Santa Cruz
& Isabela 5 Days

Santa Cruz and Isabela: get the most of your time in 5 days

Sea lions, giant tortoises, century-old volcanic formations, and relaxed way of life awaits you in Santa Cruz and Isabela islands. These islands are the largest in the whole Archipelago, which together offer you an amazing natural attractions, while they let you experience the Galapagos-style modus vivendi!

Travel seamlessly around both of these islands, while you discover all the best wildlife in less than a week! You’ll enjoy amazing guided trips at beautiful marine wildlife hotspots, like Los Tuneles. You can also relax on pristine beaches or explore amazing volcanic landscapes by foot, bicycle or kayak.

Be ready to have an adventure of a lifetime!

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5 days / 4 nights

Minimum: 2 people
If you choose Option 1 on day 4
$1049 – with lodging
$825 – Without lodging
If you choose Option 2 on day 4
$949 – with lodging:
$725 – without lodging

Santa Cruz – Isabela 5 days / 4 nights

Day 1: enjoy the Archipelago highlands and get some rest

  • Our certified bilingual guide will pick you up at Baltra airport to get you transferred to your hotel in Puerto Ayora, at Santa Cruz island.
  • After crossing the Itabaca channel, the official adventure begins! Giant tortoises, lava tunnels and craters will blow your mind in the magical scenery of the Scalesia forest, a tree species endemic to the Archipelago.
  • Enjoy a comforting lunch halfway of our 27-miles drive.
  • Get some rest at your hotel for next day adventures!

Day 2: have a hassle-free experience in Santa Cruz Island

  • Explore the most populated Galapagos island on your own.
  • Choose from a long but worthy hike to Tortuga Bay, a refreshing swim at Las Grietas or a visit to Las Ninfas mangrove.
  • Experience the day-to-day lifestyle of Puerto Ayora town: spend your afternoon at Charles Darwin Research Station, people watch at its main plaza and dock, or have fun at the seafood market. There are plenty of options to choose from!

Day 3: explore Isabela, the largest island in the Archipelago

  • Take the speedboat to Isabela early in the morning, included in the tour.
  • After a two-hour boat ride, take a deep breath and slip into Isabela’s relaxed lifestyle!
  • Observe flamingos, black-necked stilts, whimbrels, white-cheeked pintails, and gallinules at its long, white sand, palm-lined beach and several brackish-water lagoons.

Day 4: choose from two amazing adventures at Isabela island

Included: Certified naturalist guide from Galapagos, shared boat transportation, all excursions, lunch, and snorkeling gear.

Los Túneles

Los Túneles

  • Explore an area of naturally occurring underwater stone tunnels, that will remind you of lava tubes and make the landscape look like something out of a different world.
  • Water at The Tunnels is amazing! It’s calm, shallow and clear blue. Arcs and tunnels underneath the water create the perfect habitat for many Galapagos marine species.
Sierra Negra

Sierra Negra

Sierra Negra

Get ready for adventure as you hike through a volcano. With a 6-mile diameter and 300m deep, it’s the world’s second largest volcanic crater. Contemplate an incredible view of the Galapagos islands.

Day 5: Return to Quito or Guayaquil

  • After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to the Itabaca channel. This drive will take approximately 50 minutes.
  • Upon arrival to the Itabaca Channel, you’ll take a short 10-minute ride on a ferry to Baltra, followed by a 5-minute bus drive to the airport for your flight back to Quito or Guayaquil.

Included: Transportation from Puerto Ayora to Itabaca channel.

What to pack:

Keep in mind that you are in the equator, so be sure to bring a wide-brimmed hat and sunscreen. Sturdy hiking shoes and flip-flops or sandals are a must to guarantee comfort to your feet. Of course, don’t forget your swimming gear, refillable water bottle, binoculars, a small backpack, and your camera (or a GoPro).

Tipping:

Tipping to the staff is at the discretion of our guests. Tips for the guides are usually given in person.

Wheather:

The warmest months are from January to May; occasional short downpours are expected. It gets cooler and drier from June to December; seas get choppy due to Humboldt current.

Health:

Immunizations are not required to visit the Archipelago. It is advisable, however, to consult your doctor or physician before your trip due to physical activity. We recommend you to bring motion-sickness pills for the navigable tours.

Notes:

The itinerary may be subject to changes due to weather conditions or National Park Directives. The guide may deviate from the published itinerary for any reason he or she deems advisable.

(Please, bear in mind the price of lodging if you book it by yourself: Budget: $25 – $35 per person / Midrange: $50 – $75 per person)

You will need to pay these following fees at Baltra airport:
  • INGALA transit card:  $20 per person, cash only (subject to change)
  • Galapagos National Park fee: $100 per person, cash only (subject to change)

Plane tickets are not included in the tour.

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