Start your 10-day Galapagos tour with an educational twist by visiting the Charles Darwin Research Center, here you will learn about the importance of conservation in this sensative region. Next, your adventure may take you to the Santa Cruz Highlands, which is home to a number of giant tortoise subspecies, lava tubes, and craters. Be sure to explore Sante Fe Island, where you can enjoy snorkeling in the clear, radiant green waters or hunting for the Sante Fe land iguanas among the Opuntia Cactus. On Floreana feel free to search for mail from your homeland at Post Office Bay, snorkel in its underwater paradise, or simply watch a solitary flamingo foraging for crustaceans. The Hotel Silberstein and the Galapagos Islands await you!
Day 1 : Arrive Quito Day 2 : Flight from Quito to Baltra (Santa Cruz) Days 3-8 : Galapagos Day 9 : Return flight to Quito Day 10 : Return Home
Visit the Charles Darwin Research Center & learn about local conservation
Visit North Seymour to view blue-footed boobies, sea lions & frigrate birds
Climb Bartolome Island for magnificent views of the Galapagos Islands
Mail a postcard from the Floreana Island "Post Office" once used by pirates
A flight from Quito and a bus and ferry from Baltra take you to Puerto Ayora, a small and vibrant community on Santa Cruz Island. Puerto Ayora is dotted with colorful homes and the pangas of local fishermen. It is also home to the renowned Charles Darwin Research Station. The entrance to the Station is literally steps away from the front door of Hotel Silberstein.
In the afternoon you can nap in your air-conditioned hotel room or meander the friendly streets of Puerto Ayora. A walk into the Charles Darwin Research Station allows you to visit with the oldest and largest tortoises in the Galapagos Archipelago. You can also see baby tortoises the size of skipping stones. In the evening dinner will be served at the hotel, starting with a welcome drink.
The Hotel Silberstein allows you to explore the precious treasures of the Galapagos Islands in many different ways. A variety of island visits will be offered during your stay; choose to investigate this diverse marine environment by partaking in daily yacht excursions to such islands as South Plaza, North Seymour, Bartolome, Santa Fe, or Floreana. Literally delve into the Galapagos’s famous underwater marine world by engaging in snorkeling or scuba diving options.
Land-based tours to the Santa Cruz Highlands or a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Center are sure to captivate even the toughest critic. Come spend an exciting holiday exploring the beauty of this natural paradise with a stay at the unique Hotel Silberstein.
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Beyond expectations! Then again we weren't sure what to expect. Lovely stay at the lodge, met other like-minded travelers (many had their trips planned by Adventure Life) and the owner was a gracious hostess. It felt like you were one happy family, visiting with a favorite aunt.
When to Go
Good to ideal period to travel, and many people choose to visit at this time.