Galapagos Enchanted Islands

( 5 nights / 6 days - Departures: Daily)

• Transfer Baltra / hotel in Puerto Ayora, visiting the highland part of Santa Cruz Island (Includes lava Tunnels and a turtle reserve) + Visit to the Scientific Charles Darwin Station. (Transfer operates daily at 12h45pm)
• 5 nights of accommodation in Galápagos (Santa Cruz Island) with breakfasts
• Excursion to Tortuga Beach & Bay Tour
• 2 Full day Excursion in yacht to one the following islands Bartolomé & Bahía Sullivan, Seymour & Bachas, Plazas & Punta Carrión, Santa Fe or similar ones (Lunch included)
• Transfer hotel / airport & Finca de café (Transfer operates at 8h00 am, arrival at the airport at approximately 10h30 am)
• Hotel taxes

Galapagos Enchanted Islands

Day 1:
Welcome at the Baltra airport and free transfer by bus to the tip of the Itabaca canal, where you will proceed by a public ferry service in the Island of Santa Cruz. Transport will be waiting in order to transfer you to Puerto Ayora, area where the hotels are located on the Island. On the way, you will have the opportunity to visit the lava tunnels and a Turtle reserve. Visit to the Scientific Charles Darwin Station, where you can learn more about the Galápagos Islands; the species that live in this enchanted place, its origin, the theory of Evolution, the conservation programs, and observe some Giant Turtles in captivity. Accommodation.
Day 2:
Breakfast at hotel. In the morning excursion to Tortuga Bay Beach, after 40minute walk (approx.) we will arrive to this magic place, one of the most beautiful beaches in the Galapagos, with white sand and green mangroves. "Playa mansa" is where we can swim and enjoy of the beach. Free time for lunch (not included). In the afternoon, tour around the bay on board a yacht, starting with a visit to "La Lobería", named because of the presence of sea lions. Here you will be able to swim or snorkel. Then we proceed with our tour to the "Canal del Amor", a marvelous site where nature gives us an unforgettable view; at the end of this channel, just a few meters forward, a viewpoint where we can observe reef sharks; from here we continue with a short walk to see the marine iguanas that inhabit in "Playa de los Perros". Punta Estrada will also be visited. Return to Puerto Ayora.
*Note: shipping used in this excursion is a boat engine with capacity for 12 people. This tour only takes place Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.
Day 3:
Breakfast at hotel.
Excursion in yacht to one of the following Islands: Bartolomé & Bahía Sullivan, Seymour & Bachas, Plazas & Punta Carrión, Santa Fe or similar ones. Lunch included and return to Puerto Ayora to accommodation.
** Tour Operations in Galápagos, may change due to climate conditions, operations, and logistics and are also subject to availability and itinerary changes, days of excursions, etc. However, GRAY LINE Guarantees the number of excursions and visits to be met, but does not guarantee the itinerary or specific place to visit.
Day 4:
Breakfast at hotel.
Free day to choose any extra activities of your own choice and accommodation
Day 5:
Breakfast at hotel.
Excursion in yacht to one of the following Islands: Bartolomé & Bahía Sullivan, Seymour & Bachas, Plazas & Punta Carrión, Santa Fe or similar ones. Lunch included and return to Puerto Ayora to accommodation.

** Tour Operations in Galápagos, may change due to climate conditions, operations, and logistics and are also subject to availability and itinerary changes, days of excursions, etc. However, GRAY LINE Guarantees the number of excursions and visits to be met, but does not guarantee the itinerary or specific place to visit.

Day 6:
Breakfast at hotel.

Our tour guide will pick you up at your hotel to go to the canal of Itabaca, where a ferry will take you to Baltra Island. At the port you will board a bus of your airline that takes you to the airport. En route you are going to visit a coffee plantation which is part of a social responsibility program. The encouragement for the organic coffee cultivation contributes to the conservation of plants and soil and therefore is deemed to be a perfect model of sustainable tourism


Prices

**Net Prices per person (subject to change)
**Prices in US Dollars

Hotels

Single Room

Double Room

Triple Room

Hotel Flamingo or Red Booby
(Tourist 3*)
Additional night
1346 1046 1046
135 75 75
Fernandina (Superior 3*s)
Additional night
1566 1226 1166
179 111 99
Isla Sol by SolyMar (First 4*)
Additional night
2241 1456 1321
314 157 130
Sol y Mar (Superior 4*)
Additional night
2816 1741 1511
429 214 168
Royal Palm (Luxury 5*)
Additional night
2900 1785 2156
440 220 295

** Program does not include air ticket from Quito or Guayaquil
NOTE: The air route Quito or Guayaquil / Baltra / Quito or Guayaquil is mandatory for all programs "Galapagos Hotel and Yacht"
** Programs do not include Galapagos: Galapagos National Park Fee US$ 50.00 (Andean Pact & Mercosur) / US$ 100.00 (Other countries) US$ 20.00 (TCT Transit Card) + Air Ticket (referential rate): Quito or Guayaquil / Galapagos / Guayaquil or Quito US$ 590.00 net, non-commissionable, subject to change and availability

IMPORTANT: Consider the following information about schedules for transfers IN / OUT in Santa Cruz
**Transfer Airport (Baltra) / Hotel (Santa Cruz Island) * one way, including visits. Available every day at 12h45pm.
* Transfer Hotel / Airport * route includes a visit to Coffee Farm. Opera at 8:00 am, 10:30 a.m. arrival at the airport
** Surcharge for transfer airport / hotel in Galapagos, for flights arriving before 10h30am: US$ 75,00 USD per person
** Surcharge for transfer hotel / airport in Galapagos, for flights departing before 10h00am: US$ 75,00 per person
** Full Day yacht (including in any program of this collection) can be changed by Scuba Diving Tour with surcharge: US$ 120.00
(licencia PADI es requerida, incluye 2 inmersiones y box lunch)
**Full day excursions _ yacht are not recommended for children under 5 years, elderly people, pregnant women or people with limited mobility
**Full day excursions yacht may be sold only as part of a program with accommodation, GRAY LINE ECUADOR does not guarantee the specific location of this visit
**Galapagos Excursions Hotel & Yacht programs, are subject to space availability and itinerary changes due to weather conditions and sailing permits
** Rates do not apply for Holidays, please confirm Rates and Conditions
** 2015 Tariff Guide / Third Edition
** Prices are valid until December 15 /2015

