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Immerse yourself in the clear blue water, and witness the ever-curious sea lions and famed blue-footed boobies. Embark on a Galapagos adventure on board the Galapagos Horizon. Swim with sea lions, relax on picturesque beaches, and follow walking trails over lava formations and varied vegetation. Explore the beautiful Galapagos archipelago on this 8-day cruise. Visit Lobos Island is aptly named after the many sea lions that reside here, resting and playing along the rocky shores. It is also home to many different birds like pelicans, frigate birds, and their nests.
Close up of the red footed boobies feet in the GalapagosSun Bathing With The LocalsManta ray during on a snorkeling trip.Wildlife on a Galapagos islands tourColorful kayaks on the beachPinnacle Rock of Bartolome Island
Highlights
  • Visit Lobos Island, aptly named after the many sea lions that reside there
  • Discover Pitt Point, a fascinating landscape that looks like another planet
  • Admire Bachas beautiful blue waters that contrast its black lava shores
  • Hike through mangroves filled with many different species of land birds
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: San Cristobal Airport | Embark | Interpretation Center

Welcome to the Galapagos Islands aboard the Galapagos Horizon. The guide and crew greet you and show you to your accommodations upon your arrival. Afterwards, the guide and cruise manager hold a short briefing on all safety and emergency protocols, different areas of the vessel and the normal routine of the itinerary.
 
The Gianni Arismendy Interpretation Center was opened in 1998 as a phase of the project “Interpretation and Environment Education Project.” Visitors enjoy expositions on natural history, human history, and conservation. The conservation efforts represent the movement to protect the wildlife and natural environment through means of population and tourist control. The Gianni Arismendy Interpretation Center has an outdoor stadium, audio-visual equipment, and meeting rooms.

Activities: Short walk
Difficulty:  Easy
Landing: Dry

Day 2: Pitt Point | Witch Hill, San Cristobal | Kicker Rock

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, visit  Pitt Point, situated on the northeastern tip of the island, hosts frigatebirds, storm petrels, and all three types of booby birds: the Nazca, blue-footed and red-footed boobies. A steep trail goes up a cliff and through a ravine leading visitors to an area with an abundance of birds. This site is also great for snorkeling and scuba diving.

Highlights:    Wonderful landscape, sea lion colony, three possible species of boobies.
Activities:    Dinghy ride, snorkeling, kayaking & hike (1.5 miles / 2.5 km)
Type of Landing:    Wet landing
Difficulty:    Moderate / difficult
 
Located on the northern coast, this eroded hill and its surroundings present one of the most picturesque beaches in the Galapagos with its white powdery sand and the abundance of animals. Wildlife includes sea turtles, rays, and various types of booby birds. The clear water provides an excellent opportunity for enjoying swimming and snorkeling.

Highlights:    Beautiful rock formations, sea lions, shore birds, finches and mockingbirds; snorkeling: nice tropical fish, anemones, sponge coral
Activities:    Hike, dinghy ride, snorkeling & kayaking
Type of Landing:    Wet landing
Difficulty:    Easy walk along the beach

This striking rock formation is located a couple hours off the western shore of San Cristobal. Jutting out of the water, the rocks stand vertically at hundreds of feet above the ocean divided by a small channel. Although there are no landing areas, kayaking and dinghy rides allow visitors to spot a variety of marine life.

Highlights:    Sharks, tropical fish, turtles, manta rays (occ.), hammerhead sharks, spectacular rock formations; sea birds: blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies & frigatebirds.
Possible Activities:    Dinghy ride
Type of Landing:    No landing
Difficulty:    Easy

 

Day 3: Suarez Point | Gardner Bay | Osborn Islet, EspaƱola

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This is the only nesting site in Galapagos where the Waved Albatross nests. They come back only once a year to meet the same mate, year after year. They spend the rest of the year at sea. Apart from these amazing birds are the Galapagos Hawks that can be seen and the amazing formations and blow hole on the other side of the island, reached by a hike.
 
Activities: Hike
Difficulty:  Easy/Moderate
Landing: Dry
Possible Wildlife: Sea lions, marine iguanas, Galapagos hawk, waved albatross, red-billed tropic birds, various shorebirds, sally lightfoot crabs.
What to Bring: Sturdy hiking shoes and walking sticks to aid on uneven terrain.
 
Gardner Bay is an excellent place to see sea lions lounging on the beach while mockingbirds get up close to see if they can steal water or crumbs. Over time, the mockingbird must have been offered water or food from tourists and now they have no fear of walking on your things or landing very close to you. It is so important not to feed or touch the animals. It can disrupt their normal behaviors and threaten their future.
 
