Trip Ideas

WHATEVER YOUR INTERESTS, WE CAN HELP YOU PLAN YOUR TIME ON SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND

Flightless Cormorant
Flightless Cormorant

Let us help you plan your days in the beautiful Galapagos Islands. Arrangements will be overseen by the hotel’s owner, Harry Jimenez, an experienced naturalist guide certified by the Galapagos Islands National Park Service, scuba dive master and third-generation San Cristobal native. He will imbue your days with his own passion for and knowledge of the Galapagos land and marine reserves.

Some ideas for excursions that you might enjoy are the following:

 

 


1 Day: Introduction to Galapagos: Land-Based Excursion around San Cristobal Island

Morning

Galapagos Interpretation Center – learn about the fascinating natural, human and conservation history of the Galapagos Islands.

Frigatebird Hill and Darwin Bay – stroll the town, visit with our friendly sea lions, hike a lava trail and photograph frigatebirds, local flora and fauna, and the panoramic view of the harbor at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and Kicker Rock.

Afternoon

Lunch in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno with time for shopping and strolling.

San Cristobal Highlands and El Junco – visit the largest repository of fresh water in all of Galapagos.

Galapaguera Tortoise Breeding Center – view giant Galapagos tortoises in the wild before returning to the hotel for a rest and then dinner in town at an authentic Ecuadorian restaurant and maybe even some dancing to our local salsa beats.

1 Day: Loving the Water: Boating and Snorkeling Excursion

Morning

Isla Lobos  – snorkel with engaging sea lion mothers and pups, marine iguanas, frigatebirds, boobies and lush sea life.

Kicker Rock – enjoy this captivating and iconic Galapagos landmark, excellent location for photography and home to boobies, gulls, frigate birds and endemic Galapagos marine iguanas; snorkel with sea lions and many beautiful species of fish, as well as sharks, sea turtles and rays.

Afternoon

Puerto Grande – relax on this beautiful beach on San Cristobal island, take advantage of photographic opportunities, a late-afternoon swim and a gorgeous Galapagos sunset.

2 Days: Days of Fun: Boating, Snorkeling and Hiking Excursion

Day One

Galapagos Interpretation Center – learn about the fascinating natural, human and conservation history of the Galapagos Islands.

Isla Lobos  – snorkel with engaging sea lion mothers and pups, marine iguanas, frigatebirds, boobies and lush sea life.

Kicker Rock – enjoy this captivating and iconic Galapagos landmark, excellent location for photography and home to boobies, gulls, frigate birds and endemic Galapagos marine iguanas; snorkel with sea lions and many beautiful species of fish, as well as sharks, sea turtles and rays. Your underwater photographs, as well as those of the magnificent sunset at Kicker Rock, will be your take-home reminders of this memorable day.

Day Two

San Cristobal Highlands and El Junco – visit the largest repository of fresh water in all of Galapagos.

Galapaguera Tortoise Breeding Center – view giant Galapagos tortoises in the wild

Puerto Chino – this is the roughest surf in Galapagos where you’ll enjoy the beach and watch the surfers take on the strength and beauty of the Pacific Ocean before returning to the hotel for a rest and then dinner in town at an authentic Ecuadorian restaurant and maybe even some dancing to our local salsa beats.

2 Days: Underwater Paradise: Snorkeling and Scuba Excursion

Treat yourself to two days of experiencing some of the most stimulating and gorgeous sites in all of the Galapagos Islands and enjoy the underwater paradise of the Galapagos Marine Reserve.

Day One

Galapagos Interpretation Center – learn about the fascinating natural, human and conservation history of the Galapagos Islands.

Isla Lobos  – snorkel with engaging sea lion mothers and pups, marine iguanas, frigatebirds, boobies and lush sea life.

