ARCHIPELL I & II
Detailed Itinerary A1
4 DAYS 3 NIGHTS
Monday to Thursday
MONDAY: SAN CRISTOBAL, LA GALAPAGUERA
Our guide will be waiting for you in San Cristobal Airport and once the group of passengers is completed He/She will accompany you to the Archipell Catamaran which anchors at Baquerizo Moreno harbor. After arrival on board, we will check in and give you general information. You will have the lunch. Afterwards you will start with your first excursion to the Galapaguera which is located in the northeast part of San Cristobal island. It has been created to conserve the San Cristobal tortoise specie. The center has as objective to lead and guide the tourists in conservation topics and protection of the environment. An attractive trail native plants leads to meeting giant tortoises in their natural habitat.
TUESDAY: SOUTH PLAZAS ISLAND - SANTA FE ISLAND
South Plaza has unique Sesuvium plants and Opuntia cactuses scattered across the landscape which provide some of the most interesting wildlife observations available in Galapagos. Land iguanas are easily seen from the trail, frequently under the shade of cactuses, waiting for a prickly pear to fall.
Santa Fe is one of the most entertaining destinations for shore excursions in the Galapagos Islands. It has two trail choices for visitors, one of which takes you to the tallest Opuntia cactus in the Galapagos. While the other trail takes you into the highlands where land iguanas can be seen. After a long walk, the opportunity to swim in calm waters or snorkel with playful sealions will be pretty tempting.
(B, L, D)
WEDNESDAY: FLOREANA, PEACE ASYLUM - LOBERIA
The Peace Asylum is a visitor site where an artisan spring is located. This spring attracted pirates, whalers and later settlers to Floreana as it was one of the very few year-round sources of fresh water in the Galapagos. The Cueva de los Piratas (Pirate’s Cave) is quite literally where pirates carved temporary shelter out of soft stone and is also where one of the original settlers.
La Loberia, is a small beach which is home to a colony of sea lions, as well as some marine iguanas. It’s possible to walk there from the town for some recreational snorkeling. If you’re lucky, the sea lions will come out to join you! Extremely fortunate snorkelers may spot a ray or a shark.
(B, L, D)
THURSDAY: SANTA CRUZ ISLAND - THE CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION – BALTRA AIRPORT
The Charles Darwin Research Station is formed by an information centre, a museum, a library and a tortoise breeding station. In the tortoise breeding you can encounter tortoises of different subspecies, which are prepared for reintroduction to their natural habitats. The most popular inhabitant of this Station is probably the Lonesome George turtle.
After that, you will be transferred to Baltra Airport to fly back to the mainland of Ecuador.