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Day 1 Quito to San Cristobal-Galapagos.
Arrival on San Cristobal island. Pick up by our staff and transfer to the the hotel. Lunch and briefing about the tour. This afternoon you will have free time so you can visit on your own one of these places that do not require guides (we provide you with snorkel equipment): suggestions:
Interpretation & Tijeretas: an easy trai that begins at the interpretation Center, where you can learn more about the formation of the islands, their colonization and the problems they have to deal with nowadays. Then it continues to the Frigate bird hill, a beautiful viewpoint from where you can spot the frigate birds, then to the Darwin Bay where you can have safe and beautiful snorkel, and ending with Carola beach to snorkel again or just relax. Meals included: -/L/-
Day 2 San Cristobal Island
Today you will have a snorkel tour to Kicker Rock, a famous snorkel spot in open water where you can swim with sea lions, rays, reef sharks, and if lucky, hammerhead sharks.
Lunch on board and then we will visit a beach where we can relax before heading back to port. Back around 2Pm, rest of the afternoon free, you can for example visit the Loberia:
Loberia is a visitor site located 2mn by taxi from the port, or half an hour walking. There you have a trail that goes up to a cliff, there you have a beautiful view and you can spot swallow tailed gulls, frigate birds, blue footed boobies.. Back on the beach you can snorkel and rest in company of a big sea lion colony! Meals included: B/L/-
Day 3 Santa Cruz Island
At 06h30AM transfer to the pier and departure at 7AM to Santa Cruz island with the public boat. It takes around 2hours. At arrival welcome by our staff and transfer to the hotel. Day free you can visit on your own one of these places:
The Grietas: you can cross the bay with a water taxi (around 1$ per person) and then begin a hike to the Grietas, which are cliffs made by a volcanic movements on the coast of Santa Cruz. You can swim in the shallow water between the cliffs, and also you’ll pass by a salt mine that is still working now.
The Charles Darwin Station: this is the place where scientists from all over the world come with projects regarding conservation of species, analisis of water, observation about impact of tourism on the islands and so on. You can visit part of the Center where they reproduce tortoises before freeing them on their island of origin. The projects worked very well for Española island also. The station also has a project of land iguanas reproduction which can be observed during your visit.
Tortuga Bay: take a taxi (2$) or walk to the entrance of the beach, from there you enter a forest of giant endemic cactuses, there you walk 3km until you arrive to a beautiful white sandy beach called Tortuga Bay as it is a site of reproduction for turtles. The main beach is not very safe for swimming because of the currents but as you walk along the shoreline you can observe lots of coastal birds such as the turnstone, the American oyster catcher, plover, sandpiper. Then you’ll arrive to a hidden bay where the water is really calm and great to swim in. Please do not hang your belongings to the mangrove, they are very fragile!There is also a trail that takes you to a huge marine iguana colony!
Meals included: B/-/-
Day 4 Santa Cruz Island.
In the morning we will have a guided tour of the Highlands of Santa Cruz looking for giant tortoises in the wild. Lunch in a local farm and at 2PM boat to Isabela island, the ride lasts 2h30. At arrival transfer to your hotel to rest, you can then walk or take a cab (2-3$) to the flamingo lagoon to spot these beautiful animals at sunset. Meals included: B/L/-
Day 5 Isabela Island
In the morning we’ll depart for a (shared) hike to the Sierra Negra and Chico volcanoes. Sierra Negra has the second largest active crater in the world. Lava sceneries are impressive! Box lunch and in the afternoon visit of the Tintoreras islet. There we can spot penguins, sea lions, marine iguanas.. Hike and snorkeling.
NOTE: if you wish to visit the Cabo Rosa underwater tunnel instead of the volcano, the supplement is 30$. This is a boat and snorkel tour (no hiking).
Day 6 Isabela to Santa Cruz- Quito.
05h30AM pick up at the hotel and transfer to the pier to catch the 06AM boat to Santa Cruz. Breakfast and transfer to Baltra to catch your flight to mainland. Meals included: B/-/-.
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- all visits accompanied by bilingual naturalist guides
- all transportation on the islands (boat & car)
- All the activities mentioned
- Meals as described on the itinerary
- Lodging in double rooms with private bathroom
- Personal Expenses
- Meals not included on the itinerary
- Entrance fee to the Galapagos Park $100
- Galapagos transit card $20
- Return flight to the Galapagos from Quito or Guayaquil USD 480 per person