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Bartolome Day Tour

1. Bartolome Day Tour

Description Bartolome will welcome our guests to the incredible natural wealth of teeming Galapagos wildlife where they will be amazed with the dramatic views of the luscious landscape. It is a fantastic spot to take personal and group pictures and it is a jewel-toned setting for charismatic penguins, skittering crabs and marine iguanas. At the sandy cove the adventurers will start to snorkel with the speedy Galapagos penguins. Also, hundreds of colorful reef fish, sea turtles and rays are surrounding the island. At the shade of the Pinnacle Rock our excursionist will have the best place to snorkel and to take photograph of the endemic penguins and the rock looks out across pale beaches and blue-green water, their colors offset by the coal-black lava flow at Sullivan Bay. A hot lunch and refreshments are provided on the boat. At the end of the journey the boat will come back to Santa Cruz, after that a bus will take you to the most comfortable and environmentally friendly lodge. It is recommended to wear a wetsuit in order to neutralize the sea temperature, because it falls below 20ºC from June to November and it is up to 27ºC from December to May. Departure: 6:45 am bus pick up at the Puerto Ayora Pier Returning time: approximately at 5:00 pm and it will drop you off at Puerto Ayora Pier Journey Time: 40 minutes ride by bus until Itabaca Channel then comfortable yacht will travel around 2 hours to Bartolome Island. Difficulty Level: Intermediate Highlight activity: walking and snorkeling Transportation: shared bus and yacht Important: A day before to the tour all passengers must be at 6:00 pm in the Galapagos Path for wetsuit fitting.

Floreana Island: Full Day Tour in Galapagos

2. Floreana Island: Full Day Tour in Galapagos

We begin our adventure to Floreana Island (Puerto Velasco Ibarra) taking a boat with a navigation of approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. Floreana Island is one of the islands with more historical roots within the archipelago. Upon arrival, we start our tour in an adventure land transport for our excursion in the highlands. We visit the Asilo de la Paz which is formed by vegetation typical of the island. Here we will find the Caves of the Pirates, which were used as shelters by the first inhabitants of the island. On the way we will find some rock formations in the shape of INCAS faces. We will have a short introduction to those interesting stories of this beautiful island by our guide. Then we will arrive at La Galapaguera where we will observe the endemic tortoises of the island in their natural habitat after their reinsertion by the Galapagos National Park after breeding several specimens in captivity and ensure the existence of this species. Then we will arrive at a lookout point from where we will be able to appreciate a beautiful view of the entire coastal area of Floreana Island.

Kicker rock full day

3. Kicker rock full day

Kicker Rock (León Dormido) is a cone-shaped rock of volcanic tuff in the middle of the ocean. It is approximately 148 meters (485 ft.) high, formed by two rocks that create a canal, making it an ideal spot for different aquatic activities. Interests: • Birdwatching blue-footed boobys and Nazca boobys. You can also see pelicans and frigatebirds (there are two species in the Galápagos: the Magnificent and the Great frigate bird). • Snorkeling and diving with sharks, sea turtles, stingrays, fishes, sea lions, and a variety of impressive sea life. • Photography. Beaches: Cerro Brujo - Manglesito - Puerto Grande. (The beach visited will depend on the itinerary and the permits issued by the national park). Cerro Brujo (Witch’s Hill): In the past, the early settlers of the island would use salt from the mines to curate the fish. From this practice derives bacalao, a dried and salted cod, an essential ingredient in an exquisite traditional Ecuadorian dish prepared during Easter. You will have the unique opportunity to observe two plants from the halophyte species (Salicornia fructirosa y Scaevola plumieri) that grow here due to the soil being rich in salt. This coral-sand beach is an incredible place for scenic landscape photography. You can also get a view of Kicker Rock (León Dormido) or its profile if viewed from the hilltop. If the weather conditions are favorable, you will be able to enjoy a panga ride (motorized dinghies) around the area. Manglecito Beach: You can visit the mangrove area as well as enjoy the beach. Thanks to its location, it is a beautiful place for birdwatching endemic birds such as the Galápagos duck. There are two main flora species predominant on this beach. First, is the Sesuvium edmonstonei, commonly known as Galápagos carpet weed which has a salty flavor. Secondly is the button mangrove. Locals surfers are known to visit this location due to the waves that form thanks to a reef located on the side of the beach. Puerto Grande Beach: In this area, you can find a system of dunes and diverse plant species. Birdwatching is also a great option due to the presence of different sea birds, coastal and migrating birds. This beach also serves the function of a nursery for baby sharks due to the protection provided by the mangroves. In the last few years, there has been a decrease in the frequency of visits to this location since it became a place for researchers to explore ways to preserve its ecosystem and species. General Interests: • Hiking • Snorkeling with baby sharks (Puerto Grande beach) • Swimming • Photography and Filmmaking • Surfing The tour includes: • Lunch (vegetarian and vegan options available) • Snacks • Fruit • Beverages • Towel • Nature guide • Snorkel equipment Duration of tour: • Approximately 7 hours.

