Transfer to the hotel and lunch. Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station or "La Estación" (as the locals call it). In "La Estación" the "Fausto Llerena Breeding Center" is found, which was home to the legendary Lonesome George. He was the last tortoise remaining of his species (Chelonoidis nigra abingdonii). Lonesome George was found in Pinta Island in 1971, the human introduction of goats and the hunting of Pinta Island tortoises had almost brought this species to extinction in 1971. Lonesome George was transferred to the Charles Darwin Research Station in Santa Cruz Island in 1972 with the hope to mate it with closely related species. Unfortunately, no viable eggs were produced. Lonesome George died on June 24, 2012.
The Charles Darwin Research Station is an incredible place to learn about the Galápagos Islands history, flora, and fauna. While hiking around "La Estación" you can observe Galápagos Tortoises in their different life stages.
After hiking around the Charles Darwin Research Station a crystal clear water beach awaits for you, perfect for snorkeling and resting from the hike.
Morning: Santa Cruz Island bay tour on board the Aqua View, the "Glass Bottom Boat." Among the bay tour activities are snorkeling with sea lions in "La Lobería" and hiking to "Las Grietas," a geological formation unique to volcanic islands where you can swim in the cool, transparent water and jump from the rock edges.
Afternoon: Visit to the mountainside of Santa Cruz Island to observe the Galápagos tortoises in their natural habitat. Afterwards there is hiking through lava tunnels, a geological formation.
Visit to one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, "Tortuga Bay." White coral-based sand and a wide crystal-clear ocean awaits you after a 45 min. walk. In the company of your Naturalist Guide, you will be able to identify the diverse flora and fauna of Tortuga Bay, some examples are: Darwin's finches, flamingos (depending on the season), blue footed boobies, iguanas, sally foot crabs, pencil sea urchins, sea turtles among others. On this amazing beach you can also do kayaking, snorkeling, and surfing.
1-Day visit to one of the following islands, islets or beaches: Isabela Island, San Cristóbal Island, Bartolomé Island, Seymour Norte Island and Bachas, Santa Fé Island, Floreana Island, Plaza Sur Islet and Punta Carrión, or Playa del Garrapatero.
Morning, Transfer to Puerto Villamil in Isabela Island at 7 AM in a boat ride of approximately 2 hours. Isabela Island is the largest and youngest Island of the Archipelago. The first part of the tour in Isabela Island consists of visiting the "Flamingo Lagoon" for flamingo watching and "La Galapaguera" which is the breeding center for Isabela Island tortoises.
Afternoon: Lunch and then Bay Tour. The Bay Tour consists of a boat ride around "Tintoreras" and then snorkeling around the bay of Isabela Island. Return to Santa Cruz Island around 3 PM.
Morning, Transfer to San Cristóbal Island at 7 AM in a boat ride of approximately 2 hours. San Cristóbal Island is the Capital Island of the Archipelago. The first part of the tour consists of visiting “El León Dormido,” a geological formation around which snorkeling and diving can be performed.
Afternoon: Lunch and then visit to the “Centro de Interpretación” where you can learn extensively about the history and current environmental projects for the Islands. Lastly, return to Santa Cruz Island at around 4 PM.
To visit Bartolomé Island we will pick you up at 5 AM from your hotel to take you to the Itabaca Channel in Santa Cruz Island. At this dock you will board the boat that will take you to Bartolomé Island in approximately 3 hours.
Once at Bartolomé the first part of the tour consists of a wooden stair hike that takes you 117mts above water level where you can appreciate one of the most famous sceneries in the world, “The Tower of Bartolomé.” Through the hike you will also learn about the geology of the island and its arrival and establishment of species. The second part of the Bartolomé Island tour consists of visiting the beach located next to the underwater crater. Here you can relax and rest from the hike. Subsequently, a short boat ride will take you around Bartolomé Island for penguin watching and for those who want to closely interact with the penguins, sea lions and other marine life, snorkeling will be an option.
Seymour Norte and Bachas:
Seymour Norte (North Seymour) is located at the north side of the Baltra Island Airport. In Seymour Norte we make a dry landing on top of lava rocks. The tour starts with a 2-hour hike towards a blue footed booby, frigate and swallowed tail gulls watching site. You will be fortunate to observe the different courtship rituals of each type of bird (depending on the season). Sea lions and marine iguanas can also be spotted through this hike.
The second part of the tour consists of a visit to Bachas, an organic material beach where sea turtles nest. On the back side of Bachas, two lagoons are found where Galápagos flamingos (the pinkest in the world) can be observed.
Santa Fé Island is located 1-hour away from Santa Cruz Island. After a 1-hour boat ride you will arrive to one of the most beautiful bays in the Archipelago, Bahía Barrington. Barrington Bay has beautiful turquoise water and is one of the most spectacular places to do snorkeling with sea lions, rays and a great variety of fishes. In Santa Fé Island you will also be able to do a 7-meter hike to appreciate the thickest cactus of the entire Archipelago and a type of land iguana only found in Santa Fé Island, the Barrington Land Iguana (Conolophus pallidus).
Floreana Island is located an hour and 30 min away from Santa Cruz Island. Floreana Island has a rich human history full of mysteries and unexplained outcomes, therefore the Island is also called The Island of Mysteries. Floreana Island was the scenery of the Robinson Crusoe of the Galápagos Islands, there are many stories about the first colonizers who had been assassinated, disappeared, or found dead many miles away from Floreana on Marchena Island. Floreana is also full of natural history mainly found underwater. The best sites for marine observation could be found in this Island. Galápagos tortoises can also be watched in their natural habitat after a hike through the Island.
Plaza Sur and Punta Carrión:
In Plaza Sur we make a dry landing on a cemented dock usually full of sea lions. In this islet you will perform a 2kms hike. While hiking in Plaza Sur you will be fortunate to enjoy abundant land and marine life including land and marine iguanas, sea birds and sea lions. At the end of the hike a magnificent view awaits you. After the hike the tour continues along the coast onboard a “Panga” (a small boat) around Punta Carrión for snorkeling with fur sea lions and marine sea lions.
"La Playa del Garrapatero" is found approximately 40 min away from the Santa Cruz port, far from civilization. We will provide a car ride to the beach where you will get to visit and relax on beautiful mangrove beaches and appreciate Galápagos Flamingo watching. In the company of your Naturalist Guide you will be able to spot many different birds, sharks, iguanas and more fascinating endemic species.
Visit to the "Gemelos" or "Twins," a geological formation of breathtaking scenery. Endemic flora and fauna can be appreciated throughout this short hike. Finally, transfer to the Baltra Island Airport.
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*Packages DO NOT include drinks, entrance fee to the Galápagos National Park and airfare
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