OVERLAND TOUR OF THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS - 4 days/3 nights (single room)

  • Port

    Manta

  • Level of difficulties

    Difficult

  • Type

    Sightseeing, Nature excursion, Cultural, Meal included

  • Price

    Adults

    EUR3140.0

  • Duration in hours

    83

  • Shore excursion code

    02WS

Description An absolutely unmissable four-day tour of the Galapagos Islands, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1978 and one of the most famous destinations in the world for nature and adventure lovers, but that’s not all. They are a real open-air museum that will unleash the explorer in us. The archipelago is home to an impressive variety of endemic animal and vegetable species, and was the inspiration behind natural scientist Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. Sea turtles, iguanas, sea lions and an endless array of multi-coloured fish and birds are waiting to treat us to an unforgettable experience.

What we will see Day 1
  • Guayaquil airport: flight to the Galapagos Islands 
  • Baltra Island: the Itabaca Channel, ferry to Santa Cruz 
  • Santa Cruz Island: rural areas, Darwin’s finches, visit to the 'Twin Craters' 
  • Lunch at a local ranch 
  • Puerto Ayora: Charles Darwin Research Station, a centre for scientific research and conservation of the marine and land ecosystems of the Galapagos Islands 
  • Dinner and overnight stay at a hotel
Day 2

Visit to one of the following islands: 
  • Bartolomé Island: White sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters, lunar landscape, lava formations, Pinnacle Rock, turtles, sea lions and Galapagos penguins, whitetip sharks
  • North Seymour Island: A paradise for birds (gannets, seagulls, frigatebird colonies, pelicans) and iguanas and sea turtles 
  • Afternoon at Bachas Beach: flamingo pond 
  • Lunch on the yacht 
  • Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel
Day 3

Visit to one of the following islands:
  • South Plaza Island: Prickly pear cactus and Galapagos carpet weed, land and sea iguanas, sea lions, seagulls, gannets and frigatebird colonies 
  • Afternoon at Punta Carrion: snorkelling with stingrays, sharks and hundreds of multi-coloured tropical fish 
  • Santa Fe Island: Prickly pear cactus, seagulls, tropical birds, land iguanas, lava lizards, Galapagos hawks, snakes and sea turtles
  • Lunch on the yacht 
  • Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel 
Day 4
  • Baltra airport: flights to Guayaquil and Lima, packed lunch during the stop in Guayaquil 
  • Arrival in Lima: transfer to the port of Callao


