GALAPAGOS PLATIMUN EXTENSION 2018

Extension to Galapagos Islands (Ecuador) 6 Days/5 Nights

  • Day 01  Baltra- Santa Cruz -Isabela Island- Puerto Villamil
  • Day 02   Isabela Island
  • Day 03   Isabela island-Santa Cruz Island
  • Day 04   South Plaza
  • Day 05   North Seymour or Bartolome Island.
  • Day 06   Baltra-Home

DAY 1

TRANSFER IN – BALTRA – SANTA CRUZ – ISABELA - / BL / -

Your flight lands on Baltra Island where our hotel staff awaits you to accompany you from the airport to our hotel in Puerto Ayora. The journey takes approximately 1 hour and requires several changes before arriving at the Itabaca channel, where onward transport to Puerto Ayora is waiting.

Once you arrive in Puerto Ayora, our representative helps you to embark at the main pier in order taking the speed boat to Isabela, the navigation will take 2 hours approximately. At your arrival in Puerto Villamil, our assistant escorts you to the hotel.

Overnight at the selected hotel.

Day 2

SIERRA NEGRA VOLCANO AND TINTORERAS B / BL / -

Early in the morning, after breakfast, take an excursion to the Sierra Negra Volcano. This volcano is located 13 miles from Puerto Villamil and has the second largest volcanic crater in the world, measuring 6 miles in diameter and 300 feet deep. To arrive at this incredible sight, we travel in bus or a similar vehicle for 45 minutes to the Galapagos National Park where we register our visit and then begin our hike to the Sierra Negra Volcano (medium level hiking) In the afternoon, we have the opportunity to snorkel “ISLOTE TINTORERAS”. It is called this due to a large crevice with very clear calm water in which white-tip sharks known as “TINTORERAS” come daily to rest on the bottom. We can also observe penguins, sea lions, and marine iguanas and go snorkeling with sharks as well as other colorful tropical fish while enjoying the beaches of Isabela.

Overnight at the selected hotel.

Day 3

ISABELA- SANTA CRUZ - TORTUGA BAY B / - / -

Very early in the morning breakfast is provided at the Hotel, after that passengers are escorted to the main peer in order to embark the speed boat with destination Santa Cruz-Puerto Ayora.

After two hours the boat will arrive at Puerto Ayora, then passengers go to the hotel and in the afternoon, the guide picks you up at the hotel to take you through a cactus trail to Tortuga Bay. The first beach is called Playa Brava, due to its strong currents. Here are a lot of marine iguanas, marine birds and pelicans. Walking for 15 additional minutes you get to Playa Mansa, a kind of natural lagoon visited for blue footed boobies and pelicans, beautiful for swimming and lying in the sun.

Overnight at the selected hotel.

Day 4

NAVIGATION TO SOUTH PLAZA ISLAND B / L / -

Picked up at 08h00 and transfer to the Channel of Itabaca where the staff of your boat is expecting you. The trip takes around 90 minutes until you arrive at the dock of Plazas South, a small island of only 13 hectares, but with such a big diversity in fauna and flora that it is known as one of the favorite places for visitors. The landing is made in between Plazas South and North, on the second visitors are not allowed, it is only used for scientific purpose. You are greeted by turquoise water that contrasts perfectly with the black color of the volcanic rocks of the islands. Big colonies of sea lions lie on the shores, their males always aware of any intruder. Impressive opuntias grow near the coast and a big carpet of sea-purslanes covers almost the whole island and turns it red during the dry season. In between land and sea iguanas are resting and taking a sun bath. The cohabitation of these two species has created a hybrid species that can be seen on Plazas South. Additionally, the island is perfect for spotting sea birds, such as masked boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, lava gulls and frigate birds. You are back at the hotel at around 16h00.

Overnight at the selected hotel.

Day 5

NAVIGATION TO NORTHTH SEYMOUR ISLAND OR BARTALOME B / L / -

Pick up from the hotel at 08h00 and transfer to the channel of Itabaca, where the staff of your boat is waiting for you. The trip takes around one hour and close to your arrival you are able to spot grey shapes from the Bursera Graveolens trees, that almost never carry any leaves. Seymour was created many million years ago due to the elevation of tectonic plates and the island has a flat shape with many small cliffs that serve as home for the local seabirds. Swallow-tailed gulls and frigate birds overfly the island, frigate males showing their big red throat pouches to find their mate. Meanwhile along the path, many blue footed boobies are nesting or executing their mating ritual in which they dance and whistle in a very unique way. It is also common to see these birds flying near the coasts looking for food and dive into the water at high speed, a stunt that they are only able to perform due to a special waterproof protection on their wings. Seymour is probably the island which best resumes the known Galapagos species, as you are also be able to see sea lions, sea and land iguanas, pelicans, royal frigate birds and many others.

You return to the hotel at around 16h00, allowing you to relax in the hotel or enjoy a walk through town before dinner time.

Or

BARTOLOME

The trip to this island starts from Puerto Ayora early in the morning at 6:00. Transfer to the Itabaca channel, where the boat crew is waiting for you. The journey to Bartolomé takes approximately 2 hours.

The trip to this island starts from Puerto Ayora early in the morning at 6:00. Transfer to the Itabaca channel, where the boat crew is waiting for you. The journey to Bartolomé takes approximately 2 hours.

During the trip, you may be accompanied by dolphins jumping alongside the yacht. On arrival at the island, disembarkation from the boat. You take a short walk and climb the steps leading up to the famous Roca del Pináculo viewpoint (Pinnacle Rock), which offers one of the most iconic views of the Galapagos. As you climb the steps, you gradually become immersed in the fantastic volcanic landscape where dozens of red stone craters are spread over the island giving the appearance of a moonscape.

In the afternoon, after lunch on board the boat, with a bit of luck you are able to observe the small colonies of Galapagos Penguins (Spheniscus mendiculus) that nest in the area. Then you have the opportunity to snorkel with the Penguins as well as Sea Turtles and Starfish. The island has two beaches which are connected by dunes and are popular with nesting Sea Turtles. The beaches provide the perfect location for observing Tiger Sharks. You will return to the hotel at around 16:00.

Overnight at the selected hotel.

Day 6

PUERTO AYORA – BALTRA -TRANSFER OUT B / - /-

After breakfast, according to the individual flight schedules of our guests, we coordinate every transfer to the airport of Baltra with our hotel staff individually. Our service does not end until our guests have checked in with full satisfaction, many photographs, and uncountable, unforgettable memories in their luggage while heading back home.

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