Natural Galapagos Island Hopping - 5 Days
Day 1.- Arrive in San Cristobal Island airport -Interpretation Center-Tijeretas-Playa Carola
Flight from Quito or Guayaquil.Upon arrival in San Cristobal, you will be welcomed by your guide and transferred to the selected hotel.
In the afternoon,we’ll head north to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal where we’ll visit the National Park Interpretation Center, Cerro Tijeretas and Playa Carola. The Interpretation Center has information about the natural and human history of the islands as well as great maps and images from remote areas of the park. A paved path heads up to Cerro Tijeretas from behind the center. Named after the colonies of frigate birds nesting in the trees, Cerro Tijeretas has a small network of hiking trails that lead to a panoramic lookout above a protected cove which is excellent for snorkeling. You can also see the town from this vantage point.
Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 2 .-San Cristobal : Leon Dormido
This amazing landmark located about an hour and a half to the north east of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Kicker Rock / Leon Dormido is a remnant of a vertical tuff cone formation, rising almost 153 meters (500 feet) from the ocean The erosion has given the rock its characteristic shape, which some see as a shoe, hence the name Kicker Rock. Others see it as a sleeping sea lion or Leon Dormido in Spanish.
While we snorkel around Kicker Rock we can spot sea turtles, marine iguanas, rays, Galapagos sharks, tropical fish and if luck is on our side we can even see hammerhead sharks. Besides enjoying the underwater view, we can usually see blue-footed boobies, masked boobies and frigatebirds on the cliffs as well as sea lions along the shore.
Also, you will get the chance to disembark at one gorgeous spot to enjoy the beach. Return to your hotel dinner and night
Day 3.- San Cristobal- Santa Cruz Island : Charles Darwin Station-Highlands
After breakfast, we’ll take a speedboat for about 2 hours to go to Santa Cruz Island, situated in the center of the archipelago, the second largest island after Isabela. We’ll visit the Charles Darwin Research Station which despite being created as an international scientific research station and not a visitor site, it has become one of the most visited spots in the Galapagos archipelago. Located just outside of Puerto Ayora, it is famous for its dedicated work to preserve and breed in captivity the world-famous Galapagos giant tortoises and put them back on their island homes once they reach the right age. These fascinating creatures can live approximately 150 years.
This is an amazing site where you can see the Galapagos through Charles Darwin’s eyes and learn more about endemic flora and fauna
Transfer to the Highlands ,lunch .
Due to the altitude, Santa Cruz Highlands provide us with a fresh respite from the sun, making this place the perfect habitat for the giant galapagos tortoises, Galapagos finches and other land animals and plants. Almost every bird in the Galapagos has been spotted on Santa Cruz which makes the highlands the perfect spot for bird watching. You will be surrounded by the impressive flora and fauna and the unique volcanic features of the Highlands. Later you will have some beach time at Tortuga Bay . Return to your hotel, dinner and night.
Day 4 - day tour to other island
Breakfast, then you will be picked up for a day tour to Seymour, Plazas or Bartolome Island
Day 5.- Twin Craters- Transfer to the airport
Breakfast,visit the Twin Craters on our way back to the airport.
Day 4 EXCURSIONS FROM SANTA CRUZ
Seymour-Bachas - From: 8:00 AM. To: 5:00 PM.
In the morning your driver will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the “Canal de Itabaca” to board the yacht that will lead you to North Seymour Island, a spectacular place to hike, swim and enjoy the snorkeling. On this island you can see palo santo trees, colonies of blue-footed boobies performing their mating dance in the open areas of the island. Sometimes boobies nest right on the tourist trail, so you have to be a little careful not to step on them when walking around. You can closely observe the nests of many of these species including gulls, frigates and yellow treinadores. Most birds in the Galapagos are completely fearless and not afraid to approach humans. Across the island and while the waves crash on the rocks, you will also appreciate the mischievous sea lions playing and surfing in the waves. North Seymour is mostly flat and arid, with some vegetation including cactus, palo santo and salt bushes. The area of the islands is about 1.9 square kilometers and has a maximum altitude of 28 meters. North Seymour Island is located near Isla Baltra (this is the island where you arrive and leave the Galapagos). North Seymour was formed by a lifting of the lava rock base under the ocean. Seymour Island is separated from Baltra Island by a small canal. The island is best known as "Seymour Norte", while the Isla Baltra Island is also known as "Seymour South". There is a circular path for visitors on North Seymour Island about 2 kilometers long that crosses the interior of the island and takes you to explore the rocky coast path. This trail will take you through some of the largest seabird colonies in the Galapagos Islands. Once all the activities are done, you will be dropped off at Puerto Ayora. Dinner and overnight
Bartolome From: 6:00 Am. To: 5:00 Pm.
