As per request
Galapagos travel short cruise
Day 1: Friday Land - Galapagos - Santa Cruz
Afterwards, you will be able to take a flight that takes 2 1/2 hours from Quito to and 1 1/2 hours from Guayaquil. Once in Baltra, the passengers must go through an inspection point at the airport to make sure that no foreign plants or animals get introduced to the archipelago. Also, this control point is where passengers have to pay for the entrance to the Galapagos National Park under the following parameters:
PASSENGERS:FOREIGNERS; ADULT: $100; CHILD (under 12 years old): $50.
Guides will meet you, collect your luggage, and escort you on the short bus ride to the harbour. Motorised rafts, called ‘Pangas’ will transport you to the M/C Seaman Journey and our crew will welcome you onboard. After departure and lunch, the first island visit is made.
PM: North Seymour
This Island is an uplifted island (as opposed to volcanic) and so is flat and strewn with boulders. There are good nesting sites here for a large population of magnificent frigate birds. Blue-footed boobies perform their courtship dance in the more open areas and swallow-tailed gulls perch on the cliff edges. Despite the tremendous surf that can pound the outer shore, sea lions haul out onto the beach and can be found bodysurfing. L/D/
DAY 2: Saturday Galapagos Cruise
AM: El Barranco
The visitor site of El Barranco located in the southern part of Darwin Bay on Genovesa Island. The trail is on volcanic rock that has a length of 1.5 km and the tour takes about 2 hours. The youngest area of the island, from a geological point of view, lies in this area. The cliffs located in the south are composed of very fragile lava. The natural erosion that has occurred in these lava flows has become the ideal place for nesting Storm Petrels. You can see two species of petrels that nest in cavities and holes in the lava. One of its main predators is the short-eared owl. The red-footed booby nests only in the outer islands of the archipelago, Punta Pitt, Gardner (Floreana), Wolf, Darwin and Genovesa. Also, present on this island is the masked booby. During the “panga rides” along the cliffs, fur sea lions can be seen and several species of seabirds.
PM: Darwin Bay
This bay had its origin when the crater of this island collapsed below sea level. The wet landing is on a beautiful white coral sandy beach, which is a favourite island for birdwatchers: red-footed booby, masked boobies, wandering tattlers, lava gulls, whimbrels, yellow- crowned, and black-crowned lava herons, and yellow warblers can be seen in the area. Then, visitors climb gradually to the edge of the cliff seeing Red-Foots nesting in the Mangrove trees below. Bird watching includes sightings of sharp-beaked finches, giant cactus and
ground finches, Galapagos doves, and swallow-tailed gulls. Reaching the end the trail at the cliff's edge offers an incredible view of the island and the many birds living there.
DAY 3: Sunday Galapagos Cruise
Plazas is located at the east of Santa Cruz Island and forms part of two islands known as Islas Plazas. Despite its small size, some of the most interesting and outstanding species of the Galapagos are found here. The Plazas land iguanas are smaller than its relatives found at other islands. Throughout the island are several hybrid iguanas, a result of crossing a male marine iguana and a female land iguana, they are unique, recognisable at first glance by their black/grey colour, with a land iguana's crest, but face and tail of the marine iguana. The big population of iguanas is due to the presence of tunas, their favourite food. Swallow-tailed gulls nesting in the rugged cliffs are seen along with other sea birds as Audubon shearwaters, red-billed tropicbirds, frigate birds, and brown pelicans.
PM: Santa Fe
Located in the southeastern part of the Galapagos, this island was formed from an uplift instead than a volcanic origin; this is why is mostly flat. There are some theories which assure this could be the oldest island in the Archipelago. Santa Fe is the home of some endemic species like the Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snake, Galapagos mockingbird, rice rats, and one of the two species of lands Iguanas of the islands.
After disembarking in the beautiful and clear waters, you will be in contact with one of the many sea lion colonies. Along the trail many salt bushes can be seen as well giant Prickly pear cactus, gigantism is a characteristic of oceanic islands. There are great possibilities of snorkelling with playful sea lions and tropical fishes.
DAY 4: Monday Galapagos Cruise
AM: Jacinto Gordillo Breeding Center
In 2004, the Breeding and Rearing Center for young tortoises Jacinto Gordillo, named after a famous settler, was inaugurated in Cerro Colorado, San Cristobal Island, to take care of young tortoises. In 2008, an assisted reproduction programme started on the island with due to the birth of a little turtle in captivity.
After the morning excursion, you will be taken to the airport for your flight to the mainland.
Transfer to San Cristobal airport
Flight to Quito or Guayaquil
All transfers in Galapagos; Matrimonial/Twin cabin accommodation with private facilities; All meals, Water, Coffee and Tea; All excursions as mentioned in the itinerary (itinerary subject to change) with English speaking naturalist guide; Snorkeling equipment, Kayak equipment.
Return flight to Galapagos; Galapagos National Park entrance fee (currently USD 100 pp); Transit Control Card (currently USD 20 pp); Wet Suit Rental; Soft- and alcoholic drinks; Personal expenses; Extras and Tips.
1: All rates mentioned are subject to change in the event of local tax increases or other unforeseen circumstances.
2: Christmas and New Year dates have a different commission, please check it with your travel agent.
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