Enjoy this 8-day cruise through the eastern islands of the Galapagos. Overflowing with wildlife, volcanic wonders, and breathtaking landscapes, this is the perfect vacation choice. Have multiple opportunities to snorkel, swim, and wander through the islands of this archipelago. Get ready to see an abundance of unique wildlife including flamingos, frigate birds, iguanas, and enjoy some friendly interaction with the islands playful sea lions.
Day 1 : Baltra - North Seymour Day 2 : Genovesa Day 3 : Bartolome - Santiago Day 4 : Santa Cruz Island - Charles Darwin Center Day 5 : Floreana Day 6 : Espanola Day 7 : San Cristobal Day 8 : Lobos - San Cristobal
Our guide will be waiting for you at Baltra Airport and will accompany you to the Archipell in Puerto Ayora harbor. After arrival on board, you will check in, get general information, and have lunch. Then start your first excursion to North Seymour which 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 frigate birds 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 an incredible sight to see.
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. This will lead you to a wide plateau, where you can observe large colonies of Masked Boobies, frigate birds, storm petrels and bahama ducks. During this easy walk you will cross a little Scalesia woodland where you can 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 hidden underwater world. Visit 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. These tortoises are prepared here for reintroduction to their natural habitats. The Highlands of Santa Cruz have incredible zones of vegetation. Visit the private farm of Las Primicias that offers one of the best possibilities to see the huge turtles of Santa Cruz Island at close range.
Cormorant Point has beautiful green olivine sand beaches. Follow a 100 m long path to reach a beautiful lagoon with abundant flamingos. In the afternoon visit the Post Office Bay, which still keeps the legendary post barrel that whalers historically used to post their mail. Later go to “Mirador de la Baronesa” where a naturalist guide tells the murder and mystery legend of the Baronesa. This viewpoint is located on the north of Floreana Island up a very easy climb. Steps are placed in this area for security.
Explore an abundance of natural wildlife on Española Island. It is home to various species of birds, like the endemic Hood-Mockingbird. Enjoy excellent swimming at Gardner Bay and snorkel to find lots of fish and sometimes turtles and sharks. The bay is also frequented by colonies of sea lions, which like to swim with people. Point Suarez has one of the most outstanding wildlife areas of the archipelago. An extensive number of species are found along its cliffs and beaches.
Punta Pitt is one of the only two sites where all three boobies breed. It is also occupied by frigate birds, Swallow-tailed Gulls, and Galapagos storm-petrels. Cerro Brujo is one of the first sites visited by Charles Darwin. This fascinating lava landscape is located on the northeast coast of San Cristóbal. On the rocks you can observe boobies, seagulls and some pelicans. This is a protected bay making it very popular for young ocean turtles and rays
Day 8 Lobos - San Cristobal
Enjoy swimming and snorkeling with sea lions in the calm bay of Lobos Island. It is also a seasonal nesting location for the Blue-Footed Booby and frigate birds. Around midday you will fly back to the mainland of Ecuador.
The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.