Darwin Discoveries

The itinerary has been designed in a structured and complete way in order to provide a thorough and detailed examination of the main spots of the Galapagos archipelago, allowing you to discover the variety of flora and fauna of the islands.

The sites you will visit are: Pinzon, Seymour Island and Bachas beach, South Plazas Island, Santa Fe Island and Hidden beach, Isabela Island Island, marine lava tunnels, Santa Cruz.

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Day 1
Transfer In – Tortuga Bay 
On the arrival at Baltra airport, you will be awaited and welcomed by a naturalist guide of the National Park of Galápagos, who will then accompany you on your private transport to Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island, where the first night will be spent.
After having checked-in to the hotel in Puerto Ayora, you will be equipped with professional snorkel gear and wetsuits, which can be kept for the entire stay on Galápagos, so that all snorkel activities in the following days can be enjoyed to the fullest.
After lunch in one of the local restaurants you will get a boat ride to Tortuga Bay, the most beautiful, white sanded beach of the archipelago. There many marine iguanas that can be observed walking along the beach or getting some shady rest under the mangrove trees. The way back will be made by foot since this allows the visit of a second magnificent beach, as well as a 40-minute walk on a paved path through wild cactus vegetation, showing the island in its natural beauty.
Day 2
Seymour Island and Bachas beach 
Early in the morning a bus will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the Itabaca Channel where you will get on board of the yacht on which you will spend this day. The yacht will navigate to the north of the archipelago, where the island of North Seymour is located.
On arrival, accompanied by a naturalist guide you will be walking around the island for about 1,5 hours which gives you enough time to observe the numerous yellow land iguanas that preferably sit under one of the many ancient cactus trees. Besides, the island is inhabited many sea lions, frigate birds with the red chest, blue-footed boobies and sea gulls. Freshly prepared lunch will be served on board while the yacht will continue to navigate to Bachas Beach, which is located at the north of Santa Cruz Island and can only be reached by boat. You get some free time to enjoy this incredibly beautiful beach of white coral sand, mangroves and black lava inhabited by colorful crabs, marine iguanas, lizards and pelicans.
There is the possibility to walk up to a lagoon where – with a bit of luck – you will be able to observe flamingos in their natural habit.
Besides, you can go for another snorkeling activity directly from the beach, where many tropical fish and rays can be encountered before the yacht will bring you back to the Itabaca channel and from there back to Puerto Ayora by bus.
 
Day 3
Santa Fe island and Hidden beach
Right after the breakfast, you will be accompanied to the main pier, from where the boat to Santa Fe Island leaves.
After a boat ride of about an hour, the island Santa Fe will be reached, offering an impressive landscape with forests of endemic cactuses, many sea birds like pelicans and gulls as well as colonies of sea lions lying in the white sand or playing around in the crystal-clear, turquoise water. This is also where the first snorkel activity will take place; the bay with its calm and pristine water, being home to swarms of tropical fish, manta rays, sharks and sea turtles is famous for being one of the best spots for snorkeling that Galápagos has to offer.
Beyond, there are always playful young sea lions around that are a lot of fun to swim with. The boat will move on to a second magnificent snorkel spot and then, after a freshly prepared lunch on board and the possibility to do some fishing, “Hidden Beach”, a picturesque beach of the archipelago, which can only be reached by boat will be visited.
After some free time to enjoy this marvelous beach, the boat will head back to Santa Cruz Island.
 
