Highlights

Map Thanks to its extraordinary variety of ecosystems and species, Ecuador is also renowned as one of the hotspots for biological diversity in the planet. Explore the Andes and their famous Avenue of the Volcanoes, green and gold valleys picturesque villages and majestic cities like Quito and Cuenca, World Heritage Sites full of history and colonial art and architecture. Venture into the magic world of the most remote, pristine and naturally awesome part of the Amazon rainforest. Relax and enjoy all the beauty of the Pacific coastline, its beaches, fishing villages, seaports, and ancient archaeology. Practice all kinds of watersports or visit the city of Guayaquil, Ecuador´s main seaport, full of history and tropical charm. Or..travel thousands of years back in time and wonder at the enchanting world of Galapagos islands with their unique species found nowhere else on earth.

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Itinerary

  • Duration: 5 days & 4 nights
  • Countries: Ecuador
  • Category: Guaranteed Departures
  • Minimum Passengers: 2
  • Starting Point: Santa Cruz Island
  • Ending Point: Santa Cruz Island
Introduction

Our Itineraries are provided as a preview of what to expect on our tours. Please, note, that itineraries are subject to change.

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Upon arrival at Baltra Airport, you will meet your guide who will transfer you to your hotel. Enjoy lunch at a traditional resturant. The highland of Santa Cruz is very well known for its fauna and vegetation. You can see turtles living in their natural way. The climate may vary between cloudy and rainy to sunny and hot, creating more fertile soil and green vegetation. Another interesting site is the lava tunnels. The tunnels have smooth sides with grooves that show different levels of lava. In the excursion, you will also see giant turtles in their natural habitat. Visit Puerto Ayora.

  • Overnight in Santa Cruz Island
  • Lunch

Begin your morning with breakfast at the hotel. Today, you have the option to decide which island you would like to visit out of the following: North Seymour, or Isabela, or Floreana, or Bartolome. First option: Visit North Seymour. North Seymour is similar to Baltra, both in appearance both created from geological uplift and having typical arid vegetation including prickly pear cactus, Palo Santos trees, and salt bushes. Along the way, the visitor trail passes colonies of blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigate birds. Second option: Visit Isabela. The first stop will be the Tortoise Breeding Center of Isabela Island which is located 1.5 kilometers from Puerto Villamil. To the west of Puerto Villamil, there are various salt and brackish lagoons which house an impressive variety of coastal and seabirds. Here, visitors can also find the largest concentration of flamingos in Galapagos. Third option: Visit Floreana. Floreana illustrates the aging process of a volcanic island. Unlike the younger western islands, Floreana's volcano has been long extinct and is in the advanced stages of erosion. The erosion process gave the island the nutrients and soils need to sustain plant life. Fourth option: Visit Bartolome: This small island famous of the photogenic, pinnacle rock that looks sheared away from the cliff. It is a one-hour of moderate uphill hiking with beautiful views of the surrounding islands. Penguins can sometimes be observed while swimming or snorkeling.

  • Overnight in Santa Cruz Island
  • Breakfast, Lunch

Begin your morning with breakfast at your hotel. Today, you will head to Puerto Ayora. Charles Darwin Research Station gives you information about the evolution of the islands and hosts a breeding center of giant turtles. You can see different generations of turtles. You can also learn about the work done by the foundation and the importance of preserving the archipelago’s ecosystems. A series of walkways takes you through the captive breeding program where you will see juvenile and adult tortoises, different types iguanas can also be observed. In the afternoon, visit to Tortuga Bay beach, perhaps the most beautiful beach in the Galapagos. To reach there, you hike a moderate rocky trail surrounded by cactus, palo santo trees, and matasarno trees. After this excursion, you reach the impressive and wonderful white sand beach where you can swim and snorkel observing colonies of marine iguanas, pelicans, Darwin’s finches, sharks, sea turtles.

  • Overnight in Santa Cruz Island
  • Breakfast

Begin your morning with breakfast at your hotel. Today, you will have a free day to explore on your own the enchanted islands. The Galapagos Islands are volcanic islands spread on either side of the Equator line in the Pacific Ocean. The islands are well-known for their enormous number of endemic species that were studied by Charles Darwin during the journey of the Beagle. His notes and collections contributed to the initiation of Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection. The archipelago consists of 18 major islands, 3 smaller islands, and 107 rocks and islets. This marvellous destination offers a lot of alternatives, such as: bicycle ridings, hikings, snorkellings opportunities, kayakings, or just beautiful beaches to swim and have time to relax.

  • Overnight in Santa Cruz Island
  • Breakfast

Begin your morning with breakfast at your hotel. Depending on your departure time, you will be transferred to the airport at the appropriate time.

Tour Accommodation

What's included

• Meet and greet upon arrival at airport
• Arrival and departure transfers
• 4 nights in Santa Cruz Island at Fiesta Hotel or similar
• 6 meals: 4 breakfasts and 2 lunches
• Santa Cruz Highlands tour
• Daily tour of one of the following: North Seymour, or Isabela, or Floreana, or Bartolome
• Visit Charles Darwin Research Station
• Visit Tortuga Bay Beach
• Naturalist guide
• All transfers at the Galapagos Islands

Not Included

Galapagos National Park Tax: $100.00 (USD) to be paid only in cash in Galapagos.

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Useful info about our trips

  • UPGRADED HOTELS AVAILABLE (for an additional fee)

  • All tours and entrance fees are included

  • All taxes are included and NO HIDDEN FEES

  • International Airfare is not included, but we can book it for you at very competitive rates

  • Alterations

    A transfer fee may be assessed for alterations to packages, itineraries/tours and suggested arrival/departure dates

  • Price are based on double occupancy

    Prices are per person and based on double occupancy. All prices are expressed in US dollars. Prices for vacation packages are subject to change without notice.

  • All travel documents are the responsibility of the passenger.

  • Travel insurance is highly recommended.

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