Welcome to Chico


Though Chico wilts in the heat during summer, the swimming holes in Bidwell Park offer an escape, as does floating down the gentle Sacramento River. The brews of the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, near downtown, are another of Chico’s refreshing blessings.

It's ironic a town so widely celebrated for its beer was founded by John Bidwell, a California pioneer who made a bid for US president with the Prohibitionist party. In 1868, Bidwell and his philanthropist wife, Annie Ellicott Kennedy Bidwell, moved to the mansion that is now the Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park.


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$1835 Multi-day & Extended Tours

7-Days Galapagos Islands Highlights Tour

Day 1: San Cristobal (L) (D) Meet at San Cristobal Island and head to visit Loberia Beach: a beautiful beach with great snorkeling. You may find sea turtles, rays, sea lions. There is also a nice hike to a cliff where you can see many marine iguanas and birds. Day 2: San Cristobal (B) (L) (D) On your second day you must choose upon booking between two excursions *Option 1 - Lobos Island (more hiking): 30mn boat ride from the port you arrive on Lobos Island, home to a large sea lion colony. During the hike you hopefully spot blue footed boobies, marine iguanas and frigate birds. *Option 2 - Kicker Rock (more snorkeling): a great snorkel site. You can spot there many tropical fishes, sea turtles, sea lions, rays, reef sharks, and if lucky, hammerhead sharks.Day 3: Española (B) (L) (D) Departure by boat to Española island (1h30 each way). Hike to see Nazca and blue footed boobies. Then, snorkel with tropical fish, rays... Please note: Albatrosses are not on the island from late December to beginning of April Day 4: Floreana (B) (L) (D) Departure for Floreana to go snorkeling and then visit the highlands, a place called Peace Asylum where the first colonists of the islands settled. You will also spot Galapagos giant tortoises on the way. Afterwards, you will continue to Isabela Island. Upon arrival, you will reach the Flamingo Lagoon to spot these beautiful animals. Day 5: Isabela (B) (L) (D) On your fourth day you must choose upon booking between two activities *Option 1 - Volcano Hike (land tour): early in the morning we will reach the highlands and begin a trekking (6 hours!) to the Sierra Negra and Chico volcano. Sierra Negra has the second largest active crater in the world: 10km diameter. We will walk through moon-like sceneries and have great views of nearby Fernandina Island and the north of the Island.  *Option 2 - Cabo Rosa Tunnels (snorkeling tour with additional cost 140,-$ per person): this is an amazing place, where lava has flowed into the ocean and formed beautiful lava tunnels. We can spot the penguins, blue footed boobies, and we will have great snorkeling too!  Day 6: Isabela - Santa Cruz (B) (L) (D) In the morning, you will visit the Tintoreras Islet, where you can spot the penguins. Then, you'll depart to Santa Cruz by boat. Upon arrival, you will hike to Tortuga Bay to enjoy a last swim into the Galapagos waters and spot a huge iguana colony. Day 7: Baltra (B) In the morning you will reach the airport passing by a lava tunnel that you will visit going entirely through it.

