Enjoy your flight from mainland Ecuador to Baltra. A guide will meet you and accompany you to the Itabaca Channel. From here, cross the channel by barge and then continue to Puerto Ayora by bus. Enjoy a light snack on the Yacht. After navigating, disembark on Playa Las Bachas, where you can spot many flamingos. You may also be able to swim and/or snorkel. In the evening, take part in an orientation about the origin and evolution of the Galapagos. Then enjoy a welcome cocktail with the entire crew, and dinner.
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 we see an impressive view of the surrounding islands and the splendor of the unique eroded tuff cone of Pinnacle Rock.
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 abudance 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.
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.
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.
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 we make 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.
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.
After a delicious breakfast start early and head to North Seymour Island. Take a walk along the coast and interior of the island and enjoy its unique landscape. North Seymour is a low, flat island that was uplifted from the sea by underground seismic activity. Observe the blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas, pelicans, frigate birds, shore birds, sea lions, and endemic Palo Santo while wandering around North Seymore.
After breakfast head to Santa Fe Island to visit the cactus forest and a colony of land iguanas. For those who would like to swim, snorkel, and kayak, this is a great location to do so. Return to the Yacht for lunch and sail to South Plaza, and enjoy the antics of the sea lions who make their home here. Observe land iguanas and many species of tropical birds while taking a walk through a cactus forest.
After breakfast, start the day with a trip to Chinese Hat (Sombrero Chino), a small island off the coast of Santiago Island. Here you can observe Galapagos penguins, eagle rays, sea lions, and marine iguanas on the rocky shoreline . This is an excellent snorkeling site and there will be time for those who would like to swim, snorkel, and kayak. After lunch, head to Rábida to walk and observe marine iguanas, sea lions, pelicans, blue-footed boobies, masked boobies, and brown pelicans. After a nice walk, arrive at a small saltwater lagoon where pink flamingos can be observed. After this have the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing swim, do some exploratory snorkeling, or enjoy some easy snorkeling.
Enjoy a delicious breakfast and then an early panga ride on Black Turtle Cove. This is a series of mangrove-surrounded coves and islets. This is an excellent opportunity to observe white-tipped sharks, marine turtles, spotted eagle rays, and yellow cow-nosed rays. Return to the Yacht to disembark and then be escorted by a guide to the airport for return to the mainland.
Post Office Bay is a historic site that recalls the days of the whalers. They presumably placed a wooden barrel here in the 18th century to use it as a post office. Leave a postcard and grab another that has been left to deliver at home.
Then take a panga ride on La Lobería of Post Office and observe sea lion rookeries, a main attraction, on the beach and in the bay of the Lobería, sea turtles and marine iguanas. After lunch, visit the Devil’s Crown, a submerged volcano. This is a great location for snorkeling for those who wish to participate. It is one of the best snorkeling sites in the Islands.
Point Cormorant for a short walk to the Flamingo Lagoon of this island. Continue the walk until you reach the beach called "La Picona" to see marine turtles and their spawning grounds. There will be an optional chance for a nice swim and some snorkeling at this beach. Later return to the Yacht for dinner and nightly orientation.
Punta Suarez has amazing lava beds to walk to and observe unique colonies of marine birds, including albatross. After lunch make a wet landing in Gardner Bay for a walk on the beach to observe a colony of sea lions. These friendly sea lions inhabit the beach in great quantity during the breeding season. This location is also an important nesting area for sea turtles.
Travel by panga to Osborn Islet and the islets of Gardner. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon swimming or snorkeling in the crystal blue waters here. Return to the boat for a delicious dinner and evening orientation.
In the morning head out to Punta Pitt in San Cristobal Island. There is a trail here that includes an olivine beach and a trail that ascends to the top of a volcanic tuff hill that passes through several natural viewpoints. Punta Pitt is composed of volcanic tuff substrate and the high winds here have led to natural erosion. This is the only site in the Galapagos Islands where you can watch the three species of boobies and 2 species of frigates nesting in the same area.
Later sail around Kicker Rock, a massive tuff-rock that juts abruptly almost 500 feet straight up from the ocean. Many sea birds use Kicker Rock as a nesting place. Enjoy some optional swimming and snorkeling at this location.
Make a wet landing on Cerro Brujo and walk over the beautiful white sand beach where you can observe sea lions, brown pelicans, marine iguanas, and blue-footed boobies. Have some fun kayaking, snorkeling, or swimming at this location. There are many incredible sites to see. Return to the ship for a nice meal and evening orientation.
After breakfast, make an early dry landing for a walk along the coast and the interior of North Seymour Island, a low, flat island that was uplifted from the sea by underground seismic activity. We observe blue footed boobies (they nest from May to November), marine iguanas, pelicans, frigate birds, shore birds, sea lions and endemic Palo Santo. Return to the Yacht for disembarking on the pier at 09:00 and take the bus to the airport with your guide and fellow travelers.
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