ITINERARY "D" FRIDAY TO FRIDAY - 8D/7N

START END
D – Friday
Day 1

D – Friday

Baltra Island – Mosquera Beach

AM

Departing Guayaquil to Galapagos (1½ Hour Flight).

BALTRA ISLAND: Home to Galapagos’ main airport, this will be the starting point of your experience aboard the best tour of the Galapagos Islands. A bilingual guide will meet you at the airport and assist you during the transfer onboard the Golondrina. Welcome Ceremony, briefing session.

PM – After Lunch

MOSQUERA: Wet landing. Situated between Northern Seymour and Baltra, its distinctive flat geography sets her apart from the rest of islands. A long strip of white sand, rocks and tide pools, Mosquera Islet is an excellent diving and snorkeling site where you can enjoy the local fauna without crowds of tourists to distract you.

Dinner and next-day briefing session.
Day 2

D – Saturday

Isabela Island – Fernandina Island

AM

VICENTE ROCA POINT (ISABELA): Dinghy (panga) ride through this site made of two separate coves and a spectacular bay where sea horses, penguins, rays, sea turtles, globefish, blue footed Bobbies and the fascinating sunfish are commonly found. Lunch onboard.

PM

ESPINOZA POINT (FERNANDINA): Dry landing. Hour and a half hike through sandy and/or rocky trail that’ll take you through iguana nesting grounds (nesting season January-June). During the hike you’ll be able to see lava flows, penguins, pelicans, lava cacti, and a colony of cormorants. Snorkeling on the beach before heading back onboard.

Dinner and next-day briefing session.
Place 2
D – Sunday
Day 3

D – Sunday

Isabela Island

AM

URBINA BAY (ISABELA):Wet landing on Urbina T. Kilometer-long, 2-hour-long hike through sandy and/or rocky trail were you can find coral reefs and seashells above water. You’ll also observe a large land iguana colony, Darwin finches, giant tortoises, (between June-September) and non-flying cormorants. Snorkeling on the beach before heading back onboard for lunch.

PM – After lunch

TAGUS COVE (ISABELA): Dry landing. During the 1800’s this place was a port where whalers would dock and write the names of their vessels on the walls of a cave. The visit begins on the shore, up a wooden ladder and onto a trail that’ll take you through a forest of Palo Santo trees and arrive at Darwin Lake, a salt water lake inside an extinct volcanic crater. We’ll hike around the lake, through the site’s characteristically dry vegetation, so we can get a panoramic view of the Darwin and Wolf Volcanoes (2-hour-hike, begins at sea-level and getting up to 50m above sea-level). After the hike, a dinghy (panga) ride along the shoreline will offer a chance to observe penguins, cormorants, bobbies, pelicans and sally crabs. Snorkeling on the beach before heading back onboard.

Dinner and next-day briefing session.
Day 4

D – Monday

Santiago Island

AM

PORT EGAS: Wet landing on the dark sand beach of James Bay. 1½ hour hike on rocky terrain onto the Salt Crater were you can find Darwin finches, Galapagos hawks, marine iguanas, sally crabs, seals and sea lions. Snorkeling on the beach before heading back onboard.

PM – After lunch

CHINESE HAT: Wet landing onto a rocky-terrain trail. 30 minute hike that’ll take you through lava rock formations, you’ll see the lava cacti and the Galapagos Sesuvium. Snorkeling on the beach before heading back onboard.

Dinner and next-day briefing session.
Place 2
D – Tuesday
Day 5

D – Tuesday

Santa Cruz Island – Baltra Island

AM

SANTA CRUZ ISLAND (CHARLES DARWIN SCIENTIFIC STATION): Visit the 1959-established Charles Darwin Station to learn about the Giant Tortoises and their reproduction, as well as the origin and formation of the archipelago.

PM

PRIMICIAS RANCH: On the very first stop, you’ll be able to see the staple and namesake of the Islands: the Giant Tortoise, these gentle creatures are easily spotted gracing through the foliage or resting. Harder to spot but equally fascinating, the many birds that reside in the Galapagos are literal descendants of the Andean Plateau species; endemic sub-species of Mockingbirds, Flycatchers, Cattle Egrets and Finches can be seen throughout the Ranch.

Dinner and next-day briefing session.
Day 6

D – Wednesday

Española Island

AM

TINTORERAS: Located South of Port Villamil, Tintoreras has a tranquil turquoise-water bay where a variety of marine life can be seen: sea turtles, iguanas, and sea lions are almost a guaranteed spot. The bay is connected to a shallow fissure, when the tide is low the entrance is cut off and sharks and stingrays can be found swimming within. Lunch onboard.

PM

ARNALDO TUPIZA BREEDING CENTER: The population of giant tortoises of the island is maintained through their bred-in-captivity program.

WETLANDS: This area is known for its sandy beaches, rocky coastline and its mangroves. A series of trails allow tourists to closely observe the four species of mangrove that can be found in the Galapagos, as well as Great Blue Herons, Galapagos Hawks, Lava Herons, Striated Herons, Lava Gulls and many other bird species. 30 minute hike.

WALL OF TEARS: A solemn reminder. The wall was built between 1946 and 1959, while the island was a penal colony. Inmates were forced to erect the wall with large blocks of volcanic rocks. The wall is called so because of the many inmates that died building it.

