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8D/7N Tour Package's Itinerary (With Isabella Is.)

Day 1. - Transfer-in Visit to Santa Cruz' highlands Twins Lunch at Primicias' Ranch Santa Cruz' highlands

The Highlands of Santa Cruz offer a lush contrast to the beaches and arid lowlands. With one of our Naturalist Guides as your escort you will visit some of the highlights of the 'Parte Alta'. A stop at the twin craters Los Gemelos is one of the first stops on your highlands tour. A visit to the farms provides the opportunity to marvel at the celebrated Giant Galapagos Tortoise roaming in its natural habitat. You can also explore a cavernous underground Lava Tunnel where you can view one of the geological wonders of our volcanic islands.

Twins

Los Gemelos are two enormous sinkholes near the summit of the island, formed when the roofs of empty magma chambers collapsed. They are sur¬rounded by lush green vegetation and are close to the road with very easv access via a dirt path. Walk around the craters, but be careful. You might catch sight of the startlingly bright red vermilion flycatcher and will surely see Darwin's finches. There is only a thin wooden rail at the edge of the crater, so don't let anyone back up too much when shooting pho¬tos. Individuals not on a tour can get here by taking the main cross¬island road about 12k (7-l/2mi) west of Bellavista to Santa Rosa village, then continuing another 2k (lmi) to the sinkholes.

Day 2. - Daily tour to another Island

  • One Island only: Floreana or Seymour or Plazas or Bartholomew or Santa Fe

Floreana

Floreana is a bird lover's paradise. It was the first island in Galapagos to establish a permanent settlement and has a fascinating history filled with intrigue and mystery. There are many hiking trails throughout the highlands that traverse both the spectacular natural flora and fauna and the early historical sites. The surrounding waters are teeming with native wildlife and provide excellent snorkeling opportunities.

North Seymour

North Seymour Island is a natural haven for some of the most sought after residents in the Galapagos Islands, Sea Lions and Blue-footed Boobies.After a quick panga ride to shore, a flat leisurely nature trail meanders over the volcanic rocks through colonies of Sea Lions, Blue-footed Boobies and Frigates. This island is an excellent place to witness the thrilling mating rituals that makes these birds famous and your Naturalist Guide will explain the unique behaviors of these interesting avian animals. You may also be able to intimately observe the fascinating dynamics between a mother and its chick (depending on season). North Seymour Island is truely a birdwatcher's paradise.

South Plazas

South Plaza island is one of two small islets located off the east coast of Santa Cruz Island. It is a small wedge-shaped island formed by tectonic uplift. The island slopes gradually upward and ends with a cliff that drops abruptly into the sea offering stunning views of the open water below. Colonies of California Sea Lions, Red and Yellow Land Iguanas, Swallow-tailed Gulls, Red-billed Tropicbirds, Audubon’s Shearwaters, Nazca and Blue-footed Boobies, Frigates

Bartholome

Bartolome Island is home to some of the most breathtaking panoramas in the Galapagos as well as many of the islands' most sought after inhabitants. This tour provides a great opportunity to view striking volcanic rock formations in shades of shimmering black, red, and green. From the summit of the hike, enjoy one of the most recognized landmarks in the Galapagos - Pinnacle Rock, an impressive lava structure that towers high above the water. Descend for an up close look at the Pinnacle and the astonishing array of wildlife that calls this island home. Galapagos penguins, friendly sea lions, sea turtles and a huge variety of fish make this a fantastic snorkeling spot for nature enthusiasts. As you walk along the spectacular crescent shaped pink and white sand beach, you'll follow the footsteps of generations of green sea turtles who return each year to lay eggs at their ancestral home.

