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See what Galápagos Islands can offer in this astonishing wildlife tour! Get a chance to see Galápagos wildlife on the islands of San Cristóbal and Santa Cruz. You will not only see beautiful reefs and fish but also the iconic giant tortoise as well as sea turtles, sharks, iguanas, sea lions, and much more. You will visit other interesting stops like the Interpretation Center, Tijeretas, Punta Carola, and snorkel at Playa Mann as well. Not to forget a full day tour to Kicker Rock and visits to Santa Cruz's highlands and bay, followed by two full day sailing tours to amazing destinations. Enjoy your holiday in Ecuador with Casa Natura Galapagos Hotel!
You will be accommodated for two nights at a selected hotel on San Cristóbal Island and three nights at Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge on Santa Cruz Island with breakfast included.
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 Galápagos. 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 Galápagos highlands and its ecosystem. The hotel in Galápagos provides one complimentary (free) transfer at designated times to port for those guests wishing to explore the small but busy town of Puerto Ayora.
Please note that all pets are prohibited on the property (a fine of 100 USD will be applied to the bill if a pet is discovered). Smoking is prohibited in all public areas of the hotel. All of the rooms are non-smoking. Smoking is only allowed at designated “smoking” areas of the hotel. Please consult staff Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge for the location of these areas.
After arriving at San Cristóbal Airport (SCY), you will then proceed to the reception and be transferred to the selected hotel to leave your baggage. Upon arrival, you will visit the Interpretation Center to learn about the history and origin of the Galápagos Islands. Then, you will go to Cerro Tijeretas, a natural viewpoint with a panoramic view of the island which is called like that because of the frigates of the place that has a tail ending in form of a pair of scissors.
The Cerro Tijeretas is considered one of the most important points to visit in the island. It was one of the first places where the English biologist, Charles Robert Darwin landed. This is why there is a statue in his honor. You will continue the path to Punta Carola to observe the wonderful fauna and flora of the island. You will finish the day with a snorkeling activity at Playa Mann then be transferred to the selected hotel on San Cristóbal Island.
After breakfast at the selected hotel, you will board on a small boat for "Kicker Rock". The rocks are also known as "Sleeping Lion" due to its resting "lion" shape. Starting from the main pier of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the boat will take you to the "Sleeping Lion" where you will be able to snorkel. You may observe a variety of species such as rays, Galápagos sharks, pelicans, reefs, sea turtles, and much more. Then, you will visit one of the beaches nearby (Manglecito, Puerto Grande, or Cerro Brujo) to rest and enjoy a beautiful day. At the end of the tour, you will return to the pier to go to the hotel followed by a free afternoon.
After breakfast, you'll cross to Santa Cruz Island by a speedboat (two hours' ride) to arrive at Puerto Ayora. You will stop at the highlands of Santa Cruz to visit a giant tortoise’s private reserve. Here, it is possible to observe them in their natural habitat. After lunch, you will visit the famous Charles Darwin Station that has an interpretation center of a natural history of Galápagos. The Charles Darwin Station is an international non-profit research organization that aims to protect the Galápagos Islands. This is why this place is a mandatory stop to learn the history and origin of the Galápagos Islands. Afterward, you will be transferred to Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge.
This day after breakfast at Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge, you will take the speedboat for a visit to Santa Cruz Island´s bay. The tour will take around three and a half hours. Starting from the main pier of Puerto Ayora, the boat will take you to "Lobería", so named for the sea lions colony there. It is possible to snorkel near this place where you may see the diversity of colorful fish. You´ll also visit Punta Estrada, Sharks´ Channel, Playa de Los Perros, and Grietas. During these visits, you may find species like Tintoreras sharks, sea turtles, marine iguanas, crabs, pelicans, and some other marine birds. At the end of the excursion, you´ll return to the pier and have the rest of the afternoon free. You will overnight at Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge.
You will have breakfast at the Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge then be transferred to the pier to take the boat for a shared daily tour to North Seymour, Plazas, Bartolomé, or Santa Fe Islands (according to the availability). In the afternoon, you will be transferred to the hotel and have an overnight at the lodge in Santa Cruz Island. Below is the full day sailing tour descriptions.
At around 08:00, you will be picked up by the hotel. You will be transferred to Itabaca Channel where you’ll board the boat. After 45 minutes of sailing (approximately), you will land at North Seymour Island. This is a wonderful island to hike. On this island, you´ll find Palo Santo (incense stick) tress and you might also see blue-footed boobies in breeding colonies making its courtship dance (depending on the season) and swallowed tail gull sitting in the cliffs, as well as admiring a large number of frigate birds in their nests. One of the best attractions on the Galápagos Islands is to watch the frigate birds with their enormous red pouches hanging up from their necks.
At another part of the island, you may see sea lions playing and surfing in the waves. Seymour is mostly arid and flat and has simple vegetation like palo santo, cactus, salt bushes and others. The trail of the national park is circular and is two kilometers long, crosses the interior of the island, and will take you to explore the rocky coast. This trail will also take you to some of the largest colonies of seabirds in the Galápagos Islands. After the visit, you will go to Bachas Beach for swimming and snorkeling. You´ll go back to the boat for lunch and sailing back to Santa Cruz.
At around 08:00, you will be picked up by the hotel and be transferred to Itabaca Channel where you’ll board the boat. After one and a half hours of sailing (approximately), 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 a red natural carpet (sesuvium) and cactus. When you arrive at the island, you will be greeted by a Galápagos sea lions court. During the visit, you´ll 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 a white tip reef shark, different kinds of reef fishes, and if you are lucky some marine turtles and sea lions. You´ll go back to the boat for lunch and sailing back to Santa Cruz.
At around 08:00, you will be picked up by the hotel and be transferred to the pier where you’ll board the boat. After two hours of sailing (approximately), the yacht will arrive at Santa Fe Island. A short 300-meter trail will take you to one of the tallest stands of Opuntia Cactus on the island. From this point, you can look out for endemic land iguanas and sea lions in white sand beach resting waiting for pictures. Crabs, nocturnal herons, marine iguanas, mockingbirds, and Galápagos doves are often seen on Santa Fe island. After the hike, you will make snorkeling 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 the yacht, you will go back to Puerto Ayora.
You will be picked up at the selected hotel at 06:15 in the morning, and be transferred to Itabaca Channel to board the yacht. The trip to Bartolomé will take about two hours and a half. Bartolomé has the most beautiful and photographed landscapes of the islands. 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 gives the island and after reaching the top of these wooden staircases (380 approximately) and you will feel that was worth it.
The main attraction of the island it is the pinnacle rock. It is a big lava formation that over time has eroded. Bartolomé 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 Galápagos penguin and sea turtles swimming in shallow waters. You will return to the boat for lunch and sail back to Santa Cruz.
You will enjoy breakfast at Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge and transfer out to Baltra airport. You will be assisted for bus ticket purchase from Itabaca Channel to Baltra airport. This will be the end of services.
This tour will take place on San Cristóbal and Santa Cruz Islands of the Galápagos, Ecuador. On San Cristóbal Island, you will visit Cerro Tijeretas, Playa Mann, Interpretation Center, and the Kicker Rock. On Santa Cruz Island, you will visit the highlands, the bays (Lobería, Punta Estrada, Sharks´ Channel, Playa de Los Perros, and Grietas), Charles Darwin Station, and a nearby beach like Manglecito, Puerto Grande, or Cerro Brujo. You will also have two days of sailing tours to either North Seymour, Plazas Island, Bartolome, or Santa Fe Islands.
San Cristóbal Airport
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