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Tintoreras Islet Half Day Tour
Isabela island is the largest island of the archipelago, for several people is the most wanted, perhaps for isolation sensation going there or maybe for the long walks on a white sand beach. If you don’t have enough time to spend 2 or 3 days in this beautiful island, with this option you can enjoy at least a little of Isabela. You will visit the Poza de las Diablas a wetland passarell, then the Tortoise breeding center and then an excursion to Tintoreras islet with a short hike and the opportunity to snorkel.
“Los aplastados” or the flat tortoises
Godzilla Marine Iguanas
The Tintoreras or White tip sharks
The trip to go from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil takes about 2.5 hours. You will visit two interesting places in Isabela with your certified guide, normally you will star with a tour along the main street of Puerto Villamil, since the very beginning on the main duck you will be welcome by some sea lions, “Godzilla” marine iguanas and seabird. Then you will go to the Tortoise Breeding Center, where you will see five different species of Isabela tortoises and several babies. Along a wetlands passarel you will have the chance to see flamingos, black necked stilt and white chick pintails. After a lunch on a local restaurant you will go back to the main duck to take a boat for a short sail to Tintoreras looking along the coast for the endemic penguin. Once in Tintoreras islet you will have a dry landing and a 30 minutes hike to find g more wildlife like. white tip sharks, seabirds, sea lions and more marine iguanas. After the walk you will return to the boat to get ready for the snorkel in this protected waters, you might have the chance to swim with sea lions, sea turtles, rays, fish and sometimes even penguins. After this activity you will get back to the speedy boat to get back to Puerto Ayora. y tortoises
Tintoreras are reef sharks that are called like this because of the white tips on its tail. They are likely to be found resting in underwater caves but don’t be scared if one swims really close by. They feed on small fish at night time and rest during the day. They are normally docile and used to humans.
The magnificent green sea turtle inhabits tropical and subtropical coastal waters around the world. Mating season from November to January is the perfect occasion for a breathtaking experience as you watch these big marine animals from the surface of the volcanic rocks or swim them if you think you can keep up. While on the boat, keep your eyes open to see their heads popping out from the water to catch their breath.
They are a really popular attraction in the Galapagos Islands, even though they are not endemic to the Galapagos. Their lovely blue feet contrast against the black volcanic rocks. Watching them mate is admiring a beautiful wobbly dancing and to the sound of an off tune – flute Their mating ritual is the perfect goofy spectacle. You can tell the youngsters apart from the adults because of their discolored feet and their juvenile aura as they play around with sticks and leaves.
The Galapagos Penguin is endemic to this land and it is the second smallest in the world, the only one capable of living in tropical waters close to the equator line. This is due to the Humboldt and Cromwell currents. Isabela island is the place where you have the better chance to find the galapagos’ penguin.
22MR+W2 Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
Pick up will start 30min before departure, please allow some time for the pick up because they have to pick up every passenger in each hotel. Make sure you don’t eat much before this activity , especially if you get sea sick.
The weather in the islands is generally warm but the water can get really chilly in the rainy season (starting in July through to December, the coldest temperatures being around September). Make sure you bring your windbreaker jacket for the boat ride.
This is the perfect opportunity to bring along underwater cameras and get some award-winning shots of the marine wildlife. It will not be necessary to bring a towel because one will be provided. If you think you will need a wetsuit for this activity let us know to arrange one for you at an extra cost.
- Hotel Pick up
- Departure Time
- 8:00 am
- 3:00 pm
- Return Time
- 11:00 am
- 6:00 pm
- Not Included