Galapagos Birding Tours

Tour

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Established Departures 2017:

8 DAYS:

March 19 to March 26
August 13 to 20
November 05 to 12

 

$4,299 Special Offer for Stablished Departures 2017

Itinerary

ITINERARY 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS

 

Day 1: QUITO - GALAPAGOS


Travel tour to San Cristóbal Airport, a guide will be waiting for you in order to transfer you to our hotel. Lunch in farm in San Cristobal highlands, then you will visit El Junco Lagoon, the only freshwater spring of the islands, it is a crater of an extinct volcano here we will find stilts, White-cheeked pintail ducks and Common Gallinules and the Great Frigate Bird and the Magnificent Frigate Bird, these two last species will be taking a bath in the lagoon, this is something very uncommon in these birds. In San Cristobal Highlands you will look for the Galapagos Rail, Galapagos Flycatcher, Paint Billed Crake, small ground finch, medium ground finch, yellow warbler, Woodpecker finch and the two species of Frigate birds. Late in the afternoon return to the hotel for diner and overnight.

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Day 2: SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND: PUNTA PITT


Floreana Island bird watching


After breakfast you will take a speed boat in order to travel to Punta Pitt located at the north of San Cristobal Island.  Punta Pitt is a combination of eroded volcanic cones and scarcely populated by endemic vegetation on the islands, this environment provides protection and warmth for species like sea lions, lava lizards, marine iguanas, frigates, pelicans and boobies. Punta Pitt is one of the two only places on the Galapagos islands where you can see three species of boobies nesting in the same area, red, blue and Nazca boobies.  On the beach you can see dozens of sea lions, frigates, pelicans, herons and lava gulls flying over the site.  If you get lucky you might get to see the rare Galapagos Petrel at sea.  Return to San Cristobal to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
This day it is possible to see Storm Petrels, Shearwaters, Phalaropes, Lava Gull, Lava Heron, Gray Blue Heron, Nazca Boobies, Blue Footed Boobies, Red Footed Boobies, Peregrine Falcon (M), Galápagos petrel, Great Frigate Bird, Magnificent Frigate Bird, Chatham Mockingbird, Small Ground Finch, Dark Billed Cuckoo, Large Ground Finch, Large Cactus finch and others.

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Day 3: ESPAÑOLA ISLAND: PTA SUAREZ-GARDNER ISLET BY ESPAÑOLA

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After an early breakfast you will depart to Española Island.In the morning you will visit Pta. Suarez, this is a rocky point of land that sustains one of the most impressive and varied colonies of sea birds in Galapagos. Along its southern shore, steep cliffs rise up from the sea, for a spectacular view of soaring birds and the famous blowhole. A noisy colony of Sea Lions and curious mockingbirds (Hood Mockingbird) greet you as you land on their beach.You will meet a multitude of Blue-footed Boobies, Masked boobies, Albatross, Red billed Tropic Birds, Galapagos Shearwater, Phaloropes, Storm Petrels, Large Cactus Finch, Galapagos Hawk and endemic Marine iguanas with unique traces of red and green soak up the heat from the sun. Lunch on board and in the afternoon you will visit Gardner Islet (Española), great place for snorkeling, where it is possible to see fascinating creatures including snake eels, marble rays, diamond rays, Galapagos pufferfish, plenty of red-lipped batfish and occasional hammerhead.

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DAY 4: SAN CRISTOBAL – FLOREANA – ISABELA ISLAND 


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After breakfast you will be transferred to the pier in order to depart to Isabela Island, on route you will first circumnavigate Champion Islet to search for the extremely rare Floreana Mockingbird. The specie is Critically Endangered and the surviving population is tiny. It survives on two small satellite rocks that are located close to Floreana (Champion and Gardner Islet by Floreana).
Then you will continue to Floreana Island where you will visit the highlands looking for the Medium tree Finch, the only site for this super rare bird and others. Besides you will visit a tortoise reserve and the freshwater spring.  Lunch in a local restaurant and in the afternoon you will depart to Isabela. Transfer to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

