Spend the afternoon visiting Cerro Colorado Tortoises Protection and Growing Center. The Center provides insight into tortoise protection efforts across the archipelago, and orients travelers with other endemic island species as well.
Venture to Punta Suarez, a rocky area which is home to the most multifarious colonies of sea birds in the Galapagos. Enjoy watching these fascinating bird species swoop and dive along the spectacular seaside cliffs and crashing surf.
In the afternoon, pay a visit to historical Post Office Bay. In the 18th century, whalers placed a barrel at this site to serve as a post office for mariners and inhabitants of the island, and it's been in use ever since. Ascend to nearby Baroness Lookout along the north slope of Floreana. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.
After lunch, head to South Plaza Island. Although small, South Plaza is home to some of the archipelago's most unique and interesting wildlife species. Notable among these are the marine, land, and hybrid iguanas.
From North Seymour, journey to Bachas Beach. This stunning beach is located on Santa Cruz Island, just west of Turtle Cove. The white sand of Bachas, the result of decomposed coral, is a favorite nesting site for sea turtles.
Journey on to Dragon Hill. Located on northwestern Santa Cruz Island, the area features a hyper-saline lagoon, frequented by a variety of bird species. The walk up the hill culminates in a beautiful view of the bay below.
In the afternoon set off for a small islet just off the southeastern tip of Santiago Island, called Chinese Hat. Named for its distinctly conical shape, this island is an excellent place to view and learn about volcanic and other geological features.
In the afternoon, climb up the southern plateau of Darwin Bay, known as El Barranco. Encounter large populations of masked and red-footed boobies, storm petrels, and short-eared owls, attracted to the area because of its ideal nesting habitat.
Travel to Santiago Island in the afternoon. Santiago is still an active volcano and is great for getting up close to young lava flows. The flows are also visible from Darwin's summit, and, more impressively, outer space!
Transfer back to San Cristobal for your departing flight.
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