Explore the Galapagos Islands on a 4-day excursion that includes accommodation, most meals, and an informative guide. Get to know highlights of Ecuador's most iconic destination during daily boat and hiking tours to sites with Galapagos tortoises, sea lions, and penguins, as well as stunning beaches and volcanic craters. Arrive and depart from Baltra Island, and visit Isabela Island, Santa Cruz Island as well as top attractions like the Charles Darwin Station, Los Tuneles, and the Flamingo Lagoon.
See the best of the Galapagos Islands on a 4-day budget tour
See native wildlife in their natural environment
Lodging, most meals, transportation, and guide included
BALTRA – SANTA CRUZ ISLAND – ISABELA ISLAND – FLAMINGO LAGOON
It is recommended to book flights with an early arrival time to Baltra airport to make sure you can enjoy all of the activities of the tour.
Option 1: Itinerary for flights arriving at Baltra before 11:00 AM
At Baltra airport, an English speaking guide will pick you up to go to the port of Puerto Ayora where you can enjoy your lunch. Around 02:00 PM, you’ll take the small public speedboat to Isabela Island. This can be a bumpy, wet ride. Upon arrival on Isabela Island, a driver will pick you up and you’ll visit the Flamingo Lagoon (short visit). After that, the driver will drop you off at your hotel.
Option 2: Itinerary for flights arriving at Baltra after 11:00 AM
If your flight is scheduled to arrive after 11:00 AM, you’ll stay at Santa Cruz Island on the first day because the last speedboat to Isabela Island leaves around 02:00 PM. Please note that you won’t have lunch if you arrive after 02:00 PM. The rest of the tour usually looks like this: Day 2: Bahia half day tour & Charles Darwin Station, Day 3 morning boat to Isabela, Los Tuneles, Day 4 morning boat to Santa Cruz and transfer out.
Option 1: Accommodation in Hotel Fernandina or similar.
Option 2: Accommodation in Hotel San Vicente or similar.
SNORKELING IN LOS TUNELES
Early in the morning, you will go on a 30 to 40 minute boat ride from Puerto Villamil. You will explore the brilliant scenery in Los Tuneles which is considered the most beautiful place to snorkel in Isabela Island. The snorkeling area is about 800 meters and the average water temperature is 20 degrees Celsius. The departure time is between 7:00 AM and 11:30 AM and depends on availability and National Park regulations. So, depending on when you will go to Los Tuneles, you can choose to explore Concha Perla by yourself before or after this, since it is very close to the dock.
At 06:00 AM you will take the public speedboat to Santa Cruz Island where you’ll have breakfast. Then you’ll go to the Charles Darwin Research Station. After lunch, you will visit Bay Tour. With this tour you will visit the highlights around Puerto Ayora by boat. The first destination will be La Loberia where you find sea lions. Next you will navigate for about 15 minutes to arrive at Punta Camaño Islet. Also, you will go on a channel where you can spot Tintorera sharks and blue footed boobies. Your next activity will be a visit to the Channel of Love. Finally Playa de Los Perros.
No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
Not recommended for travelers with back problems
If your flight is delayed or canceled and you cannot make it to Puerto Ayora in time to take the last speedboat to Isabela Island, which departs around 02:00 PM, the team assists you with finding accommodation on Santa Cruz Island but this will be on your own expense. You will miss the planned activities.
It is recommended to book flights with an early arrival time to the Galapagos Islands and a late departure time from the Galapagos Islands to make sure you can enjoy all of the activities of the tour. Late arrivals and/or early departures mean you might miss some activities.
You will have a guide during the whole program, except on the boats between the islands.
Please try to bring small bags and luggage, The Galapagos public transportation is on average small and it takes more time and space when you bring large baggage.
Tap water on the Galapagos Islands might contain bacteria and should not be consumed, not even for brushing your teeth. Bottled or purified water is always recommended.
Inform yourself about food safety when traveling to tropical countries. Take the necessary precaution to avoid food poisoning (always wash your hands before eating, don’t eat ‘street food’, only eat peeled fruits, etc.).
The operator reserves the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather, National Park regulations or notifications and unforeseeable circumstances.
If you are a single traveler it is possible to join the group tour and to stay in a private room with a single supplement surcharge
Lead by a certified, multi-lingual, local, naturalist guide
Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
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Not wheelchair accessible
Near public transportation
Most travelers can participate
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
For a small group of 5, this was a great tour of the Galapagos. We took the 5-day and would truly recommend at least a 6-day if you have the time. So much to see! Nice, rounded variety of things to do including hiking, snorkeling, the history of the islands and more. Good variety of places to eat included. All our guides spoke very good English and were very knowledgeable. Late January - early February was a great time to visit as the weather and water temperature was great! Cindy B.
