Visit Las Tintoreras to see the colony of white tip sharks which can often be seen resting in a lava canal. Snorkel in the shallows or relax on the beach with a sea lion colony.
In the afternoon, see the Tortoise Breeding Center and learn about tortoise conservation. Giant tortoise eggs are collected and brought to the center to be hatched. After five years, they are released back into the wild. Hike Humedales, a trail complex to Orchilla Hill, from this viewpoint you can admire the bay of Puerto Villamil and Volcano Sierra Negra. Continue on to the Wall of Tears, a big wall built by prisoners housed on the islands many years ago.
Journey to Elizabeth Bay, one of the island's breeding sites for penguins. Watch Galápagos hawks soar overhead and see schools of pompana as they swim beneath you. Explore the red mangrove cove looking for Brown pelicans, flightless cormorants, spotted eagle rays, and golden rays.
Sail for Urbina Bay at the base of Alcedo Volcano to see see turtles and rays. Take a short hike (3.2km) which leads to a coral reef. The area is abundant with marine iguanas, flightless cormorants, and even lobsters.
Sail for Tagus Cove west of Darwin Volcano in Isabela Island. Hike to Darwin Lake passing by pirates graffiti carved into the rocks in the 1800s. Then take a panga trip below the high cliffs of the island. See penguins, marine iguanas, Sally Lightfoot crabs and sea lions on shore, and snorkel off the sandy beach.
In the afternoon, visit Espinosa Point to view hundreds of marine iguanas as they gather on the black lava rocks. Walk around to see the various lava flows and hopefully spot the Flightless Cormorant. Admire Fernandina Island from Espinoza Point where its lat volcanic eruption was in May 2005.
Sail for Puerto Egas with its black sand beach create by volcanic deposits from the island's volcano, Pan de Azucar. The crater of this volcano is a salt lake which in 1928 there were some explorations into harvesting the salt, but it proved to be too difficult.
After lunch explore the Palo Santo Wood of Espumilla Beach, a very important site for nesting tortoises.
Day 6 Daphne Island or Dragon Hill
Spend the morning sailing around Daphne Major, a volcanic tuff cone that was formed by successive explosions of lava and water.
Hike Dragon Hill in the northwestern side of Santa Cruz Island, and consists of a trail that runs through three different environments at just 1,600 m long.
Then head to the airport and transfer to mainland Ecuador.
This was our first trip to South America and we were a little nervous. But Adventure Life made things so easy! All our questions were answered before we left, and our guide, Vidal, was amazing! He gave us enough space to explore without rushing us along. He also knew where the best picture taking opportunities were, which was great.