A journey to Galapagos is a truly unique experience in life. Each island serves as a natural habitat for different kinds of flora and fauna. While touring the islands, its visitors are often surprised how close they are able to come to the animals. 

For Galapagos there are no ¨best travel seasons¨ – throughout the whole year the islands are worth a visit to explore the different seasons with each of their own characters. With combining our day tours with a stay in Hotel Silberstein you have the perfect opportunity to get to know the different islands and at the same time enjoy the amenities of our hotel.

Description of the tour destinations

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Bartolome Island
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Santa Fe Island
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Seymour Island
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Highiands of Santa Cruz
Half-Day Tour
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Plazas Island
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Bay Tour
Bartolome Island

The small island of Bartolome is one of the youngest of the archipelago and is located close to Santiago Island. The island is named to honor the British marine lieutenant James Sullivan Barholomew who traveled Galapagos side by side with Charles Darwin.

The island is famous for its so called ¨Pinnacle Rock¨ – an enormous formation of lava which rises out of the sea. Near to that black bulk of lava there are two beautiful beaches in shape of crescents. You can also go for a stroll to an awesome viewpoint of the island by a 40 minutes’ walk. You pass through a zone of small volcanic craters and lava lines, where there is almost no vegetation – an impression of walking on a moonscape! On top of the island at 114m, you have a fantastic view over the amazing landscape.

Around this tropical waters you can either watch penguins romp around or just relax at the cliffs. At the south of the island you can also find turtles or Galapagos Sharks.

During the period of January – March the green turtles nest in the white sand of the beach – a special happening which can be observed by the islands visitors. The combination of the unique landscape, the lovely beaches, the calm waters which allow you to snorkel and the diverse animals of the sea truly makes Bartolome to a special place to visit.

  • Included
    Bilingual guide (Spanish – English) - Lunch on board - Snorkeling equipment (mask and snorkel) - Snack on board - Towels on board - Transfer in / out from and to the hotel
  • Recommendation of own equipment
    Solid shoes - Headgear - Sunscreen with high sun protection factor - Camera - Sunglasses - Swimsuit
Seymour Island 

Seismologic activities made this island rise from the bottom of the sea to the surface of the water. The lava plateau of flat structure is dry and less vegetated with cactuses, Palo Santo (incense tree) and small bushes.

Here you find the fascinating frigate birds with their inflatable red throat pouches. The male birds use it during pairing season to attract the female birds. They also have the ability to attack other birds to take their prey. That makes their surviving certainly dependent from other birds like the blue-footed boobies, which are excellent fishers.

Depending on the time of the year, there is the possibility to observe the amusing pairing dances of the blue-footed boobies. Often they nest on the hiking trail afterwards, so you need to watch out not to stumble upon them. Also the nests of other birds like seagulls or frigate birds are seen often.

  • Included
    Bilingual guide (Spanish – English) - Lunch on board - Snorkeling equipment (mask and snorkel) - Snack on board - Towels on board - Transfer in / out from and to the hotel
  • Recommendation of own equipment
    Solid shoes - Headgear - Sunscreen with high sun protection factor - Camera - Sunglasses - Swimsuit
Plazas Island

Plazas consists of two small islands, only the southern island of them is accessible for visitors. Access to the northern island is only allowed for scientific purposes. Those islands came into existence by the strong pressure of the tectonic plates which are located there.

The islands are situated only a few hundred meters to the east of the coast of Santa Cruz. With an expanse of approx. 0,13km² and a width of approx. 130m, Plaza Sur is one of the smallest islands of Galapagos – but still one of the most diverse ones! During periods of times a fascinating flora and fauna developed in this extraordinary landscape.

Under the glowing sun you can find a beautiful fusion of colors: The turquoise water of the canal between the two islands, the white sand of the beach, the black lava, the red ¨Zayapa¨ crabs at the dark rocks and the green tree-cactuses with their intense yellow blossoms.

