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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.
Highlights: Flamingos, svelte birds.
Activities: Hiking, walking
Type of Landing: Dry landing
DAY 2 ISABELA ISLANDAfter 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. Highlights: Basaltic caldera, stunning views, finches Activities: Hiking, horseback riding, walking Type of Landing: Dry landing Diffilcuty: Moderate 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. Highlights: Sea lions and penguins. Activities: Snorkeling Type of Landing: Dry landing Diffilcuty: Moderate
DAY 3 SANTA CRUZ ISLAND (After breakfast Navegation to Santa Cruz)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). Highlights: Giant Tortoises in captivation, marine iguanas. Activities: Walking Type of Landing: Dry landing Diffilcuty: Easy
DAY 4 FLOREANA ISLANDPost 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. Mirador de la Baronesa is a good place for understanding the mangroves. The red mangrove is characterized by a hanging elongated fruit, which in reality is a new daughter plant that grows from the parent plant, a rarity in the plant kingdom. The red mangrove is a pioneer in the coasts and has a very hard and resistant wood. This location has a history. It was known to be loved by Baroness Eloisa von Wagner, where she would spent hours watching ships and acquiring knowledge of vessels approaching the island. Within walking distance (30 m) are the ruins of what is known as the House of the Baroness. Dinner and accommodation. Highlights: Post office barrel, nice sandy beach. View, sea turtles, history and Mystery...stories of the first inhabitants on Floreana Activities: Short hike, snorkeling Type of Landing: Wet landing Diffilcuty: Easy
DAY 5 SANTA CRUZ ISLANDLos 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 Highlights: Pit craters, Scalesia forest Activities: Short hiking Type of landing: Dry landing Difficulty: Moderate NOTE: This itinerary is subject to change without notice due to seasonal changes, inclement weather conditions, and adjustments of Galapagos National Park policy.
- Complete Meals,
- Accommodation (private bathrooms – air conditioner – hot shower),
- Bilingual naturalist guide (Spanish-English);
- Air Ticket,
- Entrance fee 100.00 usd;
- ingala immigration control card 20.00 usd,
- Fee port on Isabela Island $ 5 per person,
- Water taxi $3,
- Snorkel equipment $ 5 (mask, tubing and flippers),
- Additional drinks and Personal expenses.