|Destinasjoner :||Ecuador - Galapagosøyene|
|Aktivitets nivå :||Blandede aktiviter - Kultur & Tema reiser (enkelt) - Natur og dyrereiser - Reiser for ungdom|
Kick off your Galapagos adventure in Baltra, where not much happens, so it’s lucky we’re not sticking around for long. Head on over to Isla Isabela, where tortoises roam free and sharks have their very own alley to chill in, go iguana spotting in Tortuga Bay, splash about with a raft of sea lions and pay your respects to the late, great Lonesome George, who was the world’s last Giant Pinta tortoise, in Santa Cruz. 2018 TRIP ITINERARY CHANGE – From January Next year this trip will operate in the reverse order, starting in San Cristobal. Please follow the link below to view the 2018 Essential information.
Welcome to Baltra! Today you'll be joining with other travellers arriving from Quito. After meeting up, transfer to Puerto Ayora and take a public speed boat Isabela Island (about-two-and-a-half hours). When you arrive at Isabela Island, you'll need to pay a port fee of USD 5. In the afternoon, go for a orientation walk.
Start with a visit to the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center for a chance to get a close encounter with these placid giants. Afterwards, move onto the Sierra Negra Wetlands where you can observe migratory birds like sandpipers, common stilts, plovers, flamingos, American oystercatchers and many other interesting species. After spending an hour here, take a bus to the Sierra Negra Volcano, the most active volcano on the Galapagos Islands and the largest crater in the world. Go for a challenging 17 kilometre hike up to the crater, which will take around six to seven hours in total. Please wear comfortable walking shoes that offer good support.
Enjoy a free day in Isla Isabela. You might like to do some of the optional activities, like an excursion to the small islet of Las Tintoreas. Here you can see the rare Galapagos penguin and journey through Shark Alley, where white tipped sharks rest during the day. This is also a great place to see the freaky-looking marine iguanas who nest here.
Start the day with an early-morning speedboat ride to Isla Santa Cruz, which takes about two and a half hours. After settling into your hotel, head out to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and learn about the Charles Darwin Foundation's success in repopulating the islands with the once endangered land iguana and several species of giant tortoise. In the afternoon, head to the higher part of the island to observe the giant tortoise roaming in its natural habitat.
This morning you'll have some free time to do any optional activities you couldn't fit into your schedule yesterday. Later, travel to Isla San Cristobal for about three hours. In the afternoon, your leader will take you on a walking tour of San Cristobal. This evening and all of tomorrow is yours to explore the island at your own leisure. Take as much time to relax as you want or squeeze in as many optional activities as you can. See tomorrow's notes or ask your leader for ideas.
Today is completely free for you to see more of Isla San Cristobal and do any activities you couldn't do yesterday. Perhaps hike to Mann Beach where you can swim with sea lions, or climb up Frigate Bird Hill where you can enjoy incredible views over the islands. There's the option of taking a boat ride to Kicker Rock or Isla Lobos, a favoured excursion that involves swimming and snorkelling with the famous Galapagos marine life. Keep an eye out for sea turtles, eagle rays and the odd harmless Galapagos shark among many others.
Before saying goodbye to the Galapagos Islands, make one last visit to the Interpretation Center. Learn more about the natural history of the islands, human settlement and conservation. This is an awesome way to end your trip. Later, transfer to San Cristobal airport where your trip comes to an end. If you are booking a departure flight for today, please ensure it's booked for anytime after 1pm.
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Get a quick and dirty taste of Galapagos... well, maybe not dirty, but this short trip is jam-packed with adventure
Collect solid gold bragging rights after climbing Isla Isabela's volcano. The views don't get much better than this
Get up close and personal with the stars of the show: the Galapagos giant tortoises
Snorkel through underwater realms of freaky looking fish and sharks that don't actually bite
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