$2725.31 Multi-day & Extended Tours

6 Day Galapagos Island Classic - 6 Islands

DAY 1 (L,D): SAN CRISTOBALWe will pick you up on arrival at the airport of San Cristobal Island and take you to the hotel. After that you will visit Loberia. During the snorkel you may find sea turtles, rays, sea lions and many species of colorful fishes. After snorkeling you will do a nice hike to a cliff where you can observe many marine iguanas, blue footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls and frigate birds.DAY 2 (B,L,D): ESPAÑOLADeparture by boat to Española island. At arrival you will disembark at Punta Suarez where you will begin a hike, looking for Nazca and blue footed boobies.. After the hike you will go back on board for lunch and then reach a very nice snorkel spot and after that you will go back to San Cristobal. After the tour you have a bit of free time and then you will meet with the whole group for dinner where the guide will give you the details for the next day.DAY 3 (B,L,D): SAN CRISTOBAL - FLOREANA - ISABELAYou will be picked-up to go to the pier where you depart around 7AM to Floreana island. Upon arrival, you will visit the highlands, where the first colonists of the islands settled - the guide will tell you all about the mysteries. During the short hike you will be able to spot Galapagos giant tortoises. Then you will go snorkeling at a beautiful, black sanded beach nearby the pier. Afterwards you will continue on the boat to Isabela Island which is one of the youngest islands and still has moderate volcanic activity. Upon arrival you will be driven to the flamingo lagoon to spot these beautiful animals.DAY 4 (B,L,D): OPTION 1 - VOLCANO HIKE (Included in price) Early in the morning you will be picked-up and driven towards the highlands: You will start a 16km trekking (6 hours!) to the Sierra Negra and Chico volcano. Later, you will be transported to a local farm where lunch will be served.OPTION 2 - CABO ROSA TUNNELS (Extra $140 p.p.) If you prefer snorkeling over hiking this is a great opportunity. You can take the excursion to Cabo Rosa (45 min boat ride each way), where lava has flowed into the ocean and formed beautiful lava tunnels. You have the chance to see sharks, sea turtles, sea lions, rays, seahorses and many tropical fishes. (Takes ±5 hours)DAY 5 (B,L,D): ISABELA - SANTA CRUZIn the morning you will visit the Tintoreras Islet near the pier, where you have a short hike and snorkel. Afterwards you will continue with our private boat to Santa Cruz (2 hours). Then you'll take a boat to the Tortuga Bay beach (20min ride), you might spot a huge marine iguana colony and enjoy a last swim into the Galapagos waters.DAY 6 (B): SANTA CRUZ - BALTRA AIRPORTIn the morning you will reach the airport with a stop to visit a lava tunnel. Sometimes you can spot a Galapagos owl. You will be accompanied until the Check- in point at the airport

