Watching Red and Black Bird on Galapagos Wildlife Discovery

San Cristobal Essential Journey

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Explore Historic San Cristobal

From extinct volcanoes to indescribable snorkeling, which part of San Cristobal will enchant you most on your journey?

Itinerary

DAY 1: VISIT THE INTERPRETATION CENTER TO LEARN ABOUT WILDLIFEAND NATURAL HISTORY. SNORKEL WITH SEA TURTLES AND SEA LIONS

Start your adventure at the beautiful beach of “Lobería”, home to a healthy colony of sea lions. Practice your snorkeling skills and delight in the proximity of sea turtles swimming next to you. If you feel energetic enough don´t miss the hike to the “Las Negritas” cliff for some unique marine bird and iguana spotting along the trail.

In the afternoon we visit the interpretation center and learn about the unique natural and human history of the Galapagos.

On our way back we stop for a refreshing snorkel and swim at Punta Carola or Playa Mann, where we swim with sea turtles and sea lions and take in the spectacular Galapagos sunset. (L)

DAY 2: VISIT ONE OF THE ONLY FRESHWATER LAKE IN GALAPAGOS,A LOCAL FARM WITH EXOTIC FRUIT CROPS AND TASTE AWARD-WINNING COFFEE

Today we visit “El Junco”, the only permanent freshwater lakes in the Galapagos. This crater lake is home to frigate birds, common gallinules, white-cheeked pintail ducks and more. With some luck we’ll witness the unique ritual of frigate birds washing the salt from their feathers in the lake’s fresh water.

After a short drive we stop at a wonderful breeding center where tortoises roam free. We walk for an hour among these wild giant tortoises and learn about conservation efforts to preserve these endangered, endemic species.

We continue to Hacienda Tranquila where we stop for lunch. This is a fantastic opportunity to share in the local lifestyle of the Galapagos Highlands. We´ll walk through native fruit trails and taste oranges, passion fruit, guavas, Pomarrosa (rose apple), ovos and other exotic varieties. We can help feed the farm animals and learn about coffee harvesting methods.

We spend the afternoon there and catch a beautiful sunset behind Kicker Rock from the viewpoint. Giant swing optional! (B, L)

DAY 3: WALK TO OBSERVE A MARINE BIRD SANCTUARYAND SNORKEL WITH SEA LIONS AND TROPICAL FISH

After breakfast we take a speed boat to Isla Lobos, here we walk around the islet to a marine bird sanctuary, spotting the famous frigates with their colorful red pouch, blue footed boobies, great blue herons, lava gulls, lava herons, whimbrels and ruddy turnstones.

We go back to our boat and put our gear to snorkel with sea lions, marine iguanas, tropical fish, sea turtles, octopus and more. We continue on to Playa Ochoa for a relaxed afternoon swimming and enjoying the beach. (B, L)

Quick Facts

Destination
Galapagos Islands: San Cristobal

Dates & Prices
3 Days from $949

Category
Essential

Expedition Type
Wildlife

 

Expedition Level
Easy hikes, snorkeling, and kayaking

Accommodations
Comfort Hotels: Casa Opuntia, Casita de la Playa, Isla Sol

Select Hotels:
Iguana Crossing, Angermeyer, Golden Bay, Casa Baronesa

Flights
Arrive to San Cristobal (SCY) Depart from Baltra (GPS) Book: Avianca, LATAM or TAME from Quito or Guayaquil We can arrange your flights from $565 – or do your own

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