Central Holidays

Welcome to the Galapagos Islands! Arrive at Baltra Island and take a bus to the Itabaca Canal where you head by ferry for the other side of the Island to Santa Cruz. With altitudes reaching 864 meters, this island comprises all plant zones, ranging from coast to pampas. Take pictures of the Twin Craters, formed as a result of the collapse of the crust into the crater. Enjoy lunch in a typical hacienda then check-in to your hotel and continue directly to the Charles Darwin Station. (L)

On a full day boat excursion, visit one of these islands: North Seymour, a flat island uplifted from the sea by underground seismic activity; South Plazas, boasting Galapaganean flora such as the towering cacti "trees;” Bartholomew, known for its Pinnacle Rock; Santa Fe, one of the oldest islands of the archipelago that features many endemic animals; or Dragon Hill, named for the various colonies of land iguanas that inhabit the island. Lunch on board. (B,L)

After breakfast you will be transferred on a speed boat to Floreana Island (approx. 2,5 hours). Enjoy lunch at the Hotel Wittmer. In the afternoon, visit “Loberia”, a small peninsula that features colonies of sea lions. The rest of the afternoon you are free to relax and bask in the glittering sun at one of the two beaches near the hotel. Tonight, enjoy dinner and an overnight stay at your selected hotel on Floreana Island. (B,L,D)

Hike across the stunning highlands of Floreana Island. Later see the area’s pirate caves. Cruise along to Isabela Island, comprised of six shield volcanoes that have merged into a single land mass and boasts the highest point of the islands. Have lunch at the hotel before visiting “Las Tintoreras.” See white-tipped reef sharks resting in a lava canal. Throughout the day’s journey, catch glimpses of wildlife as marine iguanas, sea lions, penguins and blue-footed boobies. (B,L)

Today we visit the Sierra Negra volcano. Transfer by bus and hike to the border of the crater from where you can enjoy a spectacular view, and, on clear days, see to Fernandina Island. Savor lunch at a hacienda in the highlands before visiting Galapagos National Park’s Giant Tortoise Breeding Center. Later see the Laguna of the Flamingos, then head back to Puerto Villamil for late afternoon beach time. Enjoy dinner and an overnight stay at your Isabela Island hotel. (B,L,D)

After breakfast, the speed boat takes you to Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island from where you will be transferred by bus to Itabaca Channel. From here you will be accompanied by ferry and bus to the Baltra airport to take the flight to Guayaquil or Quito for your international flight home. Opt to extend your stay upon request. (B)

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