Duration: 4D/3N
Departures: Every Day
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Santa Cruz Elemental – Galapagos Island 5D/4N

Description

The Galapagos Islands have been recognized worldwide for their charm and unique beauty. Do not miss the opportunity to meet them and enjoy one of the best experiences of your life.

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Included
  • Meals described in the itinerary
  • Private Transportation
  • Accommodation
  • Tours described in the itinerary
  • Bilingual Guide
Highlights

ITINERARY

An extraordinary trip through the Galapagos Islands, to enjoy its wildlife and paradisiacal landscapes, we offer a Galapagos Dream tour with an itinerary designed for all ages and preferences.
  • Day 1 - Departure from Quito – Baltra / Charles Darwin Station

    The adventure in the Galapagos Islands begins at the Baltra airport, where the staff will wait for you at the exit. Next, they will go to the Itabaca channel to move to Puerto Ayora. Santa Cruz is the main tourist center of the Galapagos Islands. It is the largest island in the archipelago, the most inhabited and economically active of the Enchanted Islands.

    Later, we will visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. It is famous for the captive breeding of giant tortoises, called "Galapagos" that live an average of 150 years. Likewise, it is an operations center for foreign scientists for special research.

     

    Overnight at: Hotel Mainao or Similar

  • Day 2 - Tortuga Bay Beach – Highlands: Twin Craters, Ranch and Lava Tunnels

    At the time assigned by the guide, we will leave in the assigned transport heading towards Tortuga Bay beach, the transport will leave us at the beginning of the path that leads to the beach.

    The tour of the cobbled path will be done on foot, during this tour we will be able to observe different species of animals and plants typical of the sector, such as lava lizards, finches, cacti, among others.

    Tortuga Bay beach is a nesting place for turtles and marine iguanas, a paradisiacal white sand beach surrounded by mangroves. A beach in a natural state, for which we recommend bringing what is necessary, a bathing suit, a garbage bag, water and, if desired, a snack.

    After walking through Playa Brava, we will arrive at Playa Mansa, where we can enjoy the sun and swim in its crystal clear waters, on the beach there is the option of renting Kayaks (not included) if you are interested in practicing this sport, it is a ideal place. After some beach time, we will return along the path until we reach the assigned transport and return to the hotel.

    At the time agreed with the guide from the hotel we will leave in the assigned transport to the Upper Part of Santa Cruz Island, where we will make three stops at iconic places in this sector, Rancho Primicias, Lava Tunnels, Twin Craters. At the ranch we can observe turtles in their natural habitat. The lava tunnels are a unique place since the lava flows have formed a large number of arches or tunnels, a walk like no other, then a stop is made at the Twin Craters. Two land subsidences, caused by a volcanic depression over the years, in this place scalesia plants, mosses and orchids predominate.

     

    Overnight at: Hotel Mainao or Similar

  • Day 3 - Bartolomé Island or Seymour

    After a hike of approximately 600 meters you will find the top of the island and with it, the most photographed landscape of the Galapagos Island. The hike is almost surreal as you will be able to observe recent volcanic eruptions and a landscape like Mars. It is a walk through evolution, comparing the beginnings of Bartolomé with other developed islands.

    It is an ideal place for snorkeling due to the plenty of rocks and underwater formations. Also, here you can observe penguins, sharks, rays, starfish, flounders and a variety of colorful tropical fish. The beach is accessible and is a great place to relax after a long snorkel.

    Seymour

    This small island is one of the most important fishing sites for seabirds. This place is the reason for many travelers and ornithologists to observe the diverse amount of birds of the Galapagos Island. In addition, this is a fascinating place to see nesting blue-footed boobies and colonies of frigatebird. On a lucky day, you might even spot a Galapagos snake. The ground is dotted with Palo Santo and gray salt bushes.

    Lunch: included

     

    Overnight at: Hotel Mainao or Similar

  • Day 4 - Bay Tour (Navigational tour and snorkel)

    At the time assigned by the guide, we will meet in the hotel lobby, we will walk to the pier to board a small boat that will make a tour through the bay of Santa Cruz, making different stops at the most important points such as Canal del Amor, Playa of the dogs, the cracks and the sea lion, depending on the weather situation, the crew will choose the ideal place to practice snorkeling (mask and tube included). Return to the hotel. Free afternoon.

     

    Overnight at: Hotel Mainao or Similar

  • Day 5 - Return to Quito

    On our last day, we will have a rich breakfast. Later, we will go to the Itabaca channel where you will take your return flight.

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