Day 1: Private transfer from airport to your hotel in Guayaquil. 1 nt. double room with breakfast at Hotel Oro Verde.
Day 2: Private 3 hour tour taking in the history and culture of Gauyaquil. Guayaquil is Ecuador’s natural port, and its largest city with a population of three million. It is also the country’s financial and commercial center. This visit includes the main attractions of the Port of Guayaquil, starting with the Centennial Plaza that honors the heroes of Guayaquil's independence, and then along 9th of October Boulevard to the heart of the business district of the city with the Plaza of the Administration and the striking Government and Municipal Buildings. A short stroll takes guests to the famous Moorish Clock Tower and Bolívar Park, with an equestrian statue of South America's liberator, Simón Bolívar. An easy walk, past decorative elements featuring the four elements: earth, fire, water and air, leads to La Rotonda, which commemorates the meeting of Simon Bolivar and Jose de San Martin, the liberators of South America. Then on to Barrio Las Peñas, one of the oldest neighborhoods of Guayaquil, whose wooden constructions have been beautifully restored, housing many art galleries. Drive past Guayaquil's cemetery with outstanding marble sculptures by famous Italian artists on to Urdesa residential area to end at Malecóndel Salado, the latest urban regeneration project of the city. 1 nt. double room with breakfast at Hotel Oro Verde.
Day 3: Private transfer to the airport for your flight to Baltra. Shared public transfer to Finch Bay.
Upon arrival to the airport at Baltra Island, you will be taken across the Itabaca Channel to Santa Cruz Island. Where a bus will take you to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island for a visit the Giant Tortoises Reserve in their natural habitat, a once in a lifetime experience! A stop is then made at the Twin Pit Craters, great depressions of volcanic material, formed by a long process of slow sinking of the ground, where exceptional Scalesia trees, ferns, mosses and orchids can be seen in the surroundings. Box lunch is provided and then on to the Finch Bay Eco Hotel to enjoy its multiple attractions: pool, the white coral beach in front of the hotel and rest on your hammock. In the evening, dinner includes the delicacies of local and international gastronomy, one of the main reasons people choose the Finch Bay Hotel. 1 nt. Double room with breakfast & dinner at Finch Bay Hotel.
Day 4: Day at leisure. 1 nt. Double room with breakfast & dinner at Finch Bay Hotel.
Day 5 and 6: Choice of Tour :
1: Full day Diving - You haven't experienced the Galapagos until you see what's below the water! The diving is truly world class and often rumored by pro divers to be completely unique. Finch Bay Hotel offers PADI designed programs to allow guests to experience the thrill of scuba diving in a safe and fun environment. This diving package was designed by pro divers for divers highlighting the best the Galapagos has to offer.A comprehensive underwater experience for the adventurous divers that want to take back home unforgettable memories. Most dive sites within the central islands are included, making this package a complete winner. Among other marine life that can be found in the Galapagos Marine Reserve includes, large Galapagos garden eel colonies, sea turtles, rays, yellowtail grunts, bigeye jacks, schools of snappers as well as frequent sightings of shark, snake eels, sea turtles, mantas, amberjacks, barracudas as well as play with the many sea lions which reside on the beach, tropical fishes, multicolored sponges, moray eel, octopus, and more.
2:Full day excursions to Santa Fe and South Plaza Island - Santa Fe offers one of the more beautiful and sheltered coves in the islands. Its turquoise lagoon is protected by a peninsula of tiny islets forming an ideal anchorage. The island lies to the southeast of Santa Cruz within sight of Puerto Ayora. Like North Seymour, Santa Fe has been uplifted seismically, and you can see underwater lava formations. A wet landing on a sandy white beach brings us into contact with one of the many sea lion harems. Bulls vie for the right of Beach Master, while smaller males mask as females to make stealthy mating moves. Galapagos hawks are often easily approached, perched atop salt bushes. The giant prickly pear cactus found here live up to their name, with tree-sized trunks! Our goal is to spot one of the large species of land iguana native to Santa Fe. Beige to chocolate brown in color with dragon-like spines, these huge iguanas truly resemble dinosaurs. An indigenous species of rice rat also inhabits the thicket, and lucky hikers can spot harmless Galapagos snakes. After the hike, there is nothing more inviting than a swim in the calm waters of the bay, great snorkeling opportunity, great diverse of marine life.
South Plaza This is the southern part of two small crescent-shaped islands that lie just a few hundred meters off the east coast of Santa Cruz. The northern island is used for scientific purposes only. South Plaza is one of the smallest yet richest islands in the archipelago. Only 130 meters wide (426 feet), it was formed from uplifted seabed, giving it a titled tabletop quality. Our landing is in the channel between North and South Plaza, where the island tilts toward the water.
