YOUR 1 DAY TRIP
A one day full of activities filled voyages starting from Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island
Santa Cruz – Floreana - Santa Cruz
Take in a beautiful, very comfortable navigation on the Pacific Ocean and be ready to observe on the way marine turtles, perhaps dolphins, stingrays and with luck whales. On Floreana Island learn about the interesting history of the first colonists, and enjoy swimming with playful sea lions in La Loberia. Our navigation will also permit us to observe the Devil's Crowne.
PRICE (PER PERSON)
Seat-in (double occupancy)
USD 270 pp
USD 270 pp
Santa Cruz – Isabela - Santa Cruz
This one day tour will take you to the pristine Isabela Island where, we enjoy a hike along the Humedales to observe flamingoes and other marine birds. Enjoy visiting Las Tintoreras, a fantastic place where you can observe penguins, marine iguanas, sea lions, blue footed boobies and the whitetipped sharks known as las "tintoreras". Enjoy the beautiful beach of Isabela Island.
PRICE (PER PERSON)
Departures: Guaranteed every Sunday with minimum 10 pax.
USD 310 pp
Santa Cruz – San Cristobal - Santa Cruz
This tour is a wonderful opportunity to get to know with the town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristobal Island. During the navigation and with some luck, you will be able to observe marine turtles, stingrays, whales, as well as a wide variety of marine birds. Following the trail, you will be delighted by a native forest, cactus and acacia trees. Upon arrival to the top of Tijeretas Hill, we will be able to enjoy a great view on the Pacific Ocean, on Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and on the famous geological formation, called Kicker Rock. Here, we will get the chance to see two marine bird species, called Tijeretas. Activities include snorkeling, as well as a nice hike on Carola beach, a great spot for photography.
PRICE (PER PERSON)
Departures: Saturday. Guaranteed departures with minimum 10 pax.
USD 290 pp
INCLUDED IN EVERY TRIP
Navigation on board of our First Class Galapagos Element Wind Yacht.
All transfers and Excursions.
Naturalist Guide (English / Spanish speaking)
An experienced English/Spanish speaking naturalist guide will lead the group.
For private groups, we can provide guides in other lenguages (at extra cost): German, French, Italian, Russian.
Personal snorkel equipment
Tip and other expenses
Drinks and more meals
Departures: Guaranteed every Monday with minimum 10 pax.
DAY TOUR TO
This 1-day tour to Floreana Island starts in the morning at 6:30 a.m. with a short walk to the pier of Puerto Ayora, from where a local aquatic taxi will take us to the first-class Galapagos Element Wind speed Yacht with which we will start sailing to the small town of Puerto Velasco Ibarra located on the Floreana Island. With little luck and during the navigation, we may be able to observe marine turtles, manta rays, several species of marine birds and perhaps whales.
Once we arrive at Pto. Velasco Ibarra, a local aquatic taxi will transport us from the speed boat to the pier of the town. There we will great chances to meet on the pier right away with sea lions and marine iguanas enjoying the morning sun! Then we will take a local transport known as “Chiva” to start a 30 minutes ride up to the highlands of Floreana Island. The chiva will ascend following a mood road surrounded by typical dry vegetation of the coastal area and later, as we ascend, the vegetation will transform into a lush, green vegetation. On this area we also find some farms with plantations of bananas, coffee, cacao, and other tropical plantations. Our short drive will end at the “pampada” from where we start a beautiful walk which permit us to observe the typical flora of the area. On our way we will also encounter some giant Galapagos turtles, which are very sensible and shy and if we approach then, immediately will hide their head under the shell. It is very important not to touch or feed these amazing animals. Our walk will continue until we reach a rocky area at base of the hill and where we find the place known as “Asilo de la Paz” (Peace Asylum), a historical place where the German Wittmer family established when arrived to Floreana in 1932.
During our walk we will observe the caves used as their home before moving to the place which now is known as Puerto Velasco Ibarra.
The whole ambiance of the Asilo de la Paz is of a complete tranquility, with a landscape of exuberant green vegetation, and if weather permits, we can enjoy awesome views of the surrounding hills and perhaps of the Pacific Ocean. After this visit, we descend to the point where we meet the chiva which will transport us back to the town where we will enjoy lunch prepared in a local small restaurant.
After a short rest, we make a 1 km walk to the place known as “La Loberia”, a bay of beautiful scenery. The main attraction of this place is the presence of a small colony of sea lions (Zalophus wollebacki).