Attractions

SANTA CRUZ ISLAND MOUNTAIN TOUR & CHARLES DARWIN SCIENTIFIC STATION

You will visit the Gemelos craters to enjoy the nature diversity of this place. Discover a lava tunnel and see the formation of a cavern and suffers walls. Then walk trough the famous turtles Galapagos paradise, and follow your visit to the scientific Charles Darwin station where you will easily understand the formation of the islands, species and their evolution. Learn and understand the conservation programs for the islands and finally see another giant turtles Galapagos place and visit the famous Solitary George.

BAY TOUR AND TORTUGA BAY (SANTA CRUZ)

You can get to know the island and visit La Lobería named for all the huge sea lion colonies that live there. Here one will be able to do snorkeling and to swim, play with the sea lions, see beautiful fish of all colors and sea turtles In the Canal del Amor you can observe reef sharks and also have the possibility of swimming, snorkeling with them
Tortuga Bay is a beautiful white sand beach, in which you will be able to snorkell, as well as enjoy the beach.

PLAZAS ISLANDS

It’s located in the southern part of two small crescent-shaped islands just a few hundred meters off the east coast of Santa Cruz. The northern island is used for scientific purposes only.

The south area is one of the smallest and richest islands in the archipelago. Only 130 meters wide (426 feet), the Plaza Island was formed from an uplifted seabed, better known as the tabletop. Our destination is in the channel between North and South of Plaza Island, where the island tilts toward the water.

The approach makes an amazing colorful sight! The turquoise waters of the channel contrast shine with the white sand and black lava of the shoreline. The rocks have grown thick with green seaweed in some places, speckled with bright orange crabs. The shore carpet of scarlet sesuvium serves as groundcover for a grove of luminescent green prickly-pear cactus. Yellow-brown land iguanas sit beneath, waiting patiently for pears to drop.

The trail gradually follows the tilt of the island to the cliffs that overlook the ocean to the south, where swallow-tailed gulls nest. Red-billed tropic birds, masked and blue-footed boobies ride the windy currents. It is a great place for spotting large marine life, including manta rays. Surf pounds an inlet at the western corner of the island, where a colony of sea lions bachelors make their home, accounting for the surface of the rocks, polished by the oils of their fur. The shoreline of Plazas Island makes an excellent snorkeling place for the sea lion colony counted nearly a thousand.

SEYMOUR ISLAND

North Seymour Island was lifted from the ocean floor by a seismic event, and its origins as a seabed give the island its low, flat profile. The cliffs are only a few meters high form the shoreline, where swallow-tailed gulls sit perched in ledges. A tiny forest of silver-grey Palo Santo trees stand just above the landing, usually without leaves, waiting for the rain to bring them into bloom.

This island is full of life! You might have to give a way to a passing sea lion or marine iguana; blue-footed booby nests sit beside the trail where mating pairs perform their courtship dance. Further along, the rocky shore displays white sand, and large flocks of pelicans mass for a dive-bomb feeding frenzy, rendering a tableau for us from ages long past. The trail turns inland to reveal the largest nesting site in the Galápagos of the magnificent frigate bird. These huge, dark acrobats have two-meter wingspans, and males, with puffed up scarlet throat sacks; sit precariously perched in low bushes to watch over their equally large chicks.

BARTOLOME ISLAND

Bartolome is famous for the Pinnacle Rock, a towering spearheaded obelisk that rises from the ocean’s edge has the best known landmark in the islands. Galápagos penguins, the only species of penguin found in the north of the Ecuador line walk precariously along narrow volcanic ledges at its base. Sea lions snooze on rocky platforms, ready to slide into the water to play with passing snorkelers. Just below the surface, shoals of tropical fish dodge in and out of the rocks past urchins, sea stars and anemones. A perfectly crescent, pink-and-white sandy beach lies just to the east of the pinnacle. Sea turtles use the beach as a nesting site and can sometimes be found wading in the shallow water near the shore, or resting in the sand to recover from the arduous task of digging nests, laying eggs and covering them over.

Penguins dot the nearby rocks of the next landing site, less than a kilometer along the eastern shore. Here the submerged walls of a tiny volcanic crater give the impression of a fountain pool. This dry landing—no wet feet!—is the entrance to a 600-meter (2000-foot) pathway complete with stairs and boardwalks leading to Bartolome’s summit. The route is not difficult and presents a museum of volcanologist; a site left untouched after its last eruption, where cones stand in various stages of erosion and lava tubes form bobsled-like runs from the summit. At the top you will be rewarded with spectacular views of Santiago Island and James Bay to the west, and far below, Pinnacle Rock and our beach

ISABELA ISLAND

Early departure from Puerto Ayora to Isabela Island, the biggest Island in the Galapagos, breakfast on board and arrive to Puerto Villamil, where you can admire the active volcano Sierra Negra, 5 species of tortoises, Penguins, iguanas and many more exotic animals, besides its spectacular natural sights and beaches, Lunch included and return in the afternoon to your hotel in Puerto Ayora. Isabela is the only island in Galapgos that the equator line pass trough and also where more than the 60% of the species of animals and plants are located in the same Island


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