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Amazing Galapagos Express 4 Days -3 Nights

23 reviews
Amazing Galapagos Express 4 Days -3 Nights

Amazing Galapagos Express 4 Days -3 Nights

23 reviews

Overview

About 70,000 tourists visit the Galapagos Islands each year, making them Ecuador’s most popular tourist destination. Of the 30 islands only 4 are inhabited by people. Due to the climate of the islands, it is possible to see the many species of animals of the Galapagos Islands throughout the year. However, there are still two seasons caused by the currents around the islands. In the cool season (July to December), the weather is cool due to the southeasterly winds and the Peru current. The waters can become quite cold and can also be quite foggy. However, the cool season is also the dry season. The warm and wet season is from January to June, when the warmer currents of Panama cause a water temperature between 20 and 26 degrees Celsius. The air temperature can be 30 degrees Celsius or more.

Highlights

The Galapagos archipelago is also known as the Enchanted Islands. It is a name given to them by the Spanish sailors because of the fog that sometimes surrounds them and because of the sea currents that prevented navigation to them in certain seasons.

Trip Details

  • Galapagos: Reception – Primacies Ranch
  • Galapagos: Tortoise Bay Beach – port tour
  • Galapagos: Bartolome Island
  • Return: to country of origin

Itinerary

Day 1: Galapagos: Reception - Primacies Ranch:

Transfer to the airport to take your flight to Galapagos. Arrival at the airport

After a 50 minute drive we will arrive at the hotel in Santa Cruz.

Cruz. After hotel accommodation and lunch we will visit a giant tortoise ranch.

Tortoise ranch.

Day 2: Tortuga Bay Beach - Port Tour:

We visit one of the best places to find breathtaking views and wildlife in the Galapagos Islands.

in the Galapagos Islands. We have  to walk 40 minutes to reach this magical place, one of the most beautiful beaches in the islands, and have time to swim and enjoy the beach. In the afternoon

we will do the navigable tour. Our boat will arrive at the small islet called La Lobería.

after the large colony of sea lions, we will also visit Punta Estrada, the shark channel and the dog beach., as well as Grietas, mine of the salt and german beach.

we will walk around the most beautiful places of Santa Cruz Bay. We will visit

the Salt Mines, the trip ends with a refreshing swim at Punta Estrada Beach, better known as Playa de los Alemanes.

known as German Beach and the crack, where we will also be able to snorkel.

snorkeling.

Day 3: Bartolome Island.

This day you can go walk and snorkeling. The young Bartolome Island has an area of 1.2km.

1.2km, it is ranked among the 10 most beautiful islands in the world for having a great variety of red, black, orange, green and

red soils, and volcanic formations, its most famous point is the famous Pinnacle.

famous Pinnacle.

back  to the hotel

Day 4: Galapagos – Quito.

After breakfast we will go to Baltra airport to take the plane that will take  your country of origin.

back to your country of origin.

AccommodationSGLShared Room
HOTEL 3*809750
HOTEL 4*1189949

Included

  • Transfer In/ out at the Galapagos airport (shared service).
  • Lodging at selected hotel.
  • Daily breakfast.
  • Daily assistance and support.
  • Shared land and sea transportation.
  • Tours and activities according to itinerary:
  • Visit Ranch Primicie
  • Visit Tortuga Bay Beach – Port Tour
  • Tour to Bartolome Island
  • Mask and snorkel for the snorkeling activity (only in places where this activity can be done).
  • Guides authorized by the Galapagos National Park.
  • Hotel taxes.

No Included

  • Domestic and international air tickets
  • Entrance to tourist sites
  • PNG entrance fee: Foreigners: Adults $100.00 Children $50.00
  • Tourist Transit Card TCT: $20 per person.
  • Internal Transportation in Baltra – (Airport – Itabaca Channel – Airport) $ 10.00.
  • Santa Cruz Island Wharfage Tax ($1.00 per pax for each time you use it for
  • to travel to other islands or bay tour)
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Services or activities not specified in the program.
  • Personal expenses and tips.

Recommendations:

Book your flight in advance

Flights to visit the Galapagos Islands depart from Guayaquil or Quito. It is not exactly a cheap trip, but sometimes you can find discounts if you book in advance. If you are going to make a trip on your own to several islands, a good idea is to arrive at one of the airports (Baltra or San Cristobal) and depart from another.

Do not worry about the entrance to the park

You do not have to make any preparations when purchasing the entrance fee to the Galapagos Park. When you arrive at the departure airport you will pay a $20 transit fee at the INGALA booth. Without this document you will not be able to board. Then, upon landing, you will have to pay the $100 park entrance fee to continue your trip.

Choose between cruise or self-drive

The most popular option to visit the Galapagos Islands is aboard a cruise ship that stops at different islands. These usually last between 4 and 7 days. Although it is the easiest option, it is also the most expensive.

If you opt for the second option, you will basically make a base on the islands of San Cristobal, Santa Cruz and Isabela and from there you can hire excursions to nearby islands. The trips between these 3 islands are made in the so-called fibers. They cost about 30$ and leave early in the morning and at 14:00 or 15:00.

Take into account the weather

There is no bad season to travel to Galapagos (although between January and April there is more chance of rain), but the season does influence the fauna and flora you can see when visiting the Galapagos Islands. If you are looking forward to diving with hammerhead sharks, for example, a good time is in April or June. There are mating seasons for animals such as blue-footed boobies or marine iguanas that are also impressive, so it is important to be informed beforehand.

Booking accommodation is not so important

If you think that sleeping in Galapagos is expensive, in the islands we have mentioned you will find accommodation from 30$ a double room. If you do not go during high demand periods such as Easter, Christmas or summer vacations, you will have no problem booking when you arrive. In fact, this way you can get some discounts.

Choose your excursions wisely

Don’t panic, if you decide to visit the Galapagos Islands on your own, you should know that the normal price of a daily excursion is around $150. Therefore, if you do not want to spend your entire budget, choose well which excursions you want to do. We highly recommend the Túneles y Tintoreras in Isabela, León Dormido from San Cristóbal and Santa Fe, Bartolomé and Plaza Sur from Santa Cruz.

Don’t worry, there are also accessible places where you will see a lot of wildlife without paying too much. For example, the Lobería, Tortuga Bay or the Manzanillo farm are impressive and visiting them is free or costs less than $30.

Respect nature

These islands are a natural paradise that we have the duty to preserve. Therefore, follow the rules of the park and do not touch or feed the animals, do not introduce food that is not allowed, do not take anything from the park… In short, practice responsible tourism

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