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7 Days Galapagos Island Hopping - Budget

You’ll need easy physical conditions for easy walking and exploring the sites in this journey.
Trip Type: Island Hopping - Galapagos

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STARTING AT:

$1781

/ PERSON

Season: year-round
Duration: 7 Days
Group Size: 2
min
Accommodation: Hotel

ecuador - galapagos

STARTING AT:

$1781

/ PERSON

Group Size: 2
min
Season: year-round
Duration: 7 Days
Accommodation: Hotel

Expedition Overview

This 7-day Galapagos Island Hopping Budget tour shows you the best of Santa Cruz & Isabela islands. You will have different (day) on Galapagos Island Hopping Budget trips by boat, or by car. You will probably see blue-footed boobies, sea lions, flamingos, and tortoises. You stay in tourist-class hotels and all the activities are shared with other travelers. In these 7 days, you will be amazed by all the beauty the Galapagos Islands have to offer, making it a perfect Galapagos holiday!

FROM $1781

Itinerary

We recommend you to book flights with an early arrival time at Baltra airport in time to not miss any activity.

Option 1: Itinerary for flights arriving to Baltra before 12:00 PM

Once at the Baltra airport, a person will take you to Puerto Ayora for a delicious lunch. Then your destination will be Isabela. This tour will be in a speedboat, so we recommend you to bring a waterproof jacket. On the island you will visit the Flamingo Lagoon and finally you will be taken to your hotel.

Option 2: Itinerary for flights arriving to Baltra after 12:00 PM

If your arrival on Baltra is after 12 PM, your first day will be spent on Santa Cruz Island, as the last speedboat to Isabela Island leaves around 03:00 PM. In this case lunch will not be included. In the afternoon if you have time left you can visit Tortuga Bay or the Charles Darwin Station. The rest of the tour is usually as follows: Day 2: Santa Fe; Day 3: Half day visit to Tortuga Bay and Tortuga Bay / Charles Darwin Station; Day 4: Santa Cruz Highlands, afternoon boat to Isabela; Day 5: Wetlands and Tintoreras; Day 6: Los Túneles; Day 7: morning boat to Santa Cruz and transfer to the airport

Meals included: Lunch

Accommodations: Hotel San Vicente or similar.

Early in the morning, your first attraction to visit is the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center. The next activity will be a visit to an iconic site of the islands, the Wall of Tears, followed by a visit to a small lava tunnel. Here you will enjoy the incredible scenery that offers a tapestry of Galapagos Sesuvium between El Túnel del Estero and Playa del Amor.

The hike in the Wetlands area is approximately 3 to 4 hours. After enjoying a delicious lunch, your destination will be Tintoreras Islet, named after the white tip sharks, known as Tintoreras.

Meals included:  Breakfast, lunch

Accommodations: Hotel San Vicente or similar.

After breakfast, you will depart by boat to Puerto Villamil to visit the Tunnels, considered one of the most beautiful places for snorkeling on Isabela Island, thanks to its clear and calm waters. You will have the opportunity to see lots of sea birds and species such as turtles, marine iguanas, sea lions, manta rays, Galapagos penguins and more. This exciting activity lasts approximately 6 hours, including boat rides and a snack before a short walk.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch.

Accommodations: Hotel San Vicente or similar.

This day you will have to be full of energy. Early in the morning you will take the speedboat to Santa Cruz Island, where you will enjoy a delicious breakfast. Then you will go to the Charles Darwin Research Station. After lunch, you will visit Tortuga Bay. A place to be captivated by wildlife and marine life. To get to Tortuga Bay, there is a 2.5 km (30-45 minutes) walk along a paved road from Puerto Ayora. It is also possible to return from Tortuga Bay to Puerto Ayora by boat. This costs $10 p.p. + $10 for the guide’s boat ride. Departure time is 05:30 PM.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodations: Hotel Déjà vu or similar.

Today your destination will be Santa Fe Island. It is a small island located in the center of the Galapagos archipelago. This island is special because it is home to endemic species such as the Barrington’s land iguana (Conolophus pallidus). You will snorkel at Santa Fe Island. Then you will head to Playa Escondida or Garrapatero on Santa Cruz Island, and have a wet landing there. Here, you will have some time to discover the beach.

