Basic Santa Cruz Island Tour

This beautiful island is home to many different species. Almost all species that can be found in the Galapagos can be observed on Santa Cruz. You can find many finches playing around you while waking on the trails or even visit the giant tortoises in their natural habitat.


4 day



Multiple Days


Naturalist Guide


3 Breakfasts

3 Lunch

3 Dinners

Group Size


Key Features

  • Tortuga Bay

  • Lava Tunnels

  • La Loberia

  • Snorkeling with sea animals

  • Las Grietas

From $ 380 / per person


The heart of the Galapagos Archipelago is Santa Cruz Island, it is a magical place, with endemic forests, where giant tortoises roam freely, where your experience of nature is combined with the friendliness of its people. Santa Cruz Island, being a populated island, has a complete and varied offer of tourist services for all tastes, accommodations, restaurants, travel agencies located near the sea or in the upper part, they will be ready to offer you a great experience during your visit to the islands.

Las Grietas

Las Grietas is an impressive rock formation bathed by the crystal clear water of the ocean. Getting there requires only a short and rewarding walk from Finch Bay. The path crosses mangroves, an old salt mine and landscapes full of Opuntia cacti, an authentic Galapagos species.


The transparency of the water allows snorkeling to be one of the favorite activities of tourists. The places where you can practice this activity are: Playa de la Estación, Playa de Tortuga Bay, Playa de los Alemanes, Las Grietas, Bachas, Pinzón, among others.

La Loberia

La Loberia is a coral sand beach that has been named for the large number of sea lions that rest on its rocks and sand. It is one of the places where you can practice surfing.

White tip shark

Also known locally as “Tintorera” (Triaenodon obesus) is one of the most common sharks in the tourist sites. It is the only shark that is able to stop swimming without dying, perhaps because it is the only member of his genus. This shark is normally considered inoffensive, since is more active at night and is very selective about their preys: reef fish. The round head and the white tips on the back and tail fins made it easy to recognize.

Santa Cruz Island Tour

  • Rancho Primicia/Chato
  • Charles Darwin Scientific Station
  • Tintoreras Sharks
  • Punta Estrada Beach
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Quito International Airport

Aeropuerto Internacional Mariscal Sucre, Quito, Ecuador

Baltra Airport

Aeropuerto Ecológico Galápagos Seymour (GPS), Seymour, Ecuador

Santa Cruz Island

Isla Santa Cruz, Ecuador

Tortuga Bay Beach

Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, Tortuga Bay, Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

La Loberia

La Loberia, Ecuador

Las Grietas

Las Grietas, Puerto Ayora, Ecuador


Arrival at Baltra Airport, our National Park guide Galapagos will welcome you and will lead to the corresponding busesfor transfer to the Itabaca channel where the ferries us will move to the Santa Cruz Island to then embark on the transportation that will take us to the Charles Darwin Scientific Station, where we can observe turtles endemic giants of the island, iguanas terrestrial, finches, on the trails, and visit the Interpretation Centervan Straelen, transfer to the Hotel, regulation of rooms and accommodation.

After a delicious breakfast, we will visit Tortuga Bay Beach where we will take a walk about 45 minutes to Beach. Tortuga Bay is a beach of approximately 2 km in length, white sand made up of bones fish and white coral; considered iguana sanctuary, sea turtles and other species where you can swimming and activities such as
swimming, beach games. In the afternoon: visit to the upper part of the island, where we will visit the Rancho Primicia, in this spectacular place we can find
turtles in the natural state. We will continue towards the Lava Tunnels of volcanic formation, we’ll walk inside at a distance of approximately 100 m, and our guide will give an explanation about types of rashes volcanic rocks that formed the islands.

After breakfast, we  will transfer to the pier passengers where we will start the navigation known as the Bay Tour. After a navigation of 15 to 20 approximately minutes we will star tour of the Bay at sea opened. We will visit La Loberia, where you can enjoy an experience unique and incomparable swimming and snorkeling with wolves marine, sea turtles, fishreef. We will visit the Shark Channel, where we can observe the barranco sharks that are completely harmless, later we will go to the Channel of Love of waters crystalline, Dog Beach ,Salt Mines for nex treach Las Grietas an arm of the sea located between two water cliffs natural; we will finally enjoy Punta Estrada Beach. Return to hotel, lunch.

After a long journey through the Enchanted Islands, it is time to return to the Quito airport. full of memories and unique experiences.

Travel Tip

Depending on your nationality, you’ll need a valid passport and may also need visas to enter Ecuador. Please check this well in advance of your trip departure date. Also, COVID restriccions for the Galapagos Islands are changing according to specific situations. Please check with us before traveling.


Tour details.

Santa Cruz Island
Departure Time
  • 10:00 am
  • 11:00 am
  • 12:00 pm
  • 1:00 pm
Return Time
  • 7:00 am
  • 8:00 am
  • 9:00 am
  • 10:00 am
  • Breakfast

  • Transportation

  • Lunch

  • Dinner

  • Ferry boat trip between the islands you choose

  • Snorkel Equipment

  • Naturalist Guide

  • Ferry Fee

  • 5 -7 mm wetsuit, regulator, BCD, mask, fins, boots, hood, gloves, weigh belt and 12 lt. air tank

Not Included
  • Extra drinks

  • Tips

  • Extra air tank

  • Extra meals

  • Other activities that aren't detailed in the itinerary

  • Extra food and drinks

  • COVID-19 rapid tests

Meeting point

Hotel pick up

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