Planned itinerary Post-programme
Day 1 Guayaquil/Galápagos Islands
After disembarkation, depart from the pier in Guyaquil and drive to Guayaquil Airport for the flight to the Galápagos Islands. Upon arrival at Baltra´s airport, we meet the local representative and board a bus for the short transfer to Itabaca Channel, which separates Baltra Island from Santa Cruz Island. Here, we board a small ferry that crosses the azure waters of the channel to Santa Cruz, a journey that takes about five minutes.
On the other side, we travel through a rural agricultural area surrounded by wild landscapes and many different species of flora and fauna.
See the famous Galápagos land tortoises in their natural environment and learn how private ranches help protect these special creatures and their habitat. Lunch will be served in the highlands.
The well-known Lava Tunnels are another amazing experience. Formed by lava flows from the volcanoes, they range from the highlands down to the sea. Join an amazing half-hour hike through one of the tunnels, to where it gets too small to pass. A naturalist guide will share in detail the story of the origin of these fascinating tunnels.
Afterwards, we continue to our hotel in the town of Puerto Ayora. Once settled, we walk to the nearby Charles Darwin Research Station, which hosts educational museums on both the history and development of the Galápagos Islands, and protection of their natural heritage. Native giant land tortoises can also be observed. Many different tortoise species exist in the Galápagos and the station is the only place where most of the species reside at one site.
The afternoon is at your leisure to explore small yet picturesque Puerto Ayora and its many shops with local arts and crafts. We later enjoy dinner at the hotel´s cosy restaurant.
Day 2 & 3 Galápagos Islands
Breakfast at hotel. We have two full days to tour one of the nearby, uninhabited islands by boat. Please note that only one of the four islands listed below will be visited per day:
Bartolomé Island, famous for Pinnacle Rock and Galápagos penguins; South Plaza Island, home to a colony of land iguanas; Santa Fe Island, known for having the islands´ most sea beautiful coves; or North Seymour Island, considered a microcosm of the entire archipelago.
The visits are regulated by the Galápagos National Park and we are notified of permission 30 days prior to the visit. Regardless of the islands we visit, lunch is served on board the vessel during the tour. Later, we have dinner at the hotel and overnight.
Day 4 Galápagos Islands/Guayaquil
This morning, transfer to Baltra’s airport for the flight to Guayaquil. En route to the airport, we stop at “The Twins” or “Los Gemelos”, two impressive volcanic depressions in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. Upon return from Galápagos Islands, a representative from our local agency will assist with international flight connections for guests who wish to fly home the same day. Flight departures to home destination will not be before 18:30.
Please note that due to changing conditions, the order of sights may vary.
The price includes return economy flight including current taxes from Guayaquil to Baltra/Galápagos Islands, Galápagos National Park entrance fee, three nights including full board at hotel on Santa Cruz Island/Galápagos Islands. All transfers, excursions and meals as described including English-speaking naturalist guide.
Not included: drinks, gratuities.
- This tour is available as Post-programme in combination with your voyage starting or ending in Guayaquil (depending on your flight departure from Guayaquil an overnight might have to be added after the tour).
- Includes walking on uneven terrain. This land-based tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility. It involves long stretches of activity travel, and walking on uneven terrain, in/out boat, physical condition should be prepared for tropical weather.
- If the minimum number of participants is not reached, we reserve the right to cancel the trip up until 6 weeks before departure.
Tour dates 21/22:
14.04.-17.04.2021 (FRSOU2105), 15.04.-18.04.2021 (AMSOU2106). Please note: Depending on your flight departure from Guayaquil an overnight might have to be added after the tour.
Booking code: GYEGALPOST