Glide Through Galapagos

Did you know? The oil of giant tortoises was used as fuel to light street lamps in cities such as Quito and Guayaquil before the industries of petroleum and vegetable oils began to develop commercially.

4N / 5D
829 USD (PER PERSON IN TWIN SHARE)
Single supplement
$ 299
Accommodation
  • Tourist
Start & finish
Baltra to Baltra Island
Daily departures on request
4N / 5D
955 USD (PER PERSON IN TWIN SHARE)
Single supplement
$ 487
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. You will transfer from Seymour airport by an airport bus (10min ride) and a ferry ride (5min) to the north side of Santa Cruz where you will take our transportation to your first Galapagos’ visit “Los Gemelos”, these volcanic twin craters were formed by the collapse of surface material in underground chambers.

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Day 1

Santa Cruz Island

We then continue to the highlands of Santa Cruz where we will have a great 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.

The rest of the afternoon you are free to enjoy the island by yourself (depending of your flight time arrival).

Included activities

    • Los Gemelos (Volcanic twin craters)
    • Santa Cruz Highlands (giant tortoises)
    • Lava tunel
Day 1
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Day 2

Santa Fe Island (B,L)

* You will enjoy a day tour that combines various snorkeling opportunities follow with some beach time.

To begin this tour we depart from the main pier in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz (50min), with an optional 40 minutes fishing! The crew will instruct you in the sustainable fishing style used here on the islands and skills permitting we will all have a taste of a yellow fin tuna or wahoo, making it the freshest sashimi in Galapagos. Followed by snorkeling where our Naturalist will lead the group in a playful experience with sea lions and other classic Galapagos sea life.

After snorkeling, and a yummy lunch. Departing, we will pass along the cliffs of Santa Fe, looking for Blue Footed Boobies and Frigate Birds. It will take approximately 25 minutes to get to “Playa Escondida” or hidden beach named because the beach disappears during high tide. Here you can find mangroves, a beautiful white sand beach and the famous Galapagos Marine Iguanas. Here we have time to relax on the beach before your return in the late afternoon to Puerto Ayora. On the trip back we will sail near the island shore to look again for boobies, frigates and other sea birds among the beautiful Opuntia cactus and lava island vista.

Day 2
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Day 3

Santa Cruz Island (B) / Free day

Enjoy a full free day with different options to explore such as:

    • Charles Darwin Station
    • Tortuga Bay beach
    • Playa de los Alemanes- Swimming and snorkeling beach
    • Las Grietas-Swimming and snorkeling rocky point
    • Diving
    • Biking
    • Kayaking
    • Shopping
Day 3
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Day 4

Pinzon (B,L)

* You will enjoy a day tour that combines various snorkeling opportunities follow with some beach time.

Pinzon Island’s calm crystalline waters is the perfect place for snorkeling lovers attracting both amateur and professional snorkelers.

Penguin Bay, at Pinzon Island has a calm, clear, shallow water protected cove at the eastern side of the island. Here it is common to have encounters with penguins, young green sea turtles, several types of rays, Galapagos sharks or small groups of lazy reef sharks relaxing on the ocean floor, along with large tropical and sub-tropical reef fish such as the common and colorful parrot fish. The calm sea allows a very relaxing snorkel, permitting swimmers of all ages and abilities to enjoy the experience without worry.

Dumb Islet, at Pinzon’s North Shore, has a steep wall, perfect for free diving. These waters are home to mantas and a large variety of pelagic fish. We will have another opportunity for fishing on the way back around Nameless Rock or Pinzon Drop Off. Nameless rock is located to the west of Santa Cruz and offers us opportunities to see colonies of sea lions, marine iguanas, blue footed and masked boobies, frigate birds, pelicans and other sea birds. On occasions, large groups of Bottle Nose Dolphins or whales swim by the area so we will have to keep our eyes peeled!

One last stop at La Fe or Las Palmas before a relaxing evening in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island. Both places have beautiful forests of Mangroves and Opuntia cacti growing near the picturesque shoreline.

Day 4
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Day 5

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 5

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

  • 4 Nights Accommodation
  • Naturalist Guide (during activities)
  • Activities described in the itinerary
  • Snorkeling Equipment during excursions
  • 4 breakfast, 2 lunches
  • 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- range from 30-200 USD each