|INCLUSIONS & EXCLUSIONS
• Accommodation in rooms at selected hotel (categories)
• All meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner
• English speaking nature guides for each island and all activities
• Excursions and visits during the program
• Snorkelling equipment as specifies by the itinerary
• Transfer: Puerto Ayora - Isabela - Puerto Ayora by public speedboat
• Transfer in and out from Baltra Airport (by truck or by bus depending on group size)
Rates do not include:
• Flight tickets
• Galapagos National Park entrance fee: $100.00 USD per person
• Migratory Control Card: $20.00 USD per person
• Isabela dock fee $5.00 USD per person
• Transportation Baltra Airport – Itabaca Channel – USD 5,00 per person (subject to change).
• Transportation Itabaca Channel – Baltra Airport – USD 5,00 per person (subject to change).
• Water Taxi form dock to speedboat: $ 1.00 US per person/per ride
• Soft drinks and alcoholics beverages
• Tips & Gifts & Personal items
DAY 1: Arrive in Baltra - Transfer to Isabela Island: Flamingos Lagoon
We fly from Quito or Guayaquil to the Island of Baltra. At the airport in Baltra, we will meet up with our English speaking guide who will take us to the port of Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz Island) for lunch. Afterwards, we will take the public speedboat to Isabela (14:00 pm), which lasts approximately three hours. We will arrive to Isabela Island. After arriving at Islabela island, we will take a brief rest at the hotel and head to the Flamingo Lagoon. This place is the largest coastal lagoon found in the Galapagos and is one of the main reproductive sites for the grand majority of flamingos.
Accommodation in the hotel class of your choice (L-D)
DAY 2: – Isabela Is: (choose ONE of the following options):
OPTION 1: Sierra Negra and Chico Hike + Concha Perla:
Early in the morning after breakfast, we will have a full day tour of the Sierra Negra Volcano. This volcano is located 13 miles from Puerto Villamil and is the world's second largest volcanic crater, measuring 6 miles in diameter and 300 feet deep. We will hike the crater and enjoy the view of the beach below before continuing on to Volcan Chico, a still active volcano which warms the surrounding ground. (Box lunch will be provided). In the afternoon, we will return to the hotel and later we will have the opportunity to go snorkeling in Concha Perla, where we will be able to swim with sea-lions and see a variety of colorful fish. (Snorkelling equipment is included in this visit, tube, mask, fins). Accomodation in hotel class of your choice – B – L – D.
OPTION 2: Full Day: Visit Cabo Rosa aka. Tuneles (extra charge):
Cabo Rosa aka. Los Tuneles is perhaps one of the most beautiful sights in the archipelago. Continuous volcanic eruptions petrified into tunnel-like lava formations right in the middle of the sea, and crystal clear turquoise water allows an amazing view of marine vegetation and playful sea lions. The tour begins early at 8:00am via speedboat and the first stop is a small islet in the middle of the ocean, home to pelicans, blue-footed boobies, and sea lions. Finados snorkeling site is the next stop, where you can swim next to sea turtles, Tintoreras sharks (endemic to the islands), trumpetfish and surgeon fish. With some luck, eagle and golden rays will come to this site too. Getting to Los Tuneles will take around 1 ½ – 2 hrs. Once there, the speedboat will navigate through various spots in and around the Lava Tunnels. Here you get the chance to do some more snorkeling and enjoy some short walks while observing the landscape and wildlife inhabiting the area. A box lunch will be provided for this day. Return to Isabela Island is programmed at 15h00. Dinner will be served at the local restaurant specified by the guide. Accomodation in hotel class of your choice – B – L – D
DAY 3: Isabela Island: Tintoreras Islet / Humedales Hike
After breakfast, we will visit the Tintores Islet, named like this after the white-tip sharks known as “tintoreras” which come to rest daily underneath its clear and calm waters. Aside from¨tintorera¨ sharks, you will also get the chance to observe other endemic wildlife like penguins and sea lions. Snorkeling is also great on this spot, you can swim next to colorful fish, sharks and rays. In the afternoon we visit Humedales Complex which includes and exhaustive visit to The Giant Tortoise Breeding Center, famous “Muro de las Lágrimas”, “Mirador Orchidia” viewpoint and “El Estero de Isabela”.
Accomodation in hotel class of your choice – B – L – D.
DAY 4: Transfer out Baltra Airport (Visit “The Twins” on way out)
After breakfast, we will travel to Baltra Airport. On the way out, we will stop by “The Twins” (a.k.a. “The Gemelos”), which are crater-like formations naturally built from the collapse of the earth and lava flows. The tour will end upon the arrival to the Airport where we will depart to Quito or Guayaquil. -B-
* B: Breakfast * L: Lunch * D: Dinner
Remmarks: "Itinerary is subject to change without previous notice due to seasonal changes, last-minute weather conditions, or changes in Galapagos National Park policy" , or other unforeseen circumstances that may arise.
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Hotel Selection: The hotel selection depends on the category of hotels that you choose. We will indicate which hotels are available for the dates of your trip according to the category selected. Hotels are categorized as follows: Economic Class, Tourist Class, Tourist Superior Class, and First Class. All hotels used were carefully chosen after close inspection. The Hotel San Vicente Galapagos (Tourist Class), and La Laguna Galapagos (Tourist Superior Class), both of which are located on Isabela and for both the quality of service can be assured.
Airfare Not Included: The price of the tour does not include air tickets. We can help with your booking. You may also book flights on your own – please note on what island you will need to arrive and leave from. Try to arrive in the morning (before 12am) and leaving in the afternoon (11AM or later) – don’t miss any part of the tour. You can book your flight through TAME, AEROGAL, LAN.
Galapagos Restaurants: We work with restaurants for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; this will also depend on the category of hotel that is chosen, as not all hotels have restaurant services. Meals are served in the fashion of the local customs as “meal of the day”. First class hotels will have meals on the hotel gourmet style. By patronizing local restaurants, we also contribute to the local economy, which contributes to sustainable tourism. For the diving day tours a lunch box and a snack will be provided.
Galapagos Lunch and Diner: during our tours are served in “meal of the day” (not a la carte) style. Most provisions are bought in form the mainland to Galapagos, hence, a limited variety of food can be found. If you require vegetarian meals, let us know ahead of time so we can make all arrangements necessary within the possibilities.
Galapagos Guides: You will have local guides for each island and for each adventure activity. The guide will accompany you throughout all excursions and visits, give explanations and education on their knowledge and coordinate the activities each day. The guide will also indicate the restaurants where lunch and dinner will be served, but he will not go with you to the restaurants. Guided activities end after each excursions. Distances are short in the Galapagos, and as and it is safe to walk around any time of day with normal precaution.
Distances are short in the Galapagos, and as the inhabited settlements have few residents they are very safe to walk around any time of day with normal precaution.
Public Speedboats: We recommend taking a seasickness pill before the speedboat ride between islands. It is also recommended that you carry on small plastic bags in case of seasickness. The speedboats are not completely covered so please make sure that valuables and electronics, is stored in a plastic bag. The guide will not go with you on the speedboats but a new guide will greet you on the other side. There are no services onboard the speedboat as space is limited and the journey is relatively short.
Schedule of Excursions: The schedule of the excursions will be coordinated and determined locally through the guide and those responsible for the operations. The guide will indicate what time each activity will start. The transfers between islands on the public speedboats are the only activities that have fixed departure times.