Galapagos November 2017
GALAPAGOS NOVEMBER 2017
November 18-25, 2017
Led by Dolly Beaver
Fly to either Guayaquil or Quito, Ecuador
(flights and hotel not included)
QUITO OR GUAYAQUIL – BALTRA: PRIMICIAS RANCH
At the Baltra Airport our staff will transfer to Ninfa hotel, located on Santa Cruz. After lunch we will visit the “Primicias” Ranch, a privately owned ranch of over 150 acres, adjacent to the territories of the Galapagos National Park. Tortoises migrate from the park to this property in certain seasons. They go there looking for shade, water or suitable places to incubate their eggs. When visiting this farm we stop to see a natural lava tunnel nearly 300 meters long, you can go through a soft lighting installed by the owners.
SANTA FE ISLAND – HIDDEN BEACH
After breakfast you will board a yacht for an hour sail to Santa Fe Island. >From its huge precipices you can observe a forest of giant endemic cactus and colonies of sea birds, including pelicans, boobies and gulls in a calm turquoise bay, inhabited by a large number of sea lions. This is an ideal place to snorkel, swim with stingrays and tropical fish, also occasionally observing sea turtles. Lunch on board. Then we will visit Hidden Beach and have a relaxing time before to return to the hotel.
BARTOLOME ISLAND – SULLIVAN BAY
At 6:00 a.m. a bus to pick us up for transfer to Itabaca Canal to board the yacht that will take our tour of this island with turquoise waters and beautiful white sand beaches. We will take on board breakfast and after 2 hours of sailing arrive at Bartholomew. Upon arrival we have to climb a staircase and from the top you will see a spectacular landscape of two beautiful bays and fascinating formations of lava and volcanic cones. Here is the famous Darwin’s Pinnacle. This is a huge black lava formation that has eroded over time and is the most representative image of the Galapagos archipelago. Near Pinnacle Rock you can also see two beautiful beaches in the form of a crescent. After we snorkel with sea turtles, sharks, white tip reef, tropical fish, sea lions and many other unique marine species. Also, this is the perfect area to observe the Galapagos Penguins. After lunch, we visit Sullivan Bay, here you can see some amazing lava formations, the product of a volcanic eruption in 1903. This is an excellent example of typical forms and colors that contrast with lavas from older types.
After breakfast, visit the Lobería, this is an ideal place to snorkel, where in the company of our guides, you can swim alongside a colony of playful sea lions and colorful fish, sea turtles and occasionally appear stingrays. In Punta Estrada, you see a small colony of blue footed boobies and pelicans. After landing on the dock and after a short walk, we reach the viewpoint channel sharks, for from a height of 14 to 15 meters to watch. Then go to Cracks “las Grietas”, a paradise of crystal clear water lagoon, where you will swim in a natural pool.
PLAZAS ISLAND – CARRION POINT
At 7:00 a.m. a bus for transfer to Itabaca Canal to board the yacht that will take us to Plazas Islands. After 2 hours of navigation we land to see one of the largest colonies of sea lions. Then just a few meters behind the dock landing a group of land iguanas can be observed. Then the trail goes to the other side of the island, which is very small and rectangular, walking along a ravine, where you can watch land iguanas, some marine iguanas and birds in the ravine as well as: boobies, blue footed and masked boobies, swallow-tailed gulls nesting, puffins and tropical birds. Besides frigates and pelicans often you fly over the ravines.
At 7:00 a.m. a bus for transfer to Itabaca Canal to board the yacht that will take us to North Seymour Island, which is a great place for hiking. There is a circular path about 2 miles long that crosses the interior of the island and takes us to explore the rocky coast path. This trail will take you through some of the largest seabird colonies in the Galapagos Islands. Here you will have the opportunity to observe nesting sites of Blue-Footed Boobies bright and colorful Magnificent Frigates, which are one of the biggest attractions of Galapagos. After lunch, we will snorkel with green sea turtles and the famous Galapagos sharks, you’ll also appreciate the mischievous sea lions playing and surfing in the sea. Visit Bachas where we can enjoy the wonderful sun and Galapagos Sea. Finally we will be back at 5pm for transfer to your hotel.
TWIN CRATERS – AIRPORT
After breakfast, take a bus to the airport, on the way you will make a final stop to visit the Twin Craters, geological subsidence in the middle of a forest of escalecias (native vegetation) located in the highest part of the island.
Rate $ 2590 , sharing accommodation (single supplement $500)
– Meals on the islands
– Local Naturalist Guide
– Transfers in Galapagos
DOES NOT INCLUDE:
– Air ticket
– Entrance fee to Galapagos National Park
– Ingala Transit Control Card
– Extra drinks and meals
– Itinerary subject to changes only if beyond our control
Reservation made with deposit of $500 per person
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All photos above taken by Alfredo Dosantos Santillan