(Santa Cruz Island)
A great animal & action packed adventure for families; this tour takes travelers into the heart of the legendary wilds of the Galapagos. Witness a paradise in which animals have no fear of mankind. The kids can safely get up close & personal with giant tortoises, lizards, iguanas, penguins, blue-footed boobies, sharks, seals & sea lions during daily tours. Cruise through the rocky islands that inspired Darwin, hike Tortuga Bay, go biking, snorkel with marine creatures, walk on pristine beaches, gaze at the equatorial stars & more. - Educational & Exciting! 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 mainland Ecuador 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.
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.
Private vehicle transfer between airport and hotel (includes porterage at airport and hotel)
The Swissotel Quito is a large, grand establishment that promises a friendly, enjoyable experience. The 277 rooms are clean and well-appointed, with a bed so comfortable it will be hard to leave behind. The panoramic views of the city are just as addictive. An extensive breakfast is memorable for its array of fruits, breads, and meats and dairy. A positive environment of caring service and impeccably-maintained lobby space contribute to the hotel's appeal. The fitness facilities are excellent and offer a lot of options for those who are keen on working out. Also try out the tennis, squash, and racquet courts.
Colonial city tour: San Francisco de Quito, recognized as the largest and better preserved colonial city in the Americas. Quito, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, 1978 anddue to its artistic vocation offers art and creativity ranging from the modern to the lavish baroque. While touring opportunity to recognize the gothic style of the Basilica of the Heart of Jesus; dwellings with architectonical influence derived from Spanish Conquistadores visible in observation of tile roofs, forged iron rode balconies and beautifully carved doors. The heart of Quito, Independence Square, flanked by the Presidential and the Archbishop´s palaces, the Metropolitan Cathedral give to the visitor the feeling of going back in time to the of Spanish-American era. The Jesuit church of La Compañía de Jesús, magnificent example of the baroque style in Latin America.
From there we head approximately 11 miles (18 Km.) north of downtown Quito, we visit “Mitad del Mundo” (Middle of the World) and the Equator Monument situated at 0º0’0” latitude where the eighteenth century French Geodesic Expedition built one of the three pyramids as landmarks for their planet calculations to deduct the shape of the earth in a complex which replicates a Spanish-American village. We also visit the Intiñan Solar Museum, where you’ll find scientific and experimental aspects of being right at the Equator.
Depart for your flight from Quito to Galapagos with Tame Airlines
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 Tame Airlines. The flight duration is approximately 3 hours.Please note: Flight rates and availability are subject to change until booking.
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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