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5-Day Galapagos Adventure Tour: Santa Cruz - Isabela
Product Code: 1020-11601
OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • • Isabela Island
  • • Visit Flamingos Lagoon
  • • Volcano Sierra Negra
  • • Volcano Chico
  • • Concha Perla
  • • Kayak in Puerto Villamil
  • • Humedales Complex
  • • Santa Cruz Island
  • • El Chato Highlands
  • • Charles Darwin Station
Tour Code
1020-11601
Duration
5 days
Departure City
Baltra Island
End City
Baltra Island
Tour Type:
Adventure
Language:
Spanish, English
IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

Experience: Wildlife, Marine, Family, Backpacker, UNESCO, Short Break, Nature, Adventure

Get up close and personal with nature on guided wildlife tours; Explore the waters of the world by cruise, kayak or surf board; Enjoy activities and tours that are perfect for the whole family; Geared to the "Get up and go!" traveler who want to enjoy independent or semi-guided adventures; Visit locations designated as World Heritage Sites by the United Nations; Enjoy a mini-vacation; Get in touch with Mother Earth; Explore the world with an active and adrenaline pumping tour

Style: Guided

Multiple local tour guides/drivers available throughout your tour/activity

Group Type: Standard group

Tour with fellow travelers from all over the world

Activity Level: Strenuous

Activities are geared towards experienced and fit travelers

Quality: Budget, Deluxe, Standard

The most affordable tour service and/or accommodation with fast-paced itineraries; High quality service, meals, private transfers and/or accommodation; Travel with professional guides, enjoy more time at attractions and/or stay at comfortable accommodations

Itinerary
Day 01
Puerto Ayora

Arrive at Baltra - Lunch / Transfer to Isabela Island / Visit Flamingos Lagoon

You can arrive to the Galapagos only by flight from either Quito or Guayaquil (air ticket not included). Our English speaking guide will be waiting for you at the airport in Baltra, who will then take you to the port of Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz Island) for lunch. 

Afterwards, we will take the Public speedboat to Isabela Is. (at 2:00pm), for 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, the largest coastal lagoon found in the Galapagos and one of the main reproductive sites for the majority of flamingos.

Tips:
NOTE: Itinerary subject to change without prior warning depending on seasonal changes, weather conditions, and adjustments in policies set by the Galapagos National Park, and other unforeseen circumstances that may arise.

Accommodations in the hotel class of your choice.
Day 02
Sierra Negra Volcano

Isabela Island

This day you may choose ONE of the following options.

Option 1: AM. Hike Volcan Sierra Negra + Volcan Chico PM. Snorkel Concha Perla
Hiking + Snorkel

Early in the morning (8:00am), after breakfast, you will get ready for the Sierra Negra Volcano hike (comfortable clothes, walking shoes and a light rain jacket are recommended). Make sure your camera is stored in waterproof bags, wear some sunscreen, bring water, and a hat! A box lunch will be prepared by yourself at the hotel with the foodstuff of your choice. We will then travel approximately 45 minutes by truck or bus to begin the 12 km hike (appx. 3 hours).

The hike is long in terms of distance, but not very difficult as the inclines and declines are quite gradual. There is an option to ride horses for an additional cost, and if interested please let us know beforehand. Sierra Negra Volcano has the second largest crater in the world, measuring approximately 6 miles in diameter and 300 feet deep. We will reach Volcan Chico before heading back, which should provide a spectacular view of the incredible moonlike terrain.

***HIKING***

Once we get back to the hotel we will take a short break to rest. On the afternoon you will get to do some fine snorkeling in Concha Perla. There you can swim with sea lions, colorful varieties of fish, and with luck sea turtles and rays. Return to the hotel to rest before heading to dinner at a local restaurant indicated by the guide.

Option 2: Full Day: Visit Cabo Rosa aka. Tuneles (add USD $101.00 per person)
Navigable Tour + Snorkel

Cabo Rosa aka. Los Tuneles is perhaps one of the most beautiful sights in the archipelago. Continuous volcanic eruptions petrified into tunnel-like lava formations right in the middle of the sea, and crystal clear turquoise water allows an amazing view of marine vegetation and playful sea lions. The tour begins early at 8:00am via speedboat and the first stop is a small islet in the middle of the ocean, home to pelicans, blue-footed boobies, and sea lions.

Finados snorkeling site is the next stop, where you can swim next to sea turtles, Tintoreras sharks (endemic to the islands), trumpetfish and surgeon fish. With some luck, eagle and golden rays will come to this site too. Getting to Los Tuneles will take around 1 ½ - 2 hrs. Once there, the speedboat will navigate through various spots in and around the Lava Tunnels.

Here you get the chance to do some more snorkeling and enjoy some short walks while observing the landscape and wildlife inhabiting the area. A box lunch will be provided for this day. Return to Isabela Island is programmed at 3:00pm. Dinner will be served at the local restaurant specified by the guide.

***SNORKELING***

Tips:
Options of Isabela Island are highly depend on availability. We will check the availability after you submitting the reservation.

