Overview

Brazil is a captivating country. It is the largest Latin American country and the second largest tourist destination. It boasts fantastic natural attractions, beaches, adventure, history, and plenty of tradition. It is multi-ethnic and heir of native, African, and Portuguese roots, a nation that never tires of dancing in its world famous Carnival in February or of partying with its cachasa and caipiriña. Brazil is an endless list of attractions. It is Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Bahia: coast, jungle, plains, and cities. But, it is mainly joy, soccer, and people who are extremely warm and receptive to visitors like few countries in the world are. Nobody feels like a foreigner here since each Brazilian carries a little bit of the world in his blood.

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.

Details

Duration: 5 days & 4 nights

Travel Style: Guaranteed Departures

Minimum Passengers: 2
Based on double occupancy

Type of Service: Shared
Small group experience | All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Full itinerary
Please Note

While it is our intention to adhere to the route described, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable, to make alterations. On Day 1 of the tour you will be advised of any amendments.

Accommodations

Below is an example of the hotel we may use in this city. For the actual hotel your specific departure will be using, please check your voucher.

DAY 1 | (ARRIVAL) Santa Cruz Island

Upon arrival at Baltra Airport, you will meet your guide who will transfer you to your hotel. Enjoy lunch at a traditional restaurant. 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
DAY 2 | Santa Cruz Island

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
DAY 3 | Santa Cruz Island

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
DAY 4 | Santa Cruz Island

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
DAY 9 | (DEPART)

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

 
|  Breakfast
Departures
Hotels
Hotel Fiesta

Featuring a restaurant, Hotel Fiesta also has free Wi-Fi and breakfast in Santa Cruz. The diving centers are 500 feet away and Tortuga bay is a quarter mile from the hotel.

The rooms in Hotel Fiesta feature private bathrooms, air conditioning, and balconies with views. Room service is provided.

Guests can order snacks at the bar or relax in the game room.

Baltra airport is a 45-minute drive from Fiesta hotel.

This is our guests’ favorite part of Puerto Ayora, according to independent reviews.

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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