What we will do Day 1 
  • We will start this exciting four-day tour travelling by coach from Manta to Guayaquil airport, about 4 hours away. While we check in, we will be given a packed breakfast. 
  • After a flight of around 1 hour and 30 minutes, we will arrive at the Galapagos Islands, specifically Baltra Island where the archipelago’s main airport is located, which was built during the Second World War by the US marines to control the Panama canal. In Baltra, we will meet our nature guide and take a transfer on a local bus to the beach on the Itabaca Channel, which separates Baltra from Santa Cruz, another island in the archipelago, which we will reach on a short ferry ride
  • When we get to Santa Cruz, we will board a private vehicle and head to Puerto Ayora, an important town on the other side of the island. On the journey, we will see the rural areas typical of the island and find out about agriculture on the archipelago and the diverse flora and fauna. Surrounded by spectacular natural landscape and countless species of animals and plants, we will try to spot Darwin’s finches, the famous birds that formed the basis of the famous English scientist and naturalist’s theory of evolution. On the way, we will also visit the Twin Craters, two large circular holes similar to craters, created by the collapse of the earth’s crust into underground cracks. The view here is spectacular. 
  • We will stop for lunch at a ranch in the area before setting off again to visit theCharles Darwin Research Station, financed by the Charles Darwin Foundation, where scientists from all over the world work tirelessly on scientific research and the conservation of the marine and land ecosystems of the Galapagos Islands. This research station, where guides, rangers, teachers, volunteers and students also work, is part of the Fausto Llerena Breeding Centre, where giant turtles are fed and reared by attentive researchers and then reintroduced into their natural habitat after 2 or 3 years.
  • After visiting the research centre, we will head to the Angermeyer Hotel for check-in, dinner and an overnight stay.
Day 2
  • Day 2 is dedicated entirely to visiting one of the following islands in the archipelago: Bartolomé, North Seymour, South Plaza or Santa Fe.
Bartolomé
  • We will get up early and travel to the Itabaca Channel where we will board a yacht that will take us to Bartolomé Island, famous for its stunning white sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters. During the ride, which will take around two hours, we will have breakfast on the yacht as we watch the sun rise over the sea. If we are lucky, we may also spot some dolphins first thing in the morning. Given its geographical position, we will immediately notice the lack of vegetation on the island, which has a fascinating lunar landscape made up of unusual lava formations that have not been altered since the last eruption. The island is famous for its Pinnacle Rock, which is one of the archipelago’s distinctive features and is inhabited by sea lions, sea turtles and the rare Galapagos penguins. We will then head to the beach where we can walk along the dunes to the pelican nesting area. From the top of the dunes we can also see some whitetip sharks swimming in the bay’s clear waters. We will turn back to the beach we started at, where we can swim and snorkel in the crystal-clear sea, populated by all kinds of species of multi-coloured fish. We will get back on our yacht where we will be served lunch and in the late afternoon we will return to the hotel for dinner.
North Seymour
  • We will set off at 8am from the Itabaca Channel and discover North Seymour, considered a birds’ paradise. After about an hour’s ride on a yacht, we will arrive at the island and travel on a dinghy along a section of rocky coast near to the small Palo Santo forest made up of bare trees for most of the year. The island, whose name is derived from English Lord Hugh Seymour, has a surface area of around 2 km², a top altitude of 28 metres above sea level and is famous for being home to a large number of birds, including the blue-footed booby, swallow tailed gulls and one of the biggest frigatebird colonies. It is also interesting to note the interaction between these seabirds and the courtship between the males and females of the same species. During the excursion, we will also visit a beach with small cliffs, where we may be able to see seagulls, sea lions, iguanas and pelicans. We will then get back on our yacht where we will be served lunch, consisting of two courses. Then we will sail on to Bachas Beach on the north coast of Santa Cruz Island. We will enjoy a short walk to a pond where we can find flamingos, then we will swim and snorkel in the clear turquoise waters populated by all kinds of species of multi-coloured fish. In the late afternoon, we will return to the hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.
South Plaza
  • We will set off at 8am on a yacht from the Itabaca Channel and discover South Plaza, one of the smallest of the Galapagos Islands. Named after a former Ecuadorian president, General Leónidas Plaza Gutiérrez, the island will instantly amaze us with its turquoise waters, white sandy beaches and black coastal rocks. The island’s flora includes prickly pear cactus and Galapagos carpet weed, which form a bright reddish carpet over the surface of the lava flows. When it comes to the fauna, there are lots of land and sea iguanas, sea lions with their distinctive cries and many varieties of birds, including tropical species and swallow tailed gulls. We will follow a path that will take us to the highest cliff where there are countless blue-footed boobies and frigatebird colonies soaring through the sky. The view from this point, overlooking the ocean with powerful waves crashing against the cliff, is an unforgettable experience. We will get back on the yacht where we will be served lunch as we head to Punta Carrion, an exceptional spot for snorkelling, where we may see stingrays, sharks and hundreds of multi-coloured tropical fish. In the late afternoon, we will return to the hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.
Santa Fe
  • Named after the Spanish city, this island has a surface area of 24 km², a top altitude of 259 metres above sea level and is famous for having one of the most beautiful bays in the Galapagos Islands. Santa Fe has a prickly pear cactus forest and its rugged cliffs provide refuge for swallow tailed gulls, red-billed tropicbirds and petrels. We can also often spot land iguanas, lava lizards, Galapagos hawks, the northern mockingbird and several types of snakes and sea turtles. As well as taking a stroll on the island to discover its unique fauna, we can also go snorkelling or swim with the playful sea lions. We will get back on our yacht where we will be served lunch and in the late afternoon we will return to the hotel for dinner*.
Day 3
  • Day 3 is dedicated entirely to visiting one of the following islands in the archipelago: Bartolomé, North Seymour, South Plaza or Santa Fe (see the descriptions above)
Day 4
  • After breakfast at the hotel, we will take a transfer to Baltra airport to catch a flight to Guayaquil and then to Lima. During the stopover in Guayaquil, we will eat the packed lunch that will be provided. 
  • When we arrive in Lima, we will take the coach back to the port of Callao and get back on the ship.

What you need to know
  • The itinerary may be subject to change without prior notice due to instructions from the National Park or circumstances beyond our control.
  • This excursion must be booked 60 days before the stopover in Manta. 
  • This excursion is not recommended for guests with mobility problems or wheelchair users.
  • Minimum age: 12 years old.