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San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands

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360 San Cristobal Island Day Tour

1. 360 San Cristobal Island Day Tour

Description San Cristobal island gives another magic trip, 360º San Cristobal which is the most complete excursion surrounding the island by comfortable speed boat. The first spot will be at the Kicker Rock (Leon Dormido). This highlight of Galápagos is offering excursionist unique wildlife in the whole world. Around the rock you can swim next to the hammerhead sharks and with the colorful reef fishes. Then, our guests will go to the Witch Hill (Cerro Brujo), on this place they are going to have walking under the lava tunnel where travelers can watch many other exotic species. Later, travelers will visit Sardine Bay (Bahía Sardina) in order to enjoy the shadowed areas and they can swim and snorkel next the wildlife richness. Your excursion keeps to enjoy Punta Pitt where they will fish, and over their heads red-footed boobies are going to fly. The last spot will be the White Rose Bay (Bahía Rosa Blanca) which is so unique place where travelers going to have a privilege to snorkeling on the crystalline water, they can see colorful fishes, rays, sharks, seahorses, and many other species. With this tour you are going to see an enjoy the all jewels that San Cristobal island has, just in one single day. It is recommended to wear a wetsuit in order to neutralize the sea temperature because it falls under 20ºC from September to December and it is up of 27ºC from January to August. Clarification: Each day Galapagos National Park gives different authorization, so the tour could star from the north side or south side of the Santa Cruz Island. Departure: pick up at 6:50 am at the hotel in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno Returning time: approximately at 5 pm Travel Time: speed boat ride takes around 5 hours (August – October the seas can be quite rough). Adventurers with back or neck injuries are not advised to take this journey. Difficulty Level: intermediate Highlight activity: snorkeling, walking and short beach hike Transportation: speed boat Important: a day before of the tour all passengers must be at 5:00 pm in the boat office for equipment fitting.

San Cristóbal: 6-Day 4 Galápagos Islands Adventure Tour

2. San Cristóbal: 6-Day 4 Galápagos Islands Adventure Tour

Experience the incredible wildlife diversity of the Galápagos islands with a thrilling six-day excursion to San Cristobal & Santa Cruz Day 01: San Cristóbal – Carola Beach – Tijeretas /(L) Welcome to Galapagos Islands! Arrive to San Cristobal’s airport, your guide picks you up and take you to the hotel. You will visit the Interpretation Center, where the guide will talk to you about the formation, colonization, and actual situation of the islands. Frigate bird hill, a viewpoint from which you have a beautiful view over the island. Snorkel the shallow waters of Tijeretas Bay or Carola beach (your guide will take you to the best spot), where you can see sea lions, various tropical fishes, and turtles. Your small hike will finish at Carola beach. Overnight in San Cristobal. Day 02: Kicker Rock/ / (B, BL) Kicker Rock - snorkel. You will visit the famous Kicker Rock (Leon Dormido), a volcanic formation amid the ocean. There you will be able to snorkel with sharks, rays, turtles, and if you are lucky also with hammerhead sharks! In the afternoon you will be back at the port. Overnight in San Cristobal. Day 03: Santa Cruz – El Chato / (B, L) Breakfast in the hotel. At 6:30 pick you up and take you to the harbor 7:00 speedboat to Santa Cruz (approx. 2-hour ride). A local guide will receive you at the harbor. Your guide drives up to the ranch in the highlands to see giant tortoises in their native environment! Overnight in Santa Cruz. Day 04: Full day navigable tour / (B, BL) Breakfast at the hotel. Depending on the dates and/or navigable site available, pick-up from the hotel will be early in the morning (6-or 7:00 am) to take you to the small vessel at the embarkation point in Puerto Ayora for a unique experience with Galapagos wildlife and endemic vegetation. The destination can be either Santa Fe, South Plazas, North Seymour, Pinzon, or Floreana. The activities will include hiking, snorkeling, swimming, and breathtaking sightseeing. Return to the hotel in Santa Cruz where you can relax. Overnight in Santa Cruz. Day 05: Tortuga Bay – Charles Darwin / (B, L) Pick up from your hotel. You will take a small road 2,500 meters long up to the access to Tortuga Bay. Enjoy a 2-hours hike (both ways) up to this beautiful beach which is perfectly preserved, and with the presence of wild animals such as iguanas, beach crabs. Tortuga Bay is a white sand beach located on the south coast of the island of Santa Cruz. After lunch, you will visit the Charles Darwin Research Station where you will have the opportunity to learn about Galapagos conservation in action. Over 200 scientists and volunteers are involved with research and conservation efforts here. Return to your hotel. Overnight in Santa Cruz. Day 06: Transfer out to the airport in Baltra / (B) Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport to board the flight to Quito or Guayaquil. Arrival and connection with the international flight.

