Visit Charles Darwin's inspiration and experiment the saim feeling of contact with nature, arrive at Baltra airport and board Fragata yacht, then explore 5 days volcanic landscapes, white beachs, dark beachs, panorama with Sesuvium and endemic animal ecosystem.
Hike and see the natural life without the crowds on Mosquera
Panga ride visit to Vicente Roca Point a larger bay with spectacular sea life
In the morning, fly to Baltra from Guayaquil. This island was a strategic point during the Second World War. Once at the airport, a naturalist English speaking guide assists you and transfers you to the yacht.
After lunch, sail to Mosquera Island This island consists of a long narrow stretch of white sand, rocks, and tide pools. Created by geological uplift, Mosquera has a flat look to it rather than the conical shape of the volcanically formed islands. It is a great place for snorkeling, strolling on the beach, and enjoying the wildlife. It is home to a huge population of sea lions and many shorebirds.
After breakfast, take a panga ride visit to Vicente Roca Point on Isabela Island. Comprised of two separate coves, this site is a large bay with spectacular sea life, observing seahorses, sea turtles, rays, puffer fish, and the strange yet fascinating Mola-mola (or sunfish). You may also see also Galapagos penguins, blue-footed boobies and nazca boobies.
In the afternoon disembark in Espinoza Point on Fernandina. Take a hike to see lava flows, a colony of marine iguanas (nesting time: January to June), penguins, pelicans and colonies of cormorants, and lava cactus. Spend the rest of the afternoon snorkeling before boarding the boat for dinner.
This morning, disembark in Urbina Bay, located in the west of Isabela Island, at the food of the Alcedo volcano. Walk on a sandy and rocky defined path observing calcareous organisms (shells, corals)shells and corals above water. In this area we see a large colony of land iguanas, Darwin's finches, giant tortoises (between June – September) and flightless cormorants. After the hike, there is time for snorkeling along the shoreline where guests may observe penguins and flightless cormorants.
After lunch, visit Tagus Cove, a port where whaling ships arrived and left their ships’ names in a cave in 1800. In the high part is Darwin Lake, a round salt water crater. Disembark and take a walk begins from the shore by a wooden stairway that rises to the dusty trail passing through Palo Santo Forest to reach the Darwin Lake. Continue on the trail around the lake through the dry vegetation zone and admire panoramic views the overlook both Darwin and Wolf volcanoes. Later, take a panga ride through the cliffs and observe the historical graffiti, penguins, flightless cormorants, boobies, pelicans and sally lightfoot crabs. Then enjoy snorkeling time in the cove.
This morning, visit Puerto Egas on Santiago Island. Walk along a rocky trail to the salt crater while observing Darwin Finches, the endemic Galapagos hawks, marine iguanas, sally light root crabs and fur seals and sea lions. Here, there is time for swimming and snorkeling.
In the afternoon, disembark and take a short walk around Chinese Hat observing lava tunnels, lava cactus, and Galápagos Sesuvium. Then take some time to swim and snorkel.
Day 5: Charles Darwin Center | Baltra
After breakfast, walk for about 20 minutes to the Charles Darwin Station to observe Galapagos giant turtles breeding efforts. The Darwin Station is part of the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands, an international non-profit organization dedicated to scientific research in the Galapagos Islands since 1959. After this visit, transfer to Baltra Airport by bus for your return flight to Guayaquil.
The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.