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4 Days Unforgettable Islands Tour to Santa Cruz and Santa Fe in Galapagos, Ecuador

Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge, Bellavista, Via al Camote. Santa Cruz Island, Puerto Ayora, Galapagos, Ecuador

Amazing Marine Wildlife Tour Ecuador

Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge offers the opportunity to experience wildlife tour in the best of the Galapagos islands by including visits to Giant Tortoise Reserves, the Charles Darwin Station, and a sailing bay tour of Santa Cruz Island together with one navigation to either North Seymour, Plaza, Santa Fe or Bartolome islands. The location is ideal for people who want to disconnect from the online / virtual world and have a closer connection to nature. Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge is the center to the main tourist and diving sites in the islands given its location in the middle of Santa Cruz island. Explore the marvels that the Galapagos has to offer with Casa Natura Galapagos!

Key information

  • Starting and ending point: Baltra Island
  • Main wildlife to be viewed: tortoise, sea lion, fish, white tip sharks, marine iguanas, crabs, pelicans, marine birds
  • Children policy: Children under the age of 2 will stay free in same room as parents or legal guardian.
  • Park fees are not included: Galapagos National Park 100$ pp, Mercosur-Andean Community 50$ pp

Highlights

  • 1 sailing daily tour and bay tour
  • Snorkel for colorful fish on Santa Cruz Bay
  • Visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station
  • See the famous Galapagos giant tortoises in the wild
  • Professional bilingual guide during visits in Galapagos
  • Private transfers in Galapagos with assistance
  • Delicious breakfasts and lunches
  • 3 nights accommodation

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3 activity days
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
09:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Multilingual staff

Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge is a small family run hotel surrounded by nature in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island and central to the main tour and diving sites in Galapagos. It has 14 rooms, a dining area, and several social areas for passengers to experience. All rooms have a private balcony that enables guests to enjoy from the lush scenery of the Galapagos highlands and its ecosystem. The hotel in Galapagos provides one complimentary (free) transfer at designated times to port for those guests wishing to explore the small but busy town of Puerto Ayora.

Program

Day 1: Santa Cruz Highlands and Charles Darwin Station

Upon arrival at Baltra airport, you will be greeted and assisted to purchase your ticket for the airport - Itabaca Channel route. The bus transfer time takes about 10 minutes. You will be transferred by ferry to the island of Santa Cruz (10 minutes of travel). You will stop in highlands of Santa Cruz, where you will visit a Giant Tortoise Reserve for an easy hike to observe Giant Tortoises in their natural habitat. In the afternoon, you will have a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station, where you will learn firsthand, the conservation and research efforts in the Galapagos Islands. You will see the tortoise hatchlings and breeding programs which are saving several races of tortoises from extinction. Also, you will have the opportunity to see the giant Galapagos tortoises.

  • Overnight: Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge in Santa Cruz Island
  • Included meals: lunch

Day 2: Santa Cruz Island / Bay Tour

After breakfast at Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge, you will take the boat for a visit to Santa Cruz Island´s bay. The tour takes around three hours and a half. Starting from the main pier of Puerto Ayora, the boat will take you to “Lobería,” so named for the large sea lion colony where snorkeling is possible not far from this amazing mammals. It is a very special place to see a variety of colors of fish. You will also visit Punta Estrada, Sharks´Channel, Playa de Los Perros, and Grietas. During the visit, you may find species like white tip sharks, sea tortoises, marine iguanas, crabs, pelicans, and some other marine birds. At the end of the excursion, you will get back to the pier. The afternoon is at leisure.

  • Overnight: Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge in Santa Cruz Island
  • Included meals: breakfast

Day 3: Full day sailing tour

You will have breakfast at the Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge. Then, you will be transferred to the pier to take a boat for a shared daily tour to North Seymour, Plazas Island, Bartolome, or Santa Fe islands (according to availability). In the afternoon, you will be transferred to the hotel.

  • Overnight: Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge in Santa Cruz Island
  • Included meals: breakfast and lunch

The options for the sailing tour:

Full day North Seymour Island

Around 08:00, you will be picked up by the hotel. Then, you will be transferred to Itabaca Chanel where you will board the boat. After 45 minutes of sailing (approximate), you will land at North Seymour Island. This is a wonderful island to hike. In this island, you will find Palo Santo (incense stick) trees, and also might see blue-footed boobies in breeding colonies making its courtship dance (depend on the season) and swallowed tail gull sitting.

