Explore an uninhabited island of the Galápagos from Santa Cruz
A virgin world to explore
This Mid-range 3-day extension of our cruise will take you from Puerto Ayora on a full-day land excursion to one of the archipelago's uninhabited islands and its spectacular flora and fauna. In the afternoon, you are invited to put on a mask and snorkel and explore the tropical waters and amazing underwater world!
Day 1 • Welcome to Puerto Ayora!
You will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel in Puerto Ayora. You will then meet our representative in the hotel, who will assist you with all queries regarding your day trip the next day. The rest of the day is free at your own disposal to enjoy the beach or visit the fish market which is close by.
Notes : 1/ Flights are not included 2/ Due to logistical challenges we can't include the fees to be paid in cash, 120 USD in total (for park entrance and transit control fees). 3/ The accommodation at this hotel is guaranteed for the majority of travel dates, but may be replaced by another hotel of the same category.
Transport: Private Taxi (0:30h)
Day 2 • Explore one of the uninhabited islands of the Archipelago!
Today you will enjoy an amazing day trip to an uninhabited island. In the morning, you will take a boat ride to one of the islands mentioned below and follow some trails to discover their richness, while in the afternoon you will have the opportunity to explore the waters around. Lunch is included onboard, as well as a hike and a snorkel activity to maximize your experience.
North Seymour: small flat island with endemic species such as Palo Santos trees. Amongst the emblematic fauna of the island are sea lions basking on the lava rock, land iguanas and colonies of blue- footed boobies. You will also go to “Las Bachas”, a beautiful coralline beach and perfect place for practicing snorkeling.
South plazas: Disembarking, you will be greeted by a colony of sea lions and be able to observe nesting seabirds such as tropic birds, frigates, Nazca and blue-footed boobies. You will also have the possibility of snorkeling in the calm waters of Punta Carrión.
Santé Fé: In the middle of a sunny day the lagoon turns into turquoise blue, and colonies of sea lions bask lazily in the sun, amongst one of the endemic species of land iguanas and its characteristic forest of the giant prickly pear cactus. You will then be taken to enjoy snorkeling in the clear waters of the anchoring site; spotted Eagle rays and round stingrays are common to the small bay.
Bartolome / Sullivan Bay: very impressive little island in front of Sullivan Bay, with a landscape of real volcanic desolation: tuff cones, spatter cones, scoria formations and black volcanic sand. From the top of the volcano, the view is extraordinary and offers one of the most emblematic sceneries of the Galápagos Islands. Towards the west, the isthmus is covered by mangroves. Afterwards, you will be able to snorkel either on the north cove, under Pinnacle Rock or in Sullivan Bay.
Note: All tours are group tours and not private excursions. During the activities you will meet other passengers from other tour companies which is a great chance to meet other travelers. Tours in Galápagos are subject to space & availability. Itineraries may change due to weather conditions, operational or logistical matters, meaning the number of excursions or specific locations are not guaranteed.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Transport: Boat (1:30h)
Day 3 • Enjoy the special atmosphere of the islands once again!
Today is your departure day, and you will be transferred either to Baltra airport for your flight back to Ecuador mainland, or to the port to start your cruise.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Transport: Private Taxi (0:30h)