Welcome to the Galapagos Islands, a natural wonderland where adventure and wildlife converge. If you're seeking an extraordinary escapade that immerses you in the heart of untamed beauty and close encounters with unique wildlife, our 6-day Galapagos Adventure Tour is precisely what you've been dreaming of.
Let Voyagers Travel be your guide as we take you on a journey through the enchanting western islands, where each day is filled with discovery, awe, and unforgettable memories.
Thursday: Charles Darwin Station, Santa Cruz Island
Arrive at Baltra Airport and undergo an important airport inspection to safeguard the islands. Pay the $100 park entrance fee (unless prepaid). Our friendly M/Y Galápagos Sea Star Journey representative will meet you and provide assistance as we transfer to Puerto Ayora.
PM: Charles Darwin Station
Immerse yourself in the wonders of the Charles Darwin Station on Santa Cruz Island. Witness the efforts to protect and conserve the Galapagos, and explore attractions like the National Park information center, the Van Staelen Exhibition Hall, and the Breeding and Rearing Center for young and adult Galapagos tortoises.
AM: White Tipped Reef Shark Canal, Isabela Island
Embark on a delightful zodiac ride to the enchanting "Tintoreras" - small islands off Puerto Villamil coast. Spot Heron lava, Galapagos penguins, and playful sea lions. Marvel at the fairly common white-tipped reef sharks resting in the shallow waters.
PM: Sierra Negra Volcano, Isabela Island
Venture into the heart of Isabela Island, the largest and one of the youngest in the archipelago. Land in Puerto Villamil, a charming town with approximately 3000 inhabitants. Ascend the highlands to Sierra Negra slope, followed by an exhilarating hike on uneven terrain to reach the Sierra Negra volcano rim. Behold the breathtaking 6 x 5 -mile-wide crater, surrounding volcanoes, and the 12 Km wide Perry Isthmus lava field. Opt for a hike to Chico Volcano, where striking lava formations offer glimpses into the geological forces shaping the Galapagos Islands.
AM: Punta Moreno, Isabela Island
Explore the mesmerizing Punta Moreno on the north coast of Isabela Island, nestled between the Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul volcanoes. Follow the trail through a Pahohoe lava flow, resembling corrugated or accordion patterns, leading to a complex of coastal lagoons. This haven hosts various bird species that thrive around the lakes and mangroves.
PM: Elizabeth Bay, Isabela Island
Embark on a fascinating marine excursion, as we explore Elizabeth Bay in a zodiac without landing. Visit the Marielas islets, home to the largest and most significant penguin colony in the Galapagos Islands. Navigate through a cove surrounded by vibrant red mangroves, a sight to behold. Witness sea turtles, flightless cormorants, spotted eagle rays, golden rays, brown pelicans, and sea lions. Keep an eye out for soaring Galapagos Hawks and schools of Pompano and Dorado fish below.
AM: Punta Espinoza, Fernandina Island
Discover the wonders of Fernandina Island, the third largest in the archipelago, and its exclusive visitor site, Punta Espinoza. Witness marine iguanas congregating in larger groups than on any other island. Observe these unique creatures basking in the sand, swimming near the shore, and occasionally blocking the landing dock. Encounter the extraordinary Flightless Cormorant, a species that adapted remarkably to the absence of predators, showcasing evolution in action. Keep a close distance of 2 meters from these incredible cormorants and penguins.
PM: Tagus Cove, Isabela Island
Embark on a captivating zodiac tour along the scenic cliffs of Tagus Cove. Be captivated by the charm of Galapagos penguins, flightless cormorants, and other sea birds. After landing, embark on a 30-minute hike to the cliff's peak, offering splendid views of Darwin Lake, an uplifted ultra-saline lake saltier than the sea. Feast your eyes on the sight of several volcanoes and inspect historical graffiti left by pirates, whalers, and buccaneers from bygone eras.
AM: Espumilla Beach, Santiago Island
Head to the northern coast of Santiago Island, where Espumilla Beach beckons with its enchanting landscapes. This beach suffered from sedimentation during the last El Niño phenomenon, resulting in the disappearance of a representative colony of flamingos. Nevertheless, the site remains a haven for nesting marine turtles. Stroll through the Palo Santo forest and revel in the marvelous landscape that unfolds before you.
PM: Puerto Egas, Santiago Island
Journey to the west side of Santiago Island, where the alluring black beach of Puerto Egas awaits. The volcanic tuff deposits have sculpted this unique black sand beach, offering a stunning contrast to the blue ocean. Puerto Egas bears its name due to a failed salt exploitation attempt by the company of Hector Egas, driven by the continent's low salt prices, leading to the abandonment of the project and its infrastructure.
AM: San Cristobal: Isla Lobos
Embark on a delightful panga ride from Port Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal's capital, to Isla Lobos, a small island reachable within an hour. Traverse through a dry vegetation zone featuring volcanic rocks and sandy areas. Marvel at a small population of blue-footed boobies and frigate birds, nesting in this serene site. Observe the playful sea lions forming a large colony on the beach, while shorebirds create a delightful spectacle. After this exciting morning excursion, we'll escort you to San Cristobal Airport for your mainland flight.
The Galapagos Islands can be visited year-round, but the best time for an adventure tour is during the dry season, which typically runs from June to December. During this time, the weather is cooler, and the waters are calmer, offering ideal conditions for activities like snorkeling, hiking, and wildlife encounters.
A typical Galapagos adventure tour includes a range of exciting activities such as snorkeling with marine iguanas, penguins, and sharks, hiking on volcanic terrains, wildlife spotting including blue-footed boobies and giant tortoises, and exploring various pristine islands and islets. Additionally, adventure tours often offer opportunities for kayaking and observing unique bird species.
Galapagos adventure tours can cater to a wide range of fitness levels, but it's essential to choose the right itinerary to match your physical abilities. Some activities involve moderate to strenuous hiking or snorkeling, while others are more leisurely and suitable for all ages. It's recommended to discuss your fitness level with the tour operator to ensure you select an appropriate tour.
Responsible tourism and conservation are prioritized during Galapagos adventure tours. Tour operators follow strict guidelines to protect the delicate ecosystem and wildlife of the islands. Small-group tours minimize environmental impact, and visitors are required to follow specific rules to preserve the natural habitat. Additionally, the Galapagos National Park and transit control card fees contribute directly to conservation efforts.
Expert Naturalist Guides: Our experienced guides are passionate about the Galapagos and its wildlife. Their extensive knowledge will enrich your journey with fascinating insights.
Intimate Cruise Experience: We believe in providing personalized attention. Our small-group cruise ensures you have a more immersive and meaningful experience.
Responsible Tourism: We are committed to preserving the delicate ecosystem of the Galapagos Islands. Our tours follow strict environmental guidelines to minimize our impact.
Unparalleled Wildlife Encounters: Our adventure tour is designed to bring you up close and personal with the unique and diverse wildlife of the Galapagos.
Comfortable Accommodation: Relax and rejuvenate in our carefully selected cruise accommodation, where you can enjoy the comforts of home amidst the stunning natural surroundings.
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Don't miss the opportunity to embark on a Galapagos adventure tour that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime. Join us at Voyagers Travel and let the magic of the Galapagos Islands enchant you.