3 Days - 2 Nights / Program A
DAY 1: AM Baltra Airport: Transfer To Puerto Ayora-Santa Cruz
PM Santa Cruz: Visit To Charles Darwin Station
DAY 2: AM-PM Daily Tour To Another Island One Island Only:
Floreana, Or North Seymour Or South Plazas Or Bartolome Or Santa Fe
DAY 3: AM Santa Cruz: Twin Hills. Transfer To Baltra Airport

Detailed Itinerary

 

DAY 1 - AM: BALTRA / PM: SANTA CRUZ : CHARLES DARWIN STATION

You will arrive at Baltra Airport in the morning. After passing through immigration and baggage claim you will be met by your guide, who will transfer you to Itabaca canal, cross to the Island of Santa Cruz and travel to Puerto Ayora to leave you at your Hotel. Lunch.

In the afternoon, we will visit the Breeding Center "Fausto Llerena" - Charles Darwin Breeding Center, home to turtles ranging from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long. Here you will observe the various sub-species of turtles interacting with each other, and possibly with you. Many of the older turtles are accustomed to humans, and will stretch out their heads for a pet. The babies are only kept until they are about four years old, or large enough to survive in the wild. These conservation efforts continue to be extremely successful.

  • Activities: Walking
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Type of Landing: Dry landing
  • Highlights & Animals: Giant Tortoises, land and marine iguanas, variety of birds

DAY 2 - AM-PM : Santa Cruz: Daily Tour to one of the following islands: Floreana or North Seymour or South Plaza or Bartolome or Santa Fé.

In the morning we will take a speed boat that will take us to one of following islands: Floreana or North Seymour or South Plaza or Bartolome or Santa Fé.

Floreana is known for its fabulous snorkeling sites, its vibrantly pink flamingos and its black sand beaches. You will find the presence of Galapagos Sea Lions that are on the beach and in the bay of the Lobería. Marine iguanas are also seen along the shores and lots of sea turtles in the rocky reefs of the Bay.

It is a perfect place to snorkel.

In North Seymour Island we will find Sea Lions, Blue-footed Boobies and Magnificent Frigate birds are abundant on North Seymour Island. The island was formed by series of submarine lavas containing layers of sediment that were uplifted by tectonic activity. The island is characterized by its arid vegetation zone.

South Plaza Island is a small island with steep cliffs that was formed by rising lava and is now covered by Opuntia cacti. It is also home to one of the largest sea lion colonies as well as colorful yellow and red land iguanas. The most characteristic plant is the Sesuvium. During the rainy season its color is a greenish to yellowish tone and in the dry season (end of June through January) a bright red.

Bartholomew Island, home of the famous Pinnacle Rock. Bartholomew consists of an extinct volcano with a variety of red, orange, black and even green volcanic formations. We will take a trail of stairs to the summit of the volcano (about 30 or 40 minutes) where you will enjoy one of the best views of the islands! You will also visit a small, beautiful beach, surrounded by the only vegetation found on this barren island. The beach is perfect for snorkeling where you may even see the Galapagos penguins.

Santa Fe Island (Barrington) is home to the small picturesque bay and anchorage on the island northeast coast. The bay has two visitor trails, one leading to a scenic viewpoint atop a cliff and the other spanning from a small beach to a tall prickly pear cactus forest.

DAY 3 - AM: Santa Cruz: Twin Hills / Transfer to Baltra Airport

In the morning we will visit a site called Los Gemelos (The Twins). Los Gemelos wait for you at the end of a short hike. These sinkholes are often referred to as craters, though the term is only descriptive, not literal.

They were created by the collapse of surface material in underground fissures and chambers. The endemic Scalesia Forest surrounds the site, where you may see Vermillian Flycatchers, Short-eared Owls, and finches

  • Activities: Hike (0,9 mi / 1 ½ km)
  • Difficulty: Easy /moderate
  • Type of Landing: Dry landing
  • Highlights & Animals: Pit craters, Scalesia Forest, giant cactus, lava lizards, giant tortoises, land birds: finches, warblers, flycatchers.

After this final visit, you will be transferred to Baltra’s Airport in time to catch your flight back to the mainland.

Prices Per Person according to the Category of the Hotel

Hotel Category Price per Person
Economic class US$ 660
Tourist class US$ 705
Tourist superior class US$ 915
First class US$ 1.145

The price is including:

  • Transfer Galapagos Airport – Hotel – Galapagos Airport
  • Accommodation in the selected hotel with breakfast
  • Lunch (as per the program – it can be at the hotel, onboard or at local restaurant)
  • Dinner at the hotel or local restaurant
  • Excursions mentioned in the itinerary
  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide in all Excursions
  • Inter-Island Transportation by Public Speedboat (Santa Cruz-Isabela-San Cristóbal)
  • Snorkeling Equipment

The price is not including:

  • Galapagos Air Ticket
  • Ingala Transit Control Card: USD 20,00 per person
  • Galapagos National Park Tax: USD 100,00 per person
  • Isabela Dock Fee: USD 10,00 per person
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Travel Medical insurance
  • Tips
  • Extras and personal expenses