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Land & Sea (6 Days)

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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.  (Guests must take a flight to Galapagos that arrive in Galapagos not later than 11: o clock)

Lunch included

The adventure starts the moment you arrive at the airport on Baltra Island. Seymour Airport is the first ecological airport in the world.

baltra airport galapagos

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.

Galapagos Hotel All-inclusive

Welcome to the Galapagos! 

Before lunch, you can relax on the deck of the Aventura Lodge and watch the sea lions and marine iguanas.

Lunch at Aventura Lodge.

Navigation to Isabela, we will take yu to the dock at 2:00 pm .  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.

galapagos beach lodge

Overnight at Isabela Lodge.

Day 2: Isabela

Morning:  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.

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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.

large marine iguana

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.

After this activiy,  enjoy the simplicity of this traditional island town and travel to the Flamingo area.

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Hike along a beautiful boardwalk for about 45 minutes enjoying part of the Isabela wetlands, with high opportunities to see flamingos and other stunning seabirds.

Before returning to the lodge, visit the well known Playa del Amor (Love Beach) and enjoy the magical feeling of this organic sand beach surrounded by mangroves.

Lunch at the Aventura Lodge, and Navigation to Santa Cruz

Dinner, and overnight at our Lodge.

Day 3: 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.

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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.

charles-darwin-research-station-entrance

Day 4: 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.

Padi Galapagos Dive

Afternoon:

Escorted Tour to Tortuga Bay. Take a walk to Tortuga Bay, through a path that merges with a giant Opuntia and Candelabra cactus forest, home to numerous Darwin finches, mockingbirds, yellow warblers, lava lizards and many more of the Galapagos endemic and native species.

white sand galapagos

As you enter the white sandy beach, you will have a chance to observe different marine species, like sting rays and baby reef sharks in the shallow waters of the mangrove ecosystems. After swimming on the beach, take a very short hike to the marine iguana nesting site. The walk back is through a prickly pear forest carpeted in crimson sesuvium with black lava outcroppings, this area is home to more marine iguana colonies.

entrance tortuga bay

Short boat ride to the Lodge.

 

 

 

Day 5 : 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!

diving galapagos

Afternoon: Free Afternoon to take a walk around Santa Cruz.

fish market

 

Day 6: Depart for Quito or Guayaquil (Mainland Ecuador)

Early departure  for your flight to mainland. Ask for transfer detail and rates.

Travel to your next travel segment (Cuenca, Quito, Guayaquil or Amazon) or take your return flight home.

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Prices:

Program: Land & Sea Adventure 5 Nights / 6 Days – 6 Dives
Accommodation Single / Person Double / Person Triple / Person
Suite – Ocean View $ 5.290 $ 3.990 $ 3.590
Superior $ 4.730 $ 3.690 $ 3.290
Standard – Mangrove $ 4.440 $ 3.290 $ 2.990

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 ($20 USD (must be paid in cash in mainland airport), tips, alcoholic beverages. Transfer in and ot Galápagos.

Note: This itinerary is subject to change without notice due to seasonal changes, weather conditions, and Galapagos National Park regulations.

 

Go to these links to see IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Packing for the Galapagos | About Galapagos

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