ISLAND HOPPING: SANTA CRUZ – SANTA FE – ISABELA - PLAZAS ISLAND OR NORTH SEYMOUR
Land tour from $ 820, - per person
DAY 1: BALTRA – PRIMICIAS RANCH
On the Baltra Airport the Ninfa Staff will receive you and transfer you to Hotel Ninfa, located in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island.
After lunch we will visit the “Primicias” Ranch, a privately owned farm over 150 acres, adjacent to the territories of the Galapagos National Park. Tortoises migrate from the park to this property in certain seasons looking for shade, water and a suitable place to incubate their eggs. A journey of about 30 minutes gives you the great opportunity to observe the huge Galapagos tortoises in their natural state. Also located nearby is a lava tunnel of nearly 300 meters, which you can visit accompanied by a soft illumination installed by the owners.
DAY 2: SANTA FE ISLAND – HIDDEN BEACH (SNORKELING SITE)
Departure at 08:00 AM. After breakfast you will board a yacht for an hour navigation to Santa Fe Island. From its huge cliffs you could observe a forest of giant endemic cactus and colonies of sea birds including pelicans, boobies and gulls. In the calm turquoise bay, which is also inhabited by a large number of sea lions, you will find yourself the ideal place to snorkel and to swim with stingrays and tropical fish. Occasionally you can also observe sea turtles here. Lunch on board. Then we will visit the Hidden beach and have time to relax before returning to the hotel.
DAY 3: ISABELA ISLAND – FLAMINGOS LAGOON – BREEDING CENTER – CONCHA PERLA
Departure at 07:00 AM. After breakfast we will navigate about 2 hours on board a yacht to reach Isabela Island. After our arrival in Puerto Villamil we will visit the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center, which is located about 1.5 km from the town. Here we can observe tortoises of all ages and learn about the process of raising and breeding this endangered species.
Later we will visit the flamingo lagoon and have a moment to enjoy the beautiful beach of Isabela. After having lunch at a local restaurant we continue our journey to CONCHA PERLA, which is a beautiful crystalline water bay where snorkeling can be performed, taking the opportunity to see a large variety of fish, sea turtles and penguins among others.
DAY 4: SIERRA NEGRA VOLCANO – CHICO VOLCANO – TRANSFER TO SANTA CRUZ
We leave at 08.00 am after breakfast to climb the Sierra Negra Volcano (second largest crater in the world). Lunch at a local restaurant. Later we will visit the “Chico” volcano. During this tour we can observe the different types of vegetation and lava according to their age. As well you have the opportunity to see white herons and hawks sometimes. The tour will be by car and then on horseback (optional). After that we continue with the transfer to Santa Cruz Island.
DAY 5: PLAZAS – CARRION POINT
At 7:00 AM a bus will pick you up for a transfer to the Itabaca Canal. Here you will board a yacht for a 2 hour navigation to Plazas Island. Just after landing you can see one of the largest colonies of sea lions in the Archipelago. Just a few meters behind the landing dock there are also some land iguanas that can be observed. Following the trail to the other side of the island you have the great opportunity to see blue footed and masked boobies, land and marine iguanas, swallow-tailed gulls and tropical birds. Besides that there are also frigate birds and pelicans flying over frequently. Despite its small size it is home to a large number of species and famous for its extraordinary flora. Depending on the season the vegetation changes its color from bright green in the rainy season to orange and purple in the dry season. For all those reasons it is very popular among domestic and foreign visitors.
Or NORTH SEYMOUR – BACHAS BEACH
At 7:00 AM a bus will pick you up for a transfer to the Itabaca Canal to board a yacht that will take you to North Seymour Islet, which is a great place for hiking. There is a visitor´s path that crosses the island and takes you to some of the largest seabird colonies of the Galapagos Islands. Here you have the great opportunity to observe the Blue-Footed Boobies and colorful frigate birds that are visible all year round. The birds inflate their huge red gular pouch to attract a mate and are known to steal food from the blue-footed boobies. For that reason they are known as one of the biggest attractions of the Galapagos. You will definitely enjoy the mating ritual dance as well performed by the blue-footed boobies. After lunch we can appreciate the playful sea lions, green sea turtles and famous Galapagos sharks while snorkeling. At Bachas Beach we can enjoy the wonderful sun and Galapagos Sea. Finally we will be back at 5pm for the transfer to the hotel.
DAY 6: TWIN CRATERS - AIRPORT
After breakfast we will take a bus or a taxi back to the airport. On the way you will make a final stop to visit the Twin Craters, geological subsidence in the middle of a forest of escalecias (native vegetation) located in the highest part of the island.
*Plazas – Carrion Point only on Wednesday and Saturday
North Seymour – Bachas Beach only on Monday and Thursday