Accommodations in the hotel class of your choice.

Visiting Attractions

Day 03
Isabela Island

Isabela: Kayaks Puerto Villamil / Lunch / Humedales Complex

***KAYAKING + BIKING***

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, you will begin rowing towards Tintoreras Islet where you will be able to observe a variety of fauna from our kayaks, including Penguins, Blue-footed Boobies, and Marine Iguanas. You will make our way up to El Faro before heading back to shore (appx. 2 hours). Return to the hotel for lunch.

In the afternoon we will get ready with our bikes for a ride towards Humedales Trail Complex. Our first stop is the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center of Isabela. Here we will be able to see a variety of species of giant tortoises in captivity. We will also hear how this center has successfully been able to breed and raise the giant tortoises in order to preserve many of their endangered subspecies. We will mount on our bikes to the Lava Tunnel, as well as visits to Mirador Orchilla, Estero de Isabela, and Playa del Amor.

After parking our bikes and a short hike we will then reach the 100 meters long and 7 meters high Wall of Tears (Muro de las Lagrimas). Between 1946 and 1959 Isabela Island was used as a penal colony by the Ecuadorian government, and the prisoners were obligated to construct this wall out of the sharp and hard volcanic rocks. The name is derived from the arduous work and harsh conditions in which the prisoners work and by which many lost their lives.

We will get back on our bikes and return to the hotel to rest before heading to dinner.

Tips:
Accommodations in the hotel class of your choice.

Visiting Attractions

Day 04
Puerto Ayora

Transfer to Santa Cruz Island: El Chato Highlands / Lunch / Charles Darwin Station

***FULL DAY HIKING***

At 6:00am we will go move on to the Isabela dock (wake-up at 5:00am). We will take the Public speedboat, which leaves at 7:00am (subject to change), to Puerto Ayora (2 hour estimated travel time). Once on Puerto Ayora we will have breakfast and take a short rest before making our way to towards the Highlands of Santa Cruz. After a car ride we will start our 2 ½ hrs hike towards along Cerro Chato Reserve.

The adventure starts at Santa Rosa through endemic vegetation, rocks, and some mud lagoons. This reserve is the best location to spot Giant Tortoises, also known as the Galapagos, in their natural environment. We will also check out some incredible lava formations on the way. Galapagos Finches, Bird Wizards will accompany during our hiking adventure. After this incredible encounter with the Giant Tortoises, we will return to Puerto Ayora for lunch.

In the afternoon, we cannot miss the visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station.

After a short rest, we will meet again with our guide at the indicated hour. Here we will find a variety of Giant Tortoise representing their fellow specie of each island in the archipelago. We will also listen about the ongoing conservation efforts directed at preserving the Giant Tortoises, as well as the environment of the archipelago as a whole.

After this we will make a short visit to the Art Galleries of Puerto Ayora and then eat lunch. Return to the hotel to rest before heading to dinner at a local restaurant indicated by the guide.

Tips:
Accommodations in the hotel class of your choice.
Day 05
Baltra Island

Transfer out to Baltra Airport / Goodbye Galapagos!

On the final day we recommend waking up at 6:00am to have enough and get ready for the transfer from Puerto Ayora to Baltra Airport. We will eat breakfast there, and then depart for Baltra where you will catch your return flight to either Quito or Guayaquil. Our unforgettable experience now ends at Baltra Airport.

Visiting Attractions

Standard Hotel   Upgrade Available

Pick-up Details/Transfers
Arrival
Please book flights arriving at North Seymour Airport (Baltra Island) before 11:30am.
WHAT'S INCLUDED

Package Includes

  • Accommodation in selected hotels and rooms
  • All meals (breakfast - lunch - dinner)
  • All land and sea transportation within the Galapagos during the program
  • Bilingual naturalist guides for each island and all activities
  • Excursions and visits during the program
  • Kayak equipment (boat and rows) and snorkeling equipment (mask, fins, tube)
  • Transfer Puerto Ayora - Isabela - Puerto Ayora by public speedboat
  • Transfer Baltra - Puerto Ayora - Baltra (by truck or by bus depending on group size)

