GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

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INCLUDED:

- Transfer Airport - Hotel - Airport.

- Accommodation in the selected hotel with breakfast.

- Meals noted (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, BL: Boxed Lunch, D: Dinner).

- Bilingual Naturalist Guide in all Excursions (English/ Spanish).

- Private speed boat for passengers.

- Snorkeling equipment.

- Contribution to the local community.

- Galapagos Migration Card / Ingala.

- Isabela dock fee entrance.

- Baltra Transfer Fee.

NOT INCLUDED: Airfare to/from Galapagos, Entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park (US$ 100 per person), Optional excursions as supplement, Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary, Tips (no compulsory), Travel insurance, Extra expenses.

ITINERARY
  • DAY 1
  • DAY 2
  • DAY 3
  • DAY 4
  • DAY 5
  • DAY 6
  • DAY 7
  • DAY 8
  • DATES

FRIDAY: TRANSFER IN QUITO

A bilingual guide will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to your specified hotel. The guide will be able to assist you in anything you may need.

SATURDAY: QUITO CITY TOUR & MIDDLE OF THE WORLD (B)

The tour begins visiting the Quito`s downtown, one of the biggest in South America, our first point is the oldest street of the city, La Ronda, that used to be the home of musicians, poets and politics back in time. Here we will encounter with the traditions of the city first by stopping in the gastronomic capsule, to have an explanation of the different local spices that are used for the typical Ecuadorian gastronomy. Continuing we will visit the house of handicrafts made of metal and wood most of them designed for the traditional churches and made by hand for furniture decoration. After we are done with la Ronda we will visit the Independence Square, surrounded by important historical buildings. Visit the Cathedral (XVI Century), the Presidential Palace, El Sagrario Church (XVII Century), and La Compañía de Jesus (XVII Century), one of the most beautiful baroque churches in South America, Not to be missed are the Church of San Francisco and Monastery, built a few months after the arrival of the Spaniards (XVI Century). Finally we will drive to the viewpoint at the Panecillo hill, where is located the virgin of Quito, the unique winged virgin of the world. You will have a wonderful view over the city and the surrounding mountains and volcanoes. We will drive 30 km. North of Quito, towards the Middle of the World where the equatorial line divides the northern and southern hemispheres. We will visit the main monument built in honor of the French scientific expedition that arrived in Ecuador in the XVIII century to determine the correct location of the equator line. Here you will have the opportunity to visit the Inti Ñan Museum, a scientific and cultural museum, located in the exact crossing of the Equator Line. Return to Quito.

SUNDAY: TRANSFER IN SANTA CRUZ – HIGHLANDS (B, L)

Arriving in Baltra we will take a shuttle to Santa Cruz Island, journeying across the island into the highlands, the visitors will be amazed by the island’s variety of wildlife and geology. Beginning at the coast and traveling north along the road to Puerto Ayora, the road climbs through the agricultural zone and into the mist-covered forests of the highlands. Santa Cruz possesses all of the various life zones present on the archipelago, with wonderful birding opportunities. Whether it’s the bright red feathers of a Vermilion Flycatcher or one of Darwin’s finches almost every land bird present on the islands can be found here. Continuing we will stop at one of the ranches; lunch will be served at this ranch and the best part is that passengers will be able to explore the grounds in search of tortoises. Descending through the agricultural zone into the Transition Zone where the Tortoise Reserve is located, the introduced vegetation of the farmlands is replaced by native vegetation. After lunch we’ll continue to Puerto Ayora for the rest of the afternoon for some leisure time. Accommodation in selected hotel.

MONDAY: TRANSFER TO FLOREANA ISLAND – LOCAL FARM – HIGHLANDS - BARBEQUE ON THE BEACH (B, L, D)

This morning after breakfast we will head to take our speed boat to Floreana Island; this ride will take us 2h 30 minutes approx. This Island has, arguably, the most interesting human history of all of the Galapagos Islands. It is the site of the first “post office”, established in 1793 by whalers. Floreana was the first island to be colonized by Ecuadorians in 1832. It was a penal colony that didn’t last long because of the lack of fresh water. A fish canning plant was established there by Norwegian immigrants in 1924; it lasted only a couple of years. A few years later, Friedrich Ritter, a German doctor, arrived with his female companion Dore Strauch, who suffered from multiple sclerosis. Doctor Ritter removed all of his teeth and used stainless-steel dentures to avoid any dental complications. Together, they set up a very successful garden and lived off the land. A pregnant woman, Margret Wittmer arrived in 1932, with her husband Heinz and her step-son Harry. They built a house and also established an agricultural lifestyle before giving birth to their son Rolf, the first person to be born in Galapagos. Floreana is the most well-known Island, for being the site of several mysterious disappearances in the 1930s—the one receiving the most attention being that of a supposed Austrian baroness, who had arrived shortly after the Wittmers with her two servants (lovers). After her arrival, people started disappearing mysteriously and she later vanished as soon as she arrived. The Ecuadorian government conceded land to build up a 5-star hotel, close to Post office bay, which never happened and appeared to be a complete fraud. Arriving on the island, we will visit a local farm that will allow us to learn more about people’s way of life on Floreana. This island, which exists far from technology and development, has inhabitants which wish to generate production and optimization of their resources to achieve a very interesting lifestyle. During this visit, we will visit a lagoon where it is possible to observe frigates, and will have the opportunity to feed the farm animals and harvest vegetables. We will enjoy a delicious lunch prepared with the foods harvested from the farm. After lunch we will continue with our next visit, Asilo de la Paz, is a 45-minute ride from town. It is primarily a historical site where visitors can view a pirates’ cave and the fresh water spring, which is the main source of water for the population. Also in this place, the Wittmer family set out to live inside the caves while they were constructing their first house made of leather and stone. In these caves “Rolf Wittmer” was born, becoming the first baby ever to be born on Floreana. He lived in the caves with his family for his first year of life. Here our guide will interpret how they used to live, so you can go back in time and picture the idea of how extreme it was to live on this island back in the day. Nearby, you will find a corral with various giant tortoises that were originally owned by residents of Floreana. Along this path, we will also see Giant tortoise’s species from this island that have been recently re-introduced, since they were considered extinct. In the evening, we will have a barbeque on the beach. Here you can enjoy the Floreana’s peace and quiet and taste the foods harvested by the islands inhabitants. Accommodation in selected hotel.

