7 Days - 6 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: Tortuga Bay
PM Santa Cruz: Bay Tour
DAY 4: AM-PM 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 Highlands / Visit To El Chato and Lava Tonnels
PM Santa Cruz: Garrapatero Beach
DAY 6: AM-PM Daily Tour To Another Island One Island Only: Floreana,
Or North Seymour Or South Plazas Or Bartolome Or Santa Fe
DAY 7: 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: Tortuga Bay / PM: Bay Tour

In the morning we will visit Tortuga Bay. Tortuga Bay is a beautiful white sand beach, great for swimming, snorkeling and even surfing, lying just outside of Puerto Ayora. Named in this way because it is a nesting site for the black turtle. It can be reached by walking from Puerto Ayora (2.5 km from the Baltra Avenue until the end of the Brava Beach). Estimated time for the walk is 50 minutes. Shore birds like Whimbrels and Ruddy Turnstone frequent the white ocean beach. A salt tolerant low growing plant of the Ipomea family invades the beach. Also you can find a small salt lagoon with many wading birds and the highlands in the background

  • Activities: Swimming, snorkeling and surfing
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Type of Landing: Dry landing
  • Highlights & Animals: Whimbrels and Ruddy Turnstone, Great Blue Heron , Lava Gulls

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 - Santa Cruz: Highlands AM: Visit to EL CHATO and LAVA TUNNELS PM: Garrapatero Beach

In the morning we will visit the Highlands of Santa Cruz. There we will find “El Chato” which is a reserve divided into two areas; Caseta and Chato. The trail begins at Santa Rosa, 22 km from Puerto Ayora, with the Caseta route being the more challenging. The reserve allows visitors to observe giant tortoises in the wild during the dry season, and is also a good place to spot short-eared owls, Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers, Galapagos rails and paint-billed crakes.

  • Activities: Walking, Horseriding, Birdwatching
  • Difficulty: Easy / Medium
  • Type of Landing: Dry landing
  • Highlights & Animals: Giant Tortoises, finches, Galapagos rails

Then we´ll visit the Immense underground lava tunnels that are present in parts of Santa Cruz; in some places extending for several kilometres, enclosed by high jagged walls that disappear into the gloom. These tunnels were formed when cooler outer parts of lava flows hardened into thick rock walls, providing insulation to keep the air flowing inside.

  • Activities: Walking
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Type of Landing: Dry landing
  • Highlights & Animals: Scenery and Lava lizards

In the afternoon, we´ll visit Garrapatero Beach, which is is a wide bay with multiple sandy beaches where you can enjoy turquoise water. Behind the beach is an area with a fresh water lake where you can see pink flamingos, herons, grebes, stilts, black-necked pins, Galápagos finches and migratory birds. It is also an excellent area for swimming.

  • Activities: Swimming, snorkeling
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Type of Landing: Dry landing
  • Highlights & Animals: Beaches and Flamingos, herons, grebes, stilts

DAY 6 - 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 7 - 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$ 1.255
Tourist class US$ 1.415
Tourist superior class US$ 1.695
First class US$ 1.930

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