Transfer in to Puerto Ayora and be escorted to the boat where you will check in and have lunch. Then enjoy a visit to the Charles Darwin Station. Take a hike and enjoy an educational visit to the Charles Darwin Station, where the giant tortoise can be viewed in the various stages of its life.
Ballena Bay is a cove of green sand at the basis of Ballena Hill on the west coast of Santa Cruz Island. The beach contains a large amount of olivine crystals leading to its green color. Near the beach there are ceramic relics, which reflect human settlements from 1846 that were close to the beach 1846. Dragon Hill is located in the northwest of Santa Cruz Island and consists of a path that runs through three different environments in just 1,600 m in length. It gets its name because in 1975 it was one of the only places in the Santa Cruz Island where there was a healthy population of iguanas.
Tintoreras is located south of Puerto Villamil. It has a small bay of calm turquoise waters where you can appreciate sea lions, sea turtles, marine iguanas, rays, and more. The bay is connected to a crevice of crystal clear water that’s shallow and when the tide is low the entrance closes. You can see how reef sharks swim along with other small fish and sea lions.
The Humedales, also known as the Wetlands, is a network of trails, adjacent to Puerto Villamil. There are nine tracks that comprise the following sites: The Wall of Tears, Cerro Orchilla, El Estero, Poza Escondida, Poza Redonda, Tunnel del Estero, Playa del Amor, Bay of Tunis and Pozas Verdes. The Wetlands are coastal mangroves and brackish water lagoons formed by seepage of seawater and freshwater underground tributaries coming from the upper parts of the island. They are an important feeding area for the Galapagos penguin and one of the main nesting sites for green turtles. The wetlands of Isabela Island are essential for the maintenance of biological diversity of Galapagos.
Punta Moreno is located on the north coast of Isabela Island. The coastal lagoons in the middle of black lava flow where there are several species of birds is the main attraction in Punta Moreno. It has a view of 3 volcanoes which are most active in the Galapagos.
Urbina Bay is located at the base of volcanoes Alcedo and Darwin, and is west of Isabela Island. Here you can find corals, shells, and many other organisms exposed above the water. This area is also home to large and very colorful Galápagos land iguanas, giant tortoises, and the famous population of Alcedo Volcano.
Punta Espinosa is a jagged promontory of cracked and eroded lava with hundreds of spiny marine iguanas that drape the rocks. Flightless cormorants, Galapagos penguins, Galapagos sea lions, waders, and the world’s largest colony of marine iguanas thrive at the edge of the barren lava flow. Fine stands of mangroves provide support for yellow warblers, Darwin finches, large billed flycatchers, Galapagos hawks, and nesting brown pelicans.
Located west of Darwin volcano on Isabela Island is Tagus Cove. This was a favorite place for pirates and whalers who inscribed the names of their boats on the ridge. At the start of the walk there is a small cave where we found inscriptions dating from the 1800s.
A fascinating place to visit because it had a great volcanic activity in the past is Puerto Egas which is located northwest of Santiago Island. Puerto Egas is one of the most popular sites in the Galapagos Archipelago. It has a beautiful black sand beach where you can see its many inhabitants including sea lions, chameleons, lizards, and herons.
Rabida, also known by the name of Jervis in honor of a British Admiral John Jervis, is located south of Santiago Island. It is commonly regarded as the geographical center of the Galapagos Islands. The island has a high iron content which causes its distinctive reddish color. Its main attraction is the salt lagoon with flamingos, pelicans, and boobies. This is an excellent location for them to build their nests.
There will be a wet landing on the white sand beach of Las Bachas. This is a great area for seeing flamingos and migratory birds. In the vicinity of the Las Bachas beach, have the chance to observe predominant vegetation of the coastal zone. Las Bachas beach represents one of the main nesting sites of sea turtles on Isla Santa Cruz and is a very popular place for snorkeling and swimming. Afterwards you will transfer out to Baltra`s Airport for your return to the mainland.
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