Day 4
Isabela Island – Land and bay tour
Speed boat to Isabela Island, the biggest island of the entire archipelago.
John, the company’s guide in Isabela will welcome you in Puerto Villamil, give you a ride to your hotel and help you with the check-in.
Then the “Land Tour” will take place, beginning with a little lagoon where flamingos can be observed in their natural habit and continuing with a visit to the Giant Tortoise
Breeding Centre. Here, you will be led around tortoises of every age, from tiny babies that have recently hatched to tortoises that are about 200 years old.
The tour will terminate with a nice walk through the “Wetlands”, leading to a beautiful beach adorned by coconut palm trees.In the afternoon, you will take part in the “Bay Tour”, exploring the beautiful bay around Isabela Island, being home home to a colony of the famous Galápagos penguins, many sea turtles, sea lions, manta rays and marine iguanas as well as bluefooted boobies.
The tour also includes a 45-minute walk on “Tintorera Islet”, which means white tip shark islet and is named after the many white tip sharks that can be observed resting in the warm water of the islet’s thin gorge. Moreover, the islet is a very popular nesting place for marine iguanas, which can be
encountered up-close all over the place and sea lions can be found playing on the islet’s little beach. An open water snorkel activity in the bay completes this very popular marine adventure. The emerald waters around Tintorera islet abound with marine life, allowing to snorkel with huge sea turtles, rays and sharks.
Day 5
Visit to Marine lava Tunnels 
This day will start with a tour by boat to the marine tunnels (Cabo Rosa): After a navigation by boat of about 60 minutes, you will reach the famous marine lava tunnels.
Here you will get the chance to get out of the boat in order to walk on top of the lava formations, which constitute a unique and spectacular landscape. This place also is a popular nesting place for the blue-footed boobies, which you can observe from very close during this visit.After this walk, a snorkel activity will take place in order to be able to discover the lava collapses and lava caves from underneath the water. The underwater world at this site is one of the best places for observing the white-tipped reef sharks , sea turtles, penguins and if you are lucky also seahorses.
Then, the boat will move on to a place called “Finado”, where you will get the opportunity for a second snorkel activity with golden rays, aguila rays, sharks and sea turtles.
Before navigating back to Puerto Vilamil, you will get a small lunch on board.
Day 6
Volcan Sierra negra and Volcan Chico 
After breakfast your guide will come to the hotel to pick you up and you will start the hike to the Sierra Negra Volcan till Volcan chico.The hike of about 5 hours (round trip) is a pleasant walk through the lunar landscapes of the Sierra Negra, which boasts the second largest caldera in the world, to continue up to Volcan Chico from which to watch, whether good visibility, Isabela Island from above and its coasts.
Return to the to Puerto Ayora in the afternoon with the speed boat right after the tour. Night in Santa Cruz.
 
Day 7
Pinzon Island and La Fe beach

After breakfast departure to Pinzon Island famous for the fantastic snorkeling it can offer to travelers but also home to endemic giant tortoise, Galapagos sea lions and other endemic species. 
You will snorkel in two different sites: Pinzon where you will do your first snorkeling activity and then, after lunch on board, La fe Beach, where you will have the chances to snorkel with marine turtles. Rrturn to Puerto Ayora in the afternoon.
 
Day 8
Transfer out – Santa Cruz Highland 
On the way to the airport, you will visit the “Highlands”, which include a ranch where giant tortoises can be observed in the wild, a lava tunnel and “Los Gemelos”, two large and very impressive craters that were once underground magma chambers.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Tortuga Bay
The most beautiful beach of the archipelago

Day 2 - Seymour Island
Walk among Blue footed boobies and Frigate birds
Day 3 -Santa Fe Island and Hidden beach
Unforgettable snorkeling
Day 4 - Isabela Island
Speed boat to Isabela Island and bay tour”]Walk spotting Flamingos and penguins
Day 5 - Lava Tunnels
Snorkeling at the lava tunnels, geological formations formed by lava collapsed in the water. Return to Santa Cruz in the afternoon.
Day 6 - Volcano sierra Negra
Discovering the second biggest caldera in the world 
Day 7 - Pinzon Island
A special place where to snorkeling with endemic animas of the archipelago
Day 8 - Highland - Transfer out
Walk among giant tortoise

 

Touristic Accommodation Price
  • Starting from
Single $3100
Double $2500

 

Moderate Accommodation Price
  • Starting from
Single $3425
Double $2880

 

Luxury Accomodation Price
  • Starting from
Single $5320
Double $3560

* Prices are in American dollars

ALL PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITIES AND WILL BE CONFIRM BY YOUR PERSONAL TRAVEL CONSULTANT

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The cost includes

  • Transfers in and transfers out in taxi
  • Accommodation
  • Reception staff (docks and airports)
  • Day Tours in yachts
  • Transport between islands in speed boats
  • Licensed guide speaking Spanish and English
  • Lunch and lunch boxes during the activities (not included during free days or only transport)
  • All transportations in the days of activities (water taxi, land taxi)
  • Night briefing and local assistance
  • Mask, fins, wetsuit
  • VAT
The cost does NOT include

  • Air Ticket (if you need help let us know and we will provide it to you)
  • National Park entrance fee ($100 per person)
  • Ingala fee ($10 per person) to be paid at the airport in Quito or Guayquil
  • Tips
  • Medical insurance
  • Dinners
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  • Dates of arrival and departure
  • Accomodation (backpackers, medium o first class)

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