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Swinging on Giant Swing During 5 Day Galapagos Tour

San Cristobal Essential Multisport

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Relax and Take It All In

San Cristobal is the perfect place to start your Galapagos Adventure. Full of History and wildlife encounters, this tour promises to be unforgeable. Walk to El Junco, a small freshwater lake to learn about endemic species and a unique ecosystem. 

ITINERARY

DAY 1: HIKE TO A FRESHWATER CRATER LAKE, WALK AMONG GIANT TORTOISES, VISIT A LOCAL FARM FILLED WITH EXOTIC FRUIT AND SNORKEL WITH SEA LIONS

We start our adventure with a visit to El Junco, the only permanent fresh water lake in the islands. It is located at 615 meter above sea level and has an amazing 360 degrees view of the island. The frigate birds from the coast take baths on this lake to clean the salt on their feathers while you hike around enjoying the unique Miconia tree that grows in the area.
After another short drive we stop at “Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado”, a free range tortoise breeding center. We´ll walk the grounds in search of wild Giant Tortoises and learn about the efforts this center does to support their conservation.
We stop at a local agricultural enterprise called Hacienda Tranquila for lunch. We walk the interpretative trails of the Hacienda and learn about the local agricultural practices in the Galapagos highlands. We´ll have a chance to try exotic fruits like oranges, passion fruit, guabas, pomarosa, ovos, guayabas and more.
That same afternoon we drive back to town and head for the beautiful beach of Loberia, where you can swim and snorkel with sea lions and sea turtles until sunset. (B, L)

Optional: If you feel energetic and curious to explore, you can hike to Las Negritas Cliff to spot marine birds and amazing views of the coastal line.

DAY 2: WORLD- CLASS SNORKELING IN KICKER ROCK AND RELAXIN CLEAR WATERS OF THE NORTHERN COAST

After breakfast we take a speed boat to Kicker Rock, the highlight of San Cristobal and one of the best places in Galapagos for snorkeling and diving. This is a known feeding area for sharks and a great variety of tropical fish. Amaze yourself in this natural aquarium with its geological beauty and incredible marine life.
We continue our journey and disembark at one of the calm and pristine beaches of the northern coast for a picnic lunch. Relax, walk, swim or snorkel and soak in the natural beauty this place has to offer. (B, L)
DIVING: Optional diving for an extra fee. Highly recommended.

DAY 3: FOREST HIGHLANDS, BREATHTAKING VIEWS AND KAYAK ALONG THE COASTS OF ISLA LOBOS

After breakfast we drive up to the highlands, to a spot called La Soledad. We start our hike through a “manzanillo” forest with spectacular views of the northern coast, learning about conservation efforts and continue for 2 hours transitioning every 100 meters to a different vegetation and ecological floor.
The beaches of Playa Ochoa await us at the end of our hike. Magnificent great frigate birds welcome us as we arrive to this incredible, pristine beach where we rest and relax before boarding our “panga” for our box lunch.
We continue on by kayak along Isla Lobos, a truly unforgettable experience. While the frigate birds and blue footed boobies nest in the surrounding vegetation, marine iguanas, sea lions and sea turtles circle our kayaks in the calm waters of the canal.
We kayak past Playa Baquerizo and Darwin Bay, arriving to Playa de Oro right in time to relax and have a drink at your waterfront Opuntia Hotel. (B, L)

Quick Facts

Destination
Galapagos Islands: San Cristobal

Dates & Prices
3 Days from $1235

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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