GALÁPAGOS BOOBY PATH 6D/5N

FIVE DIFFERENT ISLANDS (Adventure)

TOUR GUIDED BY NATURALIST GUIDE


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Day 01

Transfer in (San Cristobal Airport) – San Cristobal Interpretation Center – Tijeretas – Carola Beach – Hotel

At the San Cristobal Airport, the naturalist guide accredited by Galápagos National Park is going to welcome, he is going to be waiting with the paper signboard at the passenger principle hall meeting. The naturalist guide is going to assist you during the whole trip from the San Cristobal Airport until the Hotel. Guests will enjoy a delicious lunch cooked with fresh seafood. Then, the group will go to the Interpretation Center next to the local naturalist guide where he will share and talk whole about flora and fauna, its ecosystems, included the human settled history in the Galápagos Islands. Passengers will keep their trail to the up of the Cerro Tijeretas or commonly call Frigate Bird Hill by locals, a wonderful view point from which you can see the town and whole over the island. So, here it is possible to see Magnificent Frigate and Great Frigate Birds in the same colony. This is the perfect place to compare and learn to distinguish them. At the end you will be able to snorkel and swim with the fur seals, colony of sea lions, marine iguanas, and next to the tropical fishes at the Tijeretas Bay or Carola Beach. The tour could finish on this fantastic beach or the naturalist guide will accompany to the hotel.

Meals included: Lunch and Dinner

Transportation included: Private Bus/Taxi: San Cristobal Airport – Hotel – Visitor Site

Hotel Accommodation: Economic Class Hotel

Guide: Naturalist

Day 02

The day starts early in the morning at the Baquerizo Moreno Dock. The bilingual naturalist guide will assist on the whole full day tour activities. After a navigation of approximately 2.5 hours, boat will arrive at Española Island. This place is considered the crown jewel of the Galapagos archipelago. Española Island is located at the south side of the archipelago, 22 miles from San Cristobal Island. Here, travelers are going to be astonished by Punta Suarez and Gardner Isle. At Punta Suarez, which is located in the northeast of Española, guests are going to watch the nesting colonies of Nazca Boobies and famous blue-footed boobies, Galápagos Hawks, Española Mockingbirds, three species of Darwin's finches, and Galapagos Doves. Swallow -tailed Gulls and Red-billed Tropicbirds dash in and out of the cracks in the cliffs. Between April and December, guests can visit an interesting population of Waved Albatross, as Española is their nesting area. There is also possible to watch sea lions and marine iguanas. Meanwhile, passengers may have the opportunity to enjoy the amazing landscape of the cliffs and the blow hole. Because this side of the island is a rocky terrain, travelers have to take care a lot so they shall wear comfortable shoes (no sandals). Later on, guests will move on to Gardner Islet where the bay offers on of the best beaches to experience relaxing beach time in Galápagos. Three species of Darwin's finches and Española Mockingbirds may be seen at this site. Española Mockingbirds are fearless and frequently land on visitors´ heads and shoulders in search food. It is also possible to snorkel among playful sea lions, and being astonished by the colorful fishes of the bay. You can refresh yourselves while enjoying a delicious snack. Then, you will get the succulent lunch. After all, your boat its journey back to San Cristobal. End of the tour. It is recommended to wear a wetsuit in order to neutralize the sea cold because it falls under 20ºC on September to December and it is up of 27ºC on January to August.

Meals included: Lunch (aboard) and Dinner

Transportation included: Private Bus/Taxi: Hotel – Puerto Ayora Pier - Hotel

Hotel Accommodation: Economic Class Hotel

Guide: Naturalist

Day 03

AM: Ferry (San Cristobal – Santa Cruz) – Charles Darwin Research Center – PM: Highland (Giant Tortoises – Lava Tunnels)

AM: The morning, 6:30 am, starts with the trip by ferry from San Cristobal Island until the Puerto Ayora Dock. Guests 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 finches, 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. PM: Passengers will have their second your first excursion at the highland of Puerto Ayora, guest will visit a ranch where is able to observe closely endemic giant turtles on natural state, also all the group is going to walk under the lava tunnels always assisted by naturalist guide. The lava tubes were formed when surface lava cooled and solidified, while the underground hot lava continued to flow, eventually leaving an empty cave.

Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Transportation included: Private Bus/Taxi: Charles Darwin Station – Highland – Hotel

Hotel Accommodation: Twin Lodge Galapagos

Guide: Naturalist

Day 04

Full Day Tour Isabela OR Floreana Island –snorkeling & walking– (subject to availability)

The departure is going to be 6H30 am from the Puerto Ayora Pier, guests´ tour experience is going to be amazing wondering marine and land wildlife in ISABELA which is the largest island of the Archipelagos. First able, passengers will spot the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center where the naturalist will explain and show closely five different species of tortoise from the different volcanoes on Isabela, it also to see different kind of birds. Then, Flamingo lagoon will be visit where all the visitors have chance to see hundreds of sea lions, obviously the pinks flamingos. In order to finish the tour, Las Tintoreras is the last spot, which is the paradise of the tipped reef sharks and it is a small bay where the Galápagos penguins like to frequent, also it is possible to observe playful lava heron and gull birds. This place is magic in order to snorkeling, so passengers have to be quick to get a glimpse of the penguins underwater. Isabela Island trip offers the opportunity to watch closely several species of finch. The hot lunch will be enjoyed at the town’s restaurants or on the boat cabin. Very early in the morning, 7:30 am, after the fresh delicious breakfast. Immediately start the tour to FLOREANA ISLAND which is very famous because the small group of families have conserve Patrick Watkins and baroness´ stories, so these two stories have become part of their culture. Both, people's stories and island's wildlife are going to make a magic visit time in Floreana island. The trip consists to visit the pirate caves created by pirates seeking water and shelter, the giant tortoises and Larga de Aki. A beautiful lookout over the island and the bay permit to wonder red-billed tropicbirds nesting in the crevices. Snorkeling on the black beach is possible to swim next to the sea lions, also with many green marine turtles and possibly next the cute Galápagos penguins. Devil's Crown crater which has been eroded away by the waves is a haven for seabirds such as boobies, pelicans, and frigatebirds. Red-billed Tropicbirds nest in the crevices. Birdwatch travelers will be wondering learning Campion and Gardner-by-Floreana, the last refuges for the Floreana Mockingbird, are two small, pristine islets. Hot lunch will be provided on the island´s restaurant or aboard. It is recommended to wear a wetsuit in order to neutralize the sea cold because it falls under 20ºC on September to December and it is up of 27ºC on January to August.

Meals included: Lunch (aboard) and Dinner

Transportation included: Private Bus/Taxi: Hotel – Puerto Ayora Pier - Hotel

Hotel Accommodation: Twin Lodge Galapagos

Guide: Naturalist

Day 05

Yacht Excursion North Seymour Island

The tour starts with 40 minutes ride by bus from the hotel until the Itabaca Channel. Then, a comfortable yacht is going to pick up until North Seymour Island, where passengers will be wondering with the unique wildlife flora and fauna on natural state. The tour consists approximately two- and half-hour trail where guests can shoot the best pictures. It is common to observe the largest colony of magnificent frigatebirds, swallow tailed gull, blue-footed boobies, and land iguanas, as well as sea lions and marine iguanas along the coast. The trip will take to visit Mosquera, on this small, flat, sandy islet offer visitors the perfect lion behavior. It is also to observe lava gulls, coastal birds, and Sally lightfoot crabs. While enjoy the hot lunch in the deeply cabins of the yacht, passengers will be taking to the Bachas Beach. The beach is paradisiacal place to take a relaxing walk, swim and enjoy the sun. Snorkeling time will wonder with colorful reef fish, various rays, white tip reef sharks, and green turtles. The trip takes until the Chanel, then a bus transport back to the hotel. It is recommended to wear a wetsuit in order to neutralize the sea cold because it falls under 20ºC on September to December and it is up of 27ºC on January to August.

Meals included: Lunch (aboard) and Dinner

Transportation included: Private Bus: Hotel – Itabaca Channel – Puerto Ayora - Hotel

Hotel Accommodation: Twin Lodge Galapagos

Guide: Naturalist

Day 06

TTransfer out – Los Gemelos (self-guided)

Often mistaken for volcanic craters, Los Gemelos – or “The Twins” in English – are actually sinkholes. 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. After this amazing self-guided visit passengers are going to keep their transfer out until the Baltra Airport by private transportation. The naturalist guide will accompany guests until the check in-point at Baltra Airport where the program Galápagos Booby Path ends.

Meals included:Breakfast Transportation included:

Transportation included:Private Bus/Taxi: Hotel – Itabaca Channel – Baltra Airport

Guide: Naturalist