Our visit to this site allows us to observe the coastline and the incredible geological formations that are the features of the bays, islets and cliffs that make up Galapagos
- Trip Outline
- Important Info.
Bicycle Test & Visit to Charles Darwin Centre
Puerto Ayora Route (12km) The Charles Darwin Research Station is located on the coast in Puerto Ayora, the main town on Santa Cruz. On this visit you will be introduced to the conservation programs in which they work, caring for the flora and fauna species of the islands. You will visit the breeding centre and take a tour of the interpretive centre where you can see turtles in all stages of growth. Remember to bring your passport with you to receive a unique stamp from the Darwin Centre, a souvenir of your amazing visit.
Cycling in the Highlands of Santa Cruz
0800 - Breakfast Highland route (30km) Our first stop is Los Gemelos, which translates as the twins. Situated in the highlands of Santa Cruz and shrouded in rich vegetation, you will discover this pair of giant craters that were formed by the collapse of huge magma chambers - a testament to the island’s violent volcanic history. There are many mosses, ferns and epiphytes to observer in this forested region which is home to many species of bird including small and large tree finches. From here we will travel to the El Chato Ranch in the Zona de Reserva de Tortugas, for a relaxing lunch and a stroll around the ranch, enjoying the Giant Tortoises in their natural habitat. For the adventurous amongst our group, the next stage of our first day tour involves putting on some welly boots and climbing down into the earth, where we will walk along a huge tunnel formed by a river of molten lava, thousands of years ago. Our first day’s tour completed, we head back to your hotel in Puerto Ayorez .
Ride to Cerro Mesa Reserve and Garrapatero Beach
0800 - Breakfast Highland route (30km) We begin our day's journey in Bellavista, heading for our first destination, the Cerro Mesa Reserve. From here we can enjoy a spectacular panoramic viewpoint of Santa Cruz Island. Endemic plants such as scalesia, guayabillo and cat's claw can be seen here. Our visit to this site allows us to observe the coastline and the incredible geological formations that are the features of the bays, islets and cliffs that make up Galapagos, and the crater in the reserve that is a nesting area for the Pterodoma Phaeopygia species. From this point, we continue on for a further 45 minutes to El Garrapatero beach, the perfect place to cool off and enjoy a picnic on the coast. Here you can enjoy kayaking and snorkeling when you arrive at the visiting site, thus enjoying the rest of the afternoon. Be sure to look out for the native flamingos and mallards from the neighbouring lagoon.
Speed boat trip and cycling in Isla Isabella
0800 - Breakfast Transfer to the Puerto Ayora dock to board a speedboat. Activities and Visiting Sites: WALL OF TEARS: The Wall of Tears is a living monument to a tragic page in the island's history. The path to the wall of tears is 5 km long that begins at the so-called Playa Grande de Puerto Villamil, an ideal place to observe species of flora and fauna, it has illustrative signs along the route. ARNALDO TUPIZA Breeding Center: Breeding place for endemic tortoises on Isabela Island. We will be able to observe the 5 different races and learn about the process of breeding and reproduction in captivity to recover the populations. WETLANDS AND LAGUNA DE FLAMINGOS: We will visit each one with a special attraction; lagoons, beaches, the estuary etc. We will be able to observe flamingos, patillo, royal uterus, oystercatcher, gallinula, ghost crab and beautiful landscapes. They have a great variety of flora and fauna. It also contains one of the most extensive mangrove areas in the archipelago, contributing significantly to the conservation of biodiversity. Includes local restaurant lunch Bike tour along trails and beaches
Photo and Video review of the tour
08H00: Breakfast After breakfast there is time for a review of photographs and videos taken during the cycle tour, then it is time to make your farewells before departure to Baltra for your onward flight. TRANSFER OUT Important: It is recommended to leave the hotel 3 hours before your flight.
- Hotel Pickups/Dropoffs
- Cycle and equipment hire ·
- Professional Guide
- All Activities ·
- Local Taxes Included Activities ·
- Visit to Charles Darwin Centre ·
- Visit to the Chato Reserve Tortoise Sanctuary ·
- A walk through a Lava Tunnel ·
- Cycle to Los Gemelos ·
- Cycle to Cerro Mesa Reserve and Garrapatero Beach ·
- Kayaking ·
- Snorkelling ·
- Cycle visit to Wall of Tears (Isabella) ·
- Cycle visit to Arnaldo Tupiza Tortoise breeding centre (Isabella) ·
- Cycle visit to the wetlands and Laguna de Flamingos (Isabella) ·
- Photo and Video viewing session Accommodation ·
- Four Nights Hotel accommodation on Santa Cruz Meals ·
- Four Breakfasts ·
- Four Lunches
What's Not Included: Gratuities Drinks Evening Meals Airport Transfers
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There will be some climbing in and out of boats on this trip but many travellers in their seventies manage these sorts of trips. There will be some hiking involved so it can be a good idea to prepare yourself for this type of holiday by getting a bit of practise in before you go. Ultimately, it's your call.
