This tour takes you to explore Floreana Island, the island with arguably the most eccentric history in the Galápagos. It has seen its fair share of human activity, beginning with 18th-century whalers. On this tour you’ll see some remnants of that history, as well as plants and animals that are rare even by Galápagos standards—Floreana Island has its very own endemic species of finch called a medium tree finch, to offer just one example.
- 9 hrs
- Available Days:
- 8:00 AM
- Hotel Transport Included
- Mobile Ticket Included
- Offered in English, Spanish
7:45 AM to 8:00 AM
Pick-up from your hotel.
Board the passenger boat for the tour.
Arrive at the port town of Puerto Velasco Ibarra, where you can observe sea lions and iguanas.
From here, you’ll take a bus to Asilo de la Paz, which is part of the island's volcanic highlands. Pirates first came here when a wayward current pushed them to the island. There’s also a small population of endemic tortoises—these tortoises knew the island’s first human inhabitants. You’ll also get to see caves and medicinal plants that the first arrivals used to survive, along with the fresh water and fruit they could find in the area.
This tour includes a stop at Playa Negra which is named after its black sand. You’ll also get to stop for lunch at a local restaurant.
Before you leave, you’ll go snorkeling at a spot called Lobería. There’s a small patch of sand where you can see sea lions and an underwater landscape where you’ll get to observe sea turtles, tropical fish, and manta rays.
Hop on board the speed boat to head back to Santa Cruz.
Arrive back at Puerto Ayora in Santa Cruz.
This island’s natural beauty is overshadowed by its quirky human history. As one of the first inhabited islands in the Galápagos, Floreana was initially home to a handful of settlers, who came to the island in the 1920s. Within a decade, several of those early settlers had gone missing, and the mystery of how or why remains unsolved.
What to Bring
Sturdy walking shoes, light jacket in case of rain, comfortable clothes, sunglasses, sunscreen, and money for tips and personal expenses.
Entrance fees, transportation, guided naturalist tour, lunch at a restaurant, and snorkeling equipment.
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Santa Fe is one of the oldest islands in the Galápagos archipelago. It only covers about 9 square miles , but offers an incredible proliferation of wildlife, both on land and in its surrounding waters. You’ll have plenty of time to observe the animals that live here – this tour begins at 8:00 AM, and lasts around 7 hours, returning to Puerto Ayora at 3:00 PM. It includes a break for lunch on board the yacht.