Secrets of the Enchanted Galapagos Islands

Duration:
5 days - 4 nights
From:
AUD $ 1,909 AUD $ 1,799
p.p. twin share. Excludes Airfares

Explore the Galapagos Islands on a small group tour with a private sped boat for the passengers. Get to know highlights of Ecuador’s most iconic destination during daily boat and hiking tours to sites with Galapagos tortoises, sea lions, and penguins, as well as stunning beaches and volcanic craters. Arrive and depart from Baltra Island, and visit Isabela Island & Santa Cruz Island.  Top attractions include the Charles Darwin Station, Sierra Negra Volcano, Highlands, Tintoreras, the Flamingo Lagoon, Garrapatero Beach and Twin Craters.

This is a set departure program that starts every Thursday.

4 Nights Program Overview

Day 1Thursday – Transfer in Santa Cruz + Highlands + Lava Tunnels.
Day 2Friday – Tortoise Breeding Center + Flamengo’s Lagoon + Tintoreras.
Day 3Saturday – Sierra Negra and Chico Volcanoes or Beach Time.
Day 4Sunday: Charles Darwin Station – Garrapatero Beach.
Day 5Monday: Twin Craters – Transfer Out.

Itinerary

Day 1  Thursday – Transfer in Santa Cruz + Highlands + Lava Tunnels (L).

Arriving in Baltra we will take a shuttle to Santa Cruz Island, journeying across the island into the highlands, the visitors will be amazed by the island’s variety of wildlife and geology. Beginning at the coast and travelling north along the road to Puerto Ayora, the road climbs through the agricultural zone and into the mist-covered forests of the highlands. Santa Cruz possesses all of the various life zones present on the archipelago, with wonderful birding opportunities, like Darwin’s finches almost every land bird present on the islands can be found here. Continuing we will stop at one of the ranches; lunch will be served at this ranch and the best part is that passenger will be able to explore the grounds in search of tortoises. After we will visit the Tunnels of lava. Descending through the agricultural zone into the Transition Zone where the Tortoise Reserve is located, the introduced vegetation of the farmlands is replaced by native vegetation. After we will continue to Puerto Ayora for the rest of the afternoon for some leisure time. Accommodation in selected hotel.

Day 2  Friday – Tortoise Breeding Center + Flamengo’s Lagoon + Tintoreras (B, L).

After breakfast, transfer to Isabela. Today you will visit the Flamingo’s Lagoon. This is an approx. 2km trail where we will have an explanation of the vegetation and geology of this young Island, Isabela Island. Arriving at the Flamingo lagoon we might be able to see Flamingos feeding in this lake. This is an artificial lake, due to the excavation for construction the lake was made up by the rain. After this, we will continue to visit the Tortoise breeding center, in this place you will learn more about the reproduction and breeding of the Tortoises.

Lunch, in the afternoon we will visit Tintoreras Islets, it is located a short distance from Puerto Villamil, is 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. Reaching the Isle of Tintoreras, we will get to know a lot of these species. Most of the part of this island is formed by AA lava. Accommodation in selected hotel.

Day 3  Saturday – Sierra Negra and Chico Volcanoes or Beach Time (B, BL).

Breakfast. Today you will enjoy a relaxing day on the beach or if you prefer you will visit Negra Volcano. In Sierra Negra, we will have a walk of about 2 hours to reach the crater of the volcano. There we will have a wonderful view of the crater and with a little bit of luck, we will be able to see the sparrow hawk of the Galapagos. We will get to know the geology of the Sierra Negra Volcano. Most of the part of this island was formed by AA lava. We will have a box lunch and visit el Chico Volcano. In the afternoon transfer to Santa Cruz. Accommodation in selected hotel.

 

Day 4  Sunday: Charles Darwin Station – Garrapatero Beach (B, L).

After breakfast, we will head to the Charles Darwin Station. The center is a reservoir of information on habitats and local conservation, as well as other fascinating relevant statistics. The most striking attraction of this station is certainly the Tortoise Breeding Center, where it is possible to view tortoises of different shapes and sizes. Travellers here can freely walk and get their pictures taken with the tortoises. Additionally, in order to fully take advantage of your visit to the Galapagos Islands, you will be able to visit the station where legendary “Lonesome George” is exhibited as the last of his species. In 2012, after his death, he was shipped to New York to the American Museum of Natural History in order to start an embalming process for his conservation. Lonesome George was exhibited in the museum for one year. Now Lonesome George is back in the Charles Darwin research station, as a “symbol” of conservation.

Lunch, In the afternoon we will visit Garrapatero that is a long white beach (approximately 1,500 m long) located approximately 19 km to the northeast of Puerto Ayora. It can be reached by boat (20 minutes) or car, through Bellavista and Cascajo (50 minutes). From the parking area, there is a walk of just less than 1 km to the beach. In addition to the beautiful beach, there is a lagoon where flamingos and White-cheeked Pintail Ducks can sometimes be observed. Many birds found in the arid zone, as well as shorebirds, can be seen there. There is also a rental kayak service to go for a ride and enjoy the lovely landscape. Accommodation in selected hotel.

Day 4  Monday: Twin Craters – Transfer Out (B).

After breakfast, we will visit “Los Gemelos”. These two large pit craters along the road from Puerto Ayora to Baltra were caused by the collapse of empty magma chambers. Visitors can stop along the side of the road and visit both craters. Afterwards, transfer to the airport to take your international flight.

 

 

 

Inclusions

Inclusions:

  • Private Yacht
  • All transfers throw the itinerary.
  • Accommodation in Santa Cruz & Isabela in the selected hotel with breakfast.
  • Other meals as specified in the program.
  • All excursions mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Snorkelling equipment.
  • English speaking naturalist guide on all excursions.

Not Included:

  • All international and internal airfares
  • Entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park (US$ 100 per person ).
  • Galapagos Migration Card (US$ 20 per person).
  • Isabella Island embarkation tax (US $10 per person).
  • Optional excursions as a supplement (Ask for options).
  • Drinks and not mentioned meals.
  • Tips and extra expenses.

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