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5-Day Guided Galapagos & Los Tuneles Tour

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Day 1: Arrival to Santa Cruz

Pass By: Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador
You can arrive to the Galapagos Islands only by flight from either Quito or Guayaquil (air ticket not included). Our English‐speaking guide will be waiting for you at the Baltra Airport in Galapagos. He will then lead you to the port of Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz Island) for lunch.

Afterwards, we will take a short rest before making our way to the Highlands of Santa Cruz. Here you will have the unforgettable opportunity to observe the famous Galapagos Giant Tortoises in their natural environment. The Islands themselves were named after these species.

You will also be able to see the famous Galapagos Finches, Bird Wizards, as well as endemic vegetation such as Escelacias forests and Matazarnos. After this incredible encounter with the Giant Tortoises, we will return to Puerto Ayora. Dinner will be served local‐style menu in the specified restaurant.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Accommodation in selected class hotels.

Day 2: Charles Darwin Station

Pass By: Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador
The guide will have specified the hour to meet to begin the visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station. After breakfast we will head to this spot. The Station is populated by a variety of Giant Tortoise representing their fellow specie, one of each island in the archipelago.

Here you can also listen about the ongoing conservation efforts directed at preserving the Giant Tortoises, as well as the environment of the archipelago as a whole. After this we will make a short visit to the Art Galleries of Puerto Ayora and then eat lunch. Return to the hotel to rest before heading for lunch at a local specified restaurant.

After lunch we will begin the journey from Puerto Ayora to Isabela Island at 2:00pm (subject to change) via public speedboat (approx. travel time 2 ½ to 3 hrs.) A guide will be waiting for you in Puerto Villamil and then lead you to check in at the hotel. After a brief rest we will take a short walk to visit the Flamingo Lagoon, one of the natural breeding sites of the Galapagos flamingos. Return to the hotel to rest and eat dinner at the local specified restaurant.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Accommodation in selected class hotels.

Day 3: LosTuneles

Pass By: Isabela Island, Galapagos, 010850 Ecuador
Your third day is entirely dedicated to Los Tuneles, an ocean paradise of volcanic rock formations off the coast of Isabela. Strap on snorkeling gear to discover friendly sea lions, colorful fish, and yellow stingrays.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Accommodation in selected class hotels.

Day 4: Hiking at Sierra Negra & Snorkeling at Concha Perla

Pass By: Isabela Island, Galapagos, 010850 Ecuador
Make sure your camera is stored in waterproof bags, wear some sunscreen, bring water, and a hat! Yourself will prepare a box lunch at the hotel with the foodstuff of your choice. We will then travel approximately 45 minutes by truck or bus to begin the 16 km hike (appx. 4 hours). The hike is long in terms of distance, but not very difficult as the inclines and declines are quite gradual.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Accommodation in selected class hotels.

Day 5: Goodbye Galapagos!

Pass By: Seymour Airport, Aeropuerto Seymour de Baltra, Isla Baltra Baltra, Ecuador
On the final day we recommend waking up at 5:00 am to have enough time to get ready for the transfer‐out from Isabela to Puerto Ayora. We will take the public speedboat, which leaves from the dock at 6:00 am (subject to change), and arrive in Puerto Ayora (approx. 2 ½ hrs. depending on the tide). We will eat breakfast there, and then depart for Baltra where you will catch your return flight to either Quito or Guayaquil.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
Departure Point: Baltra Aiport (GPS) - Baltra Island, Galapagos Islands

Airports

  • Baltra Airport, Ecuador
Departure Time
6:00 AM
Duration
5 days
Return Details
Baltra Aiport (GPS) - Baltra Island, Galapagos Islands
IMPORTANT NOTE: make sure you pick a late flight for your return on the last day of the tour (departing later than 12:30 pm)
Inclusions
  • 5x Breakfast
  • 4x Dinner
  • 4x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 4 nights
  • 4 nights accommodation in selected class hotels in Galápagos
  • All meals (breakfast – lunch – dinner) as per itinerary
  • All land and sea transportation within the Galapagos during the program
  • Bilingual naturalist guides for each island and activities
  • Excursions and visits during the program as per itinerary
  • Snorkel equipment as specified by the itinerary
  • Transfer-in and out from Baltra Airport (by truck or by bus depending on group size)
  • Transfer Puerto Ayora – Isabela – Puerto Ayora by public speedboat
Exclusions
  • Air Tickets to/from Galapagos
  • Galapagos National Park Entry Fee – USD$100
  • Isabela Dock Fee – USD$5
  • Migratory Control Card – USD$20
  • Water taxi from dock – speedboat – USD$1 per person/per ride
  • Soft-drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • NOTE: Please, make sure you book an early flight of arrival to Baltra Airport on Day 1 (before 11 am) in order to follow the order of the displayed itinerary.
  • However, if you must book a late flight (later that 11:30 am), please let us know as soon as possible (preferably at the time of reservation of the tour). We will need to modify the order of the activities in the itinerary.
  • In either case, make sure you also pick a late flight for your return on the last day of the tour (departing later than 12:30 pm)
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants
  • Please take into account that air tickets must be purchased arriving and departing to/from Baltra Airport - Galapagos.
  • Itinerary subject to change due to Galapagos National Park dispositions or to circumstances beyond our control, no refunds will be applicable in these cases
  • Note: The tour is not private. Accommodations are private, but the guided activities will be shared with other travelers.
  • IMPORTANT REMARKS:
  • Hotel Selection:
  • The hotel selection depends on the category of hotel that you choose (Tour Options). Once you choose the hotel class of preference, we will specify to you which hotels (belonging to the class chosen) are available for the dates of your trip. Hotels are categorized in the following classes: Economic Class, Tourist Class, Tourist Superior Class and First Class. All the hotels have been carefully chosen by us after close inspection.
  • Restaurants
  • This also depends on the chosen hotel class, as not all hotels have restaurant services. Meals are served in the “meal of the day” style; however, if you choose First Class hotels you will have more variety and gourmet-style meals. By patronizing local restaurants we contribute to the local economy and support sustainable tourism.
  • Guides
  • Guides will accompany you throughout all excursions and visits. They will not go with you on the speedboats between islands either. Guides are certified by the Galapagos National Park - if you feel that their guidance does not meet your expectations, feel free to leave a complaint at the National Park Direction to help improve the quality of service in the islands.
  • Public Speedboats
  • It is recommended that you take a seasickness pill if you are sensitive to sea-sickness before each ride between islands. It is also recommended that you carry on small plastic bags in case of seasickness.
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
Cancellation Policy
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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Just wrapped up four nights in Isabella and a night in Santa Cruz. The whole trip was arranged by Andres with Nature Galapagos who made the whole process extremely simple and straight forward. The entire itinerary was amazing and the experiences were unforgettable. The pricing
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Response from NikolayMancheno, Gerente at 5-Day Guided Galapagos & Los Tuneles Tour
Responded 6 May 2019
Dear Shawn, We appreciate you take time to post your thoughts about your trip to Galapagos with us. We were really looking forward to knowing about your experience, and now that we have it, we can't be happier. Andres told us about the great job he did with you. Cabo Rosa is one of our passenger's favourites and it's really worth to upgrade your itinerary to visit this. We are going to pass this to our operations department as they also have been done a great service with your tour. And, again, thank you so much for recommending us! We really appreciate it. Warmest Wishes NATURE GALAPAGOS & ECUADOR TEAM
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