* Today you will have an activity called ‘Pesca Vivencial’ which means that you will be able to experience a fishing demonstration according to weather and park regulations.

* Wet Landing means that the boat will approach the beach, and from there, you will disembark in the sea. It is recommended to bring extra clothes, as you might get wet.

Meals included: Breakfast, Box Lunch

Accommodations: Hotel Déjà vu or similar

This day you will take a boat tour of the highlights of Puerto Ayora. Your first stop will be La Lobería, where you will be surprised by the large number of sea lions.

Next, you will go to Punta Camaño islet. Here you will snorkel with more sea lions and a great variety of fish. Your next activity will be a visit to the Canal del Amor and finally, to finish the Bay Tour, you will go to Los Perros Beach. In the afternoon you will go to the highlands of Santa Cruz, where you will take a short hike on a privately owned ranch.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodations: Hotel Déjà vu or similar.

It’s time to say goodbye. Your Galapagos Island Hopping Budget tour has come to an end. After breakfast, you will travel to the Baltra airport, where you will depart for Quito or Guayaquil

Meals included: Breakfast

What to Expect

Accommodation: Hotel
Location: ecuador - galapagos
Season: year-round
Meeting Point: Baltra
Trip Type: Island Hopping - Galapagos
Activity: Snorkeling, Wildlife

What´s Included

✅ WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Airport pickup and drop off at Baltra Airport at your arrival/departure time

  • Transportation on and between the Islands as described in the itinerary

  • Transportation between Baltra Airport – Itabaca Channel

  • Meals as described in the itinerary

  • Accommodation in a single, double or triple room

  • Local naturalist guide (English & Spanish speaking)

  • Snorkeling equipment: mask, snorkel, fins and life vest

  • 24/7 assistance in English and Spanish
  • 🚫 WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights: Airfare Quito – Galapagos – Quito round trip

  • Insurance: Travel & Health insurance (mandatory)

  • Meals: Not described in the itinerary

  • Additional fees: INGALA transit card: USD 20 per person, cash only (subject to change)

  • Park fee USD 100 per person, cash only (subject to change)

  • Gear: Wetsuit for rent USD 10

  • Tips: For guides and drivers

  • Isabela dock fee: $ 10 p.p. (cash only)
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    We recommend you to book flights with an early arrival time at Baltra airport in time to not miss any activity.

    Option 1: Itinerary for flights arriving to Baltra before 12:00 PM

    Once at the Baltra airport, a person will take you to Puerto Ayora for a delicious lunch. Then your destination will be Isabela. This tour will be in a speedboat, so we recommend you to bring a waterproof jacket. On the island you will visit the Flamingo Lagoon and finally you will be taken to your hotel.

    Option 2: Itinerary for flights arriving to Baltra after 12:00 PM

    If your arrival on Baltra is after 12 PM, your first day will be spent on Santa Cruz Island, as the last speedboat to Isabela Island leaves around 03:00 PM. In this case lunch will not be included. In the afternoon if you have time left you can visit Tortuga Bay or the Charles Darwin Station. The rest of the tour is usually as follows: Day 2: Santa Fe; Day 3: Half day visit to Tortuga Bay and Tortuga Bay / Charles Darwin Station; Day 4: Santa Cruz Highlands, afternoon boat to Isabela; Day 5: Wetlands and Tintoreras; Day 6: Los Túneles; Day 7: morning boat to Santa Cruz and transfer to the airport

    Meals included: Lunch

    Accommodations: Hotel San Vicente or similar.

    Early in the morning, your first attraction to visit is the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center. The next activity will be a visit to an iconic site of the islands, the Wall of Tears, followed by a visit to a small lava tunnel. Here you will enjoy the incredible scenery that offers a tapestry of Galapagos Sesuvium between El Túnel del Estero and Playa del Amor.

    The hike in the Wetlands area is approximately 3 to 4 hours. After enjoying a delicious lunch, your destination will be Tintoreras Islet, named after the white tip sharks, known as Tintoreras.

    Meals included:  Breakfast, lunch

    Accommodations: Hotel San Vicente or similar.

