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 beachfront hotel in Isabela 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 Tented 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 Punta Carrion where we will snorkel with tropical fish and graceful rays in the spectacular water, then we journey on to South Plazas Island, one of the more scenic islands in the Galapagos. Here we will encounter a colony of sea lions, and we can also see land iguanas, tropic birds, and Nazca and blue footed boobies in the tall prickly pear cacti. 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 Isabela Island, where the town of Puerto Villamil is a tropical paradise built on a white sand beach. First you will explore the islets of Tintoreras, home to penguins, boobies, pelicans, sea turtles, white tipped reef sharks, marine iguanas, rays, fish, and many other species.
Your second day on Isabela you will hike up to the crater of the massive Sierra Negra volcano, and then onwards to the rim of the Volcan Chico, before returning to town to relax in the hotel or on the beach.
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, Explore Private Tortoise Reserve (overnight Galapagos Magic)
DAY 2: Day trip to remote South Plazas Island with snorkeling (overnight Galapagos Magic)
DAY 3: Travel to Isabela Island to view wildlife and snorkel at Tintoreras, and mountain bike the Wetland Trail (overnight Isamar Hotel)
DAY 4: Hike Sierra Negra Volcano to see World’s 2nd Largest Caldera and Incredible Views (overnight Isamar Hotel)
DAY 5: Return to Santa Cruz and transfer to Baltra for the flight back to mainland Ecuador