Los Tuneles Day Tour (Isabela Island)

4. Los Tuneles Day Tour (Isabela Island)

Description: Early in the morning, at 07:15 or 11:00 am, after wondering a delicious breakfast, you will embark on a must-do day trip to one of the most biodiverse sites in the Galapagos, Los Tuneles -or The Tunnels in English- also known as Cabo Rosa. They are unique geological formations, a series of arcs and tunnels underneath and above the water, located 1 hour riding from Puerto Villamil Pier. The first spot is in Roca Union a small islet located in the open sea were watching majestic pelicans, blue footed boobies and Nazca Boobies and, occasionally, sea lions resting on the rocks makes your terrific journey. This site is an ideal place for snorkeling due to its crystal-clear and shallow waters, so there is possible to swim next to sea turtles, white-tipped sharks, trumpetfish and surgeon fish. It is also able to see eagle and golden rays. The second and principle spot is in Los Tuneles where you will be allowed to do more snorkeling and enjoy some short trail observing the landscape and teeming wildlife. Cabo Rosa is heaven to sea turtles, marine iguanas, sea lions, blue footed boobies, royal frigate, eagle rays, penguins, lobsters, sea snakes, a variety of birds, among other species. Hot box lunch will be served aboard. It is recommended to wear a wetsuit in order to neutralize the sea temperature, because it falls below 20ºC from June to November and it is up to 27ºC from December to May. Departure: at 7:15 am or 11:00 am from Puerto Villamil Pier Returning time: approximately at 1:30 pm or 5:00 pm Travel Time: speed boat ride takes around 1 hour (August – October the seas can be quite rough). Adventurers with back or neck injuries are not advised to take this journey. Difficulty Level: intermediate Highlight activity: walking and snorkeling Transportation: speed boat Important: day before of the tour all passengers must be at 5:00 pm in the Galapagos Path for wetsuit fitting.

Galapagos: 4 Days Santa Cruz & Bahia Tour with Full Board

5. Galapagos: 4 Days Santa Cruz & Bahia Tour with Full Board

Day 1 Arrive at the airport of Baltra Island and meet the National Park guides, followed by a transfer to Santa Cruz. Check in at your hotel and in the afternoon visit the Charles Darwin Scientific Station and the Interpretation Center of the Galapagos National Park. Day 2 Head to the stunning Turtle Bay Beach, a postcard-worthy beach with white sand and azure sea. Stop to observe the marine life, iguanas, and many other wildlife species Travel next to a private ranch, where you will be able to see the protected giant turtles living in their natural habitat. Finally, the adventure will conclude with a hike through the underground lava tunnels. Day 3 The Bahia Tour covers 5 different sites around Bahia Academia, located in the canton of Santa Cruz, taking 10 minutes to the first stop. Santa Cruz, using a time of 10 minutes to the first stop, most of the tour is done by yacht, there are two stops where a walk of 15 and 20 minutes respectively. There are two stops where a walk of 15 and 20 minutes respectively, the time it takes to make this tour is 3 hours. time it takes to complete this tour is 3 hours. The Academia Bay Tour consists of a visit to 4 different sites around the bay. The first one is Los Perros beach, a small beach 10 minutes away from Puerto Ayora, which is home to a colony of iguanas. Then we visit the tunnels of love and the tunnels of the blue sharks, very good places for snorkeling and to observe blue-footed boobies. and to observe blue-footed boobies nesting on the rocks. At the beach of the dogs you can enjoy a walk along the rocks between and you can observe large groups of marine iguanas and sea turtles feeding on the shore feeding on the shore. The last site is Las Grietas, an inlet of brackish, fresh and crystalline water, characteristics that make it a good place for snorkeling. Day 4 After breakfast at the hotel, be returned to the airport for your departure flight.

