A true Galapagos experience

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Авантура организирана од Fausto

  1. 6 дена
  2. Се зборува на англиски и шпански

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Day 1
Experience a true Galapagos experience.
You start with a transfer on arrival from Baltra´s airport to Santa Cruz. This is not difficult, but a bit tedious, as information can be contradictory. On arrival, you will be picked up from the airport, taken to the bus that will take you from the airport to the dock. Once in there you will take a 5-minute ferry across Itabaca Channel, to get to Puerto Ayora. From there you will have private transportation. First, you start with a visit to the Highlands, where you can see the Giant tortoises living and roaming in the wild. The entrance is already included as well as you get to see just outside of the highlands the Trapiche experience, which is a sugar cane local project, which is something nice and really off the beaten path. You have the option to get lunch at the highlands, although this is not included, it would be nice to eat while you can see the tortoises walking around. Afterward, you will head to the Charles Darwin Station where you´ll see more giant tortoises of different islands (before, each island used to have its type, but nowadays many are extinct) and how the Galapagos National Park created, and how it takes care of them and all the other species.
At the end of this, you will be left at your hotel for you to rest, and get to know by yourself the small town of Puerto Ayora.
Other things to note
You can use any flight arriving at Baltra for this trip, although the sooner you arrive the better. In case you arrive on a flight after midday, one of the visits, either Highlands or Charles Darwin Station would need to be chosen.
Private guide for the tours, although the ferry and bus are shared.

Day 2
On the second day, you will have an early breakfast (around 6 am) and will take a day tour in one of the best boats for this. Destinations can vary from:
Bartolome, North Seymour, Plazas, Santa Fe.

Depending on each location you will start with a transfer from Puerto Ayora to Itabaca Channel and then navigation of 2 hours long (Bartolome or North Seymour) or travel directly by boat to the location which will take a bit under 2 hours (South Plazas or Santa Fe.

On arrival, you will do a trekking with a naturalist guide. Keep in mind that these tours are done on a shared basis, and according to regulations the maximum number of people on a group can be of 16 passengers. You´ll walk at a slow pace with the group and guide, learning about the Galapagos Islands, and its residents. Each island has its own wildlife.

Afterward, you will get ready to do snorkeling. The snorkeling gear is provided (mask, fins, and tube), although water in Galapagos is usually considered cold, it depends on your tolerance to cold water, and you can decide on that moment if you rent a wetsuit onboard or if you don´t need it.
Despite any of the day tours that you take, all of them come recommended. I only use and recommend the boats with good guides, a nice itinerary, a good service and that are safe.
You will return around 4-5pm, and you can rest or walk around the town a bit more!
Other things to note
You can ask for a specific island tour, but this is subject to availability and is regularized by the Galapagos National Park and it can be changed.
Tips are not included. These are optional. Recommended about $15-$20 per person, although it is up to you entirely.
The boat accommodates special diets

Day 3
On your third day, once again you will wake up early in the morning to have your breakfast. It is recommended to have a light breakfast, as the speedboat to Isabela can be a rough ride. The speedboat is a public service, so it is not that comfortable, but still, the crew is always on the lookout in case you spot any wildlife to make your journey more enjoyable. This ride will take about 2 hours and a half, and on arrival, you will be taken by local people to your accommodation. If the accommodation is ready, you can already get it, otherwise, you can leave your bags and have a bit of free time before your next activity. If Puerto Ayora in Santa Cruz was small, Puerto Villamil, the town in Isabela is even smaller, so it is recommended to just walk to/from any place. At an appropriate time, you have to be at the dock to start your Tintoreras Tour. Tintoreras islet is located just south of the dock where you can do incredible snorkeling and spot a variety of species.
Afterward, you will have the afternoon at leisure to rest and enjoy the beautiful beach of Isabela.
Other things to note
Isabela has an entry fee, which is $10 per person that is not included in the price.

Day 4
The 4th day you will visit the emblematic Sierra Negra Volcano, with a 4-5 hour hike. You start in the morning around 7:30 am, from where you will be picked up from your hotel and taken on this shared tour. it is not steep or very strenuous, but it is long and a minimum physical condition is required.
It is all about landscapes and volcanoes! Sierra Negra has one of the largest calderas in the world. Descending further you can visit Volcan Chico, to witness the incredible landscape of smoldering cones and craters formed by various past eruptions; it literally feels like you're walking on the moon!
A box lunch is provided as well for you.
You will return back to Puerto Villamil around 2 pm.
Afternoon at leisure. It is recommended to take this afternoon to go and visit the Wall of tears. Located about 45 minutes away, it is advised to rent a bike and go and visit it yourself. Isabela used to be a prison for some of the worst prisoners Ecuador had about 70 years ago. The wall of tears are the ruins of this prison.
Other things to note
For Sierra Negra, you don´t need to be an athlete, but as it is a continuous walk uphill, even though it is not very steep, it can be tiring. It is recommended to bring plenty of water.
There are no bathrooms nearby, so it is always good to keep that in mind.

