11 Days in Paradise, lets the adventure begin!
Depends in the flight schedule
TOURIST CLASS HOTELS:
San Cristobal Island: Hotel Casa Opuntia www.opuntiagalapagostours.com
Santa Cruz Island: Hotel Fiesta www.galapagoshotelfiesta.com
Isabela Island: Hotel Cally www.hotelcallygalapagos.com
Arriving to San Cristobal Airport, you will be picked-up at the airport by your guide and he will take you to the hotel. After your lunch with the guide you will be visiting the Interpretation Center, where the guide will talk to you about the formation, of the islands. Then you will follow the trail to the Frigate bird hill, a viewpoint from which you can admire beautiful view over the island. You will be able to snorkel in the shallow waters of Tijeretas Bay, where you can see sea lions, various tropical fishes, and turtles. Your hike will finish at Carola beach from where you will go back to the hotel.
Return to the Hotel and lodging (B/L/-)
Junco Lagoon is the biggest fresh water reservoir of the archipelago, where you can watch the huge diversity of birds, go mountain biking, or just enjoy the magnificence of the water. Its also a great place to see dark – rumped petrels.
Galapaguera Center is a very ambitious project carried out by the Galapagos National Park in order to re-populate the natural area of this island. As well, this is a breeding center of giant tortoise in San Cristobal Island. Monday, Wed nesday and Friday are the days of feeding, however it is open every day of the week. After this activity, you will go to Otoy Farm. This place is responsible to produce food, such as: fruits and vegetation for giant tortoise. There, you can enjoy a delicious lunch.
Puerto Chino Beach, the access is overland. There is a 15 minute walk that would take you to the beach. Its fine white sand makes this site a great place for recreation and relaxation.
An early morning trip to Santa Cruz Island, one of the most important islands in the Archipelago (because this is where most of the hotels and tourist accommodations are located). After arrival, we will tour the important Charles Darwin Research Station where we will visit one of the largest Galapagos tortoises and land iguanas breeding centers.
The local guide will give us a detailed explanat ion on the islands evolution. We will have lunch in the village. In the afternoon w© will take a long but easy walk to one of the most beautiful white-sand beaches of the islands – Tortuga Bay Beach. Return to the hotel and lodging. (B/L/-)
In the early morning a speed boat will take you to FLOREANA. This island has long been a favorite site of visitors including pirates, whalers and early settlers. One of the oldest islands. Floreana illustrates the aging process of a volcanic island. Unlike the younger western islands, Floreana’s volcano has been long extinct and is in the advanced stages of erosion. The erosion process gave the island the nutrients and soils need to sustain plant life. The combination of this rich soil and a good water supply have given the highlands of Floreana a diversified landscaping of native and introduced flora. You can also observe the giant turtles in their typical hab
In the early morning a speed boat will take you to FLOREANA. This island has long been a favorite site of visitors including pirates, whalers and early settlers. One of the oldest islands. Floreana illustrates the aging process of a volcanic island. Unlike the younger western islands, Floreana’s volcano has been long extinct and is in the advanced stages of erosion. The erosion process gave the island the nutrients and soils need to sustain plant life. The combination of this rich soil and a good water supply have given the highlands of Floreana a diversified landscaping of native and introduced flora. You can also observe the giant turtles in their typical habitat. Box lunch on board. In the afternoon visit of Black Beach which invites to swim and get to know the beautiful underwater world with your snorkel equipment. Return to Puerto Ayora. Dinner at a restaurant in Puerto Ayora. Overnight at the Hotel in Puerto Ayora (B/L/-).
Breakfast. Visit South Plazas begins with a dry landing. The rocky trail circumnavigates the island displaying the combination of dry and coastal vegetation zone. The island is home to enormous prickly pear cactus and the endemic succulent sesuvian. These succulents with almond-shaped leaves are green during the rainy season December-May. Then become red during the dry season giving the island an unusual appearance. Box Lunch Included. South Plaza has one of the largest populations of land iguanas in the Galapagos. The iguanas seem to be everywhere once you land. These larger than average yellow-brown land iguanas feed on the fruit and pads of the prickly pear cactus. (B/L/-)
Visit to North Seymour. North of Baltra is the small islet of North Seymour. The two islands are very similar in appearance both created from geological uplift and having typical arid vegetation including prickly pear cactus, palo santos trees and salt bushes.
