5 Days - 4 Nights / Program D
DAY 1:AM Baltra Airport: Transfer To Puerto Ayora-Santa Cruz
PM Santa Cruz: Visit To Charles Darwin Station
DAY 2:AM Departure to Isabela Island. Visit To Wetlands Flamingo Lake, Tortoise Breeding Center
PM Visit to Tintoreras
DAY 3:AM Isabela´S Tour. Visit To Sierra Negra Volcano
PM Visit to Concha de Perla
DAY 4:AM Return From Isabella Island To Santa Cruz. Tortuga Bay PM Santa Cruz. Bay Tour
DAY 5:AM Santa Cruz: Twin Hills Transfer To Baltra Airport

Detailed Itinerary


DAY 1 - AM: Baltra / PM: Santa Cruz: Charles Darwin Station

You will arrive at Baltra Airport in the morning. After passing through immigration and baggage claim you will be met by your guide, who will transfer you to Itabaca canal, cross to the Island of Santa Cruz and travel to Puerto Ayora to leave you at your Hotel. Lunch.

In the afternoon, we will visit the Breeding Center "Fausto Llerena" - Charles Darwin Breeding Center, home to turtles ranging from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long. Here you will observe the various sub-species of turtles interacting with each other, and possibly with you. Many of the older turtles are accustomed to humans, and will stretch out their heads for a pet. The babies are only kept until they are about four years old, or large enough to survive in the wild. These conservation efforts continue to be extremely successful.

  • Activities: Walking
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Type of Landing: Dry landing
  • Highlights & Animals: Giant Tortoises, land and marine iguanas, variety of birds

DAY 2 - Early in the morning departure to Isabela by speed boat, AM: Isabela Island: Visit to Wetlands, Flamingo Lake, Tortoise Breeding Center. PM: Visit to Tintoreras

We´ll visit the Wetlands which consist of lagoons, swamps and mangroves and are home to a variety of unique bird species such as common stilts, whimbrels, white-cheeked pintails and gallinules. The Wetlands can be visited on foot via a path that winds through the swamps

  • Activities: Walking, Birdwatching
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Type of Landing: Dry landing
  • Highlights & Animals: Giant mangroves, shore birds Animals: Common stilts, whimbrels, white-cheeked pintails, gallinules

Then, we´ll visit the Flamingos Lake, where you can find various salt and brackish lagoons which house an impressive variety of coastal and sea birds. Here, visitors can also find the largest concentration of flamingos in Galapagos.

  • Activities: Birdwatching, Walking
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Type of Landing: Dry landing
  • Highlights & Animals: Flamingos, lagoons, coastal and sea birds

We continue to Tortoise Breeding Center. This center was created to protect animals in their first years of life from the threats of foreign species such as pigs and donkeys. Giant tortoise eggs are collected and brought to the center where they are hatched and kept for five years before being released to their natural environment.

  • Activities: Walking
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Type of Landing: Dry landing
  • Highlights & Animals: Two of the five sub-species of the giant tortoise.

In the afternoon, we´ll visit a small island known as Las Tintoreras, Here a colony of white tip sharks can often be seen resting in a lava canal. You can snorkel or swim in the unique habitat of these animals. On the nearby sandy beaches, sea lions play and relax in the sun. This is one of Isabela's most beautiful visitor sites.Activities: Walking

  • Activities: Snorkeling, swimming
    Difficulty: Easy
    Type of Landing: Dry landing
    Highlights & Animals: Sea Lions, white-tip reef sharks, marine iguanas.

DAY 3 - AM:Isabela Island : Visit to Sierra Negra Volcano / PM: Concha de Perla

In the morning we´ll visit the Sierra Negra Volcano , whcich boasts the largest basaltic caldera in Galapagos at 9 x 10km. It is a large shield volcano , habitat for the Sierra Negra giant tortoise, that has a saddleback shell, On the way up to Sierra Negra , the site offers spectacular view of the lowlands and the opportunity to observe up to 7 species of finch and a rich display of tall trees and lush highland vegetation . The north side of the caldera provides evidence of its most recent volcanic activity in 2005.

