ISLAND-2-ISLAND HOPPING


REQUEST A RESERVATION

ISLAND-2-ISLAND HOPPING

Feed your curiosity and let your imagination soar with this once-in-a-lifetime adventure, as you stay in luxury hotels on two of the Galapagos’ most enchanting islands. This is a trip that perfectly illustrates (in complete technicolor!) the incredible diversity of flora and fauna in the archipelago.

With this special package of Ecuador and the Galapagos, you’ll get to enjoy the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel (on Santa Cruz Island) alongside Scalesia Lodge (on Isabela Island), offering a stunning week-long program in the Galapagos that includes inter-island flights, day trips aboard the Sea Lion Yacht, “glamping” in luxury tents up in the highlands of Isabela Island, and visits to remote and mysterious places that no other “island hopping” trip will dare to go! Get ready for one of the most highly anticipated voyages in the Galapagos.


Finch Bay Hotel's Galapagos Island Hopping Program

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Accommodation at Scalesia Lodge
  • Accommodation at Finch Bay
  • Breakfasts and lunches
  • Enchanting sunsets of Puerto Villamil
  • Sierra Negra Volcano
  • Tintoreras Islets
  • Wall of Tears
  • White-tip reef sharks
  • Boobies
  • Herons
  • Penguins
  • Marine iguanas
  • Mangroves and brackish lagoons
  • Darwin finches
  • Doves
  • Stilts
  • Ducks
  • Flamingos
  • Herons
  • Giant tortoises
  • Tortoise Reserve
  • Lava tunnels
  • Finch Bay’s signature cuisine
  • Two full-day yacht explorations
  • North Seymour
  • Santa Fe
  • Bartolome
  • South Plaza
  • Charles Darwin Research Station
  • Tortoise Breeding Facilities
  • Tortuga Bay

  • 2023

ISLAND TO ISLAND HOPPING

10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS PROGRAM

STARTING AT $5,987* PER PERSON REQUEST THIS PROGRAM

* PRICE INCLUDES ALL LOCAL TAXES.
* PRICE IN FINCH BAY ROOM.
* RATES BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY, FOR A SINGLE QUOTE PLEASE CONTACT US.


ITINERARY

  • DAY 1
  • DAY 2
  • DAY 3
  • DAYS 4 and 5
  • DAY 6
  • DAYS 7, 8 AND 9
  • DAY 10
DAY 1

Arrive in Quito / Transfer to Hotel

Welcome to Quito, Ecuador! At the airport, you will be greeted by a member of our team who will assist you with your luggage and transfer to your hotel in Quito. During the ride, you will receive a brief introduction of Quito and Ecuador along with valuable information regarding your stay in the country.

For colonial-era grandeur, we suggest you upgrade to Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel.

DAY 2

Quito + Teleferico (Gondola) Viewpoint Tour

On this day, you’ll visit the Historic Center of Quito. This marvelous place was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. On this day, we stroll through Independence Plaza, where we’ll see the Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, the Municipal Building, and the Archbishop’s Palace. After that, we will visit the glorious San Francisco Plaza.

On this day, we’ll also head up Quito’s Teleferico (Gondola Lift), which will take us up to the top of Pichincha Volcano and provide you with wonderful views of the city, along with some of the spectacular geography that makes up the Andes Mountain Range.

Overnight at your hotel in Quito.

DAY 3

Arrive in Galapagos / Inter-island flight / Transfer to Hotel

On this morning, you’ll be picked up from the hotel to take your transfer to Quito’s airport for your Galapagos flight.

Once you arrive in the Galapagos Islands (Baltra Island), you’ll take a scenic inter-island flight* to Isabela Island. Check in at Scalesia Lodge and eat lunch before heading out on your first afternoon of discovery.

Familiarize yourself with the youngest side of the archipelago while exploring the rewarding visitor sites that are the National Park, the wetland lagoons, and the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center. Wrap up your day at the stunning white beach of Puerto Villamil before returning to the Lodge for dinner.

*If needed, you can send excess luggage directly to the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel, where you will arrive at on DAY 6.

