5 Days - 4 Nights / Program C
DAY 1: AM San Cristobal Airport-Transfer To Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
PM San Cristobal: Visit To Loberia
DAY 2: AM-PM San Cristobal: Bay Tour To Isla Lobos Or Kicker Rock Or Puerto Grande
DAY 3: AM Navigation To Santa Cruz PM Santa Cruz: Visit To Darwin Station Santa Cruz: Bay Tour
DAY 4: AM Daily Tour To Another Island One Island Only: Floreana,
Or North Seymour Or South Plazas Or Bartolome Or Santa Fe
DAY 5: AM Santa Cruz: Twin Hills Transfer To Baltra Airport

Detailed Itinerary

 

DAY 1 - AM: San Cristobal Airport / PM: La Loberia

You will arrive at San Cristobal Island Airport in the morning. After passing through immigration and baggage claim you will be met by your guide who will transfer you to the Hotel. After your lunch, you will have your visit to La Loberia.

La Loberia is home of large Galapagos sea lions and nursery. There are frequently dozens of sea lions visible at any time. Besides the sea lions, yellow warblers, frigates and several species of Darwin Finches and marine iguanas can be seen.

La Loberia also has interesting flora including button mangrove, white mangrove, chala, palo santo, cotton, tiquilia, morning glory and other species of the littoral zone as the cacho de chivo, whose seeds is the main source of food for several species of finches.

  • Type of Landing: Dry landing
  • Highlights: Sea lions , yellow warblers, frigates Darwin Finches and marine iguanas
  • Activities: Snorkeling
  • Difficulty: Easy

DAY 2 - AM-PM: San Cristobal: Bay Tour to Isla Lobos or Kicker Rock or Puerto Grande

In the morning we will take a speed boat that will take us to one of following spots: Lobos Islands or Kicker Rock or Puerto Grande.

visit Lobos Island. The name of this island means ¨Sea Lion Island¨. This appropriately named island is ripe with noisy, frolicking, jolly sea lions who will welcome you to their home with open, well, fins. This island also offers great snorkeling opportunities as well as the chance to see Blue-Footed and Nazca Boobies.

Kicker Rock (Leon Dormido) known as the Sleeping Lion because of its resemblance, this site is located off the coast of San Cristobal. The remains of a lava cone eroded by the sea, two vertical rocks rising 500 feet above the ocean, form a small channel that is navigable by small boats. This Galapagos Islands natural monument has become a favorite sight for cruises due to the many tropicbirds, frigate birds and boobies that fill the surrounding air. Beneath the sea the crystal waters offer a brilliant show of colorful tropical fish and invertebrates.

Puerto Grande is located next to Kicker Rock island on the north coast of San Cristobal. The main attraction is the beach, landscape and recreation. You can see a system of dunes and plant species of the coastal zone, as well as aquatic birds, both coastal and migratory. Landing is allowed on the island and white sand beach, it is suitable for bathing. It is a small pacific bay with a small in-land lake. It is a great location to watch blue-footed boobies dive into the sea and come out with fish in their beaks. Lava gulls are found along the shoreline making a lot of racket.

Galapagos Mockingbirds can be found as well as a great variety of beach plants like the Opuntia cacti and Mangroves. Other species found at this site are Brown Pelikans, small ground finches and sea turtles.

DAY 3 - AM: Santa Cruz: AM: Charles Darwin Station / PM: Bay Tour

Departure early in the morning to Santa Cruz by speedboat.

In the morning 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

In the afternoon, we´ll have a Bay Ttour around Academy Bay will offer the awesome opportunity to swim with sea lions and colorful fishes in front of Camaño islet, also known as Lobería (sea lion colony), you can have an encounter with blue footed boobies perched on the ledges of the cliffs. From the Chanals White tipped reef sharks can be seen, right across Franklin´s bay. You can climb to a viewpoint to observe the sharks from above and walk to the playa de los perros (dog beach) where dozens of marine iguanas bask in the sun over the rocks. Prickly pear cactus and other arid zone plants over the reddish environment and the turquoise ocean will form the perfect scenery for incredible photographs.

  • Activities: Swimming, hiking
  • Difficulty: Easy / Medium
  • Type of Landing: Dry landing
  • Highlights & Animals: Sea lions, Blue Footed Boobies, white tipped reef sharks

DAY 4 - 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 5 - AM: Santa Cruz: Twin Hills / PM: 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$ 975
Tourist class US$ 1.095
Tourist superior class US$ 1.390
First class US$ 1.885

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 Cristobal)
  • 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