You will arrive at the Baltra Airport where our guide will be waiting for you and will accompany you to the Archipell, located at the Puerto Ayora harbor. After arrival on board, you will check in and give you general information and will have lunch. Enjoy a visit to the Highlands of the island where the private farm “Las Primicias” is located. This reserve offers one of the best possibilities to see the huge turtles of Santa Cruz Island in their natural habitat. These turtles can be observed at close range.
Isabela Island is the largest of the archipelago with a surface of 4588 square kilometers and contains more than the half of the land area of whole Galápagos. Take an easy walk through the unique lava landscape with its huge colonies of sea lizard and sea lions on the island of Tintoreras. Have a chance to observe white tip sharks resting in the flat water near the shore. The Humedales, also known as the wetlands, of this area are located south of Isabela Island. There is a wide variety of flora and fauna here as well as spectacular scenery of the bay, the town of Puerto Villamil, volcanoes, islets and rocks.
Punta Moreno has a young volcanic landscape with numerous fresh-water pools and lagoons. This is a great habitat for flamingos, bahama ducks and other birds. Travel to the mangrove area of Elizabeth Bay with little off-shore islands where dwarf penguins make their home. Schools of manta rays, turtles, and other giants of the ocean, such as whale-sharks, are also common. Take a zodiac excursion that starts with a visit to the Marielas islets which is home to the largest penguin colony in the Galapagos. Continue into the red mangrove covered cove where sea turtles, Flightless Cormorants, spotted eagle rays, golden rays, Brown Pelicans and sea lions are abundant.
Take a tour along the cliffs of Tangus Cove in a zodiac to get a good chance at seeing the Galapagos penguin, the Flightless Cormorant, and other sea birds. From the landing dock it is about a 30 minute hike along the trail up to the top of the cliff from where several volcanoes and the Darwin Lake can be viewed. This is an uplifted ultra saline lake that is saltier than the sea. Espinoza point is one of Fernandina’s vista points. This is situated within a fascinating lava scenery filled with Lava-Cacti and mangroves. Enjoy seeing sea lions, penguins, the Flightless Cormorant as well as one of the biggest iguana colonies of the Galapagos. Snorkel and explore the hidden beauty of the this underwater world.
Las Bachas is a beautiful white-sand beach on the northern coast of Santa Cruz Island. Go for a stroll or do some easy snorkeling in the gentle surf. Sea turtles lay their eggs at the edge of the vegetation here. Also look for a rusted pontoon, a relic of the Second World War. 'Las Bachas' is a poor pronunciation of 'barges,' two of which were wrecked offshore during WWII. The locals mispronounced the name and it has been used since. North Seymour is located slightly in the north of Baltra. It is a low, flat island, formed as a result of submarine lava formation uplift. Covered with low, bushy vegetation, it contains the largest colony of magnificent frigatebirds in the Galapagos. There is also a large population of Blue-Footed Boobies that perform an amusing courtship dance when nesting conditions are right. It is in fact one of the highlights of this island.
Darwin Bay is the only sandy beach found in the caldera on Genovesa. Colonies of the Great Frigates are found along the beach and the males exhibit their red balloon pouch to females in hope of a match. Red-footed Boobies nest in the trees while the other two booby species nest on the ground. El Barranco, also know as Prince Philip’s Steps, is a stair carved out of stone that will lead to a wide plateau. Observe large colonies of Masked Boobies, frigatebirds, storm petrels and bahama ducks. During this easy walk, cross a little Scalesia woodland and observe the Short-eared Owl.
At Bartolomé Island admire the spectacular panorama of the Sullivan Bay and the famous Pinnacle Rock. The beaches at the foot of the Pinnacle Rock are excellent for snorkeling and discovering the magnificent underwater world. Take a trip to Sullivan Bay on the east coast of Santiago. Explore the white coral sand beach and begin walking over lava that flowed less than 100 years ago. This is the perfect place to see and feel the volcanic origin of Galapagos.
Charles Darwin Research Station contains an information center, a museum, a library and a tortoise breeding station. Encounter tortoises of different subspecies. Here these tortoises are prepared for reintroduction to their natural habitats. The Highlands of Santa Cruz have incredible zones of vegetation. Enjoy a visit to the private farm Las Primicias. This reserve offers one of the best possibilities to see the huge turtles of Santa Cruz Island at close range. At the end of the tour, you will return to Baltra’s airport to take the flight back to the continent.