Upon arrival in Guayaquil, Ecuador’s biggest city and a major port, you’ll be met by a representative of CRE, who will assist you with your luggage and transfer you to the hotel for your overnight stay.
DAY 2: Along with your ROW Adventures guide, take a morning flight from Guayaquil to San Cristobal, the first of the Galapagos Islands on our trip. This is also our first chance to get in the kayaks and meet some local wildlife. Next we take a catamaran to our secluded beach camp to settle in and enjoy watching sea lions, Blue-footed Boobies and more as the sun sets.
DAY 3: Today we’ll take our kayaks and paddle for three hours along the coast, travelling from our camping area to another gorgeous beach. On arrival we have lunch and enjoy some bird watching and beach time. Afterwards, we travel aboard our catamaran a short distance to Kicker Rock or Isla Leon Dormido. En route we may encounter porpoises! Then we begin an amazing snorkeling experience during which we may see Galapagos and white-tipped reef sharks, eagle rays and sea turtles. We see hundreds of fish and sea stars. In late afternoon we return to relax on the beach and enjoy our last night at camp.
DAY 4: This morning we take an early morning walk before heading to the airport to fly to the island of Isabela and check into our beachfront hotel. After lunch we visit the small island of Tintoreras. This island is a unique volcanic formation that looks lunar. Here you see dozens of marine iguanas and a lagoon filled with white-tipped reef sharks.
DAY 5: Rising early, we head to the interior for a very different view of the Galapagos Islands. We drive just under an hour up to the highlands and begin our hike of Isabela’s Sierra Negra. This active volcano last erupted in 2005 and has the second largest caldera in the world with a diameter of approximately six and a half miles. The hike can vary from 8-14 miles and includes viewing the spectacular caldera and incredible lava formations. We return to town with time for relaxing on the beach, walking through town or simply resting.
DAY 6: In the morning, weather permitting, we take a boat for roughly an hour to Los Tuneles: a most curious and remarkable lava formation which consists of arches and caves. We walk along the shore and also snorkel in crystal clear water for an insight into the remarkable underwater world. We have lunch and then head back into town. Then we walk a couple of miles to visit the Tortoise Breeding Center, an initiative of the National Park for the conservation of Isabela’s tortoises. We come back to the hotel walking along the beautiful white sand beach of Puerto Villamil.
DAY 7: After an early breakfast we take a short flight to the island of Baltra and then set out on a unique boat tour with our local partner and former fisherman to visit the island of Daphne Major. Here you see an extraordinary site that not many people get a chance to see. Daphne is home to Darwin Finches, Galapagos Martins, Blue-footed and Masked boobies. From Daphne Major we cruise about 20 minutes to the island of Santa Cruz and disembark on a beautiful white sand beach for more snorkeling. After a full day of adventure we arrive in the town of Puerto Ayora and check into our waterfront hotel.
DAY 8: A short one-hour boat trip takes us to one of the most beautiful coves in all of the Galapagos; a place visited by few. We take the opportunity to snorkel here and are often joined by the playful sea lion pups. The fluorescent fish make for great snorkeling, as do the submerged rocks where the sea turtles and manta rays hang out.
We then head to Tortuga Bay, which is a beautiful, powdery white sand beach, where you can relax and enjoy an outstanding sunset. Hopefully we’ll see the sea turtles that gave the bay its name! We will then return to Puerto Ayora. Some may wish to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, or enjoy some free time before meeting for a happy hour drink on the waterfront patio of our hotel.
DAY 9: In the morning we transfer to the airport on Baltra where the original runway was built during WW II by the United States Navy. Late morning or early afternoon, we fly about two hours by jet back to the mainland city of Guayaquil and transfer to our hotel. In the evening we gather for a final and festive farewell dinner.
DAY 10: Transfer to the airport for your return flight home or continue your travels.