Itinerary A 8

Itinerary A 8

Day by day

Day 1 : San Cristóbal Island: Airport & Cerro Colorado

AM – Arrival at San Cristóbal Airport (SCY)
Upon arrival at the San Cristóbal Airport, travellers pass through an airport inspection point to make sure that no foreign plants or animals are introduced to the islands, and to pay the park entrance fee of $100 (unless it has been prepaid). A guide will meet you, help you collect your luggage, and escort you on a short bus ride to the harbour.

PM – Cerro Colorado (San Cristóbal)
Cerro Colorado Tortoises Protection and Growing Centre, approximately 40 minutes by bus from the southeast of the island, was built to improve the status of the population of the island tortoises. The centre includes a large corral, a Visitor Centre, breeding centre and an interpretative trail. Along this trail, it is possible to see different species of native and endemic plants as well as birds like the San Cristóbal mockingbird, yellow warblers, many species of finches and the Galapagos  flycatcher.

Day 2 : South Plaza Island & Santa Fe Island

AM – South Plaza

South Plaza is located to the east of Santa Cruz Island, and forms part of a pair of islands known as “Islas Plazas”.

Despite its small size, some of the most interesting and outstanding species of the Galapagos are found here. The Plazas land iguanas are smaller than their relatives on other islands. Throughout the island there are several hybrid iguanas, a result of crossing a marine iguana with a land iguana.

They are unique and can be recognised at first glance by their black/grey color, with a land iguana’s crest, but face and tail of the marine iguana. The big population of iguanas is due to the presence of tuna, their favourite food. Swallow tailed gulls nesting in the rugged cliffs are seen along with other seabirds as: audubon shearwaters, red-billed tropicbirds, frigate birds and brown pelicans.

PM – Santa Fe

Located in the southeastern part of the Galapagos, this island was formed from an uplift rather than being of volcanic origin, which is why it is mostly flat. There are some theories which claim that this could be the oldest island in the Archipelago. Santa Fe is home to a number of endemic species like the Galapagos Hawk, Galapagos snake, Galapagos mockingbird, rice rats and one of the two species of lands iguanas of the islands. After disembarking into the beautiful and clear waters you will be in contact with one of the many sea lion colonies. Along the trail many salt bushes can be seen as well as the giant prickly pear cactus – gigantism is a characteristic of oceanic islands. There are many possibilities to snorkel with playful sea lions and tropical fish.

Itinerary Map

Punta Albermarle | Marine iguanas | Galapagos Islands
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Santa Fe  | Galapagos Islands
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Punta Moreno | Frigate | Galapagos Islands
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Includes

Accommodation as confirmed.
All mentioned meals (full-board); filtered water, tea and coffee.
All guided excursions and activities as mentioned in the itinerary by a National Park certified naturalist guide.
Beach towels and snorkelling gear (snorkel, mask, flippers; optional wet-suits for hire).

Does not include

Round-trip flight to the Galapagos.
Soft and alcoholic drinks.
Galapagos National Park entrance fee and Transit Control Card (currently $120, subject to change).
Personal travel insurance.
Personal expenses, extras and tipping.
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