A Journey into the Horizon aboard Treasures of the Galapagos


Take the ultimate Galapagos adventure and savor the beautiful beaches, exotic wildlife and mighty volcanoes that make these islands a tropical paradise. Make your way from the white sands of the shore to the crystal blue waters, where you can swim or snorkel with sharks, sea turtles and an array of tropical fish. Spend your days on scenic trails where you can observe giant tortoises, marine and land iguanas, sea lions and all types of birds including blue-footed boobies and yellow warblers. Stand at the base of three volcanoes and explore terrain formed by ancient eruptions. For the next week, the wonders of the Galapagos Islands are all at your fingertips.
 

Highlights

  • Learn about conservation efforts at the Charles Darwin Research station and observe giant tortoises!
  • See inscriptions left behind by centuries-old pirates and whalers in the caves at Caleta Tagus!
  • Tour active volcanoes at Punta Moreno and Urbina Bay!
  • Stretch, swim, or snorkel pristine beaches like Puerto Egas or Las Bachas!
  • Enjoy encounters with wildlife, like iguanas, sea lions, sea turtles, blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, sharks and so many more!
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Itinerary


 

Cities Covered Santa Cruz Island

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

AM: Baltra Airport:

Transfer in to Puerto Ayora  
 

PM: Charles Darwin Station: Lunch at noon. Dry landing, activities: hiking educational visit to the Charles Darwin Station (giant tortoises, Opuntia cactus, etc.).

Difficulty: easy

Duration: 2h

Dinner at night. 


Cities Covered Santa Cruz Island

AM:Ballena Bay: Breakfast in the morning. Wet Landing.The visitor site is a cove of green sand at the basis of Ballena Hill on the west coast of Santa Cruz Island. The beach contains a large amount of olivine crystals, the same that originate from volcanic materials. The crystals were formed when the magma was still underground.  
Near the beach there are ceramic relics, which reflect human settlements that were close to the beach in 1846.

Difficulty: Moderate

Duration: 2 hours

Lunch at noon. 
 
PM: Dragon Hill:

Dry Landing. The site visit is located in the northwest of Santa Cruz Island, and consists of a path that runs for three different environments in just 1,600 m in length. It gets its name because in 1975, was one of the only places in the Santa Cruz Island where there were land iguanas in healthy state.

Difficulty: Moderate

Duration: 2 hours 


Cities Covered Isabela Island

AM: Tintoreras:

Breakfast in the morning. Dry Landing. The islet is Located south of Puerto Villamil. It has a small bay of calm turquoise waters, where you can appreciate sea lions, sea turtles, marine iguanas, rays, etc. The bay is connected to a crevice of crystal clear water, that's shallow and when the tide is low the entrance closes. you can see how reef sharks swim along with other small fish and sea lions.  

Difficulty: Easy

Duration: 2h

Lunch at noon. 

PM: Humedales:

Dry Landing. The Wetlands is a network of trails, adjacent to Puerto Villamil. There are nine tracks that comprise the following sites: The Wall of Tears, Cerro Orchilla, El Estero, Poza Escondida, Poza Redonda, Tunnel del Estero, Playa del Amor, Bay of Tunis and Pozas Verdes. The Wetlands are coastal mangroves and brackish water lagoons formed by seepage of seawater and freshwater underground tributaries coming from the upper parts of the island. They are also an important feeding area for the Galapagos penguin and one of the main nesting sites for green turtles. 
 
The wetlands of Isabela Island are essential for the maintenance of biological diversity of Galapagos, as home to several species that depend exclusively on the wetland in order to fulfill their life cycle, flamenco, Bug, stilt, oystercatcher, Gallinula, ghost crab, and fiddler crabs.

Difficulty: Easy

Duration: 2 hours

Dinner at Night. 


Cities Covered Isabela Island

AM: Punta Moreno:

Breakfast in the morning. Dry landing, Punta Moreno is located on the north coast of Isabela Island. The route of the trail is approximately 2100 meters.The main attraction in Punta Moreno is the coastal lagoons in the middle of black lava flow where there are several species of birds. It has a view of 3 volcanoes, the most actives in the Galapagos; Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul.

Difficulty: Difficult

Duration: 2 hours

Lunch at noon.  
 
PM: Urbina Bay: Wet Landing, Urbina Bay is located at the base of volcanoes Alcedo and Darwin, west of Isabela Island. Here you can find corals, shells, and many other organisms exposed above the water. This area is also home to large and very colorful Galápagos land iguanas, giant tortoises and the famous population of Alcedo Volcano.

Difficulty: Moderate

Duration: 2 hours

Dinner in the evening. 


Cities Covered Fernandina Island ,  Isabela Island

AM: Punta Espinoza:

Breakfast in the morning. Dry Landing. Punta Espinosa is a jagged promontory of cracked and eroded lava, but the name could also refer to the hundreds of spiny marine iguanas that drape the rocks. Pristine nature under an active volcano and a highlight of any cruise. Flightless cormorants, Galapagos penguins, Galapagos sea lions, waders and the world's largest colony of marine iguanas thrive on the edge of a barren lava flow. Fine stands of mangroves support yellow warblers, Darwin finches, large billed flycatchers, Galapagos hawks and nesting brown pelicans.

