Hike up Sierra Negra Volcano – the second largest volcanic crater in the world – and walk on the lava fields, observe flamingos at an isolated lagoon, be amazed at the unique wildlife of the Galápagos
Please note, these local payments are not included in the price of this tour.+5.00 USD (Municipal Tax)+10.00 USD (Transit Control Card)+100.00 USD (Galapagos Park Fee)
See a different side of the Galápagos from your base on the archipelago's two largest islands, Isabela and Santa Cruz. Travel by air, road and speedboat to Isabela Island. Hike around Sierra Negra Volcano's massive crater, visit a tortoise breeding centre and shark resting grounds. Witness flamingos in the wild, visit the world-renowned Charles Darwin Research Centre and enjoy plenty of opportunities to snorkel along the way.
- Quito to Galápagos return flight. Sierra Negra Volcano hike. Concha Perla snorkelling. Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre visit. 'Wall of Tears' visit. Islote Tintoreras sail and visit. Santa Cruz Island stay. Highlands visit. Charles Darwin Research Station and Interpretation Centre visit. Los Gemelos visit. Wildlife-viewing excursions. Internal flights.
- 5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners. (Allow USD135-175 for meals not included. You must pay a USD100 (cash) Galápagos Park entry fee and USD10 (cash) for a Tourist Card upon arrival to the islands (subject to increase), plus a USD5 municipal tax in Isabela (subject to increase).)
- Hotels (6 nts).
- Bus, local flight, speedboat, van
- Local guides.
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Day 1 Quito
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Quito/Isabela Island (1B,1D)
Fly from Quito to Baltra Island then continue by speedboat to the island of Isabela. Relax and enjoy the afternoon at leisure.
Day 3 Isabela Island (1B,1L,1D)
Visit the Sierra Negra Volcano, located 13 miles from Puerto Villamil. Hike up to this magnificent site and walk around the second largest volcanic crater in the world and the lava fields of the Volcano Chico. Return to the hotel before snorkelling in Concha Perla.
Day 4 Isabela Island (1B,1L,1D)
Visit the Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre and the 'Wall of Tears', the site of a World War II penal colony. In the afternoon, sail to 'Islote Tintoreras', a large crevice with very clear, calm water in which whitetip sharks ('tintoreras') rest daily on the bottom.
Day 5 Isabela Island/Santa Cruz
Travel by speedboat to Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island. Visit the highlands of Santa Cruz where giant tortoises live in their natural habitat. Return to Puerto Ayora to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and its Interpretation Centre.
Day 6 Santa Cruz/Quito (B)
En route to the Baltra Airport, visit 'Los Gemelos' (The Twins), collapsing craters formed from lava flows passing beneath the Earth’s surface. Depart to the Baltra airport for our flight back to Quito.
Day 7 Depart Quito (B)
Depart at any time.
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