Ecuador

Galapagos Island

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Isabela Island & Tintoreas – Volcano Sierra Negra – The Humedales – Santa Cruz

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The Galapagos Islands are located 1000 km from the Ecuadorian Coast in the Pacific Ocean, it was declared by UNESCO “Natural Patrimony of Humanity” in 1978; It consists of 13 large islands, 6 small and 107 rocks and islets.

The Galapagos Marine Reserve, the second largest in the world, contains the last coral reef, its waters have the largest shark biomass on the planet and receive the only migration of whale sharks in gestation. At the beginning of 2016, the Galapagos Marine Sanctuary was created “in order to protect the hammerhead shark, an endangered species.”

In addition, it is worth mentioning its long beaches of white sand and ivory sand, the mysterious volcanic lava tunnels, snorkeling and diving areas with species of attractive colors and shapes. Among the most important cities is Puerto Ayora, Puerto Villamil and Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Galapagos is famous for its endemic flora and fauna, which makes this site one of the paradises that we can still enjoy on our planet.

Day 1  Arrival to Galapagos & Tour to the Highlands
Day 2  Isabela Island & Tintoreas
Day 3   Excursion to the Volcano Sierra Negra
Day 4  Selfguided tour to “Los Humedales”. Return to Santa Cruz
Day 5   Santa Cruz
Day 6  Departure

 

PLACE NIGHTS HOTEL
Isabela Island 3 Hotel Casa Marita or similar
Santa Cruz Island 2 Hotel Mainao or similar
Day 1 Arrival to Galapagos & Tour to the Highlands

The tour starts with morning flight to Galapagos (Baltra Island).
At arrival, meeting with the guide who will be waiting for you at the arrival lounge.
First visit is to the highlands of Santa Cruz, where we will experience the strange and impressive phenomenon of the “Twins” (Spanish: Gemellos), two very deep depressions in the forested highlands. Later we visit a farm neighboring the national park. The farm “Rancho Primicias” attracts the wild giant tortoises with its green grass, and therefore this site is the best place to spot one of these amazing creatures that have given Galapagos its name. Lunch at the farm. Afterwards, transfer tohotel en Puerto Ayora.

Day 2 Isabela Island & Tintoreas

Today we will catch the early boat from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil on the Isabela Island. Arrival around 9-10 and transfer to the hotel.
In the afternoon, tour to Tintoreas. This is a 2 hours tour where you will get to do some excellent snorkeling. Pick up at the hotel and a short boat trip to “Los Tintoreras”, named after an abundant shark on Galapagos. The island is small and we have the chance to spot many marine iguanas and also the Tintoreras-shark in a canal.

The snorkeling is excellent around this island, and we reserve plenty of time to enjoy the waters and the wildlife.

Day 3 Isabela – Excursion to the Sierra Negra volcano

Today there is a day excursion to the Sierra Negra volcano. Pick up at the hotel early in the morning and arrive at the foot of the crater. From the entrance, we take a 30 minute walk to the crater, with an amazing view of the 1450 m volcano. It is the second largest crater in the world, with a diameter of 9,6 km. The volcano is active and had a major eruption in 2005, and we can clearly see the remains of the lava rivers from this eruption. Later we visit the Chico volcano, an area not often visited, where we can appreciate clear signs of volcanic activity such as fumaroles and mineral associations.

Day 4 Self-guided tour to “Los Humedales”. Return to Santa Cruz

Morning free for a self-guided tour to the Lava Tunnel “El Estero”, the historical site of The Wall of Tear, the Flamingo Laguna and in the end to the Giant Tortoise breeding Center“Arnaldo Tipiza-Chamaidan”. From the breeding Center, walk back to the town along a very nice path.
In the afternoon (at 2 pm) boat transfer back to Santa Cruz. Arrival around 5 pm and transfer to hotel.

Day 5 Santa Cruz

Today we recommend a selfguided tour to the Darwin Center or an optional tour to Seymore or Plaza South (see optional tours separately).
Another option is a Self-guided tour to the Tortuga Bay just 20 min walk from the town. Perfect place to practice snorkelling, Kayac or just to enjoy the beach.

Day 6 Departure

End of Galapagos tour. Early morning transfer to the peer in Villamil and ferry to Santa Cruz. From here transfer to Baltra airport. Flight to Guayaquil and international connection in the afternoon.

Price per person double occupancy

 

USD
INDIVIDUAL without Tourleader
2 pax
3 pax
4 pax
5-6 pax
7+ pax
Single supplement

INCLUDED

    • All transfers
    • Tour to Rancho Primicias & Twin Craters
    • Tour to Tintoreras (max 16 pax per guide)
    • Tour Sierra Negra volcano (max 16 pax per guide)
    • Entrance fees during tours
    • 5 breakfasts and 2 lunches
    • Ferries between islands
    • Hotels according to “hotel list”  (the availability will be confirmed at the moment of the booking)

NOT INCLUDED

    • Customers’ international flights
    • Meals and drinks not described in the Programs.
    • Transfers (except as specified)
    • Optional Tours
    • Flight cancellation fees
    • Travel Insurance or medical assistance cards
    • Personal expenses
    • Gratuity for drivers and guides
    • Entrance fees: Galapagos Park Entrance fee (100 USD), Ingala (20 USD) and Isabela Island Local Taxes (10 USD)

 

About Ecuador

  • Population
    • In the Republic of Ecuador, the year 2019 amounts to 18,120,179 inhabitants, with the highest population density in South America, having 56.5 inhabitants per km².
  • Jefferson Peréz
    • Athletics is the sport that has awarded the most triumphs to Ecuador with its highest representative, who won the gold medals at the Olympic Games in Atlanta 1996 and Beijing 2008, and a world three-time championship in Paris 2003, Helsinki 2005 and Osaka 2007.

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