DAY BY DAY
- DAY 1: Transfer Baltra Airport – Santa Cruz Highlands – Lava Tunnels
Our guide will pick you up at Baltra airport to transfer you by public bus to the Itabaca channel, you must pay USD 5 directly, after crossing the channel by ferry, we will take the transportation and take you to your hotel in Puerto Ayora. The excursion to the highlands gives you the opportunity to see the giant turtles in their natural habitat, and also enter the lava tunnels. Dinner.
- DAY 2: Bay Tour & Tortuga Bay Beach
After breakfast the day begins with a Bay Tour, we will visit the “La Lobería” Island, named for the great colony of sea lions where you can snorkel surrounded by sea lions, it is a very special place to observe a variety of goldfish, diversity of seabed species.
Then we go to Punta Estrada you can see seagulls, boobies, frigates, sea lions, etc.
Visit the Sharks Channel, where you can see sharks and from the viewpoint you can see the port and the mountains of the highlands. Visit Playa de los Perros to observe a marine iguana colony. Our last visit will be in the Cracks where this landscape is formed by interesting lava figures that form two gigantic walls crossed by a salty water arm and that is mixed with seawater and recommended for swimming and surface diving, for the transparency of its water
Lunch. After lunch we will visit the Tortuga Bay Beach, best known because it is a nesting beach for the black turtle. One of the longest white sand beaches, you can share your time and relax with marine iguanas, sharks and sea turtles. Return to the hotel.
- DAY 3: Navigation Isabela Island – Tintoreras Channel
After breakfast at approximately 07:00, transfer from the hotel to the pier to take the speedboat to Isabela Island.
Upon arrival on the island and because of a local municipality regulation, the dock use fee must be paid in cash
Arnaldo Tupiza Breeding Center: Place of breeding of giant tortoises from eggs to adolescence, in the same facilities of National Park of the 5 races of giant land turtles of Isabela Island
Flamingos Lagoon: This place is the largest lagoon in the Galapagos and is one of the main breeding sites for most flamingos.
Tintoreras Islet: It is a small rocky islet named because there is a lava crack with calm and transparent water, “tintoreras” usually go to rest. Throughout the trail you can see marine iguanas between the rocks or under the mangroves. There are two small beaches one of white sand where there are colonies of sea lions and endemic plants and another beach of black stones.
Return at the end of the afternoon
- DAY 4: Santa Fe Island Navigation – Escondida Beach
After breakfast at approximately 07:00 transfer from the hotel to the pier to take the speedboat to Santa Fe
Island. Located to the south east of Santa Cruz, we will sail towards a beautiful bay of crystal clear water surrounded by cactus and mangroves, from our boat we will observe a white sand beach, full of sea lions and the ravines populated by a small giant cactus forest, sea birds such as Pelicanos, brunette seagulls and blue-footed boobies fly over us, with our yacht we will approach the beach and carefully observe Tintoreras resting on the shore, in the mangroves it is common to observe the Galápagos Gavilan.
The calm of the fauna on the islands, it is surprising, they do not feel fear of the human being! It’s a great opportunity to interact with them and take unforgettable photos.
Snorkeling in Santa Fe is spectacular…! Playful sea lions invite us to swim, we will observe sea turtles, striped blankets, a variety of multicolored fish and occasional sharks.
Lunch on board. After lunch, we will sail 30 minutes to Playa Escondida, with white sand in the middle of a very quiet bay, where we will disembark to relax and enjoy the sun and the sea. Special for swimming and continuing with the practice of snorkeling. Return to Santa Cruz at the end of the afternoon
- DAY 5: Free Day
Free day to enjoy by your own the Island beauty
- DAY 6 & 7: Near Island Navigation (according to availability)
Bartolome Island: At approximately 05:45 transfer from the hotel to the pier to take the speedboat to Bartolome Island. Breakfast will be served on board the boat to
begin the day! Sailing to Bartolome Island is approximate time of two hours. Upon arrival on the island we will make dry landing. During our walk, along a wooden path, we will be surrounded by Bartolome volcanic lava landscape, and we will be able to
observe the volcanic formations with endemic vegetation. Walking by the stairs we can go to the top of the island. Once at top we will observe a magnificent view characteristic of Bartolome Island, as well as the surrounding islands. The main attraction of the island is the pinnacle, which is an erosion of a tuff-like volcanic cone. Then there will be a ride in the small boat around the pinnacle to observe penguins, sea lions and other marine fauna. Sullivan Bay is a very young pahoy lava field where we can have an idea of the original formation of the islands, after this walk we return to the beach where we will snorkel with reef fish, occasionally dry cleaners, penguins and sea lions. We return to the yacht where lunch will be served. Return to Santa Cruz a. the end of the afternoon
Seymour Island: After breakfast at approximately 07:50 transfer from the hotel to the pier to take the speedboat to Seymour Island Navigation to North Seymour is
approximately one hour. On this island we find colonies of blue footed boobies, frigates, sea lions, land iguanas, sea iguanas, bifurcated tail gulls, etc. It is very interesting to hear the singing and courtship of the boobies, and observe the colorful inflated balloon of the characteristic male frigates to attract the female. Lunch on board After we go to the northwest part of Santa Cruz we will make a wet landing on Bachas beach, one of the best nesting sites for sea turtles, we will have a small walk and we will probably be able to observe flamingos. Then we will snorkel where we can observe: fish, turtles, dry cleaners. Return to Santa Cruz at the end of the afternoon
Plazas Island: After breakfast at approximately 07:20 transfer from the hotel to the pier to take the speedboat to Plazas Island Navigation time is about 1 hour. The South Plazas Island is located in the east of Santa Cruz Island, and next to the North Plazas. Plazas are two islets separated by a small channel of turquoise water. We will admire a reddish vegetation cactus forests. Upon arriving at South Plazas, we will be welcomed by one of the largest sea lion colonies in the Galapagos. During the visit we will observe a variety of seabirds, fishing and flying near the cliff. We can also observe beautiful land iguanas characterized by their yellow color, marine iguanas, elegant bifurcated tail gulls, nazca boobies, it should be noted that in southern squares it is the only island in Galapagos where there are cases of hybridism in the group of marine and land iguanas. Lunch on board. After a short break we will be ready for snorkeling in Punta Carrion where you will see: fish, blankets, and a high percentage of safety of observing white tip sharks. Return to Santa Cruz at the end of the afternoon
- DAY 8: Transfer hotel in Puerto
Ayora – Airport in Baltra
Scheduled transfer to Baltra airport, the pick-up will
depend on the confirmed local flight time, return to Quito or Guayaquil.