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Santa Cruz Express (Mon to Thu)

Ecuador, Galapagos Islands

4 days

Summary

Perfect for those wanting to spend most of their time on land, island hopping itineraries offer a fantastic alternative to see the Galapagos. This tour is a nice idea if you wish to have more liberty and time on your own, just few meals included so you can choose the best option in port, and some visits are on your own so you go at your own pace but always with the assistance and advice of our staff on each island.

Highlights

  • Perfect for those wanting to spend most of their time on land, island hopping itineraries offer a fantastic alternative to traditional cruises.
  • Appreciate firsthand the wildlife in the Galapagos Islands.
  • Get to see the famous Galapagos giants. At the Charles Darwin Research Centre, you will be able to see the largest living species of tortoise.
  • Admire the incredible life under the sea, while snorkelling with rays, Sea Turtles, Sharks and much more marine species.

ITINERARY

Day 1 Galapagos Islands/Santa Cruz Isl.

Very early this morning you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Galapagos.

Your Galapagos Land package include: Accommodation in selected hotels, all meals as per itinerary, excursions mentioned in the itinerary with English speaking naturalist guides, contribution to the local community, shared transfers in the islands and from main hotels in Quito and Guayaquil.

Charles Darwin Station
On Arrival to Baltra, you will take a shuttle thought out Santa Cruz Island. You will be able to admire the green vegetation of the highlands. Here you will be able to see Giant Turtles in their natural habitat and enjoy a delicious lunch at the ranch. You will also visit the Charles Darwin Station. The centre is a reservoir of information on habitats and local conservation, as well as other fascinating relevant statistics. The most striking attraction of this station is certainly the Tortoise Breeding Centre, where it is possible to view tortoises of varied sizes and shapes. Here, you can walk freely and get photos with the tortoises. Among other inhabitants at the centre, you can see the land and marine iguanas and different species of birds. Accommodation in selected hotel.

Day 2 Seymour Isl./Santa Cruz Isl.

Enjoy a navigable tour to North Seymour, this island is located northbound from Baltra. The main fauna species of this island are Land Iguanas, the Magnificent Frigate bird with their incredible scarlet regular pouch, blue-footed boobies and their particular courtship dance and sea lions surfing across the waves. Lunch on board. After lunch you will be able to snorkel in Bachas where you will discover tones of different fish species and also swim with sea lions. Return to your hotel. Accommodation in selected hotel.

Day 3 South Plazas Isl./Santa Cruz Isl.

South Plazas is situated on the east cost of Santa Cruz Island, it`s formed from uplifted marine lava and is one of the smallest island on the archipelago. This Island despite its size has a lot of concentration of wildlife. You will disembark in a small dock frequently occupied by Sea Lions. Continue through a small forest of prickly pear cacti with their yellow flowers where could be lots of land iguanas waiting for their fruits and flowers fall of to the ground, finally you will arrive up to the cliff where you can often see a shoal of the endemic Yellow-tailed Mullet. The cliff provides an excellent opportunity to view Swallow-tailed Gulls, Tropic Bird, Frigate Birds, Pelicans, at the eastern end of the island Bull Sea Lions congregate there to rest after losing their territory and recover energy and try to be again the beach master. Accommodation in selected hotel.

Day 4 Santa Cruz Isl.

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your ongoing flight.

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