Day 1: Arrival from Quito or Guayaquil
Our guide will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Overnight. -/-/-
Day 2: San Cristóbal, La Galapaguera
Our guide will be waiting for you in San Cristóbal Airport and once the group of passengers is completed he will accompany you to the Archipell Catamaran which anchors at Baquerizo Moreno harbor. After arrival on board, we will check in and give you general information. You will have lunch on board. Afterwards you will start with your first excursion to the Galapaguera which is located in the northeast part of San Cristóbal Island. It has been created to conserve the San Cristóbal tortoise species. The center has the goal to lead and guide the tourists in conservation topics and environment protection. An attractive trail with native plants leads to meeting giant tortoises in their natural habitat. (B/L/D)
Day 3: South Plazas Island – Santa Fe Island
South Plazas has unique Sesuvium plants and Opuntia cactuses scattered across the landscape which provide some of the most interesting wildlife observation available in the Galapagos. Land iguanas are easily seen from the trail, frequently under the shade of cactuses, waiting for a prickly pear to fall.
Santa Fe is one of the most entertaining destinations for shore excursions in the Galapagos Islands. It has two trail choices for visitors, one of which takes you to the tallest Opuntia cactus in the Galapagos, while the other trail takes you into the highlands where land iguanas can be seen. After a long walk, the opportunity to swim in calm waters or snorkel with playful sea lions will be pretty tempting. (B/L/D)
Day 4: Floreana, Asilo de la Paz (Peace Asylum) – Loberia
Peace Asylum is a visitor site where a freshwater artisan spring is located. This spring attracted pirates, whalers and even the settlers to Floreana which is one of the very few places with fresh water in the Galapagos all year long. La Cueva de los Piratas (Pirates’ Cave) is where pirates carved temporary shelter out of soft stone and is also where the first settlers found refuge.
La Loberia is a small beach which is home to a colony of sea lions, as well as some marine iguanas. It is possible to walk there from the town for some recreational snorkeling. If you are lucky, the sea lions will come out to join you! Extremely fortunate snorkelers may spot a ray or a shark. (B/L/D)
Day 5: Santa Cruz Island – The Charles Darwin Research Station – Highlands –Tortuga Bay-Chi SPA
Charles Darwin Research Station consists of an information center, a museum, a library and a tortoise breeding station. In the tortoise breeding station you can encounter tortoises of different subspecies, which are getting prepared for reintroduction to their natural habitats.
The Highlands of Santa Cruz have incredible zones of vegetation. There you will visit the private farm “Las Primicias”. This reserve offers you one of the best possibilities to see the huge tortoises of Santa Cruz Island in their natural habitat. You can observe them from a very short distance.
Tortuga Bay is considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the Galapagos. The sunsets here are just stunning. It is also a favorite place for sea turtles (which gave the name to the beach), sea lions, marine iguanas, pelicans, flamingos and lava gulls which are endemic to the Islands. From there you will have a transfer to one of the camps on the Islands. In the afternoon, we will enjoy a wonderful relaxed time at the Chi Spa. (B/L/D)
Day 6: Transfer to Baltra Airport
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Baltra airport. (B)
✓ B= Breakfast
✓ L= Lunch
✓ BL= Box Lunch
✓ D= Dinner
The operator reserves the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather, National Park regulations or greater force.
✓ Departures every day of the week.
✓ Minimum 2 passengers.
✓ If you need a PERMANENT guide, ask for the extra cost.
✓ The ferry to cross from Baltra to Santa Cruz Island is a shared based service (Last day in the itinerary).
✓ Inter-island navigations are on a shared based service.
✓ The daily tours, including bay tours will be given on shared based services.
✓ If you want a PRIVATE speed boat for navigations, please ask for the extra cost.
✓ Accommodation in double cabin/double tent with breakfast.
✓ Meals as detailed in the itinerary
✓ Public Speed Boat for navigation (open boats).
✓ Bilingual English speaking naturalist guide (local guides) during the excursions
✓ Private land transportation
✓ Equipment for the sports as detailed in the itinerary.
✓ Airport assistance in Quito to take flight to Galapagos.
✓ Confirmed spaces on flight (UIO/GYE-GPS-UIO/GYE).
PACKAGE DOES NOT INCLUDE
✓ Airfare to Galapagos (round trip).
✓ Airfare from Isabela Island to Baltra airport (if you require $165.50).
✓ Entrance fee Galapagos National Park (US$ 100 or $50 if your country belongs to the Andean Community or Mercosur).
✓ Transit Control Card (US$ 20).
✓ Personal expenses and tips.
✓ All drinks. Please bring your own water bottle.
✓ Meals not mentioned on the itinerary.
✓ VAT for Ecuadorian people.
✓ Wetsuit (Available for rent)
✓ Any other activity hereby not mentioned.
✓ Medical Insurance
✓ Procure Medical and/or Travel insurance prior to your trip.
✓ Luggage: We suggest you take a 10kg suitcase and a carry on. This is what is allowed by the local airlines. Please bear in mind that trips in Galapagos take place outdoors and include hikes, swimming, scuba diving, and other physical activities that require comfortable, lightweight, informal clothing.
✓ Clothing: For the hot months (December — May) we recommend a bathing suit, T-shirts, shorts, sunglasses, cap or hat, insect repellent, sunscreen, sport shoes that are good for walking in lava and rocks, and sandals. For the cooler months (June — November), a waterproof jacket or poncho and light pants are necessary. Other important items are lip balm, eye drops, waterproof bags for electronic equipment, binoculars, patches or pills for sea sickness, a photo or video camera and enough film, batteries, chargers and any personal medications that you normally take.
✓ The activities in these programs can be adapted to the passengers´ preferences.
✓ In our programs, we operate in the best places and we strive to achieve the best customer satisfaction!
✓ The programs start every day of the year.
✓ We offer the packages in tourist, tourist superior and first-class hotels. This depends on the chosen island and on the availability of rooms in the hotels.
✓ For big groups (more than 8 passengers) we recommend a permanent bilingual guide instead of different local guide on every island.
✓ Depending on your needs and expectations we can also offer a private speed boats for long trips. (An extra cost applies)
✓ We strive to ensure our tour is unique so that you can visit special and interesting places that are usually not offered by other local operators.
✓ If you would like to dive, we will be pleased to offer you daily diving tours starting from Santa Cruz, Isabela and San Cristobal Islands [minimum of 4 divers per each excursion].
If you wish to reduce or extend the number of days in the Galapagos we can offer an itinerary from 4 up to 15 days. Contact us today to learn more!