10 DAY GALAPAGOS FREESTYLE ACTIVE EXPERIENTIAL TOUR TRIP
Quito or Guayaquil ● Galapagos / San Cristobal – Santa Cruz / Isabela Island ● Quito or Guayaquil
- 2 nights in Quito or Guayaquil
- 2 Nights accommodation in Puerto Ayora/Santa Cruz Island or San Cristobal
- 5 Night accommodation in Isabela Island
- Accommodation Options: De Luxe, First Class and Standard
Discover Galapagos in a free, active and profound way.
Travel to Quito or Guayaquil and be attended to in a personalized way from the moment you land in Ecuador as a special guest of our company, allExpeditions.
An active tour in the Enchanted Islands, where you can appreciate nature in all senses of the word. Get to know this laboratory of species from the surface to the bottom of the sea.
Stay at Scalesia Lodges tent cabins in a small forest area on Isabela Island, in a small Hotel or in a Private Villa facing the sea in the same Island of Isabela, the largest of the Archipelago.
This Tour does not include a cruise, it is a Free, active, experiential Tour. Unique and unforgettable.
The service we offer is personalized, private, you choose what you want to do and we contribute to make this tour a great trip.
SPECIAL NOTE: Rate is per 2 travelers (minimum) and may vary depending on the accommodation type.
This Tour is for a maximum of 6 passengers.
DepartureQuito or Guayaquil
Departure TimeApproximately 6:00 AM
Return TimeApproximately 6:00 PM
Dress CodeCasual, comfortable and light and warm
Included4 Star Accomodation5 Star AccommodationAirport TransferAll applicable taxesAll Mentioned ActivitiesAll Mentioned MealsBottled waterDeparture taxes/customs/immigration feesFirst Class AccommodationPrivate GuidePrivate TourPrivate TransportationShared GuideTaxes
Not Includedalcoholic/non alcoholic beveragesBoat rideBreakfastCycle rideDaily buffet breakfastDeluxe cruise on Halong bayDomestic airfareIndicated entrance feesInternational airfaresJeep SafariMonuments Entry FeesPersonal ExpensesPrivate boat tripShared Boat rideShared Hotel TransfersTrainWaterproof Clothing
DAY 1: QUITO or GUAYAQUIL
DAY 2: SANTA CRUZ
Depart from Quito to the airport at 7:00am (approximate time from Quito to the airport is 0:30 minutes)
Flight to Galapagos (Baltra) /Arrive Baltra /Free Time /Overnight at your Hotel of choice.
NOTE: Galapagos time (GMT-6)
DAY 3: SANTA CRUZ
Early morning transfer to the highlands of Santa Cruz where we will have a great opportunity to get close to giant tortoises roaming in their natural habitat. Explore a cavernous underground Lava Tunnel where we can view one of the geological wonders of our volcanic islands.
Lunch around Town/ The rest of the afternoon we are free to enjoy the island
(Optional Transfer to Tortuga Bay- upon request)/ Night stay at Hotel of your choice
DAY 4: SANTA CRUZ – ISABELA ISLAND
*Transfer in/out / TAXI VAN CANAL – PORT- Taxi
*Shared Boat to Isabela ( approximate time 1 hour 30 minutes)
PRIVATE BOAT AVAILABLE upon request
*Transfer from Isabela to your Hotel of choice
DAY 5: TUNELES
Walk across some of the lava platforms, get into the water and snorkel around the inner tunnels, swimming with the famous Galapagos sea life. Isabela Island is the largest of islands which make up the archipelago of the Galapagos Islands. With its great diversity of flora and fauna, glorious beaches, and abundance of history, it is one of the great attractions travelers seek in Ecuador.
The tour starts early in the morning after we are picked up from your Hotel of choice, you will be transferred to the tunnels, this is one of the best places for snorkeling because its waters are calm, transparent and shallow.
