Arrive in Baltra where a guide meets you and will accompany you to the Itabaca Channel by bus. Cross the channel by barge and then continue to Puerto Ayora. Once aboard the yacht, receive a small orientation while enjoying a nice light snack. Later in the afternoon, embark on the first excursion to the Charles Darwin Station and its Interpretive Center. Enjoy a walk through the port town and admire the various handicrafts. Return to the yacht and enjoy a nice welcome cocktail followed by dinner.
After breakfast, make an early dry landing on Punta Suarez to walk along lava beds where you may observe unique colonies of marine birds, including albatross (May-December).
In the afternoon, 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 quantities during the breeding season; this is also an important nesting area for sea turtles. Then take a panga ride around the Osborn Islet and the islets of Gardner.
Start your morning with a wet landing on Punta Pitt in San Cristobal Island. Hike a trail that includes an olivine beach approximately 90 meters and a trail that ascends to the top of a volcanic tuff hill passing through several natural viewpoints. Punta Pitt is composed of a volcanic tuff substrate. High winds present there have led to natural erosion. This is the only site in the Galapagos Islands where you can watch the three species of boobies and two species of frigates nesting in the same area.
Sail around Kicker Rock (León Dormido), a massive tuff-rock that juts abruptly almost 500 feet straight up from the ocean. Kicker Rock serves as a nesting place for many seabirds. Then 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, snorkel and/or kayak.
After breakfast, make an early wet landing on Mosquera Island, a reef of rocks and coral (the result of an uprising) and a great white sand beach and tide pools. Observe colonies of sea lions, brown pelicans, blue-footed boobies, and Sally Lightfoot crabs - the contrast between these crabs, with bright red on top and blue on the bottom, and the black lava is stunning.
In the afternoon, take a panga ride around 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.
Start the day with a wet landing on Chinese Hat (Sombrero Chino), a small island off the coast of Santiago Island. Here you can observe Galapagos penguins, eagle rays, sea lions, and marine iguanas. This is an excellent snorkeling site.
Walk on Rábida and observe marine iguanas and sea lions, pelicans, blue-footed boobies, masked boobies, and brown pelicans. Walk to a small saltwater lagoon where you can see pink flamingos. Optional: time for those who would like to swim, snorkel and/or kayak.
Begin the day with a wet landing on Sullivan Bay, a perfect place to observe the volcanic origin of the islands.
In the afternoon, make a dry landing on Bartolomé Island to hike to the summit. During the hike you may observe colonies of marine iguanas and lava lizards. On the summit, take in an impressive view of the surrounding islands, including the eroded tuff cone of Pinnacle Rock.
After breakfast, make a wet landing on Santa Fe Island to visit the cactus forest and a colony of land iguanas native to Santa Fe.
Sail to South Plaza, where the crew makes a dry landing on the pier of the island. There, enjoy the antics of the sea lions, cactus forest, land iguanas, and many species of tropical birds.
Day 8: Santa Cruz Island | Baltra | Disembark
After breakfast, make an early disembarkation on Las Bachas Beach. During the walk to the flamingo lagoon, listen to your guide as they explain details about the lives of the birds and animals. Return to the yacht for disembarking on the pier at 09:00.
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.
Beyond expectations! Then again we weren't sure what to expect. Lovely stay at the lodge, met other like-minded travelers (many had their trips planned by Adventure Life) and the owner was a gracious hostess. It felt like you were one happy family, visiting with a favorite aunt.