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Galapagos Island Hopping From Santa Cruz - 4 Days/ 3 Nights


HIGHLIGHTS 

  • Relax at Tortuga Bay, one of the most beautiful beaches in the Galapagos, next to a marine iguana colony.
  • Leave your “soul print” on the Galapagos Islands by planting your own tree in Primicias Ranch, where you will see the endemic Giant Tortoises in their natural habitat.
  • Get an idyllic postcard shot of the iconic Pinnacle Rock, a spectacular landscape of two beautiful bays that join to form a crescent. It is likely to spy penguins in this area!
  • Visit a nesting site of blue-footed boobies and colorful frigatebirds that are visible throughout the year.
  • Snorkel in sites where we can expect to find sea turtles, white-tipped reef sharks, Galapagos sharks, tropical fish, rays and sea lions, between others.
Make friends with sea lions!
Go swimming in crystal-clear seas!

Itinerary


Cities Covered Santa Cruz Island

After landing at Baltra airport, we will take a shuttle to the Santa Cruz highlands where the micro-climate provides lush vegetation. We will stop at  the El Chato Reserve ranch, home to the endemic Giant Tortoises in their natural habitat.

Optional Activity

After lunch, you can leave your “soul print” on the Galapagos Islands by planting your own tree in Primicias Ranch. This tree will bear your name and you will receive a certificate for actively supporting the preservation of the Galapagos' ecosystem.


After this visit, we will head to Tortuga Bay. The trail starts in Puerto Ayora. A 45-minute walk takes us through the arid zone where numerous land birds, lava lizards, and giant tortoises canbe seen along the way. We also see the fantastic formation of the twin craters with other highland wildlife such as: flycatchers, owls, anys and various number of Darwin finches on our hike. Arriving at Tortuga Bay, we will see “Playa Brava,”. After a short walk, wewill reach “Playa Mansa,” which is protected from strong currents by a cove with a mangrove forest surrounding it. Here we will kayak and snorkel to take in the incredible flora and fauna.

Cities Covered Santa Cruz Island

The tours to be operated will depend on the availability and day of the week.

Bartolome Island:

Early in the morning we’ll transfer to Baltra and head to Bartolome, a small island located next to Santiago Island. Once we disembark, we’ll do a quick hike up a staircase from which you will see a spectacular landscape of two beautiful bays that join to form a crescent. Here there is a great view of the iconic Pinnacle Rock, a massive black lava formation that has eroded over time.

After we will snorkel in one of the coral beaches where we can expect to find sea turtles, white-tipped reef sharks, tropical fish, sea lions, and many other unique marine species. Also, this is the perfect area to observe Galapagos penguins, the only penguin species found north of the Equator.

OR

North Seymour Island:

We will go on a 2-mile hike along a circular path that crosses the interior of the island and then to a rocky coast. This trail will take you through some of the largest seabird colonies in the Galapagos Islands. This is the nesting site of blue-footed boobies and colorful frigatebirds that are visible throughout the year. Afterwards, we will snorkel with opportunities to view green sea turtles and Galapagos sharks. You may also observe mischievous sea lions playing in the surf. After lunch, we will travel to Bachas beach where we will discover even more of the islands’ unique marine species.

OR

South Plazas Island:

Located to the east of Santa Cruz,
South Plazas was formed by lava pushed upwards from the bottom of the ocean and is bordered by a steep embankment. Despite being one of the smallest islands in the archipelago, South Plazas has a vast diversity and concentration of wildlife. We will disembark on a small dock frequently occupied by sea lions. After this, we will continue through a small forest of prickly pear cacti with yellow flowers where land iguanas wait for the fruit and flowers to fall to the ground to eat. When we reach the top of the cliff, we will be in the best location to observe swallow-tailed gulls, red-billed tropic birds, frigatebirds, and pelicans. On the eastern end of the island, there is a colony of male sea lions who can often be found in a struggle to

Cities Covered Santa Cruz Island

The tours to be operated will depend on the availability and day of the week.

Bartolome Island:

Early in the morning we’ll transfer to Baltra and head to Bartolome, a small island located next to Santiago Island. Once we disembark, we’ll do a quick hike up a staircase from which you will see a spectacular landscape of two beautiful bays that join to form a crescent. Here there is a great view of the iconic Pinnacle Rock, a massive black lava formation that has eroded over time.

