Tour package Discovering Galapagos B | 06 Days/05 Nights

San Cristobal

6 days

Duration

Low

Difficulty

5 years old

Age

Tour Details

Explore the magic of San Cristóbal with our exclusive package in the Galapagos Islands! From a warm welcome at the airport to exciting tours of the Interpretation Center, Tijeretas, and Punta Carola, immerse yourself in the authentic beauty of the island. Enjoy delicious lunches, snorkeling activities in Darwin Bay and Punta Carola, and relax on Mann Beach. This package immerses you in the unique essence of the Galapagos, promising an unforgettable experience from the very beginning.

Day 1 – Chatham Tour

We will explore stunning landscapes, enjoy exciting activities, and immerse ourselves in the rich local culture. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to visit iconic places such as El Junco, La Galapaguera, and Puerto Chino, discovering the unique biodiversity and fascinating history of the island.

Wildlife you’ll have the opportunity to observe

Birds:

  • Blue-footed boobies
  • Mariana iguanas
  • Finches
  • Pelicans
  • Frigates

Land:

  • Giant Turtles

Itinerary:

Arrival and Preparation

Start your day early. All participants must arrive at our agency by 8:00 a.m., where they will meet their naturalist guide. At 8:30 a.m., we will head to our first destination in our ground transportation.

El Junco Lagoon

Our first stop is El Junco Lagoon, located on an inactive volcano. You will enjoy a guided hike to the summit of the volcano, where you will witness an impressive lagoon formed by constant rainfall in the high part of the island. From this elevated position at 650 meters above sea level, you will have a panoramic view of the island and the opportunity to spot various birds soaring through the skies, such as finches, frigates, and petrels.

La Galapaguera

Our second point of visit is La Galapaguera, a natural laboratory that is part of the National Park. Here, you will embark on a guided walk through the area and have the opportunity to witness the majestic species of Galápagos tortoise, Geochelone Chatamensis. You will discover how these tortoises are bred and protected from invasive species in this breeding center.

Puerto Chino Beach

Our third and final destination is the beautiful white sand beach of Puerto Chino, located on the east side of the island. Here, you will have time to relax on the beach or take a stroll along the coast, where it’s common to spot blue-footed boobies. You will also have the opportunity to snorkel and explore the crystal-clear waters in search of sea turtles, rays, sea lions, and a diversity of fish species.

Back to the port

The adventure concludes around 1:30 p.m., at which point you will return to the port. Please note that the exact return time may vary depending on ocean conditions.

Day 2 – Cerro Tijeretas and Punta Carola Tour

From the impressive panoramic view of Cerro Tijeretas to the pristine beaches of Punta Carola, this tour provides you with the opportunity to explore breathtaking landscapes, discover local wildlife, and enjoy relaxing moments by the sea.

Wildlife you’ll have the opportunity to observe

At sea:

  • Sea turtles
  • Stingrays
  • Moonfish
  • Sea lions
  • Starfish
  • Sea urchins
  • Various fish species

Birds:

  • Blue-footed boobies
  • Pelicans
  • Frigatebirds
  • Finches
  • Booby birds
  • Seagulls
  • Tropical birds

Itinerary:

Presentation and Interpretation Center

All passengers must check in at the agency at 8:00 a.m., where they will meet their naturalist guide, marking the beginning of their day. The transportation will first take them to the Interpretation Center, a landmark site that unfolds the history of the Galápagos Islands, especially that of San Cristóbal Island. Here, you can delve into the past of these lands through images and maps, accompanied by a detailed explanation from your naturalist guide.

Hike to Tijeretas Viewpoint

Following that, you will embark on a approximately 20-minute walk along a natural trail that will lead you to the Tijeretas Viewpoint. From this vantage point, your senses will delight in the presence of birds such as frigatebirds, blue-footed boobies, and seagulls.

