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GALAPAGOS INTENSIVE

Galapagos Intensive (6D/5N)

"Following the Trail of the Red-Footed Boobies"

Day 1:

  • AM: San Cristobal Is. Transfer and La Loberia
  • PM: San Cristobal Is. Tijeretas Hill

Day 2:

  • AM: San Cristobal 360°
  • AM: San Cristobal

Day 3:

  • AM: Española Is. Suarez Point
  • PM: Española Is. Garden Bay

Day 4:

  • AM: Santa Cruz Is. Higlands and Charles Darwin Station OR Bay Tour.
  • PM: Santa Cruz Is. Puerto Ayora

Day 5:

  • AM: Pinzon Is.

Day 6:

  • AM: Santa Cruz Is. Twin Craters & Transfer to the airport (This day is only with the guide, is not included guide).

DAY 1: San Cristobal Island

Itinerary:

  • Arrival to Galapagos Island, San Cristobal Airport.
  • Transfer from Airport to the Hotel
  • Check In San Cristobal Island.

The following visits depend on the time of your arrival flight

  1. Visit to La Lobería
  2. Visit Tijeretas Hill
  3. Visit Punta Carola
  4. Vist Mann Beach
  • Lunch
  • Transfer to your Hotel
  • Briefing for next day activities.

Places to Visit:

  • La Lobería: The main attraction of this site is the presence of Galapagos wolves that are on the beach and in the bay of the wolves. There are also marine iguanas along the shores and in the rocky reefs of the bay there are many sea turtles. The wolf is a piece of coast that has been named for the large number of sea lions that rest on its rocks and sand. Despite being outside the boundaries of the National Park area, due to its great importance, the park staff is responsible for its maintenance and care.
  • Tijeretas Hill: A trail built with cut stone, which crosses a forest that leads to observation points of the fascinating coastal landscape and the native flora and fauna. This trail culminates in a cove of calm waters, where you can practice water sports and observe nature.
  • Mann Beach: Mann Beach is of little slope and of white and soft sand, it is ideal to take the sun and to bathe. It has masterful landscapes, its main attraction being the beach. It is a small rocky beach that on weekends is packed by people. It is quite rocky and you will usually observe the lions, it is a beautiful beach for swimming and sunbathing.
  • Punta Carola: The beach has an area of approximately 300 meters, which is made up of dry forest vegetation. On the beach there is a large colony of sea lions among the vegetation and marine iguanas are present on the rocks. On this site you can practice surfing.

Details:

  • Animals to see: Sea Lions, Land iguanas, reef fish.
  • Activities: Trekking and Snorkeling
  • What do you bring: Sunscream, Repellent, Light clothing, Binoculars, Camera, swimsuit.
  • Include: Professional bilingual guide, Transport, Lunch,Snack, Water, Hotel Accommodation and Snorkeling Equipment.
  • Not Included: Dinner, Tips and Additional Expenses.

Notes:

  • We can't guarantee that you will see all the animals, since they are in wildlife.
  • This night you will stay in San Cristobal Island.

DAY 2: San Cristobal 360° Tour

Itinerary:

  • Breakfast
  • Pick up from your Hotel in San Cristobal Island.
  • Departure time at 07:00 am.
  • Visit Sleeping Lion (snorkeling)
  • Visit Brujo Hill (Hiking)
  • Sardine Bay (Snorkeling)
  • Visit Punta Pitt (Trekking)
  • Visit Rosa Blanca Bay (Snorkeling)
  • Lunch
  • Return to San Crsistobal at 16:00 pm
  • Arrival to San Crsitobal at 17:00 pm approximately.
  • Transfer to your Hotel
  • Briefing for next day activities

Places to Visit:

  • Sleeping Lion: It consists of two vertical walls with a channel in the center that offers a paradise for sharks and other species of fish, such as barracudas and rainbow fish. The walls are strikingly colored almost certainly will have sightings of great marine wildlife, including octopi and many sharks like: hammerhead shark, white-fin reef shark and freshwater turtle sharks. Other marine creatures that are found are turtles, rays and sea lions.
  • Brujo Hill: The main attraction is the coral sand beach as well as a variety of flora and fauna species. It is an eroded tuff cone, which in some of its parts, is composed of lava. The citizens of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno used to extract salt to preserve cod fish, meat from their farms, and tortoise meat. This is a place to observe marine birds. Brujo Hill offers an excellent landscape from which you may see León Dormido, the south of the highest part of San Cristobal, and the adjacent coast. Two halophyte species grow here in soils rich in salt.
  • Sardina Bay: It's characterized for being a place for fishing of several species such as sardines, liza, octopus, lobster, shrimp, among others. Bahía Sardina includes two beaches whose attractions are its small white sand dunes together with its crystalline waters suitable for snorkeling, taking into account that in this bay there is a large presence of sea turtles, rays and sea lions.
  • Punta Pitt: This is the only site in the Galapagos Islands, where you can watch the three species of boobies and two species of frigates nesting in the same area. The reason that there are three species of boobies at Punta Pitt is due to the geographic location: there is enough food so there is no competition between them. The blue-footed boobies nest in the interior (rarely on the cliffs), red-footed boobies nest on bushes and masked boobies nest along the cliffs. Another added attraction is the presence of sea lions at the landing point, in the bay.
  • Rosa Blanca Bay: It's a small bay located northeast of San Cristóbal Island. It has several small beaches, but its main attraction is the large beach located in the center of the small bay where there is a large number of dunes. added to its crystal clear waters generate an attractive landscape unique to the area. The entire bay of Rosa Blanca and its lowlands is an ideal area for fishing of wahoo, palometa, ojón, liza, cod. Additionally, there are shark, ray and sea turtle species that are the ideal complement for snorkeling activities.

