Short & Sweet

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Short & Sweet

See the magic of the Galapagos

For those of you who unfortunately don’t have the time to relax in Galapagos, we have a package that is right for you. In 5 short days you will see, be amazed and never forget the magic that is Galapagos. We have land tours and snorkelling to make sure you will meet the most diverse range of Galapagos inhabitants, as well as giving you the option to scuba dive to broaden your horizons just a little more. (This tour can also be Synchronised with your cruise itinerary if you would like to see a little more of Galapagos).

Itinerary

Transfer from Baltra airport to hotel with Highland Tour – guided.

This tour consists of visiting 3 sites: El Chato, Lava tunnels and Los Gemelos. El Chato Tortoise Reserve is near Santa Rosa, approx 19km from Puerto Ayora. This is one of the only places where you can observe the ancient creatures up close in the wild. They look old, they smell old and they even sound old when they suck in their necks and heads and let out a hiss of air, like an old leather cushion. The reserve is also a great place to see the short eared owls, Darwin`s finches, yellow warblers and paint billed crakes.

After you return to the current century you will be taken to the lava tubes, where you can walk more than 1km underground. They were formed by the solidifying of the outside skin of molten lava flow. When the lava flow ceased, the molten lava inside the flow kept moving, emptying out of the solidified skin thus leaving tunnels.

Lastly a visit to Las Gemelos, the twin craters that are actually sink holes surrounded by Scalesia forest. Vermillion flycatchers and often seen here, as well as short eared owls on occasion. It is a beautiful place to take in the greenery of Galapagos and walk along the small paths around the craters to spot some of the bird life.

At the conclusion of the tour you will be transported back to Puerto Ayora and your hotel.

Depart 7am for a 2 tank dive trip. The site will depend on your experience and our itinerary. Includes: light breakfast, 2 tanks, all equipment, guide, towels and photos of your dive.

Santa Fe departure: 8am – 4.30pm
Includes: lunch, guide & snorkel equipment

AM: Free time

PM: Academy Bay Tour
Departure: 2am, pick up from hotel at 1:45pm
Travel Time: The pier is a 2 minute walk from our office and then only a short boat ride to the first snorkel site.
The Tour: The bay tour consists of visiting 5 sites. The Loberia is a small island about 10 minutes into the bay where there is a large colony of sea lions. It provides an excellent environment to swim with the babies and playful youngsters. Shark Channel and Lovers Channel are both lovely snorkelling sites and also beautiful places to take in the blue footed boobies who are regularly seen resting on the cliffs close by. Dog’s beach gives you opportunity to get off the boat and walk through cactus forests to a remote beach where you will almost definitely encounter a marine iguana or many, and turtles are often seen feeding just off the shore. The last site is Las Grietas, a water filled crevice in the rocks. The water is cool and clear and great for snorkelling, and if you dare you can join the locals in scaling the vertical walls and plunge gracefully or clumsily if it may be, into the water below.
Return: Approx 5.30pm

Includes: Snorkelling equipment (mask, snorkel and fins) wetsuits available at an extra charge, but rarely necessary.

Departure: 6am – 8am
Return: Approx 4-5pm
Includes: Breakfast (for Bartolome tour only), lunch, water, snorkelling equipment (mask, snorkel and fins) wetsuits available at an extra charge.

Please send us your preference for this day. Tours are subject to available spaces.

Includes:

  • All meals mentioned in tour below
  • Hotel in Santa Cruz (4 nights)
  • All transfers in Galapagos
  • Snorkel equipment and dive equipment on all tours
  • All tours mentioned in itinerary above

Does not include:

  • Flights unless organised with Academy Bay Diving
  • National park entrance fee ($100 payable on arrival)
  • Tourist card ($10 payable in airport in Quito or Guayaquil)
  • Meals not stated in tour itinerary
  • Day 1
  • AM: Baltra – airport. Transfer to hotel with Highland Tour
  • PM: Visit, Los Gemelos, Tortoise Reserve & Lava Tunules
  • Day 2
  • AM: Scuba Diving or Santa Fe snorkel tour for non divers
  • PM: Free time to visit Tortuga Bay
  • Day 3
  • AM: Free time to visit Tortuga Bay
  • PM: Academy bay Tour
  • Day 4
  • North Seymour or Plazas or Bartolome or Santa Fe*
  • Day 5
  • AM: Transfer to airport

* Depending on available spaces

Accommodation Type

This package is run for anyone and every budget

We have 3 levels of hotel for you to choose. If you are backpacking, honeymooning or can’t stand the thought of a hostel and would like a little more comfort or would like to go all out and have the best, we’ve got you covered!

  1. Tourist Class – Private rooms, private bathrooms, hot water, TV and WiFi, some have cooking facilities.
  2. Tourist Plus – Private rooms, private bathrooms, hot water, air con, TV, WiFi, telephone, breakfast, swimming pool.
  3. Tourist Superior – Private rooms, hot water, WiFi, telephone, TV, air con, breakfast, swimming pool.

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