Tortuga Bay Beachside View on Galapagos Islands

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Set sail on this active adventure that lets you explore all that Santa Cruz has to offer via exciting hikes and gorgeous kayak routes.

Itinerary

DAY 1: HIKE AND EXPLORE TORTUGA BAY AND MEET LOCAL ARTISANS AND WORKSHOPS

Get ready for a 2 hour hike to Tortuga Bay. This incredible white sand beach hosts an amazing colony of marine iguanas, a forests of opuntia cacti and sea turtles swimming in the calm area of the bay.

The afternoon finds us kayaking along the bay of Punta Estrada, discovering wildlife in the mangroves and skirting walls of lava rocks full with hundreds of blue footed boobies, lava herons, masked boobies, brown nodies and yellow crowned night herons perch.

At sunset visit the local Puerto Ayora workshops and learn about tempered chocolate, glass art, recycled art and much more. This is an excellent opportunity to purchase souvenirs that make a difference in the local community. (B, L)

DAY 2: HIGHLANDS FARMING EXPERIENCE, FOODIE ENCOUNTERS AND GIANT TORTOISES

After breakfast we leave in our vehicle to the biggest agricultural area of Galapagos: the highlands of Santa Cruz. Our first stop is at “El Chato” Natural Reserve, where we hike in search of the iconic Giant Tortoises in their natural habitat. Spot them taking mud baths at the ponds or trying to cross the forest walking slowly under the vegetation. This is a healthy native forest area that hosts the unique orchid of the islands among other endemic vegetation.

We continue on to a highland farm for a locally prepared lunch with the people of Galapagos, will spend time visiting the grounds and collecting different fruits and vegetables to sample later on. Agriculture practices, animal farming, coffee plantations, sugar cane products made by the owners await us along with tales and legends of the first settlers. If time allows, we will drive down to “Garrapatero” beach to swim, enjoy amazing landscape and bird watching at the ponds next to the sandy area. (B, L)

DAY 3: JOIN US ON A FULL DAY TOUR OF NEIGHBORING ISLANDS SEYMOUR,BARTOLOME, PLAZAS OR SANTA FE

Enjoy a boat ride to one of the incredible islands that surround Santa Cruz, depending on the day we´ll take you to Bartolome, Seymour, Plazas or Santa Fe islands. Each of them with unique wildlife, amazing snorkeling sites, great hiking trails and unforgettable views, while learning from your naturalist National Park guide. (B, L)

Quick Facts

Destination
Galapagos Islands: San Cristobal, Santa Cruz, and Isabela

Dates & Prices
2 or 3 Days from $565

Category
Essential

Expedition Type
Wildlife

 

Expedition Level
Easy hikes, snorkeling, and kayaking

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

Premium 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 $525 – or do your own

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