  • Activities: Hiking, horseback riding, walking
  • Difficulty: Moderate/ 3-5 hours on foot or horse
  • Type of Landing: Dry landing
  • Highlights & Animals: View from the summit , Sierra Negra tortoise, Basaltic caldera, stunning views, finches

In the afternoon, we´ll visit Concha de Perla, that can be reached via a wooden pathway. The bay’s calm, shallow, clear waters are ideal for observing the incredible array of marine life. Visitors can swim and snorkel alongside tropical fish, sea lions, penguins and turtles and it is also possible to observe up to 20 bird species.

  • Activities: Snorkeling, swimming, birdwatching
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Type of Landing: Dry landing
  • Highlights & Animals: Sea lions, penguins, turtles, marine iguanas, frigates, flamingos

DAY 4 - AM: Return from Isabela to Santa Cruz: Visit to Tortuga Bay / PM: Bay Tour

In the morning we will visit Tortuga Bay. Tortuga Bay is a beautiful white sand beach, great for swimming, snorkeling and even surfing, lying just outside of Puerto Ayora. Named in this way because it is a nesting site for the black turtle. It can be reached by walking from Puerto Ayora (2.5 km from the Baltra Avenue until the end of the Brava Beach). Estimated time for the walk is 50 minutes. Shore birds like Whimbrels and Ruddy Turnstone frequent the white ocean beach. A salt tolerant low growing plant of the Ipomea family invades the beach. Also you can find a small salt lagoon with many wading birds and the highlands in the background

  • Activities: Swimming, snorkeling and surfing
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Type of Landing: Dry landing
  • Highlights & Animals: Whimbrels and Ruddy Turnstone, Great Blue Heron , Lava Gulls

In the afternoon, we´ll have a Bay Tour around Academy Bay will offer the awesome opportunity to swim with sea lions and colorful fishes in front of Camaño islet, also known as Lobería (sea lion colony), you can have an encounter with blue footed boobies perched on the ledges of the cliffs. From the Chanals White tipped reef sharks can be seen, right across Franklin´s bay. You can climb to a viewpoint to observe the sharks from above and walk to the playa de los perros (dog beach) where dozens of marine iguanas bask in the sun over the rocks. Prickly pear cactus and other arid zone plants over the reddish environment and the turquoise ocean will form the perfect scenery for incredible photographs.

  • Activities: Swimming, hiking
  • Difficulty: Easy / Medium
  • Type of Landing: Dry landing
  • Highlights & Animals: Sea lions, Blue Footed Boobies, white tipped reef sharks

DAY 5 - AM: Santa Cruz: Twin Hills / PM: Transfer to Baltra Airport

In the morning we will visit a site called Los Gemelos (The Twins). Los Gemelos wait for you at the end of a short hike. These sinkholes are often referred to as craters, though the term is only descriptive, not literal. They were created by the collapse of surface material in underground fissures and chambers. The endemic Scalesia Forest surrounds the site, where you may see Vermillian Flycatchers, Short-eared Owls, and finches

  • Activities: Hike (0,9 mi / 1 ½ km)
  • Difficulty: Easy /moderate
  • Type of Landing: Dry landing
  • Highlights & Animals: Pit craters, Scalesia Forest, giant cactus, lava lizards, giant tortoises, land birds: finches, warblers, flycatchers.

After this final visit, you will be transferred to Baltra’s Airport in time to catch your flight back to the mainland.

Prices Per Person according to the Category of the Hotel

Hotel CategoryPrice per Person
Economic classUS$ 975
Tourist classUS$ 1.095
Tourist superior classUS$ 1.390
First classUS$ 1.885

The price is including:

  • Transfer Galapagos Airport – Hotel – Galapagos Airport
  • Accommodation in the selected hotel with breakfast
  • Lunch (as per the program – it can be at the hotel, onboard or at local restaurant)
  • Dinner at the hotel or local restaurant
  • Excursions mentioned in the itinerary
  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide in all Excursions
  • Inter-Island Transportation by Public Speedboat (Santa Cruz-Isabela-San Cristobal)
  • Snorkeling Equipment

The price is not including:

  • Galapagos Air Ticket
  • Ingala Transit Control Card: USD 20,00 per person
  • Galapagos National Park Tax: USD 100,00 per person
  • Isabela Dock Fee: USD 10,00 per person
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Travel Medical insurance
  • Tips
  • Extras and personal expenses