• Galapagos Active Tour

  • Included:
    • Accommodation in double rooms
    • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
    • Transportation
    • Bilingual naturalist guide (English, Spanish)
    • Scheduled Visits
    • Snorkeling equipment
    • All Transfers in Galápagos
    • Shared Sailing tours
  • Not Included:
    • Air Ticket
    • Galapagos National Park entrance fee USD 100.00
    • INGALA Migration Control Card USD 20.00
    • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
    • Tips

Note: To execute this itinerary, it is important to choose a late flight that departs not before 11am from Baltra.

GALAPAGOS ISLAND INFORMATION

The Galapagos Archipelago is located on both sides of the equatorial line approximately 970 km (600 miles) west from continental Ecuador. Local time is -6 GMT. It is formed by thirteen greater islands, six smaller islands, 42 islets and several rocks, which cover a total area of 7,850 km². The largest island is Isabela, with a total area of 4,590 km² which presents the highest point of the archipelago, volcano Wolf, 1,690 meters. 97% of the total area of the isles belongs to the Galapagos National Park, the rest belongs to inhabited and developed areas like the island of Santa Cruz, San Cristobal, Isabela and Floreana, in addition to Baltra an island occupied by the Ecuadorian Armed forces. The Galapagos Archipelago is also a province of Ecuador, whose capital is Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, on the island of San Cristobal. Puerto Ayora, on the island of Santa Cruz, is the city with the highest tourist activity. The islands total population including floating population is around 16,109 inhabitants.

INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT TIPS

Please make sure your international flights are one day before and after the Galapagos Program. If not you might lost your flight Connection.

LUGGAGE INFORMATION

Each traveler may take one or two bags of a combined weight of up to 44lbs on flights from mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil)

CURRENCY

The official currency on mainland Ecuador and the Galapagos is the US Dollar. It would be wise to already bring some Dollars in cash with you.

ITINERARY

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QUITO/GUAYAQUIL – SANTA CRUZSAILING TOURS: NORTH SEYMOUR OR BARTOLOME OR PLAZAS)SANTA CRUZ TO ISABELA

(VIA SPEED BOAT OR INTERNAL FLIGHT)

FULL DAY ISABELAISABELA TO SANTA CRUZ AND BALTRA
GALAPAGOS SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

The island of Santa Cruz has the largest and most developed town in the Galápagos; almost every visitor to the islands spends at least some time here, even if it’s simply commuting from the airport on nearby Isla Baltra to a cruise ship in the harbor of Puerto Ayora. However, to anyone who stays for longer, the island of Santa Cruz is more than just a way station or place to feel connected to the modern, man-made world; it’s a destination in itself, full of visitor sites, easily accessible beaches and remote highlands in the interior, and a base for adventurous activities far from the tourism trail.

NORTH SEYMOUR ISLAND

Located north of Baltra, has a very flat surface (1.9 km ²) and a maximum altitude of 28 meters. It was raised from the ocean layer by a seismic event. Several cliffs with few meters form the beach where swallow-tailed gulls resting on the edge. This island is a large population of blue-footed boobies and swallow-tailed gulls. It is also a small forest of silver and gray color of Palo Santo trees are very close to our landing, usually without leaves, waiting for the rain to bloom again.

North Seymour Island is known as one of the largest spawning blue-footed boobies and the largest colony of frigate real. It also has two endemic species of iguanas, sea and land.

BARTOLOME ISLAND

Bartolomé, a small island off the coast of James Island, is an adventurer’s paradise. Its summit has one of the most breathtaking views of the Galapagos Islands. And Pinnacle Rock, the eroded remains of an old volcanic tuff cone, is a popular site for snorkeling. Underwater rock formations are spectacular and Galapagos marine animals, including reef sharks, rays and tropical fish, are abundant here.

The white sand beach at the foot of Pinnacle Rock is home to a colony of playful Galapagos penguins and a favorite site among tourists. Sally Light-foot Crabs, marine iguanas, sea lions, and Lava Herons also can be found along the shore.

PLAZAS ISLAND

Plazas Islands off the east coast of Santa Cruz is made up of two small crescent-shaped islands, North Plaza and South Plaza. South Plaza Island has a visitor site, however North Plaza is only used for research purposes and is not open to visitors. South Plaza is one of the smallest islands with a visitor site in the archipelago and was formed from an uplifted seabed. Despite its small size, South Plaza is home to a wide variety of species and is famous for its extraordinary flora.

South Plaza Island is a popular site among visitors. Red-billed tropicbirds and swallow-tailed gulls are some of the many birds that can be found nesting along the cliffs, and a large colony of land iguanas can be found on the island.

ISABELA ISLAND

Isabela is a very beautiful island, is the largest of the Galapagos archipelago and is known as the island of volcanoes. Its characteristics have attracted the attention of geologists and foreign scholars have been concerned about the stretch of five active volcanoes and more than 2500 cones scattered across the island.

His place of access is Puerto Villamil. The entrance to the Bay is a bit difficult due to the large amount of rocks on the coast of low cliffs and deep crevices that make navigation difficult, to which we must add a sea always agitated.

The island has a population of 864 inhabitants, no drinking water but has water underground springs that end on the shores to the south side of the island. In Isabela Island 60% percent of all flora and fauna of Galapagos. Here you can find five species of giant tortoises, flamingos, penguins, marine iguanas, sea lions, sharks easily based on the village of Puerto Villamil.

BALTRA ISLAND

Baltra also known as South Seymour, spaced just 150 meters from Santa Cruz Island. It is considered a historic site that was used as a United States air base during World War II.

Baltra is a flat, dry island surrounded by reefs and a few beaches. It has some vegetation and some Cactus Opuntia and other small trees.

Baltra Island unfortunately has a hotel infrastructure, nor places of sight. But it is where tour operators receive domestic and foreign visitors to start exploring the different islands of the archipelago. Also in Baltra can find public and private transport, which is used solely to transport tourists to Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz. This tour lasts approximately 45 minutes. During this trip, you will experience the incredible changes in the vegetation of the island which will be very rewarding.

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