Day 1: Mainland - 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. Transfer to Casa Natura hotel and check in. In the afternoon visit to 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. Overnight in Puerto Ayora.
Day 2: Santa Cruz: Charles Darwin Station & Tortuga Bay
Breakfast. Transfer to the pier to take boat for a shared daily tour to Seymour, Plazas Island, Isabela or Santa Fe (according availability). In the afternoon transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Puerto Ayora. (B, L)
Day 3: Santa Cruz Island / Bay Tour
After breakfast, we ́ll take the boat for a visit Santa Cruz Island ́s bay. The tour takes around 3 hours and a half. Starting from the main pier of Puerto Ayora, the boat will take us to "Lobería," so named for the large seal colony where is snorkeling is possible not far from this amazing mammals. It is a very special place to see a variety of colors of fish. We ́ll also visit Punta Estrada, Sharks ́Channel, Playa de los Perros, and Grietas. During the visit we may find species like white tip Sharks, sea tortoises, marine iguanas, crabs, pelicans, and some other marine birds. At the end of the excursion, we ́ll getting back to the pier. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Day 4: Transfer out: Santa Cruz - Quito
Breakfast and Transfer out Baltra's airport. Flight black to mainland for connections or visit Ecuador.
SERVICE NOT INCLUDED IN ECUADOR