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Galapagos Top Excursions Pass
"1. Galapagos History Excursion and Airport to Hotel Private Transfer We will welcome you at the Baltra airport to take you to your hotel on the Santa Cruz island. Your transfer will begin by bus ride to the tip of the Itabaca channel where you will proceed by public ferry service in the Island of Santa Cruz. On the way visit the lava tunnels and a Turtle reserve. Visit to the Scientific Charles Darwin Station where you can learn more about the Galápagos Island and observe Giant Turtles in captivity.Available everyday with airport pick-up.2. Tortuga Beach and Bay Tour (8 hours)In the morning excursion to Tortuga Bay Beach after 40-minute walk (approx.) we will arrive at one of the most beautiful beaches in the Islands with time to swim and enjoy the beach. Free time for lunch (not included). In the afternoon tour around the bay aboard a yacht we start with a visit to “La Lobería” named because for the presence of sea lions. Here you will be able to swim or snorkel.Next
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Scuba Diving at Kicker Rock for Certified Divers
"Your certified-dive adventure begins as you meet your instructor at the dive shop in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. From there you will head to Kicker Rock which is about 45 minutes away. This protected marine reserve holds amazing scenery and marine life which you will encounter as you enjoy the dives. You will first head to Cerro Brujo and Kicker Rock. Here you will check all your equipment and gear and receive a safety briefing. Then you will enjoy snorkeling and practice for a while. Admire the beautiful surroundings and encounter amazing wildlife. You will stay here until noon and then head to Kicker Rock for a wonderful dive experience. Here you will spend around 3 hours diving. The depth ranges from 10 to 40 meters (30 to 130 feet) and it is a great place to spot pelagics schooling fish octopus and invertebrates. The wall dive is usually performed using the light to moderate current to drift. Visibility is often 10 to 15 meters (30 to 50 feet) and surge moderate closer to the wall. You can also encounter Hammerhead sharks and Galapagos
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Half-Day Santa Cruz Island Tour Galapagos Islands
"Following complimentary hotel pick-up (morning or afternoon available) travel by boat to the following areas of Santa Cruz Island:Loberia: Small island heavily populated with sea lions who are very friendly and like to swim with people. In the sea bed a lot of invertebrates and fish that can be seen through the glass. This island is also the coastal route for birds marine iguanas and basaltic formations. Sharks Canal: Fissure swellings or cracks formed by magma where sleeping sharks ravine. Among the lava rocks are oceanic birds. The Canal of Love: Another fissure
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More Off The Beaten Path in Galápagos Islands

keep your eyes open

A lot of this page could unfortunately be considered off the beaten path since the tourist industry of the Galapagos Islands caters strictly to selling cruises. You are all but shunned if you ask...
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richiecdisc
Apr 02, 2008

In and around Puerto Ayora town

It may seem strange to recommend Puerto Ayora and vicinity as "off the beaten path" since it is by far the largest town in the islands, with over 10,000 residents!However, most visitors just pass...
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Quero
Apr 04, 2011

You're not allowed off the beaten path here!

There are carefully designated pathways on most of the islands, and no one is allowed to visit the uninhabited islands without licensed guides to take them around.This is obviously to preserve the...
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catalysta
Jan 23, 2004

Swimming and snorkelling

Let’s face it; the whole trip is off the beaten path!! Only a certain amount of tourists are allowed on any island at one time so it’s most likely you will have the whole place to yourself (and of...
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nattybabe
Aug 30, 2006

A beach to yourself

If on Santa Cruz Island and have the time, take a taxi (about 30 min) to one of the most beautiful beaches, the "Garrapatero".........its a little ride, and not a surfing beach like "tortuga bay", but...
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lloymi
Feb 27, 2005

Respect the Nature

It is just unique to visit those "Vulcanous Islands" and there inhabitants. Discovered only 500 years ago by the Bishop of Panama. The first "landing" on one of the Islands was impressive. Birds and...
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Luchonda
Apr 14, 2003
 
 
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Tortuga Bay

If you find yourself on Santa Cruz Island, having seen the Darwin station and Puerto Ayora, and have some time I would suggest a nice walk to the beach. It is about a 30 min walk on a nice stone path...
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lloymi
Mar 18, 2005

Kicker Rock/Leon Durmiente

This is a small island near San Cristobal that has split in two. If you're travelling on a smaller boat, you can navigate through the narrow passage which is quite fun. We also explored a "crack" in a...
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lenoreva
Apr 01, 2003

See sharks!