Full day South Plazas Island

Around 08:00, you will be picked up by the hotel. Then, you will be transferred to Itabaca Chanel where you will board the boat. After one and a half hours of sailing (approximate), you will land to South Plazas Island. This island is located at the east of Santa Cruz and is the partner of North Plaza, there are two islets separated by a small channel of turquoise water that contrast with the red natural carpet (sesuvium) and cactus. When you arrive to the island, you will be greeted by a Galapagos sea lions court.

During the visit, you will probably see a variety of seabirds fishing and flying really close to the cliff. You will also find two different kinds of iguanas - the land iguana with their yellow-brown color eating cactus and the marine iguana having a sunbath. The second part of the tour is Carrión Point, where you can enjoy a unique experience doing snorkel. You might find white tip reef sharks, different kinds of reef fishes, and if you are lucky, some marine turtles and sea lions. You will go back to the boat for lunch and sail back to Santa Cruz.

Full day Santa Fe Island

Around 08:00, you will be picked up from the hotel. Then, you will be transferred to the pier where you will board the boat. After two hours if sailing (approximate), the yacht will arrive in Santa Fe Island. A short 300-meter trail will take you to one of the tallest stands of Opuntia Cactus in the island. From this point, you can look out for endemic land iguanas, sea lions in white sand beach resting waiting for pictures. Crabs, nocturnal herons, marine iguanas, mockingbirds, and Galapagos doves are often seen in Santa Fe island. After the hike, you will snorkel in the bay where tranquil turquoise waters make it one of the best places to admire the fauna of the Galapagos. After lunch on board on the yacht, you will go back to Puerto Ayora.

Full day Bartolomé Island

You will be picked up from the hotel at about 06:00 for transfer to Itabaca Chanel. The trip to Bartolome will take about two hours and a half. Bartolome has the most beautiful and photographed landscapes of the Galapagos. The trail is made of wood and you have to climb to the top of this extinct volcano that has an altitude of 114 meters. From here, you will be amazed at this spectacular landscape that give the island and after reaching the top of these wooden staircases (380 approximately) you will feel that was worth it.

The main attraction of the island is Pinnacle Rock, which is a big lava formation that eroded over time. Bartolome has also two beautiful beaches, half-moon-shaped with gold color sand, that invite you to have a sunbath or snorkel around the lava formations. If you are lucky, you might find the Galapagos penguin and sea turtles swimming in shallow waters. You will return to the boat for lunch and sail back to Santa Cruz.

Day 4: Transfer out to Baltra Airport

You will have breakfast at Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge and transfer out to Baltra airport. Then, you will fly back to the mainland for connections or visit Ecuador. End of services.

  • Included meals: breakfast

Notes: All the excursions are based on shared services. Boats are capacity for 16 passengers only, in some exceptions boats can be capacity for 20 passengers. Spaces are subject availability.

Included excursions

You will have a trip to the Charles Darwin Research Station as an excursion.

Location

This safari will cover several places in Ecuador, including Baltra Island, Santa Cruz Highlands, Charles Darwin Station, Santa Cruz Island, Punta Estrada, Sharks´Channel, Playa de Los Perros, Grietas, and a full day destination (North Seymour, Plazas Island, Bartolome, or Santa Fe islands).

Features

Activities

  • Diving
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Balcony
  • Beach
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Multilingual staff

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 1 sailing daily tour according availability (shared services)
  • 1 bay tour (shared services)
  • A visit to Giant Tortoises Reserve
  • Trip to the Charles Darwin Research Station
  • Professional bilingual guide during visits in Galapagos
  • Private transfers at airport or hotel in Galapagos with bilingual assistance
  • 3 breakfasts and 2 lunches
  • 3 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Ticket to and from Galapagos
  • Entrance to the Galapagos National Park (100 USD) and Mercosur-Andean Community (50 USD)
  • Galapagos control transit card (20 USD)
  • Bus ticket Baltra Airport-Itabaca Channel (5 USD per way, round trip 10 USD)
  • Tips, phones, internet services
  • Laundry service
  • Drinks, bottled water, alcoholic beverages
  • Daily dinner and other meals not specified
  • Optional tours
  • Consumptions or personal charges

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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