Bahía de Darwin and Snorkeling Activity

The journey will continue to the iconic Darwin Bay, a space that will provide you with the opportunity to immerse yourself in the crystal-clear waters during an exciting 45-minute snorkeling activity. In the sea, you may observe sea turtles, playful sea lions, majestic reef sharks, and rays.

Punta Carola and Second Snorkeling Session

Next, the itinerary will take you to Punta Carola, a beach of singular beauty. Here, you will have the opportunity to engage in another snorkeling session, lasting approximately 45 minutes. In this underwater realm, you will encounter curious sea lions, marine iguanas defying conventions, and fish displaying a dazzling array of colors.

Playa Mann and Relaxation Time

Finally, we will head to Playa Mann, where you will have time to relax and another exciting snorkeling session.

Day 3 – Tour 360

¡Welcome to the 360 Tour, a unique experience that immerses you in a comprehensive journey through the wonders of San Cristóbal Island in the Galápagos! This exceptional itinerary highlights five iconic destinations that provide a comprehensive insight into the biodiversity and beauty of this island. From the crystal-clear waters of Rosa Blanca to the fascinating León Dormido, our tour will take you to spectacular places, offering you the opportunity to explore, enjoy exciting activities, and immerse yourself in the natural richness of the Galápagos.

Wildlife you’ll have the opportunity to observe

At sea:

  • Galápagos Shark
  • Hammerhead Shark
  • Black and White Tip Reef Shark
  • Reef Shark
  • Sea Turtles
  • Manta Rays
  • Moonfish
  • Dolphins
  • Sea Lions
  • Starfish
  • Sea Urchins
  • Various Fish Species

Birds:

  • Red-footed Boobies
  • Blue-footed Boobies
  • Nazca Boobies
  • Pelicans
  • Finches
  • Frigatebirds

Itinerary:

Arrival and Preparation

All passengers must arrive at the agency at 7:00 a.m. on the day of the tour. At 7:15 a.m., we will head to Acuario I Pier, where you will meet your naturalist guide, and the navigation to the various visiting sites will commence.

Destination 1: Rosa Blanca

Navigation and landing at White Rose. Passengers will have the opportunity to snorkel in the White Rose lagoon, observing turtles, rays, sea lions, reef sharks, and various species of fish. Additionally, they will enjoy a moment of relaxation on the beach.

Destination 2: Punta Pitt

Navigation around Punta Pitt Islet, the only place on the island where you can observe the red-footed booby and other endemic birds. Possibility of sport fishing to catch tuna and wahoo, depending on ocean conditions.

Destination 3: Bahía Sardina

Navigation to Bahía Sardina, lunch on board, and disembarkation for a walk and enjoyment of the beach. Option to snorkel to observe sea lions, rays, sea turtles, and more.

Destination 4: Cerro Brujo

Navigation to Cerro Brujo, where passengers will observe the cathedral, an impressive geological structure, and have the opportunity to photograph endemic birds around the area.

Destination 5: Kicker Rock

Navigation to León Dormido Islet. There will be a snorkeling session to observe the Galápagos shark, black and white tip sharks, hammerhead shark, turtles, manta rays, moonfish, dolphins, sea lions, starfish, sea urchins, and various types of fish. Additionally, you will enjoy the majestic landscape of León Dormido, observing impressive birds such as frigates, blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, Galapagos petrels, and lava gulls.

Back to the port

The adventure concludes around 5:00 p.m., at which point you will return to the port. Please note that the exact return time may vary depending on ocean conditions.

Day 4 – Discovery Scuba Dive

The third day of your incredible diving adventure takes you to Bahía de Darwin and Carawa, some of the most iconic places in the Galápagos. You will immerse yourself in its crystal-clear waters and explore its mysterious tunnels and passages. While diving, you will have the opportunity to spot sharks, turtles, manta rays, and an incredible variety of marine life. It is the highlight of your diving journey in the Galápagos and an experience you will remember forever.