$3730.04 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

9 Day Galapagos Island Classic - 7 islands

ItineraryDay 1: QUITO/GUAYAQUIL – SAN CRISTOBALStop At: La Loberia, San Cristobal, Galapagos IslandsThe guide will pick you up at the San Cristobal airport and take you to the hotel. After a nice Ecuadorian lunch you will visit Loberia: a beautiful beach with a great snorkeling spot! During this activity you may spot some sea turtles, rays, sea lions and many species of colorful fishes. After that you will do a nice hike to a cliff where it is possible to observe many marine iguanas and birds such as blue footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls and frigate birds. In the afternoon you will go back to the hotel and get ready for dinner.Duration: 5 hoursMeals included: • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Accommodation in Pimampiro or similar.Day 2: SAN CRISTOBALStop At: Kicker Rock, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal, Galapagos IslandsToday there are 2 options to choose from, both options are included in the price. (please let us know at booking your preference)OPTION 1 – LOBOS ISLAND (hiking):After a 30 min boat ride departing from the harbor you arrive at Lobos Island, as the name implies the island is home to a large sea lion colony. But that’s not the only thing that you’ll be able to find while you hike and snorkel at the island on this half day tour. During the hike, you might spot some blue footed boobies, marine iguanas and frigate birds. During the snorkeling activity you can often see the marine iguanas eating, as well as rays and turtles in the sandy bottom that separates Lobos Island from the mainland of San Cristobal. This tour includes a stop at Playa Ochoa, which is a nice white sanded beach located on the San Cristobal Island. In the early afternoon you be back to the harbor.OPTION 2 – KICKER ROCK (snorkeling):You will visit the famous Kicker Rock (Leon Dormido – sleeping Lion), a volcanic formation in the ocean. There you will be able to snorkel with sharks, rays, turtles and if you are very luck also with hammerhead sharks! After lunch on the boat you will go to a beautiful pristine beach, where you will have time to relax. In the afternoon you will be back at the harbor. This is a shared tour with a maximum of 12 passengers on board.Duration: 5 hoursStop At: San Cristobal Interpretation Center, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal, Galapagos IslandsThe rest of the afternoon you can explore San Cristobal Island by yourself. You can also use this time for buying souvenirs or you can go and visit the interpretation center (entrance is free), Tijeretas, Playa Carola or Playa Mann. You will meet with the group for dinner where the guide will give you all the details for the next day.Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Accommodation in Pimampiro or similar.Day 3: ESPAÑOLA ISLANDStop At: Punta Suarez, Espanola, Galapagos IslandsDeparture by boat to Española island, it takes about 1,5 hour each way. At arrival you will disembark at Punta Suarez where you will begin a hike, looking for Nazca and blue footed boobies. After the hike you will go back on board for lunch and then reach a snorkel spot where those who want can enjoy a snorkel session and look for tropical fishes and rays. You will be back at the San Cristobal harbor in the end of the afternoon. Please note: Albatrosses are not on the island from late December until the beginning of April. Don’t worry because there will still be plenty of wildlife to observe during the other months. After the tour you will have a bit of free time and then you will meet with the group for dinner where the guide will give you the details for the next day.Duration: 6 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Accommodation in Pimampiro or similar.Day 4: SAN CRISTOBAL – FLOREANA – ISABELAStop At: Asilo de la Paz, Floreana, Galapagos IslandsBreakfast will be served in your hotel. After breakfast you will be picked-up to go to the pier where you depart around 7AM to Floreana island. By private boat it takes about 2,5 hours to get there. Upon arrival, you will visit the highlands, a place called “Peace Asylum”, where the first colonists of the islands settled. The guide will tell you all about the mysteries of this island. During the short hike you will be able to spot Galapagos giant tortoises. After lunch in the small village “Puerto Velasco Ibarra” you will go snorkeling at a beautiful, black sanded beach nearby the pier. Afterwards you will continue on the boat to Isabela Island (±1,5 hour). Isabela is one of the youngest islands which still has moderate volcanic activity. It’s a beautiful island with a long white sandy beach and a clear bay. When you arrive you will be driven to the flamingo lagoon in a taxi, bus or chiva to spot these beautiful animals (if time allows, otherwise it will be re-scheduled throughout the stay in Isabela). After that, you will get a transfer to the hotel to get ready for dinner.