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Galapagos Land Lubbers: Silberstein Hotel

5 Days
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US$ 2,498

Galapagos travel is often dominated by cruise itineraries that accommodate passengers on board. These special Galapagos tours take in all the same sights while letting you spend your evenings on dry land.

This 5-day itinerary bases you at the Silberstein Hotel, conveniently located on Santa Cruz Island.

Start your visit at the Charles Darwin Research Station back on Santa Cruz. Lonesome George has sadly passed on, but you can still learn about the famous giant tortoise, and observe his fascinating relatives. Your next two days are devoted to either Floreana or Isabela Island.

Floreana was the first island settled in the Galapagos, and so contains a lot of the Islands’ history. Visit Pirate’s Cave and Bird Hill, which affords spectacular views over the islands and of their feathered residents. A Bay Tour takes you to see penguins, tropical fish, boobies, and to enjoy swimming and snorkelling, possibly near playful sea lions. On Isabela Island, you can also see turtles, sea lions, and penguins, and go snorkelling in shallow waters near the mangrove forest, where you’ll be in close proximity to sea lions, penguins, and harmless white-tipped reef sharks.

Spend your last full day on Santa Cruz, exploring the island’s collapsed lava chambers and a private reserve where the Galapagos Tortoise thrives in the wild.


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5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,498

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Day 1

Arrive Galapagos

Upon arrival at Baltra airport a staff member from Hotel Silberstein will welcome you and help with the luggage as well as with the guidance towards the Bus towards the Channel of Itabaca, which separates the island Baltra from Santa Cruz.

Here, a small ferry crosses in approximately 5 minutes the azure waters of the Channel towards the island Santa Cruz. From here the private transport with a double cabin Pick up or Minibus crosses the island in about 45 minutes towards Puerto Ayora and the Hotel Silberstein. Special attention should be paid to the changing surroundings from arid red and rocky ground in the North towards green and vivid nature in the highlands and the South.

The charming welcome procedure at the hotel is followed by the introduction and explanation of the personalized itineraries and the accommodation in our spacious rooms. If demanded, it is possible to enjoy an Ecuadorian or international lunch at the hotel restaurant, before our specialized guide joins the guests to the Charles Darwin Research Station in the afternoon. This station hosts educational museums, both about the history and development of the Galapagos Islands and the protection of this natural heritage.
The endemic giant land tortoises can be observed, including the world famous Lonesome George who is the last male of its specie. At Galapagos many different tortoise species exist and with this station their extinction is meant to be anticipated. Subsequently, there is some leisure time to explore the small, but pictorial harbor town Puerto Ayora with its many shops of local arts and crafts.

The dinner is served at the cozy hotel restaurant after an exciting day.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration4 Nights

Hotel Silberstein

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    Hotel Silberstein

    Hotel Silberstein is located in Puerto Ayora on the island of Santa Cruz. The hotel is a short walk from the Charles Darwin Scientific Station and just steps from the sea. The hotel has 24 guest rooms surrounded by a magnificent subtropical garden with a ...

    Hotel Silberstein is located in Puerto Ayora on the island of Santa Cruz. The hotel is a short walk from the Charles Darwin Scientific Station and just steps from the sea. The hotel has 24 guest rooms surrounded by a magnificent subtropical garden with a small pool. The hotel also provides a coffee bar and a restaurant as well as laundry service.


    • Bar
    • Internet Access
    • Restaurant
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 2

Bartolome or Seymour and Bachas or Plazas and Punta Carrion


Very early in the morning - at 5.00-5.30 am - the bus departs from the Hotel Silberstein to take the guests to the Channel of Itabaca where the yacht awaits ready to depart. A day in a paradise with beautiful white beaches, an outer space ambient, clear water and many native animals is about to begin. At the two hour boat trip the unique possibility to have breakfast watching the sun rise on sea is offered. Also the opportunity to experience dolphins and other marine residents closely to the boat in the early hours is probable.
Landing at Bartolome, approximately 300 steps follow their way up through the moon-like ambient to the highest point of the volcano island. The reward is an amazing view over the islands Santiago, North Seymour, Baltra, Santa Cruz and Rabida, the Chinese Hat as well as the well-known Pinnacle Rock which is the remains of an ancient volcano, consisting of black lava. It is the home of thousands of sea birds and the most famous photographed portrait of the Galapagos Islands.

Then after, changing clothes for the beach visit, the dinghy-ride will provide the guests with an amazing impression of the only 50 cm tall Galapagos Penguin standing on the cliff or shooting like a bullet through the clear waters. Further, arriving the shore, a short walk through the dunes takes the visitor to the northern beach. Here the pelicans have their nesting area and, just a step away inside the bay, small white-tip reef sharks have their territory and can be observed. Back at the southern beach the shallow sea invites to go swimming and snorkeling along with the cozy Galapagos penguins, sharks, starfish, rays, sea turtles and plenty of other exotic and colorful fish or just to enjoy the diversity of native residents such as marine iguanas, sea lions, pelicans and many more.

