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Galapagos Multisport Adventure

8 days, Santa Cruz Island to Santa Cruz Island

 

This adventure is perfect for those who want to experience the incredible wildlife and scenery of the Galápagos Islands but prefer to sleep on shore – so your time on the water is limited to commuting between islands. Go ashore at the lesser-visited island of Isabela and spend your days with playful sea lions, giant manta rays, and the Galápagos giant tortoise. This adventure offers a great balance of guided excursions and free time – and optional activities abound.

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: Active. Hiking, trekking, biking, rafting, and kayaking adventures all over the world, made for outdoor types.

Service Level: Standard. Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; a mix of public and private transport.

Physical Rating: 3 - Average. Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.

Trip Type: Small Group. Small group experience; Max 15

Itinerary

Day 1 Santa Cruz Island/Puerto Ayora

Arrive in Santa Cruz and make your way to the hotel. As reaching the hotel in Santa Cruz (Puerto Ayora) from the Baltra airport can be tricky, exit the airport and head for the public bus to Itabaca Canal. From there, take a ferry across the canal to Santa Cruz Island. From the ferry terminal, opt to take a taxi or bus to Puerto Ayora, typically a 45-min ride.

Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group. Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travelers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterward. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.

Accommodation - Below is an example of the hotel we may use in this city. Hotel Lobo de Mar (or similar)

 

Day 2 Santa Cruz Island

Visit the highlands of Santa Cruz to see the giant tortoise's natural habitat. In the afternoon, kayak the Itabaca Canal and explore the lively underwater world with a mask and snorkel. Visit the highlands of Santa Cruz to observe the Galápagos giant tortoise in its natural surroundings. The area is also famous for amazing lava tunnels. From this elevation, the panoramic views of the other islands are stunning.

- Santa Cruz Highlands Excursion - Santa Cruz Island 2h-3h

Visit the highlands of Santa Cruz and see the Galápagos giant tortoise in its natural surroundings. Explore the area and its incredible underground lava tunnels. Wander along the volcanic tubes and keep an eye out for the (mainly) nocturnal barn owls that sometimes roost here.

- Kayaking (Itabaca Canal), Santa Cruz Island

Kayak in the Itabaca Canal that separates Santa Cruz Island from Baltra Island. Keep an eye out for nearby pelicans, blue-footed boobies, and other seabirds.

- Snorkeling (Itabaca Canal), Santa Cruz Island

Jump in and explore the underwater world where schools of yellowtail surgeonfish, king angelfish and parrotfish dance in the gentle waves. Spot turtles, friendly sea lions pups and small, docile, whitetip reef sharks.

Accommodation - Hotel Lobo de Mar (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 3 Santa Cruz Island/Floreana Island

Spend a free morning enjoying Santa Cruz, before crossing by speedboat to Floreana Island. Get settled at the G Adventures-supported community guesthouse, enjoy an excursion to the highlands and opt to swim or snorkel at Black Beach. After a free morning, depart Santa Cruz and head to Floreana Island. Keep an eye out for dolphins and the magnificent albatross along the way. Enjoy an introduction to snorkeling directly off Black Beach on the island. After, head up to the seldom-visited highlands of Floreana. Hear tales about the pirates, whalers, seal hunters and buccaneers who once lived in this isolated and unique landscape.

Please note that travel between islands is done by speedboat. The ride can be quite rough, especially from July to December. Make sure to bring sea sickness medication if you are prone to seasickness.

- Speedboat - Santa Cruz Island – Floreana Island2h-3h

Cut swiftly through the water en route to the next stop (and hang on to your hat).

- Black Beach Snorkelling - Floreana Island2h-3h

Try an introduction to snorkeling straight off the black sands of Floreana. Immerse yourself in the waters of the Galápagos and meet some of the local wildlife.

- Floreana Highlands Excursion - Floreana Island2h-3h

Head up to the seldom-visited highlands of Floreana. Hear the tales about the pirates, whalers, seal hunters and buccaneers who once lived in this isolated and unique landscape.

- Free Time, Santa Cruz Island Morning, Get out and explore.

- Your G for Good Moment: Floreana Community Restaurants

To further benefit the community on Floreana island G has provided training to residents for all aspects of tourism, including food preparation and service. The community will provide your meals while staying on this small island. The meals are rotated amongst different community members in order to spread out the benefits of tourism. While eating at the community restaurants you will be contributing to the self-sufficiency of the first community tourism operator in the Galápagos.

- Your G for Good Moment: Floreana Community Guesthouse

Floreana Island is a small, isolated, inhabited island part of the Galápagos Archipelago. Many of its residents have been living there for the past three generations since the islands were first colonized. Its 150 residents have tried to benefit from the tourism boom, but since most tourism is marine-based and the boats don't stop in the village, they have struggled to find any opportunities. We are investing in community training and infrastructure to develop the first ecological, community tourism program in the Galápagos Islands that sees both the island's small entrepreneurs and its unique wildlife as the primary beneficiaries of this project.

