Galapagos Natural Paradise

From $ 3675.00 per person / 10 Days

 

August 5-14, 2022

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Known as The Enchanted Islands, the Galapagos archipelago is one of the natural wonders of the planet. A place with the greatest endemism in the world.

Join us to discover this impressive natural destination, on a trip that will visit 6 of the iconic islands that make up this archipelago: San Cristóbal, Española, Kicker Rock, Santa Cruz, Bartolomé, and North Seymour.

During this stay focused on wildlife observation and photography, it is possible to observe some of the most sought-after subjects by nature lovers, including Waved Albatross, Blue-footed Booby, Nazca Booby, Lava Gull, Magnificent and Great Frigatebirds, Swallow-tailed Gull, Galapagos Penguin, American Flamingo, at least 9 Darwin’s Finch species, 3 species of Galapagos Mockingbird, Galapagos Flycatcher, Galapagos Giant Tortoise, Lava Lizard, Marine Iguana, Land Iguanas, and Galapagos Sea Lions.

Each day will be a new adventure with daily boat excursions to each of the islands. The landscapes are paradisiacal, the food is delicious and the accommodation is cozy.

 

 

  • Price from: $ 3675.00
  • Duration: 10 Days
  • Price based on: 6 participants
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Arrival in Quito, Ecuador, transfer to the hotel. Welcome dinner and preparation for the flight to Galapagos the next day. Lodging: Puembo Birding Gardens. Meals included: Dinner.

Before breakfast, photography of birds; Safron Finch, Blue and Yellow Tanager, Scrub Tanager, Western Emerald, Vermilion Flycatcher are some of the species that visit the hotel's gardens and feeders. After breakfast, transfer to Quito Mariscal Airport for the domestic flight to Galapagos. Arrival to the Island of San Cristobal and transfer to the hotel. Once settled in the hotel we will go out for lunch. In the afternoon our naturalist guide will take us to the Interpretation Center where we will learn about the history and ecology of the Galapagos. And then we will hike on the trails of Cerro Tijeretas. During the walk we will have the opportunity to observe species such as the endemic San Cristobal Mockingbird, Yellow Warbler, Galapagos Flycatcher, Small Ground-Finch, Medium Ground-Finch, Small Tree-Finch to name a few. We will also see the Galapagos Sea Lions, Marine Iguanas and Lava Lizards. Those participants who wish to snorkel will have the first opportunity to do so, swimming closely with sea turtles and sea lions. We will have some free time in the afternoon to rest or explore the town and the day ends with a group dinner. Lodging: Blue Marlin. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

After breakfast we go to the pier to start our excursion to one of the most emblematic islands of the Galapagos, Espanola Island, considered one of the most remote and mystical of the archipelago. The trip in a comfortable boat takes around 1 hour and 30 minutes, during which it is possible to observe various species of pelagic birds and sometimes cetaceans such as dolphins and whales. Once on the island we start the tour on the beach and then on rock and lava trails, during the visit we will be able to observe a great variety of wildlife very closely. We will be able to see a great variety of birds, Espanola Ground-Finch, Gray Warbler-Finch, Espanola Mockingbird, Galapagos Hawk, Galapagos Dove, Nazca Booby, Swallow-tailed Gull, Red-billed Tropicbirds. Precisely the time of year in which we will be visiting gives us the opportunity to see the endemic and threatened Waved Albatross and the Blue-footed Booby, during their breeding season, so we can enjoy these birds performing their courtship dances, brooding their eggs and feeding their chicks, a true spectacle of nature. After the tour we return to our boat and the participants will have the opportunity to snorkel in one of the quiet bays of the island, Sea Turtles, Sea Lions and many species of fish are part of what we can find exploring the reefs and rock formations. The crew will be in charge of preparing a delicious lunch on board and then we will start the return to San Cristobal Island. We will have some free time in the afternoon to rest or explore the town and the day ends with a group dinner. Lodging: Blue Marlin. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

After breakfast we headed to the pier to take our day trip to Leon Dormido (Kicker Rock). This rock formation has an impressive marine beauty. All participants who wish can snorkel around the islet, observing a variety of multicolored fish, sea turtles and sea lions. The Nazca Booby, Red-billed Tropicbird, Bown Noddy and Magnifecent Frigatebirds fly and perch around the rock constantly giving great opportunities for in-flight photography. After 2 snorkeling we head to Cerro Brujo, a paradisiacal white sand beach where we will spend a few hours enjoying the beach, snorkeling in the bay and walking on the beach photographing wildlife. The crew will be in charge of preparing a delicious lunch on board and then we will start the return to San Cristobal Island. Tendremos algún rato libre en la tarde para descansar o explorar el pueblo y el día termina con una cena grupal. Lodging: Blue Marlin. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

