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5 days (Approx.)
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Offered in: English and 1 more

Overview

Experience the incredible natural environment and amazing creatures of the Galapagos Islands during this 5-day, 4-night island-hopping trip in this famous ecological reserve. Spend 5 days exploring the incredible diversity of this chain of 19 islands in the Pacific Ocean, an area that was instrumental the creation of Darwin’s theory of evolution. Observe exotic creatures including giant tortoises, colorful fish,iguanas, finches, dolphins and more, and enjoy activities including snorkeling, swimming and hiking. This Galapagos trip covers a naturalist guide, accommodations, meals, activities, inter-island transfer and optional flight from Quito.
  • 5-day, 4-night Galapagos Island-hopping trip
  • Experience the beauty of this chain of Pacific islands that inspired Darwin's theory of evolution
  • Observe exotic creatures like giant tortoises, iguanas, fish, finches and more that live in this ecological paradise
  • Enjoy fun activities including swimming, snorkeling and volcano hiking

Inclusions

  • Meals as described in the itinerary (B= breakfast, L = lunch/lunchbox, S = snack)
  • Accommodation in a single, double or triple room.
  • Airport pickup and drop off at Baltra airport at your arrival/departure time.
  • Transportation between Baltra Airport – Itabaca Channel each way.
  • Transportation on and between the islands as described in the itinerary.
  • Local naturalist guide (English & Spanish speaking)
  • All activities as described in the itinerary.
  • 24/7 assistance in English, Dutch, and Spanish.

Exclusions

  • Return flights from mainland Ecuador to Galapagos Islands.
  • Food & drinks that are not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fee for the Galapagos National Park: $ 100 p.p. (cash only)
  • Migratory Control Card / Ingala Transit Card: $ 20 p.p. (cash only)
  • Isabela dock fee: $ 10 p.p. (cash only)
  • Water Taxi (small boat that takes you from the speedboat to the harbor and back)
  • For rent: wetsuit (recommended between May – November): $ 5 p.p. per day (cash only)
  • For rent: rain boots (recommended for Sierra Negra hike between June - September): $ 2 p.p. per day (cash only)
  • Personal travel & health insurance.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Optional tips for the guide.

Departure Point

Seymour Airport (GPS)

Departure Time

It is necessary to book flights with an early arrival time to Baltra airport to make sure you can enjoy all of the activities of the tour. At Baltra airport, an English speaking guide will pick you up to go to the port of Puerto Ayora (about 1 hour) where you can enjoy your lunch. Around 02:00 PM, you’ll take the small public speedboat to Isabela Island (about 2,5 hours). 
Note: *Please note that if you arrive after 11:00 AM, there might be changes to your itinerary.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • 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.
  • 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 assist you with finding accommodation on Santa Cruz Island but this will be on your own expense. You will miss the planned activities.
  • 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.).
  • 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
  • Operated by a multilingual guide
  • Please advise of any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • It is important that you will have current travel insurance including personal medical insurance. Please advise of any known medical conditions you have
  • The operator reserves the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather, National Park regulations or notifications and unforeseeable circumstances
  • The operator reserves the right to change the hotel to a similar hotel
  • In order to process your reservation please help us with all this information:
  • Return flights from and to Galapagos
  • Room type (twin, matrimonial) or triple (in case of a group with 3 or more guests)
  • Whatsapp phone number (in case you use Whatsapp and would like us to contact you that during your stay via Whatsapp)
  • For all guests:
  • Passport numbers
  • Date of birth
  • Nationality
  • Food restrictions
  • Medical restrictions

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.


Reviews

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e
, Jan 2018

First let me tell you all the people we can in contact with were very gracious. From the hotel staff to the cook and the people that meet us at the airport and Isabel were wonderful. Most all the guides did a bang up job and for the most part the excursions were pretty good.

