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Amazing Galapagos

Our Amazing Galapagos program is one of the most comprehensive Galapagos land tours. In addition to Isabela, San Cristobal and Santa Cruz Islands you will experience incredible wildlife, nature, activities like Snorkeling, Diving, Kayaking, Hiking, Biking or just chill out at the white sand beach!

 

The six day  Amazing Galapagos  focuses on San Cristobal, Isabela and Santa Cruz Islands will be taken through the most incredible of the Galapagos Islands, from the awesome moonlike volcanic landscape of Sierra Negra Volcano to the natural habitat of the Giant Tortoises in the Highlands of Santa Cruz.

 

 Amazing Galapagos 6 days

DAY 1: Flight to Galapagos – San Cristobal Island

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.

We board a morning flight from Quito to the island of San Cristóbal. Once we arrive, we have a transfer to the hotel, and a short briefing of the next days before the adventure begins.

After lunch, we head to “La Loberia”, which is the home beach for large Galapagos sea lions and also a nursery for them. We can spot them launching over rocks or just lazy dozing in the sand. We also get to see yellow warbler birds, frigate birds, and several species of Darwin finches along the beach. In between the rocks we can find marine iguanas, which you only see in Galapagos. We also have time to go for a refreshing swim, to explore the waters with our snorkel equipment, and to enjoy the beach.

The evening is free to explore the town of Puerto Moreno, where our hotel is located.

Accommodation: Hotel Blue Marlin or similar

Meals included:  Breakfast

DAY 2: Snorkel at Kicker Rock – Visit Lobos Islands 

In the morning, we will take a speed boat to Kicker Rock (Leon Dormido), also known as the Sleeping Lion because of its resemblance. This site is located off the coast of San Cristobal. The remains of a lava cone eroded by the sea, two vertical rocks rising 500 feet above the ocean, form a small channel that is navigable by small boats. This Galapagos Islands natural monument has become a favorite sight due to the many tropicbirds, frigate birds and boobies that fill the surrounding air. Beneath the sea, the crystal waters offer a brilliant show of colorful tropical fish, such as rainbow fish, and sharks, like hammerhead-, reef- and white tip sharks.

After lunch, we visit Sea Lions Island. This appropriately named island is ripe with noisy, frolicking, jolly sea lions who will welcome us to their home with open fins. This island also offers great snorkeling opportunities as well as the chance to see Blue-Footed and Nazca Boobies.

Accommodation: Hotel Blue Marlin or similar

Meals included: Breakfast and  lunch

 DAY 3: Exploring Isabela in two wheels and Kayaking

In the morning, we take a short flight to Isabela Island, 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, Cerro Azul, Darwin, Ecuador Sierra Negra and Wolf, five of them still active and therefore the island is one of the most volcanically active place on earth.

After the check in at the hotel we go kayaking to view sea lions, penguins, turtles and marine iguanas in the area of Tintoreras.

In the afternoon, we head out on our mountain bikes to explore the beautiful coastline on an exclusive trail, taking us through an incredible ecosystem with a variety of wildlife. We start with a visit to the Wall of Tears, a massive wall built with lava rocks. This site dates back from 1946 to 1959, when Isabela was used as a penal colony, and prisoners were forced to build the wall to keep them from going mad, because of the isolation they experienced. We explore pristine, white sand beaches, mangrove forests and lagoons as we continue our ride along the coast. This area is filled with birdlife, including American oyster catchers, herons, flamingos, finches and many shore birds, as well as the ubiquitous sea lions and marine iguanas. After dinner we can enjoy a breath-taking sunset at the beach of Puerto Villamil.

Accommodation: Casa Marita or similar

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 4: Hiking Sierra Negra VolCano – Snorkeling Tintoreras

After driving up from Puerto Villamil to the trailhead, we prepare our backpacks and hike into a young 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 Volcan 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 Tintoreras Islet, located at 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 lunch

 DAY 5: Visit to Charles Darwin Station

Early 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 and after breakfast, we will 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 La Casa de Judy

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 6: Transfer Baltra – Fly 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.

At night, you will enjoy the group Farewell Dinner Party.

Meals included: Breakfast

  • Transportation: one-way internal flight from San Cristobal to Isabela, sea transportation from Isabela to Santa Cruz, land and sea transportation
  • Accommodations based in double occupancy: 2 night in 3 stars hotel in San Cristobal, 2 nights in 4 stars hotel in Isabela and 1 nights in 4 stars hotel in Puerto Ayora
  • Activities: Snorkeling at Kicker Rock, Hiking to Sierra Negra Volcano, Kayaking in Isabela island, Biking to the Wall of Tears, Snorkeling in tintoreras, Visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station, Walking around giant tortoises in the highlands of Santa Cruz
  • Meals: 5 breakfasts, 2 lunches
  • Gear: Adventure and protective equipment, snorkeling mask, fins, life jackets, mountain bikes, helmets, kayaks and paddles.
  • Trip Leader: EPL expert English-speaking Adventure Trip Leader (minimum 4 people for this service), and Naturalist local Guides.
  • Group size: small group, 2 to 12 people.

 

NOT INCLUDED:

  • My Own Room supplement cost $ 480 USD
  • Airfare to/from Quito-Galapagos-Quito
  • Mandatory Travel insurance
  • Meals not describe in the itinerary
  • Galapagos National Park fee (USD $100 per person, subject to change)
  • INGALA transit card (USD $20, subject to change)
  • Snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel, fins) for rent. $ 8 USD per day
  • USD $5 per person for a “pier use fee” at Puerto Villamil (Isabela Island)
  • Extra meals – food budget $ 220 USD
  • Tips