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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$3763.92 Multi-day & Extended Tours

9 Day Galapagos Island Classic - 7 islands

DAY 1 (L, D): SAN CRISTOBALWe will pick you up at the airport of San Cristobal and take you to the hotel. Afterwards you will visit Loberia: a beautiful beach with a great snorkeling spot! Then you will do a nice hike to a cliff.DAY 2 (B, L, D): SAN CRISTOBALOPTION 1 – LOBOS:Lobos Island is, as it name implies, a home to a large sea lion colony. This tour is includes a stop at Playa Ochoa.OPTION 2 – KICKER ROCK:You will visit the famous Kicker Rock, a volcanic formation amid the ocean. There you will be able to snorkel with sharks, rays, and turtles.  Then you will go to a beautiful pristine beach, where you will have time to relax.DAY 3 (B, L, D): ESPAÑOLAThe boat trip to the Española takes ±1h30 each way. When arriving at Punta Suarez you will begin a hike. After that you will go back on board to reach a snorkel spot. Back to San Cristobal port in the end of the afternoon. Free time after that.DAY 4 (B, L, D): SAN CRISTOBAL - FLOREANA - ISABELA7AM departure to Floreana. There you will visit 'Peace Asylum', where the first colonies of the islands settled. During the hike you might be able to spot Giant Turtoises. After that in 'Puerto Valesco Ibarra' you will snorkel at a black sanded beach.Then you will go to Isabela (±1,5 hours). Afterwards you will go to Flamingo Lagoon. DAY 5 (B, L, D): ISABELAOPTION 1 - VOLCANO HIKE (Included)Early in the morning 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 ($140 p.p.)If you rather go snorkeling 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 6 (B, L, D): ISABELA - SANTA CRUZYou will have a short hike and snorkel at Tintoreras Islet. Then you will continue to Santa Cruz (±2 hours boat). After lunch you will go to Tortuga Bay ±20 minutes. Coming back to Puerto Ayora is a 3 km walk passing through a endemic cactus forest.DAY 7 (B, L, D): SEYMOURFrom Itabaca you will board a yacht to North Seymour (±1,5 hours hike on the island). Then you will go to Bachas, a beautiful white sand beach in the north of Santa Cruz.DAY 8 (B,L,D): BARTOLOME±2,5 hours yacht trip to Bartolome. You will hike to the top and have an amazing view there. You will also snorkel at this island.DAY 9 (B): SANTA CRUZ - LAVA TUNNELS - BALTRA AIRPORT TRANSFERTransfer to airport with stop at lava tunnels where you can spot a Galapagos Owl.

$2750.07 Multi-day & Extended Tours

6 Day Galapagos Island Classic - 5 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