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Galapagos - San Cristobal, Santa Cruz, Isabela Island, 8 days


Cost: from $ 1.240 AUD
Flights: no flights included (see below for more details)
Duration: 8 days
Departure: all year long
Location: San Cristobal, Santa Cruz, Isabela Island

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Tour Description

Our eight day Magic of Isabela program takes you to three different islands, allowing you to see the varied environments and the unique wildlife inhabiting them. You will get to snorkel with sharks, swim with sea lions, and get within feet to iguanas and many other ancient species fearless of human presence. You will also be taken through some of the most incredible landscapes, proof to the archipelago´s volcanic origins, such as the moonlike terrain of Sierra Negra and Chico Volcano. All while resting comfortably at our choice selection of economic hotels and accompanied by our bilingual naturalist guides. Discover Galapagos with an affordable trip itinerary.

Itinerary

Day 1 – San Cristobal
Arrival to San Cristóbal Airport. After lunch, we will visit The San Cristobal Interpretation Center where we will learn about the islands, evolution of their species, fauna, migration, and how humans came to live there. Then will make our way to “Cerro Tijeretas”, or “Frigate Hill” for some snorkelling. Then we will go to “Playa Carola” for our first contact with the beautiful waters of these islands. Hotel Accommodation provided.

Den 2 – San Cristobal Island - Mirador de Soledad
After breakfast, we will visit the Highlands of San Cristobal our first stop is “Mirador de la Soledad”, where we will enjoy magnificent views of San Cristobal Island. Then we will go to the Junco Lagoon, the only fresh water lagoon in San Cristobal. Lunch at a local farm in the Highlands will be followed by a short stop at Playa de Puerto Chino. On the way back we will visit “El Progreso” in the highlands, where we will be able to see how the people of the island cultivate their food and wonderful coffee.

Day 3 – Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz)
After breakfast, we will transfer from San Cristobal to Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz Is.). We will then visit the Highlands of Santa Cruz to make closer contact with the giant Galapagos tortoises as well as birds, like the Bird Wizard and finches. All day, we will be surrounded by the endemic vegetation of the Galapagos, such as escalecias and matazarnos. In the afternoon we will make our way to the beautiful white sand beach Tortuga Bay. After a short hike, we may relax on the calm waters and the awsome landscape.

Day 4 – Santa Cruz
After breakfast, we will first visit the Galápagos National Park and Charles Darwin Research Station and its interpretive Center. Here we will have the great opportunity to see a large variety of Giant Galápagos tortoises as representatives to the most important islands on the archipelago. Afterwards, we will head to Puerto Ayora for a visit to the most famous art galleries there. We will then take the public speedboat to Isabela Island, where after arrival we make a short visit to the Flamingos Lagoon.

Day 5 – Santa Cruz
Early in the morning after breakfast, we will have a full day tour of the Sierra Negra Volcan. This volcano is located 13 miles from Puerto Villamil and is the world’s second largest volcanic crater, measuring 6 miles in diameter and 300 feet deep. We will hike the crater and enjoy the view of the beach below before continuing on to Volcan Chico, a still active volcano which warms the surrounding ground. (Box lunch will be provided). In the afternoon, we will return to the hotel and later we will have the opportunity to go snorkeling in Concha Perla, where we will ba able to swim with sea-lions and see a variety of colorful fish, starfish, and sea urchins.

Day 6 – Isabela Island
After breakfast, we will visit the Tintores Islet; It is called this due to a large crevice with very clear, calm water in which white-tip sharks known as “tintoreras” come daily to rest on the bottom. As a ¨Tintorera¨ we will also have the chance to watch other animals native to the region like penguins, and sea lions, and go snorkeling with sharks. On the afternoon we visit Humedales Complex inluding The Giant Tortoise Breeding Center, the famous “Muro de las Lágrimas”, the enormous lava rocks wall built during the times Isabella Island was designated as a penal colony (1946 to 1959) . Additionally, we will visit “Mirador Orchidia" and el “estero de Isabela”.

Day 7 – Isabela Island
After breakfast and depending on the tide, we will make our way to the dock and prepare for the kayaking excursion. After listening to the instructions and safety precautions, and once equipped with lifejackets and oars, we will begin rowing towards Tintoreras Islet where we will be able to observe a variety of fauna from our kayaks, including Penguins, Blue-footed Boobies, and Marine Iguanas. We will make our way up to El Faro before heading back to shore (appx. 2 hours). After lunch, we will visit the highlands of Isabella, specifically Campo Duro, a place where we will meet 60 giant Galapagos tortoises in their semi-natural environment. Also we will visit “la Cueva de Sucre” after that we will go to “Mirador El Mango”.

Day 8 – Puerto Ayora
Early in the morning, we will take the public speedboat from Isabela to Puerto Ayora, where our guide will be waiting for you and then we take a breakfast, after that we continue the travel to travel to Baltra Airport, but on the way we will stop by "The Twins" (a.k.a. “The Gemelos”), which are similar to craters, but formed by a collapse of the Earth because of the lava flows that passed below it. The tour will end upon the arrival to the airport where we will depart to Quito or Guayaquil.

Package Inclusions

All services, transfers and excursions detailed in the program; Local English speaking guide; Snorkelling; Taxes.

Price per person (2 people in double/twin room)

Package Exclusions

Airfare; Tips; Insurance; Personal expenses; Galapagos National Park Entrance fee 100 USD; Optional Excursions.

Supplements

Single supplement – contact us for details

Hotel upgrade - from $ 63 AUD

Local flights Quito - Galapagos - Quito - from $ 450 AUD

Note

The price is subject to availability.


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