 1: Arrive San Cristobal Island On arrival in San Cristobal, enjoy a lunchtime briefing before visiting the Galapagos Interpretation Centre, followed by a walk to Frigate Hill with bird spotting along the way. Later, snorkel with sea lions and turtles and enjoy a glorious Galapagos sunset.
Day 2: San Cristobal Island A day of swimming and snorkelling in the nutrient-rich waters amongst the many species of tropical fish, rays and turtles. Don't be surprised if sea-lions come and play around you in this marine haven. Overhead, blue-footed boobies and frigate birds wheel as your naturalist guide explains more about the wonder of these amazing islands.
Day 3: San Cristobal Island > Isabela Island Fly to Isabela, the largest island in the Galapagos. Shaped like a sea-horse, it was created by the eruption of six volcanoes that then joined together to create one of the younger islands in the Galapagos, and certainly the most impressive. On arrival, hike through a variety of eco-systems and observe giant tortoises in the wild. Later, delve into a group of small lava islands, full of life including reef sharks, sea turtles, marine iguanas and the amazing and unique Galapagos penguin. A penguin on the equator "“ who would have guessed?
Day 4: Isabela Island Drive into the highlands of Isabela observing a dramatic change in vegetation and, at more than 1,000 metres altitude, arrive at the enormous Sierra Negra volcano. At more than 12 kilometres wide, this is the second largest active caldera on earth. Also visit Chico Volcano, famous for its spectacular lava formations, before returning to the coast and enjoying some free time on a picture perfect beach.
Day 5: Isabela Island > Santa Cruz Island This morning, embark on a speedboat crossing to Santa Cruz Island. On arrival, transfer to the highlands to visit giant tortoises. Next, be amazed when you visit Los Gemelos, two massive volcanic sinkholes at the peak of the island situated in a Scalesia forest area rich in birdlife, especially by Darwin's finches. If time permits, a visit will be made to the Charles Darwin Research Station later this afternoon.
Day 6: Depart Santa Cruz Island Transfer to the airport for departure.
• Tailor-made journey with English speaking local guides • 5 nights' accommodation, transfers and transport • Flight San Cristobal > Isabela • Speedboat Isabela > Santa Cruz • Sightseeing • 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners
Pricing (per person) $NZD
Booking conditions Return flights from the mainland are additional. There is a US$100 Galapagos National Park fee that is payable on arrival and a US$20 INGALA Migration Control charge payable when flying from the mainland. Both are paid in cash. You can extend your stay on any of the islands at additional cost. Contact World Journeys for details.
Return flights from the mainland are additional. There is a US$100 Galapagos National Park fee that is payable on arrival and a US$20 INGALA Migration Control charge payable when flying from the mainland. Both are paid in cash. You can extend your stay on any of the islands at additional cost. Contact World Journeys for details.