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Tour the highlights of the central islands of the Galapagos on this 4-day adventure. Indulge yourself in the picturesque beauty of the unique landscape, relax on the beach, do some exploratory snorkeling, and wander to the hidden center of the islands. Wildlife viewing opportunities will abound as you traverse the islands, snorkel in the crystal clear waters, or take a relaxing swim off the pristine shores. Get up close and personal with fascinating wildlife throughout your Galapagos adventure and make this a truly unique vacation that will be beyond memorable.
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Day 1: Baltra - Santa Cruz Island - Highlands

  • 1 Dinner
Arrive at the Baltra airport and transfer to the Guantanamera.

Journey to the highlands of Santa Cruz to experience all seven different vegetation zones. View Galápagos flycatchers, small tree finches, and woodpecker finches as you hike around.

Day 2: Floreana

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, travel to Cormorant Point to hike a trail which overlooks a saltwater lagoon. A favorite location for flamingos, you may also see green sea turtles. Sail for Champion Islet for snorkeling. Champion Rock is covered with black coral bushes and yellow cup corals.

In the afternoon, visit Baroness’ Observatory and Post Office Bay. Feel free to leave an addressed postcard in the barrel and take one for delivery if the address is close to where you live.

Day 3: Chinese Hat- Dragon Hill

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today begins at Chinese Hat, a small island off the coast of Santiago that is an awesome opportunity to see and interpret geological features such as lava tubes and lava flows. Then sail for Dragon Hill to see flamingos, common stilts, pintail ducks and other species of birds. Take a short walk to the lagoon behind the beach and snorkel in the clear waters off the coast.

Day 4: Santa Cruz Island - Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
Make your way to Los Gemelos, two volcanic depressions on the highest part of Santa Cruz.

In the afternoon, transfer to the airport for your connection back to the mainland.

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  • 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • 3 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Gear Rental: Snorkeling Gear
  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide 
  • Adventure Life Pre-departure Services and In-Country Assistance (Quito Representative)
  • Shore Excursions, Swimming and Snorkeling 
  • Transfers and Baggage Handling in the Galapagos
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  • 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: $100 per adult, $50 per child under 12
  • Internal Flights: Mainland Ecuador - Galapagos - Mainland Ecuador: $475-675
  • Wetsuits are not included but are available to rent on board - $30/week per person.

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