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Wonders of the Galapagos Islands

Duration
4 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,091

Explore volcanic landscapes and spot incredible wildlife on an adventure to the Galapagos Islands. Staying on Santa Cruz Island, you’ll head on day trips to explore this magical archipelago. You’ll spot giant tortoises in the highlands, hike along volcanic beaches full of iguanas and penguins, and experience the stunning biodiversity of this island chain.


This 4-day Galapagos vacation takes you to the Galapagos Islands to explore the natural wonders of Santa Cruz Island.

On your Ecuador vacation, you’ll connect to Puerto Ayora, the capital of the Galapagos located on Santa Cruz Island. On your first night, head into the Santa Cruz Highlands to stay at the Magic Galapagos Tented Camp, a premium camping experience where your only island companions are the giant tortoises that share the hillside. Over the next couple days, choose from a variety of day trips and excursions to explore the landscape and waters of the Galapagos Islands. Head to North Seymour Island to see blue-footed boobies and frigate birds or explore Bartolome and Sullivan Bay, where you can find the rare Galapagos Penguins and hike the golden beach stretching alongside Pinnacle Rock. Skirt the caldera of Sierra Negra Volcano on Isabela Island or snorkel through the waters to see the world beneath the waves.

Another day, spend your time hiking along the unique rock formations of Las Grietas before kayaking through the waters of Tortuga Bay. Alternatively, hike through the highlands around Puerto Ayora, visiting a coffee farm and sugar cane plantation before spending time at Charles Darwin Research Station, which is committed to the conservation of giant tortoises and marine iguanas. At the end of your time in the Galapagos, connect back to Baltra International Airport to continue your onward journey.


 

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Duration
4 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,091

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Day 1

Quito to Santa Cruz Island

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to take flight to Galapagos.
Today you arrive on Baltra Island, the gateway to the Galapagos. This tiny island was a military base during the Second World War and hosts the Islands' principal airport. The airport was built using the most advanced environmental techniques to reduce emissions and energy use, some of which you'll notice as you transit through the facility. It was the first ecological airport in the world. Ferry to Santa Cruz Island.
Afterwards drive to our exclusive giant tortoise reserve where our tented camp is located. Perched high on a hillside overlooking the ocean, Magic Galapagos Tented Camp will be our home for the night. The sounds of nature will be our lullaby in the evenings, and the Milky Way will be our night-light. You'll be able to feast your eyes on the mountains and forest surrounding the lodge, and enjoy the peace of having the entire hillside to ourselves, with the exception of seasonal resident giant tortoises.

Watching the colorful sunset from Magic's western perch is the perfect segue into evening. Dinners are scrumptious three course affairs, prepared by expert chefs in an open-air kitchen in the main lodge. A favorite post-dinner activity is a short walk to the natural lava tubes on the reserve for a nightcap in the one-of-a-kind 'Lava Lounge!' It's the perfect spot to relax around the fire and share stories from the day's adventures.

Duration1 Night
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Galapagos Magic Tented Camp

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    Galapagos Magic Tented Camp



    Magic Galapagos (also known as Galapagos Magic) is a tented camp set in a private reserve in the highlands of Santa Cruz. It's quite usual to see giant tortoises roam through the grounds of the camp, and it's a pleasure to share this peaceful location …

    Magic Galapagos (also known as Galapagos Magic) is a tented camp set in a private reserve in the highlands of Santa Cruz. It's quite usual to see giant tortoises roam through the grounds of the camp, and it's a pleasure to share this peaceful location with them. After a day out exploring it's a treat to return here, take in a glorious sunset, enjoy a drink by the campfire and then sit down to a superb three course dinner. The 'lava lounge', formed out of natural lava tubes, is the ideal place to round off the day, chatting to other guests and sipping a nightcap.

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    • Restaurant
    • WiFi

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Day 2

Santa Cruz Island

Today enjoy a day of sightseeing on a motor yacht (You will be joining other Globetrotters).
Enjoy a day of discovery with a welcoming crew and a knowledgeable naturalist guide, and experience the remote islands in comfort and style. You will experience the Galapagos Islands in a safe and comfortable style. This full-day excursion includes snorkelling and swimming opportunities.

You will visit Santa Fe Island, where you'll have the chance to admire and experience unique biodiversity. The journey will take place among extraordinary landscapes that combine sparkling turquoise waters and white sand. You'll have the opportunity to see wildlife in its natural state - including the chance to see one of the largest sea lion colonies in the Galapagos.

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Duration2 Nights
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Hotel Fiesta

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    Hotel Fiesta



    Fiesta is a concept of simple accommodation by nature, but concerned about the service and details that matter to the host. That is the culture of service, "Handmade" - the service is good and gives you everything you need. Impeccable cleanliness, simplicity and cordiality. Personalized …

    Fiesta is a concept of simple accommodation by nature, but concerned about the service and details that matter to the host. That is the culture of service, "Handmade" - the service is good and gives you everything you need. Impeccable cleanliness, simplicity and cordiality. Personalized attention. Tranquility at the break after hectic daily walks.

    This hotel is at an excellent location relative to the center of Puerto Ayora.

    Facilities

    • Airport Shuttle Service
    • Bar/Lounge
    • Concierge
    • Free WiFi
    • Laundry Service
    • Outdoor Pool

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Day 3

Santa Cruz Island

This morning, enjoy a half-day Bay Exploration (You will be joining other Globetrotters).
Enjoy navigation to "La Loberia Island" named after a sea lion colony that inhabits there. This small island is a great place to snorkel in amongst sea turtles and a great variety of colourful fish, and for playing with the ever-friendly and curious sea lions.
Your next stop will be a hike to the "Tunel del Amor" (lover's tunnel) with a great viewpoint from where if lucky you can watch resting white-tip sharks. On the way back, you will visit Punta Estrada's dock, where you'll go on a walk to watch marine iguanas.
The rest of the day is at leisure. Or you can hang out at Puerto Ayora town, walk to Tortuga Bay or simply enjoy of the peacefulness.
The following are suggested activities you can consider (not included in the trip price): Charles Darwin Research Station and a visit to a local artisan.

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Day 4

Santa Cruz Island

After breakfast, you are transferred from your hotel in Puerto Ayora to Baltra's airport to take flight back to continent.

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DEPARTURES:

2020: Jul 29; Aug 12; Sep 2, 30; Nov 11; Dec 9
2021: Jan 6; Feb 10; Mar 10; Apr 7; May 5, 26; Jun 9, 23; Jul 14; Aug 4; Sep 1; Oct 6;
Nov 17; Dec 8

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Airport transfer  to Quito on day 1
  • Quito to Galapagos return flights
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee
  • Migration Control Card
  • All accommodation
  • 1 daily boat tour
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Local English speaking guides in each locality

OTHER INFORMATION:

This is not a fully escorted tour. Local English guides are used in each different location. 

PRICE EXCLUDES:

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

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

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.

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8 Dec 2021
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