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Day 1: Quito or Guayaquil -  Santa Cristobal

Lunch 

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San Cristobal 1Travel from mainland Ecuador to San Cristobal Island. Check in at Hosteria Pimampiro or similar.

Lunch at a local restaurant.

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Tijeretas/ Playa Man

descargaCerro Tijeretas gets it´s name from the Frigate Birds, also called Tijeretas because of the shape of its tails. This is the only place where you have chances to see two species of this birds nesting in the same colony.

Along this 3.5 kms hike, you will have an impressive view of the bay from one side, and the town from the other.  You will walk through a dry forest area with cacti, acacia trees and lava lizards. And with views of see points of interest such as an old artillery piece, and, a statue of Charles Darwin.

You will visit a small nearly enclosed lagoon that is perfect t for snorkeling in calm waters, with no waves or current, just underwater rocks where fish and other marine life hang out.

Visit he Interpretation Center and Galapaguera, opened in 1998 to see Giant tortoises in captivity, land birds.  This center   represents the movement to protect the wildlife and natural environment of the Galapagos Islands.

Get some relax in Playa Mann, a white sand beach formed by the fragmentation of shells. The clarity of water allows the practice of snorkeling.

During this tour you will have chances to see many species of birds, sea lions, dolphins, lizards, and to share the water with amazing marine life.

Briefing about our visit to Leon Dormido

Dinner at a local restaurant, and overnight the hotel

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Day 2: San Cristobal

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Breakfast at the hotel.

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Navigation to Leon Dormido,(Kicker Rock) one of the most spectacular land marks in Galapagos: 2 volcanic rocks 40 meter tall, with a narrow channel between the 2 rocks. This is the resting place of lots of sea lions. And nesting of frigate and blue footed birds.

When arriving to Kicker Rock you will be informed about the site and the snorkeling route. In this place you will have chances to see array of sharks, schools of coloured tropical fish, spotted eagle rays, hammerhead sharks , marine turtles, sea lions.

After snorkeling we will go to a  quiet white sanded beach, with opportunities to swim with sea lions.

Snack and soft drink will be served during the day.

Time to rest before dinner at a local restaurant.

Overnight at Hosteria Pimampiro .

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Day 3: San Cristobal – Santa Cruz

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Breakfast at the hotel.

Departure to Santa Cruz by public boat

Lunch at Aventura Lodge

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This afternoon the adventure starts with a trip to “Los Gemelos” (The Twins), two enormous collapsed lava chambers, a wonderful introduction to the majestic power of the forces of nature and the great biodiversity of the Santa Cruz Highlands. This short, easy hike to each of the twins is swarming with endemic flora and fauna, including a remnant of Scalesia Forest, draped in liverwort, lichens and mosses, where is easy to spot some Darwin finches and perhaps the short eared owls.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAfter “Los Gemelos”, a short bus ride will take you to a 600-acre private reserve where the giant Galapagos tortoises freely roam, graze, and sleep. Sometimes it’s a bit muddy here, so before setting out, we will provide a selection of field boots (Wellington boots) to choose from, including large sizes for men.

Walking among the tortoises in wild, will be one of the most treasured moments of your trip. After visiting these prehistoric creatures on their natural habitat, we’ll take a 5-minute ride to the entrance of a 450-meter (1350 feet) illuminated lava tunnel. With a ceiling nearly 20 feet high in most places, this is an incredible opportunity see lava stalagmites, stalactites, sulfur, mineral-colored walls, and the rippled floor formed from lava along this unique lava formations.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel

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Day 4: Santa Cruz – Isabela

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

KayakingBreakfast at the hotel.

Early in the morning, after breakfast,  depart towards the “Itabaca Channel” on private transportation for about 45 minutes. Upon arrival to this crystal clear turquoise waters you will be instructed about basic techniques on sea kayaking. You will be escorted by a watercraft and guided by a certified specialist to guarantee an outstanding and safe kayaking morning.

Begin at the dock where you will take your kayak and start the journey along the shore of this paradisiacal northern part of Santa Cruz Island, exploring the amazing channel that separates Santa Cruz from Baltra Island. 

5-ISABELA PANORAMICA 2lowYou will be able to enjoy beautiful scenery full of contrasts, the stunning shorecliffs home of many sea birds such as blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, brown pelicans, among others, that will make this, a dreamlike ride. 

Snorkeling opportunities from the kayak with high chances to see sea lions, green sea turtles and countless schools of tropical fish.

Back to the hotel for lunch and departure to your next adventure in Isabela.

(Depending on the number of guest, the tripl may be in public or Red Mangrove Transportation) the navigation takes about two hours.  During this time you may see marine life such as whales, dolphins, manta rays among others.

Upon Arrival check in at the lodge to then enjoy of a welcome cocktail at our deck located in front of this white sand beach where complimentary drinks will be served with a wide variety of snacks.  Our Naturalist Guides will share with you features of their culture and the islands history.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel

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Day 5: Isabela

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Breakfast at the lodge.
isabela_creter_view_1Departure for Sierra Negra Volcano. Vehicles of local providers will drive us up through the humid highlands of Isabela, to the slopes of Volcan Sierra Negra, considered the second biggest active crater in the world. We will hike about 800 mts to reach the rim of the caldera (crater) of Sierra Negra, from where the views are breathtaking!. With 4 miles across (10km), it is the second largest caldera in the world (The largest is Ngorontgoro in Tanzania).

On 22 October 2005 an eruption, that lasted one week, occurred in the northeast side of the caldera of Sierra Negra volcano. The lava flow covered much of the interior of the caldera and in some places rose more than two meters.

After bordering the caldera some 6 kms on and easy trail, will relax a bit and have a snack at a nice resting site under a “Jaboncillo” tree.

If we feel strong enough we can contienue to Volcan Chico, an otherworldly landscape with  fumaroles and amazing lava formations.  From here, the landscape is more than spectacular . (Total hike from the starting point to the Volcan Chico area is 8 kms)  

Lunch at a Local Farm.

The food is prepared with vegetables and fruits grown locally at the farm.  After Lunch relax and take a walk in this beautiful place.

Short ride from the lodge to the Concha Perla site. Walk among the mangroves for about 150 mts on a boardwalk, to reach the dock, where you can start snorkeling on this lagoon-like Bay. High opportunities to snorkel with sea lions, green turtles, schools of tropical fish and enjoy the beauty of the underwater scenery.

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Dinner and overnight at our Lodge.

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Day 6: Isabela –Santa Cruz

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Breakfast at the lodge.
tintoreras 1After breakfast,  departure to “Las Tintoreras” and Bay Tour.

At the main dock, we will board a smaller craft to head out across the port, slowing down to view blue-footed boobies and Galapagos penguins sharing the same rocky sunbathing space, before turning a bend and docking.

From there, we take an intriguing walk through a jagged lava field, passing abundant colonies of nesting marine iguanas and sea lions, to see a small canal of shallow waters, full of resting white-tipped reef sharks.

The views from here are something you will take with you for the rest of your life! The black, treacherous lava field, the emerald green sea, the green mangroves, and the cloud-capped volcanoes of Isabela, create an afternoon backdrop you are not likely to ever forget.

Once you finish the walk, you can snorkel in this warm, shallow bay surrounded by mangroves, for an opportunity to see white-tipped reef sharks, sea lions, sea turtles, and, of course, the mystery of the mangrove below the surface. Don’t worry; white-tipped reef sharks are not aggressive, but merely fascinating.

Back to the lodge for lunch. 

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Depart to Santa Cruz. Arrival and check in at Santa Cruz Lodge.
Then, enjoy a guided tour to the fascinating Charles Darwin Research Station where you can learn about one of the most successful reptile breeding programs in the .
Founded in 1964 the Charles Darwin Research Station is supported by over 100 scientists and researchers from around the world, with the unique purpose to study, support and instrument the conservation efforts of the islands.
Dinner and overnight at Red Mangrove Lodge.

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Day 7: Santa Cruz –Quito or Guayaquil

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Take a transfer to the airport of Baltra.

(Ask for Private transfers)

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