Galapagos Land Based Island Hopping Tours

kicker rockSee the Galapagos Islands from a different perspective. Less expensive than nearly all yacht tours, these alternative land-based tours (also called Island Hopping Tours) offer a variety of sights and activities for those looking for an adventure oriented visit to the Galapagos. Nights are spent in hotels or hostels on the Galapagos Islands rather than on a yacht (perfect for those who suffer from seasickness); transportation between islands is by smaller speedboat (not so perfect for those who suffer from seasickness) and/or internal flight. While land based tours do not visit the most remote islands of the Galapagos, there is more time to relax and enjoy the places visited. And, these island hopping tours all visit the big island of Isabela with its fascinating geology and diversity of terrain.

Hotels are located on the islands of San Cristobal, Santa Cruz and Isabela, and passengers can elect the class of hotel they prefer. Standard hotels are comfortable but basic hostels or tourist class hotels, all with private bath and hot water and some with air conditioning. For an extra cost, hotels can be upgraded for those wanting a bit more comfort or luxury. During the Highlights tour, all day trips are made in a speedboat (the longest journey is about 2.5 hours); other tours include a flight from San Cristobal to Isabela, the longest journey. Activities vary according to the tour, and can include snorkeling, hiking, biking and kayaking along with plenty of wildlife observation. For scuba divers, diving tours are offered as well.

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Galapagos Highlights Tour (Group tour, fixed departure dates)

This is an excellent and economical option for your Galapagos visit. Offered for either 5 or 8 days, the 5 day tour visits San Cristobal, Floreana, Isabela and Santa Cruz and the 8 day tour includes visits to uninhabited islands as well. This is a group tour with fixed departure dates during the year. For groups of 8 or more, the tour can begin on other dates as well.

Galapagos Island Hopping Tour (any day, 2 or more passengers)

Our standard island hopping tours, which can begin any day with 2 or more passengers. All of these tours offer a good variety of activities and sites combined with economical pricing. Visits to the islands of San Cristobal and Isabela are included in all tours, and 8 day tours can include visits to uninhabited islands such as Bartolomé.

Galapagos Adventure Tour (any day, 2 or more passengers)

A unique tour of the Galapagos including a wide variety of activities, this tour is oriented to active travelers who really want to experience the islands. The tour combines hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and biking...and even a dinner with a local family and a day of volunteering. Visits to the islands of San Cristobal and Isabela are part of both tours; the 8 day tour adds Santa Cruz and includes a day tour to either Bartolomé, Seymour, Plazas or Santa Fe. Reasonably priced, the tour can depart with a minimum of 2 passengers (generally on any day of the week). Itineraries include visits to spectacular and lesser known sites for a great overall tour.

Galapagos Land and Scuba Tour (any day, 2 or more passengers)

For divers looking for a reasonably priced option to visit the Galapagos Islands AND have the opportunity to dive in some of the best diving sites in the world, this is a great option. The tour includes land based activities combined with a total of up to 7 dives (8 day tour) around the islands of San Cristobal, Isabela and Santa Cruz. A great diversity of land and underwater life can be seen on this tour, and the variety of activities make for a truly unforgettable experience. Minimum 2 passengers.

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