Arrival at San Cristóbal airport. Reception and transfer to the selected hotel to leave baggage. Upon arrival, we will visit the Interpretation Center to learn about the history and origin of the Galapagos Islands. We will go to Cerro Tijeretas, natural viewpoint with a panoramic view of the island, called like that because of the frigates of the place that have a tail ending in form of a pair of scissors. The Cerro Tijeretas is considered one of the most important points to visit in the island. It was one of the first places where the English biologist, Charles Robert Darwin landed. This is why there is a statue in his honor. We will continue the path to Punta Carola to observe the wonderful fauna and flora of the island. We will finish the day with a snorkeling activity at Playa Mann. Transfer to the selected hotel in San Cristóbal Island.
After breakfast at the selected hotel, we will board a small boat for “Kicker Rock”. The rocks are also known as “Sleeping Lion”, due to its resting “lion’’ shape. Starting from the main pier of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the boat will take us to the “Sleeping Lion” where we will be able to snorkel. We may observe a variety of species such as rays, Galapagos sharks, pelicans, reefs, sea turtles and much more. Then we will visit one of the beaches nearby (Manglecito, Puerto Grande or Cerro Brujo) to rest and enjoy a beautiful day. At the end of the tour, we will return to the pier to go to the hotel. Free afternoon. (B) and (L)
After breakfast, we’ll cross to Santa Cruz Island by speed boat (2 hours ride). Arrive to Puerto Ayora. We will stop at the highlands of Santa Cruz to visit a giant tortoise’s private reserve. Here it is possible to observe them in their natural habitat. After Lunch we will visit the famous Charles Darwin Station that has an interpretation center of natural history of Galapagos. The Charles Darwin station is an international non-profit research organization that aims to protect the Galapagos Islands. This is why this place is a mandatory stop to learn the history and origin of the Galapagos Islands. Transfer to Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge. (B) and (L)
After breakfast at the Casa Natura Galapagos hotel, we´ll take the boat for a visit to Santa Cruz Island´s bay. The tour takes around 3 hours and a half. Starting from the main pier of Puerto Ayora, which is a very special place to see a variety of fish with different colors. We´ll also visit Punta Estrada, Sharks´Channel, Playa de los Perros, and Grietas. During the visit we maybe found species like white tip Sharks, sea tortoises, marine iguanas, crabs, pelicans, and some other marine birds. At the end of the excursion we´ll returns to the pier. We will have the rest of the afternoon free. (B) Overnight at Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge.
Breakfast at the Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge. Transfer to the pier to take boat for a shared daily tour to North Seymour, Plazas Island, Bartolome or Santa Fe islands (according availability). .In the afternoon transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the lodge in Santa Cruz Island. (B, L)
Breakfast at Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge and transfer out to Baltra airport. Assistance for bus ticket purchase from Itabaca Channel to Baltra Airport. (B) End of services