4 Day San Cristobal Expedition (Tourist Class) - Quito

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Tour Information

Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 4 Days
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    San Cristobal Island Airport
    Hotel Casa Blanca
  • Return Details :
    San Cristobal Island Airport
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

This 4 or 5 day program takes you to San Cristobal. It has a small cozy port where you can go at night to walk around, have a drink or enjoy your meal. You will find sea lions everywhere and it is a true spectacle to watch them. There is a direct flight to San Cristobal 4 times a week from Guayaquil and the village of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is only a couple of minutes driving from the airport. During this program you will experience the highlights of San Cristobal on land as well as on water. First of all you will be picked up from the airport of San Cristobal and then you will go on a self-guided tour to the Galapagos Interpretation Center. During the following days you will experience the nice beaches and underwater life by visiting Manglesito beach, Puerto Chino and Kicker Rock. Kicker Rock is famous for its underwater life, and if you have your PADI certificate, it is even possible to dive here. Furthermore you will go to the highlands of San Cristobal.

Highlights

See native wildlife in their natural environment

Enjoy fantastic aerial views

Excellent value for money

Informative, friendly and professional guide

Get inside tips from a local

Get up-close to native wildlife

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Itinerary

Day 1: SAN CRISTOBAL FREE AFTERNOON

Stop At: El Puerto
Today you will arrive to the airport of San Cristobal, one of the Galapagos Islands. You will be picked up at the airport and transferred by private transport with an English speaking contact person to your hotel in the town Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Here you will have a meet & greet with one of out staff members who will explain the rest of the itinerary to you. The rest of the afternoon is free to explore the town, or walk to the interpretation center, the beaches or Tijeretas.

Duration: 4 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Accommodation in Standard hotel: Hotel Casa Blanca or similar

Day 2: KICKER ROCK

Stop At: Kicker Rock, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands
Today you will have a day tour to Kicker Rock, with lunch and snorkeling equipment included. With a small boat you set for the lava formation in the middle of the ocean called Kicker Rock (or Len Dormido in Spanish as they say it looks like a sleeping sea lion). First you will circle around the rock formation to observe the difference bird species that use the rock formation as a resting or nesting place. Afterwards the boat will anchor and you will jump of the boat to snorkel the canal in between the rock formation. Beware that the currents can be strong and that you will be snorkeling in open waters without being able to see the bottom. Here you will be able to spot different shark species (sometimes even hammerheads!). turtles, rays, and more. In some seasons you might encounter jellyfish which can sting, however a wetsuit will be provided when this is the case. After snorkeling you will continue to Manglecito or a similar beach. This white coral beach offers the opportunity to walk around and relax and swim in shallow waters before returning to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. You will have a box lunch on board.

Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
Breakfast
Lunch
Accommodation included: Accommodation in Standard hotel: Hotel Casa Blanca or similar


Day 3: EL JUNCO PUERTO CHINO LA GALAPAGUERA

Stop At: Lagoon El Junco, San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands
Today you will have a half day tour to the highlands of San Cristobal. In about 30 minutes your driver brings you to your first stop: El Junco Crater Lake, the only freshwater lake on the Galapagos Islands.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Puerto Chino Beach, San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands
Afterwards you continue driving to Puerto Chino, a beautiful white sanded beach (watch fo horseflies). Follow a path that leads you passing the typical Opuntia cactuses until you get to the white sandy beach of Puerto Chino. Here you can make a small walk passing the lazy sea lions that sleep on the beach, towards the blue footed boobies on the rocks. From the top you have an amazing view and you might see some sea turtles in the turquoise seawater.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands
You will walk back to the car so you can continue to La Galapaguera, a breeding center with very nice wooden walkways and clear indications. To get to the station your taxi driver brings you to the entrance, from where you can walk towards the incubation center. Along the way you might have to step over a tortoise, as they walk around loose in the area! After the tour you will have lunch and the the driver brings you back to your hotel.

Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
Breakfast
Lunch
Accommodation included: Accommodation in Standard hotel: Hotel Casa Blanca or similar


Day 4: ESPAOLA (OPTIONAL DAY)

Stop At: Punta Suarez, Espanola, Galapagos Islands
Early in the morning you will board a small boat that will navigate southwards. After 2 hours the boat arrives at Punta Suarez, where you will go on land for a walk of about 2 hours. During the walk you will be able to see lots of birds like the Espaola albatross, blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, the Espaola mockingbird which has a longer and more curved beak than the one on the central islands, tropical birds and hawks. Many red-green iguanas and colonies of sea lions can also be found on this islands. Continuing inland, the trail leads to a cliff on the southern side of the island overlooking the ocean. Waves crash into a lava fissure, creating a blowhole that sprays water nearly 30 mts into the air at high tide.
Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Baha Gardner
After the hike you will return to the boat that navigates to the other side of the island where Gardner Islet is located. Here you will have the chance to go snorkeling fr about 1.5 hours. Here you will marvel at schools of large colorful tropical fish, including yellow-tailed surgeon fish, king angelfish and the bumb-head parrotfish. A few underwater caves teem with wildlife, and there are rocky walls covered with various invertebrate species. The occasional massive manta ray or spotted eagle ray may glide by as white-tipped reef sharks nap on the ocean floor in rocky areas. This snorkeling site also offers wonderful chance to swim with playful sea lions. Afterwards you will have lunch on board and the boat will head back to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. In this tour lunch and snorkel equipment are included

Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:
Breakfast
Lunch
Accommodation included: Accommodation in Standard hotel: Hotel Casa Blanca or similar


Day 5: TRANSFER OUT

Stop At: Airport Isla San Cristobal
Depending on flight times, an airport transfer with Spanish speaking driver is arranged.

Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:
Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.

Inclusions

4x Breakfast

3x Lunch

Accommodation included: 4 nights

Accommodation in a single, double or triple room.

Airport pickup and drop off at Baltra airport at your arrival/departure.

Local naturalist guide (English & Spanish speaking)

All activities as described.

Snorkeling equipment: mask, snorkel, fins and life vest.

24/7 assistance in English, Dutch and Spanish.

For 5 Day tour: breakfast x 4, lunch x 3

For 4 Day tour: breakfast x 3, lunch x 2

Exclusions

Round trip flights from mainland Ecuador to Galapagos Islands.

Food, drinks & activities that are not mentioned.

Entrance fee for the Galapagos National Park: $ 100 p.p. cash only.

Migratory Control Card / Ingala Transit Card: $ 20 p.p. cash only.

Water Taxi (small boat that takes you from the speedboat to the harbor and back.

For rent: wetsuit (recommended between May November): $ 5 p.p. per day cash only

Personal expenses.

Optional tips for the guide.

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

A current valid passport is required on the day of travel

Not recommended for travelers with back problems

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

Not wheelchair accessible

Operated by a multi-lingual guide.

Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking

Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required

A current valid passport is required on the day of travel

In order to process your reservation please help us with all this information:

Return flights from and to Galapagos

Room type (twin, matrimonial) or triple (in case of a group with 3 or more guests)

Tour options:

If you get the 5 day tour, you will get an Extra Day to visit Punta Pitt.

Whatsapp phone number (in case you use Whatsapp and would like us to contact you that during your stay via Whatsapp)

For all guests:

Passport numbers

Date of birth

Nationality

Food restrictions

Medical restrictions

Near public transportation

Not recommended for pregnant travelers

Most travelers can participate

It is recommended to book flights with an early arrival time to the Galapagos Islands and a late departure time from the Galapagos Islands to make sure you can enjoy all of the activities of the tour. Late arrivals and/or early departures mean you might miss some activities.

Try to only bring small baggage/bags since public transportation on the Galapagos Islands is quite small.

Tap water on the Galapagos Islands might contain bacteria and should not be consumed, not even for brushing your teeth. Bottled or purified water is always recommended.

Inform yourself about food safety when traveling to tropical countries. Take the necessary precaution to avoid food poisoning (always wash your hands before eating, dont eat street food, only eat peeled fruits, etc.).

The operator cannot take any responsibility for any illnesses or missed meals & tours due to an illness.

It is mandatory to have valid travel and medical insurance. Please inform us of any known medical conditions you have.

The operator reserves the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather conditions, availabilities, National Park regulations or notifications and unforeseeable circumstances

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers