Located in the Pacific Ocean, about 1.000 km away from the South American continent, these 19 islands and the surrounding marine reserve have been called a unique ‘living museum and showcase of evolution’. Located at the confluence of three ocean currents, the Galapagos are a ‘melting pot’ of marine species. Ongoing seismic and volcanic activity reflect the processes that formed the islands. These processes, together with the extreme isolation of the islands, led to the development of unusual animal life such as the land iguana, the giant tortoise and the many types of finch. These animals inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection after his visit in 1835.
Ecuatraveling offers a unique experience of the Galapagos islands, the way we see them: as locals. With our customized individual itineraries, you can choose the sights and activities most suited to your interests. With our land-based island hopping operators you will stay at local hotels and eat at local restaurants.
Experience the Galapagos islands from the inside with Ecuatraveling – Enjoying Life!
We fly from Quito or Guayaquil to the Island of Baltra. At the airport in Baltra, we will meet 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, which takes approximately three hours. We will arrive at LA LAGUNA HOTEL (no WIFI available). After a brief rest at the hotel, we will head to the FLAMINGO LAGOON, which is the largest coastal lagoon found in the Galapagos and one of the main reproductive sites for the grand majority of flamingos. (L,D)
DAY 2 – SIERRA NEGRA ACTIVE VOLCANO TREKING – CONCHA PERLA ISABELA
Early in the morning, after breakfast, we’ll take an excursion to the Sierra Negra Volcano. This volcano is located 13 miles from Port Villamil and has the second largest volcanic crater in the world, measuring 6 miles in diameter and 300 feet deep. To arrive at this incredible sight we travel in bus or similar vehicle for 45 minutes to the Galapagos National Park where we will register our visit and then begin our hike to the Sierra Negra Volcano. We’ll then proceed to the Volcan Chico where you can feel the warmth of the ground as proof of the volcano’s activity. Here we’ll stop for a box lunch before returning to the hotel. 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. Hotel Accommodation provided. LA LAGUNA HOTEL (no WIFI available). (B,L,D)
DAY 3 – TORTOISES BREDING CENTER – TINTORERAS
After breakfast we will go to the GIANT TORTOISE BREEDING CENTER, where we will see giant tortoises in different stages of life and learn about the process that the center is going through to raise the numbers of tortoises on the island. 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’s got this name 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 snorkelling with sharks as well as other colourful tropical fish while enjoying the beaches of Isabela. LA LAGUNA HOTEL (no WIFI available). (B,L,D)
DAY 4 –PTO AYORA – CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION
We will take the public speedboat to PUERTO AYORA, where the guide will be waiting for us in order to check in to the hotel and eat breakfast. Afterwards, we will enjoy a wonderful visit to see GIANT TURTLES IN THEIR NATURAL HABITAT.After lunch in the Highlands, we will return to Puerto Ayora and go to the CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION. Here we will have the opportunity to remember the history of the famous Lonesome George. HOTEL MAINAO or SIMILAR. Optional: You may visit the town again at night for dancing and entertainment. (B,L,D)
DAY 5 –THE TWINS – BALTRA
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 arriving at the airport where we will depart to Quito or Guayaquil. (B)
* The operator reserves the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather, National Park regulations or notifications and unforeseeable circumstances.
Accommodation in double rooms at a tourist SUPERIOR hotel. Named hotels are subject to availability
All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
English speaking naturalist guide
Snorkeling equipment on Isabela – mask, snorkel and fins
Transfer: Puerto Ayora – Isabela – Puerto Ayora (by speedboat or public transportation)
Transfer: Sta. Cruz – Isabela – Puerto Ayora – Baltra
Flight Quito – Galapagos – Quito
Galapagos National Park entrance fee: $100,00 USD per person
Migratory Control Card: $20,00 USD per person
Isabela dock fee $5,00 USD per person.
Water Taxis at each island transfer $1.00 USD per person