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).
This morning you have the option to visit the beautiful Tortuga bay beach, a 45 minutes’ walk of cobblestone path (2.5 km one way) lead you to one of the fine white sandy beaches of the archipelago. A mysterious forest of the tall Opuntia Cactus and volcanic rock surrounds the path, and the view is overwhelming. Throughout your walk you will observe finches, yellow warblers, mockingbirds, and lava lizards. An excellent place also for swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, surfing. Marine iguanas, sharks, sea birds and sea turtles can be occasionally spotted here.
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 volcanoes quite young and intermittently active. One of them is 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 its beauty.
Today you will visit one of Isabela’s most impressive attractions the Sierra Negra and Chico Volcano. Sierra Negra is one of the most active volcanoes of the archipelago and its recent eruption took place in 2005. Sierra Negra has the second largest crater in the world, with a diameter of 7,46 miles. Volcan chico has an overwhelming “lunatic” landscape with fascinating lava formations.
This is a 16 km challenging hike on different terrains depending on the climate it can be hot, humid, muddy and/or rocky at times. For this hike its recommendable to have proper hiking boots, sun protection, and 2 liters of water per person.
After this excursion you have free time to enjoy some activities (not included) such as:
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.
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.
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.