The Galapagos Adventure
The Galapagos Adventure
The Galapagos Islands is an archipelago of volcanic islands distributed on either side of the Equator in the Pacific Ocean, 906 km (563 mi) west of continental Ecuador, of which they area part. The islands are famous for their vast number of endemic species and were studied by Charles Darwin during the voyage of the Beagle.
The unimaginable wildlife of these islands and their strange and fragile beauty is a unique example of the marvelous diversity that the planet has and a proof that the life can endure and prosper even in the most rugged places. Explore the geography of the different islands to enter in a prehistoric place, a reign of dragons that captivated the imagination of the travellers for centuries.
Come with us to admire the nature prodigy in one of his most colorful ways, enjoy the amazing sunsets of the Pacific, behind the vapors of the volcanoes or in the rugged coast, and join us to sail from island to island looking for new wonders hidden in the waves.
- Day 1: Quito / Guayaquil - Flight to Galapagos: Baltra Island & Tortuga Bay or Kayak.
Quito/Guayaquil - Flight to Galapagos: Baltra Island & Tortuga Bay or Kayak
Upon disembarking from the airplane, you will go to the Galapagos immigration area. (Here you will need to present your passport and pay your US$100.00 Galapagos National Park fee in cash which is a requirement for all visitors) Once the Park officials have completed the check-in you exit the immigration area and you will be greeted by your guide and transferred to Puerto Ayora, to your hotel. Room assignment and Lunch.
Afterwards, we will take an excursion to the most beautiful beach in Galapagos, Tortuga Bay. A 30minutes walk (two km) west from Puerto Ayora on a marked and cobbled path. The path is good for bird watching, it is easy to spot several species of finches as you walk along the path. The sunsets here are excellent. There is a swimming area and a nice spot for relaxing. The white sand beach is considered by many the nicest of the archipelago. It name comes from the sea turtles that go there to lay their eggs. Other species can be found, including pelicans, flamingos and marine iguanas. Return to the Hotel. Diner and overnight.
After lunch, we slip into our kayak and paddle around Divine Bay and Punta Estrada, traveling through multiple lava channels of calm, turquoise waters. Within the channels, white tipped sharks and rays patrol beneath the waves, while colonies of blue footed-boobies, tropic birds, herons and marine iguanas perch along the jagged cliffs. In the evening, we are free to explore the nightlife in Puerto Ayora, the Galapagos' most populous town. (For this Option there is a supplement of US $100.00/pers)
- Day 2: Galapagos,Sail to Floreana Island
Sail to Floreana Island
Our guide will pick you up at 07h30 – 07h45 from your hotel for your sail to Floreana Is. This is one of the islands with the most interesting human history and one of the earliest to be inhabited.
After 2 hours we arrive to Puerto Velasco Ibarra, to upload an ecological bus that will take us to the high lands where we will visit the caves where inhabited by pirates, the only source of fresh water on the island and visit to the Galapaguera to see giant tortoises.
Later we sail by 15 minutes where we will have a boat tour around this islet Enderby to observe frigates, boobies of Nazca boobies legs blue, swallow-tailed gulls, sea lions. Continue to the islet lobería, where you can practice Snorkeling in the South East to observe amount of fish reefs sea turtles sharks and the playful sea lions, this snorkel continues to the beach of the above-mentioned islet, also there is a small beach where people with less skill can snorkel.
Then return to the Hotel. Dinner at Chocolate restaurant
- Day 3 Charles Darwin Station - Isabela Island
Charles Darwin Station - Isabela Island
Our guide will pick us up from our hotel at 08h30 AM. Breakfast in the Hotel.
The Charles Darwin Research Station encompasses an information centre, a museum, a library and the tortoise breeding station as well. Here you will have an opportunity to visit some of the best scientists of the Galápagos. Park rangers and park managers among others, who make huge efforts to preserve this Unesco World Heritage Site, conduct the conservation of the islands. In the tortoise breeding and rearing centre you can encounter tortoises of different subspecies, which are prepared for reintroduction to their natural habitats. After Lunch we will travel by speed boat for approximately three and half hours to Isabela Island. Accommodation in our hotel and a short rest. Then we will then visit the Flamingo Lagoon, the largest coastal lagoon in Galapagos and a principal breeding ground for the Flamingos. Dinner and overnight.
- Day 4: Isabela Island Giant Tortoise Breeding Center, The Wall of Tears & Concha y Perla
Isabela Island Giant Tortoise Breeding Center, The Wall of Tears & Concha y Perla
Our guide will pick up from our hotel at 08h00 AM. Breakfast in the hotel.
Today we visit Giant Turtle Breeding Center. With a small interesting interpretation centre, corrals for adult turtles and a hatchery for the infants, the centre works to protect and increase the population of the island’s five subspecies of these giant creatures. Whilst the aim is always to release the turtles back into their natural habitat, on occasion it has been used as a rescue centre for individuals who have been threatened by volcanic eruptions and forest fires. At the breeding center it is possible to see tortoises in the various stages of development from eggs to small hatchlings, to juveniles to sub adults. The tortoises remain at the breeding center until they are big enough to survive on their own. When they are reintroduced to the wild. Then we visit the “Muro de lasLágrimas” ("The Wall of Tears"). This is a historic site in Isabela. Between 1946 and 1959 Isabela was a penal colony, where prisoners were made build a wall with huge blocks of lava as punishment. The wall is 100 meters long and 7 meters high. Due to the arduous labor and harsh conditions in which the prisoners lived, this site is known as the wall of tears. In the afternoon we have the opportunity to snorkel in Concha Perla. This is the perfect spot for those who love swimming or snorkeling! Concha de Perla is a shallow, calm bay with crystal clear water that allows you to enjoy the fascinating marine life of Galapagos. We will be able to swim with sea lions and penguins. Return to the Hotel. Dinner and overnight.
- Day 5: Isabela Island Giant Transfer to Santa Cruz Island - Baltra Island Flight - Quito
Isabela Island Giant Transfer to Santa Cruz Island - Baltra Island Flight - Quito
Our guide will pick us up from our hotel at 05h40 and will take us to the pier of Isabela Island in order to take our boat to Puerto Ayora. Once in Puerto Ayora we will be transferred to the pier of Baltra Island. Here we take a ferry to cross to Baltra Island and then a bus to the airport.
All transfers in Galapagos/Accommodation in Puerto Ayora/All Meals (Breakfast, lunch & dinner)/ Tour of Tortuga Bay and Charles Darwin Station/ 1 Sail to Floreana Is. (5, 6, 7 day packages )/ Transfer to Puerto Ayora (Sta. Cruz Island) – Puerto Villamil (Isabela Is.)/ Accommodation in IsabelaIsland/ Snorkeling gear/Tour to Sierra Madre Volcano, Chico Volcano and Tintoreras/ TheWall of Tears, Giant Tortoise Breeding Center & Concha Perla.