Explore Galapagos Islands in 3 days (Santa Cruz)

Itinerary

Our guide will be at the airport waiting for your arrival to start the adventure on the islands, after crossing the Itabaca channel make your first visit to the top of the island, the intense green color forms a unique contrast to the lower and dry part of the island. The Scalesia trees dominate the vegetation of this region, in the place you will have the possibility to visit a ranch where you will be able to observe turtles in natural state, in the same way take a walk through the lava tunnels. You will continue the journey to the hotel (-/L/-)

The visit to South Plazas to begins with a dry landing. The rocky trail circumnavigates the island displaying the combination of dry and coastal vegetation zone. The island is home to enormous prickly pear cactus and the endemic succulent sesuvian. These succulents with almond-shaped leaves are green during the rainy season December - May. Then, become red during the dry season giving the island an unusual appearance. Box Lunch Included. South Plaza has one of the largest populations of land iguanas in the Galapagos. The iguanas seem to be everywhere once you land.

Or visit to North Seymour. In the north of Baltra is the small islet of North Seymour. The two islands are very similar in appearance both created from geological uplift and having typical arid vegetation including prickly pear cactus, palo santos trees and salt bushes. The visitor trail on North Seymour is approximately (2 km) in length crossing the inland of the island and exploring the rocky coast. Along the way the trail passes colonies of blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigate birds. The magnificent frigate bird, a large black bird with a long wingspan, and a hooked beak, is extremely fast and has excellent vision. Frigate birds are known for the large red pouch on their necks. During mating season the males thrown back their heads, inflate the pouch (sometimes to the size of a soccer ball), and shake trying to capture the attention of female frigates.

Or visit Floreana. This island has long been a favorite site of visitors including pirates, whalers and early settlers. It´s the oldest islands. Floreana illustrates the aging process of a volcanic island. Unlike the younger western islands, Floreana’s volcano has been long extinct and is in the advanced stages of erosion. The erosion process gave the island the nutrients and soils need to sustain plant life. The combination of this rich soil and a good water supply have given the highlands of Floreana a diversified landscaping of native and introduced flora. You will walk through a place called “Asilo de l a Paz” where you can find “La Cueva de los Piratas” (The Pirates´ cave). You can also observe the giant turtles in their typical habitat. In the afternoon, after the box lunch, you will visit the Black Beach which invites to swim and get to know the beautiful underwater world with your snorkel equipment. Return to Puerto Ayora.

Or visit Santa Fe. A thirty - minute loop through the giant Opuntia cactus forest will show you land iguanas that are unique to this island. These rare reptiles are easiest to find early morning and late afternoon. A two hour trail with good views, and a chance to see some endemic vegetation including Scalesia. Before the trekking, you will have a box lunch. This island offers an excellent opportunity for snorkeling from the panga to the point of the small islet that forms the bay.

Or visit Bartolome. This small island famous of the photogenic pinnacle rock that looks sheared away from the cliff. The trail passes different lava formation and pioneer vegetation on the way to the summit. It is a one-hour of moderate uphill hiking with beautiful views of the surrounding islands. A short walk through sand dunes brings you to another beach. Before the trekking, you will have a box lunch. Next to the pinnacle is a pleasant beach with a calm bay for swimming. Box lunch is included. Penguins can sometimes be observed while swimming or snorkeling. Overnight in the hotel (B/BL/-)

After breakfast, the guide will pick you up at your hotel for taking you to the Charles Darwin Center, the foundation has its headquarters at the visitor-friendly Charles Darwin Research Station, located near Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island. There you will find administrative offices and laboratories for the scientists (usually off-limits to visitors) but also several educational exhibits and displays, such as shells from different tortoise species, a display concerning introduced species and the harm they can do, etc. After the visit you will get back to hotel and about 3 hours before your flight you will head to the airport (B/-/-)

* Visit to Charles Darwin will depend on the departure time of domestic flights. Arrival to Baltra will be after 45 min or 1 hour. Farewell. End of services.

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Transfer In and Out (share service)
Transportation (share service)
Accommodations in double room
Meals according to the itinerary
Excursions in share service
Ticket payment for crossing to Itabaca channel
Galapagos National Park Naturalist Guide (English – Spanish)
Snorkeling equipment (mask, tube and fins)
Assistance in all activities
Flight Quito - Galapagos - Quito
Entry fee to Galapagos National Park
Control Transit Card
Single supplement
Transfers in Quito or Guayaquil
Rent wetsuits
International flights
Dinners
Soft and alcoholic drinks
Personal insurance
Tips
Other non-specified expenses

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