Now, let me also tell you the Island Hopping was not really Hopping. The hopping consisted of transfer from the island of Santa Crews to the island of Isabel. We DID NOT visit any other islands including Santa Crews other than driving to the dock with a brief stop for lunch. All the experiences and excursions were on the island of Isabel. This is a very rustic place with no paved streets and not much activities outside of the twice daily excursions. We did not receive an itinerary until the day we arrived and we had to ask for it then. Also no times were ever published. The staff at the hotel told us daily when and were we needed to be.

This was a once in a life time trip. If we were to design this over we would have chosen a different itinerary so we could see more of the Galapagos islands. The object of going there was to see more of what the islands had to offer.

Review the tour descriptions carefully.

S
, Jan 2017

One of the best trips in my life. Timely and efficient

C
, Jan 2017

It was a great trip in the Galapagos if you like the ocean, wild life and tranquility.

Dont like the arrangement of the tour as they are actually sending us on different local tours each day with different tour guides and some of whom dont even speak English. There are lots of hidden costs such as the entrance fee to the National Park, water taxi fares and speedboat fares. One day they switched our schedule and told us to take out swimsuit from the luggage to go swimming in short notice of 10 minutes without even having a hotel room ready for us to change !!! Another day, a substitute guide just drew us a crude map and told us to walk and tour to the Charles Darwin station by ourselves from the hotel.

Not happy with the tour booking agent at all. I have knee problem. On booking, they already advised me not to go to the Sierra Volcano on Isabella Island but to go on a snorkeling trip at Los Tuneles instead, but I had to pay 60 USD more. Correspondences had been made via email several times to confirm that i was going on the Los Tuneles snorkelling tour. How could they forgot totally to make the arrangement ??? When I arrived at Isabella, I was told that nobody there knew of my knee problem and they had to put me on a second floor room in the hotel which had steep stairs. No one had arranged the snorkelling tour for me and the Los Tuneles tour was already fully booked and the only option I had left was either to climb the volcano or to go to the Tintoreas with an additional charge. Also even written that snorkelling equipment rental fee was included , they were asking us to pay. Some of the tourists are very upset with the hidden costs, but the guide was showing this bad attitude saying you could well go ahead to complain if you wish !!!

I would not recommend joining this tour at all.

K
, Jul 2016

the islands are amazing, but the organisation wasn't the best! we payed for all inclusive, but this includes a lot of free tours you could do by your own. the food is every day the same, because the go only in cheap local restaurants. they change the plans every day. no clear informations:-/

F
, Jun 2016

Excellent tour, perfect organization. Changed schedule based on weather conditions or national park times. Hotels were really good as well. Really liked the food. Would do it definitely again.

J
, Feb 2016

I have taken other Viator tours and been happy with most of them. The five day Galapagos tour, however was a disappointment. The hotels were fine, the food was good, and the guides were excellent, but the experience over all was disappointing. We were expecting to see Giant tortoises in natural settings of desert islands with volcanic cinder cones as a back drop. None of the pictures we took would give the viewer the impression that we had actually been to the Galapagos but looked as though they could have been taken in a zoo or wildlife park anywhere in the world.

People should be made aware of the situation regarding the boat ride between islands. I had envisioned being on a reasonably large boat, able to walk around and enjoy the sights and take some pictures. This was far from the case. Instead there were about 16 people crammed in a small cabin cruiser for two and a half hours of gut wrenching pitching and yawing and pounding we were told these were normal conditions. When I stood to take a picture I was told to stay seated. A fellow passenger who was feeling ill asked to use the toilet and was told he could not because it was not working. The poor man eventually became violently ill and spent the rest of the voyage on his knees vomiting into a plastic bag he was given or lying on the deck in misery to the unsympathetic gaze of the crew one guy. The trip was so miserable that my wife and I refused to return on that boat The New Brithany The captain of that boat should not have left port for a 2 ½ hour trip with 16 or so people aboard and no working toilets. Or if, as I suspect, the toilet was working and the crew one guy just did not want to clean it he should be fired. I would strongly urge Viator to investigate the situation with the New Brithany and see that this miserable situation does not happen in the future. And to those contemplating a Galapagos trip do not expect the crossing from Santa Cruz to Isabela to be pleasant.


Product code: 14070P6

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