This is the opportunity to discover the enchanted islands with daily excursions and lodging at hotels
Depends on the flight schedule
Flight to Galapagos via Guayaquil to Baltra airport, where your guide will receive you for the first visit. Lunch at a typical restaurant. The highland of Santa Cruz is very well known for its fauna and vegetation. You can see turtles living in their natural way. The climate may vary between cloudy and rainy to sunny and hot, creating more fertile soil and green vegetation. Another very interesting site is the lava tunnels. These tunnels have smooth sides with grooves that show different levels of lava. In the excursion it could also be interesting to see giant turtles in their natural habitat. Trip to Puerto Ayora. Overnight. (-/L/-)
The visit to South Plazas to 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.
Or visit to North Seymour. In the 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. 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.
Or visit Isabela. The first stop will be the Tortoise Breeding Center of Isabela Island which is located 1.5 kilometers from Puerto Villamil. This Breeding Center is reproducing in captivity Galapagos tortoise, in total there are 330 turtles between juveniles and adults. To the west of Puerto Villamil there are 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. The Tintoreras Islet, located a short distance from Puerto Villamil, is home to a great variety of wildlife. Its turquoise, crystalline waters are inhabited by white-tipped reef sharks, Galapagos penguins, marine turtles and sea lions. One of its beaches, surrounded by mangroves is one of the few sites where marine iguanas can reproduce successfully.
Or visit Floreana. This island has long been a favorite site of visitors including pirates, whalers and early settlers. It´s 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 will walk through a place called “Asilo de la Paz” where you can find “La Cueva de los Piratas” (The Pirates´ cave). You can also observe the giant turtles in their typical habitat. In the afternoon, after the box lunch, you will visit the Black Beach which invites to swim and get to know the beautiful underwater world with your snorkel equipment. Return to Puerto Ayora.
Or visit Santa Fe. A thirty –minute loop through the giant Opuntia cactus forest will show you land iguanas that are unique to this island. These rare reptiles are easiest to find early morning and late afternoon. A two hour trail with good views, and a chance to see some endemic vegetation including Scalesia. Before the trekking, you will have a box lunch. This island offers an excellent opportunity for snorkeling from the panga to the point of the small islet that forms the bay.
Or visit Bartolome. This small island famous of the photogenic pinnacle rock that looks sheared away from the cliff. The trail passes different lava formation and pioneer vegetation on the way to the summit. It is a one-hour of moderate uphill hiking with beautiful views of the surrounding islands. A short walk through sand dunes brings you to another beach. Before the trekking, you will have a box lunch. Next to the pinnacle is a pleasant beach with a clam bay for swimming. Box lunch is included. Penguins can sometimes be observed while swimming or snorkeling.
Charles Darwin Research Station gives you information about the evolution of the islands and hosts a breeding center of giant turtles. You can see different generations of turtles. Here you can also learn about the work done by the foundation and the importance of preserving the archipelago’s ecosystems. A series of walkways takes you through the captive breeding program where you will see juvenile and adult tortoises, different types iguanas can also be observed. In the afternoon it was a visit to Tortuga Bay beach, perhaps the most beautiful beach in the Galapagos. To reach there, you hike a moderate rocky trail surrounded by cactus, palo santo trees, and matasarno trees. After this excursion you reach the impressive and wonderful white sand beach where you can swim and snorkel observing colonies of marine iguanas, pelicans, Darwin’s finches, sharks, sea turtles. Overnight. (B/-/-)
Today, you will have a free day to explore for your own the Enchanted Islands. The Galapagos Islands are volcanic islands spread on either side of the Equator line in the Pacific Ocean, 926 km (575 mi) west of mainland Ecuador. The islands are well-known for their enormous number of endemic species that were studied by Charles Darwin during the journey of the Beagle. His notes and collections contributed to the initiation of Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection. The archipelago consists of 18 major islands, 3 smaller islands, and 107 rocks and islets. This marvellous destination offers a lot of alternatives, such as: bicycle ridings, hikings, snorkellings opportunities, kayakings, or just beautiful beaches to swim and have time to relax. Overnight. (B/-/-)
After breakfast you will be transferred to Baltra airport by visiting the Gemelos. (B)