San Cristobal 360 in Galapagos full-day tour

3. San Cristobal 360 in Galapagos full-day tour

7:00 am - meeting point at our office 7:30 am - We set sail to the first point, it depends on the itinerary of the Galapagos National Park if we start the tour on the North or South side of the island: * The first point of the visit is Kicker Rock here we will snorkel 🤿 for approx 50 min. On a good day, the species to observe are hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, turtles, and manta rays. * The second point of visit is Cerro Brujo where we will do photography and landscape watching for 15 min. * As the third point we will visit Bahía Sardina🏝️ on this beach we disembark here we will be able to choose whether to snorkel 🤿 or stay on the beach, at this point, we will stay for about 1 hour. * At the fourth point we will visit Punta Pitt here we usually stop for lunch but sometimes the sea is a little rough so we will have lunch somewhere else. * As the fifth and last point we will visit White Rose Bay 🏝️ where we will make a short 5-minute walk over rocks, Upon arriving we will snorkel, and if we are lucky we will be able to observe and snorkel with white tip sharks 🦈 . At this point we will stay for about 1 hour, we will be returning to port at about 4:00 pm

5-Day Galapagos Land Tour on Isabela: Small Group Tour

4. 5-Day Galapagos Land Tour on Isabela: Small Group Tour

Day 1: Transfer from Baltra Airport to Isabela Island Start your tour with airport pickup from your certified guide. Make your way to the Itabaca Canal and board a ferry. In Puerto Ayora, take another boat in the direction of Isabela Island. Stay overnight at a hotel. Day 2: Cabo Rosa Tuneles Start your day with breakfast at the hotel. Take a boat to Cabo Rosa, where lava once flowed into the ocean and formed lava tunnels. See penguins, blue-footed boobies, and sea turtles. Go diving and see sharks, turtles, sea lions, rays, seahorses, and tropical fish. The tour to Cabo Rosa lasts approximately 5 hours. The rest of the day is free. You can enjoy the beautiful Isabela Beach or snorkel in the Laguna de la Concha de Perla. Stay overnight in Isabela.  Day 3: Sierra Negra Volcano Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before you're picked up by your guide. Then, take a walk through the lava landscapes overlooking the volcanoes of northern Isabela and Fernandina. The hike to the Sierra Negra Volcano and the Chico Volcano is 10 miles (16 km) long. See the second-largest volcanic crater in the world and explore different areas of vegetation. Enjoy lunch and the rest of the day free. Explore the beautiful beach in Isabela or dive in the Laguna Concha de Perla. Stay overnight in Isabela. Day 4: Tintoreras Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before visiting Las Tintoreras, a chain of small islets full of coves and hidden beaches. See sea lions, marine turtles, iguanas, manta rays, and more at one of its bays. This bay is connected by a superficial crack with crystalline water which is closed off during low tide. In the crack, it is possible to see the sharks swimming with the rest of the tropical fish and sea lions if you snorkel. Speed boat to Santa Cruz at 15:00 pm. Stay overnight in Puerto Ayora Day 5: Transfer out At Puerto Ayora, you will have breakfast and depart for Baltra to catch your flight back to the mainland. Your flight to Quito or Guayaquil will need to depart at 11:30 AM or later.