TUESDAY: SNORKELING “LA LOBERIA” – TRANSFER TO ISABELA ISLAND (B, L, D)

Today after breakfast, we will begin our excursion to “La Loberia”, a sea Lion breeding area, we will take a short walk along the shore for approximately 30 minutes, after the interpretation and some time to admire the landscape of this visitor’s site, we will start our first marine excursion in the bright turquoise water where you might be able to swim with sea lions, sea turtles, manta rays and a variety of colorful coral fish. We will enjoy a delicious lunch prepared with the foods harvested from the farm. After we will head to take our speed boat to Isabela Island, this ride will take us 2h 30 minutes approx. Arriving to Isabela you will be able to enjoy the Island by your own. Accommodation in selected hotel.

WEDNESDAY: SIERRA NEGRA – TINTORERAS (B, BL)

Breakfast. Today, we go by car to the mountainsides of the Sierra Negra Volcano. We will have an approx. 2 hour walk until we reach the crater of the volcano. There we will have a wonderful view of the crater and with a little bit of luck, we will be able to see the Galapagos Sparrow Hawk. We will get to know the geology of the Sierra Negra Volcano, learning that most of this island was formed by AA lava. Box lunch and we will return to the town. In the afternoon we will visit Tintoreras Islets, it is located a short distance from Puerto Villamil, is home to a great variety of wildlife. Its turquoise, crystalline waters are inhabited by white-tipped reef sharks, Galapagos penguins, marine turtles and sea lions. One of its beaches, surrounded by mangroves is one of the few sites where marine iguanas can reproduce successfully. Reaching the Isle of Tintoreras, we will get to know a lot of these species. Most of the part of this island is formed by AA lava. Accommodation in selected hotel.

THURSDAY: FLAMINGO LAGOON – TORTOISE BREEDING CENTER – SANTA CRUZ – CHARLES DARWIN STATION (B)

After breakfast, our guide will take us to visit the Flamingo's Lagoon. This is an approx. 2km trail where we will have explanation of the vegetation and geology of this young Island, Isabela Island. Arriving to the Flamingo lagoon we might be able to see Flamingos feeding in this lake. This is an artificial lake, which, due to construction related excavations, was filled up by the rain. After this we will continue to visit the Tortoise breeding center. Here you will learn more about the reproduction and breeding of the Tortoises. Back to Puerto Villamil to take our boat and transfer to Santa Cruz. Arriving we will head to the Charles Darwin Station. The center is a reservoir of information on habitats and local conservation, as well as other fascinating relevant statistics. The most striking attraction of this station is certainly the Tortoise Breeding Center, where it is possible to view tortoises of different shapes and sizes. Travelers here can freely walk and get their pictures taken with the tortoises. Additionally, in order to fully take advantage of your visit to the Galapagos Islands, you will be able to visit the station where legendary “Lonesome George” is exhibited as the last of his species. In 2012, after his death, he was shipped to New York to the American Museum of Natural History in order to start an embalming process for his conservation. Lonesome George was exhibited in the museum for one year. Now Lonesome George is back in the Charles Darwin research station, as a "symbol" of conservation. Accommodation in the selected Hotel.

FRIDAY: TWIN CRATERS – TRANSFER OUT (B)

After breakfast, we will have a short visit of “Los Gemelos”. These two large pit craters along the road from Puerto Ayora to Baltra were caused by the collapse of empty magma chambers; you will be able to take pictures of both craters. Afterwards transfer to the airport to take your international flight.

CONFIRMED DATES

FROM 20TH TO 27TH DECEMBER

FROM 27TH OF DECEMBER TO 03RD OF JANUARY

PRICE PER PERSON
  • SHARED SERVICE - HOTEL 3*
  • SHARED SERVICE - HOTEL 4*

SINGLE BASE: USD 2480.00

DOUBLE BASE: USD 2230.00

TRIPLE BASE: NO APLICABLE

SINGLE BASE: USD 3255.00

DOUBLE BASE: USD 2615.00

TRIPLE BASE: NO APLICABLE