8. From San Cristobal: 7-Day Galapagos Islands Tour w/ Lodging
DAY 1: SAN CRISTÓBAL ISLAND ARRIVAL (Lunch)
You will arrive at the airport of San Cristóbal, one of the oldest islands in the Galapagos. You will be picked up at the airport, and transferred with an English-speaking driver to your hotel in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. At lunchtime, you will be transferred to the Highlands to enjoy a “Farm to table lunch” and have your first impressions of this beautiful island. In the late afternoon, you will enjoy a delicious cocktail on the hotel rooftop.
DAY 2: KICKER ROCK SNORKELING TOUR (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
You will have breakfast at the hotel before going to Kicker Rock. This is one of the most spectacular landmarks of the Galapagos Islands. Two volcanic rocks 140 meters tall are located off the coast of San Cristobal Island. This magnificent tiny island is the favorite place for an array of marine birds. But in the sea, you see the great underwater life wherefore the site is that famous. The natural erosion of this ancient cone has created a channel between the rocks that provides the ideal habitat to view a variety of sharks and rays including eagle rays, white-tip reef sharks, and sometimes even the Galapagos sharks and hammerheads! At night you will enjoy a delicious dinner in a sushi Ecuadorian-style restaurant.
DAY 3: SAN CRISTOBAL - ISABELA ISLAND - SIERRA NEGRA VOLCANO (Breakfast, Lunch)
On this day you will enjoy an inter-island flight from San Cristóbal to Isabela Island, it will take around 45 minutes. Once you arrive, you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel. Immediately you will depart to Sierra Negra Volcano. Also, you will visit Campo Duro ranch to enjoy a delicious local BBQ. (vegetarian option is always available). At night you can go for some cocktails at the beach to watch the sunset.
DAY 4: LOS TUNELES SNORKELING TOUR (Breakfast, Lunch)
After breakfast, you will go to Los Tuneles. This is one of the most spectacular places to go snorkeling on Isabela Island because the water is calm, very clear, and shallow. After visiting Los Tuneles you will have time to visit some highlights by yourself; for example Isabela Breeding Center, Wetlands, or the Wall of Tears. A premium box lunch is included during the tour. At night you have a local beach dinner where you can enjoy the sound of the sea while eating.
DAY 5: SPEEDBOAT TRANSFER TO PUERTO AYORA - SANTA CRUZ ISLAND - FISH MARKET TOUR (Breakfast, Lunch)
Early in the morning, you will take a speed boat to Santa Cruz Island (2 hours). Once you arrive, you will visit the Fish Market, where you can see how the local fishermen treat the product as soon as it arrives from the sea. You will visit a farm where you will have a cooking class and can eat what was caught during the day.
DAY 6: VISIT AN UNINHABITED ISLAND (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Today you will go to one of the Galapagos’ uninhabited islands. The island you will visit depends on what day of the week you will depart. Examples of islands you might visit are Santa Fe, Plazas, Bartholome, or North Seymour island. You will spend the day snorkeling, discovering the island, its flora, and fauna. In the afternoon you will return to your hotel. At night you will have a gastronomic walking tour around Puerto Ayora ending in a local restaurant for a farewell special dinner.
DAY 7 TRANSFER TO BALTRA (Breakfast)
After breakfast, you will travel to Baltra Airport, from where you will depart to Guayaquil or Quito.