SUNDAY

Chinese Hat & Dragon Hill

Chinese Hat (Sombrero Chino) is a very small volcano close to Santiago Island, surrounded by small spatter cones: a captivating landscape. Because of its distinctive shape, Sombrero Chino has fascinated all visitors to the islands.

It’s one of the smallest Galapagos Islands but don’t be fooled: it has a unique visitor site with an unforgettable view! Galapagos Penguins and Galapagos hawks are active here. A wet landing on the main beach of the island gives us time to enjoy the sandy beach, where sea lions rest and a variety of wading birds feed on the shore line. The tranquil waters make great snorkeling experiences, where we can observe several tropical fish, sea stars and the chance to spot penguins under water.
After a wonderful lunch on board, we motor over to Dragon Hill, one of the few visitor sites directly related to a conservation program led by the Charles Darwin Foundation and the Galapagos National Park. It was named after the land iguanas, considered the Galápagos’ “dragons”. The population of land iguanas in this area was brought back from near-extinction by the efforts of the Galápagos National Park. It took a lot of work for them to control the populations of feral mammals such as dogs, cats, goats and donkeys brought by early Galápagos settlers. Heading inland on the trail, we pass two small salt-water lagoons where it is sometimes possible to spot flamingos and other shore birds. The trail continues on and circles round the hill, providing a memorable Galapagos view.

Included

– Transportation Hotel-Yacht-Hotel
– English speaking guide
– Hot lunch on board
– Snacks during the day
– Water, tea and coffee
– Snorkel gear: mask, tube and fins
– Towels

 

NOT included: Breakfast, Extra soft and alcoholic drinks. Tips and extra services.

GENERAL INFORMATION:

  • Activity Level

    ACTIVITY LEVEL:
    Moderate

  • Tour Style

    TOUR STYLE:
    Hiking & Snorkeling

  • Pick up

    PICK UP:
    7:30 am

  • Departure & Return Location

    DEPARTURE & RETURN LOCATION: Hotel

  • Return time

    RETURN TIME:
    17:00

WHAT TO BRING

don’t forget your toothbrush!

  • waterproof backpack

    WATERPROOF BACKPACK

  • comfortable walking shoes

    COMFORTABLE WALKING SHOES

  • sneakers or rubber soles

    SNEAKERS OR RUBBER SOLES

  • shorts or light-weight trousers

    SHORTS OR LIGHT-WEIGHT TROUSERS

  • t-shirts

    T-SHIRTS

  • long and short sleeved shirts

    LONG AND SHORT SLEEVED SHIRTS

  • windbreaker

    windbreaker

  • bathing suit

    BATHING SUIT

  • hat or cap

    HAT OR CAP

  • sun block

    SUN BLOCK

  • sunglasses

    SUNGLASSES

  • binoculars & camera

    BINOCULARS & CAMERA

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  • 5 star ratingBeautiful hotel, amazing view, lots of sea lions and marine iguanas We stayed in an ocean view suite, and it was amazing - had the best view of all during our two week trip. This... read more

    Rachel D
    1/01/1970

    5 star ratingIt was good but expected more This is not a cheap hotel so I honestly expected more. The room was big enough but not comfortable, breakfast... read more

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    5/07/2019

    5 star ratingGreat Stay The Red Mangrove is an exceptional hotel. Service was fantastic and the staff was attending to every need. ... read more

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    9/21/2018
  • 5 star ratingEden on Santa Cruz Surrounded by marine iguanas, sea lions and the famous finches a fresh brewed morning coffee is a special trea... read more

    curiouspalate
    2/01/2020

    5 star ratingGreat Hotel I stayed only for a night before my flight out of Galapagos. The staff were super friendly and accomodating, a... read more

    helenek306
    9/23/2019

    5 star ratingbeautiful setting, very helpful staff The hotel is set on the water with great views, including pelicans and frigate birds. The deck that houses th... read more

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    9/10/2018
  • 5 star ratingAmazing hotel!! My daughter and I stayed 5 nights here and it was not enough!!

    Room--Our room overlooked a deck where the...
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    12/17/2019

    4 star ratingWonderful, but some issues This hotel is beautiful. We were lucky to have the Darwin Suite. All Windows, fabulous views. Staff are great,... read more

    Cynthia R
    5/14/2019

    5 star ratingPopped in for a home made lemonade and was surrounded by sealions! Fantastic As we sat by the water, half a dozen sealions were sunbathing in benches behind us. We had pelicans flying by ... read more

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    1/14/2020
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