HOTEL RED MANGROVE

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BOOK 2 OR MORE NIGHTS AT THE HOTEL RED MANGROVE
AND ENJOY ONE MORE ON THE HOUSE

HIGHLIGHTS

A snapshot of islands to be visited and the highlights and iconic fauna and flora species of each island.

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY:

Detailed information on activities and visits to each island and applicable cruise rates

PRE-GALAPAGOS TOURS:

A sample of tours offered in Quito and surroundings o be offered in combination with this Galapagos Hotel Based Program. Or, we can tailor additional Pre and Post tours to adjust to your clients’ interests

GTHR-110 – GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
HOTEL RED MANGROVE – ISLAND HOPPING
SAN CRISTOBAL, SANTA CRUZ & ISABELA ISLANDS
EIGHT DAYS / SEVEN NIGHTS

Daily Departures

HIGHLIGHTS

DAY 1: Arrival and transfer in + Interpretation Center + Tijeretas Hill. (L/D)
DAY 2: Navigable tour to Isla Lobos or Kicker Rock. (B/BL/D)
DAY 3: Transfer to Santa Cruz + Highlands + Charles Darwin Station. (B/L/D)
DAY 4: Day tour to one of the following islands: Bartolome /Santa Fe /Seymour Norte + Bachas /Plazas + Punta Carrion* (B/L/D)
DAY 5: Transfer to Isabela + Tintoreras Islet + Wall of the Tears (B/L/D)
DAY 6: Full day to Sierra Negra Volcano or Cape Rose (Tunnels) (B/BL/D)
DAY 7: Flamingos pound + Breeding Center + transfer to Santa Cruz (B/L/D)
DAY 8: Departure & transfer out (B)

GTHR-110 – GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
SAN CISTOBAL & SANTA CRUZ & ISABELA ISLANDS
EIGHT DAYS / SEVEN NIGHTS
GROSS RATES PER PERSON BASED ON NUMBER OF GUESTS

CATEGORY SINGLE DOUBLE TRIPLE
STANDARD $7,330 $4,721 $$4,231
SUPERIOR $7,406 $3,756 $4,266
SUITES $8,544 $5,288 $4,798

Applicable rates for four or more guests please check with us.

GTHR-110 – GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
HOTEL RED MANGROVE – ISLAND HOPPING
SAN CRISTOBAL, SANTA CRUZ & ISABELA ISLANDS
EIGHT DAYS / SEVEN NIGHTS

Daily Departures

ITINERARY

DAY 1: TRANSFER IN + INTERPRETATION CENTER + FRIGATE HILL

After arriving at San Cristóbal we will visit the Interpretation Center, where we will learn more about the origin of the archipelago, its fauna and flora, as well as the history and its first inhabitants. After that, we will hike for about 2 hours until Frigate Hill where we will enjoy the endemic vegetation and a beautiful view of the island and its surroundings. The main attraction here are the frigate birds. At the end of the day, we will visit Frigate Bay and do some snorkeling. Return to the hotel.
Overnight accommodations Hotel Golden Bay
Meals: Lunch, Dinner

DAY 2: KICKER ROCK NAVIAGABLE TOUR OR ISLAS LOBOS
KICKER ROCK

Breakfast. We will leave early in the morning to take the boat and visit the Kicker Rock, which is known as one of the best places to do snorkeling and diving in Galapagos, because you can see sharks, rays and different types of fishes. After the snorkeling we will visit one of the following beaches: Playa Ochoa, Playa Puerto Grande or Playa Mangelito. In the afternoon return to San Cristobal and hotel.
Overnight accommodations Hotel Golden Bay
Meals: Breakfast, Box/Lunch, Dinner

