Quito - Santa Cruz Island
Airport assistance to take flight to Galapagos. Arrive Baltra Airport. Reception and transfer Ferry crossing to Santa Cruz Island (10 minride). Arrive to Santa Cruz Island. Stop in highlands of Santa Cruz where you will visit a Giant Tortoise Reserve for an easy hike to observe to Giant Tortoises in their natural habitat. Lunch in the Highlands. Arrive to Puerto Ayora: Casa Natura: check – in and welcome cocktail. Briefing. Dinner and overnight. (L, D)
Day 2: Santa Cruz: Charles Darwin Station & Tortuga Bay
Breakfast. Visit Charles Darwin Station. The Charles Darwin research station is located in the town of Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island. Ten minute walk from the Center of town.
At The Charles Darwin Research Station you'll learn first hand of the conservation and research efforts in the Galapagos Islands. See the tortoise hatchlings and breeding programs which are saving several races of tortoises from extinction. Also, the opportunity to see the giant Galapagos tortoises.
Lunch. In the afternoon we visit Tortuga Bay, a wonderful beach: One hour walk (five km) west from Puerto Ayora on a marked and cobbled path. The path is good for bird watching; it is easy to spot several species of finches as you walk along the path. The white sand beach is considered by many the nicest of the archipelago. It name comes from the sea turtles that go there to lay their eggs. Other species can be found, including pelicans, flamingos and marine iguanas. Free time. Return to hotel. Dinner and overnight. (B, L, D)
Day 3: Santa Cruz - Isabela Island
Breakfast. Free time. Transfer to airport to take your flight to Isabela Island. Arrive to Isabela, reception and transfer to your hotel. Check in. Lunch. Short visit to Poza de Flamingoes. Located next to the road that leads from Puerto Villamil to the Wall of Tears is the largest lagoon in Galapagos, and is also one of the main reproduction sites for flamingos. Return to hotel and dinner. (B, L, D)
Day 4: Isabela Highlands - Volcan Sierra Negra
After breakfast, we take a bus ride up to the highlands of Isabela where we horseback (optional) or hike to "Sierra Negra Volcano", one of the active volcanoes in the Galapagos.
Box Lunch will be in the Crater of the Volcano, the largest caldera in the islands with a diameter of 9-10 kms. Sierra Negra offers volcanic activity as well as spectacular geology and vegetation scenery. "Volcan Chico" on the northwest side of the caldera is an area of fumaroles. Return around 4:00PM.
Afternoon relaxing on the stunning white sand beach of Puerto Villamil or at the lodge restaurant. * Share tour: Volcano Sierra Negra Tour. (B, Box Lunch, D)(B, Box Lunch, D)
Day 5: Isabela Island
Breakfast. Visit Tintoreras: A short distance from Puerto Villamil is the small island known as 'Las Tintoreras'. Opportunity to see the colony of penguins recently established in Puerto Villamil, often resting side by side with Blue Footed Boobies. Here a colony of white tip sharks can often be seen resting in a lava canal. You can snorkel or swim around this island. Back to Puerto Villamil for lunch at hotel and free afternoon to enjoy this beautiful island. (B, L, D)
Day 6: Transfer out: Santa Cruz - Quito
After breakfast, transfer out to Santa Cruz Island by plane. Arrive to Santa Cruz - Baltra's airport in order to catch your flight back to mainland for connections or visit Ecuador. Arrive to Quito. (B)
End of services
- Airport assistance in Quito to take your flight to Galapagos.
- Private transfers at airport/hotel/airport in Galapagos with bilingual assistance.
- Accommodation in Santa Cruz Island – Puerto Ayora: Casa Natura.
- Accommodation in Isabel Island: Red Magrove, Casa de Marita, Albermale or Casa Sol.
- Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner (menu).
- Visits and excursions according itinerary.
- Internal flight between islands: Santa Cruz - Isabela - Santa Cruz.
- Marine transportation between islands: Santa Cruz - Isabela - Santa Cruz.
- Professional Bilingual guide during visits in Galapagos.
- Lodging based on a standard – double room.
Service Not Included in Ecuador :
- Air Tickets (International).
- Ticket Quito - Galapagos – Quito $420,00 (subject to change).
- Galapagos entrance fee $100,00.
- Galapagos control transit card $10,00.
- Tips, phones, internet services.
- Laundry Service.
- Drinks, Bottled Water, Alcoholic Beverages.
- Meals not specified. (daily dinner)
- Optional Tours.
- Consumptions or personal charges.
Optional Tours :
Additionally, you can take our optional tours and complete your adventure in Galapagos:
- Daily Tour to: Floreana, Bartolome, North Seymour or Santa Fe Island.
Prices are in American Dollars per person. Prices may be subject to variations at any time booking cancellation and voidance (or parts of it) is subject to penalties and administrative expenses. Net prices are non commissionable.
The itinerary may be subject to change due to the timetable variation in International and domestic flights, Trains, buses. Delay in rivers and lakes due to weather conditions. Social unrest or natural catastrophes. Technical malfunction (planes). The itinerary is prepared according with the national and international flights; in case of cancellation or delay flights from airlines, the tour operator in Ecuador is not responsible for additional expenses or loss of flight or services.
If that is the case, the best alternative for the tourists will always be sought in order to provide the best solution. Additional expenses will be paid by the tourists.