After we will snorkel in one of the coral beaches where we can expect to find sea turtles, white-tipped reef sharks, tropical fish, sea lions, and many other unique marine species. Also, this is the perfect area to observe Galapagos penguins, the only penguin species found north of the Equator.

OR

North Seymour Island:

We will go on a 2-mile hike along a circular path that crosses the interior of the island and then to a rocky coast. This trail will take you through some of the largest seabird colonies in the Galapagos Islands. This is the nesting site of blue-footed boobies and colorful frigatebirds that are visible throughout the year. Afterwards, we will snorkel with opportunities to view green sea turtles and Galapagos sharks. You may also observe mischievous sea lions playing in the surf. After lunch, we will travel to Bachas beach where we will discover even more of the islands’ unique marine species.

OR

South Plazas Island:

Located to the east of Santa Cruz, South Plazas was formed by lava pushed upwards from the bottom of the ocean and is bordered by a steep embankment. Despite being one of the smallest islands in the archipelago, South Plazas has a vast diversity and concentration of wildlife. We will disembark on a small dock frequently occupied by sea lions. After this, we will continue through a small forest of prickly pear cacti with yellow flowers where land iguanas wait for the fruit and flowers to fall to the ground to eat. When we reach the top of the cliff, we will be in the best location to observe swallow-tailed gulls, red-billed tropic birds, frigatebirds, and pelicans. On the eastern end of the island, there is a colony of male sea lions who can often be found in a struggle to

Cities Covered Santa Cruz Island

After breakfast, we will visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. The center is a reservoir of information on habitats and local conservation, as well as other fascinating and relevant statistics. The most striking attraction of this station is the Tortoise Breeding Center, where it is possible to view tortoises of varied sizes and shapes from different islands. Visitors can roam freely and have their photos taken. Other inhabitants at the center are various land iguana species, marine iguanas, and different species of birds. After this we will be transferred to the airport.

*The itinerary is subject to change without prior warning depending on seasonal changes, weather conditions and adjustments in policies set by the Galapagos National Park, or other unforeseen circumstances that may arise.


Departure Dates and Rates

INCLUDED IN THE TOUR

Transfer IN and OUT Airport – Hotel – Airport
 All accommodations during program with breakfast included
 All meals noted within itinerary
All excursions within the itinerary
Certified Galapagos National Park Bilingual Naturalist Guide

 

NOT INCLUDED IN THE TOUR

 Airfare to/from Galapagos
Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee ($100 USD pp)
Galapagos Migration Card (TCT) ($20 USD pp)
Bus tickets: Airport to Itabaca Channel ($5 USD pp – one way)
Highlands optional activity – tree planting ($6 USD pp)
Beverages, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic
Any meals not mentioned in program
Wetsuits
Tips – not mandatory and under discretion of guests
Travel Insurance
 Personal expenses / souvenirs

Terms and Conditions

PAYMENT

The deposit will be 30% payment at the time of booking

50% deposit: 7 days after the confirmation for Island Hopping Programs to guarantee the navigable daily tour excursions and hotels. 

100% payment: 65 days before, in case of services including the Galapagos Islands  

100% payment: 35 days for land services

CANCELLATIONS POLICIES

Period before departure within which notice of cancellation is received by us in writing:

Mainland Services

20%: the confirmation deposit is not refundable

50%: between 29 and 16 days before starting the program

100%: between 15 days or less.

 

Galapagos Services

Confirmation deposit is not refundable

100%: 65 days or less.

The daily boat trips are subject to availability, weather conditions and Galapagos National Park authorizations. Possible places to visit: Bartolomé, North Seymour, South Plazas, Isabela, Floreana and Santa Fe.

The itineraries are subject to change without previous advice, due to weather conditions, Galapagos National Park authorizations, operational issues or passenger safeties.

Cancellation charges are a percentage of the total package cost. These charges are based on how many days before departure we receive a cancellation notice and not when the correspondence was sent to us.

Palace Tours charges an additional 15% administrative fee upon cancelation and against any refunds 

Please consider an additional 3 -5 days to process payments and refunds since the dates are based on international destinations and times 

 

ITINERARIES:

All itineraries are approximate and subject to change based on availability and conditions at the destination.

 

TRAVEL INSURANCE:

We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance to cover the losses incurred in case of cancellation. For information on available plans or to purchase travel insurance, please visit www.palacetours.com/insurance.

 






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