Galapagos Island Land Tours
The Galapagos Islands are a group of nineteen islands that are part of the country of Ecuador, situated in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The Island has a rugged landscape that was created by repeated volcanic eruptions. It is not only a UNESCO world heritage site but it is also a National Park. The Galapagos Islands have a very unique ecosystem and much of the wildlife that is restricted to this area cannot be found anywhere else in the world such as the Galapagos Giant Tortoise and the Marine Iguana.
The rules state that though it is the perfect place to see wildlife in its natural habitat, visitors must keep a two-meter distance from the animals at all times. Many Galapagos tours are organized each year, but what is the best Galapagos Island hopping tour you can indulge in? Here is our best pick of some of the best Galapagos Islands tours that will let you explore the true beauty of these islands.
1. Exploring 5 Galapagos Islands – 8 Days Multisport
This is without a doubt one of the best Galapagos Island tours because you will get to see a little bit of everything including the amazing scenery and the interesting wildlife while still being able to do a multitude of different activities. This tour spans over eight days and includes diving, hiking, kayaking, snorkeling, and bicycles all for $2,298! The tour includes:
- Lodging for a week’s stay at the selected hotels which includes breakfast
- Transportation from the airport to the Galapagos Islands, the transportation can be both land or sea-based.
- Seven breakfasts, four menu lunches, and three boxed lunches
- Trained and certified Spanish and English-speaking tour guides
- Provided with all the equipment needed for snorkeling and also all the equipment you will need for all the other activities
- Personal assistance and guided activities
However, will have to fund your tickets to the Island. Also, you will have to take care of the travel insurance, the Galapagos National park fee, Transit control card, wetsuit, drinks, meals that aren’t specified in the itinerary, pier use, transportation from Baltra airport, transportation from the Itabaca Channel, and water taxi.
Once you land at the San Cristobal Airport, you will be escorted to a hotel, and after lunch, the adventure truly beings, because you get to kayak along the coast of San Cristobal. When you move towards the port, you will see the amazing wildlife such as sea lions casually laying on the beach. You can also see the marine iguanas, Blue-Footed Boobies, Frigate Birds, and pelicans, among other birds. The last point of the day will be Frigate Bay where you can swim with the sea lions for a memorable adventure. The tour will book an overnight stay at San Cristobel.
For the second day, you can choose between visiting Kicker Rock and Lobos Island. Lobos Island is a great option for those who wish to see colonies of sea lions. That’s not the only wonderful thing you will be able to witness, because while hiking you will catch a glimpse of Blue-Footed Boobies, Marine Iguanas, and Frigate birds and you might even get lucky enough to see Stingrays and Turtles.
Choosing Kicker Rock is an amazing option because you will get to snorkel and visit the volcanic formation in the middle of the ocean. You can swim with turtles, sharks, rays, and even hammerhead sharks!
On the third day, you can visit Tijeretas Bay where you can scuba dive if you wish, and visit the Giant Turtle breeding center. The last spot of the day is the El Junco Lagoon which is the only place on all the Islands that has freshwater.
Day four takes you on a speedboat to Santa Cruz and see the Giant Tortoise in its natural habitat. The tour will drive you over to visit the Charles Darwin Station, which is an international scientific research station where you can learn about the unique climate, natural history, and geology of the islands.
The next place on the tour will require you to bike to “Muro de las Lagrimas” or “The Wall Of Tears” by yourself while enjoying the amazing beach view. You can also go on a private kayak tour at the bay of Villamil and Tintoreras.
Day six will include a hike to Sierra Negra Volcano and Volcano Chico. Here, you get to see the second-largest volcanic crater in the world.
At the end of the week, you can visit the Cabo Rosa lava tunnels, deep-sea dive, or swim with the various marine life. However, the tour of these lava tunnels lasts about five hours, do plan ahead with water bottles, sunscreen, and some snacks. The rest of the day will be free, so you can luxuriate by getting a glowing tan at the beach or go snorkeling.
