Flight from mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) to Baltra, arriving at 09:20 a.m. approximately. Your guide meets you at arrivals gate, your crew takes care of your luggage. Your guide conducts you to a bus and after a short 5-kilometer ride to the pier; you board the Yacht immediately. As the crew weighs anchor, enjoy the first orientation and a light snack. After navigating, disembark on Playa Las Bachas, a place where you can appreciate a Flamingos lagoon. During all walks, your guide explains details about the lives of the birds and animals.
Optional: time for those who would like to swim and snorkel, in the evening you have an orientation about the Galapagos Islands in general: their origin and evolution.
After breakfast, take a panga ride and you make a dry landing on Prince Phillips’s Steps (Barranco), you walk and observe the interesting lives of the birds here. Optional: time for those who would like to swim and snorkel or kayak. You come on board for a delicious lunch. Later in the afternoon, you make a wet landing on Darwin Bay to walk and observe frigate birds, herons, mockingbirds, boobies, shorebirds, turtles, marine iguanas, etc. Optional: time for those who would like to swim, snorkel or kayak. Dinner on the Yacht, and then your orientation about conservation efforts made to protect the Islands.
After breakfast, make a dry landing on the pier of the South Plaza, where you can enjoy the antics of the sea lions. A walk through a cactus forest allows us to observe land iguanas and many species of tropical birds. Return to the Yacht for lunch. Then, you make a wet landing on Santa Fe Island to visit the cactus forest and a colony of land iguanas native from Santa Fe. Optional: time for those who would like to swim, snorkel or kayak. At the end of the afternoon, return to the Yacht for dinner.
Day 4: Twin Craters | Tortoise Breeding Center, Santa Cruz Island
After breakfast, you will disembark to take the bus to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island for a visit to the native forests, Twin Craters, then, you will go to enjoy the giant tortoises in the wildlife in a farm. You will be delighted with lunch on the farm. After lunch, you will return to Puerto Ayora to start the visit to the Interpretation Center Fausto Llerena inside the Charles Darwin Research Station. You return to the Yacht for dinner and our nightly orientation.
Day 5: Baroness Point | Post Office Bay | Cormorant Point | Champiom Islet
After breakfast, you make a dry landing, you will continue to the Baroness Point view, named due to the presence of a particular character who lived on Floreana Island, it is the Baroness Eloisa von Wagner, you will enjoy of the beautiful landscape and the ruins of her house. Then, you will continue to Post Office Bay, a historic site that recalls the days of the whalers, who presumably placed a wooden barrel in the 18th century to use it as a post office. Return to the Yacht for lunch. In the afternoon, you make a wet landing on Cormorant Point for a short walk to the Flamingo Lagoon of this island. You then continue the walk until we reach the beach called "La Picona" to see marine turtles and their spawning grounds. Optional: time for those who would like to swim and snorkel. Then, you have a panga ride in Champion Islet, for snorkeling for those who wish it.
You return to the Yacht for dinner and our nightly orientation.
Day 6: Suarez Point | Gardner Islet | Osborn Islet | Gardner Bay
After breakfast, make an early dry landing on Punta Suarez to walk along lava beds where you can observe unique colonies of marine birds, including Albatross (May - December). Return to the Yacht for lunch. In the afternoon, make a panga ride around the Osborn Islet and the islets of Gardner. Then, you make a wet landing in Gardner Bay for a walk on the beach and observe a colony of sea lions, which inhabit the beach in great quantity during the breeding season; this is also an important nesting area for sea turtles. Optional: time for those who would like to swim, snorkel or kayak. Return to the Yacht for dinner.
Day 7: Cerro Brujo | Kicker Rock | Gianni Arismendi Human Interpretation Center
After breakfast, your experienced Captain sails easily around Kicker Rock (Leon Dormido), a massive tuff-rock that juts abruptly almost 500 feet straight from the ocean. Kicker Rock serves as a nesting place for many seabirds. Then you make a wet landing on Cerro Brujo to walk on a white sand beach and observe sea lions, brown pelicans, marine iguanas, and blue-footed boobies. Optional: time for those who would like to swim and/or snorkel.
In the afternoon, you make a dry landing on San Cristobal port, after a short drive, you arrive at Gianni Arismendi Human Interpretation Center; this tour takes you through the geological and human history of the islands and its conservation. You return to the Yacht for dinner and our nightly orientation.
Day 8: Black Turtle Cove | Disembark | Baltra
After breakfast, take a panga ride to Black Turtle Cove, a series of mangrove-surrounded coves and islets; here you can observe white-tipped sharks, marine turtles, spotted eagle rays, and yellow cow-nosed rays. Return to the Yacht for disembarkation on the pier at 09:00. Your guide accompanies you on the bus ride directly to the airport.
Wetsuits are not included but are available to rent on board - $30 short and $35 long size for 4-day tours; $35 short and $40 long size for 5-day tours; $40 short and $50 long size for 8-day tours; $65 short and $75 long size for 11-day tours; and $70 short and $80 long size for 15-day tours.
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.