Transfer to the hotel. Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station or "La Estación" (as the locals call it). In "La Estación" the "Fausto Llerena Breeding Center" is found, which was home to the legendary Lonesome George. He was the last tortoise remaining of his species (Chelonoidis nigra abingdonii). Lonesome George was found in Pinta Island in 1971, the human introduction of goats and the hunting of Pinta Island tortoises had almost brought this species to extinction in 1971. Lonesome George was transferred to the Charles Darwin Research Station in Santa Cruz Island in 1972 with the hope to mate it with closely related species. Unfortunately, no viable eggs were produced. Lonesome George died on June 24, 2012.
The Charles Darwin Research Station is an incredible place to learn about the Galápagos Islands history, flora, and fauna. While hiking around "La Estación" you can observe Galápagos Tortoises in their different life stages.
After hiking around the Charles Darwin Research Station a crystal clear water beach awaits for you, perfect for snorkeling and resting from the hike.
Morning: Santa Cruz Island bay tour on board the Aqua View, the "Glass Bottom Boat." Among the bay tour activities are snorkeling with sea lions in "La Lobería" and hiking to "Las Grietas," a geological formation unique to volcanic islands where you can swim in the cool, transparent water and jump from the rock edges.
Afternoon: Visit to the mountainside of Santa Cruz Island to observe the Galápagos tortoises in their natural habitat. Afterwards there is hiking through lava tunnels, a geological formation.
Visit to one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, "Tortuga Bay." White coral-based sand and a wide crystal-clear ocean awaits you after a 45 min. walk. In the company of your Naturalist Guide, you will be able to identify the diverse flora and fauna of Tortuga Bay, some examples are: Darwin's finches, flamingos (depending on the season), blue footed boobies, iguanas, sally foot crabs, pencil sea urchins, sea turtles among others. On this amazing beach you can also do kayaking, snorkeling, and surfing.
1-Day visit to Pinzon Island
To visit Pinzon Island we will pick you up from your hotel at 7am to take you to the Itabaca Channel in Santa Cruz Island where you will board a boat, the drive from Puerto Ayora to the Itabaca Channel is about 45 minutes long. From the Itabaca Channel you will go to Daphne Islet, a 15 minute boat ride. Once at Daphne Islet you will stay onboard and do some bird watching from the boat, specifically looking for sea birds such as blue and masked footed boobies and frigatebirds. After Daphne you will go to Pinzon Island where you will spend most of the day. Here you will be able to jump into the water and experience some of the best snorkel in the world. You will be able to sea sea lions, galapagos pengiuns, dolphins, reef sharks, turtles, rays and a great variety of fish. After snorkeling, a delicious lunch will be waiting for you on the boat and the tour will continue with a 1 hour ride to Borrero Bay. In Borreo Bay you can do more amazing snorkel or just relax in its beautiful beach. The boat will be back to the Itabaca Channel at 5pm where you will catch the transportation provided back to your hotel.
Visit to the "Gemelos" or "Twins," a geological formation of breathtaking scenery. Endemic flora and fauna can be appreciated throughout this short hike. Finally, transfer to the Baltra Island Airport.
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