This Galapagos Island adventure includes: Accommodation as described; All meals; VIP airport services on arrival; All transfers and ground transportation; Small boat excursions with snorkeling equipment; All activities and visits as detailed in the itinerary ; 1 or 2-person kayaks ; Expert English-speaking naturalist guide
Not Included (unless otherwise discussed): National Park entrance fees; Tourist transit card; Additional beverages; Laundry and dry-cleaning; Insurance; Tips.
Immerse yourself into the islands of Baltra and Santa Cruz, their wildlife, coastline and culture as you take the time to explore some of the archipelago’s many regional highlights in detail. As such, an opportunity really exists with this Galapagos tour to uncover some little-known gems as well as more popular spots, search out endemic species and tread the sands of idyllic beaches.
Upon arrival, you will be greeted with VIP service at the airport terminal before getting an early taste of life in the archipelago courtesy of a kayaking trip to Santa Cruz Island, navigating emerald seas while keeping an eye out for all manner of native wildlife as you go. You’ll enjoy nature walks, boat tours, delectable cuisine and dramatic ancient landscapes, the essential work of the Charles Darwin Research Center, and more. That’s not to mention the plethora of endemic species this biodiverse region is best known for; Mother Nature at her absolute best. Along the way, excursions in the company of expert guides will help ensure no stone is left unturned and the most is made of your whistle-stop Galapagos experience.
ARRIVAL BALTRA ISLAND / SANTA CRUZ ISLAND
Your Galapagos Island adventure begins as soon as you arrive in the archipelago. You’ll start by transiting through a VIP lounge within Baltra Island Airport, our guides assisting with any luggage, before taking to a stand-up paddle board or canoe, crossing the crystalline Itabaca Channel; a popular waterway which separates Balta and Santa Cruz Islands. Having been fully suited out and given an introduction, the expert guide will lead you across this strait, all the while hoping to spot some of the abundant wildlife that thrives here; famous Blue-footed Boobies, Reef Sharks, Pelicans and maybe even a Sea Lion colony.
Traversing coastal rock formations and mangroves, the Galapagos landscape does not disappoint and the two-hour paddle towards Santa Cruz will fly by as you take in the awe-inspiring wildlife. Upon landing, your next stop is a private reserve which surrounds the rustic Magic Galapagos Tented Camp, just outside the national park itself and home for the next three nights. Here, strap on your walking boots and hit the trails, searching for resident Giant Tortoises before nightfall, when starlit skies come blissfully into view. As if that weren’t enough, your first full day in the Galapagos Islands will be rounded off with a delicious, home-cooked meal in the camp’s wood-beamed restaurant.
Overnight Galapagos Magic Camp
OPTIONAL: NORTH SEYMOUR ISLAND / BACHAS BEACH / SOUTH PLAZAS ISLAND / SANTA FE ISLAND / BARTOLOME ISLAND / SULLIVAN BAY
Touring these seas on an iconic boat trip is one of the best ways to explore the Galapagos Islands, and the Magic Camp has access to its own private yacht. This means that – depending on which day of the week you visit – the natural wonders of North Seymour Island, Bachas Beach, South Plazas Island, Santa Fe Island, Bartolome Island and Sullivan Bay are all within easy reach and ready to be explored. Therefore, having enjoyed an early morning coastal walk, a visit to the nearby petrified lava tunnels or a foray into Santa Cruz National Park, it’s time to set sail and seek out some more of your own unique Galapagos moments.
If visiting North Seymour Island and Bachas Beach, expect families of Frigate Birds, Herons and Marine Iguanas, even Tiger Sharks prowling the shore; itself a postcard of powder-white sands and native forest. South Plazas is known for its huge populations of Land Iguanas and nesting Seabirds, giant cacti and a rocky coastline, while Santa Fe Island is where abundant Sea Lion colonies line heavenly stretches of golden beach. Lastly, the ancient volcanic hills and lava fields of Bartolome and Sullivan Bay are an otherworldly sight indeed, where Galapagos wildlife exists in the most unlikely of natural habitats.
At the end of it all, head back to Magic Galapagos for yet more mouth-watering food and stargazing, maybe a cocktail in the camp’s famous ‘Lava Lounge’.
Overnight Galapagos Magic Camp
Santa Cruz Island
Santa Cruz is one of the most diverse and intriguing of all the Galapagos Islands, so it is well worth spending the extra time to uncover its many treasures. Begin the day with a stroll along the paradise-like Tortuga Bay, an expanse of chalk-white sands, driftwood and sunbathing Iguanas. You may choose walking the bay or kayaking around it; both fun and relaxing. Next, a visit to the all-important Charles Darwin Research Center, where exciting exhibits and interactive displays go together with real-life conservation projects, including Giant Tortoise breeding and rehabilitation programs. Fittingly, you can witness the legacy left on the Galapagos Islands by Charles Darwin first-hand, as conservation work and the study of species continues to this day.
Next, for anyone keen to pick up last-minute Galapagos souvenirs or simply see some expert local craftsmanship in action, a nearby wooden workshop is the place to do it. Here, artists add a touch of flair to delicate carvings and ornaments, some showcasing the island’s biodiversity while others have a more practical use; either way, it’s a lovely memory of your time in the Galapagos Archipelago.
Overnight Galapagos Magic Camp
LOS GEMELOS CRATERS / BALTRA AIRPORT
If you think your Galapagos adventure comes abruptly to an end on the final day of the tour, think again, as there is still a chance for one last natural wonder, this time in the form of the Los Gemelos craters; two colossal sinkholes which must be seen to be believed. The wildlife walk to get there is a pleasant excursion in itself, so keep an eye out for native bird species and endemic plant-life which thrives in the Santa Cruz Highlands. Once here, gaze out over this captivating highlight of the Galapagos Islands, as lush foliage fills each of the two huge caverns – one stretching nearly 1,300ft across and 2,300ft deep – before gradually retracing the trail back to camp in time for a private airport transfer and your onward journey, or home.
NOTE: The above itinerary reflects an intended program, however, it should be read purely as a guide. This is because weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control on the day may affect the eventual itinerary, and route.
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