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GALAPAGOS Land EXPEDITIONS

There are many unique activities that can be done from the four populated islands in Galapagos: Santa Cruz, San Cristobal, Isabela and Floreana. We have designed several land-based programs designed for ecotravelers that allow you to visit these islands and explore some unique destinations not visited on Galapagos Cruises.

Each one of the four populated islands in the Galapagos has unique geographical, biological, and human characteristics. This offers you the opportunity to learn about life in the Galapagos and visit unique "off-the-beaten-path" destinations. Whether you are looking for a trip extension after a Galapagos Cruise, or for a full land-based Galapagos experience, these are some options that we can arrange for you. Below is a sample of our land-based itineraries. For more detailed information and for customized itineraries, please contact us.

  • Santa Cruz 2 Days
  • San Cristobal 2 Days
  • Floreana 3 Days
  • Isabela 4 Days
  • 5+ Days Options

Santa Cruz Island: Organic Farming, mountain biking, preserves, trekking and beach time

Day 1

8:30 - Overland transportation (10 minutes) to the Coffee Farm
The drive follows the main road connecting Puerto Ayora and Baltra for the first 4 km. To then take a detour through a secondary road until reaching the coffee farm (7 km. From town)
8:45 - Arrival and visit to the coffee farm
This organic farm produces the Lavajava coffee (arabiga)
Tour of the coffee production process and the organic farm
Snack
10:00 - Bike ride to Cerro Mesa Preserve
The bike ride starts at the coffee farm to the towns of Bellavista, Cascajo, El Camote, and finally reaching the Cerro Mesa Preserve (11-km ride from the coffee farm to Cerro Mesa, 50% uphill through secondary roads, 50% mostly flat through paved road)
11:30 - Arrival to Cerro Mesa, visit to the Preserve
The visit to the Cerro Mesa Preserve includes interpretation of their conservation activities, including reforestation, tortoise preservation.
Depending on weather conditions, Cerro Mesa has a great view of the northern and eastern part of Santa Cruz Islands: Baltra, Plaza Islands, Gordon Rock, can be observed from here.
13:00 - Lunch
Lunch at Cerro Mesa
14:30 - Bike ride back to Puerto Ayora
This part of the bike ride is mostly downhill
16-km from Cerro Mesa to Puerto Ayora
15:30 - Arrival to Puerto Ayora

Day 2

8:30 - Transportation from Puerto Ayora to El Puntudo
El Puntudo is part of the protected area, one of the highest peaks in Santa Cruz
9:00 - 3-hour trek in the Puntudo-Media Luna trail
This includes a 6-km trek through mostly miconia forest
Interpretation along the trail and on the history of Santa Cruz Island
12:30 - Lunch in Bellavista
Lunch after the hike and before the beach, clothes and equipment can stay in the vehicle
14:00 - Transportation to El Garrapatero Beach
Garrapatero offers the chance for kayaking and beach time (some snorkeling can be done depending on level of tide)
17:30 - Return drive to Puerto Ayora
18:00 - Arrival to Puerto Ayora

Price per person: From US$290

Important Information

  • Price varies depending on group size and type of accommodation chosen (luxury or standard)

Price includes:

  • 1 night hotel accommodation
  • Naturalist bilingual guide
  • Private transportation
  • Activities
  • Equipment (snorkeling, kayaks, mountain bikes)
  • Entrance fee to Cerro Mesa Preserve
  • Meals (breakfast day 2, snacks and lunch on both days)

San Cristobal Island: Visitor Center, Tijeretas hike, Kicker Rock, El Progreso, Los Juncos lagoon, tortoise breeding center, and Puerto Chino

Day 1

8:00 - Departure from Puerto Baquerizo to Kicker Rock
Kicker Rock is an islet about 30 miles from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Standing 140 meters tall, it is one of the main landmarks in San Cristobal, and an excellent site for snorkelling and diving.
12:00 - Return to town for lunch
14:00 - Visit to the Interpretive Center
Visit to the Interpretive Center to learn about the natural history of San Cristobal and Galapagos
15:30 - Hike to las Tijeretas
Las Tijeretas is a visitor site accessible from the Interpretive Center. To get there, you will hike about 1 km through dry forest. The main attraction are various look out points from where Kicker Rock is visible, as well as a snorkeling site in the Tijeretas Bay, or Punta Carola Beach, excellent for some relaxing time or snorkeling
18:00 - Return to your hotel

