GALÁPAGOS MARINE WILDLIFE 6 DAYS/5 NIGHTS FOUR DIFFERENT ISLANDS (Level Adventure) GALÁPAGOS MARINE WILDLIFE 6 DAYS/5 NIGHTS
DAY 1: Arrival in the Galápagos Islands (Transfer in) – Highland: Giant Tortoise Lava Tunnels - Hotel
DAY 2: Yacht Excursion North Seymour OR Bartolomé OR Plaza Islands (subject to availability)
DAY 3: Full Day Tour Isabela Island -walking & snorkeling- (speed boat)
DAY 4: AM: Trip Los Túneles -“The Tunnels”- (snorkeling & speed boat) – PM: Ferry: Isabela – Santa Cruz
DAY 5: Full Day Tour Floreana OR Santa Fe Island -walking & snorkeling- (speed boat)
DAY 6: Charles Darwin Research Center Station – Transfer out (Hotel – Baltra Airport)
Arrival in the Galápagos Islands (Transfer in) – Highland: Gian Tortoise Lava Tunnels
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. Before to get to the Ecological Hotel, the excursionist will enjoy a teeming wildlife journey in the highland of Puerto Ayora , so they will wonder visiting a ranch where it is possible observe closely endemic giant turtles on natural state, also our guests will take a trip under the lava tunnels always assisted by the tour guide. Then, 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. 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.
Yacht Excursion North Seymour OR Bartolomé OR Plaza Island (subject to availability)
The journey starts with 40 minutes ride by bus from the hotel until the Itabaca Chanel. Then, a comfortable yacht is going to pick up until North Seymour Island , where the adventurers 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 travelers to be amazed in Mosquera, this small, flat, and sandy islet offers to the adventurers the perfect lion behavior. It is also possible 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 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. Bartolomé Island is another incredible natural wealth of teeming Galápagos wildlife where our guests will be amazed with the dramatic views of the island, so it is a fantastic spot to take personal and group pictures and it is a jewel-toned setting for charismatic penguins, skittering crabs and marine iguanas. At the sandy cove the adventurers will start to snorkel with the speedy Galápagos penguins. Also, hundreds of colorful reef fish, sea turtles and rays are surrounding the island. At the Pinnacle Rock our excursionist will have the best place to snorkel and to take photograph to the endemic penguins and the rock looks out across pale beaches and blue-green water, their colors offset by the coal-black lava flow at Sullivan Bay. A hot lunch and refreshments are provided on the deeply boat cabin. At the end of the journey the boat will come back until Santa Cruz after to take the bus until the most comfortable and environmentally friendly hotel. The third island which can be preferred to explored by our guests is South Plaza Island . This magic place consists two islets (north and south) located east coast of Santa Cruz Island. In order to wonder this island adventurers will be ride 40 minutes by bus from the comfortable hotel, followed by 1-hour boat ride. On the northern part of the islet, excursionist begin the journey a fantastic cactus forest where sometimes it is difficult trekking due to the amount of yellow and red land iguanas stretched along the rocky ground, during the dry season they survive on fruits and flowers of the opuntia cacti. Our guests will be amazed with the wild hybrid iguanas (sea and land) and colony of sea lions while trail forward a cliff top walk where swallow-tailed gulls and tropicbirds nest. It is a heaven of the red billed tropic birds, magnificent frigates, pelicans, and Audubon´s shearwaters, so they can shoot the best wildest photography. Adventurers will enjoy the lunch aboard before returning to Punta Carrión near the Itabaca Channel, where it is a beautiful place to snorkel next to the sea lions and white tip reef sharks. 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.IMPORTANT NOTE: We will advise on availability and arrange your trip as best possible.
Full Day Tour Isabela Island -walking & snorkeling- (speed boat)
The departure is going to be at 6H30 am from the Puerto Ayora Pier, our guests´ tour experience is going to be amazing wondering marine and land wildlife in Isabela Island 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 tortoises from the different volcanoes on Isabela, it is also possible to see different kind of tropical 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 the adventurers have to be quick to get a glimpse of the penguins underwater. The biggest island journey offers the opportunity to watch closely several species of finch. The hot lunch will be enjoyed at the town’s restaurants. 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.
AM: Isabela Island: Tour Los Tuneles (snorkeling – speed boat) – PM: Ferry (Isabela - Santa Cruz)
Early in the morning approximately at 7:00 am, after wondering a delicious breakfast at the cozy hotel´s restaurant, our adventurers embark on a must-do day trip to one of the most biodiverse sites in the Galápagos Islands, Los Tuneles -or The Tunnels in English- also known as Cabo Rosa. It is an uninhabited islet located 1 hour from Villamil Pier, Isabela Island. The first spot is Roca Union a small islet located in the open sea where our guests can enjoy watching majestic pelicans, blue footed boobies and Nazca Boobies and, occasionally, sea lions resting on the rocks. This site is an ideal place for snorkeling due to its crystal-clear and shallow waters, so there is possible to swim next to sea turtles, white-tipped sharks, trumpetfish and surgeon fish. It is also able to see eagle and golden rays. The second and principle spot is in Los Tuneles where our adventurers get the chance to do more snorkeling and enjoy some short trail observing the landscape and teeming wildlife. Cabo Rosa is heaven to sea turtles, albatrosses, flamingos, marine iguanas, sea lions, blue footed boobies, royal frigate, rays, penguins, lobsters, sea snakes, a variety of birds, among other species. Hot box lunch will be served aboard. At the end of the magic journey travelers will take a comfort speed boat to get their cozy hotel. It is recommended to wear 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. A luscious lunch will alive our guest explore spirit in order to keep adventuring the last wildlife paradise, so they will take a ferry from Isabela to Santa Cruz Island at 2:00 pm. The navigation trip will take approximately 2 hours. 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.
Full Day Tour Floreana OR Santa Fe Island -walking & snorkeling- (speed boat)
Very early in the morning, at 7:30 am, after the fresh delicious breakfast start the trip to Floreana Island which is very famous because the small group of families have preserved 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 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. Another wild place is Santa Fe Island -or “Barrington Island” in English- in order to enjoy the last paradise wildlife, its location is southeast of Santa Cruz island, approximately 1-hour ride by speed boat. The island shows white sand beaches surrounded by sea lion colonies thought the island path. A short trekking takes to our guests to one of the teeming forest of opuntia cactus in la island to look out for land iguanas. This island is the habitat for number of species, including the Galápagos hawk, Galápagos snakes, rice rats (one of the few endemic Galápagos rodents), a variety of finches and one of the four mockingbird species of the archipelago, and of course it is also home of the blue footed boobies, frigate birds, Galápagos gulls and home of the Santa Fe land or marine iguanas (the largest in the islands). Ending the pleasant trail adventurers will plunge into the salty sea and snorkel in the company of sealions, lion fish and green turtles. Travelers will enjoy their hot lunch aboard and they will return to Puerto Ayora pier approximately 4:30pm. It is recommended to wear 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.IMPORTANT NOTE: We will advise on availability and arrange your trip as best possible.
Charles Darwin Research Center Station – Departure: Transfer out (Hotel – Airport)
After the energetic breakfast 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. 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.IMPORTANT NOTE: We will advise on availability and arrange your trip as best possible.