Day eight draws the tour to a close, so you can pack up, have a hearty breakfast and depart from the spectacular Galapagos Islands and head home with lots of memories and photos!
2. San Cristobal + Santa Cruz – 6 Day Hotel-Based Trip!
The tour to San Cristobal and Santa Cruz is another Galapagos Island tour that shouldn’t be missed because you will get to visit two of the most stunning and diverse places on the whole island. Many of the places on this itinerary are similar to the previous tour but this tour is six days long and costs about $1,498. It will include:
- Five-day lodging
- Five breakfast meals, two lunch menus, and three boxed lunches
- A certified English to Spanish speaking guide
- Snorkeling equipment
- Personal assistance and guided activities
After arriving at the airport your hotel awaits, so you can freshen up and relax. After that, the tour begins with a visit to the Interpretation Center to learn about the history and the current situation of the Islands. The tour will also include a hike to a popular trail to Frigate Bird Hill to a point that captures a beautiful view over the islands. You can enjoy snorkeling at the Tijeretas Bay or the Carola beach and end the day with a small hike back to the hotel.
Once you have relaxed and had a good night’s sleep, the second day of your tour takes off with a hike to Lobos Island where you can snorkel and admire the exotic wildlife. You can also snorkel at Kicker Rock where you will get to witness rare wildlife such as Hammerhead Sharks and once you are done, spend the day unwinding at the beach.
On day three, you can take a speedboat to Santa Cruz and enjoy hours under the sun admiring the world-famous Giant Tortoise. You can also visit the Charles Darwin Station and learn about the geology, history, and climate of the islands.
Your tour guide will take you from the hotel to Puerto Ayora to experience the unique wildlife and tropical plants. From Puerto Ayora, the tour will take you to any one of the locations: Santa Fe, South Plazas, North Seymour, Floreana, or Pinzon, where you get to partake in snorkeling, hiking, and swimming.
For those who require a repeat visit to Puerto Ayora, your fifth day will replicate day four. So, if you missed out on any activities, you have the chance to try them again. For those who wish to stay at the hotel and relax, it is a free day.
Your last day will begin with a delicious breakfast and a ride to the airport to catch your flight back home, after a spectacular vacation.
3. Santa Cruz and Isabela 5-Day Land Tour
This five-day Galapagos island tour covers some of the most beautiful locations. There is much included in this tour, but contrary to what some people might think, it is a very affordable vacation as the whole tour costs only $1,195! This five-day tour includes:
- Four-day lodging
- Meals include 4 breakfasts, 2 boxed lunches, and 2 menu lunches
- Certified English and Spanish speaking tour guides
- Personal assistance and guided activities
The first day will begin directly from the airport, where you’ll be taken straight to the El Chato highlands, and the Charles Darwin Station for a nice, educational experience regarding the Islands. The evening will end with you dining at a nice restaurant near the pier.
The second day will begin with a visit to Puerto Ayora and a visit to any one of the mentioned sites in your given itinerary, where you can enjoy hiking, snorkeling, and swimming. After the excursions, you can have a relaxing dinner at one of the many restaurants on the Island.
On day three, you will take a speedboat to Isabela and then walk to the flamingo lagoon or the tortoise breeding center. The last spot of the day is “Las Tintoreras” which is a chain of small islets full of hidden beaches. It also has a bay from which you can enjoy a variety of different animal species.
The last thing on the itinerary is visiting Cabo Rosa and dive to swim among sea animals such as turtles, sea lions, rays, seahorses, sharks, and a large variety of tropical fish. After the five-hour tour, you can relax at the beach or snorkel at Laguna de la Concha de Perla.
This will be your last day on the island which means you have to get up early for breakfast. Then the tour guide will escort you to the airport for your flight back home.
