Galapagos Islands Extension (Essence)

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Tour Overview

(Depart few days earlier; meet the rest of the group in Lima on day 1 of the tour)

Visit the majestic islands of Galapagos, where animals roam free in their natural habitats. Live an incredible experience following Charles Darwin footsteps and sharing priceless moments with the mega diverse fauna that you will only encounter in this unique place.



Transfer to hotel and Overnight at hotel.

Guayaquil -Baltra - Santa Cruz Island

Arriving to Baltra we will take a shuttle through Santa Cruz Island where we will reach the highlands of the Islands with its green vegetation. We will stop to visit a Ranch, and we will be able to see Giant Turtles in their natural habitat. Enjoy lunch at the ranch. After this we will continue to Charles Darwin station. Overnight at hotel in Puerto Ayora.

Breakfast, Lunch
Santa Cruz Island

Full Day Bartholome Island – Navigable tour from Santa Cruz.
Early in the morning, transfer to Baltra to start our first navigable tour to Bartholomew, breakfast on board.

Bartholomew is a small island located next to Santiago Island. One of the Islands´ principal attractions is the “pinnacle rock” In order to see it properly will make an easy hike for around and hour.

In this excursion you will learn from the volcanic landscape of the island and see different species such as: lava lizard or cacti, once we reach the top will have a magnificent view of the Pinnacle rock in contrast with the volcanic landscape blended with the turquoise waters of the surrounding beaches.

After the excursion we will proceed to do snorkelling in one of the coral beaches of the areas where if we are lucky we will see: Marine turtles, sea lions, multicoloured fish and penguins. Lunch will be on board in the afternoon we will return to hotel. Overnight at hotel in Puerto Ayora.

Breakfast, Lunch
Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz) - Isabela Island

After Breakfast Ferry transfer to Isabela Island. Afternoon visit to Laguna de los Flamingos. Overnight at hotel in Isabela Island.

Isabela Island

Full Day visiting ‘The Tunnels’ – Navigable tour from Isabela Island

After breakfast, we will visit a unique place in the islands, ‘Los Túneles’ (‘The Tunnels’). Our path starts on board a speedboat on a 45 minute trip. Our experienced captain will securely lead us across the waves that normally hide this treasure.

The Tunnels were formed millions year ago when rivers of liquid lava ran across the island reaching the coast shore.

The cold water froze their superficial layer isolating the interior while liquid lava kept flowing into the sea.

When the eruption finished, a hollow structure was formed and its wall later broke allowing water to come inside, creating tunnels.

Our guide will join us along hundreds of tunnels while we snorkel and discover the marine life such as sharks, lobsters, penguins, sea lions, boobies, marine turtles among other endemic species from Galapagos.

A snack will be served on board. If lucky enough, we will have the chance to witness giant manta rays feeding in open waters.

Boxed lunch will be on board. Return to hotel. Overnight at hotel in Isabela Island.

Breakfast, Lunch
Isabela Island - Santa Cruz Island - Quito

Early morning Ferry transfer from Isabela Island to Puerto Ayora. Transfer to Baltra airport for your flight to Quito.



Tour Inclusions

  • 1 night in Guayaquil + transfers
  • Accomodation at selected Hotel in Santa Cruz and Isabela
  • Meals as noted per program (B= 5, L=3)
  • Speed boat tickets: Santa Cruz – Isabela – Santa Cruz
  • Snorkel equipment
  • Bilingual guides (English-Spanish)
  • Additional economy class airfares Santiago-Guayaquil / Quito-Lima
  • Air ticket to/from Galapagos

Tour Exclusions

  • Airport taxes and fuel surcharges
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee (USD 200)
  • Tourist Transit Card (USD 20)
  • Tips
  • Any items not listed in the inclusions or mentioned in the itinerary

Tour Pricing

Extension to Galapagos Islands for Essence of South America Tour
Twin / Double
Extension to Galapagos Islands for Essence of South America Tour

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