Forget everything you think that you know about the Ecuadorian archipelago; there’s a new, island-hopping tour that allows you to experience “a different Galapagos, away from the crowds.”
With the “Galapagos Island Hopping Tour,” you can now visit one of the world’s most biodiverse countries with a 7-day trip that puts luxury at the heart of the itinerary.
Beginning on San Cristobal, the trip begins with an exclusive tour of Frigate Hill. You’ll follow the natural lava rock trails with your guide, who will point out the array of bird and plant life that live here, and finish the hike with a talk on the unique history, geography and wildlife of the area.
The tour also explores the marine biodiversity that surrounds the Galapagos Islands with a trip to Kicker Rock off the coast of San Cristobal for a snorkelling expedition.
Visiting a secret fishing spot, a local instructor will teach you the traditional Galapagueños way to catch your lunch before helping prepare sashimi or ceviche with your catch.
The next island you’ll visit is Isabela Island, the largest in the archipelago and one of the most active volcanic locations in the world.
Exploring the Tintoreras channels, you’ll see Galapagos penguins and other rare marine life before trekking through the pink flamingo-inhabited Manzanillo forest to the island’s Giant Tortoise Center.
You’ll discover the “Sierra Negra” Volcano with a hike around the rim of a caldera that offers views of the rest of the island as well as the naturally formed volcanic crater.
After an exclusive lunch of feral pig (depending on availability), you’ll learn more about local life and how the inhabitants of the Galapagos live in harmony with their surroundings with a trip to a nearby farm.
Touring Galapagos offers an alternative experience that will open your eyes to many of the conservation efforts in place in this biodiverse haven. As well as unique tours and insight from local guides, you’ll also enjoy luxury accommodation across the islands and plenty of chances to sample gourmet food and relax with your travel companions.
As of March 2021, travelers can enter Ecuador with either proof of vaccination or proof of recovery from COVID-19. To visit the Galapagos, you must have a safe travel document (“salvoconducto“), as well as a negative test taken within 96 hours before travel.
Prices start from US$4,770 (~3900 Euros) per person for seven days. For more info, go to touringgalapagos.com.