This two day tour includes an overnight stay at a hotel on Isabella Island.
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This two day tour to Isabella is the perfect way to see the main attractions of Isabella as part of a longer stay in the Galapagos Islands.
Our tour begins early on day one with a 6.30am transfer from your hotel to Puerto Ayora docks.
Time : 6:30 am
Transfer to Port for Isabella crossing.
Arnaldo Tupiza Breeding Center
The breeding centre breeds tortoises endemic to Isabela Island. Here we will be able to observe the 5 different species and learn about the process of breeding and reproduction in captivity to recover the populations.
Flamingo Lagoon and the Wetlands
Here we will have the opportunity to visit lagoons, beaches, and a river estuary. We will be able to observe flamingos, patillo, oystercatcher, gallinula, ghost crab and beautiful landscapes. They have a great variety of flora and fauna. It also contains one of the most extensive mangrove areas in the archipelago, contributing significantly to the conservation of biodiversity.
We reach the small rocky islet known as Tintoreras with a short 10 minute boatride. It is so called because there is a lava crevice with calm and transparent water where white-tipped sharks called “tintoreras” go to rest, and they are more easily observed in the mornings and afternoons. Throughout the trail you can see many marine iguanas between the rocks or under the mangroves. There are two small beaches with white sand and one with black stones. On the first beach there are colonies of sea lions; and some Nolana Galapageia plants, a very rare endemic plant in the area.
There will be an opportunity to snorkel with the possibility of close proximity to white tipped sharks, turtles and other marine life.
Check in at Hotel
Following the tour to Tintoreras you will be taken to the Hotel and the tours activities are at an end for the day.
Time : 6:30 am
Sierra Negra Volcano Tour
Time : 7:15 am
07H15 - 14H00:
This part of the tour is an Ideal place for lovers of long walks. It rises to a height of 1124 meters above sea level. It was one of the most active volcanoes in the Galapagos with the most recent historical eruption in October 2018. The surface of Sierra Negra and its neighboring volcanoes are covered by young lavas, adding difficulty to the exact knowledge of their formation. Sierra Negra is an excellent place to watch finches and warblers, among many others.
IMPORTANT: AT THE END OF THE TOUR, A PERSON FROM OUR TEAM WILL TAKE YOU TO THE ISABELA DOCK TO TAKE THE RETURN BOAT TO SANTA CRUZ.
- Transfers to and from Isabella
- Standard Double/Family Room with breakfast
- Naturalist guide (Spanish / English)
- Snorkel Equipment
- Excursions described
- Meals: 2 x lunches, 1 x breakfast
- Tour of trails and beach
- Isabella pot fee ($10)
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On some trips, there will be some climbing in and out of boats on this trip but many travellers in their seventies manage these sorts of trips. There will be some hiking involved so it can be a good idea to prepare yourself for this type of holiday by getting a bit of practise in before you go. Ultimately, it's your call.
If you get seasick in your home country, then it is likely you will get seasick in the Galapagos Islands as these tours do involve quite a bit of time onboard boats. That said, there are many medications and techniques to help combat this problem and your doctor may also be able to advise on how best to reduce this problem.
Although some tour companies pack you in to maximise their profits, at Toucanto we do realise that you are not a sardine! With that in mind our tours are limited to a maximum of twenty people, unless you are travelling with a club or society tour, where you should know everyone anyway.
Each tour is tailored to be as accessible as possible, but some tours will not be suitable for small children. The ability to swim is an obvious consideration for any tours centred around water-based activities. Each tour will indicate on the booking page ‘Trip Facts’ if it is suitable for families, but as a parent you remain responsible for your child at all times.
Although we are not able to offer extra nights for this trip, it may be possible to change to a longer itinerary before your trip begins. If you wish to explore this possibility, please contact our sales department for more information.
If you have specific dietary requirements we recommend that you contact us prior to booking so that we can verify if we can meet your needs on the trip.
Good question! On the Survival Kit page of this website you can find useful advice about what to pack for your Toucanto trip.
Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands are widely considered to be a safe location to visit and many thousands of people visit them every year without incident. See our Travel Survival Kit web page for advice on keeping safe when you travel.
In the Galapagos Islands, as well as the rest of Ecuador the US Dollar is the currency of use.
While travellers cheques can be used in larger cities, we recommend a mixture of currency and debit or credit card for the safest way to carry your money. There is a good availability of cashpoints or ATMs in the larger towns and some establishments may also take ApplePay.
Please refer to our Travel Survival Kit for details on this topic as well as links to the latest UK Government Advice. For other countries of origin please contact your medical authorities for this information.
Although there is a hospital in Puerto Ayora, Medical Services in the Galapagos Islands are limited, and serious injuries or illness may require an airlift to the mainland. It is essential that all visitors to the Galapagos Islands carry adequate travel Insurance to cover them in the event of a problem. Should you need medical assistance speak to your guide who will make the necessary arrangements for your care.
If you have a specific query related to your planned trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos and you can't see your answer here, please drop us a line using the 'Trip Enquiry' button and we will do our best to answer your question.
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:
Face masks required for travellers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival
The policies on sanitization are:
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff.
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas. Gear/equipment sanitised between use.
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised.
The policies on social distancing are:
Social distancing enforced throughout experience.
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons.
The policies on staff health and safety are:
Guides required to regularly wash hands.
Regular temperature checks for staff.