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Wonders of the Galapagos Islands

Duration
4 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,933

Explore volcanic landscapes and spot incredible wildlife on an adventure to the Galapagos Islands. Traverse the caldera of the Sierra Negra Volcano on Isabela Island, spot the iconic giant tortoises on Santa Cruz, and summit the heights of Bartolome Island to lay eyes on the shifting lava fields, golden beaches, and stunning waters of this biodiverse archipelago.


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Duration
4 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,933

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Day 1

Quito to Santa Cruz Island

You will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight to the Galapagos. On arrival in Baltra┬┤s airport, you will be transferred to Santa Cruz Island and onto your hotel in Puerto Ayora.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

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.

    Facilities

    • 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 and based on your day of travel you will explore:
Mondays and Thursdays visit North Seymour and Bachas.
Tuesdays and Fridays visit South Plazas.
Wednesday visit Santa Fe Island.
Saturdays visit Bartolome and Sullivan Bay.
Sundays visit Bartolome.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Days
Accommodation

Hotel Mainao

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    Hotel Mainao



    The Mainao Hotel is the most relaxing place in Puerto Ayora, in a comfortable, family environment away from the downtown area's hectic rush. The owner transformed his 6-room house into what is now a 19-room hotel.

    The Mainao Hotel is the most relaxing place in Puerto Ayora, in a comfortable, family environment away from the downtown area's hectic rush. The owner transformed his 6-room house into what is now a 19-room hotel.

    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Garden
    • Patio

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Day 3

Santa Cruz Island

Today you have multiple choices of activities. (Self guided at not included in the trip price). Or if you feel like hanging out at Puerto Ayora town, walk to Tortuga Bay or simply enjoy of the peacefulness.

Optional tours:
Walk to Las Grietas and Kayak at Tortuga Bay (private basis)
From Puerto Ayora main pier take a water taxi to the "Other Side Pier". From here, start an easy walk for about 1 Km (0.6 mile) until you reach Las Grietas. This is a stunning geological formation named as fissure where you can see two impressive rock walls with an elongated crystal clear water pond ideal for snorkeling. Later, visit to Tortuga Bay. After walking through a deciduous forest for 2.5 Km (1.5 miles) you will reach one of the most beautiful beaches in the archipelago. Continue walking along the white sand beach for another 1 Km (0.6 mile) until you reach the Playa Mansa where you can enjoy a kayak ride around the Bay.

Research Center
The Research Center offers a brand new Interpretation Center with some of the most important samples of the Center Collection.

Kayak Itabaca channel and Giant Tortoise Reserve (private basis)
Transfer to the Itabaca Channel to explore its turquoise waters. Kayak, snorkel and stand up paddleboard to see some of the famous Galapagos wildlife such as blue-footed boobies, sea lions, brown pelicans, a variety of herons and white-tipped reef sharks.
Kayak: 1.5-2 hours depending on fauna activity and skills of kayakers

Cerro Meza and Kayak at Garrapatero (private basis)
Visit Cerro Mesa viewpoint from where you can admire the whole southern shore of Santa Cruz. Continue towards one of the iconic formations in Galapagos resembling a crater from where you start a hike downhill for about 30 minutes to the bottom of this collapsed crater. Explore the area, recover energies and start the hike uphill for about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Excellent opportunities to find endemic species such as the Wood-pecker Finch and being very lucky giant tortoises.

Later, kayaks at Garrapatero. Walk for about 500 mts (0.3 mile) on a flat and easy terrain through a deciduous forest until reaching El Garrapatero beach. Kayaking activity takes place from the beach along the bay for about 45 minutes.

Coffee farm and Sugar Cane mill and Highlights of Puerto Ayora (private basis)
In the morning, visit Organic Coffee Farm & Sugar Cane mill. Departure from your hotel towards the farming area of El Cascajo. Visit one of the most traditional farms in the area where you'll find real organic coffee and sugar cane plantations. Learn about all coffee and sugar cane growing and production process including a handcrafted sugar cane mil and distillery where the farmers produce a traditional sugar cane liquor.

Later, visit to Charles Darwin Research Station. The Charles Darwin Research Center is the matrix of all the scientific researches in the Galapagos Islands. It is from these headquarters from where all the most sensitive conservation projects are being directed. The conservation and preservation of giant tortoises, marine iguanas among others are some of the examples of the Center labor. Walk along the core of the Research Center where we can find the corrals where the giant tortoises are being breed as well as the corrals where the land iguanas are being studied. The Research Center offers a brand new Interpretation Center with some of the most important samples of the Center Collection.

Afterwards, visit to wooden workshops in Galapagos. Inspired by the unique beauty of the islands and using cedrella's wood; one of the introduced species in Galapagos several years ago; galapague├▒os artists have dedicated their lives to capture in this wood images of fauna and flora of the archipelago. Their pieces are full are full of creativity and details that reflect the naturalness of the enchanted islands. During this visit we will know more about these skilled hands.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 4

Santa Cruz Island

After breakfast you are transferred from your hotel in puerto Ayora to Baltr's airport to take flight back to continent.

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DEPARTURES:

2019: Jan 9; Mar 6; Apr 3; Aug 14; Sep 4; Oct 2; Nov 13; Dec 11

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

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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