Arrival at Baltra airport. Reception and accompaniment to purchase a bus ticket for the Aereopuerto – Canal de Itabaca route. Transfer by ferry to the island of Santa Cruz (10 minutes of travel). Arrive to Santa Cruz Island. Stop in highlands of Santa Cruz where you will visit a Giant Tortoise Reserve for an easy hike to observe to Giant Tortoises in their natural habitat, the lava tunnels and the Gemelos, afterwards, Transfer to the hotel and check in (L) (D)
After breakfast, pick up and transfer to Puerto Ayora, for a guided walking visit of Tortuga Bay one of South America’s most beautiful beaches, afterward visit The Charles Darwin Research Station where you’ll learn by first hand, the conservation and research efforts in the Galapagos Islands. See the tortoise hatchlings and breeding programs that are saving several races of tortoises from extinction. Also, the opportunity to see the giant Galapagos tortoises. Overnight in Santa Cruz Island. (B)(L)(D)
Really early in the morning, we will take the fast boat to Isabela Island where we will arrive at Puerto Villamil. A short distance from Puerto Villamil is the small island known as ‘Las Tintoreras’. We may have the opportunity to see a small colony of penguins recently established in Puerto Villamil, often resting side by side with Blue Footed Boobies. Here a colony of white tip sharks may often be seen resting in a lava canal. You may snorkel or swim around this island. In the afternoon return by shared speed boat back to Puerto Ayora. (B, L, D)
To visit Pinzon Island we will pick you up from your hotel at 8:00.am to take you to the Itabaca Channel in Santa Cruz Island where you will board a boat, the drive from Puerto Ayora to the Itabaca Channel is about 45 minutes long. From the Itabaca Channel you will go to Daphne Islet, a 15 minute boat ride. Once at Daphne Islet you will snorkel about 45 min and do some bird watching from the boat, specifically looking for sea birds such as blue and masked footed boobies and frigate birds. After Daphne you will go to a beach named “Bahia Borrero” Borrero bay where you can do more amazing snorkel or just relax in its beautiful beach. And then Pinzon Island where you will spend most of the day. Here you will be able to jump into the water and experience some of the best snorkel in the world (B, L, D)
Breakfast and Transfer out Baltra’s airport. Flight black to mainland for connections or visit Ecuador. (B) End of services.