Wildlife you’ll have the opportunity to observe

At sea:

  • Reef Shark
  • Sea Turtles
  • Stingrays
  • Moonfish
  • Dolphins
  • Sea Lions
  • Starfish
  • Sea Urchins
  • Various Fish Species

Birds:

  • Piqueros de patas azules
  • Pelícanos
  • Fragatas

Nature of the Site

Darwin Bay | 1 inmersion

Visibility: It can range from 8 to 25 meters.
Temperature: January to July: 23° to 25° | August to December: 18° to 22°
Depth: 12 meters
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Dive duration: 45 minutes

Carawa | 1 inmersion

Visibility: Can range from 10 to 25 meters.
Temperature: January to July: 23°C to 25°C | August to December: 18°C to 22°C
Depth: 12 meters
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Dive duration: 45 minutes

Itinerary:

Arrival and Preparation

Begin your adventure early. All passengers must arrive at our agency by 7:00 a.m. on the day of the tour. At 8:00 a.m., we will head to Acuario I Dock, where you will meet your diving instructor and start preparing for a unique underwater experience.

First Dive at Darwin Bay

We will sail to the spectacular diving site known as Darwin Bay, where our first dive of the day will take place. Your diving instructor will provide a comprehensive briefing, and once in the water, you will perform surface practices. You will descend gradually using a line, allowing you to adjust to the pressure and avoid ear discomfort. You will reach a maximum depth of 12 meters and explore the waters for approximately 45 minutes, depending on your air supply. This diving site is teeming with marine life, including reef sharks, rays, turtles, barracudas, batfish, sea urchins, various species of starfish, octopuses, and moray eels.

Recovery and Rest

After the thrilling dive, you will return to the boat to enjoy snacks and drinks. You will have a well-deserved break of approximately 1 hour before your next underwater adventure.

Second Dive at Carawa

We will sail for about 15 minutes to reach Carawa, a diving site that houses the remains of a shipwreck that occurred almost a century ago. Over time, this wreck has given rise to the formation of a vibrant reef that attracts various marine species. Equipped with everything necessary and after receiving another briefing from the dive guide, participants will immerse themselves in these waters full of history. During the approximately 45-minute dive, they will have the opportunity to observe sea lions, rays, pufferfish, barracudas, turtles, sea urchins, various types of starfish, moray eels, lobsters, and octopuses.

Back to the port

The adventure concludes around 1:00 p.m., at which point you will return to the port. Please note that the exact return time may vary depending on ocean conditions.

Day 5 – Night Snorkeling

Immerse yourself in the crystal-clear waters as night falls and discover an underwater world full of mystery. Equipped with special flashlights, we will guide you through this unforgettable night snorkeling experience, where marine species will unveil their fascinating nightlife.

Wildlife you’ll have the opportunity to observe

At sea:

  • Lobsters
  • Shrimps
  • Reef Sharks
  • Sea Lions
  • Sea Turtles
  • Starfish
  • Sea Urchins
  • And the highlight of this excursion is the opportunity to observe plankton

Itinerary:

Arrival and Boarding

All passengers must arrive at the agency by 6:00 p.m. on the day of the tour. At 6:30 p.m., we will head to Acuario I Pier, where you will meet your guide and begin your journey to Bahía Darwin.

Preparation and Safety Briefing

Before entering the water, passengers will receive a detailed briefing from the guide about the site and safety standards. They will also be provided with an underwater flashlight before jumping into the sea.

Night Snorkeling in Bahía Darwin

We will sail along the entire coast until we reach Bahía Darwin, where you will enjoy an exciting session of night snorkeling. Accompanied by our staff, participants will have the opportunity to explore the bay and marvel at the marine life that emerges during the night. From reef sharks and sea lions to the astonishing plankton, the experience will be truly unique.

Plankton Observation and Marine Show

We will turn off the flashlights to allow for a clear view of the plankton. By waving their hands, participants will witness everything around them light up with the radiant glow of these microorganisms. The sea lions, as they move, will activate the plankton lights, creating a spectacle akin to a shooting star in the sea.