If you have done any research on the Galapagos Islands, you have probably seen this picture. It was taken at the top of Bartolome. When we went snorkeling, we went in the cove on the right (see...
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MelUofAalumni
Nov 09, 2007

Tower Island

Most of the Galapagos might still be considered off the beaten path, but some tours skip this lovely island. Tower is a very low lying island and difficult to see until you are very close. At times...
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kucha
Nov 10, 2005

The story of the tortoises on...

The story of the tortoises on Pinta Island is a prime and lamentable example of the man-inflicted irreparable damage to the Galápagos. By the late 19th century, ships no longer found it worthwhile to...
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dreamkapture
Aug 26, 2002

Tortuga Bay is a bit of a walk...

Tortuga Bay is a bit of a walk (you can take a cab to the bottom of the hill leading to the guard house) but well worth it to see a beautiful, pristine beach. If you surf, there are some great waves,...
JEH
Aug 25, 2002

THE GALAPAGOS HAWK -- Few...

THE GALAPAGOS HAWK -- Few species of land birds inhabit the Galapagos and 22 of the 29 resident species are endemic to the Islands. Their presence in Galapagos is difficult to explain. They may have...
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viajeromaga
Aug 24, 2002

Tower Island

Tower Island, which isn't on all itineraries, is the northern most island in the archipelago. Here, one can see Red Footed and Masked Boobies and the Galapogos sub-species of Fur Seal. It is an...
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roamer61
Feb 18, 2009

Popular Cities in Galápagos Islands

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Puerto Ayora

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Isla Santa Cruz

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Isla San Cristóbal

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Isla Isabela

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Puerto Villamil

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Isla Pinzón

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Top Hotels in Galápagos Islands

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Km 12, via a Baltra, Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
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Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
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Isla Isabela, , Puerto Villamil, Galapagos
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Callejon 2, Av de La Armada Puerto Baquerizo Moreno 05, 252 0173
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Avenue Quito y Tulcan, , Ecuador
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Via a la Loberia, Puerto Velasco Ibarra , Ecuador
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Top Things to Do in Galápagos Islands

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Charles Darwin Research Station

Is big enough inside that you need some time. Our guide explained that they still expanded the place, people works here are all voluntary. So, every house we saw they're doing different research....
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Lava Tunnels

The lava tunnel in Bellavista is the second largest lava tunnel in South America and it is 2250 metres long. Somewhere in the middle it has collapsed and that is where you find the entrance to the...
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Walking around in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

It sounds weird they called this area Malecon. It reminds me a Malecon 2000 in Guayaquil, maybe there is a very little similarity to it except here in San Cristobal is very small. Puerto Baquerizo...
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Wildlife - Animals on Isabela

One of the highlights of Galapagos Islands is to see the amazing Marine Iguanas (Amblyrhynchus cristatus). They are endemic to the islands and they are also the only lizards in the word that swim in...
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Las Tintoreras Tour

I booked the Bay Tour at Hostal La Jungla the evening before going on the tour and it was $25 (July 2011). At 9 o’clock in the morning I was picked up at the hostel and in Puerto Villamil we picked up...
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Snorkeling

The first snorkeling stop at Isla Pinzon was at a small rocky islet on the north/north-western side of the island. As we arrived a few dolphins swam past, but we were not ready to go into the water....
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Top 5 Galápagos Islands Writers

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"Galapagos Islands"
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"Places and faces of the Galapagos"
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"Independently Galapagos"
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"A world apart"
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"The Enchanted Islands"
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