Arrive at the airport and get transferred to the boat for check in and lunch. Start on your first excursion with a visit to Santa Cruz Island. Enjoy hiking and an educational visit to the Charles Darwin Station to view the tortoises in various stages of life. This facility helps prepare tortoises for reintroduction back into their natural habitat. Stretch out your hand and interact with these gentle giants.
Sullivan Bay is of great geological interest and is located south-east of Santiago Island. Take a hike through an area that is covered by lava flows. It was very active in the past 25 years of the nineteenth century and was formed in 1897. Flow is very young geologically. The magma formed is flat, but the underground lava movement, rapid cooling, and other eruptions led to it breaking in many places. After lunch enjoy a visit to Pinnacle Rock beach for swimming and snorkeling. While on Bartolome you can see interesting formations of lava and cinder cones. A wooden staircase leads to the top of the island where there are beautiful views of the nearby beaches. Pinnacle Rock makes this island one of the most visited and photographed.
While on North Seymour you can see blue-footed boobies, colonies of frigates, fork-tailed gulls, terns, sea lions, lava lizards, and land iguanas. Palo Santo trees can also be observed at this location. The Islet of Mosquera is located between the islands of Baltra and North Seymour. It is a reef of rocks and coral and has a great white sand beach. This island has one of the largest populations of sea lions and you can also observe several species of shorebirds. Visitors have reported occasional sightings of Orcas feeding on sea lions.
The island of South Plaza is full of life. There are colonies of sea lions and land iguanas. While you walk on the banks it is possible to see a great number of birds such as nesting tropic birds and fork-tailed seagulls. Make sure to enjoy the beautiful view from the top the steep banks or strolling along the base of the cliff is a pleasant experience. The Opuntiacactus grow here and the vegetation changes color according to the season of the year. Make a wet landing in the beautiful beach of Cerro Brujo. The white coral is great for swimming, snorkeling, and watching birds and sea lions. In the vicinity of the beach you can see seabirds like blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, herons, frigate birds, and shore birds.
Interpretation Center-San Cristobal: The Interpretation Center on San Cristobal is full of educational information about the evolution of the Galapagos Islands and animal life in the islands. Transfer out to San Cristobal’s Airport and return back to the mainland.
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