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Accommodation in Beach House or similar.Day 5: ISABELAStop At: Sierra Negra, Isabela, Galapagos IslandsToday you can choose between visiting the Volcano (trekking tour) and Cabo Rosa (snorkeling tour).OPTION 1 – VOLCANO HIKE (included in the price)Early in the morning you will be picked-up and driven towards the highlands. You will start a 16km (6 hours!) to the Sierra Negra and Chico volcano. The first stop of the hike is the Sierra Negra Volcano, which has the second largest active crater in the world with a diameter of 10km. The second part of the hike takes you to Chico, a cone of Sierra Negra with moon-like sceneries. This gives you an idea of how the islands looked at their creation. After you return from the volcano, you will be transported to a local farm where lunch will be served. Finally you will be back at the hotel around 3:30 PM.OPTION 2 – CABO ROSA TUNNELS (Extra $140 dollar)If you prefer snorkeling over hiking this tour will be a better fit for you. Cabo Rosa (45 minutes boat trip each way) is a place where lava has flowed into the ocean and formed beautiful lava tunnels. At this place you may see penguins, blue-footed boobies and sea turtles, however the highlight of this tour is snorkeling. You have the chance to swim with sharks, sea turtles, sea lions, rays, seahorses and many tropical fishes. The tour to Cabo Rosa takes about 5 hours.Duration: 7 hoursStop At: Concha de Perla, Puerto Villamil, Isabela, Galapagos IslandsThe rest of the day you can explore the Isabela island yourself. It is possible to enjoy the beautiful beach in Isabela or you can snorkel in the Concha de Perla Lagoon.Accommodation in Beach House or similar.Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Accommodation in Beach House or similar.Day 6: ISABELA – SANTA CRUZStop At: Las Tintoreras, Puerto Villamil, Isabela, Galapagos IslandsIn the morning you will visit the Tintoreras Islet near the pier, where you have a short hike and snorkel. At Tintoreras Islet you can spot small Galapagos penguins, sea lions, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies and often you can even spot white-tipped sharks in one of the channels. Afterwards you will continue with our private boat to Santa Cruz (±2 hours). Upon arrival you will be transferred to the hotel to get ready for lunch and change for the afternoon program. Duration: 4 hoursStop At: Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, Santa Cruz, Galapagos IslandsAfter lunch you will take a boat to the Tortuga Bay beach (20min), where you will be able to spot a huge marine iguana colony. Returning from Tortuga Bay it is a 3km hike back to Puerto Ayora, passing through a giant endemic cactus forest.Duration: 4 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Accommodation in Villa Laguna or similar.Day 7: SEYMOURStop At: North Seymour Island, Baltra, Galapagos IslandsToday you will be picked up at your hotel by bus and taken to the Itabaca channel, which is located at the northern part of the island. You will then board a yacht and navigate (1 hour) to North Seymour: this island is an open zoo. It is possible to spot a lot of animals from very close: swallow tailed gulls, sea lions, marine iguanas, land iguanas, blue footed boobies, frigate birds. We will hike around 1.5 hours around the island. Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Playa las Bachas, Santa Cruz, Galapagos IslandsThen you will have lunch on board while navigating to Bachas: Bachas is a beautiful beach in the northern part of Santa Cruz which is only accessible by boat. There the blue ocean contrasts with the black of the lava rocks and the smooth white sand of the beach. There is also a lagoon where it is a possibility to spot flamingos.Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Accommodation in Villa Laguna or similar.Day 8: BARTOLOMÉStop At: Isla Bartolome, Bartolome, Galapagos IslandsToday you will also be picked up at your hotel by bus and taken to the channel of Itabaca at the northern part of the island. You will then board a yacht and navigate to Bartolomé. When you arrive there you will disembark and begin the hike on to the top. The trail has been arranged so it is easier and less harmful for the island. When arriving at the top you will have an amazing view over the island, the bay and the pinnacle rock. This rock is believed to have been cut in two during the second world war when the American soldiers were training on Baltra military base. You will also snorkel at this beautiful island.Duration: 6 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Accommodation in Villa Laguna or similar.Day 9: SANTA CRUZ – BALTRA AIRPORTStop At: Baltra AirportIn the morning you be transferred to the Baltra airport with a stop to visit a lava tunnel. Sometimes you can spot a Galapagos owl in this tunnel. You will be accompanied by the guide until the check-in point at the airport.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