This morning we start early with the ferry transfer to the island of Santa Cruz, we will leave the hotel towards the pier to take the speedboat that takes us for 2 hours to our next destination. Once in Santa Cruz and installed in the hotel, we will have breakfast and mid-morning we meet with our local guide to visit the Charles Darwin Center, a place where important research and conservation efforts are coordinated for the flora and fauna of Las Galapagos. The Charles Darwin Center manages a reproduction program for the 11 species of Galapagos tortoises that still exist and during the tour you can see several of these species in their different stages of development. We will learn about their natural history and hear the story of Lonesome George. After lunch we will move to the upper part of the island, where we will visit the impressive Escalesias cloud forest. We will visit the twin craters and look for species such as the Woodpecker and the Vegetarian Finch. Our last stop will be at Rancho El Chato, a sanctuary that protects the majestic Giant Tortoises in their natural state. We will walk the trails and have direct and close contact with these impressive reptiles. The lava tunnel is a geological attraction that we can enjoy during the visit. Lodging: Hotel La Isla. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

After breakfast we will leave in a transport for a new excursion, our destination today is North Seymour Island and Bachas Beach. We will cross the island of Santa Cruz from south to north, passing through the upper part. During the tour you can see an interesting transition from coastal habitat, middle elevations, cloud forest, dry forest and again coastal habitat. Once in the port we will take a comfortable boat that will take us to North Seymour. This quiet tour allows for landscape photography and it is also possible to see several pelagic species. Upon arrival we will take the zodiac boat that takes us to the island. The circular route over an arid and rocky terrain allows us to see very closely the wildlife present on the island, Sea Lions, Marine and Terrestrial Iguanas, several species of Darwin's Finches, Swallow-tailed Gulls, Brown Noody, Blue-footed Booby. But the main attraction will be to see both species of frigatebirds (Great and Magnificent Frigatebirds) in their nesting ground. It will be possible to observe the males performing their reproductive display with their red gular sac fully inflated, making low flights or collecting materials for their nests. The females also work hard in the construction of the nests, brooding their eggs or feeding the chicks. All this from a few meters away. After this visit we return to the boat to move to Playa Bachas on Santa Cruz Island, we will have lunch on the boat and then there will be time to snorkel and walk on the beach. The saline lagoons are a perfect place for bird watching species such as the White-cheeked Pintail, migratory Sandpipers and with good luck the beautiful American Flamingos can be found here. We return to the port to take the transport back to the hotel. We will have some free time in the afternoon to rest or explore the town and the day ends with a group dinner. Lodging: Hotel La Isla. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

After breakfast we will leave in a transport to a new excursion, our destinations today are Bartolome Island and Sullivan Bay. We will cross the island of Santa Cruz from south to north, passing through the upper part. During the tour you can see an interesting transition from coastal habitat, middle elevations, cloud forest, dry forest and again coastal habitat. Once in the port we will take a comfortable boat that will take us to Bartolomé Island. This quiet tour allows for landscape photography and it is also possible to see several pelagic species. The Bartolome and Santiago Islands have interesting rock and lava formations due to recent volcanic activity; the landscape photography is impressive. Once we arrive at the island, we will make an ascent route for around 30 minutes to reach the highest point of Bartolome, during the tour we will make stops to take pictures of the landscapes and geological formations, the interesting vegetation of the island and some of the members of the island's wildlife. Returning to the boat we travel the coast in search of today's greatest target, Galapagos Pinguin. The crew will be in charge of preparing a delicious lunch on board and there will be time to snorkel one in Sullivan Bay. We return to the port to take the transport back to the hotel. We will have some free time in the afternoon to rest or explore the town and the day ends with a group dinner. Lodging: Hotel La Isla. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

This morning we will have a guided visit to the paradisiacal beach of Tortuga Bay. A 1 kilometer walk along a stone path that crosses an interesting habitat in which we can see various species of birds, reptiles and insects. We will learn about the history of the place and the ecology of the populations present. Marine Iguanas enter and leave the sea moving on the white sands of the beach. Which allows great opportunities for photography. The calm waters of the bay are perfect for swimming or renting a kayak (not included). We return to the hotel for lunch and then we will have the afternoon free to rest or tour the town, and the day ends with a group dinner. Lodging: Hotel La Isla. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

After breakfast a transport will take us back through the island to the port where we take the ferry to cross the channel that separates Santa Cruz Island from Baltra Island. We will check in at the airport and take the flight back to Quito. Once in Quito, a transport will take us to our hotel for our last night in Ecuador and the day ends with a group dinner. Lodging: Puembo Birding Gardens. Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

If the flight time allows it, there will be time for bird photography in the hotel's gardens and feeders. Airport transfer. Meals: Breakfast

Includes:
  • 2 nights of accommodation in Quito in double or individual occupancy.
  • 8 nights of accommodation in a superior category hotel in double or single occupancy during the stay in the Galapagos Islands.
  • Meals described in the itinerary from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 10.
  • Accompaniment by a professional guide from arrival in Quito on day 1 until departure from Quito on day 10.
  • Taxes
  • All land and sea transport.
  • Collective Ferry between the San Cristobal and Santa Cruz Islands.
  • Entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park and taxes
  • Snacks during excursions
  • Snorkeling equipment during excursions
  • Certified Local Guide during all activities in Galapagos
Not included:
  • International flight in and out of Quito.
  • Domestic flight in and out of Galapagos.
  • Tips
  • Items for personal use.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Medical expenses and prescribed medicines.
  • Additional services in hotels.
  • Food or drinks outside of the meal times described.
  • Laundry