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Santa Fe Island

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Experience the beauty of Santa Fe on a day tour aboard Galaxy Daily with a wet landing on its white sand beach. Upon arrival, be greeted by sea lions and embark on a walking tour to explore the island's unique species. Have the chance to observe the Galapagos hawk, blue-footed booby, and the endemic Santa Fe land iguana. Once the tour is over, head to Encañada to take a swim in its warm, crystalline waters. This location is perfect for snorkeling, where you can observe the diverse marine life that calls this island home. Spot rays, sea turtles, sea lions, and colorful fish as you explore the underwater world. This island is truly a sight to behold and you'll leave with unforgettable memories that you'll cherish forever.
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  • Explore Santa Fe's resident species like Galapagos hawk on a guided walk
  • Jump on the impressive white sand beach and be welcomed by sea lions
  • Experience a refreshing swim in the EncaƱada, snorkel, and observe sea life
Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.

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Day 1: Santa Fe Island

Arrive at Puerto Ayora's pier early in the morning, beginning the adventure and heading toward Santa Fe Island. Once you embark on the Galaxy Daily, you will sail for a couple of hours, during which you will enjoy the view and the soft Galapagos Sea breeze. 

Santa Fe Island is one of the oldest islands in the entire Galapagos archipelago. It has underwater rock formations dating back approximately 4 million years. Its relatively flat surface is the result of tectonic uplift. You can also find one of this island's most iconic endemic species, the Santa Fe land iguana, a very characteristic yellowish iguana. The other endemic species is the Santa Fe rice rat; no need to worry as this small rat only appears at night. 

During this day of adventure, you will also be able to appreciate the largest species of opuntia cactus and the Galapagos hawk (the largest predator on the island), the blue-footed booby, the Galapagos sea lion, the magnificent frigate birds, and the marine iguana, also known as the Galapagos dragon due to its peculiar appearance. The landing in Santa Fe will be wet, so you will have to jump on the impressive white sand beach. Several sea lions will immediately receive you, inviting you to start a walk to look for the resident species of Santa Fe. Once the walk is over, you can enjoy a swim in the Encañada. Here, you can snorkel and observe sea turtles, rays, sea lions, and colorful fish while swimming in this island's warm, crystalline waters. In this itinerary, you will enjoy a delicious lunch on board the Galaxy Daily before a short rest and later navigation back to Santa Cruz Island.


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Children 5% (between 6 and 11 years old)

Children under 12 may receive discounts on Galapagos flight fares and entrance fees. Contact us for details.
  • 1 Lunch
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide 
  • Adventure Life Pre-departure Services and In-Country Assistance (Quito Representative)
  • Coffee & Tea
  • Snorkeling gear (Mask and tube)
  • Towels
  • Puerto Ayora dock use
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Galapagos Park Entrance Fee: $200 per adult, $100 per child under 12 (fees of $100 per adult and $50 per child valid on arrivals through Aug 1, 2024). Payable upon arrival to the Galapagos, only in cash dollars. Subject to increase by Galapagos Park Service.
  • Internal Flights: Mainland Ecuador - Galapagos - Mainland Ecuador: $475-675
  • Wetsuits are not included but are available to rent on board - $10/day per person.
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages.
  • Fins are not included but are available to rent on board - $5 per day per person.


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