Discover Isabela's west side on this 8-day Galapagos private cruise aboard the Angelito. Western island landscapes are generally younger than those in the south, and there is more volcanic activity in the west. In Cerro Dragon, hike past a flamingo lagoon to a prickly pear cactus forest. Arrive at Isabela and stop at Tagus Cove for a dinghy ride around the cliffs, searching for Galapagos penguins and flightless cormorants. Continue to Villamil's lagoons, where you'll see Galapagos land tortoises of several subspecies at the Breeding Center. After that, board a bus uphill to the Sierra Negra Volcano, where you may view the volcano's many vegetation zones. Hike for around an hour to the rim of the volcano to view the vast crater. Your journey concludes in Daphne, a tuff cone with some vegetation before you depart in Baltra.
Hike past a flamingo lagoon
Search for dolphins and whales as you travel to Puerto Villamil
Swim and snorkel off Las Bachas Beach with your private group of up to 16 guests
Fly into Baltra and start your private charter!
Travel to the white coral Las Bachas Beach in the north of Santa Cruz Island. Make a wet landing and walk along the beach. Find small brackish water lagoons behind the sand dune. You may even see flamingos and other coastal birds like black-necked stilts, whimbrels, and white-cheeked pintail ducks. After the walk, you can swim and snorkel from the beach.
Travel to Mosquera and observe a large colony of sea lions. You can also see lava gulls, marine iguanas, Sally Lightfoot crabs, other coastal birds, and sometimes scorpions.
Later in the day, go to Cerro Dragon. Hike past a flamingo lagoon to a prickly pear cactus forest. The trail leads to where land iguanas live and nest, and you can see beautiful views of the surrounding landscape.
Arrive on Isabela and explore Tagus Cove. This protected cove was a favorite resting site for early pirates and whalers. See some of their names painted on the high cliffs. Take a scenic hike that leads uphill to Darwin Lake. At the end of the hike, you have wonderful views over the lava fields of Darwin Volcano. Take a dinghy ride along the cliffs to look for Galapagos penguins and flightless cormorants. If the water is clear, you can snorkel among the marine invertebrates.
Travel to Fernandina Island and hike around to see huge marine iguanas. On the lava coast, you can see the nesting places for the flightless cormorant. Also, see lava lizards, the Galapagos hawk, marine turtles, and Galapagos penguins.
In Urbina Bay, see flightless cormorants and huge marine iguanas along the shore. A trail leads inland, and there are many colorful land iguanas. You may also see the Galapagos tortoise. If the sea is quiet, enjoy some snorkeling.
Take a dinghy ride into a protected mangrove cove. In the far corners of the cove, shut the motor off and quietly row through to observe the marine turtles. In Elizabeth Bay, you can find the tallest red mangrove trees in the Galapagos.
Early in the morning, hike on the rough lava field of Punta Moreno. Here you may be able to see all three types of cactus: candelabra cactus, prickly pear cactus, and lava cactus. In the middle of the lava field, find some brackish water pools with flamingos, common gallinules, white-cheeked pintail ducks, and paint-billed crakes. Take a dinghy ride to see flightless cormorants, Galapagos penguins, and marine iguanas.
Begin navigation around the shoreline of Volcano Cerro Azul to Puerto Villamil. Look for dolphins and whales along the way and arrive just before dark at the small harbor of Puerto Villamil.
Explore the lagoons of Villamil. Start at the Tortoise Breeding Center and see different subspecies of the Galapagos land tortoises. Take a walk back to town on a trail from the lagoon to the lagoon and look for flamingos, common gallinules, white-cheeked pintail ducks, and black-necked stilts.
Take a bus uphill to the Sierra Negra Volcano to see the different vegetation zones of the volcano. Hike for about an hour to the rim of the volcano to see the huge caldera.
Arrive at the Green Beach of Punta Cormorant. Depending on the light, the sand shines green because of the high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand. Take an easy walk through the arid zone and arrive at a big saltwater lagoon with flamingos, white-cheeked pintail ducks, black-necked stilts, and more shorebirds. Come to the White Flour Sand Beach, made of white corals. It is a nesting place for marine turtles. You can also often see stingrays in the shallow water.
Explore Devil's Crown, the remains of a volcano that looks like a black crown emerging from the sea. This is one of the most famous places to snorkel in the Galapagos.
Before lunch, make a short visit to the famous barrel in Post Office Bay. The barrel was first placed there in 1793 from the whalers. They used it to send and receive letters from home. Now you can leave a letter in the barrel and look for one near your home so you can hand deliver it when you return.
After this visit, navigate to Santa Cruz to explore Puerto Ayora.
Day 8: Daphne | Baltra | Disembark
Daphne is a tuff cone with a small amount of vegetation. The island is famous for the studies done by Peter and Rosmary Grant about Darwin finches. Take panoramic navigation around the cone.
We are so glad that we chose Adventure Life. The service is top-notch. Everything is well taken care of and we just have to print the documents and go. Franny even gave us timely updates on possible airport strike.