Kicker Rock – enjoy this captivating and iconic Galapagos landmark, excellent location for photography and home to boobies, gulls, frigate birds and endemic Galapagos marine iguanas; snorkel with sea lions and many beautiful species of fish, as well as sharks, sea turtles and rays. Your underwater photographs, as well as those of the magnificent sunset at Kicker Rock, will be your take-home reminders of this memorable day.

Day Two

Caragua Wreck – Have an exciting scuba diving experience and explore the depths with the marine life that has turned this ship wreck into a reef alive with fascinating species.

3 Days: Experience Galapagos: Boating, Snorkeling and Hiking Expedition

This package combines boating, snorkeling, swimming and hiking into a perfect adventure.

Day One

San Cristobal Highlands and El Junco – visit the largest repository of fresh water in all of Galapagos.

Galapaguera Tortoise Breeding Center – view giant Galapagos tortoises in the wild

Puerto Chino – this is the roughest surf in Galapagos where you’ll enjoy the beach and watch the surfers take on the strength and beauty of the Pacific Ocean.

Day Two

Frigatebird Hill and Darwin Bay – stroll the town, visit with our friendly sea lions, hike a lava trail and photograph frigatebirds, local flora and fauna, and the panoramic view of the harbor at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and Kicker Rock.

Isla Lobos  – snorkel with engaging sea lion mothers and pups, marine iguanas, frigatebirds, boobies and lush sea life.

Kicker Rock – enjoy this captivating and iconic Galapagos landmark, excellent location for photography and home to boobies, gulls, frigate birds and endemic Galapagos marine iguanas; snorkel with sea lions and many beautiful species of fish, as well as sharks, sea turtles and rays. Your underwater photographs, as well as those of the magnificent sunset at Kicker Rock, will be your take-home reminders of this memorable day.

Day Three

Morning

Charles Darwin Research Station  cruise to Santa Cruz Island to visit the site established by the Galapagos National Park as a conservation program for what was a dwindling population of giant Galapagos tortoises. The research station houses many species of Galapagos tortoises and is the center of much of the scientific study and exploration that occurs throughout Galapagos.

Downtown Puerto Ayora – walk through the most highly populated city in Galapagos, enjoy shopping, delicious local cuisine and the fish market where sea lions and pelicans sidle up to the fish counters to get their taste of the ocean’s fresh bounty.

Afternoon in Santa Cruz Highlands

Los Gremelos – visit two huge volcanic craters and learn about the flora and fauna on Santa Cruz Island.

Lava Tunnel and Tortoises in the Wild – Giant Galapagos tortoises freely wander through the highlands where you will also have the opportunity to walk down into a natural lava tunnel as large as the New York subway.

3 Days: Something for Everyone: Snorkeling, Scuba and Hiking Expedition

This package combines boating, scuba diving, snorkeling and hiking into a perfect adventure.

Day One

San Cristobal Highlands and El Junco – visit the largest repository of fresh water in all of Galapagos.

Galapaguera Tortoise Breeding Center – view giant Galapagos tortoises in the wild

Puerto Chino – this is the roughest surf in Galapagos where you’ll enjoy the beach and watch the surfers take on the strength and beauty of the Pacific Ocean. After a gorgeous Galapagos sunset, return to the hotel for a rest and then dinner in town at an authentic Ecuadorian restaurant and maybe even some dancing to our local salsa beats.

Day Two

Frigatebird Hill and Darwin Bay – stroll the town, visit with our friendly sea lions, hike a lava trail and photograph frigatebirds, local flora and fauna, and the panoramic view of the harbor at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and Kicker Rock.

Isla Lobos  – snorkel with engaging sea lion mothers and pups, marine iguanas, frigatebirds, boobies and lush sea life.

Kicker Rock – enjoy this captivating and iconic Galapagos landmark, excellent location for photography and home to boobies, gulls, frigate birds and endemic Galapagos marine iguanas; snorkel with sea lions and many beautiful species of fish, as well as sharks, sea turtles and rays. Your underwater photographs, as well as those of the magnificent sunset at Kicker Rock, will be your take-home reminders of this memorable day.

