(Santa Cruz Island)
You’ll be unable to suppress your smile as inquisitive dolphins approach your snorkeling party and playfully interact with you in their stunning natural habitat where the regular rules of the wild don’t seem to apply.
Thanks to millennia of isolation and carefully-controlled eco tourism, many of the wild residents of the Galapagos Islands have not learnt to fear people and many species will comfortably approach you with playful curiosity. Along with dolphins, you’ll have the opportunity to swim with penguins, seal lions and marine iguanas in the turquoise waters surrounding the 13 main islands, 17 islets and dozens of ancient rock formations that make up this prehistoric archipelago. You’ll also observe giant tortoises in the wild; explore lush Scalesia and Guayabillo forests; visit the Charles Darwin Research Center; hike around volcanic pit craters and through lava tunnels; and board a yacht to explore a range of neighboring islands.
As well as delivering plenty of opportunity for tropical relaxation, this trip also provides an engaging learning experience as certified naturalists accompany you on every shore excursion and share their expert insights into the region’s unique range of vegetations zones, microclimates and abundant wildlife. Your premium accommodation in a luxury safari camp offers all the comforts of home in a breath-taking remote location that you won’t soon forget. A land based tour of the Galapagos is perfect for those who prefer not to spend multiple days and nights at sea.
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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.
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 VIP service allows you the convenience of pre-paying the National Park Entrance Fee of USD100.00 per person. This way, when you arrive in Galapagos, the Safari Camp staff will escort you to a VIP room at the airport, so you can wait comfortably while they take care of paying the Entrance Fee.
This service also includes a private transport from the airport to the channel, from where you will cross the narrow Itabaca Channel to Santa Cruz Island.
Once in Santa Cruz, you will be accompanied by a bilingual naturalist guide who will take you to a farm in the highlands for a tasty lunch. You will then do a complete tour of the area, exploring various vegetation zones and microclimates, walking around pit craters, through lava tunnels and getting acquainted with endemic Scalesia and Guayabillo forests. At the Tortoise Reserve, you will observe the emblematic giant tortoises in their natural habitat and the abundant bird life of the highlands. Your tour will end at Galapagos Safari Camp where you can enjoy a sunset cocktail followed by dinner.
Galapagos Tented Camp is set on a ridge in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island, overlooking the National Park and offering magnificent views over the Pacific Ocean, the famous western & northern islands of Isabela, Santiago, Pinzón, Baltra, Rabida, Guy Fawkes and Daphne. The stylish central lodge is perched on a hill with panoramic views from its spacious veranda. The open-plan interior draws the eye to the islands scattered on the horizon below. Relax in the lounge and bar, with their cosy fireplace. Savour the local and international dishes created by their creative chef with home-grown produce in the dining room. Guests can enjoy the tranquility of the infinity pool to cool down and observe the nature. The 55-hectare farm is rich in birdlife with finches, warbles, mockingbirds, galapagos doves, egrets and owls. Tortoises make frequent visits to the farm and are often seen in the area.
After an early rise, you will take a boat trip to explore one of the neighbouring islands (North Seymour, Bartolomé, Plazas, Santa Fé, Floreana or Isabela). Each island has its particular natural habitat and you will be guided through the evolutionary marvels of your destination. The Galapagos Marine Reserve is the second largest reserve in the world; you will be able to snorkel off the boat and experience the richness of the aquatic species. Alternatively, if you are SCUBA certified we can replace one or both day trips with diving.
Today you will have the opportunity to explore another island near Santa Cruz. Or simply relax and stay to enjoy the facilites at the Galapagos Safari Camp.
On your last day you can tour the farm at your leisure or enjoy the sunrise from our viewpoint before your airport transfer.
Enjoy the VIP room at the Baltra airport, so you can wait comfortably for your flight to Guyaquil or Quito.
Fly from Galapagos to Quito via Guayaquil on Aerogal. The flight duration is approximately 4 hour.
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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