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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 Difficulty: 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 Difficulty: Moderate
DAY 3 SANTA CRUZ ISLAND (After breakfast Navegation to Santa Cruz)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. Highlights: Lava tunnels, wild turtles, tortoises breeding center. Activities: Hike (1.2 mi/ 2.5 km) Type of Landing: Dry landing Difficulty: Moderate (Long)
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 Difficulty: Easy
DAY 5 SANTA CRUZ ISLANDCharles 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 Difficulty: Easy
DAY 6 SANTA CRUZ ISLANDGarrapatero 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 Highlights: Gorgeous White sand beach, flamingos, herons, grebes, stilts Snorkeling: Rays, reef shark, fish, garden eels. Possible Activities: Snorkeling, & hiking Type of Landing: Dry landing Difficulty: Easy
DAY 7 SANTA CRUZ ISLANDCerro 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. “Las Grietas” A visit to “Las Grietas” on Santa Cruz Island. Directly translated, “grieta” menas crevasse or crack. Las Grietas is a place to swim in cool ocean water between two tall cliffs, where the earth has opened like a “crack” or “crevasse”. Las grietas has small openings for water to filter through, the view is spectacular: like swimming in a secret cove, in a Jurassic Park scene, or Never Never band! Highlights: Spectacular views, finches, vermillion flycatcher, cráter, Green mangroves. Activities: Walking, bird watching, snorkeling Type of Landing: Dry landing Difficulty: Easy
DAY 8 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.
- Air Ticket,
- Complete Meals,
- Accommodation (private bathrooms – air conditioner – hot shower),
- Bilingual naturalist guide (Spanish-English);
- Entrance fee 100.00 usd;
- ingala immigration control card 10.00 usd,
- Fee port on Isabela Island $ 5 per person,
- Taxi boat $3,
- Snorkel equipment (mask, tubing) $ 5,
- Additional drinks and Personal expenses.