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Calle Morelli 217, Of. 305 - Perú
Duration 5D / 4N
Price $/ 0
Meet and Greet Expeditions tours representative at the Airport upon arrival and be transferred to your hotel. (Distance between Guayaquil airport and the City 25 minutes approximately)
**Depending on your arrival time to Guayaquil, you can add an optional excursion and schedule a Scenic excursion of Guayaquil to take full advantage of you stay in Ecuador
Overnight in Guayaquil.
At the scheduled time, transfer from the hotel to the airport to take your departure flight.
** Suggested flight: Please book the earliest flight from Guayaquil to the Galápagos Islands as well as the latest flight available when you travel back to Mainland Ecuador so you have more time to enjoy your visit to the Galápagos Islands.
Upon arrival at Baltra airport and after complying with arrival procedures: Ingala Migration Card (TCT card) and payment of the Entrance fee to the Galápagos National Park you will be met outside of the arrival lounge by the Expeditions Tours representative to provide the transfer to Itabaca Channel (short ride of approximately 15 minutes), cross the channel to Santa Cruz Island (by local ferry approximately 15-20 minutes) and then overland transfer to Puerto Ayora village (approximately 45 minutes), located at the southern part of the island, where your hotel is located
The rest of the afternoon will be at leisure to explore the Town on your own or just relax and enjoy. We suggest you visit on your own the Tortoise Breeding Center (former Charles Darwin Research Station).
Overnight at Santa Cruz Island
At the scheduled time transfer to the meeting point where the navigation excursion starts. Navigation will be offered to one of the following islands: Isabela, or San Cristobal, or Bartolomé, or Plazas, or North Seymour, or Santa Fe.
BARTOLOME (BARTHOLOMEW) ISLAND
Bartolome is famous for its Pinnacle Rock, which is one of the most representative geological and photogenic landmarks of the Galapagos. Clumsily walking around the rocks at the base of Pinnacle Rock is a small colony of the Galápagos Penguins, one of the smallest species of penguin in the world and the only one found north of the Equator. The visit to Bartolome includes a climb to the highest point of the island for spectacular views of the surrounding lava scenery, an area often referred as the Galapagos “moonscape”. The site is an open textbook of geology, featuring small craters and some amazing rock, ash and lava formations of varied types and origins, as well as some “pioneer” plants colonizing the fresh lava and ash-flows.
At the Puerto Ayora dock board the boat to navigate to Isabela Island (approximately 2 hours navigation). Upon arrival to Isabela Island start the visit of this fascinating island. The first stop will be at the Flamingos lagoon to closely watch these beautiful birds in the natural habitat. Continue to visit the town´s Breeding Center and learn about the natural history of the Galápagos Islands and finally visit Concha Perla Beach, located a few meters from ¨El Embarcadero¨pier which can be reached along by a wooden walkway; the path runs through a mangrove forest and a small colony of sea lions up to a calm bay enclosed by natural rocks and fed by the sea with shallow and clear waters. It is the idea place for observing the incredible array of marine life. You will be able to swim and snorkel alongside tropical fish, sea lions, pinguins and turtles.
At the scheduled time return back by boat the Puerto Ayora at Santa Cruz Island (the boat ride takes approximately 2 hours).
PLAZA SUR (SOUTH PLAZA) ISLAND
One of South Plaza´s main characteristics is its unusual vegetation which includes another species of Opuntia Cacti and the colorful Sesuvium plants. These are a native variety of a succulent plant that stores water on its tubular leafs, forming a reddish carpet that spreads over the gray lava rocks. A colony of Galapagos land iguanas is found over parts of the small island. The sheer cliffs of the southern shore are an unparalleled bird observatory and the perfect habitat for several sea-birds, including blue-footed boobies, pelicans, swallow-tailed gulls and the very colorful red-billed tropic birds.
SANTA FE (BARRINGTON) ISLAND
Santa Fe has one of the most beautiful bays of all the visitor sites in the Galápagos. It boasts a turquoise-color cove protected by a narrow peninsula that extends along the northern shore. The sandy beaches are often covered with colonies of Galapagos sea-lions. A marked rocky trail leads to interior and Cliffside areas where the Santa Fe endemic species of land iguana can be found within a very picturesque forest of Opuntia or prickly-pear Cacti. These endemic cactus trees are the largest of their kind in the islands. After the hike you can swim in the calm waters of the bay or snorkel amongst often playful sea lions.
SEYMOUR NORTE (NORTH SEYMOUR) ISLAND
Flatter than other islands, North Seymour is one of the islands uplifted by underground seismic activity. Located north of Baltra, where the Archipelago’s main airport is found; this Island is one of the best places to see blue-footed boobies nesting on the flat rocky areas near the coast of the island. Following the trail that leads to the interior of the island, visitors will find one of the largest colonies of Magnificent Frigate birds. During the mating season, an explosion of bright red pouches inflated by male frigates to attract females provides some of the most spectacular sights in the Galápagos.
SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND
You will be picked up at hotel and transferred to Puerto Ayora dock to board a small boat to navigate to San Cristobal (Approximately 2 hour’s navigation). Upon arrival to San Cristobal take the navigation excursion to a nearby site: Lobos Island or Ochoa beach or Kicker Rock. This visit will allow you to discover the fascinating flora and fauna of the archipelago.
Half day excursion to TORTUGA BAY BEACH (AM)
At approximately 45 minutes’ walk along a trail which crosses the transition zone will lead you to Tortuga Bay Beach, a beautiful white sandy beach, so named because it is one of the preferred nesting sites for the black turtle. There are two zones Playa Brava and separated by sand dunes and rock Playa Brava is not open to swimmers and it is preserved for the local wildlife: marine iguanas, crabs and many species of birds and Playa Mansa which is a great place for swimming and snorkeling
Afternoon at leisure to enjoy your last day in the Enchanted Islands of Galápagos
Overnight at Santa Cruz Island
At the scheduled time transfer from the hotel in Puerto Ayora to the airport located at Baltra Island to take the flight back to mainland Ecuador and connect with your international departure flight or extend your stay in Ecuador.
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