Explore some of the most stunning locations and experience incredible close-up encounters with vast wildlife. Enjoy a dinghy ride
at Kicker Rock, encounter Galapagos sea lions, blue-footed boobies and frigate birds in North Seymour, and visit Fausto Llerena Breeding Center, where giant tortoises are bred in captivity. Board the Natural Paradise for this 8-day Eastern Islands Galapagos private cruise.
Snorkel at Bartholomew Island with your private group of up to 20 guests
Visit Rabida Island, one of the most volcanically varied & colorful islands
Enjoy a relaxing time at the white-sand coral beach of Darwin Bay
View Galapagos hawks and quick-footed lava lizards in Egas Port
Arrive at San Cristobal Island Airport and transfer to the Natural Paradise for your private charter of the Galapagos Islands. Pass through immigration and meet the Natural Paradise staff for a transfer to the yacht. Take some time to settle in your cabin before lunch and the welcome briefing.
In the afternoon, visit Kicker Rock. This striking rock formation is located a couple hours off the western shore of San Cristobal.
Land in North Seymour and encounter Galapagos sea lions, blue-footed boobies, and magnificent frigatebirds which are abundant on this island. North Seymour was formed by a series of submarine lava flows containing layers of sediment that were uplifted by tectonic activity. The island is characterized by its arid vegetation zone.
In the afternoon, head to South Plaza Island. This small island with steep cliffs was formed by rising lava and is now covered by Opuntia cacti. It is also home to one of the largest sea lion colonies as well as colorful yellow and red land iguanas. The most characteristic plant is the Sesuvium. During the rainy season its color is a greenish to yellowish tone and in the dry season (end of June through January) a bright red.
In the morning, visit Rabida Island, which is one of the most colorful and volcanically varied islands in the archipelago, as well as a great snorkeling site. Start on Rabida’s famous maroon sandy beach, and after an easy hike, arrive to a stunning lookout to enjoy the amazing landscapes. The island is a birdwatcher’s delight. Some of the most rare species are in abundance such as nine varieties of finches, large-billed flycatchers, Galapagos hawks, and brown pelicans.
In the afternoon, head to Bartholomew Island, home of the famous Pinnacle Rock. Bartholomew consists of an extinct volcano with a variety of red, orange, black, and even green volcanic formations. Take a trail of stairs to the summit of the volcano (about 30 or 40 minutes) andl enjoy one of the best views of the islands! Also visit a small, beautiful beach surrounded by the only vegetation found on this barren island. The beach is perfect for snorkeling where you may even see Galapagos penguins.
In the morning, visit Sullivan Bay, located on the southeast part of Santiago. This place is interesting for its geology because the area is covered by lava flows. Sullivan Bay has small volcanoes formed by the lava flows.
In the afternoon, visit Dragon Hill on Santa Cruz. The visitors’ site at Dragon Hill is located on the northwestern part of Santa Cruz Island and consists of a trail that runs through three different environments although it is only slightly less than a mile long (1,600 meters). The beach is very rocky. At high tide it’s a nice place for snorkeling. At this visiting site you can find vegetation typical of the intertidal and dry zones.
Day 5: Twin Craters | Fausto Llerena Breeding Center
In the morning, visit Twin Craters located opposite to each other on both sides of the road leading from Puerto Ayora to Baltra. The name is only figurative; not real craters, these formations were created by the collapse of surface material in underground fissures and chambers. The view is breathtaking.
In the afternoon, visit Fausto Llerena Breeding Center in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island, where giant tortoises are bred in captivity. This is home to tortoises ranging from 3 inches (new hatchlings) to 4-foot-long adults. Subspecies of the giant tortoises interact with one another, and many of the older tortoises are accustomed to humans stretching out their heads for a photo opportunity. The babies are kept until they are about four years old and strong enough to survive on their own.
In the morning, visit El Barranco, also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps. This is a steep, rocky path that leads up to a high cliff-face. A marvelous view can be appreciated from here. This site is also home to palo santo vegetation as well as red-footed boobies, short-eared lava owls, Galapagos swallows, and Galapagos doves.
In the afternoon, visit the white-sand coral beach of Darwin Bay which has a half-mile trail (0.75km) that winds through mangroves filled with land birds. Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls can be spotted here. Further down the path find tidal pools where sea lions swim playfully. At the end is a spectacular view of a cliff.
In the morning, visit Espumilla Beach where marine iguanas lounge and the Sally Lightfoot crabs attract the hunting herons performing the dance of predator and prey right before your eyes. Snorkeling is highly recommended as you could find yourself face to face with an octopus, moray eel, shark and a variety of other species of tropical fish.
In the afternoon, sail to Egas Port, also known as James Bay, on Santiago Island which is home to the curious Galapagos hawks and quick-footed Galapagos lava lizards. The trail leads to the coastline with gorgeous tide pools and grottos full of fauna. Here the Galapagos fur sea lions bathe in the sun. This is also a great snorkeling site.
Day 8: Bachas Beach | Disembark | Baltra
The morning visit, Bachas Beach, is located on the north shore of Santa Cruz, which is a swimming beach. One of the few remnants of the U.S. World War II presence in the Galapagos, a floating pier, can be seen here. You may see flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black-necked stilts, and whimbrels. Sea turtles also nest on the beach.
After this final visit, be transferred to Baltra’s airport in time for your flight back to the mainland.
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