Lunch takes place at the boat after this amazing adventure. For this day the trip ends to return in the late afternoon to the Hotel Silberstein. Again, there is some leisure time to stroll over the mole of Puerto Ayora, before dinner is served at the Hotel Silberstein.


Seymour and Bachas

This day trip starts at 8 am and offers the golden chance to get to know the northern island Seymour and Bachas beach. The bus takes the guests to the yacht at Itabaca Channel and afterwards, during the one hour cruise to Seymour Island the awakening of the archipelago can be witnessed.

The disembarkation takes place from the Dinghy straight to the rocky coast near a small forest consisting of gray and silver trees the Palo Santo (Holy Stick) without leaves most of the year. Seymour is famous for its large colonies of different kinds of birds. Especially the male frigate birds with their red pouch to attract females in the breeding time and the famous Galapagos blue-footed boobies can be observed. These seabirds have a wedge shaped tail, long pointed wings and for the courtship the males lift first one, then the other blue foot into the air and dance to impress the female. Other highlights of the excursion are a beach with small cliffs, the observation of sea-gulls, many sea lions, marine iguanas and pelicans, almost an arm length away.

The fresh cooked lunch consists of two courses and is served on the yacht. Whilst the siesta time the yacht continues to Bachas beach at the Northern coast of Santa Cruz. First it is suggestible to take a short hike to a Flamingo pond just behind the beach and afterwards refresh swimming and snorkeling at this lonesome, paradisiac beach with white sand and turquoise water! Sea lions, different kind of rays, tortoises and tropical fish may join you in your underwater experience!

The return to Puerto Ayora is approximately at 16:30h. Here it is possible to have a walk at the pier and shop some souvenirs or enjoy the sunset from the hotel roof before the day ends with a lovely dinner at restaurant "El Pelicano".


Plazas nad Punta Carrion

The group departs at 8 am from the hotel, leaving towards the north to the channel of Itabaca and then hopping on the yacht to cruise to Plazas South Island. It is one of the smaller islands of the Galapagos visitors are able to reach, located close the eastern coast of Santa Cruz. After 1.5 hours, Plazas welcomes the traveler with a bright colorful red and green carpet of Sesuvio, an endemic plant, spread over the Island and the loud, friendly barking of several sea lion families which have settled down on the shore of the channel between North- and South Plazas where the yacht anchors. The turquoise water of the ocean jars perfectly with the white shining beaches and the black lava rocks of the coast. The hike is easy and goes along relaxing sea lions and Land Iguanas around most of the Island to reach the highest cliff where swallow-tailed gulls cross the air screaming and the sea lions which could not persist against their competitors climbing up the almost vertical wall. At the same time tropical birds, blue-footed boobies and other marine frigate birds glide gently in the wind. We suggest to take your binoculars along and get an extraordinary close view of these animals as well as the other marine life. The view from the highest point over the ocean and the powerful waves breaking at the cliffs is an experience the visitor will not forget.

Afterwards the trip continues to Punta Carrion where lunch is served on board. This is a great spot to snorkel and swim among rays, sharks and hundreds of colorful tropic fish.

Take a refreshing drink back at the hotel bar, before enjoying dinner at the restaurant.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Bartolome or Seymour and Bachas or Plazas and Punta Carrion

Another day to explore these wonderful Islands.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Tourtuga Bay and Santa Cruz Highlands

The local guide leaves with the group in the afternoon towards the Highlands of Santa Cruz.

Driving through the rural area of the island the travelers can experience the agriculture of the archipelago as well as the diversity of its surface. Surrounded by wild landscape and different species of the flora and fauna, it is possible to glance at finches which are famous for being the basis of Darwin's evolution theory. Watch the famous Galapagos land tortoises in their natural environment and learn how the private ranches aid to protect these special animals and their habitat. You can hear their sounds while they are trying to eat the leaves of the trees or searching for delicious nourishment. Tortoises of all different ages and sizes are gathering here: Small young ones with shining carapaces and older ones, a little bit more laggard and partly with cracked carapaces - tracks of a long life.

The well-known Lava Tunnels are another amazing experience! Formed by the lava floods of the volcanoes they range from the highlands down to the sea level. The track is collapsed on several spots. Nevertheless a track of about 30 minutes hike is intact and gives the observer an impression of their formation and where the tunnel gets to small to pass or the collapsed rock averts as if they still hold many undiscovered mysteries.The personalized guide will share in detail the story of the origin of these tunnels. The town at sunset shows the contrasts the Island has and invites for a pleasant dinner back at the hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5


You will have breakfast at the lodge before you depart, 3 hours before your flight in order to arrive back at the Baltra Airport the requested 1.5 hours before your flight back to the mainland, where your journey ends.

Transport and guide included from the hotel to the airport.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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  • Return flights to the Galapagos from Quito or Guayaquil
  • Park entrance fee and tourist card
  • 4 nights'  3 star accommodation
  • All meals when in the islands
  • All activities as listed


  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes unless specified
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature


Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

18 Dec 2017
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