DAYS 4 and 5

 Scalesia Lodge Excursions

Throughout these days at Scalesia Lodge, you’ll be able to enjoy 2 of the activity options below:

  • Tintoreras / Swamplands / Tortoise Breeding Center
  • The Tunnels / Beach
  • Chico and Sierra Negra Volcano / Sucre Cave / Beach
  • Wall of Tears / Concha Perla Lagoon

Scalesia Excursion Options

Please note: The availability of these excursions will depend on the day of the week.

Las Tintoreras / Swamplands and Tortoise Breeding Center

Rise and shine to enjoy an early-morning visit of Las Tintoreras! The name of this visitor site comes from the word for white-tip reef sharks in Spanish, which are often seen frequenting this area. This is a great place to enjoy snorkeling and checking out some fantastic creatures such as sea lions, penguins, and marine iguanas.

In the afternoon, we’ll visit the swamplands, which are made up of 4 different types of mangroves that exist in the Galapagos. It’s also a beautiful place to visit due to the fact that it has quiet and empty beaches, lava tunnels, and natural waterholes.

At the end of the tour, we’ll head back to Scalesia Lodge. Overnight at the Lodge.

The Tunnels / Beach / Activities: biking, surfing or kayaking

We’ll start the day with a 30-40 minute trip that will take us to an iconic visitor site that showcases lava flows which, due to the constant presence of waves, have formed crevices, tubes, and bridges that make up the tunnels. This place is an aquatic paradise that’s populated by sea turtles, manta rays, white-tip reef sharks, and sea lions. This is one of the top places in the Galapagos to go snorkeling!

After we have lunch back at the Lodge, we’ll seize the rest of the day and enjoy beautiful Puerto Villamil beach, as well as go biking, surfing or kayaking.

At the end of the tour, we’ll head back to Scalesia Lodge. Overnight at the Lodge.

Chico and Sierra Negra Volcano / Sucre Cave, Lookout Point, and the Beach

Get ready to visit one of the biggest attractions on Isabela Island – Chico and Sierra Negra Volcano. On this approximately 6-hour hike, we’ll have the chance to admire all of the scenic and geological beauty that these volcanoes have. Along the way, we’ll also enjoy a delicious snack.

After we have lunch back at the Lodge, we’ll head out to visit the Sucre Cave. It is here that we’ll enjoy a brief walk that will allow us to admire the endemic vegetation on the island. Afterwards, you’ll visit the Mango Lookout Point, from which you’ll be able to observe a large portion of Isabela Island and its agricultural areas. Additionally, this a great place for observing finches!

At the end of the tour, we’ll head back to Scalesia Lodge. Overnight at the Lodge.

Wall of Tears / Snorkeling at Concha Perla Lagoon

Start your day with a visit to the Wall of Tears, a beautiful place that will allow us to experience a little bit of the island’s natural and human history! Along the way, we’ll get to check out the brackish water lagoons, mangroves, Palo Santo forests, and several of Darwin’s finches, as well as pigeons, ducks, flamingos, herons, and giant tortoises.

In the afternoon, we’ll get to enjoy the underwater world of the Galapagos as we go snorkeling over at Concha Perla Lagoon. The calm and clear waters here are ideal for observing fascinating species such as penguins, sea turtles, tropical fish, and sea lions.

At the end of the tour, we’ll head back to Scalesia Lodge. Overnight at the Lodge.

DAY 6

Inter-island flight / Santa Cruz Highlands / Transfer to Finch Bay

After breakfast, Scalesia Lodge’s staff will take us back to Puerto Villamil’s airport. A short and beautiful flight brings us back to Baltra. Your guide will lead you across the Itabaca Channel (via ferry) over to Santa Cruz Island. We will visit the Tortoise Reserve in the highlands, along with the impressive and nearby lava tunnels. Afterward, we will enjoy lunch at a restaurant in the highlands.

In the afternoon, you will reach Puerto Ayora and take a quick water taxi over to the only pedestrian neighborhood, Punta Estrada, where the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel is located.

DAYS 7, 8 AND 9

On each of these days, you will return to the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel to enjoy the sunset from its beachfront terraces, lounge or swimming pool. Overnight at the Finch Bay.

 Finch Bay Excursions

Throughout these days at the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel, you’ll be able to enjoy 2 of the following full-day Yacht Exploration Options below:

  • North Seymour
  • Bartolome Island
  • South Plaza Island
  • Santa Fe Island

And the following full-day Land Exploration Option:

  • Divine Bay and Charles Darwin Research Station

Full-day Yacht Exploration Options

Please note: The availability of these excursions will depend on the day of the week.

North Seymour

Experience a live biology lesson with land and marine iguanas, Nazca- and blue-footed boobies, frigates, sea lions and fur seals.

Santa Fe

Walk along rocky terrain to find the island’s highlight: the endemic Santa Fe land iguana, patiently waiting under the enormous and giant cacti for falling fruits and pads.

Bartolome

Here, you will get to enjoy one of the Galapagos’ most famous views: the tilted Pinnacle Rock, the golden beach of Bartolome, and the impressive lava fields of Santiago Island.

South Plaza

Admire the vast volume of dozens of frolicking sea lion pups, patrolling alpha male sea lions, basking marine and land iguanas, stunning red crabs and various Darwin finches.

Full-day Land Exploration Option

Divine Bay and the Charles Darwin Research Station

Divine Bay is an oasis of tranquility that is replete with fantastic species. The Bay itself is naturally protected from the waves thanks to the presence of volcanic rocks, mangroves, and cliffs that manage to serve as a breakwater. This beautiful place is also home to herons, Galapagos pelicans, blue-footed boobies, sea turtles, and much more! Lay back, enjoy the scene from the beach or explore its underwater wonders by going snorkeling.

After Divine Bay, we’ll head to the Charles Darwin Research Station, which also serves as the central headquarters of the Galapagos National Park. The Station sits right on the outskirts of Puerto Ayora, allowing visitors to check out the ongoing conservation projects and learn about the Tortoise Breeding Center.

DAY 10

Breakfast / Transfer to Airport / Farewell!

On this morning, you’ll have breakfast at the hotel before taking your transfer to the airport. Once at the airport, you’ll board your flight back to the mainland. Safe travels!

If you would like to learn more about this fascinating experience, please be sure to check out our blog on the topic!


MORE INFORMATION

  • INCLUDED
  • NOT INCLUDED
  • PACKING LIST
  • Conditions
  • BAGGAGE IMPORTANT NOTES
  • RESTRICTED BAGGAGE
INCLUDED
  • Accommodations
  • Inter-island flights from Baltra to Isabela Island and vice-versa
  • All private tours described in the program (for Scalesia guests only)
  • All meals described in this program
  • Use of snorkeling gear at the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel
  • Use of rain ponchos, rubber boots, and walking sticks for the Scalesia Lodge segment.
  • Service and sales taxes
NOT INCLUDED
  • Airfare (international and domestic) to/from Galapagos and airport taxes (subject to change without prior notice)
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee ($100 USD, subject to change without prior notice)
  • International airfare
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee
  • INGALA Migration Control Card
  • Beverages
  • Gratuities
  • Meals not described in the program
  • Fuel Surcharge*
  • *ETICA Empresa Turistica Internacional C.A. reserves the right to charge a fuel supplement without prior notice should the closing price of West Texas Intermediate Fuel increase above $70 per barrel on the NYMEX (New York Mercantile Exchange Index). In the event a fuel supplement is charged, ETICA Empresa Turistica Internacional C.A. will have sole discretion to apply the supplementary charge to both existing and new bookings, regardless of whether such bookings have been paid in full. Such supplementary charges are not included in the yacht fare. The fuel supplement charge will not exceed $10.00 per passenger per day.
PACKING LIST
  • 1 small backpack
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sneakers (trainers) with rubber soles
  • Shorts
  • Long pants
  • T-shirts
  • Long and short sleeved shirts
  • Wind breaker
  • Bathing suit (+wetsuit for snorkelling in colder months, April-December)
  • Hat or cap
  • Sunblock and repellent
  • Sunglasses
  • Binoculars
  • Camera & video recorder
  • Any medicine you may be taking
  • Book/Notebook
  • Flashlight (torch) and batteries
  • Sandals for wet landings
  • Plastic bags to protect cameras, binoculars, film, etc. from rain
Conditions
  • Published rates are valid for 2022 and 2023, respectively (except Christmas & New Year’s departures).
  • Listed prices are based on double occupancy. For child rates and single supplements please contact your destination expert.
  • This package and its accommodation options are subject to availability.
  • A minimal deposit of 15% per person is required to confirm your reservation.
  • Credit card payments are exempt from additional fees.
  • Breakfasts and taxes are included for Hotels.
  • At the Finch Bay Hotel, children’s rates apply to kids under 12 years old sharing a room with 2 adults.
  • Galapagos excursions are subject to change due to weather conditions, logistical reasons, guests’ safety and/or Galapagos National Park Regulations.
  • Scalesia Excursion Options and Full-day Island Yacht Options will depend on the day of the week.
  • All entrance fees are subject to change without prior notice.
  • Restrictions may apply.
BAGGAGE IMPORTANT NOTES