    After breakfast, you will depart by boat to Puerto Villamil to visit the Tunnels, considered one of the most beautiful places for snorkeling on Isabela Island, thanks to its clear and calm waters. You will have the opportunity to see lots of sea birds and species such as turtles, marine iguanas, sea lions, manta rays, Galapagos penguins and more. This exciting activity lasts approximately 6 hours, including boat rides and a snack before a short walk.

    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch.

    Accommodations: Hotel San Vicente or similar.

    This day you will have to be full of energy. Early in the morning you will take the speedboat to Santa Cruz Island, where you will enjoy a delicious breakfast. Then you will go to the Charles Darwin Research Station. After lunch, you will visit Tortuga Bay. A place to be captivated by wildlife and marine life. To get to Tortuga Bay, there is a 2.5 km (30-45 minutes) walk along a paved road from Puerto Ayora. It is also possible to return from Tortuga Bay to Puerto Ayora by boat. This costs $10 p.p. + $10 for the guide’s boat ride. Departure time is 05:30 PM.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    Accommodations: Hotel Déjà vu or similar.

    Today your destination will be Santa Fe Island. It is a small island located in the center of the Galapagos archipelago. This island is special because it is home to endemic species such as the Barrington’s land iguana (Conolophus pallidus). You will snorkel at Santa Fe Island. Then you will head to Playa Escondida or Garrapatero on Santa Cruz Island, and have a wet landing there. Here, you will have some time to discover the beach.

    * Today you will have an activity called ‘Pesca Vivencial’ which means that you will be able to experience a fishing demonstration according to weather and park regulations.

    * Wet Landing means that the boat will approach the beach, and from there, you will disembark in the sea. It is recommended to bring extra clothes, as you might get wet.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Box Lunch

    Accommodations: Hotel Déjà vu or similar

    This day you will take a boat tour of the highlights of Puerto Ayora. Your first stop will be La Lobería, where you will be surprised by the large number of sea lions.

    Next, you will go to Punta Camaño islet. Here you will snorkel with more sea lions and a great variety of fish. Your next activity will be a visit to the Canal del Amor and finally, to finish the Bay Tour, you will go to Los Perros Beach. In the afternoon you will go to the highlands of Santa Cruz, where you will take a short hike on a privately owned ranch.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    Accommodations: Hotel Déjà vu or similar.

    It’s time to say goodbye. Your Galapagos Island Hopping Budget tour has come to an end. After breakfast, you will travel to the Baltra airport, where you will depart for Quito or Guayaquil

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Hotel
    Location: ecuador - galapagos
    Season: year-round
    Meeting Point: Baltra
    Trip Type: Island Hopping - Galapagos
    Activity: Snorkeling, Wildlife
    ✅ WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • Airport pickup and drop off at Baltra Airport at your arrival/departure time
  • Transportation on and between the Islands as described in the itinerary
  • Transportation between Baltra Airport – Itabaca Channel
  • Meals as described in the itinerary
  • Accommodation in a single, double or triple room
  • Local naturalist guide (English & Spanish speaking)
  • Snorkeling equipment: mask, snorkel, fins and life vest
  • 24/7 assistance in English and Spanish
  • 🚫 WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
  • Flights: Airfare Quito – Galapagos – Quito round trip
  • Insurance: Travel & Health insurance (mandatory)
  • Meals: Not described in the itinerary
  • Additional fees: INGALA transit card: USD 20 per person, cash only (subject to change)
  • Park fee USD 100 per person, cash only (subject to change)
  • Gear: Wetsuit for rent USD 10
  • Tips: For guides and drivers
  • Isabela dock fee: $ 10 p.p. (cash only)
  • What to bring?

    What is the minimum age for this trip?

    8 years old as a minimum age.

    What is the currency?

    US American Dollars

    What Travel Insurance do you recommend?

    World Nomads Insurance with a coverage of USD 200 000

    What vaccinations do I need?

    For Ecuador Highlands, Covid vaccination is required.

    What’s the weather like?

    Seasons in Ecuador have nothing to do with temperature – instead there is a dry season and a wet season. In Ecuador, the winter season is hot and wet, and the summer is dry and cold. Ecuador’s dry, summer season falls between May and December. January to April is Ecuador’s wet wintertime. There is not much of a transition between the seasons.

