To ensure that no animals or plants are brought to Baltra Island's airport from Quito or Galapagos (or both), travelers must pass an airport inspection. Once you have cleared the entrance to the park, your guide will meet and greet you in the lobby. He or she will then take you on the short bus ride to Itabaca Channel. We will cross the canal by using a small boat and then board the bus for the 45 minute / 1 hour drive to Puerto Ayora.
Motorized Zodiacs, called 'Pangas', will take you to the M/C Yacht Catamaran ANAHI from the town's pier. After a refreshing drink, the crew will welcome you aboard and then you'll be taken to your cabins for lunch.
You will be taken to Santa Cruz Island's highlands, where you will have your first experience in the Galapagos Islands. You will be taken on a pleasant walk amongst the trees, including ferns, sedges, miconias and others. You will be amazed at the large tortoises who roam free in the farm, which is their natural habitat. Tortoises are shy and will usually withdraw into their shells if they see you approaching. These beautiful animals are not meant to be touched or fed. There are many species of birds in the area, including the iconic Darwin finches and the rare Pajaro Brujo (Wizard Bird), which is known for its beautiful red coloration. You will also find a nice, simple structure that allows you to rest and purchase drinks, beer or local fruit juices. You'll then head to one the many lava tunnels in the area. Enjoy a short walk into the tunnel to see the incredible results of the powerful volcanic eruptions that occurred 5 million years ago and created the islands we now know. After this visit, we'll return to Puerto Ayora. At 7 p.m., you'll enjoy the official welcome drink and dinner. The guide will give you information about the next day's activities and general recommendations for tourists to the Galapagos islands.