Day 1: Flight from Quito or Guayaquil to Santa Cruz Island
Arrival to Galapagos. Upon arrival in Baltra, a guide will be waiting for us to lead us. On the way the first stop is the Twins Craters. These two pit craters, one on either side of the road were caused by the collapse of empty magma chambers. These craters are surrounded by the typical vegetation of the higher elevation humid zone. They have a spectacular view of Scalesia forest and land birds. On the way to Puerto Ayora town, we will visit the Highlands and the Lava Tunnels of Santa Cruz, to enjoy of the wonderful and very famous giant tortoises in their natural habitat, these animals of prehistoric aspect lengthen their necks to eat and to be photographed by our visitors at the Arquipelago. The density of vegetation in this forest, including orchids, daisies and bromeliads, give also place to be the habitat of a several endemic land birds including the Darwin’s finches, Galapagos Hawks, short-eared owls. Have a delicious lunch surrounded by nature.
In the afternoon we will visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, where we will visit the Tortoise Breeding Center. Here you will be able to observe and learn all about the different species of tortoises found inside the Galapagos Islands. The research station is a foundation with a very specific mission that is to provide knowledge and assistance through scientific research and other actions to guarantee the conservation of biodiversity and the environment in the Archipelago of Galapagos.