Galapagos in depth

Did you know? How big Marine Iguanas grow? Marine iguanas are the largest iguanas in Galapagos. The largest males can grow up to 133 cm (4.4 feet), measured to the tip of the tail.

6N / 7D
1,299 USD (PER PERSON IN TWIN SHARE)
Single supplement
$ 369
Accommodation
  • Tourist
Start & finish
Baltra to Baltra Island
Daily departures on request
6N / 7D
1,499 USD (PER PERSON IN TWIN SHARE)
Single supplement
$ 815
Accommodation
  • Tourist Superior
Start & finish
Baltra to Baltra Island
Daily departures on request

Baltra / Santa Cruz Island

Upon arrival to Baltra Island your naturalist guide will wait for you in the arrivals hall and take you to your first visit on Santa Cruz Island.

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Day 1

Santa Cruz Island (L)

You will be transferred from Seymour airport by an airport bus (10 min ride) and a ferry ride (5min) to the north side of Santa Cruz where we will take our private transportation to our first visit to Charles Darwin Station, where we can observe giant and the babies tortoises in captivity and learn about the breeding program of this majestic animal.

Day 1
Day 2 & 3

Santa Cruz Island (B, L)

On day 2 and 3 you will visit any two islands of the below list (one island per day). Depending on your departure and availability the visits of the islands will vary. Each island is unique in itself and has different highlights to offer. This is an amazing chance to reach out to inhabited islands in the archipelago. Each day tour will include lunch onboard, a walking and a snorkeling activity to maximize your experience.

NORTH SEYMOUR

AM: North Seymour Island was lifted from the ocean floor by a seismic event, reason why its low, flat profile. Swallow-tailed gulls sit perched in ledges of the cliffs only a few meters high form the shoreline. A forest of Palo Santo trees stand just above the landing site, usually without leaves, waiting for the rain to bring them into bloom. Amongst the emblematic fauna of the island you will be able to see sea lions, land iguanas and blue footed boobies. The trail turns inland where you will find active and dynamic colonies of both species of “magnificent” and “great” frigate birds. - Dry landing

PM: Las Bachas, a beautiful coralline beach located on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, is the perfect place for practicing snorkeling, swimming or to simply enjoy the white soft sand. Several brackish lagoons only a few steps away from the sea are the feeding grounds of various wading birds, from stilts to flamingos. - Wet Landing

SOUTH PLAZAS

AM: You will have the possibility of snorkeling in the calm waters of Punta Carrión where you will be able to observe a variety of tropical fish and possibly white tip reef sharks that peacefully rest on the sandy bottom. - Snorkeling

PM: Located a few hundred meters away from the Eastern cost of Santa Cruz Island, South Plazas and North Plazas islands were formed from uplifted seabed, giving it a tilted tabletop quality. You will disembark on South Plazas where you will be greeted by a colony of sea lions. Further up the shore a carpet of scarlet sesuvium succulents serves as groundcover for a grove of luminescent green prickly-pear cactus. Yellow-gray land iguanas sit beneath, waiting patiently for pears to drop. The trail takes you gradually towards the southern cliff of the island where you will be able to observe nesting swallow-tailed gulls and several sea birds such as tropic birds, Nazca and blue footed boobies fly by. - Dry landing

SANTA FE

AM: Santa Fé offers a beautiful bay where the yacht anchors and where the visit of the island begins. You will disembark on a small sandy beach where you will be able to see a colony of sea lions and the possibility of seeing the Galapagos hawk. Following the trail, the endemic species of land iguanas from the island of Santa Fé wait beneath the large opuntia cactus to eat its fallen pads or flowers. After the visit on land you will be taken to enjoy snorkeling in the clear waters of the anchoring site of Santa Fé. You will be able to see a variety of tropical fish and a possibility of seeing sea lions underwater. - Wet landing / snorkeling

BARTOLOME / SULLIVAN BAY

AM: Bartolome offers one of the most emblematic sceneries of the Galapagos Islands. A 600 – meter pathway complete with stairs and a boardwalk will take you to the highest point of the island where you will be able to learn first hand about the volcanic origins of the Galapagos Islands. After the walk a dingy ride along the coastline will give you the opportunity to see the Galapagos penguin. This curious bird nest amongst the fissured lava flows and ventures into the crystal clear waters of Bartolome to fish.

