Traveling to the Galapagos Islands with your family is a bucket list destination to be enjoyed by all ages. The Galapagos is a treat where everyone has something they enjoy and love. Whether it is upclose and intimate contact with the wildlife, swimming with a new sea lion pal, or taking pictures of the impressive Galapagos landscapes; there is an activity for all to enjoy and you can be sure to experience memories that will last a lifetime.
Travel Time: 1 hour
Once you arrive to the Baltra Airport you will take a bus to the Itabacca Channel, crossing on a ferry. Once on the other side and on Santa Cruz Island, a Spanish speaking driver will be waiting to meet you and drive you to the Highlands of Santa Cruz before continuing to Puerto Ayora.
The highlands of Santa Cruz are lush and green, contrasting beautifully with much of the drier landscapes of the lower areas of the island. The dominant vegetation in the highlands are the Scalesia trees, providing an array of green tones.
When arriving to the highlands you will visit a Galapagos Tortoise ranch where you can see the gentle giants roaming freely, as well as other highland wildlife such as pintail ducks, yellow warblers, and finches. Walking among the tortoises in the wild will be one of the most treasured moments of your trip.
After visiting these prehistoric creatures on their natural habitat and depending on the time, you may have the opportunity to visit an illuminated lava tunnel. With a natural ceiling nearly 20 feet high in some places, this is an incredible opportunity see lava stalagmites, stalactites, sulfur, mineral-colored walls, and the rippled floor formed from lava along this unique lava formations.
After the visit you will be transported to your accommodations on Santa Cruz.
Travel Time: 2.5 hours
You must be at the pier at the specified time to check in on the speedboat. From Santa Cruz pier to the speedboat you will have to use a water taxi ($1 pp). Once arriving in Isabela, once more you will use a water taxi ($1.00pp) from the speedboat to Isabela’s pier. At your arrival you will pay a $10 per person entrance fee (Isabela Tax). Finally, you can take a taxi ($1 pp) to ride the rest of the way to your hotel. At a coordinated time, you will be picked up begin the afternoon activity.
This is the most spectacular site for snorkeling on Isabela Island. The water is shallow, calm and very clear, it is a sea sanctuary with so many tropical fish species and wildlife roaming beneath the surface. A series of lava flows have produced unique geological formations, arcs and tunnels are found both under and above the water creating a habitat for many local Galapagos species.
Climbing the Sierra Negra volcanic crater is a must do activity for active travelers and geology enthusiasts. Since its last eruption in 2018, the geographically unique Sierra Negra Volcano is home to incredible lava paths adorned with native plant and animal life.
On the way to Sierra Negra Volcano, you can see how the landscape changes from volcanic dryness with black soil and little vegetation to a humid forest.
Sierra Negra is an excellent place for birdwatching, you may possibly see finches and the Galapagos hawk. During the hike you will have the opportunity to admire the beautiful views and the incredible contrast between the volcanoes and the sea. The Sierra Negra Volcano is the second largest active volcanic crater in the world.
“Las Tintoreras” is a group of small islets found south of Puerto Villamil and a speedboat must be taken to arrive. The turquoise water is home to a lot of wildlife such as sea lions, sea turtles, marine iguanas, manta rays, and with some luck you can see Galapagos Penguins. Marine iguanas are known to nest here and sharks can be seen in the various crevices on the trail looping the Tintoreras.
Speedboat: Isabela – Santa Cruz
Travel Time: 2.5 hours
You must be at the passenger pier at 14h15 to check-in on the speedboat. From the Isabela pier to the speedboat you will have to use a water taxi ($1 pp). Upon arriving to Santa Cruz Island you use one more water taxi ($1 pp) from the speedboat to the passenger pier. Once in Puerto Ayora you can decide to walk to your hotel or use a taxi for $1.50 USD.
Travel Time: 1h30
At a scheduled time, your driver will take you to the airport of Baltra for your flight back to Ecuador
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