GALAPAGOS

The Galapagos Islands are a fragile ecosystem, full of discoverments an ultimate wild wonderland with multi colored sand beaches in front of immense seas crowd of endemic species, both above and below the water – “The inspiration of Charles Darwin studies of the Origin of Species”.

And the irreal and fantastic point to remark is that those species are not afraid of people, they almost play with you.

Our itineraries in Galapagos are  well managed, meticulously planned, tailor made and flexible, ensuring as much enjoyment as possible and with the less disturbance on the environment. All tours are accompanied by one of our naturalist guides who will share their knowledge with you.

Below some descriptions of the islands that we can offer to you, for day tours extensions, Hotel Stay or Island Hopping departures.

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Here are some options for your visits.

 

PLAZAS

This day begins with a dry landing in a beautiful island which main characteristic is the great variety of fauna and flora. The rocky trail is home of many colonies of sea lions and yellow & red land iguanas. It also offers a nice mixture of dry and coastal vegetation which nest different population of birds, such us seagulls, tropic birds, frigates, Blue and Nazca – Footed Boobies and more. The island is home to enormous and large number of prickly pear cactus and the endemic succulent sesuvian; the vegetation has different colors depending on the season: from bright green in the rainy season to orange and red, during the dry season.

 

BARTOLOME

This iconic island is one of the most visited and photographed because of Pinnacle Rock and the famous Galapagos Penguin. There are also different types of mantas, sea turtles, sharks, schools of fishes, sea lions and other species which are endemic. The island is one of the youngest. Many places offer fabulous formations of lava as a result of the water and wind erosion. It is not easy to identify vegetation there. On this island, you can see interesting formations of lava and cinder cones. After a 30 to 40 minutes climbing of a 114 meter summit, a wooden staircase leads to the top of the volcanic cone, the Pinnacle Rock, which offers an incredible view of the surrounded islands. Worth it!

 

NORTH SEYMOUR

This island offers a great option to observe different colonies of sea lions, fork-tailed and swallowtail gulls, pelicans, terns, land and marine iguanas and lava lizards; blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigate birds very well known for the large red pouch on ther necks. On the mating period, the males inflate and shake their sac to obtain attention of the females.

Concerning flora, it is  the typical arid one, with bushy and low vegetation including silver grey palo santo trees, prickly pear cactus, and salt bushes.

 

SANTA FE

Santa Fe Island is located in the center of the Archipelago. This is one of the oldest islands with some volcanic areas over 4 million years old. It is home of the Barrington Land Iguana, unique and endemic. They can be easily observed in the middle of the dense and giant cactus forests and among the Palo Santo trees. It will be easy to appreciate an uncountable number of fishes, sea lions, land iguanas, frigate birds, finches, Galapagos doves, petrels, Galapagos Mockingbird, lava lizards and sea turtles, among others.  

 

SAN CRISTOBAL

This island is the capital of the province. The international airport is located here, at Puerto Baquerizo. Close to the town, there are some points of interest: Cerro Tijeretas, with a nesting colony for Frigate birds and a statue of Charles Darwin; La Loberia, with playful sea lions; Laguna El Junco, at the Highlands, where the largest fresh water lake in the archipelago, attractive for the large number of birds; La Galapaguera, a breeding area for Galapagos Tortoises. If you prefer boat tours, there are daily group departures: to Isla Lobos a nesting site for blue-footed booby birds and/or Kicker Rock (Léon Dormido).

ISABELA

It is the largest island of the Galapagos; at its northern area it is crossed by the Equator; Puerto Villamil, its main port, is located at the south-eastern section of the island. It has about 3,100 inhabitants and has a small airport. Many volcanoes are part of the Island, among other: Alcedo, Wolf, Darwin, Cerro Azul, Ecuador and Sierra Negra and most of them are still active. The area of Puerto Villamil has white and lovely beaches and mangroves and invites you to participate in different activities such as, trekking, biking, swimming, bird watching, etc. There are many species to be observed such as: Finches, flycatchers, Flamingos, Galapagos Hawks, Owls, Pelicans, Boobies, Dolphins, Whales, Herons, Doves, Shore birds, Penguins, Cormorants, Sea Lions, Land Iguanas, Mantas, crabs, Tortoises and very interesting lowland vegetation. In the Orlando Tupisa center, they have some projects to study the giant tortoises of the Galapagos. At Las Tintoreras Islet you will find interesting sceneries of lava formations and while snorkeling, you will be fascinated for the rich marine life. At the Humedales you will have different trails, around 6 km. long, from where to enjoy the wide variety of flora and fauna.