Day Three

Caragua Wreck – Have an exciting scuba diving experience and explore the depths with the marine life that has turned this ship wreck into a reef alive with fascinating species.

5 Days: The Full Galapagos Experience: Exploration Adventure including San Cristobal and Santa Cruz Islands

Day One

Morning

Galapagos Interpretation Center – learn about the fascinating natural, human and conservation history of the Galapagos Islands.

Frigatebird Hill and Darwin Bay – stroll the town, visit with our friendly sea lions, hike a lava trail and photograph frigatebirds, local flora and fauna, and the panoramic view of the harbor at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and Kicker Rock.

Afternoon

Take a bike tour of San Cristobal – there’s no better way to get to know your environs than by bike so borrow one of ours and set out on your own for an exploration of San Cristobal Island.

Day Two

Morning

San Cristobal Highlands and El Junco – visit the largest repository of fresh water in all of Galapagos.

Galapaguera Tortoise Breeding Center – view giant Galapagos tortoises in the wild

Afternoon

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno – plan for an authentic Ecuadorian lunch in town and time for shopping and settling in with the sea lions crossing main street and sleeping on the benches.

Authentic Galapagos Coffee Plantation – visit a gorgeous coffee plantation, completely ecologically sustainable and bird friendly, as recognized by the Smithsonian Institution. Return to the hotel for a rest and then dinner in town at an authentic Ecuadorian restaurant and maybe even some dancing to our local salsa beats.

Day Three

Morning

Isla Lobos  – snorkel with engaging sea lion mothers and pups, marine iguanas, frigatebirds, boobies and lush sea life.

Kicker Rock – Enjoy the captivating and iconic Galapagos landmark, an excellent location for photography and home to boobies, gulls, frigate birds and endemic Galapagos marine iguanas. Snorkel in the company of sea lions and many beautiful species of fish, as well as sharks, sea turtles and rays.

Afternoon

Puerto Grande – relax on this beautiful beach on San Cristobal island, take advantage of photographic opportunities,  a late-afternoon swim and a gorgeous Galapagos sunset.

Day Four

Morning

Charles Darwin Research Station  Cruise to Santa Cruz Island to visit the site established by the Galapagos National Park as a conservation program for what was a dwindling population of giant Galapagos tortoise. The research station houses many species of Galapagos tortoises and is the center of much of the scientific study and exploration that occurs throughout Galapagos.

Downtown Puerto Ayora – walk through the most highly populated city in Galapagos, enjoy shopping, delicious local cuisine and the fish market where sea lions and pelicans sidle up to the fish counters to get their taste of the ocean’s fresh bounty.

Afternoon in Santa Cruz Highlands

Los Gremelos – Visit two huge volcanic craters and learn about the flora and fauna on Santa Cruz Island.

Lava Tunnel and Tortoises in the Wild – Giant Galapagos tortoises freely wander through the highlands where you will also have the opportunity to walk down into a natural lava tunnel as large as the New York subway.

Day Five

La Loberia – visit a beautiful coral sand beach populated by sea lions resting on the rocks and sand; learn about endemic plant species including button mangrove, white mangrove, chala, palo santo, cotton, Tiquilia, morning glory and other species of the littoral zone such as the cacho de chivo, whose seeds are the main source of food for several species of finches; photograph the finches, along with yellow warblers, frigatebirds and large Galapagos marine iguanas.


Design Your Own Adventure

At Galapagos Eco Friendly our objective is to make your holiday an unforgettable one. Tell us your passions and let us tailor the perfect itinerary for you. Remember, our owner Harry Jimenez is not only a Galapagos native, but a guide on some of the most prestigious yachts sailing Galapagos. His knowledge of the islands is legendary. Let him share his knowledge with you and help you have the journey of a lifetime.

 

Av. 12 de Febrero y Av. J Roldo • San Cristobal Island • Call 593 052 520 124 for Reservations