AM: Flight to Galapagos / Ranch Mazanillo
Take a morning flight to the Galapagos from Quito or Guayaquil Airport. The flight from Quito to the Galapagos is approximately 2 ½ hours and from Guayaquil it is approximately 1 ½ hours.
Please note that before taking the flight you must pay the INGALA Tourist Control Card Fee at the Galapagos Government Council counter. This is currently US$20 per person but subject to change.
On arrival at Baltra Airport, travellers pass through an airport inspection point to ensure that no foreign plants or animals are introduced to the islands and to pay the Galapagos Islands National Park Entrance Fee. This is currently US$100 per person but subject to change.
Guides will meet you, collect your luggage and escort you to the bus that transports you to the ferry that will take you across Itabaca Channel. On arrival you will be met and driven by bus to Ranch Mazanillo where you can see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Please ensure that you wear comfortable walking shoes and light clothing and carry with you a waterproof jacket, sunscreen lotion, a camera and insect repellent. Please note that your main luggage is taken directly to the Seaman Journey catamaran. The visit to Ranch Mazanillo includes a picnic lunch and a short walk before you board the Seaman Journey, where you will be welcomed by our crew.
PM: Highlands - Santa Cruz
Journeying across Santa Cruz into the highlands, visitors are delighted by the island's variety of life and geology. Beginning at the coast and travelling across Santa Cruz the road departs from Puerto Ayora climbing through the agricultural lands and into the mist covered forests. Santa Cruz possesses all of the various life zones present in the archipelago. As you travel through these zones birders are enchanted. Whether it's the bright red feathers of a vermillion flycatcher or one of Darwin's finches, almost every bird present in the Galapagos can be found here.
Santa Cruz also offers excellent opportunities for viewing and tracking wild Galapagos tortoises. There are also plenty of lava tubes, sinkholes and craters to explore. Theses eerie formations offer a fascinating insight into the volcanic make-up of the island.