The Galapagos Islands
March 4-8, 2019
March 18-22, 2019
Time to get up close and personal to some amazing animals. This is a Four Night, Five day tour visiting two of the Galapagos Islands, Santa Cruz and Isabela.
Santa Cruz Island and it's main town Puerto Ayora is located on the southern end of Isla Santa Cruz. It is the largest and most visited place in the Galapagos Islands. Puerto Ayora is a bustling port town full of charm.
Isabela Island is the largest and the least populated of the archipelago islands and is more than 9/10 National Park. You will stay in the town of Puerto Villamil where you can explore it's three miles of White Sandy Deserted Beaches and the largest Giant Tortoise Breeding Center in Galapagos. Isabela Island is also unique because it grew not from one volcanic eruption, but by the integration of six separate underwater volcanoes, five of which are still active. It is the largest land mass in the island system, accounting for 60% of the total land area.
We fly from Quito to the Island of Baltra. At the airport in Baltra, we will meet up with our English speaking guide who will take us to the port of Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz Island) for lunch. Afterwards, we will take the public speedboat to Isabela Island, which lasts approximately three hours.
After we check intothe hotel, we will head to the FLAMINGO LAGOON, which is the largest coastal lagoon found in the Galapagos and is one of the main reproductive sites for
the grand majority of flamingos.
Early in the morning, after breakfast, we’ll take an excursion to the Sierra Negra Volcano. This volcano has the second largest volcanic crater in the world, measuring 6 miles in diameter and 300 feet deep.
After a brief rest, we’ll have the chance to go snorkeling or swimming at Concha Perla where we can observe the colorful fish, sea urchins, starfish, sea lions, or even sea turtles.
After breakfast we will go to the GIANT TORTOISE BREEDING CENTER, where we will visit “THE WALL OF TEARS”. From 1946 to 1959, Isabela was designated a penal colony by the Ecuadorian government and prisoners were obligated to build a wall with enormous blocks of lava. Due to the arduous labour and harsh conditions in which the prisoners lived, this site is known as “EL MURO DE LAS LAGRIMAS”. Additionally, we will visit a small
lava tunnel and another FLAMINGO LAGOON, and then we will return to the hotel to have lunch.
In the afternoon, we will sail to “ISLOTE TINTORERAS”. It is called this due to a large crevice with very clear calm water in which white-tip sharks known as “Tintoreras” come daily to rest on the bottom. We can also observe penguins, sea lions, and marine iguanas and go snorkeling with colorful tropical fish while enjoying the beaches of Isabela.
After breakfast our guide will accompany us for a kayak excursion in the bay of Puerto Villamil. Then we will return back to the hotel for lunch and a short rest.
In the afternoon, we will make our way to the Highlands of Isabela to visit "La Cueva de Sucre, the Mango Viewpoint, and Campo Duro where we will be able to observe and get close to Giant Tortoises in the natural habitat.
After breakfast, we will travel to Baltra Airport, but on the way we will stop by "The Twins" (“The Gemelos”), which are similar to craters, but formed by a collapse of the Earth because of the lava flows that passed below it. The tour will end upon the arrival to the airport where we will depart to Quito.
PRICE PER PERSON: $1550
• Accommodation in double room at a tourist hotel
• All meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner
• English speaking nature guide
• Snorkelling equipment on Isabela - mask, snorkel and fins
• Transfer: Puerto Ayora - Isabela - Puerto Ayora (by speedboat or public transportation)
• Transfer: Baltra
Transfers: Quito hotel- airport- airport-hotel in Quito.
Rates do not include:
• Galapagos National Park entrance fee: $100.00 USD per person
• Migratory Control Card: $20.00 USD per person
• Isabela dock fee $ 10.00 USD per person.
• Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages