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This is one of the most wonderful adventures! On this tour, you’ll experience the best of the Galapagos, both on land and underwater (Santa Cruz and Isabela Islands). You’ll dive, snorkel, hike and experience the best of the Enchanted Islands.
This package is for the novice to intermediate diver. You will get to experience up to six dives and also enjoy all the land excursions the Darwin’s footprints has to offer. This is one of our most complete packages and definitely a unique experience!
This tour is similar to the Full Dive Adventure (8 Days).
Land & Sea (6 Days)
Day 1: Travel to Galapagos
Morning: Travel from mainland Ecuador to Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos.
The adventure starts the moment you arrive at the airport on Baltra Island. Seymour Airport is the first ecological airport in the world.
The terminal was built in 2013 and uses solar panels to protect this fragile ecosystem.
After a very short bus ride, you will head to the Itabaca Channel, a small channel with clear blue waters which divides Baltra Island from Santa Cruz Island. During your five minute crossing, watch the water and you may see some sharks, sea lions and sea turtles.
Once on Santa Cruz, you’ll travel south across the Island to Aventura Lodge. During the 45 minute drive, you’ll experience a variety of micro climates. Watch the change from desert in the lowlands to tropical forest in the highlands. The highlands represent the agricultural resource of the island.
On the south side of the island, we will pass through Santa Rosa – a very small town inhabited by the local farmers. As we near the southern coast, the climate becomes drier and hotter until we arrive in Puerto Ayora. This is the main town on the Island and where Red Mangrove is located.
Welcome to the Galapagos!
Before lunch, you can relax on the deck of the Aventura Lodge and watch the sea lions and marine iguanas.
Afternoon: A 25-minute bus ride takes you to the Garrapatero Beach entrance. After a 15-minute hike along an easy trail, you’ll arrive at the beach. This beautiful white sandy beach is known for finches – and is a place where you can relax and enjoy the surroundings.
This is one of most peaceful and calm places on the island. The 3 kilometers (1.8 miles) of sand on Garrapatero Beach is a tropical paradise. It’s about 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) northeast of Puerto Ayora.
Surrounded by beautiful mangrove trees, the beach is home to an incredible array of birds and mockingbirds. You can also find marine iguanas, shrimp, Galapagos penguins, oyster-catchers, and patillos among the white sands and clear blue water.
There’s also a freshwater lake nearby that is home to even more tropical animals, such as herons, grebes, and many shore birds.
Diver’s briefing at Aventura Lodge.
(Ask for Le Carte Dinner. Special price for our tour guests)
Overnight at Aventura Lodge.
Day 2: Santa Cruz
Morning: Diving on Santa Cruz Island with opportunities to see eagle rays, manta rays, hammerheads, white-tipped reef sharks, Galapagos shark, stingrays, marbled rays, tiger snake eels, moray eels, garden eels, sea stars, sea turtles, jacks, blue and gold snappers, flag cabrilla, creolefish, king angelfish, barracuda, heiroglyphic hawkfish, frogfish, yellowtail surgeonfish, spotfin burrfish, scorpionfish, cardinalfish, nudibranch and more!
See photos of Galapagos marine life.
Afternoon: Enjoy a fascinating guided tour of the Charles Darwin Research Station. It was founded in 1964, with the purpose of studying and preserving the natural wonders of the Galapagos.
The station is supported by over 100 scientists and researchers from around the world, instrumental in the conservation efforts of the islands. You’ll learn about the natural history of the Galapagos.
Day 3: Santa Cruz – Isabela
Morning: Diving on Santa Cruz Island with opportunities to see eagle rays, manta rays, hammerheads, white-tipped reef sharks, Galapagos shark, stingrays, marbled rays, tiger snake eels, moray eels, garden eels, sea stars, sea turtles, jacks, blue and gold snappers, flag cabrilla, creolefish, king angelfish, barracuda, heiroglyphic hawkfish, frogfish, yellowtail surgeonfish, spotfin burrfish, scorpionfish, cardinalfish, nudibranch and more! See photos of Galapagos marine life.
Afternoon: Enjoy a short navigation to your next destination, Isabela Island. Depending on the season, rides could be a little rough.
The trip takes about two hours, and you may see marine life such as whales, dolphins, and manta rays among others.
