GALÁPAGOS TORTOISE PATH 6 DAYS/5 NIGHTS FOUR DIFFERENT ISLANDS (Level Adventure) GALÁPAGOS TORTOISE PATH 6 DAYS/5 NIGHTS


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DAY 1: Arrival in the Galápagos Island (San Cristobal Island) : Transfer in – Interpretation Center – Tijeretas – Carola Beach - Hotel

DAY 2: Tour Full Day Kicker Rock (León Dormido) OR  360º San Cristobal Island (snorkeling - speed boat) (subject to availability)

DAY 3: AM: Ferry (San Cristobal – Santa Cruz) – Charles Darwin Research Center Station – PM: Highland: Gian Tortoise – Lava Tunnels – Los Gemelos

DAY 4: Full Day Tour Santa Fe OR Floreana Island: walking – snorkeling – speed boat (subject to availability)

DAY 5: Yacht Excursion North Seymour OR Bartolomé OR Plaza Island (subject to availability)

DAY 6: Biking: Craft Coffee & Distillery – Transfer out (Hotel – Baltra Airport)

Day 01

Arrival to the Galápagos Islands (Transfer in: San Cristobal) – San Cristobal Interpretation Center – Cerro Tijeretas Trail – Carola Beach – Hotel

At the San Cristobal Airport, our best naturalist tour guide accredited by Galápagos National Park is going to welcome our guests, the tour guide is going to be waiting with the paper signboard at the passenger principle hall meeting. Our adventurers will be assisted whole the journey by our kindly naturalist guide, from the San Cristobal Airport until the coziest hotel. Excursionist will enjoy tastiest lunch cooked with fresh seafood. Then, travelers will go to the Interpretation Center next to the local naturalist guide where our excursionist will learn deeply about the flora and fauna, ecosystems, included the human settled history in the Galápagos Islands. Our guests will keep their trail to the up of the Cerro Tijeretas or commonly call Frigate Bird Hill by locals, a wonderful view point in order to wonder the most beautiful landscape. So, it is possible to see Magnificent Frigate and Great Frigate Birds in the same colony. Excursionist will be able to distinguish between two kind of frigatebirds. At the end travelers will 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. The sunny afternoon and the friendly Baquerizo Morneo Pier city population will welcome to the travelers at their attractive and touristic destination. So, visitors can explore the pier where is common to enjoy watching sea lions resting on the city park chairs and the adventurers can walk on the whole principle avenue of the pier visiting local entrepreneurs small shopping getting memories to their friends and family. 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.

Day 02

Full Day Tour Kicker Rock OR 60º San Cristobal (snorkeling – speed boat) (subject to availability)

Our guests will enjoy delicious and freshly breakfast at the classical restaurant in the comfort hotel. Then, our adventurers will take a pleasant journey to the Kicker Rock (León Dormido) , they are going to be ride by comfortable speed boat with the first spot at the Baquerizo Moreno Dock, early in the morning. All of the travelers are going to be by the hand of our naturalist/guide, who will assist excursionists whole the time. The Kicker Rock islet is called León Dormido (sleeping lion) by the local because its immobility on the eternity, at the Kicker Rock adventurers are able to enjoy observing frigate birds, Nazca Boobies, blue footed boobies, and tropic birds. Immediately our guests will start to swim next to the unique sea wildlife, which is going to be an exclusive life experience at the last paradise. Swimming and snorkeling excursionist can find to most peculiar hammerhead sharks, sea lions, reef fish, rays, green turtles, and much more. So, they will appreciate from the bottom of the turquoise wildlife until the uphill of the endemic animal’s heaven. Then travelers will taste succulent lunch aboard. After finishing sleeping lion excursion, adventurers are going to the beach where they can walk in search of coastal birds and the rest of the Galápagos wildlife, or they can just relax. And, our guests are coming back to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno by comfortable speed boat. Another magic trip is 360º San Cristobal which is the most complete tour around San Cristobal Island, our guests will navigate the whole around the island. The first spot will be the White Rose Bay (Bahía Rosa Blanca) which is so unique place where travelers going to have a privilege to snorkeling on the crystalline water, they can see colorful fishes, rays, sharks, seahorses, and many other species. Then, our excursionists will move to enjoy Punta Pitt where they will fish, and over their heads red-footed boobies are going to fly. Later, travelers will visit Sardine Bay (Bahía Sardina) in order to enjoy the shadowed areas and they can swim and snorkel next the wildlife richness. The journey continues, arriving Punta Pucuna after 30 minutes hiking. This place was open for tourists by the National Park, so adventurers are going to feel as the first people walking on this endemic place. So, being enchanted and astonished by the geological jewel of Punta Pucuna our guests will go to the Cerro Brujo, on this place they are going to have walking under the lava tunnel experience where travelers can watch many other animal species. At the end of the tour, their fast spot is going to be Kicker Rock. This highlight of Galápagos is offering excursionist unique wildlife in the whole world. Around the rock you can swim next to the hammerhead sharks and with the colorful reef fishes. With this tour you are going to see an enjoy the all jewels that San Cristobal island has, just in one single day.

Day 03

AM: Ferry (San Cristobal – Santa Cruz) – Charles Darwin Research Center Station – PM: Highland: Gian Tortoise – Lava Tunnels – Los Gemelos

AM: The morning starts with the trip by ferry from San Cristobal Island until the Muelle de Puerto Ayora (Puerto Ayora Pier). 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. PM: The tastiest lunch will help excursionists in order to enjoy a teeming wildlife journey in the highland of Puerto Ayora , so they will wonder visiting a ranch where it is possible a healthy short trail surrounded by the endemic tropical forest and they can observe closely exotic giant turtles on natural state, also our guests will take a trip under the lava tunnels always assisted by our experimented tour guide. The next spot is Los Gemelos – or “The Twins” in English – which are often mistaken for volcanic craters, those 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. At the end of this peculiar trip our guest will return to the coziest and environmentally friendly hotel.

At night, our guests are going to enjoy a delicious dinner and take rest in most comfortable rooms. So, the natural experience is going to be a luxury privilege at the Twin Lodge Galapagos which is surrounded endemic Galapagos´ plants and trees away from the pollution

Day 04

Full Day Tour Floreana OR Santa Fe Island -Snorkeling- (subject to availability)

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. Another wild place is Santa Fe Island (Barrington 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. 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.

Day 05

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 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.

Day 06

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.