Discover it all with this complete program
Our most complete program combines the three islands Santa Cruz, Isabela and San Cristóbal. With ample time on every island, you can explore every nook and corner, by snorkelling, hiking, going wildlife spotting and possibly even mountain biking.
Day 1 Arrival Santa Cruz
Today you will arrive at the airport of Baltra, one of the Galapagos Islands. You will be picked up at the airport and transferred to the island of Santa Cruz. You will first cross the Itabaca channel by ferry and then continue by car. The first stop will be at the “Parte Alta” (highlands) of Sant Cruz. This is a very lush and green area, inhabited by the giant Galapagos tortoises. You will visit a private rancho and have lunch there. Walk between the trees in search of the giant tortoises that prefer to stay close to the small lagoons. Subsequently, enter 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 will 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. Enjoy the rest of your free afternoon and explore Santa Cruz on your own.
Day 2 Crossing to Isabela island
Today you will have the morning off to independently explore the beautiful island of Santa Cruz. In the afternoon you will be transferred from your hotel to the dock of Santa Cruz from where you will take a “lancha” (small motorized boat) to the island of Isabela. The boat ride will take about 2 hours and can be a bit bumpy, depending on the weather. Upon arrival, you will be transported to your hotel.
Day 3 Tour to Los Tuneles
Today you will tour Los Tuneles. This takes about 6 to 7 hours. Snorkeling equipment and a box lunch are included in the complete program. This is one of the most spectacular sites 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 several arches and tunnels both under and above the water, where many animal species have taken up residence. The entry into this site is shallow and the waves can be quite strong. Hence, it is not always feasible to enter, in which case you will go to an additional snorkeling point outside of Los Tuneles. Under these unique underwater lava formations, you’ll be able to snorkel with an immense variety of large sea creatures such as sea turtles, manta rays, white tipped-sharks, sea horses, and more. The complete tour also includes a short hike through this incredible landscape.
Day 4 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 be transferred from your hotel to the dock of Isabela. Here you will take a “lancha”(small motorized boat) back to Santa Cruz Island, which will take about 2 hours. Once you have arrived, you will be transferred to your hotel on Santa Cruz.
Day 5 Day tour to Seymour, Bartelome, Santa Fe or Plazas
Today you will enjoy a complete day tour of one of the following islands: North Seymour, Bartolomé, Santa Fe or Plazas. Later into the process, we will let you know which island tour you will be going on, according to the Galapagos National Park availability. You can observe the descriptions of the day tours in the next tab. In all the tours, lunch and snorkeling equipment is included.
Day 6 Crossing to San Cristobal island
You will have the morning off to explore Santa Cruz on your own. In the afternoon you will be transferred from your hotel to the dock of Santa Cruz from where you will take a lancha (small motorized boat) to the island of San Cristobal. The boat ride will take about 2 hours and can be a bit bumpy, depending on the weather. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.
Day 7 Tour to Kicker Rock or Isla Lobos
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 the descriptions of the complete day tours in the next tab. In all the tours lunch and snorkeling equipment is included.
Day 8 Transfer to the airport of San Cristobal
In the morning you will have time to explore the stunning San Cristobal island on your own before you will be transferred to the airport of San Cristobal. From here you will take your flight back to the mainland, where your complete program will end.
Tour Plazas, Seymour, Santa Fe or BartelomeSee the descriptions of the day tours below. In both tours lunch and snorkeling equipment is included.
Your first stop will be a refreshing one; you will be snorkeling at Punta Carrion, while being surrounded by colorful fish and sea turtles. Afterwards, you will continue to Plazas, made up of two islands, Plaza Norte and Plaza Sur. Only Plaza Sur, the southern bigger island is visited by tourists. The flora and fauna of this island will astonish you. It is well known due to its beautiful green, yellow and orange land iguanas. When seeing, them it almost looks like you walked into the movie “Jurassic Park”. This is all surrounded by beaches, beautiful cacti and the blue ocean. It is sensational to see how sea lions and iguanas play together. Moreover, it is a “birdwatchers paradise” since it has a cliff with swallow-tailed gulls, masked boobies, blue-footed boobies, tropical red bill birds, frigates, pelicans and Audubon’s.
North Seymour is located north of the island Baltra, with a surface area of only 1.9 square kilometers. It is almost completely flat. Many different bird colonies, such as frigates, blue-footed boobies and swallow-tailed gull, can be found. To impress the female frigates, the males blow up their red throat bag and fly around. As you can imagine, this is not an easy task to perform, thus they lose their balance rather quickly. After observing this interesting scene, you will navigate towards the beach of Bachas. Here you can relax on the beach, follow the trails of the nesting sea turtles and snorkel/swim in the sea. There is also a trail leading to a flamingo pool where you can observe flamingos in their natural habitat, on the way you can see the shipwreck of Bachas.
The beauty of this Island is best appreciated from the trail which climbs the fault cliff overlooking the southern half of the bay. This plateau is also the best place to find the large land iguanas (Conolophus Pallidus) that are endemic to Santa Fe Island. The Santa Fe land iguana lives nowhere else in the world and, in fact, on no other Galapagos Island. A sub-species of the famous endemic Galapagos land iguana, the Santa Fe variety is yellowish-green in color and can grow to over one meter in length. At the beach of Santa Fe, you can observe a sea lion colony and in the bay, there are often rays, white tip sharks and sea turtles. At the rocky side of the bay you will snorkel with colorful fish.