Day 2

8:30 - Departure from Puerto Baquerizo to El Progreso
El Progreso is the name of a small parish of the San Cristobal Island, and it is also the name of one of the oldest settlements in Galapagos, and this presents an excellent opportunity to learn about the history of human presence in Galapagos
10:00 - Visit to Los Juncos Lagoon
Los Juncos is the name of a dormant volcano crater turned into a fresh water lagoon, and the main source of water in the island. Los Juncos offers the possibility to hike to one of the highest points in the island around the rim of the crater.
12:30 - Lunch
14:00 - Visit to the tortoise breeding center
The main tortoise breeding center on the island, and managed by the Galapagos National Park, this visit will show you the efforts of the protected area managers in order to preserve the Galapagos tortoises, and to reintroduce them throughout the archipelago
15:30 - Visit to Puerto Chino
Puerto Chino is a beach on the southeastern side of the Island, and it offers the chance for some wildlife observation, or just relaxing time at the end of the day
18:00 - Return to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Price per person: From US$270

Important Information

  • Price varies depending on group size and type of accommodation chosen (luxury or standard)

Price includes:

  • 1 night hotel accommodation
  • Naturalist bilingual guide
  • Private transportation
  • Activities
  • Equipment
  • Meals (breakfast day 2, snacks and lunch on both days)

Floreana Island: Relax in Galapagos smallest populated island

Day 1

7:00 - Departure from Santa Cruz
Approximately 1.5 hour boat ride to Puerto Velasco Ibarra, Floreana's town with a population of roughly 120 people
9:00 - Breakfast
10:00 - Introductory hike
This activity includes visiting the solar-powered communal house, where some interpretation on the Island is available. Also included is a visit to the power generators (based on natural oil), and a visit to the loberia where snorkeling is optional
13:00 - Lunch
14:30 - Visit to Asilo de la Paz
This is a site where the first settlers lived. Interpretation continues on the peculiar history of this island and its inhabitants
17:00 - Return to town
19:00 - Dinner and overnight

Day 2

8:00 - Breakfast
9:00 - Visit to the highlands
The visit includes a hike to Cerro Allieri, and a hike to some of the local farms to learn about the local culture and everyday activities
12:30 - Return to town for lunch
15:00 - Visit to the loberia
Snorkeling available, or beach time for relaxation
18:00 - Return to town for dinner
19:30 - Dinner and overnight

Day 3

8:00 - Breakfast
9:00 - Return by boat to Santa Cruz

Price per person: From US$480

Important Information

  • Price varies depending on group size

Price includes:

  • 2 night hotel accommodation
  • Naturalist bilingual guide
  • Private marine and overland transportation
  • Activities
  • Equipment
  • Meals (breakfast day 2 and 3, snacks and lunch on days 1, 2, 3, dinner on days 1 and 2)

Isabela Island: Wetlands, Wall of Tears, Sierra Negra Volcano, snorkeling and more

Day 1

7:00 - Departure from Santa Cruz
Approximately 2.5 hour boat ride to Puerto Villamil, Isabela's capital town with a population of roughly 3,000 people
10:00 - Breakfast
11:00 - Several options (visit to tortoise breeding center, or walking introductory hike of Puerto Villamil)
Trek Galapagos offers several options because after the boat ride, most people like to arrive to Isabela and rest before beginning any activities.
13:00 - Return to town for lunch
14:30 - Visit to the humedales and Weeping wall
Mountain bikes are the best choice to ride along the coastline and visit Isabela's "humedales", an area of wetlands with mangroves and impressive coastal scenery where birds (including flamingos) live. The 5-km. bike ride ends in the Isabela "Wall of Tears", a wall made of lava rocks piled up by the inmates of the Isabela penitenciary in the first half of the 20th century.
18:00 - Return to the hotel
19:00 - Dinner and overnight

Day 2

6:00 - Breakfast
7:00 - Departure to Sierra Negra
Sierra Negra is Isabela's most unique visitor's site. Sierra Negra is one of Isabela's 6 volcanoes, and it offers the opportunity to hike along the rim of a 11-km. diameter crater, to a site called "Volcan Chico", an area where many smaller active craters are located. Unique and spectacular scenery along the 8-km. trail. A full day's adventure in one of Galapagos' most extraordinary sites.
16:00 - Return to the hotel
We'll go back to the hotel for some relaxation time after a day's hike
19:30 - Dinner and overnight

