Arrive at the San Cristobal airport and transfer to the Isabela II. After a brief introduction and lunch, the first adventure begins. The first excursion takes you to Cerro Colorado to enjoy a nice hike to the wooden platform which offers amazing views of the tortoise rearing center, La Galapaguera. This is an amazing facility where you can get up close and personal with the highly-endangered giant tortoises in the midst of a fantastic deciduous forest.
Sail for Genovesa to climb El Barranco (Prince Phillip’s Steps). The trip takes you through nesting seabird colonies and a thin palo santo forest. Observe large colonies of Nazca boobies, red footed boobies, great frigate birds and storm petrels going about their daily business.
After lunch, travel to Darwin Bay and land on its coral beach. View a a large red-footed booby colony and snorkel in the warm water. There is an optional walk, for those who are feeling adventurous, over sharp lava and uneven terrain. The incredible views of this walk will be worth the challenge.
In the morning, explore Buccaneer Cove, Santiago Island's historic refuge for British buccaneers. Pirates would drop anchor in this protected cove to make repairs on their ships and to stock up on food stores, such as tortoise meat.
In the afternoon, set sail for Puerto Egas to relax on its black sand beaches. Once the site of a small salt mining industry, a salt crater is still within walking distance from the beach. Explore the rugged coastline to see iguanas basking on the rocks and fur seals lazing about in grottoes.
Arrive at Espinosa Point to view hundreds of marine iguanas. Observe the different types of lava flows and explore the mangroves. Punta Espinoza has an amazing combination of barrenness and abundant wildlife.
Sail for Isabela and land at Tagus Cove. Take a zodiac and explore the high cliffs of the island and see the pirate graffiti on the walls. View penguins, marine iguanas, Sally Lightfoot crabs, sea lions, and blue-footed boobies.
In the morning, arrive at Urbina Bay to see sea turtles and rays. Take a trail which leads you to a coral reef which was formed by an uplift of the sea in 1954. Stroll along the reef, giving the illusion of walking on water.
In the afternoon, travel to Vicente Roca Point to explore the cliffs and coves of Isabela. Snorkel in the shallows of two bays which are protected from the swell of the ocean.
On Rabida, explore Red Beach, named for its reddish beach, cliffs, and steep slopes of volcanic cinders. Take a short trail to a flamingo lagoon and snorkel along the rocks.
Set sail for Dragon Hill and enter the visitor's site. View the flamingo lagoon which is located behind the beach or take a short walk up the hill, which rewards travelers with sweeping views of the island.
Transfer to the airport for your connection back to the mainland.
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