My husband and I had an incredible, once in a lifetime experience touring the Galapagos Islands for 5 days. The tour provided door-to-door service from the moment we landed. I was impressed that the tour included 3 meals per day, hotels, and most of the transportation. The hotel rooms were clean and every local person that I encountered was friendly and hospitable. The tours groups were small and the guides provided us insights to island life and the wildlife unique to the islands. I enjoyed all of the tours including Flamingo Lagoon, Sierra Negra, Concha Perla lagoon, Darwin Station, Tortuga Bay, Santa Fe island snorkeling and our side trip to El Chato giant tortoise reserve. We traveled in August and the weather was perfect. We mostly experienced overcast skies and mild temperatures. The water was clear and warm for snorkeling. El Chato reserve allowed us to walk around and see free grazing giant tortoises. Each day, we met different people from literally around the world. Island hopping tours were perfect for us because we were able to support the local people, it was far less expensive than a cruise, we had personalized tours, and we slept at hotels at night. Cruise tours do not support the local businesses as much and you do not have as much time to explore the islands on your own.
We had a wonderful experience and highly recommend it to others. We had great guides except for one, and already shared that information with the company. You need to love the outdoors and physical activity and be ready to experience changes in weather conditions with a sense of adventure. There is a fair amount of boat travel between islands, but I loved that too. It was great to see the volcano, all of the many animals in the wild, and our first snorkeling session was great with a wonderful guide. One of the really great services was our last day pick-up as we left. We added 2 more days on another island, not related with this tour. The company made sure they had all of our arrival and departure times. The young man met us when we returned to Santa Cruz and stayed with us all the way until we checked into our flight. That was so helpful and such a relief as he helped us through crowds, got our luggage on and off trucks, busses, and ferries. I will say that if you like a vacation at an all inclusive resort, this probably is not for you. But if you love life and are up for an adventure, this is the way to go.
We had a wonderful time! I made several hotel changes before our eventual pick-up, and the Viator personnel kept track of my MANY e-mails. Thank you for this! The hike to the Volcano was gorgeous, though a little longer than we anticipated. Had we known it would be over 10 miles, we would have brought our own supply of snacks, as the supplied lunch was not quite enough sustenance for the hike, AND lunch. The guides were all top-notch, and very well-educated. The other meals were solid. The style of meal preparation was simple and straightforward, but the actual food was EXCELLENT quality. The transfers were prompt. The group size was perfect. I would use Viator again.
My family and I just returned from the 4 day island hopping tour. The trip was amazing. Tons of sea life, iguanas, turtles. Below i will detail the trip a bit more with pros and cons.
Day 1- Picked up from airport by guide, we were taken to Puerto Ayoro for lunch. After lunch we took a boat about 2 hours to Isla Isabel. We checked into hotel and went to the flamingo lagoon. Pros: Hotel is basic, but nice. Food is good and served in a timely manner. Flamingo tour was beautiful. Cons: Water on this island is LIMITED. Bring bottled water from main island. Bring water with you as the water on this island is not safe.
Day 2- Picked up from hotel for trip to Volcano. The volcano hike is long. The total trip is about 10 miles. We were unaware of the distance so luckily my 4 and 10 year olds were troopers and happily completed the hike. We returned from the hike and went snorkeling. Pros: The volcano was an amazing site. The guide was great and well informed. The snorkeling experience was amazing. We swam with turtles right next to us, and saw beautiful sea life. Cons: The hike is long so be prepared with water and extra food. The lunch supplied by the hotel in NOT enough small sandwich and an apple. It turns out to be quite a long day between the hike and snorkeling. If you are traveling as a family and your kids are adventurous, then you should not have a problem
Day 3- Took boat early 5:30 a.m. back to Puerto Ayoro about 2 hours. We checked into hotel and ate breakfast. Our guide met us and took us to the Charles Darwin Museum. After we returned to the hotel for lunch and then walked to Tortuga Bay with the same guide. Pros: Our guide Cesar was awesome. Well informed and made the tour enjoyable. Museum is really cool with turtles, birds, iguanas, and plant life. Tortuga Bay is amazing. Iguanas walking on the beach and clear water. Cons: Tortuga Bay is NOT close. Their is a claim that the walk is about 2.5 Km. This is inaccurate. We walked from the hotel and it was about 4 to 4.5 miles walking. Not a big deal, just be prepared.
Day 4: Took ride back to boat for Isla Baltra.
The trip is unique but it is not for everyone. If you like luxury hotels, easy travel, then this is not a good trip for you. That being said, that is probably why we liked the trip so much. It was a rugged, out of the way, no working internet, amazing trip. Just... be prepared! Water, extra food, and good shoes!