Return and Refreshment

After approximately two hours of snorkeling, we will return to the boat to enjoy a hot beverage and a light snack. The activity will conclude with our return to the port around 9:30 p.m., depending on ocean conditions.

Day 6 – Lobería and Las Negritas Tour

Throughout this day, you will enjoy the company of a naturalist guide who will lead you through stunning landscapes and provide the opportunity to connect with the rich natural diversity of the island. From picturesque panoramas to fascinating underwater experiences, this itinerary encapsulates the magic of Galápagos at every step.

Wildlife you’ll have the opportunity to observe

At sea:

  • Sea Turtles
  • Rays
  • Moonfish
  • Sea Lions
  • Starfish
  • Sea Urchins
  • Various species of fish

Birds:

  • Blue-footed Boobies
  • Pelicans
  • Frigatebirds
  • Finches
  • Booby Bird
  • Seagulls
  • Tropical Bird

Itinerary:

Introduction and Start of the Tour

All passengers must report to the agency at 8:00 a.m., where they will meet their naturalist guide, marking the beginning of their exciting day.

Destination 1: "La Lobería"

The transportation will take you to the first destination, “La Lobería.” A 45-minute guided walk along a natural trail will allow you to explore the picturesque coast of San Cristóbal Island. During this journey, you will have the opportunity to spot marine birds such as blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds, seagulls, and pelicans.

Destination 2: "Mirador de las Negritas"

The next stop is the “Mirador de las Negritas,” a prominent panoramic viewpoint. Here, the naturalist guide will provide a detailed explanation of the flora and fauna in this environment, enhancing the overall experience. Afterward, you will return to “La Lobería.”

Snorkeling Activity at "La Lobería"

Back at “La Lobería,” passengers will enjoy a snorkeling activity for approximately 45 minutes. This underwater experience will allow them to closely admire sea lions, sea turtles, iguanas, and a variety of fish, including pufferfish and reef species.

Return to the Agency

The itinerary will conclude with the return to the agency around 1:00 p.m., marking the end of this unforgettable day.

The package includes:

Lunch

Snacks

Drinks

Fruits

Life jacket

Naturalist and diving instructor

Water

Snorkel and diving equipment

The package does not include:

Airfare to/from Galápagos

Entrance to Galápagos National Park

Immigration Control Card

Water taxi between piers and boats

Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages

Tips

Gallery:

Equipment:

Long wetsuit

Fins
Boots
mascara snorkel
Snorkel mask
mascara snorkel

Regulator BCD (Buoyancy Control Device)

buzo

Lead Weights

mascara snorkel

Two tanks

IMPORTANT: All passengers must arrive at the agency one day before the tour for equipment testing, between 3:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Aditional Information:

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Referred Hotels: Hotel Emanuel, Hotel León Dormido.
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Referred restaurants: Mockingbird, Rosita’s Restaurant.
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Lunch will be at the restaurant at 1:00 PM.

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At the end of the tour, passengers will have free time in the afternoon to engage in any other activity.

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Snack at the restaurant at 7:30 PM.

Recomendations:

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Bring sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, water bottle, and personal items for your trip.

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If you have your own snorkeling or diving equipment, you can bring it either a day before and leave it at the agency or on the same day of the tour.

Conditions:

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This itinerary is subject to changes at the discretion of the Galapagos National Park and your Naturalist guide, in certain cases, depending on ocean conditions. We take safety seriously and always strive to provide you with the best and safest experience.
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In light of the pandemic, we have implemented strict cleaning policies. Each piece of equipment is thoroughly disinfected between uses, the agency and the boat are cleaned daily. Hand sanitizer is available at all times.

$1094

Tour price

Live the best experience with us and learn more about the fauna and flora of the Galapagos Islands, the cradle of evolution!

 

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