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Santa Cruz Galapagos Island (Thu to Mon)

Ecuador, Galapagos Islands

5 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

  • 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.
  • Enjoy swimming with Sea Lions, observing Blue-footed Boobies or Frigates nesting areas.
  • Admire the Galapagos Marine Iguanas are the world’s only Marine Lizards.
  • Enjoy and relax at the beautiful beaches that Galapagos offer. Magnificent long white sandy beaches.

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
Arriving to Baltra you will take a shuttle thought out Santa Cruz Island where you will reach the highlands of the Island. You will be able to see Giant Turtles in their natural habitat. Lunch will be served at a ranch. Then you will head to 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 you will also see other inhabitants, you can see the land and marine iguanas and different species of birds.

Day 2 Santa Cruz Isl.

Early in the morning, transfer to Baltra to start your first navigable tour to Bartholomew, breakfast on board. Bartholomew is a small island located next to Santiago Island. One of the Islands´ principal attractions is the “Pinnacle Rock” In order to see it properly will make an easy hike for around and hour. In this excursion, you will learn from the volcanic landscape of the island and see different species such as: Lava Lizard or cacti, once you reach the top, you will have a magnificent views of the Pinnacle Rock in contrast with the volcanic landscape blended with the turquoise waters of the surrounding beaches. After the excursion, you will proceed to do snorkelling in one of the coral beaches of the areas where if we are lucky you will see: Marine Turtles, Sea Lions, multicolour fish, and Penguins. Lunch will be served on board and in the afternoon you will return to hotel.

Day 3 Seymour Isl./Santa Cruz Island

Enjoy a navigable tour to North Seymour, an island 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 courtship dance and Sea Lions surfing across the waves. Lunch on board. After lunch enjoy snorkelling in Bachas where you will be able to discover tones of different fish species and swim with Sea Lions. Return to your hotel.

Day 4 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. After this you will 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, to get finally up to the cliff, where you can often see a shoal of the endemic Yellow-tailed Mullet. The cliff is an excellent 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.

Day 5 Santa Cruz Isl.

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

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