Explore the natural beauty of Galapagos Islands
This 5-day itinerary takes you on a journey to discover the wonders of Galapagos, starting with a visit to Santa Cruz Island and its famous Giant Tortoises. You’ll then head to Bartolome Island to witness stunning volcanic formations and snorkel with penguins, marine turtles, and other tropical fish. Next, depending on availability, you’ll visit Seymour Island or Plazas Islands to see a large population of nesting blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigate birds or enjoy the beautiful view of prickly pear cactus trees and Galapagos Land Iguanas. Finally, you’ll have a day at leisure to explore the town of Puerto Ayora before departing back to Quito or Guayaquil. Stay at the comfortable Villa Laguna Hotel throughout your trip, making this journey even more unforgettable.
When you land in Baltra a guide will be waiting for you. You will arrive at Santa Cruz Island crossing the Itabaca Channel, it is a waterway that connects two islands, (Baltra and Santa Cruz), in 10 minutes. Then we continue to Highlands of Santa Cruz. Here you may observe the famous Giant Tortoises in their natural environment, which also known as Galapagos, and from where the name of the Islands derive. Also catch sight of the famous Galapagos Finches, Bird Wizards, as well as endemic vegetation such as Escelacias forests and Matazarnos. Later you will have free time to explore the town of Puerto Ayora, where you can several souvenir shops. Accommodation: Villa Laguna Hotel www.galapagoshotelvillalaguna.com/ -/L/-
Breakfast: at hotel. Bartolome Island is a volcanic islet in the Galápagos Islands group. It is a volcanic islet just off the east coast of Santiago Island. It is one of the “younger” islands in the Galápagos archipelago. With a total land area of just 1.2 km², this island offers some of the most beautiful landscapes in the archipelago. The island consists of an extinct volcano and a variety of red, orange, green, and glistening black volcanic formations. Bartolome has a volcanic cone that is easy to climb and provides great views of the other islands. Bartolome is famous for its Pinnacle Rock, which is the distinctive characteristic of this island, and the most representative landmark of the Galápagos. It has two visitor sites. At the first one, you may swim and snorkel around Pinnacle Rock; the underwater world there is really impressive. You can snorkel with the penguins, marine turtles, white-tipped reef sharks, and other tropical fish. Accommodation: Villa Laguna Hotel www.galapagoshotelvillalaguna.com/ B/L/-
Breakfast at the hotel. • Seymour Island North Seymour is a small island near to Baltra Island in the Galapagos Islands. It was formed by uplift of a submarine lava formation. The whole island is covered with low, bushy vegetation. This island is home to a large population of blue-footed boobies and swallow-tailed gulls. It hosts one of the largest populations of frigate birds in Galapagos. North Seymour has a visitor trail approximately 2 kilometers (1.2 mi) in length crossing the inland of the island and exploring the rocky coast. North Seymour is an extraordinary place for breeding birds, and is home to one of the largest populations of nesting blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigate birds. Pairs of blue-footed boobies can be seen conducting their mating ritual as they offer each other gifts, whistle and honk, stretch their necks towards the sky, spread their wings, and dance—showing off their bright blue feet. • Plazas Island South Plaza is a small island off the east coast of Santa Cruz in the Galapagos Islands. It has an area of 0.13 km and a maximum altitude of 23 metres. South Plaza was formed by lava up streaming from the bottom of the ocean. Despite its small size it is home to a large number of species and it is famous for its extraordinary flora. That is why this island is very popular with visitors. On the steep banks it is possible to see a great number of birds such as nesting Red-billed Tropicbirds and Swallow-tailed Gulls, but most of all, enjoying the beautiful view from atop the steep banks or strolling along the base of the cliff is an extremely pleasurable experience. Very attractive are the beautiful prickly pear cactus trees (Opuntia echios) and of course the large colony of Galapagos Land Iguanas. Depending on the season, the Sesuvium ground vegetation changes its colour from intense green in the rainy season to orange and purple in the dry season. Return to the hotel Accommodation: Villa Laguna Hotel www.galapagoshotelvillalaguna.com/ B/L/-
Breakfast: at the hotel. Day at Leisure Accommodation: Villa Laguna Hotel www.galapagoshotelvillalaguna.com/ B/-/-
Breakfast: at the hotel. Transfer to the airport to your flight to Quito or Guayaquil. B/- /-
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RATES IN US $ PER PERSON
- Shared transportation and tours with English speaking guide and Spanish Speaker Driver for the last day; at the Galapagos Islands as described on the itinerary.
- Accommodation as listed on the itinerary.
- Meals as listed on the itinerary.
- Entrance fees as listed on the itinerary.
- Flight to/from Galapagos Islands / USD 550 pp (subject to change).
- Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee / USD 100 pp (subject to change).
- Ingala Transit Control Card / USD 20 pp.
- International flights.
- Travel insurance.
- Health insurance.
- COVID Test.
- Personal expenses.
- Items not specified.
NOTE: RATES AND ITINERARY subject to change without prior notice