Santa Cruz

A short Galapagos Getaway

Galapagos Elements offers this First Class 3 days / 2 nights Galapagos Island-Hopping Soft Adventure program on the world-famous Galapagos Islands. This tour is designed for travelers who want to get an impression of this unique natural paradise, Its remoteness and geographic isolation allowed the flora and fauna of Galapagos to develop in a unique way, enabling the existence of endemic species of plants and animals. This Galapagos Island Hopping allows you to get in direct contact with the fascinating nature and gives you an unforgettable experience. During your stay on Galapagos, you will overnight in a gorgeous boutique hotel in Puerto Ayora.

Your first visits will be on Santa Cruz Island to the beautiful sandy beach of Tortuga Bay, the well-known Charles Darwin Research Station, and the highlands of Santa Cruz where you can observe the famous giant tortoises in their natural environment.  

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499 . - U.S. Dollars


- shared group tour rate


- In double room accommodations

Private Charter (d.o.), based on 2 pers.


Private Charter (d.o.), based on 4 pers.


Private Charter (d.o.), based on 6 pers.


Private Charter (d.o.), based on 8 pers.



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Santa Cruz


  • Overnights in small boutique hotels.

  • All transfers and Excursions.

  • Naturalist Guide - English/Spanish

  • Meals: half-board


  • Galapagos National Park entrance free USD 100 per person (payable upon arrival)

  • Tip and other expenses

  • Drinks and more meals






DAY 1 

Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz Island)

P.M. At your arrival at the airport of Baltra Island our guide welcomes and arranges your transfer to the city of Puerto Ayora, the biggest on the Galapagos Archipelago and located on Santa Cruz Island. On the way, we should cross the beautiful Itabaca Channel which separates Baltra and Santa Cruz Islands. Once on the other side of the channel our private transport will take you up to the highlands of Santa Cruz island where our first visit starts. In a private farm we do a hike in a beautiful natural environment and where we will have our first Galapagos amazing experience observing the giant Galapagos Tortoises on natural state. Before we start our hike, we enjoy lunch in the local restaurant and after a short rest, we start our walk admiring the Giant Tortoises who are very sensitive and will typically withdraw into their carapaces as soon as they see you coming close. It is very important not to bother, touch or feed these beautiful animals. In the area we can also observe different species of highland Galapagos birds including the tiny Galapagos Rail and, we with little luck perhaps observe the less common Vegetarian Finch and the endemic subspecies of Vermilion Flycatcher finches. Transport to the hotel in the town of Puerto Ayora and free time.


Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz Island)

A.M. After breakfast, we start our day hiking towards the shores of the Pacific Ocean, to one of the most beautiful beaches of the Galapagos, to the place known as Tortuga Bay. After some 40 - 60 minute walk, we arrive to the heavenly spot. The soft coral sand and nice scenery make this a special location for anyone visiting. The first part of the beach has strong waves and therefore not recommended for swimming but walking west, we will reach a beautiful bay of calm water. Here, we can observe colonies of marine iguanas, blue footed boobies and marine birds, as well as mangroves, cacti forest and interesting coastal flora. Time to enjoy the beach and then return to the town. Free time for lunch (on our own)

P.M. In the afternoon, at around 2 PM, we will walk to the Fausto Llerena Interpretation Center where we will
learn about the Galapagos National Park´s work and observe tortoises of different species, as well as some land
iguanas. Our guide will be explaining us about the important work of scientists in order to maintain this fragile
environment. In the Interpretation Center, we will enter a special air-conditioned chamber where we can observe the embalmed body of the world-famous tortoise: Lonesome George, who is now in exhibition. Later, we visit the small museum of the well-known Charles Darwin Research Station. After enjoying this wonderful walk, we will have some free time before dinner at 7.30 PM


DAY 3 

Puerto Ayora – Pto. Villamil (Isabela Island) – Puerto Ayora

After breakfast, our private transportation will take us to the highlands of Santa Cruz (30 minutes) where we will be stopping at the natural formation known as “Los Gemelos” (“The Twins”) Craters that lies on the route to the Itabaca Canal. Los Gemelos in fact are not actual craters caused
by impact or volcanic craters, but they are sink holes that were created when the volcanic roof of empty magma chambers collapsed from tectonic shifts and erosion over time. The area surrounding “Los Gemelos” has very different climate from other parts of the island. It is surrounded by scalesia (scalesia pedunculata) forests and it is the habitat for bromeliads, orchids, mosses, lichens and many birds. Here, you find the vermillion flycatcher, several species of Darwin finches, and with little luck we will be able to catch short-eared owls as well. Then, we continue our trip to the Itabaca Canal and after crossing it, a public bus will take us to the airport. Our guide will assist you with the airline
check-in process. Enjoy your flight back to the continent (Guayaquil or Quito).