ISLAS LOBOS
Breakfast. We will leave early in the morning to take the boat and visit the Lobos Island where we can do snorkeling with sea lions and observation of different kinds of birds like the blue footed boobies, after that we will visit the amazing beach Playa Ochoa. Lunch onboard and in the afternoon we will have our own spare time. In the afternoon return to San Cristobal for accommodation.
Overnight accommodations Hotel Golden Bay
Meals: Breakfast, Box/Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3: TRANSFER TO SANTA CRUZ + HIGHLANDS + CHARLES DARWIN STATION

We will head to the port to take a speed boat (2,5h) to Santa Cruz Island. Arriving at Puerto Ayora transfer to the hotel, then we will reach the highlands of the Islands with its green vegetation where we will stop to visit a Ranch, here we will be able to see Giant Turtles in their natural habitat, lunch at the ranch. We will head to the Charles Darwin Station. The center is a reservoir of information on habitats and local conservation, as well as other fascinating relevant statistics. The most striking attraction of this station is certainly the Tortoise Breeding Center, where it is possible to view tortoises of varied sizes and shapes. Travelers here can freely walk and get their photos clicked with the tortoises. Among other inhabitants at the center, you can see the land and marine iguanas and different species of birds. After this visit we will head to Puerto Ayora and to your hotel.
Overnight accommodations Hotel Red Mangrove
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4: DAY TOUR TO ONE OF THE FOLLOWING ISLANDS: BARTOLOME /SANTA FE /SEYMOUR NORTE + BACHAS /PLAZAS + PUNTA CARRION.

Overnight accommodations Hotel Red Mangrove
Meals: Breakfast, Box/Lunch, Dinner

BARTOLOME / SULLIVAN
After breakfast, you will be picked up and transferred to the Itabaca Channel to board the yacht that will take you to Bartolome, an island with turquoise waters and beautiful white sand beaches.

After 2 hours of sailing, arrival, and tour starts climbing a staircase. From the top you will see a spectacular landscape, where you will see two beautiful bays and fascinating formations of lava and volcanic cones. Here is the famous Pinnacle, which is a huge black lava formation that has eroded over time, representing the most recognized image of the archipelago. Near Pinnacle Rock you will also see two beautiful beaches in the form of a crescent.

This island offers some of the most beautiful landscapes of the archipelago. It is an extinct volcano and has a variety of red soils, orange, green, black and shiny volcanic formations. This is the perfect place to observe the Galapagos penguins. Moreover, you will practice snorkel with sea turtles, sharks, white tip reef, tropical fish, sea lions and many other unique marine species. After lunch, you will visit Sullivan Bay. Here you can see some amazing lava formations, the product of a volcanic eruption in 1903. This is an excellent example of typical forms and colors that contrast with older types of lava.

Take also into account that Bartolome Island is the breeding ground of the green sea tortoises. They come to the shores of the island to nest during the months of January and March, every year. Tour ends at approximately 5:00 pm. Transfer to the hotel.

SANTA FE ISLAND FULL DAY (LAND VISIT):
After breakfast, you will be picked up and transferred to Puerto Ayora dock, to board the yacht to Santa Fe, which is a central island surrounded by an incredible turquoise bay water. This island is protected by a natural barrier of rocks, where colonies of sea lions and hawks can be found. After 40 minutes of navigation, you will discover a beautiful beach with a colony of sea lions resting and enjoying the sun!

You will continue following a path full of two species of land iguanas that can be found only on this island. Their main food are the leaves and fruits of the large and thick cactus, which are also endemic, and the major attraction of this island. Crabs, night herons, sea iguanas, mockingbirds and ground doves are seen frequently in this area. After the walk, lunch will be served on board. Then, you will do snorkeling. This bay is excellent for practicing this activity that is perfect to find some species, such as sea tortoises, and stingrays. Tour ends at approximately 5:00 pm. Transfer to the hotel.