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DAY 5: ISABELA ISLAND: SIERRA VOLCANO - MARSHLANDS


After an early breakfast depending on Galapagos National Park regulations and established schedule for our excursion, your guide will be waiting for you in order to depart to Sierra Negra Volcano, that is one of the most impressive volcanoes in the archipelago. You will hike up the trail to the caldera, which is the largest of all of the Galapagos volcanoes (c. 10km wide).The caldera is our best place to look for the Galapagos Martin, besides in Sierra Negra it is possible to find Galapagos Rail, Woodpecker Finch, Green Warbler Finch, Small Tree Finch and Galapagos Flycatcher. Box lunch on route and then you will stop in a transitional zone where you will look for species like Vegetarian Finch. Then on the way back to Puerto Villamil you stop at the Flamingo pond.In the afternoon you will visit Humedales or Marshlands, this place has a pristine ecosystem of tidal lagoons that is the habitat of flamingos and migratory birds. Four species of mangroves can be finding here. This is a great place to see several species of Darwin Finches, Mangrove Warbler and others. Return to the hotel and after a delicious dinner, you will look for the Short eared Owl, which is an endemic sub-specie of Galapagos, return to the hotel to overnight.

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DAY 6: ISABELA ISLAND: IGUANA COVE-EL RADAR-TUNNELS


Galapagos Pinguins


After an early breakfast your guide will transfer you to the pier where a small speedboat will be waiting for you in order to depart to Iguana Cove where you will have the opportunity to see one of the most amazing endemic species of Galapagos, the Flightless Cormorant, this amazing Galapagos endemic is the largest specie of cormorant in the world, it is unique because it has lost its ability to fly. Also you can see other bird species like the incredible Galapagos Penguin (except from June to August), Frigate Birds, Shearwaters, Phalaropes, Flightless Cormorant, Greater Flamingo and some species of finches. Box lunch on route and in the afternoon you will visit the Tunnels, one of the best places of Isabela for Snorkeling, then you will return to Puerto Villamil where you will dinner and overnight.

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Day 7: ISABELA - STA CRUZ HIGHLANDS


Early in the morning you will be transferred to pier where a speedboat will be waiting for you in order to depart to Santa Cruz Island.  Once in Puerto Ayora you will enjoy of a delicious breakfastand then you will travel to the highlands of Santa Cruz that is continually changing and you will ascend through all seven different vegetation zones.There you are able to see the Giant tortoises in the wild at a private farm where you will lunch. This is a good place to see the Vegetarian Finch and with luck the Paint-billed Crake. In the afternoon you will visit a pair of large pit craters called “Los Gemelos", one of the best places to spot for Woodpecker Finch, Large Tree Finch, Green Warbler Finch and others. If time permits you will search for Galapagos Rail at Media Luna.  After this visit you will return to Puerto Ayora where you will diner and overnight.

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Day 8: GALAPAGOS - QUITO

San Cristobal Galapagos birdwatching

After breakfast your guide will be waiting for you in order to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station where you will learn at first hand of the conservation and research efforts in the islands seeing the tortoise hatchlings and breeding programs, which are saving several races of tortoises from extinction.
After this visit you will have the last chance to look for some of the finches that surround the Charles Darwin Station, species like Small, Medium and Large Ground Finches and Galápagos Mockingbird can be found here. Transfer to Baltra airport in order to catch your flight back to Quito.

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Possible extension to the Rainforest

From July to October, birding tour is not available for operation due to sea currents

Rates



PRICE PER PERSON 2016  

HOTELS CATEGORY  2
*Pax
4-5
Pax
6-7
Pax

8
Pax

Economic $6,780 $4,970 $3,640 $3,190
Tourist Superior $7,080 $4,590 $3,840 $3,380
First Class $7,637  $5,110 $4,345 $3,880 
10-11
Pax
Sin
Sup
 
Economic $3,070 $260
Tourist Superior $3,250 $460
First Class $3,749 $799
 
*Pax: Passengers

 

PRICE PER PERSON 2017

HOTELS CATEGORY  2-3
Pax
4-5
Pax
6-7
Pax
8-9
Pax
Economic $7,140 $4,575 $3,799 $3,325
Turist Superior $7,410 $4,780 $3,980 $3,499
First Class $7,975  $5,310 $4,499 $4,005
         
  10-11
Pax
Sin
Sup
   
Economic $3,199 $150    
Turist Superior $3,360 $370    
First Class $3,865 $1050    
 
 *Pax: Passengers

 

Single Supplement under request

 

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Jonathan Barnard / UK
2016-06-02, 15:12
Andres is one of the best guides i have ever had and this was one of the best trips.
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