PRICE PER PERSON $ 2,399
· Welcome Cocktail
· Private Vehicle Transfers on Arrivals and Departures
· All Entrance Fees for Tours on Isabela, Floreana,
Bartolome & Santa Cruz Islands
· Bilingual Galapagos Islands Guide
· Land and Water Transport for Tours
· Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner for 6 Days / 5 Nights
· Lodging for 6 Days and 5 Nights at Hotel Carliza
(member of the Sir Francis Drake Hotel group in Puerto Ayora)
· All Tours as Described in Itinerary Below
· Equipment: For Snorkeling and Life Vests when traveling via boat
Day 1 SANTA CRUZ ISLAND - CHARLES DARWIN STATION
You arrive at the Seymour Airport at 11am in Baltra Island at the Galapagos Islands. The guide will welcome you at the airport with a sign with your name on it. You then will travel via bus for 15 minutes to catch a 10 minute ferry ride. You now arrive to Santa Cruz Island where a car service will take you to Puerto Ayora. You will check in at the Hotel Carliza about 1pm. Enjoy lunch at Rosimar Restaurant. Afterwards, you will visit the Charles Darwin Research Station where you can view the gigantic tortoises, iguanas and the pinzon birds. You will also be able to photograph the famous Lonely George along the pathways of the Van Straelen Interpretation Center. This is a great place to learn about the formation of the islands, evolution of animals, climate, geology and conservation efforts. Afterwards you can indulge in a refreshing swim or snorkel at the Charles Darwin Beach. Return to your hotel room to change, relax and have a wonderful dinner at Rosimar Restaurant.
Day 2 ISABELA ISLAND
Breakfast will be served at 7am. Afterwards you will travel on boat for 2 hours to Isabela Island - a beautiful paradise of natural splendor. A boat tour will take you along the bay where you will observe penguins, blue-footed boobies and sea lions. There will also be an opportunity to snorkel in the company of plenty of multi-color fish. You will experience an amazing walk along the trail to Las Tintereras, which will allow you to observe white-finned reef sharks and iguanas. The views from here are something you will remember for the rest of your life! The black, treacherous lava field, the emerald green sea, the green mangroves, and the cloud-capped volcanoes of Isabela, create a magical backdrop you will talk about for years to come. You will also visit the beach at Loberia to see a colony of sea lions with their newborns. Enjoy a great lunch at La Casa De Marina. Afterwards, you will embark on the Wetlands Tour (Humedales Tour), considered to be one of the largest wetlands in the world. This tour boasts sights of pink flamingoes, penguins, crabs, iguanas and the giant tortoise breeding area. You will also visit the Wall of Tears, a unique construction built by the backbreaking labor of prisoners of a penal colony centuries ago. On the path to the Wall of Tears you can see lava lizards, endemic and native flora, and Darwin finches, before enjoying a relaxing swim at Concha Perla Beach. Your return via boat will visit Turtle Island, an island perfectly suited for viewing marine frigate birds, iguanas and sea gulls. We arrive to Puerto Ayora at 6pm with dinner being served at 7pm at Rosimar Restaurant.
Day 3 FLOREANA ISLAND
Breakfast will be served at 6am. You will travel on boat for 2 hours to Floreana Island. There you can visit Post Office Bay and Black Beach (named for the black sand made from lava), pirate caves and a giant tortoise breeding area! Enjoy a great lunch at La Familia Cruz Restaurant. Post-lunch, weather permitting, you will observe marine turtles and other exotic wildlife. Feel free to have an afternoon snorkel or simply relax watching a beautiful sunset and amazing scenery. Return to the hotel by 6pm to have dinner at 7pm at Rosimar Restaurant.
Day 4 SANTA CRUZ ISLAND, TORTUGA BAY + HIGHLANDS
Breakfast will be served at 7am. You are then whisked off to visit the beautiful Turtle Bay on Santa Cruz Island and walk for about 40 minutes. It is known for its white sandy beaches and an impressive trailway of 2.5 km where you will see sea lions, pelicans and the Giant Cactus Forest…the only one in the world! After a refreshing swim in the crystalline water, you return to the hotel to have lunch at Rosimar. Next is a visit Rancho Primicias, in the high part of the island, where giant tortoise live in their natural state. You will cap off the adventurous day with a walk through an incredible 450-meter illuminated lava tunnel. It has a ceiling nearly 20 feet high in most places. This is an incredible opportunity to see lava stalagmites, stalactites, sulfur, mineral-colored walls, and the rippled floor formed from lava along this unique formation. It feels as if you are in a scene from an Indiana Jones movie. Dinner will be at 7pm at Rosimar Restaurant.
Day 5 BARTOLOME ISLAND
We depart via boat at 5:30 am for a 2.5 hour ride to Bartolome Island; breakfast will be served on the boat. Bartolome Island, a desolate island with few plants, is the most visited and most photographed island in the Galapagos. The island consists of an extinct volcano and a variety of red, orange, green, and glistening black volcanic formations. The best known of the island's features is the cone known as Pinnacle Rock. This large black partially eroded lava formation was created when magma expelled from the volcano and reached the sea. When the seawaters cooled the hot lava it caused an explosion. The exploded particles eventually fasten together forming a rock composed of thin layers. Bartolome's Pinnacle Rock has become one of the best-recognized and most photographed sights in the islands. The northern beach is a popular snorkeling site where visitors have the opportunity to swim with fish, sea lions and Galapagos penguins. Much larger animals can be found near the southern beach including stingrays, spotted eagle rays, white-tipped sharks, and black-tipped sharks. We will depart between 2- 3pm back to the port to have dinner at 7pm at Rosimar Restaurant.
Day 6 SANTA CRUZ ISLAND,TWIN CRATERS & DEPARTURE
Breakfast will be served at 7am. Afterwards you will begin to travel back to the Baltra airport. On the way you will stop to hike and visit the Twin Craters, geologic collapses in the middle of a Scalesia Forest. These are two enormous collapsed lava chambers, a great reminder to the majestic power of nature and the great biodiversity of the Santa Cruz Highlands. Here you can see liverwort, lichens, mosses, Darwin finches, and the short-eared owl before arriving to your plane for departure.
PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
Roundtrip Airfare UIO-GPS-UIO (Flight from Quito-Galapagos Islands-Quito)
GYE-GPS-GYE (Flight from Guayaquil-Galapagos-Guayaquil)
Visitors Card $10
Entrance to Galapagos National Park $100
Alcoholic Beverages Approximately $3-5 each
Scuba Diving $300 for the day
Kayaking in Puerto Ayora or Garrapetero Beach $8 Per Hour
Massages $30 Per Hour
Additional Tipping 10%
Shopping On your own