FRAGATA ITINERARY "H" - 5D /4N
MONDAY to FRIDAY – 5D/4N
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SANTA CRUZ ISLAND
Depart from Guayaquil to Galápagos (1½ hours of flight time).
- BALTRA ISLAND: .- This island was a strategic point during the Second World War. It is the main airport for the Galapagos Islands where tourists and colonists arrive and depart. At the Arrival at Baltra Airport, our naturalist english speaking guide will assists you. Transfer to the hotel. Welcome and briefing.
- TORTUGA BAY BEACH: After lunch, visit to Tortuga Bay Beach a pristine location covered with beautiful white sand beach. It takes around an hour walk to get the beach. Beautiful birds including the famous Galapagos Finches can be admired. The trail to the beach is paved and marked. There are two beaches at Tortuga Bay, the main beach is used for surfing due to its strong waves. There is a site where sea is calm. After this visit you can enjoy the attractions of the night-life offered by the Island. Accommodation and dinner at Hotel Fernandina or similar.
SANTA CRUZ ISLAND
- CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION: After breakfast, walk for about 20 mins. to the Charles Darwin Station, to observe the Galapagos Giant Turtles breading. The Darwin Station is part of the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galápagos Islands, an international non-profit organization dedicated to scientific research in the Galápagos Islands since 1959.
- HACIENDA PRIMICIAS: After lunch, visit to Hacienda Primicias to see the Giant Tortoises in their natural habitat. The Tortoises are easy to spot, lumbering around eating grass and leaves and wallowing. Some highland Birds, like Cattle Egrets, Mockingbirds, Finches or Flycatchers can be seen here. After the hike return to the yacht. Dinner and briefing for next day.
- TINTORERAS: After breakfast, Tintoreras is located south of Puerto Villamil. It has a small bay of completely 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. In this crevice, you can see how Reef Sharks swim along with other small fish and Sea Lions. Lunch on board.
- BREEDING CENTER ARNALDO TUPIZA: This center has a captive breeding program for Tortoises from the populations of southern Isabela.
- HUMEDALES: Disembark (dry landing), walk for about 30 mins. This area is characterized by sandy beaches, rocky shores, and mangroves. The area has a number of trails where you can see all four species of mangroves found in Galapagos and also migratory birds: Whimbrel, Short-billed Dowitcher, Wilson’s Phalarope, Common Tern, Blue-winged Teal, Osprey, Black-bellied and Semipalmated Plovers, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs to name a few.
- WALL OF TEARS: By bus to Wall of tears a sad reminder of the history of Isabela. The wall was constructed between 1946 and 1959 while Isabela was a penal colony. As punishment the prisoners were forced to build the wall from huge blocks of lava. The wall is named for the many convicts that died while building the wall. Dinner and briefing for next day.
SANTA CRUZ ISLAND
- RABIDA: After breakfast disembark (wet landing) in one of the most colorful and volcanically varied islands in the archipelago as well as a great snorkeling site. We will start on Rabida's famous maroon sandy beach and after an easy hike (1 km aprox) will arrive to a stunning lookout to enjoy the amazing landscapes.
The island is a birdwatcher's delight. Some of the rarest species are in abundance, such as nine varieties of Finches, Large-billed Flycatchers, Galapagos Hawks and Brown Pelicans.
- CERRO DRAGON: After lunch, dry landing at a deck, the walk takes you to a hypersalinic (saltier than the ocean) lagoon behind the beach, often frequented by Flamingos, Common Stilts, Pintail Ducks and other species of birds. There is a short walk to the hill, which rewards with a great view of the bay and a resting site of land Iguanas. Many of the Iguanas that rest here have been repatriated by the Charles Darwin Research Station. Dinner and briefing for next day.
SANTA CRUZ ISLAND
- BLACK TURTLE COVE: After breakfast a dinghy (panga) visit to Black Turtle Bay (Caleta Tortuga Negra). This is very close to Baltra. It is very special due to its lovely beach with Sea Lions and its clear, calm water. Black (Pacific Green) Turtles and many different types of birds can be seen feeding here as you are paddled around the beautiful lagoons hidden in the mangroves. After this visit transfer to Baltra Airport by bus for your return flight to Guayaquil/Quito
This is the end of the trip.
• Accommodation on board and/or hotel of Puerto Ayora.
• All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner).
• Snacks after visits.
• Naturalist bilingual guide (English-Spanish).
• Fresh water to drink, tea, coffee.
• * Air flight rate to/from Galápagos.
• * INGALA transit card: USD 20
• Extra drinks.
• Personal expenses.
• Special Conditions: Single cabin has an 80% supplement on top of the normal the rate
• Special Itinerary Supplement: 10% over the rate
• Galapagos National Park fee (US$100 per person)*Rates subject to change with no previous notice