SANTA CRUZ LIVING 4 DAYS/3 NIGHTS SANTA CRUZ+ BAY TOUR (Level Moderate) SANTA CRUZ LIVING
DAY 1: Arrival in the Galapagos Island (Transfer in) – Charles Darwin Research Center - Hotel
DAY 2: AM: Tour Tortuga Bay Beach – PM: Highland: Giant Tortoise – Lava Tunnels – Los Gemelos (The Twins)
DAY 3: AM: Bay Tour (speed boat) – PM: Free Afternoon
DAY 4: Biking: Craft Coffee & Distillery – Transfer out (Hotel – Baltra Airport)
Arrival in the Galápagos Island (Transfer in: Baltra Airport) – Transfer in - Charles Darwin Research Center - Hotel
At the Baltra Airport the naturalist tour guide accredited by Galápagos National Park is going to welcome to our guests, he is going to be waiting with the paper signboard at the passenger principle hall meeting. The naturalist guide is going to assist to all our adventurers and he will share whole information about the Galápagos Islands. At the most comfortable and ecological and sustainable Hotel, Twin Lodge Galapagos (in fact, the only hotel builds up over the lava tube in all Puerto Ayora) our guests will be welcome by the hotel´s staff with fresh juice and they will get the briefing about hotel and the Galápagos Islands. After the succulent lunch the adventurers will be taken to the Charles Darwin Research Center in order to know deeply the Galápagos Islands land and marine wildlife. At this scientific place passengers are going to be able to know a lot about the numerous baby and adult Galápagos Giant Tortoises that are currently being raised in captivity, so visitors can observe a variety of tortoises, including hatchlings, juveniles, and full-grow individuals. Guests will also learn about land iguana’s life, see several kinds of birds including Darwin´s flinches, watch endemic flowers and plants. And, it is possible to visit the George Tortoise museum in order to overserve and learn about the life of the last giant turtle specimen. The sunny afternoon and the friendly Puerto Ayora city population will welcome to the travelers at their attractive and touristic destination. So, visit can explore the Puerto Ayora pier where is common to enjoy watching sea lions resting on the pier and city park chairs, another beautiful place is fisher market which is a small-scale fishier market, so the excursionist can see the biggest lobsters and different kind of fishes ready to take to different city restaurants, and the adventurers can walk on the whole Charles Darwin Avenue getting memories at the local shopping. After the gourmet dinner the comfort or tourist class hotel will amaze to our guests making their rest a pleasant experience surrounded by the m tropical forest of the volcanic highland.
DAY 2: AM: Tortuga Bay Beach – PM: Highland: Giant Tortoise – Tunnels – Los Gemelos.
AM: Tortuga Bay Beach is stunning sand beach, located a healthy 40 minutes walking among the giant cacti forest before being rewarded with a magnificent view of this jaw-dropping slice of coast. The beach is ranked among the world´s top beaches over the course of recent years. This wide stretch of open, immaculate beach is, simply put, spectacular. Adventures can opt to head down the entire stretch of Tortuga Bay, they will be treated to a second and smaller secluded beach at the end that`s surrounded by mangroves and, occasionally, curious marine iguanas, sea lions, and tropical birds. Never, the naturalist guide is going to leave to our guests alone, he is always ready to take care, explain, and answer any questions about this gorgeous place. PM: After tastiest lunch our guests will explore their trekking spirit in to the highland of Puerto Ayora wildlife journey, so travelers will visit a ranch where they will observe closely endemic giant turtles on natural state, also our adventurers will take a trip under the lava tunnels always assisted by the tour guide. Then the travelers will keep their excursion to Los Gemelos – or “The Twins” in English – which are sinkholes of volcanic eruption rests. When the volcanoes on the islands were still active, lava flows would roll down the hills to get to the sea. So, the lava run at different speeds under the ground for several days becoming big lava tunnels and magma chambers. The outer lava cools faster than the middle and starts to dry, allowing for the formation of lava walls that enclose the hotter lava within. These geological formations remain underground for thousands of years until their roofs collapse due to erosion, which is the case with Los Gemelos. A circular trail to the larger craters passes through the beautiful Scalecia forest, which is an excellent place to observe terrestrial birds, including Vermilion Flycatchers, Short-eared Owls, the Galápagos Dove, and several finch species.
Bay Tour (speed boat) – Free Afternoon
AM: Bay Tour is a short (3 hours) navigation tour, so our guests will visit the surrounding coastline and bays of Puerto Ayora. The boat will take the adventures to the “Lobería”, named for the large seal colony where is snorkeling is possible not far from these amazing mammals. Then the excursionist will be taken to visit Punta Estrada, Sharks’ Channel, Playa de los Perros, and Grietas. During the snorkeling and swimming time travelers may find and observe species like white tip sharks, marine iguana, sea lion, marine turtle, pelicans, and variety of colors of fish and other wildlife. PM: The sunny afternoon and the friendly Puerto Ayora city population will welcome to the travelers at their attractive and touristic destination. So, visitors can explore the Puerto Ayora pier where is common to enjoy watching sea lions resting on the pier and city park chairs, another beautiful place is the fisher market which is a small-scale fishier market, so the excursionist can see the biggest lobsters and different kind of fishes ready to take to the different city restaurants, and the adventurers can walk on the whole Charles Darwin Avenue getting memories at the local shopping. After the gourmet dinner the comfort or tourist class hotel will amaze to our guests making their rest a pleasant experience surrounded by the mist tropical forest of the volcanic highland.
Biking: Craft Coffee & Distillery – Departure: Transfer out (Hotel – Baltra Airport)
Short biking trip (1,8miles) starts early in the morning until the craft coffee and handcrafted alcohol production. Its location is 1.8 miles far away from the Twin Lodge Galapagos Hotel. Coffee production in the Galápagos is uncommon because coffee beans grow an at altitude. The enchanted islands are strategically located where the cold Humbold and Cromwell currents converge with the warm equatorial currents. These, combined with its rich volcanic soils, allows for coffee plants to grow at only 300-400 meters. In Ecuador mainland Ecuadorian coffee has certainly been a rise in the popularity, thanks in large part to its high quality, perfect flavours, earthy tones and the efforts being made to make it a sustainable product. Galápagos Islands are protected as National Park so there is no a lot of extensions of coffee plantations so its production is at artisan level and coffee producers have organic coffee plantations, so they are not harmful to birds and other animals. When our guests visit this craft coffee place, they will learn starting from coffee grow system, caring system, harvest, dry, and roasting. The trapiche journey permit to the adventurers to see handmade cane sugar production. So, different handcrafted products from cane, fresh sugarcane juice, panela (unrefined sugar), and sugar liquor will be possible to taste. After this cultural spot the excursionist will keep with their transfer out until the Airport by private transportation. The driver will accompany to the travelers until the Itabaca Channel or check in-point at Baltra Airport where end the all-inclusive program.