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This tour provides an excellent way to become acquainted with three of the most well-known of the Galapagos Islands. With no free days in this tour you can be sure that none of your time here is wasted. Every day holds some new experience, some incredible future memory.

Make the most of your time on Galapagos with this well structured program.

Itineraries

Day 1

Santa Cruz

Upon arrival to Baltra Airport you will be greeted by our representative and brought to your hotel for a welcome drink and checkin.

In the afternoon you will begin your guided activities with a memorable trip to the highlands. From here you will travel to the Zona de Reserva de Tortugas, for 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 where you are free to relax in the comfort of the hotel or venture out to explore the town and port area, where you can fine many good restaurants in which to enjoy your evening meal.

What to bring: Comfortable shoes, windbreaker / jacket

Day 2

Time : 8:45 am

Navigated Tour of Bahia

We will visit the Islet "La Lobería", named after the large colony of sea lions where you can snorkel surrounded by sea lions, it is a very special place to observe a great variety of colorful fish, diversity of species of the seabed.
Then we go to Punta Estrada you can see animals such as terns, boobies, frigates, sea lions, etc.
Visit the Shark Channel, where you can observe sharks and from the viewpoint you can see the port and the mountains of the upper part of the Island. Visit Playa de los Perros to observe a colony of marine iguanas and a scenic view. Our last visit; will be in the cracks where this landscape is made up of interesting lava figures that form two gigantic walls crossed by an arm of brackish water that mixes with seawater and is recommended for swimming and surface diving, due to the transparency of its waters.
13 H00: Lunch Local Restaurant

2:00 PM: TOUR TO TORTUGA BAY; BEACH TOUR

Tortuga Bay is a nesting beach for black turtles. One of the longest white sand beaches. Marine iguanas, sharks and sea turtles can be seen here.

Day 3

Time : 8:00 am

North Seymour

North Seymour Island was lifted from the ocean layer by a seismic event. Several cliffs a few meters high form the beach, where forked-tailed gulls rest on the edge. A small silver and gray forest with Palo Santo trees are very close to our landing, usually without leaves, waiting for the rain to bloom again. On this island you may have to give way to sea lions or marine iguanas; nests of blue-footed boobies found near the path where couples perform their courtship dance. Further on, the rocky beach with white sand, and a large flock of pelicans will be ready to be photographed. The road turns to reveal the largest nesting site in the Galapagos, the "magnificent frigates".

Las Bachas Beach

It is a white sand beach, deserted and picturesque, where you can see flamingos, royal teros, patillos and migratory birds. The name Las Bachas originates from the Second World War, when the American army left two barges launched on this beach, the first settlers could not pronounce the name correctly in English so it led to the beach of Las Bachas. Very popular for snorkelling, swimming and beach walking. This is a beautiful beach where you can go relax and share with your family, it is worth visiting for its tranquility and variety of natural sites, which are part of the best photographic collections.

Includes lunch on board

Activities:

Paths and beach tour
Snorkel practice

Day 4

Time : 6:30 am

Isabella Island

Transfer to the Puerto Ayora dock to board a speedboat.

Activities and Visiting Sites:

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 LAGOON OF FLAMINGOS: We will visit each of them 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.

ISLOTE TINTORERAS: It is located 10 minutes by boat, it is a small rocky islet. So called because there is a lava crevice with calm and transparent water where white-tipped sharks usually go to rest, called “tintoreras” and that are easily observed in the mornings and afternoons. Throughout the trail you can see many marine iguanas between the rocks or under the mangroves. There are two small beaches with white sand and one with black stones. On the first beach there are colonies of sea lions; and some Nolana Galapageia plants, a very rare endemic plant in the area.

Includes local restaurant lunch

Tour of trails and beaches,
Snorkel practice

Day 5

Visit to Los Gemelos, Transfer out

TRANSFER OUT BALTRA AIRPORT VISITING LOS GEMELOS

Craters formed by subsidence of land, separated by the road located simultaneously hence its name, surrounded by a forest of Escalecía, an endemic species of the Galapagos Islands and habitat of species of finches.

SCHEDULE: 3 HOURS IS RECOMMENDED BEFORE YOUR FLIGHT

  • Hotel Transfers

  • Comfortable Yacht Navigation

  • Naturalist guide (Spanish / English)

  • Lunch on board

  • Snorkel Equipment

  • Alcoholic drinks

  • Wet-suit hire

  • Gratuities

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Single travellers are welcome too! If you decide to come on your own, we will pair you up with someone from the same sex and a similar age group, or if you prefer, you can pay the single person supplement and have the room to yourself.

On some trips, 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.

Internet in the Galapagos Islands is notoriously slow and patchy, although all of the hotels we use do have it. Just don't expect the kind of blistering speeds available in the UK and you won't be disappointed!

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.

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