Other points of interest, visited during singular cruises, are: Punta Moreno, Urbina Bay, Elizabeth Bay, Black Turtle Cove, Vicente Roca Point, among others.

SANTA CRUZ

Santa Cruz Island is one of the most visited in the Archipelago. The main airport is located in Baltra just a few minutes from Itabaca Chanel. There are many places to visit around here. The Island is divided mostly in two sections: the Highlands and Puerto Ayora. At the highlands there are different “Ranchos” where to observe giant tortoises that according to the time of the year, walk slowly from the mountains down to the ranchos, looking for meal, shade and nesting areas. There are also birds and local vegetation that you can observe while walking in different paths.  

Underground Lava tunnels are also a good attraction to explore. They were formed by ancient lava that once flowed across these islands.

In Puerto Ayora you can visit Charles Darwin Research Station.

Stop to see the sea lions and birds at the fish market at Avenida Charles Darwin, near the turtle statue. This is an interesting entertainment.

Other places could be Las Grietas, Los Gemelos (twin Craters),  Angermeyer Point, La Playa de los Alemanes (German Beach), Academy Bay,Tortuga Bay, el Garrapatero beach, etc. You can also practice Snorkeling and kayaking in specific places at the shores.

 

ESPAÑOLA

It is considered as one of the oldest Islands and the birdwatchers paradise. At Gardner Bay you will enjoy a peaceful and lovely beach. In Punta Suárez, you have varied bird life. Located at the southeast of the archipelago, it is a particular point to see the albatross (there are only two places on the Archipelago) and the mating dances of blue-footed booby, Nazca boobies, cactus finch, swallowed-tailed gulls, red-billed tropicbird, Galapagos doves and mockingbirds (unique from this Island with his longer and more curved beak). Española Lava lizard and the colorful marine Iguana are other attractions of the Island. You can also see playful sea lions and in the clear waters large tropical fishes, such as yellow-tailed surgeonfish and the rather comical looking bump-head parrotfish; sea turtles, white-tipped reef shark or the sally light-foot crab mingle.

FLOREANA

This Island was the first inhabited by the early settlers who found refuge in the caves nearby due to the presence of fresh water wells which exist till now. It is also home to the endemic medium tree finch that only exists on this island. You can find nesting sites of pelicans, the Galapagos storm petrel, lava gullsherons and red-billed tropicbirds. Pink flamingos and green sea turtles nest (December to May) on this island. The second site, Asilo de la Paz, is a 45-minute ride from town. It is primarily an historical site where visitors can view the cave of the pirates and the fresh water spring that is the main source of water for the population. Both are located at the base of Asilo de la Paz, a 450-m high cone. The Floreana breading Center contains the various giant tortoises corrals and it is another attraction of the Island.

Post Office Bay, is well know, as since 1973, whalers kept a wooden barrel that served as post office so that mail could be picked up and delivered to their destination.  At the ‘Devil’s Crown’, underwater volcanic cone forations are found and it is home to seasonal visits species, such us sharks, rays, and permanent shoals of bright tropical fish, is rated the best dive site in the entire Galapagos National Park. There are also many birds such us lava gulls, pelicans and red-billed tropicbirds. Punta Cormorant is a light-green beach with a sea lion colony. You can observe several dozens flamingos there as well as oystercatcherswilletswhimbrelsblack-necked stilt and white-cheeked pintail ducksGalapagos hawks hover over the lagoon. White-tipped reef shark, sea lions and stingrays are common here. From December to March pacific green sea turtles use this site to burrow their eggs.