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Finch Bay by Land

Galapagos Santa Cruz land-based itinerary

Discover the incredible diversity within Santa Cruz, the island on which Finch Bay is located. On this land-based itinerary, you’ll find Galapagos giant tortoises in their special reserve and spot mockingbirds and other beautiful Galapagos birds. You could opt to explore lava tunnels, where adventure meets geology, and take up the challenge of kayaking, surfing or snorkelling on the white sands of Tortuga Bay beach. All guests will experience the famous Charles Darwin Research Station and come away with new knowledge about tortoises and the nature of evolution.

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Highlights

  • Giant Tortoise Reserve
  • Galapagos Giant Tortoise
  • Mockingbirds and fly catchers
  • Lava tunnels
  • Tortuga Bay
  • Bird-watching
  • Charles Darwin Research Station

Finch Bay by Land

4 Days / 3 Nights Programme

from $1203 pp

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* Price includes all local taxes!
* Price in Finch Bay Room. Upgrades to Finch Bay Suites available for an additional fee.

Itinerary

  • DAY 1: Airport Assistance (Quito or Guayaquil). Arrive at Baltra airport. Shared transfer in. Hotel accommodation.
  • DAY 2: Breakfast. Full-day exploration, with lunch. OR Breakfast. Day at leisure.
  • DAY 3: Breakfast. Full-day exploration, with lunch. OR Breakfast. Day at leisure.
  • DAY 4: Breakfast. Shared transfer out to Baltra airport.

Full Day Activity Options

Highlands giant tortoises with lunch (guided)

Depart the hotel towards the Highlands of Santa Cruz. From there a short drive across the farming area will lead us to El Manzanillo at the northern edge of the Giant Tortoise Reserve. El Manzanillo is located on the natural path tortoises take every year as they either migrate to higher moist locations during the garúa season (June-September), or when they descend to the warmer lowlands during the wet season. The Galapagos giant tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra) is the largest living tortoise species, weighing up to 250 kg (550 lb). It plays an important biological role as the top grazer in its habitat. In the wild, these gentle giants slowly barrel their way through the plant cover. The shape of their carapaces varies from island to island. On Santa Cruz, year-round, tortoises can be seen grazing on the surrounding vegetation, or wallowing in muddy banks or in a small red-coloured pond (impressively coloured by surface red pond-weeds).

 

The area is teeming with life: chirping vegetarian-, small-tree, large-tree and woodpecker mockingbirds and flycatchers, as well as ducks, herons and gallinules make this an exciting morning visit. On the return to Puerto Ayora, visit one of the island’s lava tunnels, significant geological formations that take us back in time and allow us to remember how lava flows formed the islands. Lunch at El Manzanillo.

 

Tortuga Bay and Charles Darwin Research Station with lunch (guided)

Tortuga Bay is located to the southwest of Puerto Ayora, on Santa Cruz Island. Its name means “turtle”, and the island received this moniker because it is sea turtles favourite place to lay their eggs. The stunning white sand beach is considered by many the most beautiful in the Galapagos archipelago. The beach is reached via a marked and cobbled two kilometre path that starts at the west end of Charles Binford Street; guests must sign in and out at the National Park control point at the beginning of the path– it is open from 6:00 AM to 6:30 PM daily. There is excellent bird-watching along the path, with plenty of Darwin’s finches and other sea birds. And for active visitors, it is a great place to kayak, snorkel and surf!

 

The headquarters of the Galapagos National Park Service and The Charles Darwin Research Station are located side by side on the outskirts of Puerto Ayora. There is an interpretation centre open to the public where you may also view the tortoise rearing program. Those guests who have not have the opportunity to explore the highlands of Santa Cruz and see tortoises in their natural habitat will have the chance to see tortoises here. And for those who have already seen them in the wild, a visit to the Centre will expand their knowledge of this unique, iconic Galapagos animal.

Included

  • 3-night accommodation in the selected room
  • Buffet breakfast
  • Snorkel equipment
  • Ground transfers in/out Galapagos (shared service)
  • Internet / Wi-Fi

Not Included

  • Air transportation (international and domestic) to/from Galapagos and airport taxes (subject to change without previous notice)
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee (USD 100 subject to change without previous notice)
  • Transit control card fee (USD 20 subject to change without previous notice)
  • Alcoholic beverages, gratuities/tips, laundry or valet services and additional items
  • Optional activities with extra cost: kayaking, mountain biking, diving and surfing
  • Travel insurance
  • Laundry service
  • Any item not mentioned previously

Packing List

  • 1 small backpack
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sneakers (trainers) with rubber soles
  • Shorts
  • Long pants
  • T-shirts
  • Long and short sleeved shirts
  • Wind breaker
  • Bathing suit (+wetsuit for snorkelling in colder months, April-December)
  • Hat or cap
  • Sunblock and repellent
  • Sunglasses
  • Binoculars
  • Camera & video recorder
  • Any medicine you may be taking
  • Book/Notebook
  • Flashlight (torch) and batteries
  • Sandals for wet landings
  • Plastic bags to protect cameras, binoculars, film, etc. from rain

General Notes

  • Metropolitan Touring guarantees air space for programmes only.
  • The island visited on the day tour will depend on the itinerary approved by the Galapagos National Park Service.
  • All rates are subject to change without prior notice.
  • Galapagos Itineraries are subject to change due to weather conditions, logistical reasons, guests’ safety, or Galapagos National Park regulations.

Validity: January 01 through December 31, 2017. Recommended Retail Price (RRP) per person quoted in U.S. Dollars based on double accommodation in Finch Bay Room.

Baggage Important Notes

  • Guests can bring aboard the ship a reasonable amount of clothing and personal effects without charge. Baggage is handled in accordance with the airlines’ regulations and tariffs. Baggage exceeding these limitations is subject to the charges as set forth by the individual operators. Airlines are strict with baggage limitations. The current limits are 23 kg (50.6 pounds) for checked items, 8 kg (17 pounds) for hand luggage and 1 personal item (handbag, camera bag, laptop, etc.)
  • All baggage must be securely packed, and properly and clearly labelled. Liquid, fragile, perishable and other articles not suitably packed are transported at guests’ own risk.
  • Metropolitan Touring is not responsible for loss or damage to baggage or any other personal item during air travel.
  • Metropolitan Touring is not responsible for baggage stored in shore-side facilities.
  • Under no circumstances may dangerous items (including but not limited to: explosives, firearms, combustible or illegal substances) be taken into the hotel.
  • We recommend that you hand-carry travel documents (passport, visa, cruise tickets), medications and valuables. These items are the full responsibility of the guest at all times. Metropolitan Touring shall not be responsible for the loss of, or damage to, such personal items.
  • Metropolitan Touring reserves the right to charge for the return of personal items left on board or lost and subsequently found.

Restricted Baggage

Local authorities manage the quarantine system of the Galapagos National Park in order to reduce the possibility of foreign species invading the archipelago. All cargo and luggage that arrives to Galapagos National Park or that is transferred from one island to another must be inspected. All aircrafts are disinfected with Permethrin before landing. To preserve human health and the native species of the Galapagos Islands, the following products may not be transferred to Galapagos: fresh vegetables and fruits, animal products and or their derivatives, dairy products, other live animals, pathological samples, dry coffee beans, genetically modified organisms, forest species or their disseminative parts, grass and its disseminative parts, fresh flowers, medicinal plants and their disseminative parts, banana tree leaves, micro-organisms (fungi, bacteria, etc.) soil and sand, and animal vaccines.

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