Arrive in the Galapagos and transfer by bus to the pier where your Galapagos cruise awaits! After boarding your ship, cruise to Santa Cruz Island where you 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 hope to 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 we 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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