• Galapagos Charming 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 FLIGHTS TIPS

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

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.

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)

ITINERARY

  • DAY 1
  • QUITO/GUAYAQUIL – SANTA CRUZ
  • DAY 2
  • NORTH SEYMOUR OR BARTOLOME OR PLAZAS
  • DAY 3
  • NORTH SEYMOUR OR BARTOLOME OR PLAZAS
  • DAY 4
  • SANTA CRUZ – QUITO/GUAYAQUIL

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 it´s tow 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.

USEFUL INFORMATION FOR TRAVELLERS

CLOTHING

  • 2 – 3 Short sleeve shirts
  • 1 – 2 Long sleeve shirts – Long sleeves are the best protection from the hot sun.
  • 1 Lightweight long pants
  • 2 – 3 Shorts
  • 1 Sweatshirt
  • 1 Light rain jacket or poncho, especially during rainy season
  • Socks
  • 2 Bathing suits
  • Wide brimmed hat

SHOES

  • Comfortable walking shoe or light hiking boot (ex Keens) – We do a lot of exploring on foot so come prepared to walk with shoes you have already worn in and thick, comfortable socks.
  • Rubber-soled shoe or boat shoe – To wear onboard when we are lounging on the boat.
  • Sport Sandal (ex Teva) – During wet landings we will sometimes be stepping directly into the water, so you want to wear shoes that have a good grip and are able to get wet.

OPTIONAL

  • Extra batteries – For any electronic devices that you carry with you.
  • Books to read
  • Journal – You will want to take time to write down all of the animals and plants you are seeing so you don’t forget when you go back home.
  • Extra film or memory cards for your camera
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