You will have the opportunity to visit two of the most important Islands. In Santa Cruz, you will explore the highlands with unique vegetation where you can see giant tortoises. Besides, you will visit the Garrapatero beach which is ideal for swimming, snorkeling, and relaxing. You can also discover the ocean with crystalline water in a kayak and explore the Tintoreras Islet at Isabela. You will be able to watch sea lions, marine turtles, iguanas, manta rays, and the local Galapagos Penguins. A must-see visit is the Sierra Negra volcanic crater, the second-largest active volcanic crater in the world.
Once you arrive in Galapagos you will take the bus to the Itabaca Channel to cross from Baltra Island to Santa Cruz.
On the other side of the channel on Santa Cruz Island, a driver will be waiting to take you to your hotel. Later in the afternoon, you will join a shared tour of the highlands. The highlands of Santa Cruz are a deep green, contrasting beautifully with the lower areas of the island. The dominant vegetation in the highlands is the Scalesia trees. In the highlands is a private reserve where Galapagos Tortoises roam freely, grazing along the fields. Walking among the wild tortoises will be one of the most treasured moments of your time in the Galapagos. After visiting these prehistoric creatures in their natural habitat, we take a 5-minute ride to the entrances of lava tunnels. The tunnels are illuminated and the top of the tunnels reach nearly 20 feet (6 meters) in height in most places and are about 1476 ft long (450 meters). This is an incredible opportunity to see lava stalagmites, stalactites, mineral-colored walls, and rippled floors formed from previous lava flows.
At about 6:30 am a driver will take you to the Puerto Ayora pier to board the speedboat that will take you to Isabela Island. Keep in mind that there are water taxis that take you from the pier to the speedboat.
These usually cost $1 per person. When you arrive in Isabela, the same thing will happen and you will pay for a water taxi to take you from the speedboat to the Isabela pier.
At 5:20 am a driver will be waiting to transfer you from your hotel to the Isabela pier for your speedboat ride back to Santa Cruz. Once you have returned to Santa Cruz a Spanish-speaking driver will take you to the Itabaca Channel, crossing through the highlands of Santa Cruz. From there, you will cross the Itabaca Channel back to Baltra Island to ride the bus back to the airport for your flight back to mainland Ecuador.
Climbing the Sierra Negra volcano to reach the second-largest volcanic crater in the world is an activity that simply cannot be missed, especially for geology lovers and adventure seekers. Since the last eruption in 2018, the site has been reopened and you can see the incredible lava paths and remnants of the eruption created in its wake.
On the way to Sierra Negra volcano, there is an evident change of scenery as the black and red soil becomes a humid forest with local and foreign plants having been introduced into the environment. Sierra Negra is an excellent place for birdwatching where finches and currachs can be seen, among others. Two different paths can be taken depending on stamina. One is a circuit continuing to the Sierra Negra lookout, while the other goes to the Chico Volcano with a different viewpoint. If you have the energy to do both sites of Sierra Negra and Volcano Chico, you’ll see fusions of reds, oranges, yellows, and blacks in what can only be described as a Mars-like environment.
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Around 5:20 am a driver will take you to the pier to check in on the speedboat. From Isabela pier to the Speedboat, you will have to take a water taxi again. Once arriving in Santa Cruz you will have to take a water taxi from the Speedboat to Santa Cruz’s pier. Finally, a Spanish-speaking driver will take you to the Itabacca Channel. From here, you have to cross the channel and take a bus or a taxi to get to the airport and catch the latest flight.
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