This Galapagos Islands vacation package combines scuba diving with snorkeling, kayaking, hiking and mountain biking for a truly multifaceted “Multi-Sports” tour. Designed principally as a Galapagos diving tour for experienced divers, undersea adventurers will remain convinced that you can never experience the Galapagos until you see what’s below the water! Additional activities for active lifestyle or adventure travel enthusiasts provide a range of alternatives for exploring these enchanting islands by foot, boat or bike – thrills that you will take back home as unforgettable memories.
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You will be picked up from your hotel in Quito and driven to the airport for your flight to the Galapagos Islands.
Upon arrival in the archipelago at Baltra airport, you will travel by bus to the Itabaca Channel, followed by a 5-minute ferry ride to Santa Cruz Island and then an hour’s drive to the town of Puerto Ayora. En route, we will stop at a Highlands reserve to see amazing Galapagos giant tortoises in the wild. You will also have a chance to walk through lava tunnels before having lunch at a local restaurant.
We will reach Puerto Ayora in the afternoon, where you will check in at your selected hotel and still have plenty of free time to explore the town at your leisure. Later that evening, there will be a welcome dinner for you at a local restaurant.
[Important: In order to participate in diving in the Galapagos Islands, one is required to have a PADI license and previous diving experience.]
Diving options for the day include:
One of the older volcanic islands, Floreana Island has an uneven profile that is the result of numerous volcanoes and parasitic cones. This was also the first island in the Galapagos to be inhabited by humans.
Floreana presents an excellent selection of varied dive sites and a few official visitor sites. (Punta Cormorant, Enderby and Champion Islet)
(Minimum experience to participate: 30 logged dives or the previous evaluation by our dive guides at another site)
North Seymour Island
Daphne Minor Island
After breakfast, we will go kayaking and sail around Divine Bay and Punta Estrada, paddling through multiple lava channels of calm, turquoise waters. In these channels, Whitetip reef sharks and stingrays patrol beneath the waves, while colonies of Blue-footed boobies, tropic birds, herons and marine iguanas are perched along the jagged cliffs.
After lunch, we will leave for Isabela Island by speed boat, a voyage of about 2-1/2 hours, depending on sea conditions. Upon our arrival, you will check in at your selected hotel and still have time to leisurely explore the town of Puerto Villamil. Dinner (included) will be at a local restaurant that evening. You will then return to the hotel for the night.
Today we head to the highlands of Isabela Island and delve into a world of modern geological history. The continuing volcanic activity on this island is a microcosm of the dramatic geological events that have formed the Galapagos Islands over millennia.
After driving up to the trailhead, we will hike into a young dry-forest ecosystem. Our destination is the rim of the Sierra Negra, an active volcano that last erupted in October 2005.
Upon our arrival, we take in breathtaking views and explore the circumference of the massive crater, which is over six miles across at its widest point. If sky is clear, you will also enjoy views of Isabela’s other volcanoes, the Perry Isthmus, and beyond.
If you feel energetic, we can continue our hike to Chico Volcano, a secondary crater that has a wild untamed landscape of puffing fumaroles and colorful lava formations. In the afternoon, we will return to Puerto Villamil to enjoy our last afternoon on Isabela’s exotic white sand beaches.
After settling in, we will head out on our mountain bikes to explore the beautiful coastline on an exclusive trail that takes us through an incredible variety of coastal ecosystems.
We will begin with a visit to the “Wall of Tears,” a massive wall built with lava rock that dates back to the era when Isabela was used as a penal colony and prisoners were forced to build the wall to keep them from going stir crazy.
As we continue riding along the coast, we can explore pristine white sand beaches, mangrove forests, and brackish lagoons. This area is filled with bird life, including oystercatchers, herons, flamingos, finches and many shore birds, as well as the ubiquitous sea lions and marine iguanas.
After our ride and a rejuvenating lunch, we will visit (in a shared tour) Tintoreras, a set of small, rocky islets tucked in Isabela Bay. Tintoreras islets are filled with wildlife, most notably Galapagos penguins, the only species of penguin that lives on the equator. We will also see sharks, sea turtles, sea lions and more, as well as explore the small coves and beaches of Tintoreras.
We will head out on an early morning departure (6:00 a.m.) to Santa Cruz Island. Upon arrival, we will visit the famous Charles Darwin Research Station. This center includes an information center, a museum, a library, and a tortoise breeding station. Park rangers and park managers — along with others who make tremendous efforts to preserve this UNESCO World Heritage Site — work here for the conservation of the islands. In the tortoise breeding center you can see tortoises of different subspecies that are being prepared for reintroduction into their natural habitats.
Enjoy your last look at these “enchanted islands,” a unique and wondrous paradise! You will then be accompanied to the Baltra airport for your return flight to Quito.
*Note: Depending on sea conditions and flight schedule departing from Baltra, the visit to Charles Darwin Station will be schedule for first or last day.
|2 Person(s)||Single Supplement|
|Luxury||US$ 3,483||US$ 1,407|
|First Class||US$ 2,987||US$ 974|
|Tourist||US$ 2,500||US$ 425|
|Santa Cruz||Villa Laguna||Sol y Mar||Finch Bay|
|Isabela||Albemarle||Casa de Marita||Iguana Crossing|
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