Package Excludes

  • Air Ticket
  • Galapagos National Park Entry Fee - USD $100.00
  • Isabela Dock Fee - USD $10.00 pp.
  • Migratory Control Card - USD $20.00
  • Transportation Baltra Airport – Itabaca Channel - USD 5 p.p. (subject to change) - per way
  • Water taxi from dock to speedboat (Isabela, Santa Cruz Islands - depending on the tide): USD $1.00 per person per ride
  • Please note: a fee of the 5.4% is charged because of intermediation issues by credit card.
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Tips
Special Notes
  • Cancellation Policies:
    - If notice is received 60 days prior to the departure, no refund is possible.
    - If notice is received between 90 and 60 days prior to the departure, partial refund is possible.
  • ***Options of Isabela Island are highly depend on availability.***
  • Important Remarks:
    Hotel Selection:The hotel selection depends on the category of hotels that you choose. When you choose the class of hotels that you would prefer, we will indicate to you which hotels are available for the dates of your trip. Hotels are categorized in the following classes: Economic Class, Tourist Class, Tourist Superior Class, and First Class. All hotels that we work with are carefully chosen by us after close inspection. Nature Galapagos & Ecuador is the proud owner of the Hotel San Vicente Galapagos (Tourist Class), and La Laguna Galapagos (Tourist Superior Class), both of which are located on Isabela and for both the quality of service can be assured.
    Airfare Not Included:The price of the tour does not include air tickets. We can help with booking your ticket, or you may book your own flights on your own. PLEASE TAKE INTO ACCOUNT which island you will arrive and leave from, and if you choose to book your own flight please try to book your arrival in the morning (before 12am) and your departure in the afternoon (11am or after) so that you will not miss any part of the tour. You can book your flight through either TAME, AEROGAL, LAN, or TAME (recommended).
    Restaurants: We utilize local restaurants for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, which also depend on the category of hotel that is chosen, as not all hotels have restaurant services. Meals are served in the fashion of the local customs as “meal of the day” options; however, if you choose first class hotels you will have a dollar amount to spend on each meal. By patronizing local restaurants, we also contribute to the local economy, which helps maintain “sustainable tourism”.
    Guides: We use local and different guides for each island you visit or sometime a guide that specializes in specific activities. The guides will accompany you throughout all excursions and visits, give explanations and education on their knowledge of the islands, flora, and fauna, and coordinate the activities each day. In reference to lunch and dinner, the guide will only indicate the restaurant selected but we will not stay with you during this time. Distances are short in the Galapagos, and as the inhabited settlements have few residents they are very safe to walk around any time of day with normal precaution. The Guide activities start and end with the excursions. The guide will not go with you on the speedboats transfer either.
    Lunch and Dinner:during our tours consist on the meal of the day (not a la carte). Most provisions are bought in form the mainland to Galapagos, hence, a limited variety of food can be found. If you require vegetarian meals, let us know ahead of time so we can make all arrangements necessary within the possibilities.
    Public Speedboats:We recommend that before beginning the ride between islands that you take a seasickness pill if you are sensitive to sea-sickness. It is also recommended that you carry on small plastic bags in case of seasickness. The speedboats are not completely covered so please make sure that valuables and electronics, or anything that you do not wish to get wet, is stored in a plastic bag. The guide will not go with you on the speedboats but a new guide will greet you on the other side. There are no services onboard the speedboat as space is limited and the journey is relatively short. A water taxi ride is sometimes required (depending on the tide) from the dock to the speedboat, the cost is 1 USD per person and per ride. Please, make sure you bring cash in small denominations in case this expense is needed.
    Schedule of Excursions:The schedule of the excursions will be coordinated and determined locally through the guide and those responsible for the operations. The guide will indicate what time each activity will start. The transfers between islands on the public speedboats are the only activities that have fixed departure times.
  • This tour/activity is overseen by a select local operator in the region. Upon booking your tour or activity and after receiving confirmation, you will be issued an e-ticket detailing the local operator's name and contact information. If you require assistance finding a specific tour, please contact us for more information.

Pricing Info

Your reservation is always subject to confirmation by email, normally within one to two business days.

*Price for Single Occupancy applies when one person stays in one standard hotel room.
*Price for Double/Triple/Quadruple Occupancy applies when two/three/four people stay in one standard hotel room respectively.
*Triple/Quadruple price does not guarantee a third/fourth bed in the room since each room is equipped with 2 beds. Please check the availability at the time of check-in.
*Price for child applies when a child between the ages of 2 years old and 12 years old stays in one standard room as a third or fourth person.
*Maximum room capacity: 4 people including adult and child/infant.

Reservation Info

    1.Immediately after submitting your reservation you will receive a Receipt of Reservation via email.
    2. Within one to two business days of submitting your reservation you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you need to book an airline ticket, we recommend that you do so after you receive a confirmation of your tour reservation from us.
    3. An E-Ticket will be sent to you via email as soon as details of your reservation are confirmed or your supporting information is received by us. We will provide you with all detailed information about your tour on the E-Ticket. Contact information for local tour provider will be included on E-Ticket for your convenience or re-confirmation purpose if re-confirmation is required.
    4. Simply print your E-Ticket and present it with your valid photo ID on the day of your activity to your tour guide. Please remember E-Ticket is your proof of purchase.

Terms and Conditions

    - Your purchase does not guarantee confirmation. Your purchase will initiate a reservation process. We will confirm with you via email within one to two business days.
    - Prices may vary due to availability. We reserve the right to make price adjustment without prior notice.
    - Please refer to our Standard Amendment, Cancellation and Refund Policy before you make reservation.
    - Please refer to Customer Agreement before you make reservation.
    - Local tour provider reserves the right to make modifications to tour arrangements including order of tour activities, hotel and its location if deemed necessary.
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