The four day Magic of Isabela program focuses on Isabela Island, the “Lost Paradise” of the Galapagos, and Santa Cruz Island. You will be taken through some of the most incredible environments found within the Galapagos, from the awesome moonlike volcanic landscape of Sierra Negra Volcano to the natural habitat of the Giant Tortoises in the Highlands of Santa Cruz. Along the way you will encounter the wonderful and unique animals that make the Galapagos Islands such a magical and unforgetable experience, all while staying comfortably at our choice selection of economic class hotels and being accompanied by our bilingual naturalist guides.
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.
Our English speaking guide will be waiting for you at the airport in Baltra, who will take you to the port of Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz Island) for lunch. Afterwards, we will take the public speedboat to Isabela (14:00), which lasts approximately two and a half hours. After arriving at Isabela, we will take a brief rest at the hotel and then head to the Flamingo Lagoon, which is the largest coastal lagoon found in the Galapagos and is one of the main reproductive sites for the majority of flamingos.
Hotel Accomodations – L – D
Early in the morning after breakfast, we will have a full day tour of the Sierra Negra Volcano. This volcano is located 13 miles from Puerto Villamil and is the world’s 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. (Snorkelling equipment is included in this visit: tube, mask, fins).
Hotel Accomodations – B – L – D
After breakfast we will go to the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center, where we will visit “The Wall of Tears”. From 1946 to 1959, Isabela was designated a penal colony by the Ecuadorian government and prisoners were obligated to build a wall with enormous blocks of lava. Due to the arduous labour and harsh conditions in which the prisoners lived, this site is known as “El Muro de las Lagrimas”. Additionally, we will visit a small lava tunnel and another flamingo lagoon, and then we will return to the hotel to have lunch.
Hotel Accomodations – B – L – D
In the afternoon, we will sail to “Islote Tintoreras”. 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. We can also observe penguins, sea lions, and marine iguanas, and go snorkelling with sharks as well as other colourful tropical fish while enjoying the beaches of Isabela. – Hotel Accomodations – B – L – D
Transfer from Isabela Islands to Santa Cruz Island by public speed boat. – After breakfast, we will travel to Baltra Airport, but on the way we will stop by “The Twins” (a.k.a. “The Gemelos”), which are similar to craters, but formed by a collapse of the Earth because of the lava flows that passed below it. We will also pass through an escalecia forest, where it will be possible to encounter Galapagos Fly-Catchers and other endemic birds. The tour will end upon the arrival to the airport where you will return to Quito or Guayaquil. – B –
NOTE: itinerary subject to change due to National Park dispositions or to circumstances beyond our control (force majeure).
- 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
- 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