Bartolome Island (Spanish: Isla Bartolomé) is a volcanic islet in the Galapagos Island group. It is a volcanic islet just off the east coast of Santiago Island. It is one of the "younger" islands in the Galapagos archipelago. This island, and Sullivan Bay on Santiago island, are named after naturalist and lifelong friend of Charles Darwin, Sir Bartolome James Sullivan, who was a lieutenant aboard HMS Beagle.
With a total land area of just 1.2 square kilometres (0.5 square miles), this island offers some of the most beautiful landscapes in the archipelago. The island consists of an extinct volcano and a variety of red, orange, green, and glistening black volcanic formations.
Bartolomé has a volcanic cone that is easy to climb and provides great views of the other islands. Bartolomé is famous for its Pinnacle Rock, which is the distinctive characteristic of this island, and the most representative landmark of the Galápagos.
It has two visitor sites. At the first one, one may swim and snorkel around Pinnacle Rock; the underwater world there is really impressive. Snorkelers are in the water with the penguins, marine turtles, white-tipped reef sharks, and other tropical fish. The bay is also an excellent place to go swimming. The twin bays are separated by a narrow isthmus.
Galapagos penguins are frequently seen, and a small cave behind Pinnacle Rock houses a breeding colony. Seasonally, Bartolomé is the mating and nesting site for the green turtles. With herons, they make use of the gentler beaches. The Galápagos lava cactus colonize the new lava fields.
Plazas and Punta Carrion - From: 8:00 AM. To: 5:00 PM.
Navigation to Plaza Island. Sometimes hard disembark on the landing site, we will observe enormous prickly pear cactus and the endemic succulent sesuvium. Land iguanas huge colony in Galapagos we will see the yellow-brown land iguanas feeding on the fruit and pads of the prickly pear cactus, also marine iguanas living along the coast and a hybrid iguana between male marine iguanas and females land iguanas. Lunch aboard. Navigation to Punta Carrión: great snorkel to see a variety of fish, rays, and if lucky the white tip sharks. From Punta Carrion we navigate a short distance through the beautiful Itabaca Channel with its turquoise waters, return to Puerto Ayora.
2018 Prices per person, double occupancy, in US$:
tourist class hotel = $2500 per person double occupancy, $211 single supplement
tourist superior hotel = $2634 per person double occupancy, $347 single supplement
first class hotel = $2938 per person double occupancy, $552 single supplement
HOTELS (subject to availability):
Blue Marlin on San Cristobal
Hotel Fiesta on Santa Cruz
Casa Opuntia on San Cristobal
Silberstein on Santa Cruz
Golden Bay (Deluxe Garden View room) on San Cristobal
Sol y Mar (Standard room Isla Sol Tower ) on Santa Cruz
Accommodation in selected hotels (double rooms).
All land and sea transportation within the Galapagos during the program.
Excursions and visits during the program.
Bilingual naturalist guides for each island and all activities.
Snorkeling Equipment (mask, fins, tube).
Air Tickets from/to Galapagos $500
Galapagos National Park Entry Fee – $100.00 US per person.
Migratory Control Card – $20.00 US per person.
Soft-drinks and alcoholic beverages.
**Itinerary subject to change without prior notice depending on seasonal changes, weather conditions, and adjustments in policies set by the Galapagos National Park, or other unforeseen circumstances that may arise **
For excursions, please take solar protection, a cap or hat, bathing suit, long-sleeved shirt, water bottle, snorkeling gear (if you do not have your own, a mask, snorkel and fins are provided free of charge), camera, appropriate shoes for wet landings and hikes on lava terrain (sneakers or similar) with thick soles. Our expedition staff will give further details and recommendations, as well as m
ore natural history background, the night before each excursion.