Day 5
On your 5th day, you have a private tour so you can start a bit late. Recommended around 8-9am the guide will pick you up at the hotel and walk to the Wetlands. If you have already visited the Wall of tears by yourself, you have been close to the Wetlands. At the wetlands, you will find one of the biggest colonies of flamingos. 5 minutes away, you will find the tortoise breeding center. At first sight, you might think it is similar to the Charles Darwin Station, but not only you find in here a different variation of giant tortoises, but you find and learn how the tortoises are taken care from the moments they are in eggs until they hatch, grow and become adults.
After your tour, you have some final moments in Isabela, before taking a speedboat back to Santa Cruz at around 3 pm. You will be arriving to Puerto Ayora around 5:30 pm. Transfer from the dock to your hotel.
Other things to note
This is a walking tour with your private guide. Having your water bottle is always recommended, although distances are short.
There are no entrance fees to the wetlands or the Tortoise Center.
The ride to Puerto Ayora is usually a bit shorter than the other way around.

Day 6
At an appropriate time, an assistant will go to your hotel and you will have a transfer from your hotel to the Itabaca Channel. From there you will take the ferry crossing the channel to Baltra´s island, and then take the bus back to the airport. At the airport, your assistant will leave you to do the check-in with your airline.
Remember that the ferry and the bus in Baltra are shared services.
Other things to note
The flights are usually in the morning. Keep in mind that it takes a bit under 2 hours to get from Puerto Ayora to the airport in Baltra. So the transfer is done around 3 hours before departure.
Day 1
Experience a true Galapagos experience.
You start with a transfer on arrival from Baltra´s airport to Santa Cruz. This is not difficult, but a bit tedious, as information can be contradictory. On arrival, you will be picked up from the airport, taken to the bus that will take you from the airport to the dock. Once in there you will take a 5-minute ferry across Itabaca Channel, to get to Puerto Ayora. From there you will have priva…
Секоја авантура ги следи упатствата што важат за дејноста. Во соработка со „Професионалното здружение за авантуристички патувања“ и стручните лидери во оваа област, дефинираме најдобри практики и стандарди за безбедноста.

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Домаќин на Airbnb од 2019 година
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I have been in the travel industry for almost 30 years. During that time I have led highly reputable international companies in Galapagos and Ecuador. Now I want to share this experience and passion with travelers who want to deal directly with locals to make things happen. I have helped thousands of travelers in the past and I myself have traveled to North America, Europe and Australia, so I understand what customers want. My favorite place is the Galapagos Islands, especially for land based trips, because Galapagos is not only about the flora and fauna, it is also about the local communities. I work with a select group of boats too, as there are many in Galapagos but not all of them accomplish the safety and quality standards I provide to my customers. It all depends on your interests, budget and the number of days you have to travel.
I have been in the travel industry for almost 30 years. During that time I have led highly reputable international companies in Galapagos and Ecuador. Now I want to share this experience and passion with travelers who want to deal directly with locals to make things happen. I have helped thousands of travelers in the past and I myself have traveled to North America, Europe and Australia, so I understand what customers want. My favorite place is the Galapagos Islands, especially for land based tr…
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Ryan
август 2021 г.
My friend and I can not recommend this experience enough. Our guide Fernando was extremely knowledgeable, affable and always focused on maximizing our time in the Galapagos. He personalized our experience throughout the trip. He clearly knows everyone - especially on his home island of Isabella - which allowed us a more localized experience than we had hoped for. He took us to the best local empanadas, showed us a secret location to watercolor/sketch and made sure we had incredible pictures to remember the trip by.
Gail
март 2020 г.
Sebastian was the mastermind behind our magical Galapagos adventure that far exceeded our expectations. He curated a very personal experience for us from his vast network of highly knowledgable and personable guides. The daily excursions were thoughtfully paced from highly active to easy. Each day we were transported, with an official guide, to a different activity (or two) by boat, bus or private truck to various islands/beaches throughout the archipelago with unique land/sea flora and fauna and were returned to the privacy of a comfortable hotel room each afternoon. All of this, including breakfasts and most lunches are included in the flat fee, there were no surprises charges! We were so happy we chose a land-based tour instead of a boat tour for a number of reasons especially the opportunity to support the local economy at restaurants and hotels and we enjoyed spending time with the friendly and proud residents of the Galapagos. Our photographs are proof that this was the adventure of a lifetime, we will share our memories with passion!
Nick
октомври 2021 г.
Great time, Katty was awesome.
Guy
септември 2021 г.
Fernando the guide made it a complete package with in depth and expert knowledge.

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