Galapagos Multisport Soft Adventure

Galapagos Islands Tour

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Summary : Experience a truly intimate encounter with the Galapagos. Stay in three lodges on three different islands--Santa Cruz, Floreana, and Isabela--and delight in the abundant, unusual, and surprisingly approachable wildlife--from Galapagos giant tortoises to playful sea lions to the fascinating blue-footed boobies. Explore these spectacular islands with a wonderful array of activity options such as hiking, biking, kayaking, snorkeling or simply relaxing in this stunning environment.

Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Snorkeling

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Itinerary
Day 1
Quito or Guayaquil / Santa Cruz Island

After arrival to Baltra Airport, board a ferry to Santa Cruz Island (10-minute ride). Take a trip to "Los Gemelos" (The Twins), two enormous collapsed lava chambers—an awe-inspiring visual reminder of the power of nature. Continue to visit the lava tunnels, which have ceilings nearly 20-feet-high in some places. This is an incredible opportunity to wander through the remnants of one of the most powerful forces in nature-lava flows. Stalagmites, stalactites, sulfur, mineral-colored walls, and the rippled floor formed from lava can all be experienced in this uniquely Galapagos stroll.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. The next adventure begins with a bike ride from El Chato Farm to the town of Puerto Ayora. The ride is 20 kilometers with a trained guide leading on the road. Also, there will be assistance and support with provisions like soft drinks and water. After the bike ride, check in at Aventura Lodge and have time to discover Puerto Ayora on your own before dinner at the lodge.
Red Mangrove Aventura Lodge

Day 2
Santa Cruz Island / Floreana Island

Today is filled with adventure on a kayak trip near Santa Cruz. Go to Academy Bay for a 4-hour kayaking tour through Franklin Bay, Punta Estrada. Conclude in a place where you can do snorkeling and see white tip sharks, Galapagos sharks, manta rays, and colorful tropical fish or just relax at the beach.

Depart to Floreana where you will visit Black Beach. This is a beautiful spot to swim, snorkel, or simply relax by enjoying the special scenery or a walk to La Loberia. This evening, eat a BBQ dinner hosted by a local family. Experience Galapagueña cuisine, traditions and culture. This is a truly genuine experience with one of the first families to arrive at the island.
Red Mangrove Floreana Lodge

Day 3
Floreana Island

Enjoy breakfast at a local family's house. After breakfast, start an adventure with a 20-minute bus ride in a traditional bus called "chiva" (without windows and doors) to the entrance of Cerro Allieri, one of the highest spots in Floreana. You will observe endemic species such as the plant "Linux cratericota" or birds like the medium tree finch. Also, you will enjoy an overwhelming view of different landscapes and the town of Puerto Velasco Ibarra. The hike around Cerro Alilleri will take around two hours.

After lunch, go on an exciting walk to "la lobería," one of the most beautiful spots in Floreana where you can observe sea lions playing around. Also, you will have time to discover the amazing wildlife around the town. Be ready to take great pictures and capture the beauty of the Islands as a reminder of this memorable experience.
Red Mangrove Floreana Lodge

Day 4
Floreana Island / Isabela Island

An open-air bus will transport you to the highlands of Floreana while your guide explains the colorful history of this first-settled island in the Galapagos. Walk up to see the Peace Asylum, an artisan spring that attracted pirates, whalers and later, settlers to Floreana. The Pirate's Cave is where pirates carved temporary shelter out of the soft stone. Bird Hill truly lives up to its name with a multitude of Floreana Finches.

Before lunch, set sail for Isabela. Arriving in the port is a visual feast with stunning waters so clear you can see turtles, sea lions and penguins as though looking through glass. After lunch, board a smaller craft to head out across the port, slowing down to view blue-footed boobies and Galapagos penguins before turning a bend and docking. Take an intriguing walk through a jagged lava field, passing abundant colonies of marine iguanas, to see a small canal full of resting white-tipped reef sharks. Back at the dock, you can snorkel for an opportunity to see white-tipped reef sharks, sea lions, penguins and more. Then, you'll have a bit of time to relax before a briefing and dinner at the lodge.
Red Mangrove Isabela Lodge

Day 5
Isabela Island

Depart for a Sierra Negra Tour on a drive through the humid highlands to the slopes of Volcan Sierra Negra. Then, hike to the caldera (crater) of Sierra Negra. With 4 miles across, it is the second largest in the world. The views are breathtaking! Relax a bit and have a snack on the edge of the caldera (crater). For the hardiest of the group, there is the option to continue on an especially difficult one-hour walk to Volcan Chico, where fumarole activity is abundant, and again, the views are spectacular.

After returning from Sierra Negra, have lunch at Campo Duro. Campo Duro is a beautiful organic farm whose food is prepared with their local food and a lava rock-grill. Enjoy the food, have a rest in one of their hammocks, and breath the clean air above a big "Mango tree." Once you've had a rest, prepare for the action to downhill in a bike from Campo Duro to the Lodge. It is an approximately 7 kilometer ride with a full view of the town, lava fields, nature, birds, etc.
Red Mangrove Isabela Lodge

Day 6
Isabela Island

From Puerto Villamil, it will take just an hour to get to Los Tuneles. On this trip, enjoy seeing the beautiful Galapagos wildlife-giant mantas on the surface, sea turtles, and more as you sail out from the majestic Sierra Negra Volcano. Experience close encounters snorkeling with many types of tropical fish and penguins! Only in this piece of paradise are you able to snorkel with penguins, tropical fish, and sea lions. Enjoy a late lunch at Isabela Lodge before time to relax and discover Isabela on your own.
Red Mangrove Isabela Lodge

Day 7
Isabela Island / Santa Cruz Island

Today, go on a bike ride to visit Muro de las Lagrimas, Cerro Orchilla, and Humedales. The ride goes out of town along the most beautiful, white sand, palm-lined beach in all of Galapagos, Long Beach. This beach, straight from the cover of a travel magazine, stretches on for 3 kilometers before the National Park, where you will walk up the trail for astounding views from the top of Cerro Orchilla. Visit the "Muro de Las Lagrimas" (Wall of Tears), a unique construction built by the backbreaking labor of prisoners of a penal colony centuries earlier. On the path to the Wall of Tears, see an abundance of lava lizards-the males are larger and striped and the females red-throated.

Travel to Santa Cruz Island and check in at Aventura Lodge. Then, have a guided tour to the fascinating Charles Darwin Research Station where you can learn about the Galapagos and meet the most famous giant tortoise: Lonesome George.
Red Mangrove Aventura Lodge

Day 8
Santa Cruz Island / Quito or Guayaquil

Depart for the Baltra Airport for return flights home.

Notes

This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.

Included:
Lodge accommodations; all meals indicated; soft drinks during meals; activities and excursions with English speaking Naturalist guide as outlined in the itinerary; wireless Internet service while in Santa Cruz; Internet service at front desk while in Isabela; use of bikes in Puerto Ayora and Isabela; snorkeling gear; diving equipment except dive computers which can be rented separately; service charge.

Not Included:
International airfare; airfare to/from Galapagos; Galapagos National Park entrance fee, USD$100 (children under 12 subtract $50); Galapagos Transit Card ($10 per person); items of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry, etc); alcoholic beverages; gratuities; passport and visa expenses; travel insurance.

Airfare between Quito/Guayaquil and the Galapagos Islands:
The flights between mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) and the Galapagos Islands are an additional cost. To secure your seats on often overbooked flights, ExpeditionTrips must reserve these flights for you at the time of booking. Approximate cost (including service fee): $450-$550 per adult; $250-$275 per child under 12 (copy of passport required).