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4 Day Amazing Golondrina Yacht Wildlife Tour in Galapagos, Ecuador
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Ecuador Wildlife Tour

Delight in a 4-day cruise of incomparable beauty, endless adventures, and live a unique vacation experience in the Galapagos Islands. A trip that you’ll never forget! Moreover, you will enjoy this journey with experienced and friendly guides, so start planning your next trip with Tierra Verde Tours.

Key Information

  • Group safari
  • Group size: Maximum 16 persons
  • Children policy: Children are allowed to participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian.
  • Starting and ending point: Seymour Airport (GPS)
  • Languages: English speaking guide
  • Park fees are not included, the price is 100 USD per person

Highlights

  • 3 hiking sessions
  • Visit Santa Cruz Island and Isabela Island
  • Chance to see the giant tortoise, birds, and sea lions
  • A 30-minute hike to the Wall of Tears in Isabela Island
  • Transfer to and from Seymour Airport (GPS)
  • Naturalist bilingual guide during the tour
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 3 nights accommodation

Styles


4 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 16 participants
Airport transfer included: Seymour Airport
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Accommodation

The Golondrina Cruise accommodations have been equipped to provide the guests with maximum comfort in their Galapagos adventure. The cruise has an air conditioning system and a private bathroom with hot and cold water, shower, sink, and a dressing table. The gastronomy onboard alone is a unique experience. The yacht has an ample dining room and leisure areas, living room, TV, DVD, bar, music system, and sundeck.

Full snorkeling equipment and wetsuits are available for rent, so you can enjoy the incredible underwater experiences. The guests are the priority, which is why Tierra Verde Tours strive to make your experience magical while you visit the Galapagos islands in the Ecuadorian territory.

The Golondrina Cruise is a safe and comfortable first-class motor yacht that will let you visit the most beautiful sites in the Galapagos Island and can get up to a cruise speed of eight knots.

Program

Day 1: Baltra Island - Santa Cruz Island

Baltra Island is home to Galapagos’ main airport, and this will be the starting point of your experience aboard the best tour of the Galapagos Islands. A bilingual guide will meet you at the airport and assist you during the transfer onboard the Golondrina. There will be a welcome ceremony and briefing session.

After lunch, you will head to Primicias Ranch in Santa Cruz Island. On the very first stop, you’ll be able to see the staple and namesake of the islands which is the giant tortoise.

These gentle creatures are easily spotted gracing through the foliage or resting. Harder to spot but equally fascinating, the many birds that reside in the Galapagos are literal descendants of the Andean Plateau species; endemic sub-species of mockingbirds, flycatchers, cattle egrets, and finches. The species can be seen throughout the ranch.

Day 2: Isabela Island

After breakfast, you will head to Tintoreras. Located south of Port Villamil, Tintoreras has a tranquil turquoise-water bay where a variety of marine life can be seen. Sea turtles, iguanas, and sea lions are almost a guaranteed spot.

The bay is connected to a shallow fissure. When the tide is low the entrance is cut off and sharks and stingrays can be found swimming within. Lunch is on board.

Then, you will go to Arnaldo Tupiza Breeding Center. The population of giant tortoises of the island is maintained through their bred-in-captivity program.

Wetland is one of the places that you will visit. The area is known for its sandy beaches, rocky coastline, and its mangroves. A series of trails allow tourists to closely observe the four species of mangrove that can be found in the Galapagos, as well as great blue herons, Galapagos hawks, lava herons, striated herons, lava gulls, and many other bird species. Then, you will go for a 30-minute hike.

Wall of Tears is a wall that was built between 1946 and 1959, while the island was a penal colony. The inmates were forced to erect the wall with large blocks of volcanic rocks. The wall is called "Wall of Tears" because of the many inmates that died building it.

Day 3: Isabela Island

After breakfast, you will head to Rabida Island. It is one of the more colorful and volcanically active islands of the archipelago, as well as an amazing diving site. You will begin at the prominent brown-sanded beach of Rabida, then a light half-a-mile hike to reach a lookout of breath-taking view. A paradise for birdwatchers, flycatchers, brown pelicans, Galapagos hawks, varieties of finches, and many other of the rarer species flock to Rabida. Wet landing, lunch is onboard.

After docking, you'll go behind the beach to reach a hyper-saline lagoon frequented by flamingos, Wilson’s plovers, and black-bellied ducks among others. The hike to Dragon Hill overviews the bay and takes you right into the Galapagos Land Iguana nesting grounds after which the site takes its name. Many of the iguanas nesting at Dragon Hill have been relocated here by the Charles Darwin Scientific Station.

Day 4: Santa Cruz Island

After breakfast, you will visit the Black Turtle Cove. There will be no landing as you will be for a dinghy (panga) tour of the site near Baltra. It is an extraordinarily beautiful experience. You’ll get a chance to see black sea turtles in the clear water below. As the dinghy cuts the engine and the operators row you along the mangrove-laden shoreline, discover hidden lagoons while keeping an eye out for the diverse bird and sea life variety. After the cove, you’ll do your final transfer to Seymour Airport (GPS) by bus.

Included excursions

You will go for a hike to the Wall of Tears in Isabela Island.

Location

The tour will take place in Baltra Island, Santa Cruz Island, and Isabela Island, Galapagos, Ecuador.

Features

Activities

  • Boating
  • Hiking
  • Sailing
  • Swimming

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Dining area

Food

During the tour, you will be served with 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 3 dinners. Snacks are provided after visiting every site. Unlimited drinking water, tea, and coffee are also provided.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • 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

  • 3 hiking sessions
  • All the site visit detailed on the program (may change due to force majeure)
  • Snacks after visiting every site
  • Unlimited drinking water, tea, and coffee
  • Visit Santa Cruz Island and Isabela Island
  • A 30-minute hike to the Wall of Tears in Isabela Island
  • Transfer to and from Seymour Airport (GPS)
  • Naturalist bilingual guide during the tour
  • 3 breakfast, 3 lunches, and 3 dinners
  • 3 nights accommodation in a yacht

What's not included

  • Airfare to and from Galapagos
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee - 100 USD per person
  • Snorkeling equipment for five days - 25 USD per person
  • Snorkeling equipment for eight days - 35 USD per person
  • Wetsuit for five days - 25 USD per person
  • Wetsuit for eight days - 35 USD per person
  • Tips, souvenirs, or other expenses
  • 12% tax for Ecuadorians

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport (GYE). Transfer from and to this airport is not included.

However, from José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport (GYE), you can book your flight to arrive at Seymour Airport (GPS) in Baltra Island. Transfer from and to Seymour Airport (GPS) is included in the price. (Included only during operational dates).

Airport: Seymour Airport Airport transfer included: Seymour Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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