The hiking trail leads you from the jetty through the island to a cliff line from where you have a fantastic view over the ocean. At the cliffs there nest swallow-tailed gulls and in the sky you can observe blue-footed boobies, tropical birds and Nazca boobies.

One of the biggest colony of land iguanas inhabit the island together with a unique crossing of the land iguanas and the marine iguana, the so called hybrid iguanas.

  • Included
    Bilingual guide (Spanish – English) - Lunch on board - Snorkeling equipment (mask and snorkel) - Snack on board - Towels on board - Transfer in / out from and to the hotel
  • Recommendation of own equipment
    Solid shoes - Headgear - Sunscreen with high sun protection factor - Camera - Sunglasses - Swimsuit
Santa Fe Island

This island consists of the remains of a shield volcano and has an expanse of 24 km². Located to the southeast of Santa Cruz, the island rises 60m out of the ocean.

A sheltered bay filled with turquoise water invites you to snorkel – sometimes accompanied by sea lions in the water and sparrow hawks in the air. There is even the possibility to spot turtles or rays in the clear water. Taking a little walk over the island you will meet several land iguanas, which mainly feed on the leaves and the fruit of the tree-cactuses. Also there live crabs, night herons, marine iguanas, Galapagos-mockingbirds and thick-billed ground pigeons. The Santa Fe land iguana (Conolophus pallidus) only lives on this island. On all the other islands of Galapagos it is represented by the regular Galapagos land iguana (Conolophus subcristatus).

  • Included
    Bilingual guide (Spanish – English) - Lunch on board - Snorkeling equipment (mask and snorkel) - Snack on board - Towels on board - Transfer in / out from and to the hotel
  • Recommendation of own equipment
    Solid shoes - Headgear - Sunscreen with high sun protection factor - Camera - Sunglasses - Swimsuit
Highlands of Santa Cruz
Half-Day Tour

This island is home of the biggest population of the giant Galapagos tortoises. During the ride from the hotel to the highlands you can watch the climate and the vegetation change.

Some of the residents live in fincas at the highlands to dedicate their selves to stock farming and agriculture. They take care of the conservation of nature and the endemic plants and animals which you can find there.

Visitors have the possibility to observe several kinds of birds like the bahama pintail, the moorhen, the Galapagos crake or the mosquero cardenal.

Another highlight of visiting the highlands are the lava tunnels which can be explored. They came into existence when thin basaltic lava cooled down at the surface while underneath still flowed lava like in a tube.

  • Included
    Bilingual guide (Spanish – English) - Lunch at a local restaurant - Transfer in / out from and to the hotel
  • Recommendation of own equipment
    Solid shoes - Headgear - Sunscreen with high sun protection factor - Camera - Sunglasses - Swimsuit
Bay Tour
Half-Day Tour

With capacity of 16 passengers, the boat heads to three different destinations.

First stop is the little island ¨Loberia¨ which is inhabited by trustful sea lions who love to swim with their visitors. At the bottom of the sea you can find a variety of invertebrate mollusks and fish, which can be observed perfectly through the glass bottom of the boat. The navigation continues close to the coast to experience more knowledge about the birds, the turtles and the basaltic formations. Next stop is the so called ¨Playa de los Perros¨. The beach got his name by the high distribution of the ¨Cangrejos Perro¨. You can have a little walk over here. Afterwards you visit the ¨Grietas¨ (rock crevices). A stroll of 15 minutes over lava rocks leads to the ¨Canal de los Tiburones y Del Amor¨. During the walk you can observe Darwin’s finches, sea birds and lagoon birds and admire the local endemic vegetation. Arrived at the canal, there is time to swim, to snorkel and for the brave also to jump from the cliffs into the ocean.

  • Included
    Bilingual guide (Spanish – English) - Snorkeling equipment (mask and snorkel) - Transfer in / out from and to the hotel - Optional: walk to la Playa de los Perros and los Grietas
  • Recommendation of own equipment
    Solid shoes - Headgear - Sunscreen with high sun protection factor - Camera - Sunglasses - Swimsuit
The routes are subject to change due to the regulations of Galapagos National Park.