Private tour of the Charles Darwin Research Station & walk on Turtle Bay beach - Transfers included - Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz (Galápagos)

Private tour of the Charles Darwin Research Station & walk on Turtle Bay beach - Transfers included - Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz (Galápagos)

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Visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station

The Galápagos giant tortoise breeding centre

The idyllic Turtle Bay beach

Tour and commentary from your guide

Essential information *

Duration
5 hours

Languages

English

Starting time
8:00 AM

* All details will be sent to you upon reservation.

Description

Discover the flora and fauna of the Galápagos Islands at the Charles Darwin Research Station and walk among the giant tortoises and iguanas on Turtle Bay Beach!

Leaving from your hotel in Puerto Ayora, you'll begin your excursion with a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station, which is located in the Galápagos National Park. Find out all about the unique flora and fauna of these islands and Charles Darwin's research into the theory of natural selection. There is also a breeding centre for giant tortoises in this complex. These wild animals represent one of the most emblematic species of the archipelago, with a life expectancy that can reach up to 100 years on average.

After visiting the centre, it's time for a hike to the famous Turtle Bay beach. Pass through a tropical forest and admire the cacti typical of the Galápagos. Gaze out at the panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean as you reach the sand dunes of Turtle Bay. This huge beach is divided into two areas: a natural part where many species of wildlife such as marine iguanas and giant tortoises live, and another part where you can find surfers who come to take advantage of the strong currents and tides. Swimming is not recommended at this beach, but you'll have the opportunity to walk up close to the marine wildlife. You can also visit the second beach, which is more idyllic and peaceful. It was ranked among the Top 10 most beautiful beaches in the world in 2017.

At the end of this half-day excursion, you will be transported back to your hotel. You may choose to have lunch at a restaurant in the city (optional) before returning to your hotel.

Options

When booking, you'll have the choice between the following two options:

  • Visit to Charles Darwin Research Station & Turtle Bay with lunch at the restaurant
  • Tour to Charles Darwin Research Station & Turtle Bay without lunch

Good to know

  • Availability: every day (except in exceptional circumstances)
  • Times: 8 am (pick-up from your hotel between 8 am and 9 am; exact time will be confirmed after booking)
  • Transfers are possible for all hotels in Puerto Ayora. Please provide your hotel name when booking
  • Lunch at the restaurant is a 3-course set menu
  • This activity is not accessible to people with reduced mobility

Price includes

  • Excursion to the Charles Darwin Research Station and Turtle Bay Beach
  • Lunch (only if you choose the option)
  • The services of an English-speaking guide
  • Round trip transfer from/to your hotel in Puerto Ayora

Price doesn’t include

  • Tips (optional)
  • Any other extras

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