Arrive to the Galapagos and transfer to your ship, the Corals. Today we cruise to Santa Cruz Island and visit the Charles Darwin Station, home of the Fausto Llerena tortoise breeding center.
Today we explore Floreana Island. Upon arrival, we hike along the beach, keeping our eyes peeled for sea turtles, Blue-footed Boobies and reef sharks! In the afternoon, head over to Post Office Bay where you can leave your unstamped postcards in the hopes that they get delivered to their destination via other travelers.
This morning we arrive at Española Island and explore Gardner Bay and the Gardner and Osborn Islets. We stroll along the shore where we hope to spot an abundance of birds such as the American Oystercatcher and the Galapagos Hawk. While snorkeling, be on the lookout for marine life such as Manta rays and reef sharks!
In the afternoon, we travel over to Suarez Point for more wildlife viewing and a hike that takes us through the nesting grounds of Nazca and Blue-footed Boobies.
This morning we cruise around Daphne Island for one last opportunity to see more of the Galapagos' gorgeous bird life. Keep your eyes peeled for Blue-footed and Nazca Boobies, Brown Noddies and Darwin's finches!
Next, we head to Santa Cruz Island and visit Ballena Bay and its beautiful green beach colored by volcanic olivine crystals.
This morning, visit Vicente Roca Point, one of the richest marine ecosystems on Earth! Spend your time snorkeling and searching for sea horses, frogfish, nudibranchs, octopi, sun fish, red-lipped batfish,dolphins, sea lions, tuna and other amazing marine species. After snorkeling, take a dinghy ride along the coast of Isabela and admire the beautiful scenery while observing a wide variety of sea and coastal birds such as noddies, brown pelicans, Galapagos penguins, and blue-footed boobies.
In the afternoon, head to Espinosa Point in search of marine iguanas, Flightless Cormorants, and Galapagos Penguins! Stroll over lava formations, encountering cacti and mangroves along the way.
Today, continue to explore Isabela Island, visiting Urbina Bay and Tagus Cove.
In Urbina Bay, explore the volcanic, black sand beach in search of more Galapagos wildlife. Depending on the season, we may even spot some Galapagos tortoises!
In the afternoon, make your way over to Tagus Cove on Isabela Island, the Galapagos' largest island. Here, learn about the volcanoes that formed Isabela and take a dinghy ride along the shore in search of more amazing wildlife, including Flightless Cormorants and, depending on season, the Galapagos Penguin!
Spend the day exploring Santiago Island. In the morning, take time on the black volcanic sand beaches of Egas Port and the Salt Mines on Santiago Island. Walk along the volcanic basaltic rock that line the beautiful shoreline and lead you to the best tidal pools in the Galapagos. These pools are home to fur seals and Sally Lightfoot crabs. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for a variety of Galapagos bird species, including the White-cheeked Pintail, the Galapagos hawk, and yellow-crowned night heron.
In the afternoon, travel to Sullivan Bay to explore its amazing, extensive lava flows!
This morning we spend time in the Santa Cruz highlands. Here we visit El Chato Reserve where we hope to observe the Galapagos tortoise in its native habitat.
In the afternoon, we will visit the Charles Darwin Station, home of the Galapagos tortoise breeding program.
This morning we visit Santa Fe Island where we search for Galapagos wildlife such as sea lions, iguanas, and the Galapagos Hawk! In the afternoon, travel to South Plaza Island, home of the Galapagos hybrid iguana.
Today we visit North Seymour Island, home to Blue-footed Boobies and Frigatebirds. In the afternoon, we venture over to Santa Cruz Island and stop at Bachas Beach, one of the main sea turtle nesting sites in the Galapagos.
Today we explore San Cristobal Island, stopping at the Interpretation Center and Museum of Natural History in order to learn about the history and nature of the Galapagos Islands. Afterwards, hike up Tijeretas Hill which offers up magnificent views! We hopefully catch a glimpse of the Frigatebird, as a colony is close by.
This afternoon we visit the San Cristobal giant tortoise breeding center to learn more about the Galapagos National Park's conservation programs.
Today we continue to explore San Cristobal. In the morning we stop at Cerro Brujo, an eroding volcanic cone comprised of interesting lava formations. We also visit a lagoon in search of migratory bird species such as the Ruddy Turnstone.
This afternoon we head to Pitt Point and take a hike up volcanic rock, offering up amazing views along the way! If we're lucky, we might just catch a glimpse of all three Booby species: Blue-footed, Red-footed and Nazca.
This morning we visit Mosquera Islet, home to one of the Galapagos Islands' sea lion colonies. In the afternoon we travel to Bartolomé Island, hiking through a stunning volcanic landscape en route to amazing views of the nearby islands. This afternoon affords many wildlife viewing opportunities, including possible encounters with sea turtles and the Galapagos Penguin!
In the morning we visit Rábida Island and its red sand beaches. Be on the lookout for Brown Pelicans during the months of July through September!
In the afternoon, travel to the amazing Chinese Hat Islet, located off the Southeastern tip of Santiago. Take a scenic hike that begins on white sandy beaches full of sea lions, marine iguanas, lava lizards, American Oystercatchers, and Sally Lightfoot crabs. Then follow a trail through well preserved remnants of volcanic rock that are not found anywhere else in this condition, as well as lava tubes and lava flows. After the hike, take the opportunity to snorkel and swim among tropical fish, sea lions, and Galapagos penguins.
This morning we explore the El Chato giant tortoise reserve located in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. We hope to have numerous sightings of the Galapagos tortoise in its natural habitat!
After our visit to the reserve, transfer to the airport for your flight back to mainland Ecuador.
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