Isabela Island | Galapagos Penguins

Galapagos Island Hopping C - Tour

5 Day Galapagos Itinerary

Day 1: Baltra, Puerto Ayora

Flight from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra´s airport where a naturalist guide will transfer you to the Puerto Ayora. On the way, the guide will make a stop in order to visit the highlands and the giant land turtoises. Here, you would have time for lunch, and enjoy the view. Afterwards, you will continue with the transfer to the hotel.

In the afternoon, you will visit the Charles Darwin Station. At the station, we will be able see a variety of species of Giant Tortoises in captivity. We will watch their different size and age, and learn the Islands they originally come from. We will listen about the ongoing conservation efforts directed at preserving the Giant Tortoises, as well as the environment of the archipelago as a whole.

Then, return to the hotel for dinner and accommodation. 

Note: To execute this itinerary, it is important to choose an early flight that arrives maximum at 11am to Baltra.

Day 2: Sailing Tour (Bartolome / North Seymour / Plazas / Santa Fé)

After breakfast, the guide will meet you in the hotel´s lobby in order to take you to the dock, and start the tour (please note that you will visit 1 island per day depending on its availability). Lunch will be included onboard the small yacht. In the afternoon, you would return to the port.

North Seymour Island is a spectacular place to hike, swim, and enjoy snorkeling. The main attractions are: the frigates, boobies, gulls, hawks, green sea turtles and the famous Galapagos Sharks.

Bartolome Island is the most attractive landscape of the archipelago. This island is undoubtedly the most photographed in all the Galapagos Islands. You can appreciate a spectacular view of two beautiful bays and observe the fascinating formations of lava and volcanic cones.

Two islands form Plazas. The turquoise waters of the channel contrast brilliantly with the white sand and black lava coast. It is a wonderful spot to observe marine life, including manta rays. Coasts are a perfect spot for snorkeling activity. 

Santa Fé is a small island in the south-east of Santa Cruz and the home for a lot of sea lions. You will also find the endemic land iguanas, which color is a bit brighter than the iguana on Plazas. After a walking tour you will finally get to the beach. After lunch you can do snorkeling and perhaps observe sharks and turtles. 

Then, you will return to the hotel for Dinner and accommodation. 

Day 3: Santa Cruz, Isabela

After breakfast, the guide will take you to enjoy Tortuga Bay. Here, you walk for 45 minutes approximately, through a cactus trail on to the first beach, which is called Playa Brava due to its strong currents. On this beach you would see a lot of marine iguanas, marine birds and pelicans. After visiting Playa Brava, we continue with an additional 15 minute walk to reach Playa Mansa. This second beach is a natural lagoon visited by blue footed boobies and pelicans. It is also a beautiful place for swimming and taking sun. You will be walking the same distance to return. 

After lunch at the town, you will go to the port in order to embark on a public speedboat that will take you to Isabela Island (approximately 2-2.5 hour navigation). On your arrival, a person will take you to the hotel for check in. Afterwards, you will visit the Flamingo lagoon.

Then, you will return to the hotel for Dinner and accommodation.

Day 4: Isabela Island

This day you will have the opportunity to choose one full day tour from these two options (please advise which one you want to do):


Approximately at 7:30 am, the trip to Sierra Negra Volcano will start. The passengers will be transported for about 45 minutes to the Galapagos National Park control site in order to record the visit. Then, we will begin a trek to the Sierra Negra and Chico Volcano. During the trek (about 4-5 hours) a boxlunch would be provided. In the afternoon, we will return to the hotel. After a short break, we will be transferred to the Concha Perla for snorkeling. 


Prepare to go to Tintoreras Islet. Go to the dock of Puerto Villamil in order to embark on small speedboats. After a short ride (approx. 20 min.), we arrive at Tintoreras. After the hike through the islet, we will snorkel. We can see starfish, multicolor fish, sea-urchins, and with luck manta rays, sharks, and sea lions that may swim with us close up. Return to hotel for lunch. Free afternoon. 

Then, you would return to the hotel for Dinner and Accommodation. 

Note: We recommend option 2 for older people, who cannot make a trekking tour of several hours. Please note that all tours on Isabela Island are shared tours

Day 5: Isabela Island, Santa Cruz

At 05:30 am, you will be transferred to the port in order to embark on a public speedboat that will take you to Santa Cruz (approximately 2-2.5 hour navigation). At your arrival, a guide will be waiting for you and bring you to a local restaurant to have breakfast. Then you’ll get the transfer to the airport in Baltra, so you can take your flight back to Quito or Guayaquil. On the way, we will make a brief stop to visit two sunken “holes”, similar to craters, known as “Los Gemelos”.

Note: To execute this itinerary, it is important to choose a late flight that departs not before 12pm from Baltra.


5 Day Galapagos Itinerary Includes

  • Accommodation in double rooms
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner). 
  • Transportation and Maritime timed views
  • Bilingual naturalist guide (English, Spanish)
  • Scheduled Visits
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • All Transfers from Puerto Ayora – Isabela Island – Puerto Ayora
  • Shared tours on Isabela Island
  • Navigation tours are shared

5 Day Galapagos Itinerary Does not Include

  • Air Ticket
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee USD 100.00
  • INGALA Migration Control Card USD 20.00
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Tips

Meals Included

  • Breakfast Served Daily
  • 4 Dinners
  • 5 Lunches
Isabela Island | Galapagos Penguins
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