In the afternoon, head to Punta Suarez, a rocky area of Española that sustains one of the most impressive colonies of sea birds in the Galapagos. Admire the towering cliffs and watch these entertaining birds as the dive and soar through the surf and water spouts below.
In the afternoon, travel on to Post Office Bay. In the 18th century, whalers placed a wooden barrel at this site that has been utilized as the island's post office ever since. Trek up to nearby Baroness Lookout for a stunning view of the island below.
Move on to South Plaza Island in the afternoon. Plaza, although comparatively diminutive, is home to some of the most unique species in the Galapagos. Because of the abundance of tuna in the area, Plaza is a popular site for land, marine, and the ever-fascinating hybrid iguanas.
In the afternoon, explore Bachas, a pair of stunning white sand beaches on Santa Cruz. Sea turtles can be found nesting in the soft sand, flamingos strut in the brackish lagoon, and abandoned barges sit just off shore, remnants of US military presence in the islands during WWII.
After Mosquera, head to Santa Cruz Island for a trek up Dragon Hill. Take a trail through the island, passing along a hyper-saline lagoon frequented by flamingos, pintail ducks, and other species of water birds. The trail terminates atop Dragon Hill, offering a rewarding view of the bay below.
In the afternoon, journey on to Chinese Hat, a small islet off of Santiago. Named for its distinctive shape, Chinese Hat is a recent volcanic cone that exhibits fascinating lava formations. Admire its lava tubes and flows, and observe its entertaining colonies of sea lions and penguins.
In the afternoon, head to El Barranco, a plateau on the southern edge of Darwin Bay. Climb up the ridge, passing nesting grounds and lava flows along the way, and earn yourself another stunning view of Genovesa.
Journey on to Santiago Island. Santiago, still an active volcano, is threaded with young lava flows that are visible from far reaches; most notably, outerspace!
Bid farewell to the archipelago, as you return to Baltra for your departing flight.
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