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Once you’ll arrive to Baltra airport, a Spanish speaking driver will wait for you to drive you to Puerto Ayora and assist you to catch the public speed boat from Puerto Ayora to Isabela Island. From Santa Cruz pier to the speed boat you will have to pay the water taxi ($0.50pp). Once arriving in Isabela you will have to pay the water taxi ($1.00pp) from speed boat to Isabela’s pier. At your arrival you will pay $10pp entrance fee (Isabela local tax).
At your arrival a Spanish speaking driver will pick you up and go to Flamingos Lagoon to look around and finally drive to your hotel.
Climbing the Sierra Negra volcanic crater is simply not to be missed for geology lovers and adventure seekers. Since its last eruption in 2005, the geographically unique Sierra Negra Volcano is home to incredible lava paths adorned with the local plant and animal life. On the way to Sierra Negra Volcano, there is an evident change of scenery as you get closer to the highlands, from volcanic dryness with black soil and little vegetation to a humid forest with local and foreign plants introduced into the environment. Sierra Negra is an excellent place for bird watching (finches and “curracas” among many others). There are two paths to take, depending on the stamina of each person; one is a circuit which goes until the Sierra Negra Volcano lookout.
Shell Pearl (by yourself) is ideal for sports such as swimming or snorkeling. It is a bay with shallow, calm and clear water that allows observing the fascinating Galapagos marine fauna and you can swim with sea lions and penguins.
This is the most spectacular site for snorkeling in Isabela Island. The water is shallow, calm and very clear- a sea sanctuary. A series of lava-flows have produced unique geological formations, a series of arcs and tunnels underneath and above the water- a habitat for many local Galapagos Species.
The entrance to the site is shallow and the waves can be strong, for this reason, the access can be complicated. It is an exciting boat adventure to a very unique geological site, a snorkeling paradise and home to various species of the incomparable enchanted islands. There is an extension of 800 meters and an average temperature between 18 and 22 degrees Celsius.
The large quantities of seabirds such as the albatros, flamingos, blue footed boobies, the magnificent frigate bird, are on the banks, where you can also see distinct species feeding such as the tortoises, iguanas, sea lions, manta rays, penguins, lobsters and sea snakes.
In the afternoon you will visit The Wetlands on bikes, They are a complex of trails that lead you to: El Cerro Orquilla (sightseeing point), El Estero (mangroves and majagual forests, penal colony), La Poza Escondida (rock and wood trail), Poza Redonda (lava tube), El Túnel del Estero (lava tunnel, marine landscape), La Playa del Amor (coral and sand beach), Mirador de los Tunos y Pozas Verdes (trails with sightseeing points) and La Playita (beach).
Keep in mind that you will not visit all these sites; it depends on your local guide and tour itinerary.
“Las Tintoreras,” is a chain of small islets full of cove and hidden beaches. The islet of Tintoreras is situated in the south of Puerto Villamil. It has a bay where it is possible to see sea lions, marine turtle, iguanas, manta rays, etc.
This bay is connected by a superficial crack with crystalline water which is closed off during low tide. In this crack, it is possible to see the sharks from Blanca Point swimming with the rest of the tropical fish and sea lions. It is necessary to travel in a boat to get to Tintoreras, and the access and routes are easy. It takes about 10 minutes from the dock of Villamil Port to get to Las Tintoreras. There you will find the local Galapagos penguin as well as reef sharks, marine turtles and sea lions.
THIS TOUR TO TINTORERAS COULD BE WITH KAYAK OPTION, CONSIDERING THAT YOU WILL NOT STOP AT THE ISLET, JUST LOOK AROUND THE PLACE AND THE BAY.
Speed boat from Isabela to Puerto Ayora: At 14h30 please be at the pier to board the speed boat. From Isabela pier to the speed boat you will have to pay the water taxi ($1.00pp). Once arriving in Santa Cruz you will have to pay the water taxi ($0.50pp) from speed boat to Santa Cruz’s pier. Finally you can take a taxi ($1pp) to get to your hotel.
Today you will have your transfer Out from hotel to airport with a Spanish speaking driver. During the way you will visit the Highlands and finally arrive at Puerto Ayora.
The Highlands of Santa Cruz are a deep green, contrasting beautifully with much of the dry, lower islands. The dominant vegetation in the highlands is the Scalesia trees, creating the lush green color.
Afterwards we will do a short ride to a 600-acre private reserve where the giant Galapagos tortoises freely roam, graze, and sleep. Walking among the tortoises in wild will be one of the most treasured moments of your trip. After visiting these prehistoric creatures on their natural habitat we’ll take a 5-minute ride to the entrance of a 450-meter (1350 feet) illuminated lava tunnel with a ceiling nearly 20 feet high in most places.