Day 1 Baltra - Santa Cruz Island
Arrive at the airport in Baltra where a guide will be waiting to escort you to the bus where after a short ride to the pier you will board the Yacht. There is a short introduction and a nice snack before disembarking on Playa Las Bachas. This is an excellent location for witnessing the wonder of the Flamingo Lagoon. During all walks, your guide will be explaining details about the lives of the birds and animals. Take some time to do some swimming and snorkeling if you are in the mood. Later, back on the Yacht, enjoy a short lecture about the Galapagos Islands' origin and evolution followed by a welcome cocktail and dinner.
Day 2 Santiago - Bartolome
The first excursion of the day will be to Sullivan Bay which is a perfect place to get a feel of the volcanic origin of these islands. Observe the beauty of the landscape and wildlife that make their homes here. Feel free to continue exploring with some relaxing snorkeling or just take a nice swim.
In the afternoon, make a dry landing on Bartolomé Island and hike to the summit where there will be many chances to observe colonies of marine iguanas and lava lizards. On the summit, see an impressive view of the surrounding islands and the splendor of the unique eroded tuff cone of Pinnacle Rock.
Day 3 Genovesa
The morning will begin with a dry landing on Prince Phillips’s Steps. This is a great location for observing the various birds here going about their daily routine. After a nice lunch, head on over to Darwin Bay to walk and observe frigatebirds, herons, mockingbirds, boobies, shorebirds, turtles, marine iguanas, etc. There is an abundance of unique animal life at this location that is a must while touring the Galapagos. After enjoying some excellent kayaking, snorkeling, and swimming, head back to the ship for a delicious dinner.
Day 4 Santiago
James Bay (Puerto Egas) will be the first stop of the day where there are opportunities to observe sponges, snails, hermit crabs, a variety of shore birds, barnacles. There are also other interesting creatures on this island including the endemic four-eyed blenny, marine iguanas, and sea lions. All are a treat to observe. Enjoy many activities while at this location including kayaking, snorkeling, and swimming.
After lunch, navigate around Buccaneer Cove (Caleta Bucanero), an area of steep cliffs and dark beaches. Several species of seabirds use the cliffs and pinnacle here as nesting areas. This was a popular place for 17th & 18th century buccaneers to careen their vessels. Enjoy some fun water activities before making a wet landing and walking along a coastal trail to visit the abandoned Salt Mines.
Day 5 Isabela - Fernandina
Make a morning visit to Punta Vicente Roca to observe plenty of sea lions, marine iguanas, blue-footed and masked boobies, and flightless cormorants. Enjoy some swimming and snorkeling. After lunch, make a dry landing on Punta Espinoza to observe and see a large colony of sea lions, marine iguanas and the flightless cormorants. The unique landscape here is covered with clumps of lava cactus. Return to the Yacht for dinner and our nightly orientation.
Day 6 Isabela
Start out the day by taking a trip to Urbina Bay and observe a beautiful coral area, land iguanas, flightless cormorants, and giant tortoises. Witness these amazing creatures in their natural environment. Then take a panga ride on Tagus Cove. This is a protected cove between the shoulders of two volcanic craters which protect it from the open sea. This is a great place to observe penguins of the Galapagos, marine iguanas, sea lions, and a variety of birds. Amongst this variety of bird life includes the flightless cormorant and blue footed boobies. After the chance to enjoy some water activities and lunch, take a panga ride around the islets of Elizabeth Bay. This allows for the opportunity to see marine iguanas, penguins, marine turtles, seabirds and shorebirds, herons, and blue-footed boobies that inhabit this area.
Day 7 Isabela
The islet of Las Tintoreras will be the first stop of the day. The islet has a small bay of completely calm turquoise waters and there hundreds of marine iguanas, sea turtles, sea lions, Galapagos penguins, rays and white tip sharks can often be seen. Next head to Sierra Negra Volcano which is considered the oldest of the volcanoes on Isabela. The crater of Sierra Negra has 10 km diameter and it’s the second largest in the world. The sulfur, iron, and the cooled magma make up a colorful landscape. Take a bus ride to the highlands of Isabela next starting at “Paradero Sierra Negra”. From here, walk through slopes of the Volcano or there is also an option to do it by horseback. The trail leads us to Volcan Chico which last erupted in 1979 and is composed of scum and lava. Witness an amazing view of the area north of the island and if the day is clear there is an outstanding view of the island of Perry Isthmus. Formations of petrified lava of many different colors and textures and fumaroles are scattered throughout this area.
The afternoon starts with a trip to the Breeding Center where many tortoises of different ages and sizes can be observed. This visit provides travelers the chance to learn about the reproduction of the giant tortoises. Shortly after, make a visit to the historically significant Wall of Tears. This site was a penal colony for 13 years. Here the prisoners built a wall with huge blocks of lava as punishment. Observe lava lizards, Galapagos finches, and hawks at this location before moving on to the Humedales, which is a wetland that consists of lagoons, mangrove species, flamingos and numerous migratory birds.
Day 8 Santa Cruz Island - Baltra
Make an early visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station and its interpretive Center. Here scientific research and environmental education is conducted for the purpose of conservation. Then bus will take you to the airport in Baltra for your return to the mainland.