Details:

  • Animals to see: Red footed boobies, frigates, sea lions, reef fish, marine turtle, rays, hammerhead sharks, endemic birds.
  • Activities: Hiking, Snorkeling, Trekking and Experimental Fishing.
  • What do you bring: Sunscream, Repellent, Light clothing, Binoculars, Camera, swimsuit.
  • Include: Professional bilingual guide, Transport, Lunch,Snack, Water, Hotel Accommodation and Snorkeling Equipment.
  • Not Included: Dinner, Tips and Additional Expenses.

Notes:

  • We can't guarantee that you will see all the animals, since they are in wildlife.
  • This night you will stay in San Cristobal Island.

Day 3: Española Island

Itinerary:

  • Breakfast
  • Pick up from your Hotel in San Cristobal Island.
  • Boarding Time at 07:30 am.
  • Sailing time from San Cristobal to Española Island (2 hour)
  • Arrival to Española Island at 09:30 am. aprpoximately.
  • 2 Hours of hiking in Española Island.
  • Lunch
  • Snorkeling in Garney Bay (45 minutes).
  • Return to San Cristobal at 14:30 pm
  • Arrival to San Cristobal at 16:30 pm approximately.
  • Transfer to your Hotel
  • Briefing for next day activities

Places to Visit:

  • Española Island: Called thus by the first city of America (its name in English honor viscount Samuel Hood). With its 60 km² it is one of the smaller islands that make up the archipelago of the Galapagos, and is the oldest of all, since it has about 3.5 million years of existence. Although it is uninhabited, it is home to several animal species of interest, such as the endemic Spanish mockingbird, the albatross, blue footed boobies, the Galápagos turtledove, the bifurcated gull, the marine iguana and the lava lizard. Among the visitors, the Gardner Bay, which has a beach renowned for its beauty, and Punta Suarez, of interest for bird watching are especially popular.
  • Gardner Bay: is an about 1 km long beach that is among the most magnificent in all Galápagos. It is home to many sea lion colonies and the turquoise colored water makes a beautiful contrast to the white sand that consists of shell dust. On the rocks mingle big marine iguanas and sally light-foot crab. Mocking birds fight for their territory and inspect the backpacks of the tourists. About 50 m of the coast there is a rock where you can encounter tropic fish and rays while snorkeling. But more spectacular is the Gardner Rock that can be reached with a panga. It is home to white-tipped reef sharks and other colorful sea dwellers and very popular among snorkelers.

Details :

  • Animals to see: Blue footed boobies, nazca booby, albatross, colorful iguanas, sea lions, tortoise sharks, marine iguanas, and reef fish.
  • Activities: Hiking and Snorkeling
  • What do you bring: Sunscream, Repellent, Light clothing, Binoculars, Camera, swimsuit.
  • Include: Breakfast, Professional bilingual guide, Transport, Lunch,Snack, Water, Hotel Accommodation and Snorkeling Equipment.
  • Not Included: Dinner, Tips and Additional Expenses.

Notes :

  • We can't guarantee that you will see all the animals, since they are in wildlife.

DAY 4: Santa Cruz Island

Itinerary:

  • Breakfast
  • Pick up from your Hotel in San Cristobal Island.
  • Boarding Time at 07:00 am.
  • Transfer from San Cristobal to Santa Cruz. (2 hours)
  • Arrival to Santa Cruz Island at 09:00 am. aproximately.
  • Check In Santa Cruz Island.
  • Visit the Highlands or Bay Tour in Santa Cruz (You must choose one of them)
  • Lunch
  • Transfer to your Hotel in Santa Cruz.
  • Briefing for next day activities

Places to Visit:

  • Highlands: Visit to the El Chato 1, El Chato 2 or Primicias Farm, in any of these you can see the Giant Galapagos Tortoises and the typical vegetation of Galapagos.
  • Bay Tour: It's an interesting tour in where you could visit these places: La Loberia, The Dog's Beach, Love Channel, Shark's channel and Las Grietas.
  1. Lobería
    Called thus by the great colony of sea lions, it is a very special place to observe great variety of colorful fish, diversity of species of the marine bottom.
  2. Channel of Love
    It is a wonderful vantage point ideal for photographs, where the turquoise water and the geological formations that resembles natural Jacuzzi accompanied by flora make this scene a romantic place.
  3. Beach of the dogs
    Called thus for being habitat of the Crab of Galápagos that can grow up to 20 centimeters. In addition, we will observe colonies of marine iguanas and enjoy a landscape view.
  4. Channel of the Sharks
    It is a viewpoint where we can appreciate the Galapagos sharks resting thanks to the marine currents that converge in this unique geological formation.
  5. The Cracks
    Wonderful landscape is formed by interesting lava figures that form two gigantic walls crossed by an arm of brackish water that mixes with the sea water recommended for swimming and diving surface due to the transparency of its waters.