Dinner and next-day briefing session.
Place 2
D – Thursday
Day 7

D – Thursday

Santa Cruz Island

AM

RABIDA ISLAND: One of the more colorful and volcanically active islands of the archipelago, as well as an amazing diving site. We begin at the prominent Brown-Sanded Beach of Rabida, then a light ½ a mile hike to reach a lookout of breath-taking view.

A paradise for birdwatchers, Flycatchers, Brown Pelicans, Galapagos Hawks, varieties of Finches and many other of the rarer species flock to Rabida. Wet landing, lunch onboard.

PM

DRAGON HILL: After docking, we’ll go behind the beach to reach a hyper-saline lagoon frequented by Flamingos, Wilson’s plovers, Black-bellied Ducks among others. The hike to Dragon Hill overviews the bay and takes you right into the Galapagos Land Iguana nesting grounds after which the site takes its name. Many of the iguanas nesting at Dragon Hill have been relocated here by the Charles Darwin Scientific Station.

Dinner and next-day briefing session.
Day 8

D – Friday

Santa Cruz Island – Baltra Airport

AM

BLACK TURTLE COVE:

No landing, dinghy (panga) tour of the site; near Baltra.

An extraordinary beautiful experience. You’ll get a chance to see Black Sea Turtles in the clear water below, as the dinghy cuts the engine and the operators row you along the mangrove-laden shoreline, discover hidden lagoons while keeping an eye out for the diverse bird and sea life variety.

After visiting the cove, you’ll do your final transfer to Baltra Airport by bus and fly back to mainland.

End of tour.
Place 2

RATES STARTING AT $2301.00 Itinerary may chance due to force majeure

Rate Includes:

 

  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Naturalist Bilingual Guide (English-Spanish).
  • All the site detailed on the program (may change due to force majeure).
  • Snacks after visiting every site.
  • Unlimited drinking water, tea & coffee.
  • Airport-Dock, Airport-Itabaca Shuttle Service and vice versa (included only during operational dates).

Not Included On Rate:

 

  • Airfare to and from Galapagos.
  • If you don’t book your tour with TIERRA VERDE a USD $50 + TAX fee is applied per person**
    When passengers book their own plane tickets they assume full responsibility of any and all delays and extra expenses that could or may appear (bus, dinghy, hotel or other fares) in order to reach the cruise on the first day and reach their flights back when the tour is over. Additionally, our operators will not modify any itinerary dates to accommodate transfer logistics.
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee USD $100, per person **.
  • Snorkeling Equipment 5 Days: USD $25, per person – 8 Days: USD $35, per person **
  • Wetsuit 5 Days: USD $25, per person – 8 Days: USD $35, per person **.
  • Tips, Souvenirs or other expenses.
  • 12% TAX for Ecuadorians or if the billing is handled by a travel agency (**Fees and Taxes may change without notification)

Special Conditions

 

  • Our rates and published fees and taxes may be affected by Govern-mandated increases on VAT or the cost of supplies.
  • SUPERIOR Cabin: USD $100, per person.
  • Fragata Upper Deck convertible twin beds.
  • Bilingual Guide for non-English-speakers USD $250 + VAT TAX (liable to change and availability).
  • SINGLE Cabin, 80% Rate.
  • 10% discount for kids under 5 years of age, liable to availability.
  • 10% Special Itinerary Fee.

POLICIES All you need to know

What To Bring With You?

 

Considering that tours of the Galapagos Islands often include long walks, swimming, humid or dry terrain, and other physical activities we recommend that you bring along with you:

  • Comfortable walking shoe.
  • Sandals for wet landings.
  • Light short pants.
  • Long-sleeved shirts / t-shirts.
  • Light raincoat / windbreaker.
  • Night sweater.
  • Water resistant bag / backpack for walking.
  • Bathing suit.
  • Socks.
  • Hat.
  • Sunblock.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Binoculars.
  • Video and picture camera.
  • Sickness pills (consult your doctor).

Booking Policies

 

Booking should be handled through email and will be confirmed by a TIERRA VERDE TOUR GUIDE.

  • Bookings made 90 or MORE DAYS prior to departure must confirm their reservation with a 40% (per person) DEPOSIT WITHIN TEN DAYS of first contact.
  • Bookings made LESS THAN 60 DAYS prior to departure must confirm their reservation with a 40% (per person) DEPOSIT INMEDIATELY.
  • Booking made between 59 or less days before departure from which you must immediately pay the deposit of 40% of the total per person.
  • Balance to be paid up to 30 days before departure.
  • Booking made 30 or less days before departure must pay the total amount immediately.

IN ACCORDANCE WITH THESE TERMS AND TIME LIMITS WITHOUT A WRITTEN TIME EXTENTION PETITION BY THE CLIENT, TIERRA VERDE CAN MAKE USE OF CANCELLED BOOKINGS WITHOUT NEED OF CONCENT OR GROUNDS FOR COMPLAINT FROM THE CLIENT.

Cancelation Policies

 

  • Cancelations made 120 or MORE DAYS before departure are REIMBURSED 100%.
  • Cancelations made BETWEEN 119-90 DAYS before departure are CHARGED a USD $250 LATE-CANCELATION-FEE (per person).
  • Cancelations made BETWEEN 89-30 DAYS before departure are CHARGED a 40% LATE-CANCELATION-FEE (per person).
  • Cancelations made LESS THAN 30 DAYS before departure are NOT REIMBURSED.

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