1st day: Quito / Guayaquil – flight – Galapagos: Baltra Island & Tortuga Bay
After our breakfast, we transfer to the airport in Quito and fly to Baltra Island We are now in the unique and mysterious world of the “Galapagos Islands” truly an experience of a life time. Our flight departs at 08h00 and arrive at 10h00. Upon arrival in Baltra Island, we proceed to the immigration area, we present our passports and our guide will help us with all formalities required for all visitors. We then meet our certified Galapagos national park service guide and will help us pick up our luggage, and accompany us to the port of Seymour in a short bus ride, Return to the hotel to have lunch.
Afterwards, we will take an excursion to one of the most beautiful beaches in Galapagos, Tortuga Bay, by taking a short 30 minute walk (2.5 km) west from Puerto Ayora on a marked path. As you walk along this path, the route is great for bird watching; making it easy to spot several species such as lava lizard and some of Darwin finches. The sunsets here are excellent. It is worth noting that this area has two beaches. One is the “Brava Beach” with lots strong waves. The other is called “Mansa Beach” which is as calm as a lagoon, making it a perfect swimming area and a nice spot for relaxing. For a more soothing experience, we recommended bathing in the area with the calm waves that resemble a lagoon. The “White Sand Beach” is considered by many, the nicest of the archipelago. Its name comes from the sea turtles that go there to lay their eggs.
Depending on the time of the year, other species can be found; including pelicans, flamingos and marine iguanas. Return to the Hotel. Overnight.
2nd day: Puerto Ayora - Isabela Island: Tintoreras.
The guide picks you up at 6h00 and takes you to the Pier of Santa Cruz Island. At 07h00 your speed boat leaves from the main dock from Puerto Ayora, and after a 2 hours sail you reach Islabela Island. (Please remind, that you have to pay USD 1,- per person for the water taxi, from the dock to the speed boat).
Once you arrive, you have to pay a fee of USD 5,- per person, at the dock of Isabela Island. Here, another guide welcomes you and takes you to your accommodation place. After lunch, we will sail to “Islote Tintoreras” a large crevice with very clear, calm water in which white-tip sharks (“tintoreras”) rest daily on the bottom. We can also see penguins, sea lions, marine iguanas and snorkel with sharks and colorful tropical fishes while enjoying the beaches of Isabela.
(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
3rd day: Galapagos: Isabela Island: Lava Tunnels
Today you will explore the Lava Tunnels, you will reach this spot after an approximately 30 to 40 minutes sail. At this place, the lava flow impacted with the oceans waves to form the stunning tubes and bridges of “Los Tuneles”.
This is a marine paradise for the white tipped reef sharks (names Tintoreras), manta rays, parrotfish, yellowtail surgeonfish, Galápagos green sea turtle and the Galápagos sea lion. A walk through this incredible place is once in a lifetime landscape.
This marine sanctuary is one of the most spectacular places for snorkeling in Isabela as the water is shallow, clear and calm, and its unique geologic formations.
The lava flows have formed arches and tunnels both under and above water, where you find animal species that have taken up residence in these magnificent formations. The entry into this site is shallow and the waves can be quite strong, for this reason it is not always feasible to enter this site. After Lunch free day to enjoy the beach.
(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
4th day: Puerto Ayora – Baltra Island – Quito/Guayaquil
After breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel and your driver takes you to Baltra airport, where you will take your flight back to the mainland. Upon arrival in Quito, you will be transfered to your hotel. Overnight.
If you had an extension to your tour, you will receive the details of your continuing itinerary from your guide.
|1st day||Quito – flight – Galapagos: Arrive in Baltra Is -Tortuga Bay|
|2nd day||Puerto Ayora - Isabela Island: Tintoreras|
|3rd day||Isabela Island: Tunnels|
|4th day||Puerto Ayora - Baltra Island - Mainland|
(*) This itinerary may be modified in whole or in part, according to your special request, for an "A la Carte" experience.