1st day: Quito / Guayaquil – flight – Galapagos: Baltra Island & Tortuga Bay
After our breakfast, we transfer to the airport in Quito and fly to Baltra Island We are now in the unique and mysterious world of the “Galapagos Islands” truly an experience of a life time. Our flight departs at 08h00 and arrive at 10h00. Upon arrival in Baltra Island, we proceed to the immigration area, we present our passports and our guide will pay $100.00 US fee in cash, required for all visitors. We then meet our certified Galapagos national park service guide and will help us pick up our luggage, and accompany us to the port of Seymour in a short bus ride, Then yu will go to the hotel nd have lunch.
Afterwards, we will take an excursion to one of the most beautiful beaches in Galapagos, Tortuga Bay, by taking a short 30 minute walk (2.5 km) west from Puerto Ayora on a marked path. As you walk along this path, the route is great for bird watching; making it easy to spot several species such as lava lizard and some of Darwin finches. The sunsets here are excellent. It is worth noting that this area has two beaches. One is the “Brava Beach” with lots strong waves. The other is called “Mansa Beach” which is as calm as a lagoon, making it a perfect swimming area and a nice spot for relaxing. For a more soothing experience, we recommended bathing in the area with the calm waves that resemble a lagoon. The “White Sand Beach” is considered by many, the nicest of the archipelago. Its name comes from the sea turtles that go there to lay their eggs. Depending on the time of the year, other species can be found; including pelicans, flamingos and marine iguanas. Return to the Hotel. Diner and overnight.
2nd day: Galapagos: Sail to Seymour Island
Pick up time between 07h50 - 08h00 and transfer to Itabaca Channel, where will get on board of a yacht, to start with 1 hour sail, to reach Seymour Island.
North Seymour Island is a spectacular place to hike, and enjoy the scenery. On this island you can find unique plants such as: incense tree, cactus, sesuvium, escalecias; and animals like: blue-footed boobies, gulls sitting on the edges of the cliffs and frigates birds in their nests, during certain seasons you can see land iguanas. On the other side of the island, and while the waves crash against the rocks, you can appreciate also the mischievous sea lions playing and surfing in the sea.
There is a circular path for visitors approximately, 2km long that crosses the interior of the island and leads to explore the rocky coast. This trail takes you through some of the largest colonies of sea birds of the Galapagos Islands.
During this trip you will have the opportunity to see the nesting sites of the fascinating blue-footed bobbies and colorful frigates. After lunch, you can snorkel, swim or take a sunbath for around 45 minutes on las Bachas Beach or Mosquera Islet.(This visit depends on the sail day). Dinner and overnight.
(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
3rd day: Galapagos Plazas Islan
Today´s pick up time is at 08h00 from your hotel. The guide transfers you to the Itabaca Channel, to take you on board the yacht. After 1h15 hours sail, you reach Plazas Island.
South Plaza is one of the smallest Islands; it is only 130m wide, formed from volcanic magma, giving it a unique quality within their species. The yacht will dock at the channel between the Islands Plaza South and Plaza North.
The route takes you to the highest part of the island (1h45 hike) towards the ravines, allowing you to observe the ocean to the South, where swallow-tailed gulls nest, blue-footed and masked boobies, and other tropical birds follow the wind currents. The place is a great point to observe the marine.
In the afternoon you would have the opportunity to swim and snorkel for 45 minutes at Punta Carrion, located in the northern part of Santa Cruz Island.
(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
4th day: Isabela Island Transfer to Santa Cruz Island – Baltra Island Flight – Quito
At 06h00 leaves the speed boat from Puerto Velasco Ibarra to Puerto Ayora. After a 2 hours sail, you arrive at Santa Cruz Island. Your guide welcomed you, and takes you to Il Giardino Restaurant, where breakfast will be served. Later a driver takes you to Baltra airport, for your flight back to the mainland. Upon arrival in Quito, transfer to the hotel. Dinner and Overnight.
(Breakfast and dinner included)