Galapagos
Galapagos

Our eight day Magic of Isabela program takes you to three different islands, allowing you to see the varied environments and the unique wildlife inhabiting them. You will get to snorkel with sharks, swim with sea lions, and get within feet to iguanas and many other ancient species fearless of human presence. You will also be taken through some of the most incredible landscapes, proof to the archipelago´s volcanic origins, such as the moonlike terrain of Sierra Negra and Chico Volcano. All while resting comfortably at our choice selection of economic hotels and accompanied by our bilingual naturalist guides. Discover Galapagos with an affordable trip itinerary.

Wildlife to See:

Galapagos Sea Lions, Galapagos Giant Tortoises, Marine Iguanas, Lava Lizards, Blue-Footed Boobies, Flamingos, Frigate Birds, Pelicans, Darwin´s Finches, Galapagos Fly-Catchers, Galapagos Mockingbirds, and more.

Itinerary

Day 1:
Arrival to San Cristóbal Airport. After lunch, we will visit The San Cristobal Interpretation Center where we will learn about the islands, evolution of the species, fauna, migration, and how humans came to live there. Then will make our way to “Cerro Tijeretas”, or “Frigate Hill” for some snorkeling. Then we will go to “Playa Carola” for our first contact with the beautiful waters of these islands. Hotel Accommodation provided. – L – D

Day 2:
** You may choose ONE of the following options for this day – Let us know in advance what was your choice,  so we can arrange this.

OPTION A: Hike on the Highlands
After breakfast, we will visit the Highlands of San Cristobal our first stop is “Mirador de la Soledad”, where we will enjoy magnificent views of San Cristobal Island. Then we will go to the Junco Lagoon, the only fresh water lagoon in San Cristobal. Lunch at a local farm in the Highlands will be followed by a short stop at Playa de Puerto Chino. On the way back we will visit “El Progreso” in the highlands, where we will be able to see how the people of the island cultivate their food and wonderful coffee
Hotel Accommodations – B – L – D

OPTION B – Kicker Rock + Isla Lobs
After the Breakfast we wil prepare to visit to Kicker Rock, also known as the Sleeping Lion (Leon Dormido in Spanish). This amazing spot is located 2 hours from the coast of San Cristobal, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. The remains of a lava cone eroded by the sea form two vertical rocks rising 500 feet from the ocean form a small channel that is navigable by small boats. Tropicbirds, Frigates and boobies fill the magnificent surroundings. It is great for snorkeling. Then we will continue to small island “Isla Lobos”, and admire a large colony of sea lions that rest and play together upon the rocky shores. We can do snorkeling in the clear waters. Box Lunch will be provided on board. Afet this we will return to Puerto Baquerizo
Hotel Accommodations – B – L – D

DAY 3:
After breakfast, we will transfer from (06:00 AM) San Cristobal to Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz Is.). We will visit the Highlands of Santa Cruz to make closer contact with the giant Galapagos tortoises and birds, like the Bird Wizard and finches. All day, we will be surrounded by the endemic vegetation of the Galapagos, such as escalecias and matazarnos. In the afternoon we will make our way to the beautiful white sand beach Tortuga Bay. After a short hike, we may relax on the calm waters and the awsome landscape.
Hotel Accommodations – B – L – D

Day 4:
After breakfast, we will visit the Galápagos National Park and Charles Darwin Research Station and the interpretive Center. Here we will have the great opportunity to see a large variety of Giant Galápagos tortoises as representatives to the most important islands on the archipelago.

Afterwards, we will head to Puerto Ayora for a visit to the most famous art galleries there, then we will take the public speedboat to Isabela Island (at 14:00 pm), where after the arrival we will make a short visit to the Flamingos Lagoon.
Hotel Accommodations – B – L – D

DAY 5:
Early in the morning after breakfast, we will have a full day tour of Sierra Negra Volcano. This volcano is located 13 miles from Puerto Villamil and is the second largest volcanic crater, measuring 6 miles in diameter and 300 feet deep. We will hike the crater and enjoy the view of the beach below before continuing on to Volcan Chico, a still active volcano which warms the surrounding ground. (Box lunch will be provided). In the afternoon, we will return to the hotel and later we will have the opportunity to go snorkeling in Concha Perla, where we will ba able to swim with sea-lions and see a variety of colorful fish, starfish, and sea urchins. (Snorkeling equipment is included in this visit: tube, mask, fins).
Hotel Accommodations – B – L – D

DAY 6:
After breakfast, we will visit the Tintores Islet; It is called this due to a large crevice with very clear, calm water in which white-tip sharks known as “tintoreras” come daily to rest on the bottom. As a ¨Tintorera¨ we will also have the chance to watch other native animals to the region like penguins, and sea lions, and go snorkeling with sharks. On the afternoon we visit Humedales Complex inluding The Giant Tortoise Breeding Center, the famous “Muro de las Lágrimas”, the enormous lava rocks wall built during the times Isabella Island was designated as a penal colony (1946 to 1959) . Additionally, we will visit “Mirador Orchidia” and el “estero de Isabela”.
Hotel Accommodations – B – L – D

Day 7:
After breakfast and depending on the tide, we will make our way to the dock and prepare for the kayaking excursion. After listening to the instructions and safety precautions, and once equipped with lifejackets and oars, we will begin rowing towards Tintoreras Islet where we will be able to observe a variety of fauna from our kayaks, including Penguins, Blue-footed Boobies, and Marine Iguanas. We will make our way up to El Faro before heading back to shore (appx. 2 hours). Return to the hotel for lunch (kayaks equipment is included – life jacket, helmet, kayaks).

After lunch, we will visit the highlands of Isabella, specifically Campo Duro, a place where we will meet 60 giant Galapagos tortoises in their semi-natural environment. Also we will visit “la Cueva de Sucre” after that we will go to “Mirador El Mango”.
Hotel Accommodations – B – L – D

Day 8:
Early in the morning (06:00 am), we will take the public speedboat from Isabela to Puerto Ayora, where our guide will be waiting for you and then we take a breakfast, after that we continue the travel to travel to Baltra Airport, but on the way we will stop by “The Twins” (a.k.a. “The Gemelos”), which are similar craters formed by a collapse of the Earth because of the lava flows that passed below it. The tour will end upon the arrival to the airport where we will depart to Quito or Guayaquil.
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NOTE: itinerary subject to change due to National Park dispositions or to circumstances beyond our control (force majeure).

Included:

  • Accommodation in the selected class hotels
  • All meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Bilingual speaking naturalist guides for each island and activities
  • Snorkelling and kayak equipment on Isabela (mask, snorkel and fins, kayaks)
  • All transfers and transportation in Galapagos during the program
  • Excursions and visits during the program

Not included:

  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee: $100.00 USD per person
  • Migratory Control Card: $10.00 USD per person
  • Isabela dock fee $5.00 USD per person
  • Soft drinks and alcoholics beverages
  • Air tickets
  • Tips

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