WHY THIS TRIP
This is a fantastic short Galapagos adventure that explores 3 different islands in five days. Kayak, SUP, snorkel, hike and travel by boat to a remote island to explore the iconic wildlife of the Galapagos Islands, while spending two nights in a private tortoise reserve in the Santa Cruz highlands, and two nights in a secluded beach lodge on remote Floreana Island.
Upon arrival to the Galapagos, while most other travelers are boarding a bus or a boat for a long journey towards their first Galapagos experiences, you will change into swim suits right in the private VIP lounge at the Baltra airport, and within minutes you will be paddling a kayak through the pristine waters of the Itabaca Channel. In the turquoise colored water there you will most likely see sea lions, blue footed boobies, pelicans, herons white-tipped reef sharks, rays, fish and sea turtles. Take a break from kayaking to plunge into the water to explore while snorkeling.
From the Itabaca Channel you will drive a short ways up into the highlands of Santa Cruz to a private giant tortoise reserve to your home for the next two nights at the Galapagos Magic Tempted Camp, high on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
The next day you will board the very comfortable Sea Finch yacht for a journey to remote Bartolome Island (or similar if starting your trip on a day other than Saturday), where you will have a chance walk up a series of wooden stairs to see an incredible overview of the Galapagos. Next you will take a dinghy ride to look for penguins, then will snorkel in the clear waters, possibly even seeing swimming penguins. Bartolome is considered one of the top snorkel sites in the Galapagos Islands. Later upon return to Galapagos Magic you will have the option to head to Puerto Ayora to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and check out the town.
After another great night at the Galapagos Magic tortoise reserve, you will board a boat for the two hour journey to Floreana Island, which has the smallest population (120 inhabitants) of all the Galapagos Islands. After settling into your rustic, but charming, private cabin overlooking the sea, we will head out for kayaking or Stand Up Paddleboarding on the bay right in front of the lodge. We will cross the bay to La Loberia (a sea lion breeding area) to snorkel in the warm, calm water, where we often see numerous sea turtles, rays, and colorful fish.
On our last day on Floreana Island we explore the highlands, where we visit Asilo de la Paz (Peace Haven) to see giant land tortoises and to learn about the early human history of the first settlers in the Galapagos Islands. After lunch there is time for more kayaking, SUP, snorkeling, or just relaxing in the Galapagos.
The fifth day you board the speedboat back to Santa Cruz, travel overland to Baltra and fly back to mainland Ecuador for more exploration there or to journey to your next destination.
LOCAL OPERATOR: TROPIC, JOURNEYS IN NATURE
Tropic Journeys in Nature creates trips with cultural interaction that are beneficial to both locals and travelers. Clients can expect great service from Tropic Journeys in Nature while enjoying an authentic, specialized, and active eco-tourism adventure with memorable cultural interactions across Ecuador’s Andean region, the Pacific coast region and the Galapagos Islands. The entire staff and its highly qualified guides are focused on safety and committed to providing top-quality personal service and a mind-expanding array of meaningful trips.
DAY 1: Arrive in Galapagos, Kayak Itabaca Channel, private tortoise reserve (overnight Galapagos Magic)
DAY 2: Day trip to remote Bartolome Island with snorkeling (overnight Galapagos Magic)
DAY 3: Travel to Floreana Island, Kayak and Stand Up Paddle and snorkel with sea turtles (overnight Floreana Lava Lodge)
DAY 4: Explore the highlands of Floreana Island (overnight Floreana Lava Lodge)
DAY 5: Return to Santa Cruz and transfer to Baltra for the flight back to mainland Ecuador