Conquer Sierra Negra Volcano! Expedition to the lava fields

6. Conquer Sierra Negra Volcano! Expedition to the lava fields

Get ready to be captivated into the fascinating realms of volcanology, plant life, captivating landscapes, intriguing history, and incredible adventures awaiting you in the Galápagos at the third active largest caldera in the world. During this immersive half-day excursion spanning 6 hours, you'll hike 16 kilometers with an expert bilingual tour guide where you will explore the active zone of the volcano, observe the enormous cracks inside of the caldera, walk over volcanic formations, lava tunnels, be inside of the tuff cones and scenic formations of the northern flank of the volcano. You will feel like you are inside of the moon, totally different experience. At the end viewpoint you will observe the north side of the island and a 360 view of the majesty and energy of the volcano with different colors. We've taken care of all the essentials for your comfort and convenience during the tour. Your package includes hotel pickup and drop-off, an expert tour guide, transportation, and a delicious box lunch with options suitable for various dietary preferences, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. We kindly ask you to inform us of any specific dietary restrictions you may have.

360 San Cristobal Island Day Tour

7. 360 San Cristobal Island Day Tour

Description San Cristobal island gives another magic trip, 360º San Cristobal which is the most complete excursion surrounding the island by comfortable speed boat. The first spot will be at the Kicker Rock (Leon Dormido). This highlight of Galápagos is offering excursionist unique wildlife in the whole world. Around the rock you can swim next to the hammerhead sharks and with the colorful reef fishes. Then, our guests will go to the Witch Hill (Cerro Brujo), on this place they are going to have walking under the lava tunnel where travelers can watch many other exotic species. Later, travelers will visit Sardine Bay (Bahía Sardina) in order to enjoy the shadowed areas and they can swim and snorkel next the wildlife richness. Your excursion keeps to enjoy Punta Pitt where they will fish, and over their heads red-footed boobies are going to fly. The last spot will be the White Rose Bay (Bahía Rosa Blanca) which is so unique place where travelers going to have a privilege to snorkeling on the crystalline water, they can see colorful fishes, rays, sharks, seahorses, and many other species. With this tour you are going to see an enjoy the all jewels that San Cristobal island has, just in one single day. It is recommended to wear a wetsuit in order to neutralize the sea temperature because it falls under 20ºC from September to December and it is up of 27ºC from January to August. Clarification: Each day Galapagos National Park gives different authorization, so the tour could star from the north side or south side of the Santa Cruz Island. Departure: pick up at 6:50 am at the hotel in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno Returning time: approximately at 5 pm Travel Time: speed boat ride takes around 5 hours (August – October the seas can be quite rough). Adventurers with back or neck injuries are not advised to take this journey. Difficulty Level: intermediate Highlight activity: snorkeling, walking and short beach hike Transportation: speed boat Important: a day before of the tour all passengers must be at 5:00 pm in the boat office for equipment fitting.

Sulfur fumaroles spectacle: Inside the volcano expedition

8. Sulfur fumaroles spectacle: Inside the volcano expedition

Sulfur Fumaroles Spectacle: Inside the Sierra Negra Volcano Expedition is a captivating adventure that takes you deep into the heart of an active volcano with the 3rd active largest caldera in the world in Isabela Island. This is a 4h30 exploration perfect for thrill-seekers, nature enthusiasts, and those with a passion for Earth's geological marvels, this expedition promises an adventure like no other. 1. Explore the Unknown: Embark on a journey into the mysterious world beneath the Earth's surface, where you'll encounter otherworldly sulfur fumaroles and lava formations, we will drive along the flanks of the volcano and see the enormous caldera. 2. Surreal Sulfuric Landscapes: Witness surreal landscapes as you navigate through the volcanic terrain, petrified ferns, endemic tree ferns, where billowing sulfuric clouds and steaming vents create an eerie, ethereal atmosphere. 3. Expert Guided: Led by experienced guides, this expedition ensures safety while offering fascinating insights into the geological and scientific wonders of volcanic activity. 4. Up-Close Encounters: Get up close and personal with active sulfur vents, we will start the exploration walking 4 km total inside of the caldera of the volcano, allowing you to witness the raw power and beauty of nature's forces. 5. Observe closer the volcanic rock composed by iron, silica and sulfur and the crystal formation. After the exploration, we will have a picnic in front of the caldera to eat a delicious lunch included in your tour. You will be in a group with a tour guide who will share unique insights about the unique volcanology of Galapagos and this active volcano.

