Set sail and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn about the unique history of the islands and to interact with the giant tortoises who reside in its corrals.
In the afternoon, visit Baroness’ Observatory and Post Office Bay. Feel free to leave an addressed postcard in the barrel and take one for delivery if the address is close to where you live.
In the afternoon, travel to Gardner Bay and snorkel with sea lions in its crystal waters.
In the afternoon, travel to Cerro Colorado and stand on a wooden platform which offers amazing views of La Galapaguera, a tortoise rearing center.
Set sail for Black Turtle Cove to view black and whitetip reef sharks, sea turtles, golden cow-nose rays, spotted eagle rays, and the occasional hammerhead shark. The shallow inlet of Black Turtle Cove provides protection for juveniles of several species and is ideal for snorkeling.
Following lunch, travel to Espumilla Beach and visit its mangrove forest. You may see nesting sea turtles and flocks of pink flamingos. Snorkel and swim in the shallow water.
In the evening, make your way to Buccaneer Cove. Pirates used to drop anchor in this secluded lagoon to make repairs and replenish their food stores. Hike along the cliffs for stunning views of the island.
Journey to the highlands of Santa Cruz to experience all seven different vegetation zones. View Galápagos flycatchers, small tree-finches, and woodpecker finches as you hike around.
In the afternoon, sail for Santa Fe to view its Opuntia cactus forest. Snorkel in the picturesque turquoise lagoon and play with sea lions in the shallows.
After lunch, travel to Bachas Beach to go swimming. View the floating pier which was left after the end of World War II. View the flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black necked stilts, and whimbrels which make Bachas Beach their home.
In the afternoon, take the wooden staircase up Prince Phillip’s Step (El Barranco) for panoramic views of the island.
Eat lunch and then sail for Dragon Hill to see flamingos, common stilts, pintail ducks and other species of birds. Take a short walk to the lagoon behind the beach.
Travel to Rabida to view the numerous colonies of birds which claim refuge along its cliffs and rocky face.
Visit the Tortoise Breeding Center to learn about tortoise conservation in the Galapagos Islands.
Giant tortoise eggs are collected and brought to the center to be hatched and taken care of for five years before being released into the wild.
In the afternoon, transfer to the airport for your connection back to the mainland.