Accommodation - G-Supported Floreana Community Guesthouse (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 4 Floreana Island

Enjoy a visit to Loberia, where there are opportunities to swim and snorkel. Opt to explore the area around Black Beach. Walk along the black sand beach to Loberia to enjoy beach snorkeling or swimming. Please be sure you are a comfortable swimmer. The water here can be rough and the currents are strong.

- Loberia Snorkelling Excursion, Floreana Island1h-2h Afternoon

Snorkel straight off the beach at Loberia, and get up close to the diverse wildlife in the waters around the Galápagos. Please be sure you are a strong swimmer; the water here can be rough and the currents are strong.

- Your G for Good Moment: Floreana Community Restaurants

To further benefit the community on Floreana island G has provided training to residents for all aspects of tourism, including food preparation and service. The community will provide your meals while staying on this small island. The meals are rotated amongst different community members in order to spread out the benefits of tourism. While eating at the community restaurants you will be contributing to the self-sufficiency of the first community tourism operator in the Galápagos.

- Your G for Good Moment: Floreana Community Guesthouse

Floreana Island is a small, isolated, inhabited island part of the Galápagos Archipelago. Many of its residents have been living there for the past three generations since the islands were first colonized. Its 150 residents have tried to benefit from the tourism boom, but since most tourism is marine-based and the boats don't stop in the village, they have struggled to find any opportunities. We are investing in community training and infrastructure to develop the first ecological, community tourism program in the Galápagos Islands that sees both the island's small entrepreneurs and its unique wildlife as the primary beneficiaries of this project.

Accommodation - G-Supported Floreana Community Guesthouse (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 5 Floreana Island/Isabela Island

Morning speedboat ride boat to Isabela Island. Enjoy a kayak excursion near Tintoreras and then jump in for a snorkel nearby. Take a morning speedboat journey to Isabela Island. Visit Tintoreras to kayak and observe the whitetip reef sharks found swimming in the channels between the rocks. Get a close-up view of pelicans, frigatebirds, and diving blue-footed boobies. Watch for manta rays and rare Galápagos penguins, of which only 800 pairs exist.

- Speedboat. Floreana Island – Isabela Island 2h 37km

Cut swiftly through the water en route to the next stop (and hang on to your hat).

- Las Tintoreras Excursion, Las Tintoreras – Cantón Isabela

Tour the "Tintoreras" to watch manta rays and whitetip reef sharks swim in the channels between the rocks. Get up close to pelicans, frigatebirds, and diving blue-footed boobies, and keep an eye out for rare Galápagos penguins, the only species found in Galápagos and north of the Equator.

- Snorkeling, Isabela Island

Go snorkeling near Las Tintoreras, located south of Puerto Villamil – it's the perfect place to glide along watching the magic unfold under the water’s surface. Look out for sea lions, sea turtles, marine iguanas, and if you're lucky some Galápagos penguins.

Accommodation - Hotel Iguana (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 6 Isabela Island

Hike to Sierra Negra Volcano to see the second-largest crater in the world and enjoy a downhill bike excursion. Visit the Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre on the way back to town. Opt to take surfing lessons on the nearby beach. Take a full-day tour on Isabela Island that includes a trek up the Sierra Negra Volcano, one of the most active volcanoes in Galápagos boasting the second largest crater in the world. Hike to the summit to experience a birds-eye view of the magical landscape. Stop by the Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre on the way back to town. In the evening, opt for a surfing lesson or relax at the bar or on the beach and enjoy a nice cold beer or cocktail.

Please note that space may be limited for optional activities during high season, these activities are operated by third-party operators and will be subject to availability.

- Private Vehicle, Isabela Island – Sierra Negro 3h 55km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

- Sierra Negra Volcano Excursion, Isabela Island – Cantón Isabela 1h-2h

Lace-up your hiking boots to explore the Sierra Negra Volcano, which has the largest basaltic caldera in the Galápagos. The volcano last erupted in June 2018, making it the most recent eruption in the Galápagos.

Optional Activities

- Surfing Lesson, Isabela Island 2h-2h 30m, 45-55USD per person

Grab your swimsuit and get ready to hang ten! Learn how to find and ride the waves with surfing lessons from local experts. Enjoy the fresh sea air, and try to spot local marine life while enjoying the waters.

Accommodation - Hotel Iguana (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 7 Isabela Island/Santa Cruz Island

Free day to enjoy Isabela Island, choose from snorkeling, surfing or a variety of other activities before returning to Santa Cruz by speedboat. Enjoy a day free for activities in Isabela Island, where how much activity is involved is up to you. In the afternoon, set sail for Santa Cruz Island and dock at the town of Puerto Ayora. After late hotel check-in, enjoy free time to explore this bustling little town and sample some of the local restaurants and bars, or maybe do some souvenir shopping in one of the many shops.

- Free Time, Isabela Island Full Day. Get out and explore.

- Speedboat. Isabela Island 2h 46km

Cut swiftly through the water en route to the next stop (and hang on to your hat).

Accommodation- Hotel Lobo de Mar (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8 Puerto Ayora/Santa Cruz Island

Depart at any time.

Meals included: Breakfast

Pricing

Price: $2549

Deposit: $350, Deposit Due Date: March 20, G-Adventures will contact you about payment.