If necessary, please separate luggage for the first 3 nights at Scalesia Lodge, since the inter-island flight luggage restriction is half the weight permitted by regular commercial flights to Galapagos:

  • FLIGHTS TO GALAPAGOS: 23 kg (50 lb) for checked bags, 8 kg (17 lb) for carry-on
  • INTER-ISLAND FLIGHTS: 9 kg (20 lb) is the weight allowed for checked bags (airline allows an additional 5 lb/2.2 kg per passenger for an added US$2.00 per pound/0.4 kilograms). 2.3 kg (5 lb) per passenger is the weight allowance for carry-on bags.

Upon arrival in Baltra, Scalesia Lodge staff will collect your luggage (if necessary) to transfer any excess weight to the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel. On DAY 4, upon checking in, you will find this luggage waiting for you in your room.

  • Guests can bring a reasonable amount of clothing and personal effects on the airplane from the Ecuadorian mainland without charge. Baggage is handled in accordance with the airlines’ regulations and tariffs. Baggage exceeding these limitations is subject to the charges as set forth by the individual airline operators. Airlines are strict with baggage limitations. The current limits are 23 kilograms (50.6 pounds) for checked items, 8 kilograms (17 pounds) for hand luggage and 1 personal item (handbag, camera bag, laptop, etc.)
  • All baggage must be securely packed, and be properly, clearly labeled. Liquid, fragile, perishable and/or other items that are not packed as such will be transported at the guests’ own risk.
  • We cannot be held liable for loss or damage to baggage and/or any other personal item during air travel.
  • We cannot be held liable for baggage stored in shore-side facilities.
  • Under no circumstances may dangerous items (including but not limited to: explosives, firearms, combustible or illegal substances) be taken into the hotel.
  • We recommend that you keep important travel documents (passport, visa, Galapagos transit control card), important medication and/or valuables on you at all times. These items are the full responsibility of the guest at all times.
  • We cannot be held liable for the loss of, or damage of, any aforementioned personal items.
  • We reserve the right to charge for the return of personal items left at the hotel.
RESTRICTED BAGGAGE

Local authorities manage the quarantine system of the Galapagos National Park in order to reduce the possibility of foreign species invading the archipelago. All cargo and luggage that arrives to Galapagos National Park or that is transferred from one island to another must be inspected. All aircrafts are disinfected with Permethrin before landing. To preserve human health and the native species of the Galapagos Islands, the following products may not be transferred to Galapagos: fresh vegetables and fruits, animal products and or their derivatives, dairy products, other live animals, pathological samples, dry coffee beans, genetically modified organisms, forest species or their disseminative parts, grass and its disseminative parts, fresh flowers, medicinal plants and their disseminative parts, banana tree leaves, micro-organisms (fungi, bacteria, etc.) soil and sand, and animal vaccines.

Please select your country of residence*
How would you like us to contact you?
Check-in*
Check-out*
Your privacy is important to us. We are careful and respectful with your data. For more information please read our privacy policies.


NO MATTER WHAT KIND OF GALAPAGOS VACATION YOU’RE LOOKING FOR, OUR OPTIONS AT THE FINCH BAY ARE SURE TO BE THE PERFECT FIT. VIEW ALL PROGRAMS

HTML Snippets Powered By : XYZScripts.com