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Awesome Galapagos

Galapagos Land Based Tours. The Awesome Galapagos Islands Hopping will take you to great Islands to see lots of wildlife, nature and the incredible landscape of this unique paradise!

Our five day  Awesome Galapagos program takes you to three different Galapagos islands, allowing you to see the varied and incredible environments and the unique wildlife inhabiting them. You will get to snorkel with sharks, swim with sea lions, and get within feet of iguanas and many other species that have developed without fear of humans for hundreds of thousands of years.

DAY 1: FLIGHT TO GALAPAGOS – ISABELA EXPLORATION

Today we get ready to explore the most amazing archipelago in the Pacific coast and the place where Charles Darwin based its theory of the evolution of species, a magical place where dreams of swimming with sea lions, turtles and fish are a reality.

We board a morning flight from Quito to the island of Baltra. Once arrived, we head to the town of Puerto Ayora, the biggest town in Galapagos. From here we take a fast boat to Isabela, the largest island in the archipelago and the place where most volcanic activity in the Galapagos is reported. The island is being formed by 6 shield volcanoes, Alcedo, Cerra Azul, Darwin, Ecuador Sierra Negra and Wolf, 5 of them still active and therefore the island is one of the most volcanically active place on earth. During our island crossing, we will be on the lookout for dolphins and whales (July to October).

Accommodation: Casa Marita or similar

Meals included:  Breakfast

DAY 2: HIKE TO SIERRA NEGRA SNORKEL IN TINTORERAS

After driving up from Puerto Villamil to the trailhead, we prepare our backpacks and hike into a young dry forest ecosystem, into a world of recent geological history. Our destination is the rim of Sierra Negra Crater, an active volcano which last erupted in October 2005. Upon arrival, we take in breathtaking views and explore the circumference of the massive, lava-filled crater, over six miles across at its widest point. If we feel energetic enough, we can continue our hike to Vulcan Chico, a secondary crater that has a wild landscape of puffing fumaroles and colorful lava formations, great examples of the dramatic geological events that have forged the Galapagos Islands over millennia.

In the afternoon we will visit the Tintoreras Islet on a shared tour, located a short distance from Puerto Villamil and is the 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.

Accommodation: Casa Marita or similar

Meals included: Breakfast and box lunch

DAY 3: LAVA TUNNELS SNORKELING

Today, we explore the amazing formations of lava created by the last eruptions of the Volcanic Island along the seashore. This magical place is been used by the staff of BBC /National Geographic for documentaries. It is a labyrinth of lava arches inside the breakers with crystal clear water full of huge sea turtles, eagle rays, sea lions, fish, white tipped reef sharks and more. Turtles navigate their own highway from the mangroves to the open sea through “Los Tuneles”. Over here, we will have the best snorkeling opportunity with all these beautiful animals, including the curious Galapagos penguin playing around.

Accommodation: Casa Marita or similar

Meals included: Breakfast and box lunch

DAY 4: SANTA CRUZ  & CHARLES DARWIN 

In the morning we embark in a fast boat from Isabela to Santa Cruz Islands. During our island crossing, we will be on the lookout for dolphins and whales (July to October). Once we arrive, we will check in at the hotel. We have time to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn more about many of the endemic species we met during our adventure, as well as the ongoing conservation and management efforts on the Galapagos Islands.

In the afternoon, we head to “El Chato” Reserve in the highland of Santa Cruz, home to the famous Galapagos tortoise. Hiking through El Chato’s beautiful scenery with those lumbering giants is an unforgettable experience! We also see other highland wildlife such as pintail ducks, egrets, flycatchers, and finches on our hike. We can also observe frigate birds which gather to wash the salt off their feathers at a fresh water lake.

We return to Puerto Ayora to spend the evening at leisure in the Galapagos’ most populous town.

Accommodation: Galapagos Inn or similar

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

DAY 5: TRANSFER TO BALTRA – FLIGHT BACK TO QUITO

After our final breakfast on the Galapagos Island and the last photos taken of sea lions, we have a transfer to Baltra’s airport in time to catch the flight back to the mainland.

Meals included: Breakfast

INCLUDED:

  • Transportation: Speed boat Santa Cruz – Isabela – santa Cruz,  private land omfortable transport, ferry, pickup truck.
  • Accommodations based in double occupancy: 3 nights in 4 stars hotel in Isabela and 1 night in 4 stars hotel in Puerto Ayora.
  • Activities: Visit the giant tortoises in the wild, see the twin craters, Trekking lava flows to the top of Sierra Negra active volcano in Isabela Island, Snorkeling at Tintoreras, Day trip of snorkeling to lava tunnels, See the famous Charles Darwin research station,enjoy and relax some time at whate sandy beaches.
  • Meals Included: 4 breakfasts and 2 lunches
  • Gear: life vest, snorkel gear

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Flights from/to Galapagos
  • Travel insurance mandatory
  • Extra meals no discribed in the program, drinks
  • INGALA transit card: USD 20
  • Galapagos National Park fee (USD 100 per person).
  • USD 5 per person for a “pier use fee” at Puerto Villamil (Isabela Island)
  • Wet suit rent $10 per day.
  • Tips