If you get seasick in your home country, then it is likely you will get seasick in the Galapagos Islands as these tours do involve quite a bit of time onboard boats. That said, there are many medications and techniques to help combat this problem and your doctor may also be able to advise on how best to reduce this problem.
Although some tour companies pack you in to maximise their profits, at Toucanto we do realise that you are not a sardine! With that in mind our tours are limited to a maximum of twenty people, unless you are travelling with a club or society tour, where you should know everyone anyway.
Each tour is tailored to be as accessible as possible, but some tours will not be suitable for small children. The ability to swim is an obvious consideration for any tours centred around water-based activities. Each tour will indicate on the booking page ‘Trip Facts’ if it is suitable for families, but as a parent you remain responsible for your child at all times.
Although we are not able to offer extra nights for this trip, it may be possible to change to a longer itinerary before your trip begins. If you wish to explore this possibility, please contact our sales department for more information.
If you have specific dietary requirements we recommend that you contact us prior to booking so that we can verify if we can meet your needs on the trip.
Good question! On the Survival Kit page of this website you can find useful advice about what to pack for your Toucanto trip.
Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands are widely considered to be a safe location to visit and many thousands of people visit them every year without incident. See our Travel Survival Kit web page for advice on keeping safe when you travel.
In the Galapagos Islands, as well as the rest of Ecuador the US Dollar is the currency of use.
While travellers cheques can be used in larger cities, we recommend a mixture of currency and debit or credit card for the safest way to carry your money. There is a good availability of cashpoints or ATMs in the larger towns and some establishments may also take ApplePay.
Please refer to our Travel Survival Kit for details on this topic as well as links to the latest UK Government Advice. For other countries of origin please contact your medical authorities for this information.
Although there is a hospital in Puerto Ayora, Medical Services in the Galapagos Islands are limited, and serious injuries or illness may require an airlift to the mainland. It is essential that all visitors to the Galapagos Islands carry adequate travel Insurance to cover them in the event of a problem. Should you need medical assistance speak to your guide who will make the necessary arrangements for your care.
If you have a specific query related to your planned trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos and you can't see your answer here, please drop us a line using the 'Trip Enquiry' button and we will do our best to answer your question.
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:
Face masks required for travellers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival
The policies on sanitization are:
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff.
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas. Gear/equipment sanitised between use.
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised.
The policies on social distancing are:
Social distancing enforced throughout experience.
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons.
The policies on staff health and safety are:
Guides required to regularly wash hands.
Regular temperature checks for staff.
Important notes CORONAVIRUS: For the latest information on entry requirements to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, please visit: Travelling to Ecuador from the UK STARTING POINTS:This trip starts in the Galapagos, at Baltra Airport at 11:30am on day 1. The trip ends at Baltra Airport following your return transfer on day 4. Please advise Toucanto no later than 15 days prior to departure, of your flight arrival and departure times. Customer services phone number to call while in Galapagos if any issues: +593 52524587 Whether you are arriving to Galapagos from Quito or Guayaquil airports, you must purchase your Galapagos Transit Control Card (USD 20) at the Consejo de Gobierno counter in the entrance hall; if you haven’t purchased this card you might be denied boarding. Please be aware that you will need to have cash (USD) with which to pay as credit cards are not accepted Please arrive at the airport at least 2 hours prior to the departure time as this can be a slow process. Once you have purchased your Transit Control Card you will proceed to check your luggage at SICGAL counter where they seal your check in bags; then go to the check in counter of your respective airline. The Galapagos park fee (USD 100) and Isabela Port fee (USD 10) are payable upon arrival to the islands and again must be paid in cash. These payments are in addition to your trip payment. It is essential to ensure that when you make your booking, your details are correct and match your passport. If your passport and booking details provided to us do not match it could cause issues with your transit card and may result in you being required to purchase a new card at your own expense. Please view our Standard Booking Conditions here. GALAPAGOS PARK RULES: Strict rules apply in the Galapagos Islands designed to protect and preserve its unique biodiversity. Toucanto Ltd totally supports these rules which govern the times of the day that a destination can be visited and regulate the distance to be maintained between people and wildlife. You are advised that the collection and removal of shells or corals from the Galapagos is strictly forbidden and rigidly enforced and baggage is regularly checked on departure to ensure compliance. You will be advised of this information again on arrival by your guide, but the responsibility for observing these rules lies with you. Failure to observe these rules can lead to hefty fines for travellers and can adversely affect our company’s ability to continue offering tours in the Galapagos Islands – these rules must be adhered to by all, without exception. Failure to adhere to the rules can result in being removed from the trip without refund. For more information, please follow this link: http://www.galapagos.org/travel/travel/park-rules/ SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS:A single supplement is available on this trip. INTERNET IN THE GALAPAGOS:Please be advised that although our partner hotels in the Galapagos do have internet connections it’s often very slow and may not always be functional. HOT WATER FACILITIES:Please be aware that in the Galapagos hotel hot water services can be limited and as such hot water may not always be available at busy times and cold showers maybe the only option.