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Itineraries

Day 1

BALTRA / SANTA CRUZ ISALAND / ISABELA ISLAND

• You take a flight from Quito to the Airport of Baltra Island. • Our guides will take you over to Isabela Island. • Flamingo Lagoon which is the largest coastal lagoon found in the Galapagos and is one of the main reproductive sites for the grand majority of flamingos. Dinner and accommodation.

Day 2

ISABELA ISLAND

• After breakfast our destination is the rim of Sierra Negra Volcano. • The Sierra Negra Volcano boasts the largest basaltic caldera in Galapagos at 9 x 10 km. The site offers impressive views and the opportunity to observe up to 7 species of finch and a rich display of vegetation. The north side of the caldera provides evidence of its most recent volcanic activity in 2005. • Concha de Perla This is the perfect spot for those who love swimming or snorkeling! Concha de Perla is a shallow, calm bay with crystal clear water that allows you to enjoy the fascinating marine life of Galapagos. If you are lucky you will be able to swim with sea lions and penguins. Dinner and accommodation.

Day 3

SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

• Rancho Primicia is another giant tortoise reserve on private property in the Galapagos. The ranch is located against national park lands. The tortoises migrate here in search of cooler shaded area, water holes, and places to lay their eggs. Here you will have the opportunity to get up close to these incredible reptiles. Primicia is an excellent opportunity take some amazing photos of these gentle giants. • There are Lava Tunnels at El Mirador (3 km from Pto. Ayora) where you can go into the earth at one place and come out 30 minutes later at another place. Intact stands of vegetation zones, including dense scalesia forest and miconia, are some of the homes of unique Galapagos wildlife. The archipelago's most accessible population of giant tortoises can be found in this region of the Highlands. There are some of some 85 species of birds here, including nine Darwin's finches, rarities such as Galapagos rails, breeding dar-rumped petrels, and many other vagrant species. Dinner and accommodation.

Day 4

FLOREANA ISLAND

• Post Office Bay is one of the few visitor sites that is visited for its human history. Whaling Captain James Colnett established the wooden post barrel in 1793. At this time whaling was a big industry, ships were typically gone for 2 years at a time. Floreana was a frequent stop for these ships. Outbound ships would drop off letters after rounding the cape and the ships returning home would pick the up and delivered in time by hand. Near Post Office Bay, we explore the north shore of Floreana along narrow channels teeming with life. Rays, turtles and sea lions can be seen gently swimming next to the panga. • Mirador de la Baronesa is a vista point on the northside of Floreana, in La Olla Bay. It is a basaltic rock formation between Cormorant Point and Post Office Bay. You will take a panga ride to reach this point. On the panga you can observe several marine species such as golden eagle rays, sea turtles, sea lions, mullets and eventually Galapagos penguins.

Day 5

SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

• Charles Darwin Station The Charles Darwin Research Station is home to turtles ranging from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long. Sub-species of turtles interact with one another and many of the older turtles are accustomed to humans, stretching out their heads for a pet. The babies are kept until they are about four years old and strong enough to survive on their own. • Tortuga Bay is another destinations to visit on your own on Santa Cruz with baby powder white sand, magic blue waters, marine iguanas, and sometimes flamingos. It is only 2.5 Km from Puerto Ayora on a nice brick path (about 30-45 minutes walking).

Day 6

SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

• Garrapatero Beach Situated on the northern side of Santa Cruz, El Garrapatero is a gorgeous sandy beach surrounded by mangroves. A fresh water lake behind the beach is home to flamingos, herons, stilts and other shore birds. The beautiful turquoise waters provide a good opportunity for swimming and snorkeling. • El Trapiche El Trapiche the Spanish word for sugar mill, we will have the opportunity to see the day life of the locals by experiencing how they produce sugar cane. Where coffee and sugar cane are harvested and processed using only traditional method. Here, coffee beans are being roasted over an open fire. They will also explain about the production of the Galápagos Coffee You will admire the variety of vegetation of this side of the Island

Day 7

SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

• Cerro Mesa At 490m above sea level, Cerro Mesa provides an impressive view of the archipelago. It is an excellent location to observe numerous endemic plants as well as up to 7 subspecies of finch and the vermillion flycatcher. The area is characterized by a persistent drizzle (‘la garúa’) that falls horizontally throughout 8 months of the year. The west side features the largest crater on Santa Cruz. • Alemanes beach Beach of the Alemanes is one of the most famous beaches of Santa Cruz Island for its crystalline waters. It is a small, quiet place to enjoy swimming and diving oxygen, especially at high tide. Beach of the Alemanes have a very different landscape, vegetation and animal life. Find on its shores and green mangroves, salt-tolerant plants. The arid zone just inside the forest, dominated by palo santo trees and cactus. In the vicinity of the beach you can enjoyó the spectacle of marine iguanas.

Day 8

SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

• Los Gemelos, or the Twin Craters, are located opposite each other on both sides of the road leading from Puerto Ayora to Baltra. The name is only figurative; not real craters, these formations were created by the collapse of surface material in underground fissures and chambers. The view is breathtaking. • Transfer to the Baltra Airport

Entrance fee 100.00 usd; ingala immigration control card 10.00 usd, Fee port on Isabela Island $ 5 per person, tips. Taxi boat $3, Snorkel equipment (mask, tubing) $ 5, Additional drinks and Personal expenses.