$2725.31 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

6 Day Galapagos Island Classic - 5 Islands

ItineraryDay 1: SAN CRISTOBALStop At: La Loberia, San Cristobal, Galapagos IslandsThe guide will pick you up at the San Cristobal airport and take you to the hotel. After a nice Ecuadorian lunch you will visit Loberia: a beautiful beach with a great snorkeling spot! During this activity you may spot some sea turtles, rays, sea lions and many species of colorful fishes. After that you will do a nice hike to a cliff where it is possible to observe many marine iguanas and birds such as blue footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls and frigate birds. In the afternoon you will go back to the hotel and get ready for dinner.Duration: 5 hoursMeals included: • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Accommodation in Pimampiro or similar.Day 2: ESPAÑOLA ISLANDStop At: Punta Suarez, Espanola, Galapagos IslandsDeparture by boat to Española island, it takes about 1,5 hour each way. At arrival you will disembark at Punta Suarez where you will begin a hike, looking for Nazca and blue footed boobies. After the hike you will go back on board for lunch and then reach a snorkel spot where those who want can enjoy a snorkel session and look for tropical fishes and rays. You will be back at the San Cristobal harbor in the end of the afternoon. Please note: Albatrosses are not on the island from late December until the beginning of April. Don’t worry because there will still be plenty of wildlife to observe during the other months. After the tour you will have a bit of free time and then you will meet with the group for dinner where the guide will give you the details for the next day.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Accommodation in Pimampiro or similar.Day 3: SAN CRISTOBAL – FLOREANA – ISABELAStop At: Asilo de la Paz, Floreana, Galapagos IslandsBreakfast will be served in your hotel. After breakfast you will be picked-up to go to the pier where you depart around 7AM to Floreana island. By private boat it takes about 2,5 hours to get there. Upon arrival, you will visit the highlands, a place called “Peace Asylum”, where the first colonists of the islands settled. The guide will tell you all about the mysteries of this island. During the short hike you will be able to spot Galapagos giant tortoises. Duration: 5 hoursStop At: Puerto Velasco Ibarra (Insel Floreana), GalapagosAfter lunch in the small village “Puerto Velasco Ibarra” you will go snorkeling at a beautiful, black sanded beach nearby the pier. Afterwards you will continue on the boat to Isabela Island (±1,5 hour). Isabela is one of the youngest islands which still has moderate volcanic activity. It’s a beautiful island with a long white sandy beach and a clear bay. When you arrive you will be driven to the flamingo lagoon in a taxi, bus or chiva to spot these beautiful animals (if time allows, otherwise it will be re-scheduled throughout the stay in Isabela). After that, you will get a transfer to the hotel to get ready for dinner.Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • Lunch • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Accommodation in Beach House or similar.Day 4: ISABELAStop At: Sierra Negra, Isabela, Galapagos IslandsOPTION 1 – VOLCANO HIKE (included in the price)Early in the morning you will be picked-up and driven towards the highlands. You will start a 16km (6 hours!) to the Sierra Negra and Chico volcano. The first stop of the hike is the Sierra Negra Volcano, which has the second largest active crater in the world with a diameter of 10km. The second part of the hike takes you to Chico, a cone of Sierra Negra with moon-like sceneries. This gives you an idea of how the islands looked at their creation. After you return from the volcano, you will be transported to a local farm where lunch will be served. Finally you will be back at the hotel around 3:30 PM.Duration: 6 hoursStop At: Aeropuerto de General VillamilOPTION 2 – CABO ROSA TUNNELS (Extra $140 dollar)If you prefer snorkeling over hiking this tour will be a better fit for you. Cabo Rosa (45 minutes boat trip each way) is a place where lava has flowed into the ocean and formed beautiful lava tunnels. At this place you may see penguins, blue-footed boobies and sea turtles, however the highlight of this tour is snorkeling. You have the chance to swim with sharks, sea turtles, sea lions, rays, seahorses and many tropical fishes. The tour to Cabo Rosa takes about 5 hours.Duration: 5 hoursStop At: Concha de Perla, Puerto Villamil, Isabela, Galapagos IslandsThe rest of the day you can explore the Isabela island yourself. It is possible to enjoy the beautiful beach in Isabela or you can snorkel in the Concha de Perla Lagoon.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Accommodation in Beach House or similar.Day 5: ISABELA – SANTA CRUZStop At: Las Tintoreras, Puerto Villamil, Isabela, Galapagos IslandsIn the morning you will visit the Tintoreras Islet near the pier, where you have a short hike and snorkel. At Tintoreras Islet you can spot small Galapagos penguins, sea lions, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies and often you can even spot white-tipped sharks in one of the channels. Afterwards you will continue with our private boat to Santa Cruz (±2 hours). Upon arrival you will be transferred to the hotel to get ready for lunch and change for the afternoon program. Duration: 4 hoursStop At: Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, Santa Cruz, Galapagos IslandsAfter lunch you will take a boat to the Tortuga Bay beach (20min), where you will be able to spot a huge marine iguana colony. Returning from Tortuga Bay it is a 3km hike back to Puerto Ayora, passing through a giant endemic cactus forest.Duration: 4 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Accommodation in Villa Laguna or similar.Day 6: SANTA CRUZ – BALTRA AIRPORTStop At: Baltra AirportIn the morning you will be transferred to the Baltra airport with a stop to visit a lava tunnel. Sometimes you can spot a Galapagos owl in this tunnel. You will be accompanied by the guide until the check-in point at the airport.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.