(Santa Cruz Island)
Begin the tour in Quito, the capital city of Ecuador.The next two days are filled with adrenaline with a downhill biking adventure at Cotopaxi volcano and a full day of hiking at the Pasochoa Volcano. The following morning transfer to the airport and board the flight to the Galapagos. Upon arrival be greeted at the airport and transferred to the Finch Bay Eco Hotel with stops at the Highlands to see the giant tortoises and Twin Pit Craters. Whether your interests lie in observing the natural wildlife of the Galapagos, enjoying world-class diving, mountain biking, exploring lava fields, relaxing on the beach, or a bit of everything, your stay at the Finch Bay Hotel offers you the freedom to select the activities of your choice. After your stay in the Galapagos return to Quito and spend the evening at leisure before departing onwards the following morning. Experience this unique opportunity to explore the natural beauty and wonder of the Galapagos Islands. The Galapagos Land program allows you to create your perfect Galapagos Family Adventure! Begin the tour in Quito, the capital city of Ecuador. Enjoy a full day tour of Colonial Quito including the Equatorial Line. The following morning transfer to the airport and board the flight to the Galapagos. Upon arrival be greeted at the airport and transferred to the Finch Bay Eco Hotel with stops at the Highlands to see the giant tortoises and Twin Pit Craters. Arrive at the Finch Bay Eco Hotel and spend the evening at leisure. Whether your interests lie in observing the natural wildlife of the Galapagos, enjoying world-class diving, mountain biking, exploring lava fields, relaxing on the beach, or a bit of everything, your stay at the Finch Bay Hotel offers you the freedom to select the activities of your choice: Hike to Tortuga Bay, swim, snorkel, enjoy the sun at the beach or pool. You don't even have to go far from your hotel, as just a relaxing walk within the grounds can be a revealing introduction to the outstanding variety of Darwin's Finches, famed for their role in Darwin's evolutionary theories. After your stay in the Galapagos return to Quito and spend the evening at leisure before departing onwards the following morning. This program can be offered as 3/4 & 7Night packages. If you are interested in only scuba diving - please ask about the Scuba Diving Packages.
Upon arrival you will be met by our local representative who will help you locate your vehicle.
Enjoy a private airport transfer with a professional driver.
The Hotel Patio Andaluz Quito, located in the heart of historic “Quito Antiguo” and surrounded by churches, museums and national monuments, was declared Cultural Patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO in 1978. The Hotel is an official National Treasure and holds centuries of history within its walls. It was part of the original Solaris (original building sites) that constituted the City of San Francisco of Quito at the time of its foundation. The hotel has a maximum capacity of a 63 guests with only 32 suites, and has fully equipped amenities throughout the hotel without sacrificing its traditional colonial style.
Depart from Quito driving south through the inter-Andean valleys until we reach the entrance to the Cotopaxi National Park. Cotopaxi National Park & its scenery by bike, Vast plains, dirt roads, trails and small paths are the perfect setting for playing around on your bike and enjoying this adventure to the full. Discover the magic of this secret realm of giants. Enjoy a box lunch and then return to Quito to arrive late afternoon.
Drive from Quito to the entrance of the Pasochoa Protected Forest, a collapsed crater south of Quito. Pasochoa is an old volcano whose horseshoe-shaped kettle environment is home to hundreds of species in the only remaining Andean forest close to Quito. We will travel to an altitude of 3,150 m / 10,334 ft along the northeastern flank of Pasochoa, from where we will take a less-demanding road to the summit. The descent route passes through the northeastern mountain moorlands and then heads towards the rocky terrain of the tallest summit, located at 4,200 m / 13,779 ft. Enjoy a box lunch and return to Quito in the late afternoon.
Fly from Quito to Galapagos via Guayaquil today. The flight duration is approximately 4 hours. Please note: Flight rates and availability are subject to change until booking.
The $100 entrance fee to the Galapagos Islands Park and the $10 Tourist card are included in your booking. Please note that the itinerary is a guide only - the route and program vary according to National Park policies and regulations, weather conditions, seasonal changes, safety precautions and wildlife encounters.
Upon arrival at the airport at Baltra Island, you will be taken across the Itabaca Channel, to Santa Cruz Island. Where a bus will take you to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island for a visit the Giant Tortoises Reserve in their natural habitat, a once in a lifetime experience!
A stop is then made at the Twin Pit Craters, great depressions of volcanic material, formed by a long process of slow sinking of the ground, where exceptional Scalesia trees, ferns, mosses and orchids can be seen in the surroundings.
Box lunch is provided and then on to the Finch Bay Eco Hotel to enjoy its multiple attractions: pool, the white coral beach in front of the hotel and rest on your hammock.
Many options for multisport activities are available for those guests not wishing to take a yacht excursion to visit nearby islands.