This is a unique site thanks to its wonderful geological formations, as lava flows have formed a lot of arches or tunnels, in and out of the water, where several species of marine fauna of the Enchanted Islands refuge. During the way giant manta rays and sea turtles observed on the surface. During the walk the guide will explain arches formations that exist in the place and enjoy the Blue footed boobies and an unforgettable landscape. At the end we will be transferred back to the dock of the port.
Snorkeling gear (mask & fins) provided/wet suits upon request
Pick up time: around 9:00am
1 ( box lunch Tuneles)/ Overnight at your Hotel of choice.
DAY 6: SIERRA NEGRA AND VOLCAN CHICO
Today we will visit one of Isabela’s most impressive attractions the Sierra Negra and Chico Volcano. Sierra Negra is one of the most active volcanoes of the archipelago and its recent eruption took place in 2005. The volcano’s crater is considered the second largest in the world with a diameter of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles). Sierra Negra Volcano has one of the biggest and most amazing calderas of an active volcano on earth. It is also the only active volcano that we can visit in the Galapagos Islands. This is a 16 km challenging hike on different terrains, depending on the climate it can be hot, humid, muddy and/or rocky at times. For this hike its recommendable to have proper hiking shoes, sun protection, and 2 liters of water per person (please remind me to pack these items and some snacks for all).
After this excursion we have free time to enjoy some activities (not included) such as snorkeling in Concha y Perla, surfing, biking or visit the famous Wall of Tears a historic site which took the life of thousands of prisoners during its construction. Here we have beautiful view points and sometimes here we can see giant tortoises walking around freely.
Pick up time: around 9:00am
1 (box lunch Sierra Negra )/ Overnight at your Hotel of choice.
DAY 7: TINTORERAS
Tintoreras / sharing basis
This day in Isabela we explore the well-known islet called Tintoreras, a path alongside a reef that is home to several white tip sharks -we can easily observe them from land. From the main dock we take a 45 minute boat ride around the Tintoreras lava formations where we will see colonies of penguins. Before setting over to the islet we do a dinghy ride around the bay of Isabela to spot the famous Galapagos penguin, blue footed boobies, sea turtles and sea lions. The famous attraction in Tintoreras is the shark tunnel, this is where Tintoreras (white tip sharks) come in and rest for the day before going out for hunting during the night.
Enjoy a snorkeling activity with high chances to swim with sea turtles, colorful fish and manta rays.
Pick up time: around 9:00am / Lunch around town at a local place
DAY 8: FREESTYLE (on our own) BIKING TO WALL OF TEARS
Recommended Trip: The Wall of Tears (Spanish: El Muro de las Lágrimas) is a historical site 5 km west of Puerto Villamil on Isabela island in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. It was constructed between the years of 1945 and 1959 by prisoners in the penal colony on the island, which had been established by President José María Velasco Ibarra in 1944, using infrastructure left by the US military after World War II.
The wall is about 25 m (65 ft) tall and is said to have been the cause of thousands of deaths during its construction. Locals call it the wall of tears because it is said to emanate eerie cries and have a heavy energy surrounding it In the road with lucky we can see tortoises walking around, beside that a great viewpoint at one side of the trail, also we can make a short stop to observe the wetlands.
Half Day Bikes availability included but needs to be booked and confirmed.
Recommended optional activities upon request:
- Kayacking with snorkeling equipment
- Paddle Boarding
Free time to rest / Overnight at your Hotel of choice.
DAY 9: SANTA CRUZ ISLAND - BALTRA – QUITO or GUAYAQUIL
Early in the morning depart to Santa Cruz
*Transfer out from your Hotel to Canal
*Shared Boat to Santa Cruz (approximate time 1 hour 30 minutes)
PRIVATE BOAT AVAILABLE upon request
*Transfer Santa Cruz – Puerto Ayora
Flight back to Ecuador Land. (Guayaquil or Quito)
Transfer in / Overnight at Hotel of Choice
DAY 10 - Transfer out International Departure