SANTA CRUZ & ISABELA ISLAND
DAILY PROGRAM 5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS
Is for enthusiastic people in good physical condition, active families, and fans of adventure sports. This package includes activities like hiking, trekking, swimming, snorkeling, horseback riding, biking, surfing.
Day 1: Santa Cruz Island – Highlands – The Charles Darwin Research Station
After arriving at Baltra Airport we will bike down to the highlands of the island and visit the Primicias Ranch where we will be bushwalking and looking for giant Galapagos tortoises. After a walk, we will visit the lava tunnels and have lunch in a typical restaurant.
We will continue down to Puerto Ayora where we will tour the important Charles Darwin Research Station where we will visit one of the largest Galapagos tortoises and land iguanas breeding centers. The local guide will give us a detailed explanation on the islands evolution. Return to the hotel and lodging. -/L/-
Sports: Mountain biking, Trekking
Day 2: Santa Cruz Island – Bay Tour – Trip to Isabela Island – Flamingos Lagoon
In the morning we will take a tour around the bay. We will visit Punta Estrada, the Germans’ Beach, Channels of Love and the Grietas. During this trip, you will be able to observe seabirds and sea lions and you can surface dive. Lunch in Puerto Ayora.
In the afternoon, a speed boat will take us to Isabela Island, one of the most beautiful islands in the Archipelago. After a cruise of 2 ½ hours, we will reach this corner of paradise where a local transfer will bring us to the hotel. After the check-in we will take a walk around the Flamingos Lagoon. Return to the hotel and lodging. B/L/-
Sports: Kayaking, Snorkeling and Swimming
Day 3: Sierra Negra Volcano – Campo Duro Farm – Tintoreras
Our guide will meet you at the hotel and take you to one of the most beautiful volcanoes in the world, Sierra Negra. Its crater is approximately 7 kilometers wide. We will take a 2 hour trekking tour to enjoy this wonderful and unique scenery. Lunch in a local farm called Campo Duro where we will also watch Isabela Giant Tortoises.
Back to Puerto Villamil town, we will visit Tintoreras Islets. Herds of whitetip sharks can often be seen here, resting around the lava canals. You can also observe hundreds of marine iguanas, as «Las Tintoreras» is one of their main breeding sites. On the nearby sandy beaches, sea lions playa and relax in the sun. Afterwards we will have an opportunity to snorkel. Return to the hotel and lodging. B/L/-
Sports: Trekking, Snorkeling and Kayaking
Day 4: The Tunnels of Cape Rosa – Wall of Tears – Orchilla Viewpoint – Breeding Center Arnaldo Tupiza
Prepare yourself for one of the best days of this trip! After sailing for 45 minutes from Puerto Villamil, we will reach Cape Rosa on the western side of the island. This is one of the most beautiful and amazing places nature has bestowed upon humankind. Here we can walk over the connected lava tunnels surrounded by the crystal sea waters. From the surface, you will be able to see dozens of sea turtles, penguins and rays. You can also snorkel or simply swim along this rich marine fauna.
As we sail to and from Isabela, we might be able to see manta rays of different sizes, a truly unique experience. And if it is their mating season, we will watch them floating upside down on the surface, waiting to have their pictures taken.
In the afternoon we will drive towards the “Wall of Tears”. This historical place was built by the prisoners of Ecuador’s first jail. On our way back we will stop at the Orchilla viewpoint. From the top you can see the entire coastal wetland system including Poza de los Diablos, Puerto Villamil, the beaches, the volcanoes and the islets to the southeast of Isabela. It is a great location for panoramic photos on clear days.
If we still have time, we might visit the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center where you will be able to observe tortoises of all ages and sizes. We will also learn about the breeding and care taking of giant tortoises and see all the work that is being done to help recover the wild populations of these species. Return to the hotel and lodging. B/L/-
Sports: Hiking, Snorkeling and Swimming
Day 5: Isabela Island – Santa Cruz Island
We are going to depart early to take a speed boat back to Puerto Ayora. After getting there we will take a bus to the Baltra Airport where we will check-in for our flights back to the continent. You can also take an inter-island flight in a small plane with a capacity of 5 to 9 passengers. The flight from Isabela to the Baltra Airport takes 30 minutes and connects to the flight to the continent (no flights on Sundays). This service is optional; it is charged extra and should be booked at least 48 hours in advance. B/-/-
✓ B= Breakfast
✓ L= 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.
✓ Ask for extension Packages to San Cristobal and Floreana Island.
✓ If you need a PERMANENT guide, ask for the extra cost.
✓ Inter island navigations are on a shared based service.
✓ The ferry to cross from Baltra to Santa Cruz Island is a shared based service (First and last day in the itinerary).
✓ The daily tours, including bay tours will be given on shared based services.
✓ If you want a PRIVATE speed boat for navigations, ask for the extra cost.
✓ Accommodation in double or triple room 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 as per the itinerary.
✓ 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 requested the cost will be $165.50).
✓ Entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park (US$ 100 for foreign tourists, non residents of Ecuador/ US$ 50 for foreign tourists from countries belonging to the Andean Community or Mercosur).
✓ Transit Control Card (US$ 20).
✓ Isabela Departure Fee (US $10).
✓ Personal expenses and tips.
✓ All drinks.
✓ Fee at Isabela airport (USD $ 15)
✓ Meals not mentioned in the itinerary.
✓ VAT for Ecuadorian people.
✓ Wetsuit (available for rent)
✓ Any item not mentioned in the itinerary.
✓ 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 or chargers and any personal medications that you normally use.
✓ 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 guides on every island.
✓ Depending on your needs and expectations we can also offer 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 immersion].