SEYMOUR NORTE / PLAYA BACHAS
After breakfast, you will be picked up and transferred to the Itabaca Channel to board the yacht that will take you to North Seymour Island, which is a great place for hiking. There is a visitor or circular path about 2 miles long that crosses the interior of the island and allows you to explore the rocky coast path. During this trail, you will be able to discover some of the largest seabird colonies on the Galapagos Islands.

Moreover, you will have the opportunity to observe the nesting sites of blue-footed boobies, and the bright and colorful frigates that are visible throughout the year. These two species represent one of the biggest attractions of Galapagos. The frigates inflate their red chest when they try to attract or draw attention to their couples. These birds are also well known to steal food from the blue-footed boobies. Additionally, you cannot miss the funny ritual or dance performed by the blue-footed boobies, in order to attract their couples.

After lunch, we will snorkeling with green sea tortoises, and the famous Galapagos sharks, you will also appreciate the sea lions playing and surfing in the sea. Then, visit the Bachas beach, where you will enjoy resting and swimming in the wonderful Galapagos Sea. Tour ends at approximately 5:00 pm. Transfer to the hotel.

ISLAS PLAZAS / PUNTA CARRIÓN
After breakfast, you will be picked up and transferred to the Itabaca Channel to board the yacht that will take you to Plazas. After 2 hours of navigation, the first attraction to see are the largest colonies of sea lions of the archipelago. Then, just a few meters behind the dock, a group of land iguanas can always be observed. The trail goes through the other side of the island, which is very small and rectangular. You will walk along a ravine, where you can enjoy the way along with land iguanas, some marine iguanas and birds, such as: blue footed and masked boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, puffins and tropical birds. Besides of this, frigates and pelicans can also be found on the area. Lunch will be served on board.

Despite its small size, this island is the home of a large number of species, and it is famous for its extraordinary flora, including attractive beautiful trees and cactus, where a large colony of Galapagos land iguanas live. Therefore, this island is very popular among local and foreign visitors. Depending on the season, vegetation changes its color from bright green in the rainy season to orange and purple in the dry season. You cannot miss this spectacular landscape! Tour ends at approximately 5:00 pm. Transfer to the hotel.

DAY 5: TRANSFER TO ISABELA + TINTORERAS ISLET+ WALL OF THE TEARS

After breakfast, we board the yacht bound for Isabela Island, two hours navigation away. After arriving in Puerto Villamil, we will take a fiberglass boat that will take us to visit the white-tip sharks (tintoreras), and the marine iguana and penguin colonies. Then we snorkel in the sector to observe tropical fish, sea turtles and sharks, return to Puerto Villamil. In the afternoon we will visit the Wall of Tears in order to get to know more about the history of this island which was a prison in the past and our last visit will be the breeding center of Isabela tortoises.
Overnight accommodations Hotel Iguana Crossing
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6: SIERRA NEGRA VOLCANO or CAPE ROSE (TUNNELS)

Today, we go by car until reaching the mountainsides of the Sierra Negra Volcano. This volcano considered as one of the oldest of Isabela. We will walk about 40 minutes and then continue our way until the crater of the volcano. With a little bit of luck, we will be able to see the sparrow hawk of the Galapagos. We will get to know the geology of the Sierra Negra Volcano. Most this island was formed by AA lava. Return to hotel.
Overnight accommodations Hotel Iguana Crossing
Meals: Breakfast, Box/Lunch, Dinner
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After breakfast, we will visit a unique place in the islands, “Los Túneles”. Our trip starts on board a speedboat for a 45 minutes’ drive. Our experienced captain will securely lead us across the waves that normally hide this treasure. The Tunnels were formed millions year ago when rivers of liquid lava ran across the island reaching the coast shore. The cold water froze their superficial layer isolating the interior while liquid lava kept flowing into the sea. When the eruption finished, a hollow structure was formed and its wall later broke allowing water to come inside and creating tunnels. Our guide will join us along hundreds of tunnels while we snorkel and discover the marine life such as sharks, lobsters, penguins, sea lions, boobies, marine turtles among other endemic species from Galapagos. A snack will be served on board. If lucky enough, we will have the chance to witness giant manta rays feeding in open waters. Back to Isabela.
Overnight accommodations Hotel Iguana Crossing
Meals: Breakfast, Box/Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7: FLAMINGOS POUND + BREEDING CENTER + TRANSFER TO SANTA CRUZ