There is also a great chance to observe marine iguanas (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) resting on the rocky areas, and on the waters of the bay we will be able to observe marine turtles (Chelonia midas agazzisi).
We also will have time to spend on this amazing place perhaps snorkeling, or just taking pictures and then we return to the town where you will have a free time before we aboard our Galapagos Element Wind Yacht for our navigation back to the city of Puerto Ayora.
DAY TOUR TO
The tour to Isabela Island starts in the morning at about 6:30 a.m. when our guide will pick up you from your hotel and after a short walk you are at the pier of Puerto Ayora from where a local aquatic taxi will take us to the Galapagos Element Wind Yacht to sail to the city of Pto. Villamil on Isabela Island. During our navigation of 3 hours, there are great chances to observe marine turtles, manta rays, several species of marine birds and perhaps whales.
Once at Pto. Villamil, a local aquatic taxi will take us to the pier from where private transport leads us to the Isabela Turtles Breading and Interpretation Center where our guide will explain us about the different activities developed by the National Park to protect the fragile environment. Here we also find Giant Galapagos Tortoises of different species and sizes.
Afterwards we start our walk to the place known as “Humedales” (wet areas). The walk follows a well maintained from which we can observe this beautiful place composed by lagoons and rocks and surrounded by 4 species of mangroves and typical trees of the area. In the lagoons we can observe flamingoes and migratory birds such as the charran or Gaviota de Galapagos (Creagrus furcatus), la Cerceta aliazul, etc.
The walk with end at one of the main streets and very close to beach. Also nearby is located the Iguana Crossing Restaurant where we will have lunch while enjoying a great view of the Pacific Ocean. After lunch, a short rest will be followed with a visit to the place known as “Las Tintoreras”, a very scenic area where we find colonies of marine iguanas, sea lions, and as one of the main attractions we will be able to observe the sharks known as Tintoreras (White-tipped shark) resting in the channels formed by lava flows. Later, we can do some snorkeling activities perhaps with the company of sea lions, penguins and marine turtles.
In the area close to the pier, we will have time for rest and enjoy the beach before we embark our Galapagos Element Wind speed yacht for sailing back to the city of Puerto Ayora.
DAY TOUR TO
San Cristobal Island
The tour to San Cristobal Island starts in the morning at about 6:30 a.m. when our guide will pick up you from your hotel and after a short walk you are at the pier of Puerto Ayora, from where a local aquatic taxi will take us to the Galapagos Element Wind Yacht to sail to the city of Pto. Baquerizo Moreno in San Cristobal Island. During our navigation of 2½ hours, there are great chances to observe marine turtles, stingrays, several species of marine birds and perhaps whales.
Upon arrival at Pto. Baquerizo Moreno, our guide will take us for a hike to San Cristobal’s Interpretation Center. Here we can learn about Galapagos, its geography, the vulcanology and the history of the local people. Then we will continue our hike following a well- marked path surrounded by typical vegetation of the area with giant opuntia cactus, native trees of Galapagos, acacias and with the possibility to observe different species of finch birds. This path will take us up to the summit of the hill known as “Cerro Tijeretas” and once on the top, our effort will be rewarded with an amazing view of the Pacific Ocean. On the border of the cliff we will have the opportunity to observe 2 species of birds nesting in the same area. From here we will also have a nice view of the city and far away we can observe the impressive rock emerging from the ocean and known as the “Kicker Rock”.
After some pictures we descend to the base of the hill where we find a beautiful cove where is possible to make snorkel activities. We will continue our walk to the place known as “Punta Carola, a sandy beach surrounded by local flora and where we will find a large colony of sea lions. The opportunities for taking superb pictures is great. Then we will follow another path which will take us back to the center of the town where we will have lunch in one of the local restaurants. Afterwards, a private transport will take us up to the highlands of San Cristobal Island. The itinerary pass along the historical village of “El Progreso” continuing to the base of Cerro “El Junco” where we will hike up to its summit to observe the crater alike area with “El Junco Lagoon” known as the only place of San Cristobal with fresh water.
After descending from El Junco, our transport will take us to the Interpretation Center of “Cerro Colorado” where we can observe Giant Galapagos Turtles of different sizes and species. Transport back to town and after a short free time, we will aboard our Galapagos Element wind speed yacht which will take us back to Puerto Ayora.