4. Santa Cruz Galapagos 5-Day Land-Based Tour
If you truly want to go on a tour to Galapagos island but have limited time off, then this five-day Santa Cruz is perfect for you because it is short and lets you explore some of the amazing sites, scenic views, and stunning wildlife on the island. You will be provided with:
- A hotel room for four nights
- Transportation, meals which include five breakfasts, two menu lunches, and one boxed lunch
- A certified tour guide that speaks English/ Spanish
- Guided activities
- Snorkeling equipment.
And the whole tour only costs $1,125!
You will be picked up from the airport and taken to visit the ranch on the highlands to see the breeding grounds of the giant tortoise. The next stop of the day will be at the Charles Darwin Station where you will get to learn about geology, climate, natural history, and the conservation of the islands.
The second day of the tour will start with a visit to Puerto Ayora, from where you can visit Santa Fe, South Plazas, North Seymour, Pinzon, or Floreana if you wish. There, you can spend the day on the beach, hike along the trails to explore the area, swim in the crystal blue waters, or go snorkeling and see the beautiful marine life.
On the third day, the tour gives you a wonderful opportunity to explore the landscape of Punta Estrade and Divine Bay by kayaking through the pacific sea. Here, encounter a wide variety of animals along the way. Then you will get a chance to hike for about fifty minutes through the dry forest to Tortuga Bay. The beach is one of the most beautiful ones on the islands, so you can relax in a little haven by the waters.
Your fourth day will offer you a chance to repeat the activities from your second day. It will once more take you to Santa Fe, South Plazas, North Seymour, Pinzon, or Floreana where you can engage in activities you missed last time.
Day five will include transportation to the airport so you can take a flight back home. So, you should wake up early to enjoy breakfast at the hotel and take one last look at the breathtaking scenery and say goodbye.
5. Galapagos Multisport Adventure – 6 Days Tour
This wonderful tour spans over six days and costs only $1,499. It includes:
- A stay at hotels for five days
- Transportation by both land and sea
- A certified tour guide
- Equipment for snorkeling and all other planned activities
- Guided activities
- Personal assistance
Let us take a look at how this tour spans out.
The tour starts with a visit to Itabaca Channel, which is crossed by water taxis and has the narrowest point measuring four hundred meters in width. Afterward, you can head on to El Chanto to see the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center and visit the Charles Darwin Station where you can learn about the geology of the Galapagos Islands.
The second day of the tour begins with a visit to Punta Estrada and Divine Bay by kayaking, then a fifty-minute hike to Tortuga Bay where you can enjoy stunning beaches and a wide range of Galapagos wildlife.
Take a speedboat to Isabela and then bike to the “Wall of Tears”, which is one of the most historical places on the Islands. You can also see flamingos at the halfway point where you can see white sand beaches surrounded by lagoons. After some rest and a delicious lunch, you can head over to “Las Tintoreras”.
Day four offers you snorkeling at the Cabo Rosa lava tunnels to swim with the marine life. You can also see penguins as they are unique to that area and Blue-Footed Boobies. After you complete the five-hour tour, you can then spend the rest of the day chilling and relaxing on the beach of Isabela.
Day five begins with a hike to Sierra Negra Volcano and Volcano Chico to explore the second-largest volcanic crater in the world. The hike isn’t difficult but make sure to keep water, sunscreen, and a sun hat on hand.
On your last day at the stunning islands, you can take a boat to Santa Cruz, have breakfast at Puerto Ayora, and then depart from Baltra, to reach the mainland and take a flight back home.
Galapagos islands awaits!
These tours allow you to indulge in all the beautiful aspects of the Galapagos. You can enjoy the landscape, wildlife, cuisine, and adventure all while making new friends. Getting to visit these islands is a dream come true so why not take advantage of these tours and visit the mind-blowing Galapagos Islands?
For more information about Galapagos island hopping Tours; contact us by WhatsApp (+593) 997677662 or visit our website https://latinadventures.com.ec – Your next trip can also easily be customized, by combining with the Galapagos Islands, and Ecuador mainland.