Day Tour to uninhabited Island from Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, Ecuador

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Day Tour to uninhabited Island from Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, Ecuador

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About this trip

 

The destination of the day tour booked will depend on the availability of boats and destinations on the day of travelling. All day tour boats are regulated by the Galapagos National Park and are assigned a destination per day of the week.

The destinations are:

LEAVING FROM ITABACA CANAL: take into account that this includes a landtransport from the hotel to the canal of 45 minutes there and 45 minutes back, before starting on the boats

Plazas

Your first stop will be a refreshing one; you will be snorkeling at Punta Carrion where you will see colorful fish and sea turtles. Afterwards you continue to Plazas. There are actually two islands, Plaza Norte and Plaza Sur. Only Plaza Sur, the southern bigger island is visited by tourists. This island has a lot to offer. The flora and fauna will astonish you. This island is mostly known for the many land iguanas that live on it. When you are a little further from the coast, it looks like you’ve walked into the movie “Jurassic Park”, because you will be eye to eye with beautiful green, yellow and orange land iguanas. This is all surrounded by beaches, beautiful cacti and in the background the blue ocean. At the coast the male sea lions live in peace. The militant lifestyle is only maintainable for males who are in their prime. The elders spend their last days in colonies, of which one can be found at Plaza Sur. It is sensational to see how the sea lions and iguanas mix. They play together as real pals. This island also offers a lot to bird lovers and a so called “birdwatchers paradise” can be found; a steep cliff with swallow tailed gulls, masked boobies, blue-footed boobies, tropical red bill birds, frigates, pelicans and Audubon’s. The gulls, partners forever, are always here cuddling or nesting.

North Seymour

North Seymour is located north of the island Baltra. The island has a surface area of only 1.9 square kilometres and is almost totally flat. At this island there are the breeding colonies of the frigates, the blue-footed boobies and the swallow tailed gull. To impress the female frigates, the male blows up his red throat bag. To attract more attention they fly around in the surroundings of the female. You can imagine that this is not too easy with a blown-up throat bag, because they lose their balance quicker. It is interesting to watch. Afterwards you will navigate towards the beach of Bachas. Here you can relax at the beach and follow the trails of the nesting sea turtles and snorkel a bit and swim at the beach. There is also a trail leading to a flamingo pool where there might be flamingos, on the way you see the shipwreck of Bachas.

Bartolomé

This is a day tour and breakfast (in most cases), lunch and snorkeling equipment are included.

Bartolomé is a bit further away than other islands, therefore you start early today. The first stop will be a refreshing one. At Sullivan Bay you snorkel from the boat or relax at the beach. Here you can find, from December until April, green sea turtles that come ashore to lie in the sun. This is special because in other places the turtles only come ashore at night to lay eggs. During the day they are staying in the safe water. Snorkeling is almost a must here. With a little luck you will see the “Moorish Idol”; this is the most beautiful fish from the Galapagos. Afterwards you continue to Bartolome. The island has a surface area of only 1.2 square kilometers and the highest point of the island is at 114 meters. You can reach this point by taking a path through an almost surrealistic landscape and past recent signs of volcano eruptions. You will visit the highest point of the island with a spectacular view over the lava in different colors, the many volcanoes and the deep blue see as well as the famous “Pinnacle Rock”.

LEAVING FROM THE HARBOUR OF PUERTO AYORA: this is only a maximum of 5 from the accommodation.

Santa Fe

The beauty of this Island is best appreciated from the trail which climbs the fault cliff overlooking the southern half of the bay. This plateau is also the best place to find the large land iguanas (Conolophus Pallidus) that are endemic to Santa Fe Island. The Santa Fe land iguana lives nowhere else in the world and, in fact, on no other Galapagos Island. A sub-species of the famous endemic Galapagos land iguana, the Santa Fe variety is yellowish-green in color and can grow to over one meter in length. At the beach of Santa Fe you can observe a sea lion colony and in the bay there are often rays, white tip sharks and sea turtles. At the rocky side of the bay you will snorkel with colorful fish.

Group – Minimum 2 passengers

What’s included

  • Activities
    Activities as described in day tour (depends of the destination)
  • Bilingual guide
  • Lunch
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Transport
  • Tips & Personal expenses

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We had a wonderful time, even though my boyfriend got sick on the bus ride (motion sickness). The guides and driver were very friendly and helpful. The trip up to the top was tougher than we anticipated, but with the expertise of Claudia and the rest of the team we arrived in good shape at the top. Luckily the snow started to melt when we arrived, so we could see all the nice colors and we also got to visit The Red Valley. I would definitely recommend this trip to everyone who is in a good physical shape. We had a great time.
By Romy V for OB 20681 Rainbow Mountain and the Red Valley off the beaten path on 21 Oct, 2019
We had a wonderfull trip and a great guide.
By Centina G for OB19020 Titicaca Cultural Express-Full day-Group service on 06 Sep, 2019
The Client seems like they had a lovely time. The Initial booking and itinerary suggestions from Agostina and team were very professional & Helpful. Super efficient!
By Louise M for Corless, Martin x2 - flights on 25 Jun, 2019

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