Upon arrival, check in at the lodge and enjoy a welcome cocktail at our deck located in front of the white sand beach. Our Naturalist Guides will share with you features of their culture and the islands history.
Dinner, briefing and overnight at our Lodge.
Day 4 : Isabela
Morning: After breakfast you will depart to Isla Tortuga for 2 dives.
Here you might see: sea horses, mantas, stingrays, sea turtles, white-tipped reef sharks, hammerheads, king angelfish, yellowtail surgeonfish, barber fish, blue-chin parrotfish, bumphead parrotfish, Galapagos groupers, Galapagos sheephead, harlequin wrasse, grey grunts, tuna, barracuda, corals, tubes and more.
There is the possibility of seeing sunfish and orcas.
Afternoon: Departure to “Las Tintoreras” and Bay Tour.
We will board a small craft to head out across the port, slowing down to view blue-footed boobies and, perhaps Galapagos penguins.
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 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.
Back to the lodge for lunch.
Day 5: Isabela
Morning: Early departure to Sierra Negra Volcano. We’ll head through the humid highlands of Isabela, to the slopes of Volcan Sierra Negra in local truck taxis.
Sierra Negra is considered the second largest active crater in the world. The size of the Sierra Negra Caldera is 7.2 x 9.3 km (4.5 x 5.8 miles).
On October 22, 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.
We will hike about 800 meters in elevation to reach the rim of the caldera (crater) of Sierra Negra. The views are breathtaking. After hiking about 6 km along the caldera on an easy trail we’ll relax a bit and have a snack under a “Jaboncillo” tree.
For the hardiest of the group, there is the option to continue on an especially difficult one-hour hike to Volcan Chico. It is just northwest of the caldera where fumarole activity is abundant and the views are spectacular. (Total hike from the starting point to the Volcan Chico area is 8 kms).
Note: The hike past the caldera, to Volcan Chico, is not an easy hike, because it is mostly across sloping lava fields.
After returning from Sierra Negra, we will have lunch at a local farm.
Afternoon: This farm is owned by one of the first families in Isabela, where they prepare delicious dishes with fruits and vegetables from their organic farm. The meal is grilled on lava rock.
In liaison with the Galapagos National Park, this property also takes care of giants tortoises under a special patronage program that your guides will explain to you.
Return to the lodge where you can enjoy swimming, simply relax at the beach in front of the hotel, or discover Isabela on your own.
Briefing and dinner at the Lodge.
Day 6: Depart for Quito or Guayaquil (Mainland Ecuador)
Early departure in public boat from Isabela to Santa Cruz, for your flight to mainland. Ask for transfer detail and rates.
|Accommodation||Single / Person||Double / Person||Triple / Person|
|Suite – Ocean View||$ 4.359||$ 3.499||$ 3.149|
|Superior||$ 3.999||$ 3.199||$ 2.899|
|Standard – Mangrove View||$ 3.699||$ 2.979||$ 2.679|
- Included: Accommodations in the Red Mangrove Lodges. All meals as listed (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner), soft drinks during meals. Guided tours as listed, Inter island transportation. All diving and snorkel gear, bilingual Galapagos naturalist guide, 10% Service Charge as per Ecuadorian Law. Free use of bikes.
- Not included: Flights to and from Galapagos, entrance fee to Galapagos National Park ($100 USD must be paid in cash in Galapagos airport), Galapagos transit card ($10 USD (must be paid in cash in mainland airport), tips, alcoholic beverages.
Note: This itinerary is subject to change without notice due to seasonal changes, weather conditions, and Galapagos National Park regulations.
- DAY 1: Escorted Tour to Garrapatero Beach, a white sand beach surrounded by mangroves. Santa Cruz (L)
- DAY 2: Diving Morning. Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. Santa Cruz (B.L.D)
- DAY 3: Diving morning in a great place in Santa Cruz. Navigation to Isabela (B.L.D)
- DAY 4: Diving Morning in Isabela. Walk among iguanas and snorkel at Tintoreras. Isabela (B.L.D)
- DAY 5: Hike to Sierra Negra Volcano, expedition and snorkel at Concha Perla Site, visit to the iconic Muro de las Lágrimas Isabela (B.L.D)
- DAY 6: Early departure to take a public boat to Santa Cruz and then a transfer to the airport in Baltra for your flight back to mainland (B)
(Ask for private transfer details)