Details:

  • Animals to see: Giant turtles, sea lions, sea turtles, reef fish, blue footed boobies and sharks.
  • Activities: Trekking and Snorkeling
  • What do you bring: Sunscream, Repellent, Light clothing, Binoculars, Camera, swimsuit and water.
  • Include: Professional bilingual guide, Transport, Lunch, Hotel Accommodation and Snorkeling Equipment.
  • Not Included: Dinner, Tips and Additional Expenses.

Notes:

  • The activities in the water are just If you take the bay tour.
  • We can't guarantee that you will see all the animals, since they are in wildlife.

Day 5: Pinzón Island (Snorkeling day)

Itinerary:

  • Breakfast
  • Pick up from your Hotel in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island.
  • Boarding Time at 08:00 am.
  • Sailing time from Santa Cruz to Pinzón Island. (1h20 minutes)
  • Arrival to Pinzon Island at 09:20 am. aprpoximately.
  • 3 times for snorkeling (45 minutes each one)
  • Lunch
  • Visit La Fé Beach
  • Return to Santa Cruz at 14:40 pm
  • Arrival to Santa Cruz at 16:00 pm approximately.
  • Transfer to your Hotel
  • Briefing for next day activities

Places to Visit:

  • Pinzon Island: Called in honor of the Pinzón brothers, captains of the caravels Pinta and La Niña in the first expedition of Christopher Columbus (his name in English reminds the Viscount of Duncan). It has an area of 18 km² and a maximum altitude of 458 meters. It has no places to visit and a special permit from the authorities is required to enter. The main forest species are on the island, in the humid zone, there is a unique species called the margarita tree. Pinzón is home to sea lions, giant tortoises, marine iguanas and dolphins, as well as other endemic species.
  • La Fé Beach: Beach to rest, have a short path, where you can see marine iguanas also for its crystal clear water you can see small sharks and we can also do snorkeling.

Details:

  • Animals to see: Sea lions, sea turtles, reef fish, starfish, eagle rays, tintoreras sharks, penguins in cold season.
  • Activities: Snorkeling
  • What do you bring: Sunscream, Repellent, Light clothing, Binoculars, Camera, swimsuit.
  • Include: Breakfast, Professional bilingual guide, Transport, Lunch,Snack, Water, Hotel Accommodation and Snorkeling Equipment.
  • Not Included: Dinner, Tips and Additional Expenses.

Notes:

  • We can't guarantee that you will see all the animals, since they are in wildlife.
  • The main activitie in this tour is snorkeling.

Day 6: Santa Cruz Island

Itinerary:

  • Breakfast
  • Pick up from your Hotel in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island.
  • Transfer to Twin Craters in Santa Cruz.
  • Visit to Twin Craters
  • Transfer from San Cristotal to Baltra Airport
  • Return Flight.

Places to Visit:

  • Twin Craters: The Twin Craters are, in fact, not craters. These impressive holes were formed by magma (lava) domes which hardened on the outside but continued to flow on the inside, leaving huge but empty chambers that collapsed with the passing of time, creating this breathtaking scenery that resembles two pit crates. The Twins are located in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island and are surrounded by lush and green forests, dominated by the endemic Scalesia plants. It is possible to walk along the rim of the craters to better appreciate the magnitude of the holes as well as the local flora and fauna. This site is also one of the most likely places to observe the endemic short-ear owl of the Galapagos.

Details:

  • Activities: Trekking
  • What do you bring: Sunscream, Repellent, Light clothing, Binoculars, Camera.
  • Include: Breakfast, Transport.
  • Not Included: Lobbito Buss $5, Guide, Dinner, Lunch, Tips and Additional Expenses.

Notes:

  • We can't guarantee that you will see all the animals, since they are in wildlife.
  • This day is not included Guide, just driver.

Includes:
Galapagos Flight Ticket (roundtrip)
Bilingual Guide Authorized by Galapagos National Park
Accomodation in: Economic, Tourist, Tourist Superior or First Class Hotels
Meals: Breakfast, and Lunch
Snorkel equipment
Transfer: Airport - Hotel – Airport

 

Not include:
Galapagos Entrance fee 100$ (cash)
Ingala ID card 10$ (cash)
Isabela dock fee 20$ (cash)
Dinners
Wetsuit
Tips
Additional expenses

 

 

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