Breakfast at the hotel and departure to the Breeding Center, on the way we will stop at the Flamingos pound. At the breeding center you will learn more about the breeding and reproduction of the Tortoises. In the afternoon transfer to the pier to take the speedboat to Santa Cruz island. Arrival and transfer to the hotel.
Overnight accommodations Hotel Red Mangrove
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8: DEPARTURE & TRANSFER OUT.

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport to take the flight back to the mainland.
Meals: Breakfast

IMPORTANT NOTES:
The visits to the islands are subject to change due to climate, logistical and safety reasons, or decisions of the Galapagos National Park.

GTHR-110 – GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
SAN CISTOBAL & SANTA CRUZ & ISABELA ISLANDS
EIGHT DAYS / SEVEN NIGHTS
GROSS RATES PER PERSON BASED ON NUMBER OF GUESTS

CATEGORY SINGLE DOUBLE TRIPLE
STANDARD $7,330 $4,721 $$4,231
SUPERIOR $7,406 $3,756 $4,266
SUITES $8,544 $5,288 $4,798

Applicable rates for four or more guests please check with us.

PROGRAM INCLUDES:

Transfers in – out from / to and Cristobal and Baltra airports.
Accommodation for 3 nights at Hotel Red Mangrove in Santa Cruz; 2 nights at Hotel Golden Bay in San Cristobal & 2 nights at Hotel Iguana Crossings in Isabela Islands. (Breakfast included).
Taxes: 22% (12% VAT TAX + 10% Service fees).
Day excursions in San Cristobal, Santa Cruz and Isabela Islands as per itinerary.
Full day visit to one island during “Day 4” as per itinerary.
Naturalist tour guides in English / Spanish.
All transportation during the stay.
Full board as per itinerary during the stay at the hotel.
Snorkeling equipment for daily tours (mask and tube).

NOT INCLUDED:

Air ticket between Quito or Guayaquil and Baltra Airport in Galapagos.
Entrance to the GPS National Park ($ 100). Ingala Card ($ 20). Isabela dock Fee ($10). Tips and gratuities to guides and hotel staff. Expenses of personal nature. Activities and services not specified in the itinerary.

NOTE: The visits to the islands are subject to change due to weather conditions, logistical and safety reasons, or decisions of the Galapagos National Park.

GT-05A – QUITO SERIES

Two Days / One Night

DAY 1: Arrival in Quito

Assistance and private transfer airport to hotel
Overnight accommodations at selected hotel

DAY 2: Transfer out

Private transfer hotel to airport for flight to Galapagos
Meals: Breakfast

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GT-05B – QUITO SERIES

Three Days / Two Nights

DAY 1: Arrival in Quito

Assistance and private transfer airport to hotel
Overnight accommodations at selected hotel

DAY 2: Quito

Private fully escorted combined tour of city and Middle of the World
English speaking guide
Overnight accommodations at selected hotel
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3: Transfer out

Private transfer hotel to airport for flight to Galapagos
Meals: Breakfast

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GT-05C – QUITO SERIES

Four Days / Three Nights

DAY 1: Arrival in Quito

Assistance and private transfer airport to hotel
Overnight accommodations at selected hotel

DAY 2: Quito

Private fully escorted combined tour of city and Middle of the World
English speaking guide
Overnight accommodations at selected hotel
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3: Otavalo and surroundings

Full day Otavalo tour based on private or semi-private basis with lunch
Overnight accommodations at selected hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4: Transfer out

Private transfer hotel to airport for flight to Galapagos
Meals: Breakfast

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