SANTA CRUZ – SANTA FE – HIGHLANDS
DIA 1: Arrive at Baltra – transfer to Hotel Ninfa – Afternoon free
DIA 2: Visit Santa Fe Island – Beach landing
DIA 3: Visit El Chato Reserve / Tunnels
DIA 4: Visit Gemelos Craters – Airport
DAY 1: TRANSFER AIRPORT TO HOTEL – AFTERNOON FREE
At the Baltra airport, our Ninfa Tour staff will meet you. They will transfer you to Hotel Ninfa, located on Santa Cruz Island. After lunch we will have the afternoon free to take a walk along Puerto Ayora’s seafront and buy crafts.
DAY 2: SANTA FE ISLAND – BEACH LANDING
After breakfast, we sail an hour to Santa Fe Island. From the yacht, we see on its huge cliffs a forest of giant cacti endemic to this island. In the calm, turquoise waters of the bay are colonies of sea birds, such as pelicans, boobies and gulls, and many sea lions. Snorkeling is fantastic. We will swim with manta rays and tropical fish, and sometimes see sea turtles. We will have lunch on board and then land on a beautiful, white-sand beach. There we will relax, take photos and enjoy the Galapagos sun, before returning to the hotel.
DAY 3: EL CHATO RESERVE / TUNNELS
The highlands of Santa Cruz Island offer important attractions thanks to its climate and vegetation. This tropical rain forest has a very different landscape than the lowlands.
In the Santa Rosa sector, we will visit the El Chato Reserve where the famous “Galapagos” giant tortoises live in the wild. You can watch the tortoises relaxing and bathing in El Chato lagoon. Also, this is nesting grounds for many of the island’s wild birds, such as finches, Vermilion Flycatcher, Cattle Egret and sometimes Galapagos Crake.
Our journey lets you see the huge Galapagos tortoises in their natural state. During the visit to this reserve we’ll also visit a natural lava tunnel, which you can go through thanks to the soft lighting installed by the owners of the ranch.
DAY 4: GEMELOS CRATERS – AIRPORT
After breakfast, we will take a bus or taxi back to the airport. On the way, we will make a last stop to visit the Gemelos Craters, twin geological depressions amidst a forest of scalesia (native vegetation) on the highest part of the island.