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Home : Endangered species tours : Galapagos Island Tour
Galapagos Island Tour
04 NIGHTS / 05 DAYS
Destination Covered : Baltra Island - Santa Cruz Island (Galápagos) - North Seymour Island - Charles Darwin Research Station To Isabela Island - Sierra Negra (Galápagos) To Puerto Villamil - Baltra Island - Quito
Species Spotted : Black Turtles - Green Turtle - Pirate Birds -Iguanas - 300 Species Of Mammals - Amazonian Monkeys - Rare Bats - Andean Spectacled Bear - Capuchin Monkeys - Almost 4500 Butterfly Species - Caimans - Hummingbirds - Toucans - Cockerel - White Spectacled Bear - Tapir - Armadillo - Andean Wolves - Pumas - Llamas - American Condor - Curiquinga (A Raptor Species) - Giant Hummingbird (The Largest Hummingbird In The World) - Violet Throated Metaltail - Black Breasted Puffleg - Cock Of The Rock Lek Site - Blue Footed Booby - Galapagos Wild Penguin - Barrington Land Iguana - Santa Fe Rice Rat - Sea Lions - Red-Billed Tropicbirds - Swallow-Tailed Gulls - Las Tintoreras - Lonesome George - Whales - Dolphins - Geochelone Nigra Gunther
Baltra IslandDAY 01 : BALTRA ISLAND - SANTA CRUZ ISLAND (GALÁPAGOS)

We head out to the Santa Cruz Island from Baltra Island. This island houses the Charles Darwin Research Station and is the headquarters of the Galapagos National Park Service. It is also famous for the Black Turtle Cove and the Tortoise preserves.

In the afternoon we visit the Highlands of Santa Cruz where you get to see the famous Giant Tortoises in their natural habitat.

(Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 02 : NORTH SEYMOUR ISLAND

After breakfast we go on a boat excursion to one of North Seymour, Bartholomew, Santa Fe or Plazas Islands. The North Seymour Island is home to a large population of birds like the Blue-footed Booby, the Swallow-tailed Gull etc. It hosts one of the largest populations of Frigate Birds. The stock for the captive breeding program of the Galapagos Land Iguana descended from iguanas that William Randolph Hearst translocated from Baltra Island to North Seymour Island in the 1930s.

Bartolomé Island is a volcanic islet. It is one of the few habitats of the Galapagos Penguin, the only wild penguin species that lives on the equator. The Green Turtle is another animal that inhabits the island.

Sante Fe Island is home to the Barrington Land Iguana and the Santa Fe Rice Rat, which are endemic to the Galapagos. Large numbers of Sea Lions are found on beaches on the bay. This island is considered to be one of the oldest islands. It has volcanic rock formations that are believed to have come into existence about 4 million years ago.

South Plaza Island is home to a large number of birds such as nesting Red-billed Tropicbirds and Swallow-tailed Gulls. The island is also home to a large colony of Galapagos Land Iguanas. Depending on the season, the Sesuvium ground vegetation changes its color. It changes from 'intense' green in the rainy season to orange and purple in the dry season.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 03 : CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION TO ISABELA ISLAND (GALÁPAGOS)

This morning we will visit the Charles Darwin Research Station (CDRS). The Research Station is a treasure trove of information about the islands and the species found here. You can also visit the Tortoise Breeding Center and see “Lonesome George”, the only surviving sub-species of the Pinta Island Tortoise. The Charles Darwin Research Station, established in 1964, has a Natural History Interpretation Centre and also carries out educational projects in support of conservation of the Galápagos Islands. Its chief partner is the Galapagos National Park Service.

After lunch, we travel to Isabela Island. Here we visit the flamingo lagoon, and “Las Tintoreras” in the afternoon, with some time for snorkeling. Isabela Island is home to more wild tortoises than all the other islands. Several different sub-species of tortoise have evolved in this region. The west coast of Isabela in the Bolivar Channel is the best place in Galapagos to catch a glimpse of the whales and the dolphins.

(Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner)

Puerto VillamilDAY 04 : SIERRA NEGRA (GALÁPAGOS) TO PUERTO VILLAMIL

After breakfast we visit Sierra Negra and Chico Volcano on Isabela Island, where we hike along the scenic terrain. Sierra Negra rises to an altitude of 1,124 meters. It is the home of the Sierra Negra Giant Tortoise (Geochelone nigra gunther), which has a saddleback shell and is found on the southern and southeastern slopes of the volcano. This species is endangered and is threatened by illegal hunting. It is now part of a captive breeding program.

We will have our packed lunches at this beautiful spot and return to Puerto Villamil for snorkeling.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 05 :- BALTRA ISLAND - QUITO

Early in the morning we will return to Baltra to catch our flight back to Quito.

( Breakfast)

QUICK INFORMATION :

The Republic of Ecuador, the second smallest country in South America is surprisingly also one that scores large on the travel quotient. Bordered by Columbia, Peru and the Pacific Ocean, this diversity hotspot also comprises the laboratory of evolution, the Galapagos Islands.

Apart from amazing wildlife, Ecuador also preserves some rare historical locations including the capital, Quito, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Banos, famed for its interesting nightlife. The country also holds the distinction of being the first to have enforced Rights of Nature through its constitution. From the majestic Chimboraza Volcano to the wild Cajas Nationa Park, the serene Lake Mica and exciting Andean mountain trail, Ecuador offers you a chance to truly indulge in wilderness.

Greet the armadillos, the tapirs, the parrots and the cockerels, discover the land of evolution at the Charles Darwin Research Centre in Galapagos, feel the thrill as you explore the ruins of Ingaprica and step into the extremely bio diverse Cotopaxi National Park. In Ecuador, you breathe in the wilderness, relive history and reinstate your belief in the strength of nature.


WILDLIFE HIGHLIGHTS
  • Four ecological zones- Amazon Rainforest, Andean Highlands, Coastal Lowlands and Galapagos Islands

  • A cove of black turtles, the largest population of pirate birds, wild penguins and Darwin’s favorite Iguanas welcome you to the marvelous archipelago of the Galapagos, an island, uninhabited by Homo sapiens, nurturing evolution in its own little refuge

  • Around 300 species of mammals, from Amazonian monkeys to rare bats and Andean spectacled bear

  • Capuchin monkeys in Misahuallí 

  • Almost 4500 butterfly species

  • Caimans in the Oriente water bodies

  • Hummingbirds, toucans, cockerel, white spectacled bear, tapir and armadillo in the ecological hotspot of Antisana Ecological Reserve

  • Andean wolves, pumas and llamas in Cotopaxi National Park

  • Ramsar Wetland, Cajas National Park with the American condor, Curiquinga (a raptor species), giant hummingbird (the largest Hummingbird in the world) and the violet throated metaltail

  • Black breasted puffleg in Yanacocha Reserve

  • Maquipucuna Reserve with its treasure of endangered and endemic species

  • Cock of the rock Lek site at Angel Paz Reserve

  • Special birdwatching trails at Cordillera de Los Huacamayos
BEST TIME TO VISIT

Travelers can visit Ecuador all year round.  Ecuador experiences only two seasons, the dry season and the rainy season, both are travel friendly. The dry season extends from June to September and the rains last from January to May. Visitors are encouraged to determine the breeding season of the animal they want to view and travel during that specific period. For those who want to enjoy the beaches, January to May is the best time to visit.