In the afternoon, explore Punta Suarez. The rocky cliffs of Punta Suarez are a hot spot for shore birds. Enjoy watching them swoop and dive through the spectacular water spouts and pounding surf.
This afternoon embark on a historic excursion to Post Office Bay. In the 18th century, whalers placed a wooden barrel at this site that has served as a post office for mariners and tourists ever since. Continue on to Baroness Lookout, hiking up a gentle slope for a rewarding view of the island below.
Journey on to South Plaza, an island small in stature but rich in wildlife. Here you can observe the fascinating hybrid iguana, a species whose existence resulted from breeding between native marine and land iguanas. Also present on Plazas are large populations of swallow tailed gulls, audubon shearwaters, red-billed tropicbirds, and brown pelicans.
In the afternoon, head to Bachas Beach on Santa Cruz Island. The beach's soft white sand is attributed to the decomposition of coral, and makes Bachas a favorite nesting site for sea turtles. Explore the brackish-water lagoon located behind the beach, a common hangout for flamingos and coastal birds.
From Mosquera, travel to Santa Cruz Island for a trip up Dragon Hill. The trail to Dragon passes along a hyper-saline lagoon and rewards trekkers with beautiful views of the bay below.
Journey on to Chinese Hat in the afternoon. This island derived its name from its distinctly conical shape. Chinese Hat is an ideal destination for viewing volcanic formations, such as lava tubes and flows, and is also home to sea lions, marine iguanas, and Galapagos penguins.
Explore a different area of the Bay in the afternoon, El Barranco. This site is also known as Prince Philip's Steps and leads up to a plateau on Darwin's eastern side. Here you will see trees full of masked and red-footed boobies alongside lava flows housing short-eared owls and storm petrels.
In the afternoon, visit the Charles Darwin Station. Here you will learn about the important conservation work going on in the Galapagos. Tour the National Park Information Center, the Breeding and Rearing Center for young tortoises, and the Van Staelen Exhibition Hall, gaining insight into wildlife preservation history and on-going efforts.
This afternoon explore Isabela's famous Sierra Negra Volcano. Land in Puerto Villamil and hike up Sierra Negra's slope to the rim overlooking its impressive 5 mile-wide crater. Take in the breathtaking views from this vantage point before continuing on to Chico Volcano. Chico is a great place to study and observe the lava formations that have shaped the Galapagos' landscape throughout history.
In the afternoon, embark on a marine excursion to Elizabeth Bay. Boat through the Marielas Islets, home of the largest colony of penguins in the Galapagos. Continue into a secluded red mangrove cove for a front-row seat to the entertaining antics of sea turtles, rays, pelicans, and schools of pompano and dorado fish.
Journey on to Tagus Cove on Isabela Island, for a zodiac tour along its impressive cliffs. Land and embark on a short hike to a cliff-top viewpoint where you will be rewarded by stunning views of Darwin Lake and Isabela's surrounding volcanoes. Along the way, take note of the historic graffiti left here by pirates and whalers of old.
In the afternoon, head to the west side of the island for a visit to Puerto Egas. This iconic, striking black beach was formed by volcanic tuff deposits.
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