Española Island Day Trip from San Cristobal (Galapagos)
Hike in the company of albatrosses, marine iguanas and nasca boobies. I can help you book the tour to Espanola from $219
Tour highlight: This is the only island where you can see albatrosses and, with a little bit of luck, even see their mating dance. After the Darwin Finches these are my favorite Galapagos bird species.
This tour involves two stops, after a 2h15 min boat ride from the main dock of San Cristobal.
Stop 2: Gardner Island/Rock (lunch and snorkeling)
You must leave early in the morning and take necessary precautions according to the tide. You’ll first get off at Gardner Bay where you’ll begin a 2-hour hike to Punta Suarez. There, young sea lions will be swimming around the boat, showing off their skills.
Then you’ll go on a hike through the island that lasts a couple of hours, where you will see many lava iguanas, marine iguanas, sea lions, nasca and blue-footed boobies as well as the bird of the moment: the albatross. On this hike, the view of the coves is spectacular, where nasca boobies live alongside iguanas and sea lions.
After the hike around Punta Suarez you’ll head to Gardner Island, but before entering the water, you’ll be served lunch. If you’re a vegetarian or vegan, mention this in your registration form to communicate that to your tour operator well ahead of time!
GALAPAGOS TOUR INFORMATION TO ESPANOLA ISLAND:
Departure island: San Cristobal
Some vessels will only depart with a minimum of 8 passengers. If the minimum amount of passengers is not completed 1 week before the tour, your money will be returned.
Passenger capacity per boat: 12 people
Pick up: The tour operator’s office to receive your snorkeling equipment
Total travel time to and from the island: 4h30min (2h15 min each way)
Start time: 06h00 or 07h00
Return time: 17h00
* This tour is not recommended for children from 0 to 2 years old.
* This tour is not recommended for people with mobility problems.
* You definitely need to bring a pair of trekking shoes (lava rocks are sharp!)
* You can book this tour with a partial or full payment using two available methods of payment: bank transfer (no additional cost for bank transfers between Ecuadorian banks) or you can pay by credit or debit card. The remaining payment must be paid directly to the operator on the island.
Tour includes: Snorkeling equipment (masks and fins), neoprene suite, life vest, towels, lunch, snack, water, juices, certified Galapagos National Park guide, marine and land transport.
Tour does not include: Tip for the boat crew and alcoholic drinks.
DON’T WASTE ANY TIME!
I can help you reserve this tour with local operators that own the vessels. Instead of wasting time wandering around each island looking for tours, you should be enjoying the places you can visit on your own while at the Galapagos Islands.
Check out this interactive map of the Espanola Tour