    Most of Ecuador has mild temperatures year-round. In the highlands of the Andes, the temperatures are usually cooler and depend of the altitude mainly, the higher the colder, The average temperature in Quito is in the mid-60s Fahrenheit (17 – 18 degrees Celsius). But the average temperature by the snow-cover volcanos can be mid-50s Fahrenheit (10 – 13 degrees Celsius).

    What Do I Do about drinking water?

    The tap water in Ecuador is not always friendly on the stomach for those who haven’t been in Latin America for a while. There is purified water in each of the accommodation which you can use to fill up each morning, so be sure to pack a reusable water bottle or two. There will also be water in the transportation.

    How much should I tip?

    Tips are not included in the trip cost. These are entirely at your discretion but there is an expectation to tip for good service. Your guide will help with advice; however, we suggest the below as a guideline per person:

    Guides: USD 10- USD 15 per day

    Of course, you are free to tip more or less, and the amount should be reflective of your perception of service and quality - a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service

    This 7-day Galapagos Island Hopping Budget tour shows you the best of Santa Cruz & Isabela islands. You will have different (day) on Galapagos Island Hopping Budget trips by boat, or by car. You will probably see blue-footed boobies, sea lions, flamingos, and tortoises. You stay in tourist-class hotels and all the activities are shared with other travelers. In these 7 days, you will be amazed by all the beauty the Galapagos Islands have to offer, making it a perfect Galapagos holiday!

    We recommend you to book flights with an early arrival time at Baltra airport in time to not miss any activity.

    Option 1: Itinerary for flights arriving to Baltra before 12:00 PM

    Once at the Baltra airport, a person will take you to Puerto Ayora for a delicious lunch. Then your destination will be Isabela. This tour will be in a speedboat, so we recommend you to bring a waterproof jacket. On the island you will visit the Flamingo Lagoon and finally you will be taken to your hotel.

    Option 2: Itinerary for flights arriving to Baltra after 12:00 PM

    If your arrival on Baltra is after 12 PM, your first day will be spent on Santa Cruz Island, as the last speedboat to Isabela Island leaves around 03:00 PM. In this case lunch will not be included. In the afternoon if you have time left you can visit Tortuga Bay or the Charles Darwin Station. The rest of the tour is usually as follows: Day 2: Santa Fe; Day 3: Half day visit to Tortuga Bay and Tortuga Bay / Charles Darwin Station; Day 4: Santa Cruz Highlands, afternoon boat to Isabela; Day 5: Wetlands and Tintoreras; Day 6: Los Túneles; Day 7: morning boat to Santa Cruz and transfer to the airport

    Meals included: Lunch

    Accommodations: Hotel San Vicente or similar.

    Early in the morning, your first attraction to visit is the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center. The next activity will be a visit to an iconic site of the islands, the Wall of Tears, followed by a visit to a small lava tunnel. Here you will enjoy the incredible scenery that offers a tapestry of Galapagos Sesuvium between El Túnel del Estero and Playa del Amor.

    The hike in the Wetlands area is approximately 3 to 4 hours. After enjoying a delicious lunch, your destination will be Tintoreras Islet, named after the white tip sharks, known as Tintoreras.

    Meals included:  Breakfast, lunch

    Accommodations: Hotel San Vicente or similar.

    After breakfast, you will depart by boat to Puerto Villamil to visit the Tunnels, considered one of the most beautiful places for snorkeling on Isabela Island, thanks to its clear and calm waters. You will have the opportunity to see lots of sea birds and species such as turtles, marine iguanas, sea lions, manta rays, Galapagos penguins and more. This exciting activity lasts approximately 6 hours, including boat rides and a snack before a short walk.

    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch.

    Accommodations: Hotel San Vicente or similar.

    This day you will have to be full of energy. Early in the morning you will take the speedboat to Santa Cruz Island, where you will enjoy a delicious breakfast. Then you will go to the Charles Darwin Research Station. After lunch, you will visit Tortuga Bay. A place to be captivated by wildlife and marine life. To get to Tortuga Bay, there is a 2.5 km (30-45 minutes) walk along a paved road from Puerto Ayora. It is also possible to return from Tortuga Bay to Puerto Ayora by boat. This costs $10 p.p. + $10 for the guide’s boat ride. Departure time is 05:30 PM.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    Accommodations: Hotel Déjà vu or similar.

