8 Days - 7 Nights / Program C
DAY 1: AM San Cristobal Airport-Transfer To Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
PM San Cristobal: Visit To Loberia Beach
DAY 2: AM Bay Tour To Kicker Rock PM Visitto Puerto Grande Beach
DAY 3: AM Navigation To Santa Cruz Island. Visit to Tortuga Bay 
PM Santa Cruz: Charles Darwin Station
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, Lava Tonnels. Twin Hills
PM Santa Cruz: Bay Tour
DAY 6: AM Departure to Isabela Island. Visit To Wetlands Flamingo Lake, Tortoise Breeding Center
PM Visit to Tintoreras
DAY 7: AM Isabela´S Tour. Visit To Sierra Negra Volcano
PM Visit to Concha de Perla
DAY 8: AM Return From Isabela Island To Santa Cruz: Transfer To Baltra Airport to take flight to mainland

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 Kicker Rock PM Playa Puerto Grande

We ´ll leave early in the morning to take the boat and visit the Kicker Rock, also known as Leon Dormido (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. It is one of the best places to do snorkeling and diving in Galapagos, because beneath the sea , the crystal waters offer a brilliant show of colorful tropical fish , sharks, rays.

  • Activities: Snorkeling & panga Ride
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Type of Landing: No landing
  • Highlights & Animals: Deep water snorkeling: Sharks, tropical fish, turtles, manta rays (occ.), hammerhead sharks, spectacular rock formations, sea birds: Blue-footed Boobies, Nazca Boobies & frigatebirds. Second best place to snorkel.

After the snorkeling we will visit Playa Puerto Grande . 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.

  • Activities: Snorkeling, Swimming
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Type of Landing: Dry Landing
  • Highlights: Landscape, system of dunes and plant species of the coastal zone, as well as aquatic birds, both coastal and migratory, Blue footed boobies, lava gulls.

DAY 3 - AM: Departure to Santa Cruz by speed boat: Visit to Tortuga Bay PM: Visit to Charles Darwin Station

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 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 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: Highlands_ Visit to El Chato and Lava Tunnels PM: Santa Cruz: 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

In the afternoon, we´ll have a Bay Tour 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 6 - Early in the morning departure to Isabela by speed boat, AM: Isabela Island: Visit to Wetlands, Flamingo Lake, Tortoise Breeding Center. PM: Visit to Tintoreras

We´ll visit the Wetlands which consist of lagoons, swamps and mangroves and are home to a variety of unique bird species such as common stilts, whimbrels, white-cheeked pintails and gallinules. The Wetlands can be visited on foot via a path that winds through the swamps

  • Activities: Walking, Birdwatching
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Type of Landing: Dry landing
  • Highlights & Animals: Giant mangroves, shore birds Animals: Common stilts, whimbrels, white-cheeked pintails, gallinules

Then, we´ll visit the Flamingos Lake, where you can find various salt and brackish lagoons which house an impressive variety of coastal and sea birds. Here, visitors can also find the largest concentration of flamingos in Galapagos.

  • Activities: Birdwatching, Walking
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Type of Landing: Dry landing
  • Highlights & Animals: Flamingos, lagoons, coastal and sea birds

We continue to Tortoise Breeding Center. This center was created to protect animals in their first years of life from the threats of foreign species such as pigs and donkeys. Giant tortoise eggs are collected and brought to the center where they are hatched and kept for five years before being released to their natural environment.

  • Activities: Walking
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Type of Landing: Dry landing
  • Highlights & Animals: Two of the five sub-species of the giant tortoise.

In the afternoon, we´ll visit a small island known as Las Tintoreras, Here a colony of white tip sharks can often be seen resting in a lava canal. You can snorkel or swim in the unique habitat of these animals. On the nearby sandy beaches, sea lions play and relax in the sun. This is one of Isabela's most beautiful visitor sites.Activities: Walking

  • Activities: Snorkeling, swimming
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Type of Landing: Dry landing
  • Highlights & Animals: Sea Lions, white-tip reef sharks, marine iguanas.

DAY 7 - AM:Isabela Island : Visit to Sierra Negra Volcano / PM: Concha de Perla

In the morning we´ll visit the Sierra Negra Volcano , whcich boasts the largest basaltic caldera in Galapagos at 9 x 10km. It is a large shield volcano , habitat for the Sierra Negra giant tortoise, that has a saddleback shell, On the way up to Sierra Negra , the site offers spectacular view of the lowlands and the opportunity to observe up to 7 species of finch and a rich display of tall trees and lush highland vegetation . The north side of the caldera provides evidence of its most recent volcanic activity in 2005.

  • Activities: Hiking, horseback riding, walking
  • Difficulty: Moderate/ 3-5 hours on foot or horse
  • Type of Landing: Dry landing
  • Highlights & Animals: View from the summit , Sierra Negra tortoise, Basaltic caldera, stunning views, finches

In the afternoon, we´ll visit Concha de Perla, that can be reached via a wooden pathway. The bay’s calm, shallow, clear waters are ideal for observing the incredible array of marine life. Visitors can swim and snorkel alongside tropical fish, sea lions, penguins and turtles and it is also possible to observe up to 20 bird species.

  • Activities: Snorkeling, swimming, birdwatching
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Type of Landing: Dry landing
  • Highlights & Animals: Sea lions, penguins, turtles, marine iguanas, frigates, flamingos

DAY 8 - AM: Return from Isabela to Santa Cruz:

Transfer to Baltra to take your flight to Mainland

Prices Per Person according to the Category of the Hotel

Hotel Category Price per Person
Economic class US$ 1.515
Tourist class US$ 1.720
Tourist superior class US$ 1.995
First class US$ 2.330

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