The visitor trail on North Seymour is approximately (2 km) in length crossing the inland of the island and exploring the rocky coast. Along the way the trail passes colonies of blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigate birds. The magnificent frigate bird, a large black bird with a long wingspan, and a hooked beak, is extremely fast and has excellent vision. Box Lunch Included. Frigate birds are known for the large red pouch on their necks. During mating season the males thrown back their heads, inflate the pouch (sometimes to the size of a soccer ball), and shake trying to capture the attention of female frigates. (B/L/-)
West of Santiago Island. Its surface is 1.2 Km2, and its height is 114 meters over the sea level. It is very young. It has a very special colored due to the different lava types and ages it has. Of course, it is a lot more interesting being there than admiring it from the top. This last is because it is next to hundreds of craters found both in the Bartolome Island and in the Santiago Island. A narrow canal separates them.
Bartolome barely has vegetation, and the existing one is the fresh lava pioneer; but there are endemic species from the Galapagos Islands too. It is an excellent place to take pictures of natural sculptures made by the sea and wind erosion. It is a safe place to look at penguins and fishes while you swim under water with your snorkeling equipment; you can get fun at the beach and take sun. In another place of the Bartolome Island, you can see without getting into the water-, sharks, mantas, sea turtles and other animals. Bartolome has two visit places: By dry landing, which has access to the highest part of the island; or by wet landing, with access to the southwest and northwest part.
Overnight and Dinner at Hotel in Puerto Ayora (B,BL,-)
In the morning we will take a tour around the bay. We will visit Punta Estrada, the Germans’ Beach, Channels of Love and the Grietas. During this trip, you will be able to watch seabirds and sea lions and you can surface dive. Lunch in Puerto Ayora. In the afternoon, a speed boat will take us to Isabela island, one of the most beautiful islands in the Archipelago.
After a cruise of 2,5h, we will reach this corner of paradise where a local transfer will take us to the hotel. After the check-in we will take a walk around the Flamingos Lagoon. Return to the hotel and lodging. (B/L/-)
Today our guide will meet you at the hotel and take you to one of the most beautiful volcanoes in the world -Siena Negra. Its crater is approximately 7 kilometers wide. We will take a 4h trekking tour to enjoy this wonderful and unique scenery.
Lunch in a local farm called Campo Duro where we will also watch Isabela Giant Tortoises. Back to Puerto Villamil town, we will visit Tintoreras Islets. Herds of white -tip sharks can often be seen here, resting around the lava canals. You can also observe hundreds of marine iguanas, as “Las Tintoreras” are one of their main breeding sites. On the nearby sandy beaches, sea lions play and relax in the sun. Afterwards we will have an opportunity to snorkel. Return to the hotel and lodging. (B/L/-)
Concha y Perla is a great little spot for snorkeling. It’s a safe sheltered bay where you can swim alone amongst the rocks. It is a nice safe place, where you will find lots of fish and marine life living around there, as well as the odd sealion or small reef shark. It is a decked walkway that takes you through an enchanted tunnel of mangrove trees. Then we can visit the Interpretration Center in Isabela and the Humedales Complex, including The Giant Tortoise, Arnaldo Tupiza Breeding Center. A boardwalk connects the town to the Center, stretching across the wetlands and Prickly Pear Cacti shrub. Five sub-species of the Giant Tortoise exist on the island, yet their populations are threatened by introduced animals such as goats and cats. At the Tortoise Breeding Center, eggs are nursed in a hatchery and the giant tortoise adults are observed in supervised corrals. The Center aims to increase the population and secure the survival of these species. (B/L/-)
We are going to depart early to take a speed boat back to Puerto Ayora. After getting there we will take a bus to the Baltra Airport