Santa Cruz Island is one of the Galápagos Islands with an area of 986 km2 and a maximum altitude of 864 metres. Situated in the center of the archipelago, Santa Cruz is the second largest island after Isabela. Its capital is Puerto Ayora, the most populated urban centre in the islands. On Santa Cruz there are some small villages, whose inhabitants work in agriculture and cattle raising. This island is a large dormant volcano. It is estimated that the last eruptions occurred around a million and a half years ago. There is a gigantic lava tunnel that is over 2000 meters long on the island that many tourists visit and walk through. As a testimony to its volcanic history there are two big holes formed by the collapse of a magma chamber: Los Gemelos, its English name was given after a British vessel HMS Indefatigable. Santa Cruz hosts the largest human population in the archipelago at the town of Puerto Ayora, with a total of 12,000 residents on the island.
Tortuga Bay is located on the Santa Cruz Island, a short walk from center of Puerto Ayora where you can view Marine iguanas, birds, galapagos crabs and a natural mangrove where you can spot white tip reef sharks and the gigantic galápagos tortoise.
ARRIVAL GPS / TRANSFER IN - VISIT CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION
VISIT PLAYA TORTUGA BAY - RANCHO PRIMICIAS / TUNELS OF LAVA
TOUR OF BAHIA - FREE AFTERNOON
CRATERS LOS GEMELOS - TRANSFER OUT
DAY 1st.- Transfer to Mariscal Sucre airport, arrival to Baltra airport, reception of our bilingual guides, transfer to Santa Cruz, arrival and accommodation at the hotel. Afternoon visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station and the Interpretation Center of the Galapagos National Park, you can see the exhibitor’s tortoises and land iguanas. Return to hotel.
DAY 2nd.- Breakfast, visit to the beautiful beach Tortuga Bay, unique in the world for its scenery, we can observe marine iguanas and other species of animals, return to the hotel. In the afternoon visit to a private ranch, where "giant turtle" is found in natural habitat, and to complete the adventure you can hike incredible lava tunnel. Return to the hotel.
DAY 3rd.- Tour Bahía: sailing around the most beautiful places in the bay of Santa Cruz, you can visit the island La Lobería where you will observe sea lions, boobies, frigates, also can make snorkeling and swimming. You have free afternoon in order to buy some souvenirs.
DAY 4th.- Breakfast in the hotel. Visit to Los Gemelos, fantastic volcanic formations where you can appreciate the endemic flora of the island. TRANSFER OUT / AIRPORT
THE PROGRAM INCLUDE:
• Tour Guide certified by the Galapagos National Park
• Transfers to diferent place
• Accommodation in Sata Cruz Island in standard tourist hotel (multiple accommodation)
• Snorkeling equipment (mask and fins)
• Life jackets on the navigation Islands
• Visits to different islands, according to the tour itinerary
• Traveler Kit
THE PROGRAM DOES NOT INCLUDE:
• Airplane ticket
• Traffic control card ($20.00)
• Entrance to the Galapagos National Park ($100.00)
• Entrance to Isabela Island ($6.00)
• Anything not specified in the program
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