Cathy and I chose a 7 day Galapagos island hopping tour, organized for us by a local Galapagos company Red Mangrove.  Our experience was first class.  We have recommended this tour to friends who have had the same experience.  We did our trip in 2012 and so some tour details have changed.  Check out Red Mangrove Island Hopping Tours

100_3322Getting there

We took off from Toronto  on Air Canada in a February snow storm, and connected on Continental through Cleveland and Houston to Quito, Ecuador.  The next morning we flew AeroGal to Santa Cruz Island in the Galapagos Islands.

Galapagos island hopping

So what is a Galapagos island hopping tour?  We stayed on three islands, Santa Cruz, Floreana and, Isabella.  Map of Galapagos  In Santa Cruz, we stayed at the Adventura Lodge on arrival, and the Adventura Dive Lodge on departure.  Our cabins on Floreana were very isolated and on limited solar power, so the night sky was amazing.  A favorite was Isabella where we stayed in a small ‘dive lodge’ right on a sand beach.

Our travel between islands was on 30 foot speed boats that took about 2 hours dock to dock.  On these sea journeys we were entertained by dolphins who surfed our boat’s wake.  On island our transportation varied between vans and homemade jitneys.

Our tour was all inclusive.  Breakfasts and dinners were fresh local food and very relaxed.  Typically wine and beer were in a ice chest and purchased on an honor basis.  Lunches were in cafes and small restaurants, and varied based on that day’s schedule.

We enjoyed small group travel ranging from 4 to 10 people on various days as we were all on custom itineraries.  Our fellow travelers all had a taste for adventure.  However I did not take up the challenge from one travel mate to dive with the hammerhead sharks.  He did not die.  Our guides were excellent, and in the national parks we also had a mandatory park ranger / guide.

This is the second of three blogs on our Galapagos Island Hopping trip.  Check out the first blog Lonesome George and the Galapagos Islands





3 Replies to “Galapagos island hopping”

  1. Really enjoying your blogs! Must be fun re-living your Galapagos trip right after your travels in the Canadian Arctic. What a contrast – from the Arctic Circle to the Equator.

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