Galapagos Islands (extension)
5 days/4 nights
DAY 1: Departure from Quito and Isabela Island
In the morning you will be taken to the airport for your flight to Galapagos. Upon arrival to Baltra you will have to pay the Park tax and go through Galapagos immigration procedures. Passports will be needed upon arrival.
Once you have passed through, you will connect to Isabela Island by plane. Upon arrival on Isabela Island, you will have a private transportation to the Hotel Casa de Marita. Spend a free afternoon enjoying the beach.
Hotel: Casa de Marira
DAY 2: Tour Tintoresas
Enjoy a free afternoon to visit Concha Perla, visit the Galapagos Tortoise Raising Center or the wetlands.Today you will visit the Tintoreras; a beautiful place where you will encounter a lot of the characteristic Galapagos fauna such as penguins, sea turtles and marine iguanas. After a short walk you have the opportunity to do snorkeling with the Galapagos sharks.
The visit to the Tintoreras offers the opportunity to see pelicans and herons nesting, as well as marine life such as sea turtles, rays and even white tip sharks. Tintoreras is a small islet located near the village, yet it keeps its natural state. Here you can see sea lions and a very young lava flow. The snorkeling near this site is very nice, there you can see colorful fish and sometimes even penguins.
Tortoise breeding Center Arnaldo Tupiza (Isabela):
The Galapagos National Park together with the Darwin Foundation have established a breeding center for Galapagos tortoises. These reptiles are facing problems due to the presence of introduced species, such as dogs, rats, cats, goats, etc. “The wetlands adjacent to Puerto Villamil are recognized as a RAMSAR site due to their importance and presence of a variety of species. The area is unique in the world. There are nine trails thought this area.”
Muro de las Lagrimas:
“This site has historic importance. It is located at the far side of the beach following the trail that goes to the abandoned airport. The trail starts at the beginning of the long beach, where is possible to see shore birds, and then it passes near by the cemetery and continues inland until the wall is reach. This wall was constructed by the prisoners of the penal colony that existed in Puerto Villamil from 1944 until 1954.”
Enjoy a free afternoon upon your return to the hotel.
Hotel: Casa de Marira
Meals: Breakfast and dinner
DAY 3: Full day Sierra Negra Volcano
In the morning your guide and driver will take you to the Volcan Sierra Negra. We recommend you to take a wind stopper / rain jacket; it normally rains at the top of Sierra Negra. The tour includes a box lunch.
Sierra Negra Volcano:
“The Galapagos Island was formed by the accumulation of volcanic material produced by the eruptions. There are six volcanoes on Isabela, all of which are active. Sierra Negra is the last volcano to have erupted, on the 22nd of October in 2005, and it has the second largest crater on earth. Due to the larva mainly having flowed into the crater, it did not pose a threat to the population and made it possible to observe the event from “close up”. During the week that the eruption took place our island were privileged to received scientist from various countries that studied the phenomenon, and visitors who enjoyed the beauty of this spectacular natural event."
After the tour you will descend to Puerto Villamil, and then back to the hotel.
Hotel: Casa de Marira
Meals: Breakfast and box lunch, and dinner
DAY 4: Tour to the Tunnels, Cabo Rosa
The Tunnels are a set of lava tubes located along the coast in Cabo Rosa. One must go there by boat, which takes approximately 90 minutes. There you can enjoy beautiful scenery and snorkel in the area. Lava tubes have collapsed creating natural pools and a striking landscape. Here you will see sea lions, sharks, rays, and other marines species. It is a full day and includes a box lunch.
DAY 5: Isabela – Baltra – Quito
Depart early in the morning to Puerto Villamil Airport for your flight to Baltra, where you will connect with your flight to Quito. Then connect you’re your international flight back home.
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Additionally to the Galapagos tour you will have to pay the following extras, subject to change.
Flight Quito / Baltra / Quito: $ 545 per person (subject to change)
Flight Baltra / Isabela / Baltra: $ 270 per person (subject to change) or Rapid Boat: $ 140 per person (subject to change)
Galapagos Park Fee and Transit Control Card: $ 110 per person (subject to change)
Tour leader and local guide
meals as specified in itinerary,
hotel accommodation based on double rooms
land transportation and a small contribution to the Charles Darwin Foundation.
It does not include:
Meals that are not specified in the itinerary
Galapagos Park Fee $ 100 per person (subject to change)
Galapagos transit control card $10 per person (subject to change)
This trip is rated Moderate. Participants should enjoy walking and arrive in good physical condition. There will be daily walks and may include some ascents and descents. Please keep in mind that you will be at 9,350 feet while in Quito. Take it easy the first day in order to acclimatize to the altitude. We suggest you to take an aspirin on the plane before landing in Quito. Aspirin thins your blood and allows you to absorb oxygen better, that way you will avoid getting a headache or altitude sickness.
The page with your names and a bar codes your tour leader or guide will give you it’s for you to obtain the Galapagos Migration Control card. Upon arrival to the National departure lounge at the Quito airport you will have to go directly to the Consejo de Gobierno de Galapagos window to present this document and pay $ 10 in order to obtain the so called card without having to wait for the official to type all you information. Please take your original passports with you.
There are two distinct seasons, the cool "Garua" (Misty) season from June - November and the hot Rainy season, from December - May. Average water temperatures vary a great deal, from the low 60's °F (16 °C) during the coolest months up to the low 80's °F, 25 °C during the warmest months. As the activity in the ocean, particularly breeding, tends to be food related and the greatest concentration of food occurs in colder waters, then the most active period is usually when the up-welling of cool water is at its highest, during the cool season. The air temperatures are also influenced by the Ocean currents. During the hot season the air temperature is around 25 °C to 30 °C (82 F to 95 F). During the cool Garua season the air temperatures vary from 20 to 25 °C (70 to 82 F) due to the fact that there is cold wind blowing. There is different type of activities in the land animals influenced by the weather as well. The land iguanas, tortoises, land birds reproduce when it is rainy, while most sea birds, sea lions and fur seal lions reproduce in the most productive time of the year, the Cool season.
Overnight at La Casona de la Ronda, boutique hotel located at Colonial Quito.
With the tour you make a donation to the Charles Darwin Research Station.