DAY 1 – Friday Mainland – Galapagos Santa Cruz Island

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Baltra Airport

Baltra Airport

AM: Flight to Galapagos from Quito or Guayaquil Airport
The flight from Quito to the Galapagos is approximately 2 ½ hours. Upon arrival at Baltra travelers pass through an airport inspection point to insure that no foreign plants or animals are introduced to the islands and to pay the park entrance fee of $100 (unless prepaid), and $20 for the INGALA card which is an identity card that you need.

PASEENGERS ADULT CHILD (under 12 years old)
FOREIGNERS $100 $50

Guides will meet you, collect your luggage, and escort you on the short bus ride to the harbor.  Motorized rafts, called „Pangas‟ will transport you to the M/C Seaman Journey and our crew will welcome you onboard.  After departure and lunch, the first island visit is made.

PM: Santa Cruz Highlands
Journeying across Santa Cruz into the highlands visitors are delighted by the island’s variety of life and geology. Beginning at the coast and traveling 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 Finch almost every bird present in the islands can be found here.
Santa Cruz offers excellent opportunities for viewing wild Galapagos Tortoises. Tracking tortoises is not the only exciting activity to be found in the highlands. There are also plenty of lava tubes, sinkholes and craters to explore. Theses eerie formations offer a fascinating hike into the belly of the island to view its volcanic make-up.
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