Day 1 Santa Cruz/Isabela Island
Arrive in Santa Cruz and be whisked off with your group by speedboat to the Galapagos’ largest island – Isabela. Formed by six merging volcanoes, five of which are still active, the silhouette of Isabela roughly resembles that of a seahorse. The island's unique ecosystem means it has distinctly different flora and fauna to all the other islands of the Galapagos. Experience some of Isabela's natural wonders by taking a trip to the Flamingo Lagoon, the largest coastal lagoon in the Galapagos and one of the main reproductive sites for flamingos.
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Days 2-3 Isabela Island
Wake early to hike up the second largest volcano in the world and one of the most active in the Galapagos – Sierra Negra. Trek past unique Galapagos flora and wildlife, and continue on to the Volcan Chino, taking in the view over lunch. Slip on a swimsuit for the chance to snorkel or swim in the crystal-clear waters of Concha Perla. Colourful fish, urchins, starfish and sea turtles create a vibrant haven in this underwater world, while ever-inquisitive sea lions dart in and out between the rocks and shoals. On land, a visit to the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center provides the opportunity to encounter and learn about these fascinating creatures first-hand and up close. The Wall of Tears, a shrine to darker times in the Galapagos’ history when the islands were used as a penal colony, provides a somber point of reflection. Prisoners were forced to build the wall using rocks from the surrounding hills for no other purpose than punishment and to keep them occupied. Set sail to Tintoreras Island, where a deep underwater crevice of clear, calm waters permits access to a subaqueous paradise replete with whitetip reef sharks, penguins, sea lions and marine iguanas.
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Day 4 Isabela Island/Santa Cruz
An early morning trip back to Puerto Ayora signals the end of this Isabela Island extension. Perhaps head to the Ecuadorian mainland to further explore this fascinating continent.
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