This is the opportunity to discover the enchanted islands with daily excursions in small groups and lodging at hotels.
Depends on the flight schedule
Flight from Quito via Guayaquil to Baltra airport, where your guide will receive you and take you to the main town of Santa Cruz Island, Puerto Ayora. Today you will explore the natural habitat of the giant Galapagos turtles in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. On the way to the highlands the vegetation changes considerably and turns humid and green. You will visit Primicias Ranch, a reserve for turtles where you will observe the animals in their natural habitat and also have a beautiful view over the island. In the volcanic formation of the highlands you will also discover ancient lava tunnels. Lunch at Primicias. Return to the hotel and leisure time in the afternoon. Dinner at a Restaurant in Puerto Ayora. Overnight at Hotel in Puerto Ayora in double accommodation (-/L/D).
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.
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.
After breakfast you leave Puerto Ayora and will be taken to the airport of Baltra. On the way you can have a brief look on the Twin Craters. (B/-/-)
It’s market day in Lausanne! Enjoy browsing and packing a picnic lunch for our 11 a.m. boat cruise on Lake Geneva. A few miles down-shore we’ll dock at Château de Chillon, where we’ll have a guided tour of this delightfully medieval castle on the water. On our way back we’ll take time to peek into the vineyards surrounding Lutry before returning to Lausanne. Boat: 2 hrs. Bus: 1 hr. Walking: moderate.