This is a full-day tour; breakfast (in most cases), lunch and snorkeling equipment are included. Bartolomé is a bit further away than other islands, therefore your trip starts earlier than usual. The first stop will be a riveting one. At Sullivan Bay, you will snorkel from the boat or relax on the beach. Here you can find (from December to April), green sea turtles that come ashore to sunbathe. This is special since in most places the turtles only come ashore at night to lay eggs. During the day they stay in the safe water. Snorkeling is almost a must here. With a little luck, you will see the “Moorish Idol”; this is the most beautiful fish from the Galapagos. Afterwards, you will continue to Bartolome. The island has a surface area of only 1.2 square kilometers and the highest point of the island is at 114 meters above sea level. You can reach this point by taking a path through an almost surrealistic landscape and past recent signs of volcano eruptions. You will visit the highest point of the island with a spectacular view of the lava in different colors, the many volcanoes, the deep blue sea and the famous “Pinnacle Rock”.
Day tour Kicker Rock or Isla LobosSee the descriptions of the day tours below. In both tours lunch and snorkeling equipment is included.
With a small boat, you will go to Isla Lobos. From where, you can already observe much of the wildlife, before disembarking. During the guided visit over the land, you can observe frigate birds, blue-footed boobies and sea lions. You will take a walk on land and then snorkel in the small canal between the two islands. The best part is you will be able to swim with playful sea lions and observe rays, as well as turtles. After this visit, the tour will continue to Playa Ochoa or a similar beach. This white coral beach offers the opportunity to walk around, relax and swim in shallow waters before returning to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. You will have a lunch box on board or eat at a local restaurant.
Kicker Rock (León Dormido)
With a small boat, you will set sail a lava formation in the middle of the ocean called Kicker Rock (or León Dormido in Spanish as they say it looks like a sleeping sea lion). First, you will circle the rock formation to observe the different bird species that use the rock formation as a resting or nesting place. Subsequently, the boat will anchor and you will jump off the boat to snorkel in the canal between the rock formation. Beware that the currents can be strong and that you will be snorkeling in open waters without being able to see the bottom. Here you will be able to spot different shark species (sometimes even hammerheads!), turtles, rays and more. In some seasons you might encounter jellyfish which can sting, however a wetsuit will be provided when this is the case. After the snorkeling you will continue to Manglecito or a similar beach. This white coral beach offers the opportunity to walk around, relax and swim in shallow waters before returning to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. You will have a box lunch on board.
The budget category is perfect for those who are looking for a low-budget holiday but still wish to have the comfort of staying in basic private rooms. All the rooms have air conditioning and a private bathroom. A good breakfast is always included. The hotels we choose in this category are all within walking distance from the main touristic places and good restaurants.
The Standard category is a selection of cozy hotels, all on great locations. Some hotels have a nice outside area with pool or terrace. The rooms are spacious and the beds are comfortable. This category is a great option for those who desire a good hotel with personal quality service.
Hotels in the Comfort category are for those who wish a comfortable stay with outstanding hospitality experience with services such as a swimming pool, relaxing gardens and a high quality restaurant. The rooms are spacious with excellent beds and the hotels have an eye for detail in regards of decoration and ambiance.
As the name already implies, the Luxury category offers an alternative way of experiencing the Galápagos Islands with lodging in outstanding hotels. Most hotels are located right on the beach and offer panoramic ocean view suites or garden view rooms. Excellent service is guaranteed, as well as extra services such as a spa, swimming pool and a bar.
Advantages of booking with Me Gusta Galapagos
Service with ‘corazon’ (heart)
We understand that the Galapagos Islands is not the cheapest destination, which is why we care so much about making it an unforgettable experience;
You will not just discover the unique wildlife but also be part of the local community and get to know the island life;
We know the islands and work with the people who are passionate about their islands and guarantee a personal service;
We can adjust or create any program for you that is adapted to your wishes;
We have a 24/7 service on the Galapagos islands and on the mainland in case of emergencies or unexpected situations (we speak English, Spanish, German and Dutch);
- Please take into account that all itineraries are subject to change due to Galapagos National Park regulations, weather conditions, logistic and operational difficulties.
- Daytours booked are based on shared tours and guides are bilingual (Spanish/English). They might adapt their main language to the language used by the majority of passengers.
- In the hotels check-out is usually at 10h00 and check-in is usually at 12h00. If you arrive before the check-in time, you can store your luggage in a safe place in the hotel and settle into your room when it is time for check-in.
- You will receive a snorkel mask and tube for free use during your entire stay on the Galapagos, please take good care of it. This is an additional service and we kindly ask you to only accept it when you want to make use of the snorkeling set.
- You might want to rent a wetsuit in the cold season (August – November).
- Taxi boats and municipal tax to Isabela are not included.
- Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands are more laidback than many Western countries and tend to work at a slower pace than you may be used to back home, things can often be more disorganized here and we recommend patience as things may not always go at the speed you would like! For Ecuadorians it is not uncommon to arrive later to an appointment, also known as the “Ecuadorian half hour”. It is important to stay flexible and patient when this happens.
- In order to avoid long waiting lines for your INGALA migration card please make sure that you pre-register at: gobiernogalapagos.gob.ec. Select “pre-registro” and then “turistas” and fill out the requested information. In case you aren’t able to pre-register you can always do this at the airport itself as well.
- You have to pay $20.00 for a Transit Control Card at your departing airport (Quito or Guayaquil) and $100.00 for the Galapagos National Park entrance fee upon arrival to the islands. It is very important to keep in mind that you can only pay these amounts in cash.
- Keep loose change in your pocket for boat taxis.
- There is noATM on Isabela Island.
- Don’t try to eat the little green apples ‘manzanillas’ you see in some islands, they are poisonous. Only giant tortoises are able to eat this fruit.
- Due to island mentality, it is unfortunately very common that you have to wait an additional 20 minutes for your transfer or tour. Please do not stress, but go along in the laid-back mentality.