You've seen it in documentaries, maybe National Geographic shows and magazines, so why put it off any longer? Galapagos Islands are the kind of paradise that will have you dreaming of coming back as soon as you've left its shores, each time stealing another little piece of your heart. 5 days of sunshine, incredible animals, and sail are waiting for you...
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At scheduled time, you will be transferred to the airport by car, to board a morning flight to the Galapagos Islands.
Upon arrival in Baltra airport, you will be transferred by a short ride to Itabaca Channel and will cross by ferry to Santa Cruz Island. A sharing transfer down to Puerto Ayora village, located at the south of the Island will be waiting for you.
The rest of the Afternoon will be at leisure to explore the Town on your own or just relax and enjoy the facilities of the hotel. We suggest you to visit by your own The Tortoise Breeding Center (former Charles Darwin Research Station).
Full day navigation tour to one of the following Islands: Isabela or San Cristobal, or Bartolome or Plazas or Seymour or Santa Fe.
You will be picked up at hotel and transferred to Puerto Ayora dock to board a small boat and navigate to Isabela Island (2 hours navigation). Upon arrival our personnel will meet you to start the visit of this fascinating island. You will go to the Flamingos Lagoon and closely watch these beautiful birds in their natural habitat. You will continue to visit the town’s Breeding Center and learn about the natural history of the Galapagos Islands.
Finally, you will visit Concha Perla Beach, located a few meters from "El Embarcadero" pier. It can be reached along by a wooden walkway; the path runs through a mangrove forest and a small colony of sea lions, up to a calm bay enclosed by natural rocks and fed by the sea, with shallow and clear waters. It is the ideal place for observing the incredible array of marine life. You will be able to swim and snorkel alongside tropical fish, sea lions, penguins and turtles. Return back to Puerto Ayora / Santa Cruz Island
This island is famous for Pinnacle Rock, a towering spearheaded obelisk that rises from the ocean’s edge and is the best known landmark in the Galapagos. Galapagos penguins are commonly seen along the volcanic ledges of its base. There is a 600-m (2000-foot) pathway of stairs and boardwalks leading to the summit. The route is very easy and the reward at the top is a marvelous landscape of the surrounding islands complemented with a moonscape of volcanic formations: small cones, lava tubes
Santa Fe Island:
The island is located to the southeast of Santa Cruz. It is one of the oldest islands in the archipelago with volcanic origin. At Santa Fe you will find sea lion colonies in the beach. Galapagos hawks can often be seen on the bushes. There is a trail toward the cliffs with a magnificent view of the ocean. Giant Cactus are very common being the preferred food of land iguanas, there is also a forest of Palo Santo Trees.
This small island with steep cliffs was formed by rising lava and is now covered by cactus and Sesuvium plants, which changes from green in the rainy season to red during the dry season. This island is the home of sea lion colonies and land iguanas.
You will be picked up at hotel and transferred to Puerto Ayora dock to board a small boat and navigate to San Cristobal (2 hours navigation).
Upon arrival to San Cristobal take the tour to a navigation excursion to a nearby site: either Lobos Island and Ochoa beach OR KICKER Rock. This visit will allow you to discover the fascinating flora and fauna of the archipelago.
It is remains of an ancient volcanic lava cone, which has been eroded by the ocean. It is formed by two vertical rocks walls which rise 500 ft above the sea and form a navigable channel, the cliffs are home to many boobies, frigates and tropic birds. This place is also known as Leon Dormido or Sleeping Lion, because in the distance, you can see it is shaped as a giant sleeping lion.
Or Ochoa Beach:
is an amazing coral beach located at 30 minutes from Puerto Baquerizo village, colonies of sea lions, phantom crabs, blue footed boobies, frigates and other species are commonly seen in this area, its calm waters permits to practice snorkeling and observe rays, turtles and tropical fish. Isla Lobos is a small islet separated from the coast by a channel in this island you can observed marine iguanas, lava lizards, seagulls, and several species of shore birds.
Return to Puerto Ayora in the late afternoon.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch.
Overnight at Selected Hotel in Santa Cruz Island.
* Excursions in the Galapagos are provided with 1 local naturalist English/Spanish speaking guide up to 16 passengers within Galapagos national park area
At approximately 45 minutes’ walk along a trail which crosses the transition zone will lead you to Tortuga Bay Beach, a beautiful white sandy beach, so named because it is one of the preferred nesting sites for the black turtle. There are two zones Playa Brava and separated by sand dunes and rock Playa Brava is not open to swimmers and it is preserved for the local wildlife: marine iguanas, crabs and many species of brids and Playa Mansa which is a great place for swimming and snorkeling.
Afternoon at leisure to enjoy your last day in the Enchanted Islands of Galápagos