Activities: Walking on the beach and swimming.
Difficulty:  Easy
Landing: Wet
Possible Wildlife: Sea lions, various shorebirds, mockingbirds, stingrays, sea turtles.
What to Bring: Swimwear and footwear for walking in and out of the water.

Day 4: Bachas Beach, Santa Cruz | Bartolome Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Bachas beach has beautiful green and blue waters that contrast along the surf of the black lava shores. In the air, various shorebirds fly searching for food. On the shore, you can explore the sand dunes and find a saltwater lagoon with greater pink flamingos.
 
Activities: Walking on the beach and swimming.
Difficulty:  Easy
Landing: Wet
Possible Wildlife: Sea lions, various shorebirds, mockingbirds, sea turtles, flamingos.
 
This island is well known for its incredible remnants of volcano cones and distinct terrain such as Pinnacle Rock. A hike leads you up to the top of a lookout point to see all of Sullivan Bay. You might be able to see lava lizards and various sea birds flying above.
 
Activities: Walk on the boardwalk, hike, snorkeling.
Difficulty:  Easy
Landing: Dry and Wet are both possibilities
Possible Wildlife: Sea lions, various shorebirds, lava lizards, frigate birds.

Day 5: Rabida Island | Egas Port, Santiago Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This visitor site is quite different from others as it has a very distinct and red fine gravel beach due to the iron content. Snorkeling can be done here with spectacular sights of tropical fish. Visitors like to walk along the beach taking in the sights and also visiting the black lagoon with pink flamingos.
 
Activities: Walking on the beach, swimming, and snorkeling.
Difficulty:  Easy
Landing: Wet
Possible Wildlife: Sea lions, various shorebirds, pelican, manta rays, sea turtles, pink flamingos, lava lizards, Galapagos doves, blue-footed boobies.

This visitor site is also known as James Bay, it is home to Galapagos hawks, lava lizards and the trails lead to a coastline with gorgeous tide pools full of fauna. Fur seals, different from the common sea lions can also be seen here. 
 
Activities: Walking on the beach, swimming, and snorkeling.
Difficulty:  Easy
Landing: Wet
Possible Wildlife: Sea lions, various shorebirds, pelican, stingrays, sea turtles, fur seals, marine iguanas, lava lizards, Galapagos doves, blue-footed boobies.

Day 6: Darwin Bay | El Barranco, Genovesa

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A white sand coral beach leads the way to a hiking trail through mangroves filled with many different species of land birds and other famous species like blue-footed and red-footed boobies and swallow-tailed gulls. Towards the end of the hike are tidal pools where you can find sea lions swimming playfully and finally a spectacular view off a cliff.
 
Activities: Hike and/or snorkeling
Difficulty:  Easy/Moderate
Landing: Wet
Possible Wildlife: Sea lions, various shorebirds, red-footed boobies, blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas, lava lizards

El Barranco is also known as Prince Philip’s Steps. It is an extraordinary site on the flatter area of the island in Darwin’s Bay. Be prepared to make your way up a rocky crevasse, then enjoy the easy trail to spectacular views. This is one of the few visitor sites where all three boobie species can be seen, as well as the short-eared owl.
 
Activities: Hike
Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult
Landing: Dry
Possible Wildlife: Sea lions, all three boobie species, short-eared owls, marine iguanas, Galapagos doves, storm petrels, finches, frigate birds.

Day 7: Mosquera Islet | Santa Cruz: Highlands

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located between the islands of Baltra and North Seymour lays a reef made of coral. This was the result of volcanic uprising making the islet only 160 meters across at its narrowest width. It has one of the largest populations of sea lions and is home to many shorebirds. On occasion, orcas can be seen hunting off the shoreline.
 
Activities: Panga ride
Difficulty: Easy
Landing: No landing
Possible Wildlife: Sea lions, various shorebirds, and seabirds, frigatebirds, orcas.
 
The highlands are located in the northern part of Santa Cruz and can reach elevations up to 1500 meters. This area is rich with hills, ferns, volcanoes, and wildlife. A great contrast to the molten lava harden beaches and rocky areas of other islands already seen. It is home to giant tortoises, mockingbirds, finches and many other species.
 
Activities: Hike
Difficulty:  Moderate
Landing: Dry
Possible Wildlife: Galapagos tortoises, finches, mockingbirds, lava lizards, pintail ducks, other shorebirds.

Day 8: North Seymour | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Explore the rocky coast of North Seymour passing colonies of blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigatebirds. The island was formed by a series of submarine lava expelled from the ocean floor, carrying with it layers of sediment uplifted by the tectonic activity. The island is mostly characterized by the arid vegetation.
 
Activities: Hike, snorkel, panga ride
Difficulty:  Moderate
Landing: Dry
Possible Wildlife: Marine iguanas, frigatebirds, sea lions, blue-footed boobies, finches, land iguanas.

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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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