In the afternoon, visit the Cerro Colorado Tortoises Protection and Growing Center on the south east side of the island. Take the opportunity to learn about San Cristobal's tortoise population, as well as its other fascinating species of native flora and fauna.
Head to Punta Suarez, a rocky, cliff-laden area known for its spectacular array of rare sea birds and stunning views.
In the afternoon, visit Post Office bay, the landing site of the area's first colonists and location of the famous post office barrel. The barrel has served as the island's post office since its installation in the 18th century.
Continue to Baroness Lookout, named for Baroness Eloisa von Wagner. Atop this northern slope, travelers are rewarded with beautiful vistas of the surrounding landscape.
In the afternoon, sail over to Islas Plazas, just east of Santa Cruz Island. The Plazas, although small, house some of the most interesting and unique wildlife in the Galapagos. View a spectrum of native species including hybrid iguanas, Swallow Tailed Gulls, and Audubon Shearwaters.
Head to Bachas Beach, located on Santa Cruz Island. Made up of decomposed coral, Bachas' soft, white sand provides a perfect nesting site for sea turtles. An adjacent beach was used by the US as a point of protection for the Panama Canal. Two barges can still be seen there, abandoned after WWII.
Visit Dragon Hill in the afternoon. Located on the northwest side of Santa Cruz, this site features a trail leading to a hyper-saline lagoon, home to a variety of bird species. Take a short walk up the Hill and soak in the stunning view of the islands and bay below.
In the afternoon, venture to Chinese hat, a small islet off the southeastern tip of Santiago. Named for its conical shape, the island is a great place to observe interesting volcanic features including lava tubes and flows. Explore the island while taking in the unique landscape and multifarious animal species.
In the afternoon, explore El Barranco. Climbing up the eastern plateau of Darwin Bay, this area houses a large population of masked and red-footed boobies, storm petrels, and short-eared owls.
In the afternoon, visit Santiago Island, located in the west-central part of the Galapagos. It is still volcanically active, spotted with young lava flows and cones visible from many vantage points, including outerspace!
In the afternoon, learn about Galapagos protection and conservation at the Charles Darwin Station. Your understanding of the important conservation efforts taking place across the archipelago will be greatly enhanced by your first-hand experience with the Galapagos' natural wonders and precious wildlife.
Take a trip up the slopes of the Sierra Negra volcano this afternoon. The crater of the Sierra Negra is 5 miles wide, the second widest in the world. Enjoy fantastic views from the crater's rim and continue your hike up to nearby Chico Volcano to see striking lava formations.
In the afternoon, travel via zodiac to Elizabeth Bay. Boat around the Marielas islets, home of the largest penguin colony in the Galapagos. Admire the mangroves, observe sea turtles, flightless cormorants, schools of Dorado fish, among many others.
In the afternoon, tour the cliffs of Tagus Cove in a zodiac, disembarking for a 30 minute hike to the cliff-top. From here, enjoy views of Darwin Lake, surrounding volcanoes, and cliff-side graffiti written by pirates centuries ago.
In the afternoon, travel to Puerto Egas, also on Santiago. Puerto Egas is a black sand beach on the west side of the island, rich in history and volcanic tuff deposits.
Depart Lobos for the San Cristobal airport and catch your flight on to Quito or Guayaquil.
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