Take a bike to Cerro Mesa Ecological Reserve, to walk its paths admiring flora and fauna, plus the spectacular view of the island and its surroundings, and enjoy a picnic on the shore
What to Expect
You will be welcomed at Baltra airport with free transfer by bus to the tip of the Itabaca canal, where you will proceed by ferry to the Island of Santa Cruz. Transport will be waiting in order to transfer you to Puerto Ayora, area where the hotels on the island are located. On the way, you will have the opportunity to visit the lava tunnels and a Turtle reserve. Visit to the Scientific Charles Darwin Station, where you can learn more about the Galápagos Islands; the species that live in this enchanted place, its origin, the theory of evolution and the conservation programs. Observe some of the giant turtles in captivity before retiring to your accommodation.
On day two you'll have breakfast at your hotel. In the morning, go for an excursion to Tortuga Bay Beach, after a 40-minute walk. You will then arrive at this magic place, one of the most beautiful beaches in the Galapagos, with white sand and green mangroves. “Playa mansa” is where we can swim and enjoy of the beach. There is then free time for lunch (not included). In the afternoon, get a tour around the bay on board a yacht, starting with a visit to “La Lobería”, named because of the presence of sea lions. Here you will be able to swim or snorkel. Then you will proceed with our tour to the “Canal del Amor”, a marvelous site where nature gives you an unforgettable view. At the end of this channel, just a few meters forward, is a viewpoint from where you can observe reef sharks. From here you continue with a short walk to see the marine iguanas that inhabit Playa de los Perros. Punta Estrada will also be visited, before a return to Puerto Ayora. Day three will be an excursion by yacht to Santa Fe Island with vivencial fishing, and a return to Puerto Ayora for accommodation. After an excursión to Cerro Mesa and Garrapatero on day four, you will leave Puerto Ayora for the higher part of Santa Cruz Island, where you will take a bike to get to Cerro Mesa Ecological Reserve, and walk its paths admiring flora and fauna. Enjoy a spectacular view of the island and its surroundings from this viewpoint. Finally, continue to the The Garrapatero beach, where you will enjoy a picnic on the shore, and have the rest of the afternoon to enjoy the beach, and the species that you can find in this place, such as Flamingos and mallards in a nearby lagoon. Rental kayaks (optional). At an arranged time, return to Puerto Ayora.
On the final day, day five, your tour guide will pick you up at your hotel to go to the canal of Itabaca, where a ferry will take you to Baltra Island. From the port you will head to the airport. En route, you will visit a coffee plantation that is part of a social responsibility program. The encouragement for the organic coffee cultivation contributes to the conservation of plants and soil and therefore is deemed to be a perfect model of sustainable tourism.
- Transfer Baltra / hotel in Puerto Ayora, visiting the highland part of Santa Cruz Island (Includes lava Tunnels and a turtle reserve) + Visit to the Scientific Charles Darwin Station. (Transfer operates daily at 12h45pm)
- 4 nights of accommodation in Galápagos (Puerto Ayora) with breakfasts
- Excursion to Tortuga Beach & Bay Tour
- Full day Excursion in yacht to Santa Fe Island with vivencial fishing
- Excursion to Cerro Mesa & Garrapatero
- Transfer hotel / airport & Finca de café. (Transfer operates at 8h00 am, arrival at the airport at approximately 10h30 am)
- Hotel taxes
What's Not Included
- Flight to Galapagos Islands ($590.00 USD Per Person)
- Entrance Fees to Galapagos National Park and Ingala ($120 USD Per Person)
- Optional Gratuities
Know Before You Go
Boat travel this excursion is using a boat engine with capacity for 16 people. This tour only takes place Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
Tour operations in Galápagos may change due to climate conditions, operations, and logistics, and are also subject to availability and itinerary changes. GRAY LINE Guarantees that the number of excursions and visits be met, but does not guarantee the itinerary or specific place to visit.
You can modify the tour and, instead of cycling, travel by vehicle.