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno: Wildlife Boat Tour of Kicker Rock

5. Puerto Baquerizo Moreno: Wildlife Boat Tour of Kicker Rock

Meet your guide at 7:30 am at Puerto Baquerizo and get ready for 2-hour navigation towards your Kicker Rick Galapagos snorkeling adventure. The day tour will have two visiting sites: The first one will be the underwater of the Kicker Rock lava formations. This is one of the most outstanding snorkeling sites in the Galapagos. On the surface, you may catch sight of some of the many birds inhabiting the towers emerging from the ocean floor. You can spot Nazca boobies, blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds, and tropicbirds. Be ready to swim alongside the most iconic Galapagos wildlife. Hammerheads, sea turtles, Galapagos sharks inhabit the area. The walls are connected below the surface through a 60ft deep channel running between them. Depending on the day, the tour will end or begin with a visit to Cerro Tijeretas. You will get ready to swim and snorkel once again! Another option is a deserted beach (either Manglesito or Puerto Grande) to observe wildlife and relax in the pristine sand. A box lunch will be served in the boat as these parts of the islands are inhabited.

Galapagos full day 360 Tour

6. Galapagos full day 360 Tour

Rosa Blanca: A small bay located on the northeast side of San Cristóbal. It is known for having a variety of small beaches but the main attraction is its largest beach located in the center of the small bay. This place has a large number of dunes which in addition to the crystalline waters creates a unique landscape attraction. Bahía Sardina: Is made up of two beaches. This place is known for its small white sand dunes in addition to the crystalline waters. León Dormido/Kicker Rock: Kicker Rock (León Dormido) is a cone-shaped rock of volcanic tuff in the middle of the ocean. It is approximately 148 meters (485 ft.) high, formed by two rocks that create a canal, making it an ideal spot for different aquatic activities. Punta Pitt (No disembark). Punta Pitt is located northeast of San Cristobal. It is comprised of a hill that has a small beach full of minerals, one of them being olivine, responsible for the olive green colored sand. Due to its geographical location, the area contains large amounts of minerals, making it a perfect feeding spot for hundreds of different pelagic species. The presence of these species in turn makes it an ideal feeding ground for the marine birds nearby, creating a balanced ecosystem. You can take part in a fishing activity. Interests: • Birdwatching blue-footed boobys and Nazca boobys. You can also see pelicans and frigatebirds (there are two species in the Galápagos: the Magnificent and the Great frigate bird). • Snorkeling and diving with sharks, sea turtles, stingrays, fishes, sea lions, and an impressive and diverse amount of sea life. • Photography. • Swimming on the beaches • Birdwatching three species: blue-footed boobys who nest on the ground. The Nazca boobys that nest near cliffs, and the red-footed booby (Sula Sula) can be observed on the treetops. • Fishing: in some occasions, lunch will be prepared with the catch of the day

Full Day Leon Dormido and Lobos Island Tour

7. Full Day Leon Dormido and Lobos Island Tour

We pick up you in the lobby of the hotels (Inside the urban perimeter of Puerto Baquerizo moreno) or we meet the traveler at the dock of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, then we will take you to the boat in order to move to Leon Dormido. This amazing landmark located about an hour and a half to the north east of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Kicker Rock / Leon Dormido is a remnant of a vertical tuff cone formation, rising almost 153 meters (500 feet) from the ocean. The erosion has given the rock its characteristic shape, which some see as a shoe, hence the name Kicker Rock. Others see it as a sleeping sea lion or Leon Dormido in Spanish. While we snorkel around Kicker Rock we can spot sea turtles, marine iguanas, rays, Galapagos sharks, tropical fish and if luck is on our side we can even see hammerhead sharks. Besides enjoying the underwater view, we can usually see blue-footed boobies, masked boobies and frigatebirds on the cliffs as well as sea lions along the shore. Lobos Island During the boat trip on Isla Lobos can observe brown pelicans, various species of shorebirds; however during the snorkel it is common the presence of juvenile sea lions, stingrays and sea turtles. After the box lunch of board of the boat, we will enjoy the beach of Playa Ochoa to practice snorkeling near the local fauna or have a rest time at this paradisiacal spot. End of our service

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The chosen hotels and the walking and boat trips for snorkeling turned out to be good. Even the guides proved to be prepared and pleasant. Some connection problems for travel by car