Difficulty: Moderate

Duration: 3 hours

Dinner in the evening. 
 
PM: Caleta Tagus: Dry Landing. The site visit Tagus Cove is located west of Darwin volcano on Isabela Island. The route of the trail is about 1800 meters. This was a favorite place for pirates and whalers, there is observed a tradition that has been maintained since that time: the inscription of the names of boats. At the start of the walk, rising and passing the staircase, there is a small cave where we found inscriptions dating from the 1800s.

Difficulty: Moderate

Duration: 2 hours

Dinner in the evening. 


Cities Covered Santa Cruz Island ,  Rábida Island

AM: Puerto Egas - Santiago: Breakfast in the morning, Wet Landing. Puerto Egas is located northwest of Santiago Island, fascinating place to visit because it had a great volcanic activity in the past. Puerto Egas is one of the most popular sites in the Galapagos Archipelago. It has a beautiful black sand beach where you can see its many inhabitants as sea lions, chameleons, lizards and herons.

Difficulty: Easy

Duration: 2 hours

Lunch at noon.  

PM: Rabida: Wet Landing. Also known by the name of Jervis in honor of a British Admiral John Jervis, Earl of St. Vincent. Rabida is located 5 km south of Santiago Island and is commonly regarded as the geographical center of the Galapagos Islands. It has an area of 4.9 km ² and a maximum altitude of 367 meters. It has a high iron content, which causes that this place has a distinctive reddish color. Its main attraction is the salt lagoon with flamingoes, pelicans and boobies place where they build their nests.

Difficulty: Easy

Duration: 1:30 hours

Dinner in the evening. 
 


Cities Covered Santa Cruz Island ,  Baltra Island

AM: Las Bachas:

Breakfast in the morning. Dry Landing.Itis a beach about 1 km in length. With white sand beach, deserted and where you can see flamingos, and migratory birds. In the vicinity of the Las Bachas beach can observe predominant vegetation of the coastal zone. Las Bachas beach represents one of the main nesting sites of sea turtles (Cheloniamydas) on Isla Santa Cruz. very popular practice of snorkeling, swimming.

Difficulty: Easy

Duration: 1h 

Transfer out to Baltra`s Airport. 



Departure Dates and Rates

If you have any questions about prices, please feel free to submit a request online via the link above or to give us a call at 1-888-LUX RAIL (589-7245).This is a perfect extension tour for any Tren Crucero journeys.

 

INCLUSIONS:

  • All transfers to and from the airport as well as to and from the cruise vessel to excursions
  • Accommodations on board the cruise vessel for the duration of your tour 
  • All meals on board, as described in the itinerary
  • Complimentary water, coffee, and tea
  • Excursions and activities, as described in the itinerary as well as the services of an English-speaking guide
  • Snorkeling equipment.

EXCLUSIONS:

  • Airfare (Domestic or international) to and from Ecuador as well as to and from the Galapagos Islands
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance fees 
  • Beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic)
  • Gratuities 
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee: $100 per person (Payable in cash upon the time of arrival in the Galapagos Islands) 
  • Transit Control Card: $20 per person (Payable in cash upon the time of arrival in the Galapagos Islands)
  •  Wetsuits: Available for rent for $55 on 7-day cruises and 45$ on 5-day cruises
  •  Any items or services of a personal nature, such as souvenirs; any items not specifically described in the tour itinerary.
  • Unless specifically mentioned, any pre- or post-tour accommodations, transfers to and from hotels at the beginning and end of the tour, tour extensions, or airfare are not included in the price of your journey, but can be arranged for an additional fee.
  • All Ecuadorian citizens participating in this excursion must pay an additional tax equivalent to 12% of their total tour price.
Terms and Conditions

PAYMENT TERMS:

25% of total tour cost is due at the time of booking, with the remaining balance of 75% is due no later than 65 days prior to the tour's departure date.

If a customer wishes to change their tour dates and their original departure date is more than 65 days away, then they will be charged a $200 fee per person.

If a customer wishes to change their tour dates and their original departure date is less than 65 days away, then relevant cancellation fees will apply.


CANCELLATION POLICY:

i) 20% of the trip price if it is cancelled between 89 and 60 days before the departure.

ii) 50% of the trip price, if it occurs from 59 to 30 days prior to the departure.

iii) 100% of the trip price, if it occurs within 29 to 0 hours prior to the departure.

 

ided. In order to provide enough time for processing cancellation, guests need to add 3 business days to the above timeframes. An adminisThe above times are based on local time of the destination where the tour is provtration fees of 15% on any monies to be refunded to the client will be charged prior to refund.

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.

 

ITINERARIES:

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






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