Day 3

8:00 - Breakfast
9:00 - Visit to Tintoreras
Tintoreras is the name of a group of islets near the town of Puerto Villamil. A site within the Galapagos National Park, it offers the opoortunity to observe some of Galapagos's most representative fauna: boobies, sea lions, penguins, and even tintorera sharks.
12:00 - Return to the hotel for lunch
14:00 - Afternoon snorkeling
Snorkeling will take place in Concha Perla, a site accessible from town where snorkeling is allowed. Penguins, turtles, rays, and other Galapagos's marine species can be observed here.
17:00 - Free time
This can include some R&R time at the beach.
19:30 - Dinner and overnight

Day 4

7:30 - Breakfast
9:00 - Return to Santa Cruz
Either by boat or by chartered flight

Price per person: From US$680*

Important Information

  • Prices vary depending on group size and type of accommodation (luxury or standard), and type of transportation.
  • charter flights from and to Santa Cruz can be arranged

Price includes:

  • 3 night hotel accommodation
  • Naturalist bilingual guide
  • Private marine and overland transportation
  • Activities
  • Equipment
  • Meals (breakfast days 2, 3, and 4; snacks and lunch on days 1, 2, 3, 4; dinner on days 1, 2, and 3)

Multiday Island Hops

These are mostly customized itineraries depending on your travel preferences, and combining different activities in the 4 populated islands. Following are some sample options that can be adjusted to suit your ecotravel interests

Sample Option 1

Day 1 - Arrival to Santa Cruz Island
Mostly a travelling day from Quito or Guayaquil, with final arrival to Galapagos around lunch time. Afternoon visit to the Charles Darwin interpretive Center, and walking tour of Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz's capital
Day 2 - Santa Cruz Highlands
Coffee farm, Cerro Mesa Preserve, and mountain biking back to town
Day 3 - Santa Cruz Sea
Kayaking and beach time
Day 4 - Kayaking and beach time
Depart from Santa Cruz and navigate to Floreana Island to visit's Galapagos smallest populated island, and the richest historical island in Galapagos
Day 5 - Floreana Island
Asilo de la Paz and La Loberia for snorkeling
Day 6 - Floreana Island
Visit to local farming areas, and to Cerro Alieri lookout point, kayaking optional
Day 7 - Floreana - Santa Cruz
Early return to Santa Cruz and connect with flight back to the mainland

Sample Option 2

Day 1 - Arrival to Santa Cruz Island
Mostly a travelling day from Quito or Guayaquil, with final arrival to Galapagos around lunch time. Afternoon visit to the Charles Darwin interpretive Center, and walking tour of Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz's capital
Day 2 - Santa Cruz Highlands
Coffee farm, Cerro Mesa Preserve, and mountain biking back to town
Day 3 - Santa Cruz Sea
Kayaking and beach time
Day 4 - Santa Cruz - Isabela
Depart from Santa Cruz and navigate to Isabela Island on a charter boat to visit's Galapagos biggest island
Day 5 - Isabela
Wall of Tears, Wetlands
Day 6 - Isabela
Sierra negra and volcan Chico volcanoes
Day 7 - Isabela
Tintoreras, Concha Perla snorkeling, and beach time
Day 8 - Isabela - Santa Cruz
Early return to Santa Cruz, and connect with flight back to the mainland

Sample Option 3

Day 1 - Arrival to San Cristobal
Mostly a travelling day from Quito or Guayaquil, with final arrival to Galapagos around lunch time. Afternoon visit to the interpretive Center and Tintoreras, and walking tour of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Galapagos' capital
Day 2 - San Cristobal
Kicker Rock for snorkeling, and afternoon visit to La Loberia
Day 3 - San Cristobal - Santa Cruz
Early departure from San Cristobal on a charter boat for a 2-hour navigation to Puerto Ayora, arrival, lunch, and afternoon visit to the highlands, Pajaro Brujo Reserve
Day 4 - Santa Cruz
Coffee farm, Cerro Mesa Preserve, and mountain biking back to town
Day 5 - Santa Cruz - Isabela
Depart from Santa Cruz and navigate to Isabela Island on a charter boat to visit's Galapagos biggest island
Day 6 - Isabela
Wall of Tears, Wetlands
Day 7 - Isabela
Sierra negra and volcan Chico volcanoes
Day 8 - Isabela
Tintoreras, Concha Perla snorkeling, and beach time
Day 9 - Isabela - Santa Cruz
Early return to Santa Cruz, and connect with flight back to the mainland

Important Information

  • Other personalized itineraries can be prepared upon request
  • Price per person will vary depending on activities, type of accommodation, transportation, etc.

 

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