This 4 or 5 day program takes you to San Cristobal, the island with only 4.000 inhabitants. It has a small cozy port where you can go at night to walk around, have a drink or enjoy your meal. You will find sea lions everywhere and it is a true spectacle to watch them. There is a direct flight to San Cristobal 4 times a week from Guayaquil and the village of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is only a couple of minutes driving from the airport. During this program you will experience the highlights of San Cristobal on land as well as on water. First of all you will be picked up from the airport of San Cristobal and then you will go on a self-guided tour to the Galapagos Interpretation Center. During the following days you will experience the nice beaches and underwater life by visiting Manglesito beach, Puerto Chino and Kicker Rock. Furthermore you will go to the highlands of San Cristobal.
DAY 1:SAN CRISTOBAL – FREE AFTERNOONToday you will arrive to the airport of San Cristobal, one of the Galapagos Islands. You will be picked up at the airport and transferred by private transport with an English speaking contact person to your hotel in the town Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Here you will have a meet & greet with one of out staff members who will explain the rest of the itinerary to you. The rest of the afternoon is free or walk to the interpretation center, the beaches or Tijeretas. Accommodation in Comfort hotel: Hotel Casa Opuntia or similarDAY 2 (B, L):KICKER ROCK Today you will have a day tour to Kicker Rock. With a small boat you set for the lava formation in the middle of the ocean called Kicker Rock (or León Dormido in Spanish as they say it looks like a sleeping sea lion). Afterwards the boat will anchor and you will jump of the boat to snorkel the canal in between the rock formation. Here you might be able to spot different shark species turtles, rays, and more. After snorkeling you will continue to Manglecito or a similar beach. Accommodation in Comfort hotel: Hotel Casa Opuntia or similarDAY 3 (B, L):EL JUNCO – PUERTO CHINO – LA GALAPAGUERA Today you will have a half day tour to the highlands of San Cristobal. El Junco Crater Lake, the only freshwater lake on the Galapagos Islands. Afterwards you continue driving to Puerto Chino. From the top you have an amazing view and you might see some sea turtles in the turquoise seawater. You will continue to La Galapaguera. Along the way you might have to step over a tortoise, as they walk around loose in the area!Accommodation in Comfort hotel: Hotel Casa Opuntia or similarOPTIONAL DAY 4 (B, L): ESPAÑOLAEarly in the morning after 2 hours the boat arrives at Punta Suarez. The trail leads to a cliff on the southern side of the island overlooking the ocean. Here you will have the chance to go snorkeling for about 1.5 hours. A few underwater caves teem with wildlife. The occasional massive manta ray or spotted eagle ray may glide by as white-tipped reef sharks nap on the ocean floor in rocky areas. Afterwards you will have lunch on board and will head back to Puerto Baquerizo.Accommodation in Comfort hotel: Hotel Casa Opuntia or similarDAY 4 /5 (B):TRANSFER OUTDepending on flight times, an airport transfer with Spanish speaking driver is arranged.