PLAZAS ISLANDS & PUNTA CARRION USD 255.00

galapagos day tripsThis is the couple of the south of two Islands which rest only few hundreds of meters from the east coast of Santa Cruz. The North Island is just used for scientific purposes. South Plaza is one of the smallest islands, but rich in Galapagos. With just 130 meters width (426 feet), it was formed from volcanic magma, unique for its characteristics. You disembark in the Channel between North and South Plazas, where the Island gets into the sea.

Along the way you will enjoy an attractive and colorful view. The turquoise water contrasts in a shiny manner with the white sand and the black lava from the coast. The rocks have grown with some cactus in determined places, where you can observe Sally Lightfoot Crabs.The trail continues gradually to the highest part of the Island to the cliffs from where you can see the ocean in the south, where the Swallow – tailed Gulls have their nests.Tropical birds, Masked Boobies and Blue Footed Boobies follow the wind currents.

The place is a magnificent point to observe the marine life, including mant rays. The coast of Plazas is perfect for snorkeling with a colony of sea lions with reach almost a thousand. Lunch on board Snorkel equipment is not included, but can be rented on board.

SEYMOUR & BACHAS USD 255.00

North Seymour was formed from the oceanic plaque, due to an oceanic event. Several rocks with few meters height, form the beach where the Swallow – tailed Gull rest in the border. A little silver color forest with Palo Santo Trees usually without leaves, is located very near from the disembark place. In this Island it’s possible to see sea lions and marine iguanas. The blue footed boobies nests are near from the trail; here the couples of this specie, dance their particular ritual very famous around the world.

The following landscape is the rock beach with white sand, here a big colony of pelicans who love pictures will be waiting for you. The trail turn down to reveal the biggest place of nests in Galapagos, the colony of magnificent frigate birds.Additionally we visit Bachas, a white coral beach, the best place for marine turtles to deposit their eggs.

In the beach you can see marine iguanas and in the lagoon you can observe Flamingos in some seasons of the year. Dragon Hill is a lagoon which attract Flamingos, White – cheeked Pintail and other species of birds. You will take a walk to a beautiful place, where you can observe iguana nests and a beautiful landscape.

Lunch on board

Snorkel equipment is not included, but you can rent it on board

BARTOLOME ISLAND USD 270.00

This Island is famous for it’s Pinacle, a lava formation which grows from the ocean’s border and it’s considered the best representation of Galapagos Islands. About fauna specifically, in Bartolome we find the Galapagos Penguins, the only specie of Penguins found in the north of Equator. The Sea Lions sleep in the rock plataforms, ready to skate into the water and play funny adventures with people who do snorkel. Under the ocean’s surface, Tropical Fish hide in the rocks, it’s possible to observe Sea Stars and other ocean life. A sandy white – pink beach is located next to the pinnacle. The Sea Tortoises deposit their eggs in the beach, and sometimes can bee found in the water, or resting in the sand.

The Penguins rest in the rocks, less than 1 kilometer along the bay. Here the walls under water from a little volcanic Creter form a landscape similar to a pool. The dry landing is the entrance to a 600 meter trail with 300 stairs up to the Top of Bartolome. The route is not difficult, there’s a particular view known as moon surface, because of the presence of many extinguished volcanoes in different grades of erosion. When you get to the top, you will be rewarded with a magnificent view of Santiago Island and James Bay in the west, far away you can see the Pinacle and the beach, where the blue waters from the bay nest the boat.

Lunch on board

Snorkel equipment is not included, but can be rented on board.

FLOREANA ISLAND USD 170.00

At 10h00 approximately, disembark in Velasco Ibarra Port, where a guide give a short introduction about the history of the Island, to continue in a colourful chiva to the Highlands, where it’s possible to see Galapagos in their wild, the caves that where used by pirates years ago, the Asilo de la Paz (mirador), and the antique home of Wittmer Family, the first habitants of Floreana.

We also will observe the extraction of sweet water. Lunch is provided on board. From 16h30 to 17h00 return to Puerto Ayora, navigation that last between 1h45’ to 2 hours.

After 1h45’ we stop at Champions Bay where it’s possible to do snorkel and observe the beautiful landscape. The next stop is at Enderby, to do snorkel from 30 to 40 minutes approximately.Fauna to observe: penguins, sharks, sea lions, blue footed boobies, frigate birds, marine iguanas, tropical birds in the middle of a wonderful landscape.

ISABELA ISLAND USD 225.00

Upon arriving to the main dock of Puerto Villamil we will board a bus that takes us to the “Planchonales” fresh lava formations where the animal and plant life starts. Then we continue visiting the Orchillas Hill, the great viewpoint in the highlands of Isabela is perfect to take panoramic pictures of the south of the island and Villamil town with the Pacific Ocean as its background. On the trip of two hours you will have the chance to see different species of Darwin finches.

The following visit is to the white sand beach of Isabela, to observe marine iguanas, blue footed boobies and different kind of marine birds. The snorkel is done at the Concha Perla Bay, it is a beautiful and lonely natural pool between mangroves and lava formation where you can see turtles, rays, different species of fish. The place is located twenty minutes walking from the town Villamil. To get there we will walk on a baulk through mangroves, which begins near the port of the town. The colours of the water, the mangroves and lava formation are amazing!

After lunch, we will continue with the visit to the wetlands, and then passengers will continue to the Breeding Center of Giant Tortoises and cultural center of the Galapagos National Park. We will return to Puerto Ayora around 17:00.

ISLA SANTA FE USD 255.00

The site visit in Santa Fe is located behind a beautiful bay, protected on the northeast corner of the island: a perfect place to anchor and snorkel. This small island is formed by raised, submarine basalt, formed about 4 billion years ago. Much of it fails isa plateau covered with a forest of giant Opuntia cactus. The unnamed bay with white sandy soil and turquoise waters is an awesome place to come. Throughout the natural harbor, you can snorkel with young sea lions. Schools of yellowtail surgeons seargent fish, maids and parrot fish , besides the curious grouper can be seen, rays and white tip reef sharks (they are harmless ) aslo show up in here.

.The first hike is a hard walk along a dry water course , to a high cliff view place (for views 1.5 km each way) , the second hike is a short circuit, rising through the arid vegetation you'll find of some giant Opuntia forest where you can see land iguanas . The most spectacular plants find here are giant nopal cactus ( Opuntia echios barringtonensis ), only able to be found in Santa Fe. The Galapagos Dove is also common on the trail. The memorial park that often a point of view to spy on a Galapagos hawk. The highlight here is the land iguana from Santa Fe (endemic), which its colour is lighter.

Lunch aboard. The Snorkel in Santa Fe is one of the best, where you can swim with sea lions young, sharks, striped variety, school of fish and more.

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