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Explore Galapagos with Nuevo Mundo

 

The Galapagos were born from volcanoes erupting violently out of the sea. Plant and animal species traversed 1000km of ocean to colonize the islands, leaving species isolated and evolving independently on different islands.

Situated in the Pacific Ocean some 1,000 km from the South American continent, these 19 islands and the surrounding marine reserve have been called a unique ‘living museum and showcase of evolution’. Galapagos Archipelago and was made a National Park in 1959. Positioned between three ocean currents, the climate is unique, and as a result, roughly 50 percent of the species are unique to the islands. Famous for its exceptional and fearless wildlife, it has become a paradise for nature enthusiasts and photographers.

Puerto Ayora, on Santa Cruz Island, is the most developed town on the archipelago, and is the centre of the Galapagos tourism industry.

8 Day Naturalist Program

8 Days / 7 Nights – Sunday to Sunday Or Wednesday to Wednesday

Sunday - Day 1

Upon arrival to the airport at Baltra Island, you will be taken across the Itabaca Channel, to Santa Cruz Island where a bus will take you to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island for a visit the Giant Tortoises Reserve in their natural habitat, a once in a lifetime experience!

A stop is then made at the Twin Pit Craters, great depressions of volcanic material, formed by a long process of slow sinking of the ground, where exceptional Scalesia trees, ferns, mosses and orchids can be seen in the surroundings.

Box lunch is provided and then on to the Finch Bay Eco Hotel to enjoy its multiple attractions: pool, the white coral beach in front of the hotel and rest on your hammock.

In the evening, dinner includes the delicacies of local and international gastronomy.

Monday – Day 2

North SEYMORE ISLAND (Yacht Excursion)
A stroll on flat terrain allows the observation of Palo Santo trees and colonies of blue-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls and magnificent frigate birds. Towards the other side of the island, the ocean crashes against the rocks and sea lions surf in the waves.

Tuesday - Day 3

SANTA FE ISLAND (Yacht Excursion)
A short trek leads through woods of Opuntia cacti and Palo Santo trees. Land iguanas (endemic to Santa Fe), lava lizards and colonies of sea lions can be observed. There is opportunity to swim and snorkel.

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NORTH SEYMOUR ISLAND (Yacht Excursion)
A stroll on flat terrain allows the observation of Palo Santo trees and colonies of blue-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls and magnificent frigate birds. Towards the other side of the island, the ocean crashes against the rocks and sea lions surf in the waves.

Wednesday - Day 4

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Stay at Santa Cruz Island and enjoy the activities of your choice. Hike to Las Grietas, snorkeling, birdwatching (without extra cost) or guided excursions at extra cost such as cruise of the bay, mountain bike in the highlands of Santa Cruz, Discover Scuba Diving.

Thursday - Day 5

SANTA FE ISLAND (Yacht Excursion)
A short trek leads through woods of Opuntia cacti and Palo Santo trees. Land iguanas (endemic to Santa Fe), lava lizards and colonies of sea lions can be observed. There is opportunity to swim and snorkel.

Friday - Day 6

HIKE TO TORTUGA BAY in the morning.
It is considered the nicest spot of the archipelago, a peaceful corner for the nature lover. Tortuga Bay’s name comes from the sea turtles that go there to lay their eggs. Excellent bird watching can be found along the way and at the Bay. Snack is included.

Free time in the afternoon to relax by the pool or on the beach or visit Puerto Ayora.

Saturday - Day 7

BARTOLOME ISLAND (Yacht Excursion)
The trail is a fairly steep climb on wooden steps to the summit, worth the effort, as there is a spectacular view of the Galapagos scenery from above. Interesting lava formations and tuff cones can be observed. Sea lions and penguins swim in the vicinity of Pinnacle Rock. Enjoy snorkeling or swimming from the beach.

Sunday - Day 8

Leave the hotel early in the morning for a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station, home to many giant tortoises. There is an interpretation centre open to the public and also one may view the tortoise rearing program. Then, overland transfer to the airport in Baltra to take the flight back to the continent.

Includes:

  • 7 nights accommodations
  • Transfer in/out
  • All Meals
  • Highlands Tour
  • Hotel Taxes Included
  • Charles Darwin Research Station
  • 4 Day Yacht Excursions To Islands
  • Visit To Twin Pit Craters
  • Use of Snorkeling equipment
  • Facilities: Pool, Beach-front access

Does not include:

  • Air transportation to/from Galápagos.
  • Transit Control Card for Galapagos US$ 20 per person
  • Galápagos National Park entrance fee (US$ 100 subject to change without previous notice).
  • Alcoholic and non alcoholic beverage, gratuities, gifts and additional items.
  • Sea Kayak

Includes all flights, indicated tours (optional tours are not incl.), transfers and accommodation (bed and breakfast basis unless otherwise specified)

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