Santa Fe

Santa Fe boasts one of the most beautiful coves in the Galápagos archipelago. A turquoise lagoon protected by a peninsula that extends from the shore, and then by a row of off-shore rocks and a small island aligned with them, the cove is an area of unmatched beauty. Santa Fe was formed by an uplift that resulted from tectonic activity, rather than from a volcanic eruption. It accordingly lacks the characteristic cone shape of many of the other islands. While sea lions cavort noisily on the rocks and frolic in the water, land iguanas and lava lizards keep silent company on the shore. Vegetation on the island includes the noble "palosanto," as well as statuesque stands of prickly pear cactus. Weathered cliffs provide a haven for swallow-tailed gulls, red-billed tropic-birds, shearwaters and petrels.

Day 3. - Darwin's Station , Bay tour

Charles Darwin´s Station
See the Galapagos Islands through the eyes of the legendary explorer, Charles Darwin. Learn the history of the islands and see endemic and native flora and fauna, including tortoises, land iguanas This station is the hub of conservation research in Galapagos and has a wealth of information about the fragile and distinctive ecosystems you will visit in this island chain.

Bay tour

This adventure begins on boat with the distinct pleasure of exploring "La Loberia" - the large sea lion colony and nursery. Jump in and be amazed by the agility and curiosity of the most playful marine inhabitants of Galapagos. Take a short boat ride to Punta Estrada where you disembark to explore a canal where white tip sharks rest peacefully in the shallow water. Marine iguanas, birds, and other native wildlife abound.

Then hike through enormous cacti and over the lava rock formations to one of the most unique swimming holes on the planet. Las Grietas, which translates literally to mean "the cracks," is a geologic formation unique to volcanic islands. This deep brackish canal forms between the steep lava rock cliffs on either side. Float blissfully in the cool water -- or get your adrenaline pumping by jumping from the rock ledges.

Day 4. - Daily tour to another Island

  • One Island only: Floreana or North Seymour or Plazas or Bartholomew or Santa Fe

Floreana

Floreana is a bird lover's paradise. It was the first island in Galapagos to establish a permanent settlement and has a fascinating history filled with intrigue and mystery. There are many hiking trails throughout the highlands that traverse both the spectacular natural flora and fauna and the early historical sites. The surrounding waters are teeming with native wildlife and provide excellent snorkeling opportunities.

North Seymour

North Seymour Island is a natural haven for some of the most sought after residents in the Galapagos Islands, Sea Lions and Blue-footed Boobies.After a quick panga ride to shore, a flat leisurely nature trail meanders over the volcanic rocks through colonies of Sea Lions, Blue-footed Boobies and Frigates. This island is an excellent place to witness the thrilling mating rituals that makes these birds famous and your Naturalist Guide will explain the unique behaviors of these interesting avian animals. You may also be able to intimately observe the fascinating dynamics between a mother and its chick (depending on season). North Seymour Island is truely a birdwatcher's paradise.

South Plazas

South Plaza island is one of two small islets located off the east coast of Santa Cruz Island. It is a small wedge-shaped island formed by tectonic uplift. The island slopes gradually upward and ends with a cliff that drops abruptly into the sea offering stunning views of the open water below. Colonies of California Sea Lions, Red and Yellow Land Iguanas, Swallow-tailed Gulls, Red-billed Tropicbirds, Audubon’s Shearwaters, Nazca and Blue-footed Boobies, Frigates

Bartholome

Bartolome Island is home to some of the most breathtaking panoramas in the Galapagos as well as many of the islands' most sought after inhabitants. This tour provides a great opportunity to view striking volcanic rock formations in shades of shimmering black, red, and green. From the summit of the hike, enjoy one of the most recognized landmarks in the Galapagos - Pinnacle Rock, an impressive lava structure that towers high above the water. Descend for an up close look at the Pinnacle and the astonishing array of wildlife that calls this island home. Galapagos penguins, friendly sea lions, sea turtles and a huge variety of fish make this a fantastic snorkeling spot for nature enthusiasts. As you walk along the spectacular crescent shaped pink and white sand beach, you'll follow the footsteps of generations of green sea turtles who return each year to lay eggs at their ancestral home.

