Galapagos Wildlife Tour November 21-29, 2015
Led by Amazonia’s wildlife biologist/famed nature photographer Alfredo Dosantos
Fly to either Guayaquil or Quito, Ecuador
(flights and hotel not included)
Galapagos, Baltra Airport (flight not included, we can buy extra for you)
Our English speaking guide will be waiting for you at the airport in Baltra, who will take you to the port of Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz Island) for lunch. Afterwards, we will take the public speedboat to Isabela (14:00), which lasts approximately two and a half hours. After arriving at Isabela, we will take a brief rest at the hotel and then head to the Flamingo Lagoon, which is the largest coastal lagoon found in the Galapagos and is one of the main reproductive sites for the majority of flamingos.
Hotel Accommodations - L – D
Early in the morning, after breakfast, we’ll take an excursion to the Sierra Negra Volcano. This volcano is located 13 miles from Port Villamil and has the second largest volcanic crater in the world, measuring 6 miles in diameter and 300 feet deep. To arrive at this incredible sight we travel in bus or similar vehicle for 45 minutes to the Galapagos National Park where we will register our visit and then begin our hike to the Sierra Negra Volcano. We’ll then proceed to the Volcano Chico where you can feel the warmth of the ground as proof of the volcano’s activity. Here we’ll stop for a box lunch before returning to the hotel. After a brief rest, we’ll have the chance to go snorkeling or swimming at Concha Perla where we can observe the colorful fish, sea urchins, starfish, sea lions, or even sea turtles. -
- Hotel Accommodations - B - L – D
Transfer from Isabela Island to Santa Cruz Island by public speed boat. Arrive in Santa Cruz and transfer to the Hotel. In the morning visit the Tortuga Bay beach, it is the largest and most famous beach of white coral sand in the Galapagos Islands. Located 2.5 kilometers from the city of Puerto Ayora. Here you can find a beautiful protected natural pool, where you can swim safely with trees that provide shade. In the afternoon we will visit EL CHATO II in the Highland to observe the famous Galapagos land tortoises in their natural environment and learn how the private ranches aid to protect these special animals and their habitat. Tortoises of all different ages and sizes are gathering here: Small young ones with shining carapaces and older ones, a little bit more ragged, with partly cracked carapaces –signs of an extraordinary long life. Hotel Accommodations - B - L – D
Floreana (North Star boat or similar)
The departure is scheduled at about 7:45 am from the hotel. This island is located in the south of the Galapagos. We landed in Velasco Ibarra Port. In the morning we visited the highlands, volcanic lava caves. On the beach and the Port can see turtles, iguanas of lava and diversity of birds. Lunch at the port. In the afternoon we visited the LOBERIA where we can snorkel and LUZ DEL DIA to observe penguins. Approximately at 16:00 return to Santa Cruz. Hotel Accommodations - B - L – D
Bartolomé (Santa Fe Yacht or similar )
Picking up in the selected hotel at 6:15 in the morning approx., transfer to Itabaca Channel to board the yacht. The trip to Bartolome will take about 2 hours and a half. Bartolome has the most beautiful and photographed landscapes of the islands. The trail is made of wood and you have to climb to the top of this extinct volcano that has an altitude of 114 meters. From here you will be amazed at this spectacular landscape that give the island and after reaching the top of these wooden staircase (380 approximately) you will feel that was worth it. The main attraction of the island it is the pinnacle rock, it is a big lava formation that over time has eroded.
Bartolome has also two beautiful beaches half-moon shaped with gold color sand that invite you to have a sunbath or snorkel around the lava formations, if you are lucky you might find the Galapagos penguin and sea turtles swimming in shallow waters.
Hotel Accommodations - B - L – D
North Seymour-Bachas (Santa Fe Yacht or similar)
Picking up in the selected hotel at 8:00 in the morning, transfer to Itabaca Channel to board the yacht. The trip to North Seymour is about 45 minutes. North Seymour is a wonderful island to hike, swim and snorkel. In this island you can see Palo Santo (incense stick) forest, blue footed boobies in breeding colonies making its courtship dance (depend of the season you travel), swallowed tail gull sitting in the cliffs and admire large number of frigate birds in their nests. One of the best attractions in the Galapagos Islands is watch the frigate birds with their enormous red pouches hanging up from their necks. In other part of the island you may see sea lions playing and surfing in the waves.
Seymour is mostly arid and flat and has simple vegetation, Palo Santo, cactus, salt bushes and others. The island has approximately 2 square kilometers and a height of 28 meters.
The trail of the National Park is circular and has 2 kilometers long, crosses the interior of the island and takes you to explore the rocky coast. Also this trail will take you to some of the largest colonies of sea birds in the Galapagos Islands.
Hotel Accommodations - B - L – D
After your breakfast early in the morning, our naturalist guide accompanies the guests to the Charles Darwin Research Station. This station has educational museums, both about the history and development of the Galapagos Islands and the protection of its natural heritage. The endemic giant land tortoises can be observed. According to the flight schedule of our guests, we coordinate the transfer to the airport of Baltra with our guide. Breakfast included. End of services.
Fly to mainland Ecuador, connecting to flight home arriving November 29
Rate $ 2590 , sharing accommodation (single supplement $500)
- Accommodation in PARAISO DE ISABELA hotel or similar in Isabela
- Accommodations in RED BOOBY Hotel or similar in Santa Cruz
- Meals according with the itinerary
- Bilingual Naturalist Guide
- Transfers in Galapagos
DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Air ticket
- Entrance fee to Galapagos National Park
- Ingala Transit Control Card
- Extra drinks and meals
- Itinerary subject to changes only if beyond our control
Reservation made with deposit of $300 per person
payment can be made by credit card on our paypal site (click on the "buy now" button).