Here is a sample itinerary based on arrival to the Galapagos on Sunday. Please note that this trip can also begin in the Galapagos on Wednesday.
Upon arrival to the airport at Baltra Island, you will be taken across the Itabaca Channel,to Santa Cruz Island. Where a bus will take you to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island for a visit the Giant Tortoises Reserve in their natural habitat, a once in a lifetime experience!
A stop is then made at the Twin Pit Craters, great depressions of volcanic material, formed by a long process of slow sinking of the ground, where exceptional Scalesia trees, ferns, mosses and orchids can be seen in the surroundings.
NORTH SEYMOUR ISLAND Yacht Excursion
A stroll on flat terrain allows the observation of Palo Santo trees and colonies of blue-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls and magnificent frigate birds. Towards the other side of the island, the ocean crashes against the rocks and sea lions surf in the waves.
PLAZA ISLAND Yacht Excursion
This small island is full of fascinating wildlife, at sea side and along the cliffs: sea lions, land iguanas, swallow-tailed gulls, Opuntia cacti and vegetation that changes colors with the seasons.
Stay at Santa Cruz Island and enjoy the activities of your choice. Hike to Las Grietas, snorkeling, birdwatching (without extra cost) or guided excursions at extra cost such as cruise of the bay, mountain bike in the highlands of Santa Cruz, Discover Scuba Diving.
SANTA FE ISLAND (Barrington) Yacht Excursion
A short trek leads through woods of Opuntia cacti and Palo Santo trees. Land iguanas (endemic to Santa Fe), lava lizards and colonies of sea lions can be observed. There is opportunity to swim and snorkel.
HIKE TO TORTUGA BAY in the morning.
It is considered the nicest spot of the archipelago, a peaceful corner for the nature lover. Tortuga Bayï¿½s name comes from the sea turtles that go there to lay their eggs. Excellent bird watching can be found along the way and at the Bay. Snack is included.
Free time in the afternoon to relax by the pool or on the beach or visit Puerto Ayora.
The trail is a fairly steep climb on wooden steps to the summit, worth the effort, as there is a spectacular view of the Galapagos scenery from above. Interesting lava formations and tuff cones can be observed. Sea lions and penguins swim in the vicinity of Pinnacle Rock. Enjoy snorkeling or swimming from the beach.
Leave the hotel early in the morning for a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station, home to giant tortoises from all over the islands. Then, overland transfer to the airport in Baltra to take the flight back to the continent (and reality).
Tortuga Bay is considered the nicest spot in the archipelago, a peaceful corner for the nature lover. Its name comes from the sea turtles that go there to lay their eggs. Excellent bird watching can be found along the way to and at the Bay.
Many options for multisport activities are available for those guests not wishing to take a yacht excursion to visit nearby islands. Additional fees may be required.
* Excursions on Mountain Bike
* Introduction to diving (Discover Scuba Diving)
* Bird watching
* Hike to Las Grietas
* Bay Tour
* Stargazing and much moreï¿½