This 6 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. It's a true spectacle to watch them! 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 Manglecito beach, Puerto Chino and Kicker Rock. Kicker Rock is famous for its underwater life, and if you have your PADI certificate, it is even possible to dive here. Furthermore you will go to one of the uninhabitated islands of Galapagos
ItineraryDay 1: SAN CRISTOBAL – FREE AFTERNOONStop At: El PuertoToday 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 our staff members who will explain the rest of the itinerary to you. The rest of the afternoon is free to explore the town, or walk to the interpretation center, the beaches or Tijeretas.Duration: 4 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Accommodation in Standard hotel: Hotel Casa Blanca or similarDay 2: KICKER ROCKStop At: Kicker Rock, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal, Galapagos IslandsToday you will have a day tour to Kicker Rock, with lunch and snorkeling equipment included. 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). First you will circle around the rock formation to observe the difference bird species that use the rock formation as a resting or nesting place. Afterwards the boat will anchor and you will jump of the boat to snorkel the canal in between the rock formation. Beware that the currents can be strong and that you will be snorkeling in open waters without being able to see the bottom. Here you will be able to spot different shark species (sometimes even hammerheads!). turtles, rays, and more. In some seasons you might encounter jellyfish which can sting, however a wetsuit will be provided when this is the case. After snorkeling you will continue to Manglecito or a similar beach. This white coral beach offers the opportunity to walk around and relax and swim in shallow waters before returning to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. You will have a box lunch on board.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchAccommodation included: Accommodation in Standard hotel: Hotel Casa Blanca or similarDay 3: EL JUNCO – PUERTO CHINO – LA GALAPAGUERAStop At: Lagoon El Junco, San Cristobal, Galapagos IslandsToday you will have a half day tour to the highlands of San Cristobal. In about 30 minutes your driver brings you to your first stop: El Junco Crater Lake, the only freshwater lake on the Galapagos Islands. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Puerto Chino Beach, San Cristobal, Galapagos IslandsAfterwards you continue driving to Puerto Chino, a beautiful white sanded beach (watch fo horseflies). Follow a path that leads you passing the typical Opuntia cactuses until you get to the white sandy beach of Puerto Chino. Here you can make a small walk passing the lazy sea lions that sleep on the beach, towards the blue footed boobies on the rocks. From the top you have an amazing view and you might see some sea turtles in the turquoise seawater. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, San Cristobal, Galapagos IslandsYou will walk back to the car so you can continue to La Galapaguera, a breeding center with very nice wooden walkways and clear indications. To get to the station your taxi driver brings you to the entrance, from where you can walk towards the incubation center. Along the way you might have to step over a tortoise, as they walk around loose in the area! After the tour you will have lunch and the the driver brings you back to your hotel.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchAccommodation included: Accommodation in Standard hotel: Hotel Casa Blanca or similarDay 4: SANTA CRUZ – BAY TOUR – ACADEMY BAY – LA LOBERIAStop At: La Loberia, San Cristobal, Galapagos IslandsIn the morning you will transfer to the harbor to take the public speedboat to go to Santa Cruz Island. Upon arrival there you will be transferred to your hotel, where you will have a meet & greet with a staff member. In the afternoon after lunch, you have a Santa Cruz Bay tour included. During the tour you are going with a boat to Academy Bay, where you can swim and snorkel with sea lions and all kind of colorful fish, also known as La Lobería. You can see the blue footed boobies who are resting at the edge of the cliffs. If you climb to the viewpoint and if you are lucky, you can see white-tipped reed sharks swimming. From that spot you can walk to Playa de los Perros were many sea iguanas are resting in the sun. The enormous cacti, the red color of the rocks and the turquoise color of the ocean make a great scenery for landscape pictures.Duration: 6 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchAccommodation included: Accommodation in Standard hotel: Hotel Fiesta or similarDay 5: NORTH SEYMOUR / BARTOLOME / PLAZAS OR SANTA FEStop At: North Seymour Island, Baltra, Galapagos IslandsA day to discover an uninhabited island of the Galapagos Archipelago. Depending on the Galapagos National Park itinerary and the availability, we will book you on a Full day tour to one of the uninhabited islands that can be visited from Santa Cruz: North Seymour, Bartolome, Plazas or Santa Fe.Duration: 6 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchAccommodation included: Accommodation in Standard hotel: Hotel Fiesta or similarDay 6: TRANSFER OUTStop At: Baltra AirportIn accordance with your flight schedule, we will program you transfer out to Baltra, with a Spanish speaking driver.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.