Galapagos The Best 5 days 4 nights 2017
DAY 1: Arrive to Baltra, Primicias ranch highlands of Santa Cruz
DAY 2: Visit Santa Fe Island full day (with disembark)**** Sunday only
DAY 3: Visit North of Seymour Island* Monday and Thursday Bachas or Bartolome island Sullivan bay ***Tuesday and Friday
DAY 4: Visit Plazas Island Carrion point** Wednesday and Saturday
DAY 5: Visit Crater Twins Airport
Saturday: Arrive to Baltra giant tortoises ranch on the highlands of Santa Cruz
Sunday: Santa Fe Island
Monday: North Seymour Island
Tuesday: Bachas (white sand beach) or Bartolome Island
Wednesday: Santa Cruz Island visit crater twins Baltra airport
RATES PER PERSON:
Double or triple:
Adult usd. 815.00
Children usd. 745.00
Adult usd. 914.00
Adult usd. 869.00
Children usd. 770.00
Adult usd. 1.055,00
Our program includes:
The Galapagos Islands and Galapagos visitor sites
Bachas Beach and Punta Carrion in Galapagos
Visit Bachas beach in the morning to walk along the beautiful white sand beach. Here the sally lightfoot crabs are abundant and the beach is also a nesting site for sea turtles. Many different species of birds can be seen here as well, with a nearby lagoon playing host to pink flamingoes which is bordered by mangroves and other typical vegetation to the region.
Visit Punta Carrión in the afternoon to see the bird and marine life. Take advantage of the time to go snorkelling in the diverse and nutrient waters.
Bartolome and Puerto Egas Galapagos Islands
Arrive at Bartolome Island early and disembark for a short hike. Listen as our naturalist outlines the geological history of Bartolome, explaining its dramatic features, including the unusual splatter cones. We may see the rare Galapagos penguin, of which only 800 pairs exist!
Bartolome Island (also called Bartholomew) has 2 main areas of interest. A hike to the summit of the island provides a clearer perspective of the islands' not-too-distant volcanic origins, and the panoramic view is one of the best among the islands. From here are visible the double-sided beach of Bartolome directly below, the volcanic tower rising out of the water next to it, and Santiago in the distance. After the summit hike, stop at the beach to relax in semi-tropical tranquility. There is great snorkelling among the submerged volcanic rock and around the base of the tower. A short hike to the beach on the opposite side is worth the minimal effort. It is not unusual to see sharks in these shallow waters, and marine turtles nest here from January through March.
Visit Puerto Egas on Santiago Island in the afternoon to see the salt crater as well as a dark sand beach and tidal pools.
Baltra and Santa Cruz Galapagos Islands
Early flight to Baltra in the Galapagos Islands. Upon arrival meet our naturalist guide who will assist with the transfer across Santa Cruz Island to our catamaran, the g6. In the afternoon we will visit the Charles Darwin Station
The Galapagos Islands are located about 1000 km (620 miles) off the Pacific coast of South America. The archipelago is comprised of 13 major islands and scores of islets that served as a living laboratory for Charles Darwin, the renowned evolution theorist. Long before Darwin arrived in the Galapagos, seafarers knew these isolated islands as home to some of the strangest and most wonderful wildlife imaginable, including birds that could swim but no longer fly, aquatic iguanas, dragon-like lizards left over from prehistoric times, and the giant Galapagos tortoises for which the islands were named.
Covering nearly 5000 square km (3100 square miles), the Galapagos Islands are now a National Park. The Galapagos National Park is the institution that controls the preservation of this environment, assisted by the Charles Darwin Research Station. Inaugurated in 1964 and based in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island, the Charles Darwin Research Station is the one place where visitors can easily see the famous Galapagos Tortoises, which may live up to two hundred years. This is also the training centre for naturalist guides who accompany all visitors landing at more than 40 approved sites on the islands, and members of the international scientific community often come to study at the station.
The National Park charges a visitor fee of $100 USD, payable on arrival, which funds Park maintenance and supervision in the Galapagos, as well as ecological study, conservation and infrastructure development in Ecuador's other National Parks. Entry fees and the funds they generate for the National Park System are among measures taken by the Ecuadorian government to protect its natural heritage.
Black Turtle Cove and Cerro Dragon in Galapagos Islands
In the morning we take an excursion by "panga" to Black Turtle Cove, to witness the extensive mangrove system and interesting waterway canals. Sea Turtles and different species of rays can often be seen in this cove, offering a peaceful and fascinating glimpse into the diversity of the area.
Visit Cerro Dragon in the afternoon on the west coast of Santa Cruz Island, to see land iguanas and a salt water lagoon frequented by flamingoes and other species of birds.
North Seymour and Mosquera Galapagos Islands
Set sail for North Seymour, just north of Baltra, home to sea lions, marine iguanas, swallow-tailed gulls, magnificent frigate birds and blue-footed boobies. Seymour Island is probably the most exciting island photographically. Bird life abounds, and close to the trail you will find many nesting pairs and young chicks. Seymour is also home to the Galapagos’s largest colony of Magnificent Frigate Birds. Their mating ritual is an ostentatious display: males expand the red sack at the base of their throat and perch atop a bush with wings fully extended, flapping furiously. Interested females circle overhead, and if so inclined, may join the male on terra firma. Further along the trail we can observe a colony of sea lions.
Afternoon excursion to Mosquera Island to stroll on the beach and see the vast sea lion colonies.
South Plaza and Santa Fe Galapagos Islands
Set sail and reach South Plaza Island in the morning. One of the smallest islands in the Galapagos, South Plaza has one of the largest populations of Land Iguanas. Walk along a path through a cactus forest and view a combination of dry and coastal vegetation.
In the afternoon, we explore Santa Fe Island, a fairly small and dry island. Also called Barrington, Santa Fe Island is well-known as a great place for watching (and swimming with) sea lions. Along the island's northern shore you can view the forest of giant Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia). Santa Fe is also home to a number of endemic species which have bounced back from various threats to their survival. You may get a chance to see the Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snake, a variety of finches and the Galapagos mockingbird.