RSVP fee: $25 refundable deposit for those who went to the Trip. After the Trip, we will make this amount to BCO Credits and you can use it for pre-paying BCO Events.

Cancellation Policy

* Cancellation 60 days or more prior to departure = Loss of deposit

* Cancellation between 30 and 59 days prior to departure = 50% loss

* Cancellation within 30 days of departure = 100% loss 

 

 

What's Included

Your G for Good Moment: Floreana Community Restaurants, Floreana Island
Your G for Good Moment: Floreana Community Guesthouse, Floreana Island
Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group. Highlands and wild tortoise excursion (Santa Cruz Island). Kayak and snorkel excursion. Snorkeling at Black Beach and Loberia (Floreana Island). Biking excursion (Isabela Island). Sierra Negra Volcano hike. Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre visit. Isabela Municipal Tax. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Meals Included - 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners

Meals

Eating is a big part of traveling. Traveling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally, meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally, food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your leader will be able to suggest favorite restaurants during your trip. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

Transport - Speed boat, van, pickup truck, local bus, panga.

Accommodation - Hotels (7 nights).

What to Take

We recommend the use of a duffel bag or backpack (whichever you find easiest to carry). A good size daypack is also essential. If you don't wish to take all of your luggage with you to Galapagos, please ensure you have an extra bag you can leave behind at hotel storage and pickup on your return.

Please note that Galapagos is a protected National Park so your luggage will be checked before arrival and departure to and from the islands. Don’t bring any food, seeds or other organic material that could affect the delicate ecosystem of the islands.

 

Important Notes

1) ITINERARY CHANGES
The itinerary is subject to further changes dependent upon new regulations made by the Galapagos National Park or seasonal points of interest.

2) CONFIRM YOUR DETAILS
G Adventures requires your passport number, full name and date of birth at the time of booking. Please make sure you give this information to your travel agent.

Once you have confirmed your booking please give us your international flight details and advise us if you have any important issues such as allergies, special diets, etc.

3) GALAPAGOS ISLAND PARK ENTRY FEE
The Ecuadorian government currently levies a Galapagos Islands Park entry fee of $100 USD per person. This is payable at the airport upon arrival in the park. It is not included in the cost of the tour and must be paid in CASH. This fee funds Park maintenance and supervision in Galapagos, as well as ecological study, conservation, and infrastructure development in Ecuador's other National Parks. Entry fees and the funds they generate for the National Park System are among measures taken by the Ecuadorian government to protect its natural heritage.

4) TRANSIT CONTROL CARDS
The Consejo de Gobierno (local government council) has implemented a system of Transit Control Cards at a fee of $20 USD per person. This card is to be purchased in CASH at a counter in the Quito airport before boarding the flight to the Galapagos. Please retain this card along with your passport as you will be required to present this upon arrival to the Galapagos Islands. Please note that this applies to all tourists entering the Galapagos Islands and is a supplement to the existing entry fee to the National Park and is not controlled by tour operators or travel agencies. It is the first of a number of initiatives to track, control and maintain the sustainable tourism targets set out by the Galapagos National Park and the Ecuadorian government in an attempt to preserve the fragile environment of the archipelago.

COMBO TRIP
Please note that this tour combines with other G Adventures tours. As such, the staff and some travel companions on your tour may have previously been traveling together with G Adventures, prior to Day 1 of your tour. Likewise, some staff and travel companions may be continuing together on another G Adventures tour, after your trip concludes.

Joining Instructions

Upon arrival at the Baltra airport, you will disembark the plane, enter the airport where you must wait in line to pay your Galapagos Park Fee of $100 US dollars. This fee must be paid in cash. Once you pay for the park fee, you will retrieve your luggage and have one final baggage inspection by the Galapagos National Park authority. You will notice that there are no cars or taxis outside the airport only buses, please take one of the public buses that will take you to Itabaca Canal The ride to the Itabaca Canal is free and takes approximately 10 minutes at which time you will disembark the bus and take your luggage to a ferry. The cost of the ferry to cross the canal is 1 US dollar, please make sure you have small change. Heavier luggage will be put on the roof of the ferry while passengers will enter down below in the seating area. The ferry will cross the small canal taking another 5 to 10 minutes where you will finally arrive at Santa Cruz Island. Disembark the ferry, take your luggage and here you find various options to get to Puerto Ayora. You can arrange a taxi, look for a bus. A taxi normally costs $30-40 US dollars while sharing a bus can be much less. The ride takes approximately 45 minutes to get to Puerto Ayora.
Please meet your CEO at 6h00pm at the hotel.

Please note that Day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned for that day other then your welcome meeting in the evening, so you can arrive at any time. Similarly, the last day is a departure day during which no activities have been planned.

A G Adventures Representative will organize a short meeting soon after arrival, during which you will meet other tour participants and receive information about general and specific aspects of the trip. A welcome note will be left for you in the hotel so you have all the necessary information regarding the meeting time. If you arrive late, s/he will leave you a message detailing what time and where you should meet the next morning.

 

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate in any of our trips. When traveling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your CEO, who will take note of your insurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that all clients must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.

 

 

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