This is my first post on Trip Advisor and to start I want to thank the contributors for posting so much great content here. I don't think I would be even considering this trip at this time without your input.
I recently booked flights to the Ecuador/Galapagos and I'm trying to decide if my itinerary makes sense. My mom and I are flying out of Quito on Friday June 18th and landing in San Cristobal at 12:18PM. We are flying out of Baltra on Thursday June 24th at 1:24PM. I understand this is not a lot of time to see all three islands but I'm trying to make the best of it just in case I don't get the chance to come back in the future. Below is my itinerary. Let me know if I'm crazy. :)
Day 1 (San Cristobal): Land at 12:18PM in San Cristobal. Drop off bags at hotel and explore the surrounding until sunset.
Day 2 (San Cristobal): Dive Kicker Island. My biggest goal is to see hammer sharks.
Day 3 (Santa Cruz): Take 7am ferry to Santa Cruz. Drop off bags at the hotel and explore the island. Go to Las Giergas to snorkel.
Day 4 (Santa Cruz): Take a day trip to Bartolomé
Day 5 (Isabela): Take 7am ferry to Isabela. Relax, explore the island. Perhaps get a bike and see the Wall of Tears.
Day 6 (Isabela): Los Tuneles
Day 7 (Santa Cruz): Take 7am ferry back to Santa Cruz and depart from Baltra airport
My biggest concern is the 7am ferry from Isabella to Santa Cruz to catch the flight at 1:24PM. Is it common for people to do that? Are there usual delays?
I'm considering booking the dive prior to arrival, but thinking of waiting to book the two others until I'm there in person the day before. Would I be risking it? I read posts from several people saying that the tours are much cheaper when booked on the islands.
Finally, we arrive to Quito the night before (8:55PM). We plan to stay near the airport to get some sleep and catch the 9:45AM flight to San Cristobal the next day. Do most people give themselves at least 2 nights in between. Is this risky?
I will continue reading through the forums to get more tips on different day tours to see if something sounds better. This is quite a last minute booking for Galapagos so I'm scrambling to get all the details. But I'm very excited and I am very appreciated of any suggestions this community has. :)
Top Animals that I'm hoping to see on this trip:
- Hammerhead Sharks
- Blue footed bobbies
- Marine Iguanas
- Galapagos sharks