Puerto Ayora: South Plazas & Punta Carrion Wildlife Day Tour

9. Puerto Ayora: South Plazas & Punta Carrion Wildlife Day Tour

Join us on an exciting adventure to explore the enchanting South Plazas and Punta Carrion Islands off the east coast of Santa Cruz Island. Your tour begins with a convenient pickup from your hotel on Santa Cruz Island, followed by a short transfer to the port where you will board a boat. Once aboard, you'll cruise to the Plaza Islands, where you'll be greeted by a variety of fascinating creatures. The visit to South Plazas includes an hour-and-a-half walking tour, during which you'll see land iguanas, marine iguanas, swallow-tailed gulls, and a range of tropical birds. The landscape is filled with plants, and you'll encounter various cacti along the path. With a bit of luck, you may also spot blue-footed boobies and sea lions. The main attraction of South Plazas is the land iguanas, sea lions, and swallow-tailed gulls. The island is also home to yellow-tailed mullets, Audubon's shearwaters, red-billed tropicbirds, and brown pelicans that soar over the cliffs. After your visit to South Plazas, we will head to Punta Carrion for an exciting snorkeling experience. Here, you'll have the chance to see a wide range of marine life, including whitetip sharks, starfish, green sea turtles, and colorful fish such as damselfish, parrotfish, and rays. You may also encounter sea lions in the water, making for an unforgettable experience. While on board, you'll enjoy a delicious lunch as you take in the stunning views. At the end of the tour, we will return to Puerto Ayora, where you'll be dropped off at your hotel.

Half Day Bay Tour in Santa Cruz Island

10. Half Day Bay Tour in Santa Cruz Island

The guide will pick up you in the lobby of the hotel ( Hotel pick up inside the Urban perimeter puerto ayora) We have 2 departures 09H00 AM or 14H00 PM, , the tour lasts between 3 hours. The pick up starts between 08:30 AM to 08:45 AM in the morning and 1:30 PM to 1:45 PM in the afternoon depending on the hotel where the pax is located. We will go to La Lobería (small islet located 10 minutes away from the port), site where we carry out the snorkeling activity in which there is the possibility of swimming with sea lions. Then we moved to Punta Estrada to watch birds such as: blue-footed boobies, seagulls and pelicans. Our third activity consists of an excursion to the Playa de los dogs where we can find iguanas in quantity around an area of volcanic rocks and sesuvium. Likewise, we continue towards the Channel of Love and the Shark Channel (in the latter we can make sightings of blue sharks). The tour end in Puerto Ayora's dock, there no drop off in the hotel . You have to go to your accommodation by yourself.

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Our guide Pablo was very charismatic and attentive. He took his time to explain about the history of the island and the formations. The walk towards the mines was a little intense and the weather changed very drastically all the time. So you should pack a rain jacket and A LOT of sunblock. After coming back up you get a nice little lunch. Finally, they took us to a farm where we were able to taste some local fruits.

This is a great cost effective way to see the Galapagos. The tours were brilliant, accommodation and food included were basic but nice. Our only watch out is the collection and drop off to the airport doesn't include the cost for the bus or the boat so make sure you have $6 per person each way in cash.

We had the most amazing day. Rony our guide was lovely. His English was excellent. The bicycles we were given were in very good condition and well maintained. He will cater for all abilities and offer a taxi ride up from the tortoise sanctuary for those less willing to make the off-road climb.

Wonderful trip in Bartolome ; trekking , snorkelling with Penguins and a very good lunch aboard . Everything was perfect !!!

It was a wonderful day! Guide was knowledgeable and very helpful! Enjoyed every minute! Highly recommend!