For those who prefer staying on the islands, this 7-day Galapagos Islands Land Based Tour provides you with plenty of opportunities to experience the uniqueness of this famous archipelago first-hand. Adventure abounds as you make your base first on Santa Cruz then Isabela Island, both providing ample opportunities to explore nature and discover what the neighboring islands have to offer.
Get Acquainted with Quito
Your arrival and short stay in Quito will allow you time to become familiar with the beauty, history, traditions, and culture of Ecuador. Explore the colonial city center, visit the Equatorial Line while standing in both hemispheres at the same time, and learn about the process of making one of the world’s finest chocolates while here.
Land-Based Galapagos Islands Adventure Awaits
A flight from Quito brings you to Balta Island, where your Galapagos Island hopping itinerary begins. It all starts with an exploration of the turquoise waters of Itabaca Channel. Choose your activity, such as kayaking, snorkeling, stand-up paddleboarding, or seeking out the unique wildlife here, including sea lions, herons, and blue-footed boobies.
The Hotel Ikala on Santa Cruz Island will serve as your base as you join excursions to the neighboring islands via motor yacht. The hotel is situated within its own gardens, creating an oasis for you to return to each day, while shops and restaurants are just a few steps away. Any number of islands may be visited from here, including North Seymour, South Plaza, Santa Fe, Bartolome, and Santiago.
Observe the famed Giant Tortoises as they roam a private reserve. Spend time birdwatching, snorkeling to see manta rays or sharks, or strolling coastlines for a chance to spot marine iguanas, penguins, or mockingbirds. As one of the best Galapagos Islands land based tours, you’ll have chances to see the islands in their natural, pristine state and learn about each one and what it offers the natural world.
From Santa Cruz, you’ll head to Isabela Island for a stay at the Hotel Isamar. This cozy boutique hotel is located within a few steps of the beach and nearby attractions and offers cozy rooms or family suites.
From here, your adventures take you to a smaller group of islands filled with iconic land and water wildlife, a microcosm of all the islands in one. Snorkel in the bay, and you may be joined by frolicking sea lions or penguins. Bike ride through the wetlands, observing marine iguana colonies, mangrove trees, and historical sites along the way.
As one of the youngest and most active volcanic islands in the Galapagos, hiking to see the results of previous eruptions, as well as the volcanoes themselves, are a real highlight. Don’t worry; you’ll still have plenty of time to relax on the beaches of Puerto Villamil as well.
When it comes to Galapagos Island hopping tours, few compare to the active adventure that awaits on this sample – so much so that you may find yourself returning again and again to this remarkable archipelago.