PM: After a short ride on board the yacht, you will disembark en Sullivan Bay on the north eastern side of James Islands. The huge eruption that happened in this place in the late 1800s is clear evidence of the volcanic past of the islands. You will be able to do snorkeling in the peaceful waters of Sullivan Bay. - Dry landing / Wet landing

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Day 4

Santa Cruz / Isabela Island (B)

Before heading to Isabela island, you have 2 option to visit one site:

Tortuga bay beach, a 45 minute walk on a cobblestone path (2.5 km one way) leads you to fine a white sandy beach common in the archipelago. An endemic forest of the tall Opuntia Cactus and volcanic rock surrounds the path making the view from the trek beautiful and mysterious. Throughout your walk you can spot finches, yellow warblers, mockingbirds, and lava lizards. Once there, it is an excellent place for swimming, snorkeling, kayaking or surfing. Marine iguanas, sharks, sea birds and sea turtles can be spotted here.

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The highlands of Santa Cruz where you will have the opportunity to get close to giant tortoises roaming in their natural habitat. Explore a cavernous underground Lava Tunnel where you can view one of the geological wonders of our volcanic islands.

*Here, we can help you organizing all the logistic.

In the afternoon you are sailing to Isabela Island (unaccompanied) by public speedboat (2 hours). Speedboat rides can be bumpy therefore prepare yourself with seasickness medication.

Isabela is the largest island of the archipelago, it has more than 58% of the entire land area of the Galapagos, and consist of a chain of six young volcanoes which are intermittently active. One of them is named Wolf.

Upon arrival to Puerto Villamil our representative will meet you at the port and take you to your accommodation.

Enjoy your free evening hours in this remote Island. Isabela’s sunsets are well known for their beauty.

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Day 5

Isabela Island (B,L)

On our last day in Isabela we explore the well-known islet called Tintoreras, a path alongside a reef that is home to several white tip sharks -you can easily observe them from land. Before setting over to the islet you do a dinghy ride around the bay of Isabela to spot the famous Galapagos penguin, blue footed boobies, sea turtles and sea lions. The famous attraction in Tintoreras is the shark tunnel, this is where tintoreras (white tip sharks) come in and rest for the day before going out for hunting during the night.

Enjoy a snorkeling activity with high chances to swim with sea turtles, colorful fish and manta rays. In the afternoon we are sailing back to Santa Cruz Island by public speedboat (2 hours, unaccompanied) for a last night out in town or do some last minute shopping before flying out the next day.

Included activity

    • Tintoreras excursion
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Day 6

Isabela / Santa Cruz Island (B)

On our last day in Isabela we explore the well-known islet called Tintoreras, a path alongside a reef that is home to several white tip sharks -you can easily observe them from land. Before setting over to the islet you do a dinghy ride around the bay of Isabela to spot the famous Galapagos penguin, blue footed boobies, sea turtles and sea lions. The famous attraction in Tintoreras is the shark tunnel, this is where tintoreras (white tip sharks) come in and rest for the day before going out for hunting during the night.

Enjoy a snorkeling activity with high chances to swim with sea turtles, colorful fish and manta rays. In the afternoon we are sailing back to Santa Cruz Island by public speedboat (2 hours, unaccompanied) for a last night out in town or do some last minute shopping before flying out the next day.

Included activities

    • Tintoreras excursion
Day 6
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Day 7

Departure day (B)

This morning you are transferred back to Baltra airport where you catch your plane back to Ecuador mainland (flight is not included). Please advise 15 days prior to the tour your arrival and departure flight details.

Day 7

Check our multiple hotel locations available pending availability.

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For your information this trip is not a group tour. You will be guided during activities by various naturalist guides from the Galapagos National Park. During the activities you will meet other passengers from other tour companies which makes a great chance to meet other travelers. Transiting in the speedboats from island to island you will be on your own but your well looked after as we take the hassle out of all the logistics. Tour Operations in Galápagos, are subject to space availability and itineraries may change, due to weather conditions, operational and logistical matters, so the number of excursions and visits are limited, so not specific excursion can be guaranteed.

INCLUSIONS

  • 6 Nights Accommodation.
  • Naturalist Guide (during activities)
  • All activities described in the tour.
  • Snorkeling Equipment during excursions.
  • 10 USD Isabela island entrance fee.
  • Transportation
  • 24/7 Emergency contact

EXCLUSIONS

  • Flights between Quito, Guayaquil and the Galapagos.
  • 100 USD park entry fee - cash only.
  • 20 USD fee - cash only
  • 15 USD meals not described in the tour, per person, per day.
  • Tips
  • Extra expenses
  • Optional activities