Explore the rich wildlife of the Galapagos Islands from a different perspective while visiting Santa Cruz, North Seymour and San Cristobal as you enjoy many activities and investigate beaches in areas unvisited by most tourists.
Upon arrival to Galapagos you will take the bus to the Itabacca Channel. On the other side, a driver will wait for you and drive you to your hotel.
Later in the afternoon you will join a shared tour to the highlands. The highlands of Santa Cruz are a deep green, contrasting beautifully with much of the dry, lower island. The dominant vegetation in the highlands is the Scalesia tree, that creates the lush green color. Afterwards we will do a short ride that will take you to a 600-acre private reserve. Giant Galapagos tortoises freely roam, graze, and sleep. Walking among the wild tortoises will be one of the most treasured moments of your trip.
After visiting these prehistoric creatures in their natural habitat, we’ll take a 5-minute ride to the entrance of a 450-meter (1350 feet) illuminated lava tunnel.
North Seymour Island is teaming with life and is a great visitor site on Galapagos! You might have to give way to a passing sea lion or marine iguana. Blue-footed boobies nest on either side of the trail, too, where mating pairs perform their courtship dance. Further along the rocky shore a strand of white sand lies inland. Large flocks of sea birds mass there for outstanding feeding frenzies, rendering a tableau for us from ages long past. The trail in North Seymour Island turns inland to reveal the largest nesting site of the magnificent frigate bird on Galapagos. These huge, dark acrobats have a 5 foot wingspan and the males, with inflated scarlet gular pouches, sit precariously in low bushes to watch over their equally large chicks.
In the morning please take the Speedboat to San Cristobal at 07h00 am.
Upon arrival you will join the tour to Kicker Rock, also called “León Dormido” (sleeping lion). This is a rock formation located on the coast of Isla San Cristobal. The formation is shaped like a giant sleeping lion, hence its spanish name. The rocks are remnants of a vertical tuff stone formation and is the favorite place of several species of seabirds for shelter. Its main attraction is the activity of snorkeling and diving, where you can observe not only many Galapagos and hammerhead sharks, but also sea turtles, octopuses and an array of tropical fish.
The Junco Lagoon is the only freshwater lagoon on Galapagos. This small lake is 650 meters above sea level. Thus it is a good place to watch the changes in vegetation that cover the islands. Dozens of frigates frequent the lake, fly above it and brush the water with their wings.
The Integration Center and the Galapaguera are located near Cerro Colorado. That is one of the few places where you can see Calandrinia Galapagosa, a endagered plant endemic to San Cristobal.
The Galapaguera has been built to improve the state of the population of the Geochelone Chatamensis tortoises on the island. It provides an environment for the tortoises with conditions similar to their natural state and thus promotes the development of tourism in San Cristobal.
The Port Chino is at 24.5 km distance from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, a few kilometers from the Interpretation Center. During the trip you will have the chance to see endemic plants such as the Lecocarpus Leptolobus and Calandrinia Galapagosa. The Calandrina galapagosa is a succulent plant that stores water and acquires a reddish tint to reduce its rate of photosynthesis in order to keep their internal fluids. Lecocarupus leptolobus is an endemic genus of the Compositae family which comprises four species. During the walk of about 15 minutes you can see a forest of Opuntia Cactus. Having reached the beach you will be able to see Darwin’s finches, blue-footed boobies and pelicans.
Based on the flight time please go to the airport to take your flight back to Quito or Guayaquil.