•Excursions on Mountain Bike
•Introduction to diving (Discover Scuba Diving)
•Hike to Las Grietas
•Stargazing and much more
The waters of Galapagos are a Natural Heritage Site, and world known for top notch diving. In Galapagos, the water realm brings the diver right up front with the healthiest marine life of the planet, as well as unique encounters with big animals like rays, sea turtles, sharks, and an array of tropical and subtropical species of fish. The diving is generally not for beginners, but the different sites offer varied options. Some diving is done within Academy Bay, while other options include minimal traveling in order to reach other islands and their dive sites. Please inquire at the hotel lounge for more details. Diving will provide you with an incredible new perspective of Galapagos. It will leave you totally enchanted.
With the aid of binoculars, or in most cases without them, you will notice that the many natural features of the hotel host many species of Galapagos birds. The trails within the hotel grounds are easy to follow and pretty much self-guided. Don't be surprised if after one outing your list of recorded species is above twenty, with little time invested. Perhaps, the not-so-attractive birds will reveal the greatest natural history: the Darwin's Finches. Being the most interesting bird species in the Galapagos, the finches deserve great attention. The key element for successful observation relies in their beaks. Watch carefully, and you will notice there's a great deal of beak size and depth variation. This feature is similar to the use of different tools for different purposes. In finch world, different beaks can break different seeds. Differentiation has become the factory for new species to develop.
Hiking, Strolling, Trekking & Walking
Many hiking options can give guests a wonderful way to experience Galapagos. An easy option can be a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station, to see the giant tortoise conservation program, and afterwards a great stroll along the streets of Puerto Ayora. For those that want a longer walk within the National Park, a great option is Tortuga Bay and its breathtaking long white sandy beach. A guided adventure up in the highlands can be a more challenging visit since the distance covered will be greater, and hiking conditions a bit more strenuous. More active, longer, and detailed trekking programs can be customized. The hotel staff can give you all the advice needed for enjoying this great activity even more.
The great location of the hotel allows our secluded beach to be the most appropriate area for ocean (sea) kayaking. The Ocean Kayak brand is used, with model Malibu Two. Each kayak holds two participants, and the bay is the perfect location for learning or practicing. Those with more experience can explore the nearby shores and discover the wonders of being right at the water line, next to boobies, herons, mangroves, and more. Besides great physical effort, there's a lot of teamwork added to the kayaking experience. More kayaking details can be found at the lounge.
Bay Discovery Tour
Academy Bay is not the common bay. It is part of a collapsed wall of a giant submarine volcano, where flora and fauna abound within its shores. Watch brown pelicans, magnificent frigate birds, egrets, herons, boobies, sea lions, rays, turtles, and sharks, coastal & arid zone vegetation. It is a great and relaxed program where the wildlife of Galapagos blooms in every corner of the bay.
After an incredible day, nothing can be more rewarding than watching a starry night at the Equator. Not only the Galapagos' skies lack what is known as "light pollution", due to the small population that lives here, but the equatorial skies allow views of southern and northern constellations at the same time. To make this even more successful, the hotel has prepared a great multimedia show and explanation of how sky watching works, and their Stargazing Laser Pointer adds a new dimension to understanding amazing stories. An evening of fun encounters with the stars.
Some activities may be subject to additional costs - please ask for details.
Located on Santa Cruz Island at Punta Estrada, across the bay from the town of Puerto Ayora, it is situated in a quiet location, with only pedestrian and bicycle circulation - there are no cars in the neighborhood. The hotel has been fully renovated and transformed, with important changes to upgrade its facilities and landscaping. The hotel's new look features environmentally friendly materials and use of natural light with large windows, beachfront access, large pool and outdoor Jacuzzi. The charming Finch Bay Hotel - named after the famous Darwin's Finches abundant in the surroundings - is just steps from the beach on a private seaside location, surrounded by mangroves. Here guests can cherish the privacy, natural surroundings and superb service offered by the Finch Bay.
Your excursion today is to:
NORTH SEYMOUR ISLAND - Yacht Excursion
A stroll on flat terrain allows the observation of Palo Santo trees and colonies of blue-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls and magnificent frigate birds. Towards the other side of the island, the ocean crashes against the rocks and sea lions surf in the waves.
PLAZA ISLAND - Yacht Excursion
This small island is full of fascinating wildlife, at sea side and along the cliffs: sea lions, land iguanas, swallow-tailed gulls, Opuntia cacti and vegetation that changes colors with the seasons.
Leave early in the morning for a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station, home to famous “Lonesome George” and many other giant tortoises. Then, overland transfer to the Baltra airport to take the flight back to the continent.
Fly from Galapagos to Quito via Guayaquil on Aerogal. The flight duration is approximately 4 hour.
Depart from Quito International airport - end of itinerary
A departure tax must be paid upon departing Ecuador through the Quito airport. The payment must be made in cash and the cost is of USD$44.30 per person. Subject to change without notice.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Ecuador for the most up to date visa information.
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