Santa Cruz – Isabela – San Cristobal
Galapagos on a backpacker budget
This backpacker version of our popular Me Gusta Galapagos Programs, will include a self-guided instruction manual that will be provided to you during your meet&greet at Galapagos, and you can easily make your own way to and from places. If you would prefer more assistance, please refer to our normal Me Gusta Galapagos packages.
8 days, 7 nights
hostel base is on Santa Cruz, Isabela and San Cristobal
with tours of visiting nearby islands
Arrival Santa Cruz
Today you will arrive to the airport of Baltra, one of the Galapagos Islands. You will be picked up at the airport and transferred to the island Santa Cruz. You will first cross the Itabaca channel by a ferry boat and then you will continue by car. Your first stop will be at the highlands of Santa Cruz. The “Parte Alta” as the highlands are called in Spanish is very lush and green and is the natural habitat of the giant Galapagos tortoises. You will visit a private rancho where you will have lunch. Here you walk between the trees and search for the giant tortoises that prefer to stay close to the small lagoons. You also will visit the lava tubes, which are formed when the surface of a lava stream solidifies, but the inside stays liquid and flows out like a river. After this tour you continue by private transport to your hotel. Here you will have a meet & greet with one of our staff members who will explain the rest of your itinerary to you. You have the rest of the afternoon free to explore Santa Cruz on your own.
Crossing to Isabela island
Today you will have the morning off to explore the beautiful island of Santa Cruz on your own. In the afternoon you will need to make your way from your hotel to the dock of Santa Cruz from where you will take a lancha (motorized small boat) to the island of Isabela. The boat ride will take about 2 hours and depending on the weather, it can be a bit bumpy. Arriving to the dock of Isabela you will go to your hotel.
Tour to ‘los Tuneles’
Today you will have a tour to ´Los Tuneles´. This tour takes about 6 to 7 hours. Snorkeling equipment and a box lunch are included. This site is one of the most spectacular places for snorkeling in Isabela as the water is shallow, clear and calm. This marine sanctuary is characterized by its unique geologic formations. A series of lava flows have produced a number of arches and tunnels both under and above water, where you find a number of animal species that have taken up residence in these magnificent formations. The entry into this site is shallow and the waves can be quite strong, for this reason it is not always feasible to enter this site in which case you will go to an additional snorkeling point outside Los Tuneles. Under these unique underwater lava formations, you´ll be able to snorkel with a huge variety of large sea life such as sea turtles, manta rays, white tipped sharks, sea horses, and more. The tour also includes a walk through this incredible landscape.
Morning off and crossing to Santa Cruz island
Today you will have the morning off to explore the beautiful island of Isabela on your own. In the afternoon you will go from your hotel to the dock of Isabela. Here you will take the lancha back to Santa Cruz Island, which will take about 2 hours. Once you have arrived, you will make your own way to your hotel on Santa Cruz.
Day tour to Seymour, Bartelome, Santa Fe or Plazas
Today a free day for an optional day tour to one of the non-habitat islands; Seymour, Bartolome, Santa Fe or Plazas. Or an optional snorkeling tour to Plazas or Pinzon. We can book option one of the following day tours for $210,00 pp. or if you would prefer only a snorkel tour for $140.00 pp(no disembarking on islands, just snorkeling and lunch to the islands Pinzon or Plazas). Which one this is, will be confirmed with you in a later stage. See the descriptions of the day tours in the next tab or here. In all tours lunch and snorkeling equipment is included.
Crossing to San Cristobal island
You will have the morning off to explore Santa Cruz on your own. In the afternoon you will go by yourself from your hotel to the dock of Santa Cruz from where you will take a lancha (motorized small boat) to the island of San Cristobal. The boat ride will take about 2 hours and depending on the weather, it can be a bit bumpy. Arriving to the dock of San Cristobal you go to your hotel.
Tour on San Cristobal island
Today you will have a day tour to either Kicker Rock or Isla Lobos. Please be aware that you will only visit one of these places. See descriptions of the tours in the next tab or here.
Transfer to the airport of San Cristobal
In the morning you will have time to explore the island of San Cristobal on your own before you will need to go to the airport of San Cristobal. From here you will take your flight back to the mainland.