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Explore the wonders of San Cristobal Island on a 4-day adventure tour. Start by kayaking from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Manglecito Beach, encountering blue-footed boobies, brown pelicans, and marine iguanas along the way. Enjoy a beautifully prepared campsite and a peaceful night under the stars. The next day, visit the stunning white-sand beaches of Cerro Brujo, observing sea turtle nests and playful sea lions. Snorkel at Kicker Rock, where you’ll swim with Galapagos sharks, eagle rays, and sea turtles. On your final day, kayak along the northern coast, admire volcanic formations, and spot diverse birdlife before hiking to Frigate Hill and Darwin Bay. This tour offers a unique blend of kayaking, snorkeling, and hiking, providing an immersive Galapagos experience.
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  • Explore the turquoise waters of Manglecito Beach on a kayak adventure
  • Experience close encounters with diverse Galapagos wildlife
  • Hike to Frigate Hill for stunning island views
  • Dive into the underwater world with a snorkeling excursion
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Activity Level: Moderate
Activities that provide a reasonable level of physical challenge and elevate the heart rate. Focused on more active pursuits including multisport tours. Travelers may be active 5-7 hours total each day. Recommended for travelers with active lifestyles.

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Day 1: San Cristobal Island | Manglecito Beach

Upon your arrival on San Cristobal Island, your tour assistant will greet you and escort you to a local restaurant for lunch and orientation.

Afterward, you'll try out your kayak equipment before loading your luggage onto the support boat. You'll paddle from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Manglecito Beach, covering 6 nautical miles in about 2.5 to 3 hours. Along the way, you'll pass Lobos Island, where you'll easily approach the local fauna on the rocks close to the coast. This is a great opportunity for close-up pictures of blue-footed boobies, brown pelicans, and marine iguanas. From your kayak, you'll have a unique vantage point to spot sea turtles popping their heads out for a breath, and if you're lucky, you might even see them mating in the water.

Upon arrival at the campsite, you'll find a unique place with a white-sand beach where curious sea lions come close to peek at their new neighbors while the sun slowly dips into the turquoise water horizon. Our team will have prepared everything for you: tents with air pads, sheets, and pillows, and a buffet dinner accompanied by a starry sky and a glass of wine. The only sounds you'll hear at the campsite are the crashing waves, making you realize the privilege of being among the few who can enjoy this extraordinary location.

Day 2: Wizard Hill beach | Kicker Rock

One interesting thing about being on the equator is that both day and night each last for 12 hours. If you're an early riser, you'll get to see the island coming to life as the light wakes up a variety of animals. After breakfast, you’ll take a boat ride to Cerro Brujo, or Wizard Hill, where you'll arrive at a beautiful white-sand beach. Here, you can see sea turtle nests, as these majestic creatures lay their eggs every two years. You'll also encounter large black iguanas, playful sea lions, and a wide variety of birds, including brown pelicans, brown noddy terns, and blue-footed boobies diving for food.

Afterward, you'll continue to Kicker Rock, also known as León Dormido, for its resemblance to a sleeping lion. This iconic rock formation is the eroded remnants of a volcanic tuff cone and serves as a popular perch for blue-footed boobies, masked boobies, and frigate birds. On the shore, you can often observe sea lions either barking or basking in the sun.

Take full advantage of the biodiversity here with a snorkeling excursion. You'll have the chance to see Galapagos, white-tipped reef sharks, and sometimes hammerheads. Keep an eye out for the elegant swim-by of eagle rays, curious green sea turtles, the colorful blur of reef fish, and sea stars too!

In the afternoon, you'll return to your campsite at Manglecito and familiarize yourself with kayaking gear in preparation for the next day's adventure.

Day 3: Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Waking up to the sound of waves and birds, walking on the soft sand, and watching the sunrise from a unique and remote location is an unforgettable experience. After a delicious breakfast, you will take your kayak to explore the northern coast of the camp, admiring volcanic formations, sea turtles, pelicans, and frigatebirds. The journey takes approximately 2 hours, and then you'll return to the campsite to board a boat to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno for lunch.

In the afternoon, you'll hike to Frigate Hill, an observation point overlooking the coast of the island. From there, you'll continue your hike to Darwin Bay, named after Charles Darwin, who landed on this island. Tonight, you will stay in a comfortable hotel in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Day 4: Return Home

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After breakfast, bid farewell to Blue Marlin Hotel staff and transfer to the airport for your flight home, ending your unforgettable Galapagos adventure.


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  • 3 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinners, 2 Box Lunches
  • 3 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Galapagos Carbon Footprint Charge
  • Wetsuits
  • Sea Kayak and Camping Equipment
  • Galapagos Naturalist Guide
  • Alcoholic beverages at the camp
  • 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.
  • Galapagos Park entrance fee 
  • Air ticket Guayaquil / Galapagos / Guayaquil + Migration Control Card


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