The approach makes for a lavishly colorful sight! The turquoise waters of the channel contrast brilliantly with the white sand and black lava of the shoreline. The rocks have grown thick with green seaweed in places, speckled with bright orange “Sally light foot” crabs. Further up the shore a carpet of scarlet sesuvium succulents serves as groundcover for a grove of luminescent green prickly-pear cactus. Yellow-gray land iguanas sit beneath, waiting patiently for pears to drop. The trail gradually follows the tilt of the island to the cliffs that overlook the ocean to the south, where swallow-tailed gulls nest. Red-billed tropic birds, masked and blue-footed boobies ride the windy currents. The overlook is a great place for spotting large marine life, including manta rays. Surf pounds an inlet at the western corner of the island, where a colony of sea lion bachelors make their home, accounting for the surface of the rocks, polished by the oils of their fur. Your guide will find the right spot to snorkel, whether on Plazas Island or Punta Carrion: The shoreline of Las Plazas makes for excellent snorkeling in a sea lion colony of nearly a thousand. Punta Carrion is a small bay where you can snorkel from the boat to see a variety of fish, rays and possibly white tip reef sharks. Dry landing. 2 nts. double room with breakfast & dinner at Finch Bay Hotel (Garden View)
Day 7 and 8: Days at leisure. 2 nts. double room with breakfast & dinner at Finch Bay Hotel.
Day 9: Full day excursion to North Seymour and Las Bachas Beach. AM: North Seymour, Island was lifted from the ocean floor by a seismic event, and its origins as a seabed give the island its low, flat profile. Cliffs only a few meters high form the shoreline, where swallow-tailed gulls sit perched in ledges. A tiny forest of silver-grey Palo Santo trees stand just above the landing, usually without leaves, waiting for the rain to bring them into bloom. This island is teaming with life! You might have to give way to a passing sea lion or marine iguana; blue-footed booby nests sit beside the trail where mating pairs perform their courtship dance. Further along, the rocky shore displays white sand, and large flocks of pelicans mass for a dive-bomb feeding frenzy, rendering a tableau for us from ages long past. The trail turns inland to reveal the largest nesting site in the Galapagos of the “magnificent frigate bird.” These huge, dark acrobats have two-meter wingspans, and males, with puffed up scarlet throat sacks, sit precariously perched in low bushes to watch over their equally large chicks. This is a walking excursion and involves un even rocky terrain. Dry landing. PM: Las Bachas Beach, a sandy white-coral beach that is a major egg-laying site for sea turtles. On the shore, there are many marine iguanas and in the lagoon, flamingos are commonly seen. This beach is also a good place for swimming and snorkeling. Best time for a walk along the beach or just relax and enjoy the magnificence Galapagos Islands. Wet landing. 1 nt. double room with breakfast & dinner at Finch Bay Hotel
Day 10: Half day excursion to Tortuga Bay. Tortuga Bay is located to the southwest of Puerto Ayora, on Santa Cruz Island. Its name means turtle, since it is the favorite place for sea turtles to lay their eggs. Tortuga Bay with a beautiful while sand beach is considered the most beautiful of the Galápagos Archipelago. Tortuga Bay is reached via a marked and cobbled path of two kilometers that starts at the west end of Charles Binford Street; at the beginning of the path guests must sign in and out – it is open from 6:00 AM to 6:30 PM daily. There is excellent bird watching along the path, with plenty of Darwin’s Finches and other sea birds. There are two beaches at Tortuga Bay, the one on the west is perfect for swimming, snorkeling or relaxing as the water is calmer, and on the other one, separated by mangroves, is great for surfing. Sea lions, marine iguanas, pelicans, and more marine birds are commonly found along the beach. Enjoy this paradise and relax along this breathtaking beach. Return to the hotel around midday. 1 nt. double room with breakfast & dinner at Finch Bay Hotel (Garden View).
Day 11: Day at leisure. 1 nt. double room with breakfast & dinner at Finch Bay Hotel
Day 12: Visit to Charles Darwin Research Station. The headquarters of the Galápagos National Park Service and The Charles Darwin Research Station are located side by side on the outskirts of Puerto Ayora. There is an interpretation centre open to the public and also one may view the tortoise rearing program. Unfortunately, the number of tortoises is so reduced in the wild that this is the only place where many visitors to Galápagos have the chance to see tortoises. Return to the hotel. Shared transfer to Baltra airport for your flight to Guayaquil. Private transfer from airport and your hotel in Guayaquil.
1 nt. double room with breakfast at Hotel Oro Verde.
Day 13: Private transfer to the airport.