Santa Fe

Santa Fe boasts one of the most beautiful coves in the Galápagos archipelago. A turquoise lagoon protected by a peninsula that extends from the shore, and then by a row of off-shore rocks and a small island aligned with them, the cove is an area of unmatched beauty. Santa Fe was formed by an uplift that resulted from tectonic activity, rather than from a volcanic eruption. It accordingly lacks the characteristic cone shape of many of the other islands. While sea lions cavort noisily on the rocks and frolic in the water, land iguanas and lava lizards keep silent company on the shore. Vegetation on the island includes the noble "palosanto," as well as statuesque stands of prickly pear cactus. Weathered cliffs provide a haven for swallow-tailed gulls, red-billed tropic-birds, shearwaters and petrels.

Day 5. - Visit to Garrapatero's beach ; departure to Isabella Is. Visit Flamingo Lagoon & Tortoise Breeding Center

Garrapatero´s Beach
Situated on the Northern side of Santa Cruz, El Garrapatero is a gorgeous sandy beach surrounded by mangroves, perfect place to spend some time on Galapagos Cruises. A fresh water lake behind the beach is home to flamingos, herons, stilts and other shore birds. The beautiful turquoise waters provide a good opportunity for swimming and snorkeling.

Flamingo Lagoon & Tortoise Breeding Center:
Take a quick ride to visit an expansive coastal lagoon that serves as one of the primary breeding grounds for flamingos. Next, become intimately acquainted with the giant (and not so giant) Galapagos tortoises as we visit the Tortoise Breeding Center on Isabela. This preserve houses Galapagos tortoises in all sizes and stages of development. Learn about the intensive efforts underway to help repopulate the islands with these majestic creatures.

Day 6. - Isabella's tour: Visit Sierra Negra's volcano - Bay's tour

Sierra Negra's volcano:
Sierra Negra is one of five volcanos on the island of Isabela, and boasts the second largest volcanic caldera in the world. On the Sierra Negra Volcano Tour you hike to the top of the six mile wide crater and take an exhilarating trek across the alien landscape. This is one of the younger and more active volcanoes in the Galapagos, with the last eruption in 1979. You'll have the opportunity to explore thermal vents and other fascinating geological structures before stopping for lunch near Volcan Chico. The vistas from this spot are among the most breathtaking in Isabela and on clear afternoons afford views of the northern volcanoes on Isabela and Fernandina.

Bay's tour:

This marine adventure will find you face to face with the aquatic wildlife that makes the Galapagos Islands internationally recognized. Tour participants will often find themselves snorkeling with penguins, white-tip sharks, sea turtles, colorful reef fish, and the most playful and delightful Galapagos native, the sea lion. A brief walking tour provides additional up close encounters with marine iguanas, resting white tip sharks, and sea lions.

Day 7. - Return from Isabella Is. - Visit Tortuga bay's beach

Tortuga Bay´s beach
Hike an extended boardwalk surrounded by cacti, palo santo trees, and matasarno trees to get to the spectacular white sand beach stretching across the coast of Santa Cruz. The beach is famous for its expansive and pristine shoreline that that gradually descends into the sparkling Pacific Ocean. It's a great place to try your hand at surfing or just relax and soak in the sun with the marine iguanas. A snorkel in the beautiful lagoons reveals the full richness of Galapagos marine life - you'll see colorful fish, white-tip sharks, rays and the beach's namesake, the sea turtles. Take time to walk through the marine iguana sanctuary where you might also catch a glimpse of the blue-footed boobies and frigate birds along the shore.

Day 8. - Transfer-out to Baltra's Airport.

 

Prices per person

8 Days
Hotels' categories
F
S
E
1 passenger
2388
2163
1982
2 passengers
1781
1697
1639
3-5 passengers
1668
1585
1527
6-10 passengers
1602
1518
1460
11-15 passengers
1551
1466
1408
16 or more passengers
1519
1399
1378

 

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