GIANT STEPS

Code: SPG-IH004

SAN CRISTOBAL – ISABELA – SANTA CRUZ

 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS

Greetings and welcome to the Galapagos Giant Steps Tour! During the span of 8 days, you’ll have a wonderful chance to explore and encounter extraordinary plant and animal species that exist exclusively in the Galapagos Islands. One of the standout moments of our tour is a visit to Española Island, a remarkable place where you can observe the captivating Albatross in their breeding grounds. It’s an experience you won’t want to miss!

(L: Lunch)

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Learn about the history of the Islands, in their natural, human, and conservation contexts.
  • View Point of León Dormido “Kicker Rock” and Darwin Bay.
  • Viewpoint to learn about a North American cannon that dates from the Second World War.
  • Viewpoint to take pictures of the statue of the Scientist Charles Darwin in honor of his trip to the Galapagos Islands.
  • Snorkel and swim with sea lions, marine turtles and take a look at tropical fishes.
  • We can enjoy the sea lions resting on the sand.
  • It is also the perfect place to have a romantic afternoon looking at the sunset.

Return to the hotel. Lodging. (San Cristobal Island).

(B: Breakfast, L: Lunch)

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Visit to one of the most charming islands in the Archipelago.
  • It is located to the southeast of the Archipelago and at a distance by yacht of approximately 2 hours from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristóbal Island.
  • Punta Suarez: we can observe coastal cliffs and various species of animals such as Galapagos Hawk, Española Cactus Finch, Nazca Bobbies, Blue Footed Bobbies, Galapagos Dove, Forked-tailed Gull, Frigates, Red-Billed Tropic Bird, Yellow Warbler, Medium Ground Finch, Warbler Finch, Española Mocking Bird, Christmas Marine Iguana, Española Lava Lizard, Española Racer Snake, and between April to December, you can observe species of Albatross that make to Española Island in its place of mating, nesting and initiation to the flight of the newly hatched birds.
  • Blowhole: It consists of a water siphon that reaches 20 meters in height and that is originated by the pressure exerted by the water when entering and leaving between the cracks and colliding with the rocks.
  • Gardner Bay: Its main attraction is a white sand beach that is the habitat of juvenile sea lions, adult males, and females; it is also home to a great diversity of resident and migratory birds. Near the islets of Garder Bay, we can snorkel and observe sea turtles, rays, and dozens of sea lions swimming, dancing, and playing near us.

Lodging (San Cristobal Island)

(B: Breakfast, L: Lunch)

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • A beautiful nature view picture of a high rock shaped like a sea lion.
  • Enjoy the viewing of various species of seabirds such as blue-footed boobies and phaetons, as well as sea lions.
  • Snorkel along species of fish, sea turtles, rays, and hammerhead sharks.
  • Beach Time to enjoy and relax.
  • Different species of animals such as patillos, teros reales, zarapitos amongst so much other native wildlife.
  • *Snorkel (Mask, tube, fins)

**The Beach after the visit to León Dormido could be Playa Manglecito or Playa Ochoa. Depending on the operation day.

Return to the hotel. Lodging. (San Cristobal Island)

(B: Breakfast, L: Lunch)

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Transfer to the airport of San Cristobal to take the flight to Isabela Island. Approximately 30 minutes of flight.
  • Visit THE WETLANDS, which consist of a set of various visit sites, which can be accessed through a tour of a natural trail surrounded by mangroves and pools that are home to a large number of animal species and also house a large number of plants such as a natural paradise.
  • Visit THE WALL OF TEARS. This wall formed by lava rocks reaches 7 meters high, 3 meters wide, and approximately 100 meters long, this is evidence that indicates a stage in the life of many prisoners who were cruelly tortured.
  • Visit THE TORTOISE BREEDING CENTER. In this Breeding Center, the reproduction and breeding of tortoises in captivity are carried out and aim to recover the populations of tortoises affected in the past. In this place, you can enjoy and meet these wonderful animals that now live here protected by the staff of the Galapagos National Park.

Lodging (Isabela Island)

(B: Breakfast, L: Lunch)

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Tour to LOS TUNELES, also known as “Cabo Rosa”. It is the most spectacular site for snorkeling in Isabela Island due to its crystal-clear and shallow waters, a real sea sanctuary.
  • This site houses blue-footed boobies, Nazca Boobies, Brown Pelicans, Penguins, Zayapas, and Iguanas that can be seen very close to the boat.
  • Observe the sea lions resting on the rocks or playing by the lava tunnels.
  • Learn about why these cacti have been adapted to this kind of lava formation.
  • Snorkeling in open water and swimming along with white-tipped sharks, manta rays, penguins, sea lions, sea turtles, sea horses, lobsters, sea snakes, among many other tropical species.

Return to Puerto Villamil. Lodging (Isabela Island)

(B: Breakfast, L: Lunch)

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Have an interesting visit to SIERRA NEGRA VOLCANO. This volcano is one of the most gorgeous, impressive, and largest calderas of all the Galapagos Islands volcanos.
  • Species of birds such as Yellow Warbler, Dark-billed Cuckoo, Galápagos Mockingbird, Galápagos Hawk, Tyrant Flycatcher, Galápagos Flycatcher, Large Tree Finch, Small Ground Finch.
  • Species of plants such as Guayabillo, Galápagos pisonia, Heart-leafed Scalesia, among others.
  • Visit CONCHA PERLA and have a beautiful time snorkeling with tropical fish, marine iguanas, sea lions, marine turtles, and penguins in this calm and clear water surrounded by marvelous mangroves.

Lodging (Isabela Island)

(B: Breakfast, L: Lunch)

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Transfer to the pier to take the speedboat to Santa Cruz. Approximately 2 hours of navigation, depending on the sea conditions.
  • Visit the HIGHLANDS of Santa Cruz, to enjoy the wonderful and very famous giant tortoises in their natural habitat.
  • Observe the density of vegetation in this forest, including orchids, daisies, and bromeliads.
  • Learn about the habitat of several endemic land birds including Darwin’s finches, Galapagos Hawks, short-eared owls, Yellow Warblers, Galapagos Rails, Vermilion Flycatchers, and Paint-billed Crakes.
  • Visit TORTUGA BAY. Playa Tortuga Bay or Bahia Tortuga rounds out the World’s Top Ten Beaches. You will enjoy the song of many land birds and the more you get closer to the bay, the more you can hear the movements of the waves. Many turtles come to this place during their nesting season and that is why the name is “Bahia Tortuga”.

Lodging. (Santa Cruz Island)

(B: Breakfast)

This is your last day with us and we hope you have enjoyed your trip to the Enchanted Islands.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Visit THE CHARLES DARWIN STATION and get to know the different species of tortoises of the other islands.

Transfer to the airport of Baltra and assistance to take your return flight.

From  USD $2.554

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Price per person 2024 – Half Board

1 Pax 2 Pax 3 Pax 4 Pax
Budget $3.816 $2.554 $2.198 $2.158
Mid – Range $4.392 $2.853 $2.497 $2.456
First Class $5.489 $3.366 $2.985 $2.933
Luxury $8.738 $5.059 $4.486 $4.337

Price per person 2024 – Full Board

1 Pax 2 Pax 3 Pax 4 Pax
Budget $3.987 $2.726 $2.369 $2.329
Mid – Range $4.628 $3.089 $2.733 $2.692
First Class $5.772 $3.649 $3.269 $3.216
Luxury $9.121 $5.442 $4.869 $4.720

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