    Today your destination will be Santa Fe Island. It is a small island located in the center of the Galapagos archipelago. This island is special because it is home to endemic species such as the Barrington’s land iguana (Conolophus pallidus). You will snorkel at Santa Fe Island. Then you will head to Playa Escondida or Garrapatero on Santa Cruz Island, and have a wet landing there. Here, you will have some time to discover the beach.

    * Today you will have an activity called ‘Pesca Vivencial’ which means that you will be able to experience a fishing demonstration according to weather and park regulations.

    * Wet Landing means that the boat will approach the beach, and from there, you will disembark in the sea. It is recommended to bring extra clothes, as you might get wet.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Box Lunch

    Accommodations: Hotel Déjà vu or similar

    This day you will take a boat tour of the highlights of Puerto Ayora. Your first stop will be La Lobería, where you will be surprised by the large number of sea lions.

    Next, you will go to Punta Camaño islet. Here you will snorkel with more sea lions and a great variety of fish. Your next activity will be a visit to the Canal del Amor and finally, to finish the Bay Tour, you will go to Los Perros Beach. In the afternoon you will go to the highlands of Santa Cruz, where you will take a short hike on a privately owned ranch.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    Accommodations: Hotel Déjà vu or similar.

    It’s time to say goodbye. Your Galapagos Island Hopping Budget tour has come to an end. After breakfast, you will travel to the Baltra airport, where you will depart for Quito or Guayaquil

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Hotel
    Location: ecuador - galapagos
    Season: year-round
    Meeting Point: Baltra
    Trip Type: Island Hopping - Galapagos
    Activity: Snorkeling, Wildlife
    ✅ WHAT'S INCLUDED
    Airport pickup and drop off at Baltra Airport at your arrival/departure time

    Transportation on and between the Islands as described in the itinerary

    Transportation between Baltra Airport – Itabaca Channel

    Meals as described in the itinerary

    Accommodation in a single, double or triple room

    Local naturalist guide (English & Spanish speaking)

    Snorkeling equipment: mask, snorkel, fins and life vest

    24/7 assistance in English and Spanish

    🚫 WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
    Flights: Airfare Quito – Galapagos – Quito round trip

    Insurance: Travel & Health insurance (mandatory)

    Meals: Not described in the itinerary

    Additional fees: INGALA transit card: USD 20 per person, cash only (subject to change)

    Park fee USD 100 per person, cash only (subject to change)

    Gear: Wetsuit for rent USD 10

    Tips: For guides and drivers

    Isabela dock fee: $ 10 p.p. (cash only)

    What to bring?

    What is the minimum age for this trip?

    8 years old as a minimum age.

    What is the currency?

    US American Dollars

    What Travel Insurance do you recommend?

    World Nomads Insurance with a coverage of USD 200 000

    What vaccinations do I need?

    For Ecuador Highlands, Covid vaccination is required.

    What’s the weather like?

    Seasons in Ecuador have nothing to do with temperature – instead there is a dry season and a wet season. In Ecuador, the winter season is hot and wet, and the summer is dry and cold. Ecuador’s dry, summer season falls between May and December. January to April is Ecuador’s wet wintertime. There is not much of a transition between the seasons.

    Most of Ecuador has mild temperatures year-round. In the highlands of the Andes, the temperatures are usually cooler and depend of the altitude mainly, the higher the colder, The average temperature in Quito is in the mid-60s Fahrenheit (17 – 18 degrees Celsius). But the average temperature by the snow-cover volcanos can be mid-50s Fahrenheit (10 – 13 degrees Celsius).

    What Do I Do about drinking water?

    The tap water in Ecuador is not always friendly on the stomach for those who haven’t been in Latin America for a while. There is purified water in each of the accommodation which you can use to fill up each morning, so be sure to pack a reusable water bottle or two. There will also be water in the transportation.

    How much should I tip?

    Tips are not included in the trip cost. These are entirely at your discretion but there is an expectation to tip for good service. Your guide will help with advice; however, we suggest the below as a guideline per person:

    Guides: USD 10- USD 15 per day

    Of course, you are free to tip more or less, and the amount should be reflective of your perception of service and quality - a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service

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