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Galapagos Islands Explorer Package from Santa Cruz Island

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    Take four or five days to sail through some of the most prized and beautiful islands on earth on this Galapagos Islands Explorer trip from Santa Cruz Island. Get up close to six different islands, each with their own unique features, and learn more about what drew Charles Darwin to the area that resulted in his most iconic book, The Origin of the Species.
    Meet your friendly guide at the airport in Santa Cruz Island and travel by comfortable coach to your accommodation. Make a stop at the lava tunnels and sea turtle reserve. Then venture to historic Charles Darwin Station to learn more about this master of evolution’s work.
    On day two, visit Tortuga Bay beach and enjoy a 40-minute stroll through this calming stretch of sand and shore. Enjoy a bit of free time before making your way to ‘La Loberia’, where you’ll spend the afternoon swimming with sea lions and snorkeling in crystal clear waters. Next, head to ‘Canal de Amor’ for breathtaking panoramic views. Finally, stop at ‘Playa de los Perros’ where rare marine iguanas thrive before returning to your Santa Cruz hotel.
    Kick off day three with some serious island vibes. Set sail by yacht (weather and season permitting) to a handful of islands where you’ll spend the day exploring before returning to the comfort of your Santa Cruz hotel. Personalize your trip to meet your interests (details below) and book well in advance to ensure your spot on this favorite yacht.
    The multi-day tour includes hotel stays in Santa Cruz, transport, tours and guides and breakfast and lunch aboard your yacht (served daily). A five day upgrade to the tour insures you’ll see all this archipelago has to offer.
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    Information below offers details on each island.

    Plaza Islands

    These volcanic rock islands are home to white sandy beaches. Travelers can spot iguanas and blue-footed boobies while exploring scenic walking trails that lead to epic views of manta rays and clear blue waves. Snorkel with sea lions or relax on the pristine beach.

    Bartolome Island

    Shades of red, orange, green and black color this volcanic wonderland that’s perfect for geology lovers. Travelers can check out lava tubes from past eruptions and summit the now dormant volcano. Stop by Pinnacle Rock, one of the most iconic stops in the Galapagos and climb to the island’s highest peak for views of playful penguins swimming through blue waters.

    Seymour Island

    The low, rocky cliffs or North Seymour Island are just part of what makes this destination unique. Travelers who choose to stop at this scenic island will find indigenous Palo Santo trees and vast stretches of pristine white sand. Playful pelicans and blue-footed boobies call Seymour home, and protected nesting sites for both birds and turtles insure visitors get an up close look at the beauty of nature the Galapagos Islands are known for. Check out pink flamingoes at Dragon Hill and learn from your guide how a seismic event gave birth to this island, where low cliffs hang only a few feet above the shoreline.

    Santa Fe Island

    Set sail into open waters at 8:00 am and spend 45 minutes aboard a sleek fishing yacht before arriving at the island of Santa Fe. Grab your binoculars for a bit of bird watching and then hop aboard a dinghy to get up close to sea lion colonies. In clear waters travelers may see Galapagos Sharks known and ‘Tintoreras’, as well as marine iguanas. Spotting sea turtles and stingrays is guaranteed in the Marine Aquarium area. The tour ends with a stop at ‘Playa Escondida’ for snorkeling off the hidden beach. Water is only about a meter deep and travelers can swim alongside sea lions before enjoying lunch and heading back to Puerto Ayora in the afternoon.

    Please Note:

    Snorkeling gear is not included in the trip and wet-suit rental is recommended.

    Visit to the islands may vary. In the case we cannot visit the mentioned 4 islands, we will visit similar ones. Please note that we will visit one island per day.

    Note: 5-day tours may include Tortuga Bay Beach and La Loberia stops on day three.
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    Date of experience: July 2017
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