Arrive at the airport in Baltra where a guide will meet you and accompany you to the Itabaca Channel that will be reached by bus. Cross the channel by barge and then continue to Puerto Ayora by bus. Once aboard the yacht, receive a small orientation while enjoying a nice light snack. Later in the afternoon, head to the Charles Darwin Research Station and its Interpretive Center. Here you can enjoy the unique splendor of the giant tortoise. Enjoy a walk through the port town and admire the various handicrafts. Return to the yacht and enjoy a nice welcome cocktail followed by dinner.
Head out in the morning to Santa Fe Island to visit the cactus forest and a colony of land iguanas. Take some time to go swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking if you are in the mood before enjoying some lunch aboard the ship. Then set sail out to South Plaza. Have a chance to be entertained by the antics of the sea lions hanging out here. There is a cactus forest here that is great for observing land iguanas and many species of tropical birds. After this amazing day of sightseeing, return to the boat for a relaxing dinner.
Chinese Hat is a small island off the Coast of Santiago Island. There is an abundance of wildlife that can be seen here. Included amongst the many species here are the Galapagos penguins, eagle rays, sea lions, and marine iguanas. This is an excellent snorkeling site and should definitely be taken advantage of if wanted. There is an optional opportunity for some swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking for those who would like to.
Enjoy a nice walk and observe marine iguanas, sea lions, pelicans, blue-footed boobies, masked boobies, and brown pelicans in their natural habitat while visiting Rabida. A short walk takes you to a small saltwater lagoon where the incredible beauty of the pink flamingo can be observed. There will be time for a nice swim along with some excellent snorkeling. You can also enjoy kayaking around the island a bit before returning to the ship for dinner.
After breakfast take a panga ride to Black Turtle Cove. This area consists of a series of mangrove-surrounded coves and islets which are excellent for observing white-tipped sharks, marine turtles, spotted eagle rays, and yellow cow-nosed rays. Later on enjoy an excursion to Dragon Hill, which is an excellent location for seeing land iguanas in large quantities. Walk to a hypersalinic lagoon that is saltier than the ocean where mass quantities of various species of birds including flamingos, common stilts, pintail ducks and other species of birds can be observed. Take some time for some excellent snorkeling and explore the unique underwater world. You can also enjoy a peaceful kayaking excursion or just take a nice relaxing swim in the crystal clear waters.
Post Office Bay is a historic site that was a main hub during the days of the whalers. The whalers placed a wooden barrel here in the 18th century to use as a post office. Leave a postcard to be delivered and grab another that has been left to deliver at home.
A panga ride will take you on to La Lobería to observe sea lion rookeries on the beach, a main attraction, and sea turtles and marine iguanas. After lunch, visit the Devil’s Crown, a submerged volcano that happens to be an excellent location for snorkeling if you wish to participate. It is one of the best snorkeling sites in the Islands.
Point Cormorant is the next stop for a short walk to the Flamingo Lagoon of this island. Continue the walk until you reach the beach called "La Picona". See marine turtles and their spawning grounds at this location. 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 quantities 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. Return to the boat for a delicious dinner and evening orientation.
The morning starts out with a trip to Punta Pitt at 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 two species of frigates nesting in the same area.
Sail around Kicker Rock, which is a massive tuff-rock that juts abruptly almost 500 feet straight up from the ocean. This is a great location for observing various types of sea birds that use Kicker Rock as a nesting place. Enjoy some optional swimming and snorkeling at this location.
Then it's on to Cerro Brujo for a 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, head to North Seymour Island for a walk along the coast and interior of the island. North Seymour is a low, flat island that was uplifted from the sea by underground seismic activity. A plethora of animals can be observed here including blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas, pelicans, frigatebirds, shore birds, sea lions, and endemic Palo Santo. Your guide will later accompany you to the airport for the return to the mainland.
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