On this voyage, you explore fascinating sites on Santiago Island: visit the red-sand beach of Rabida Island, a popular spot for aquatic activities, with some of the best snorkeling in Galapagos! Stop at Bartolome Island, which offers a volcanic viewpoint with room for hiking, swimming, and exploring the beach and the coast. Cross the equatorial line, to the sunken crater of Genovesa Island, home to thousands of marine birds. Finish with an opportunity to witness the giant Galapagos tortoises at a private reserve up in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island before making your way back to the airport at Baltra.
Hike along the red beaches and volcanic cliffs of Rabida Island
Discover idyllic sandy-white beaches populated by friendly sea lions
Discover a colony of frigatebirds in the wonderful Genovesa Island
Enjoy plenty of swimming, snorkeling and kayaking opportunities
Arrive Galapagos and transfer to the Galaxy for your cruise.
Visit Black Turtle Cove, surrounded by mangroves and is accessible by panga only. The superficial cove is a safe refuge for marine life. Black-tip reef sharks, marine turtles, and a variety of rays are often spotted here.
Spend the morning on the red sand beaches of Rabida Island, take a loop trail around the internal lagoon. The red color of the rocks and sand is due to oxidization of the very porous volcanic material.
This afternoon travel to the small, volcanic island of Sombrero Chino (Chinese Hat). On the West you can see pillow-type lava formations, which are an indicator that the flows were formed under the sea and have been raised upward, which is why coral heads are found on the lava. This visit provides an excellent opportunity for the interpretation of geological features such as lava tubes and lava flows. Here you will be able to hike around and see magnificent lava tubes and lava flows that cover the island.
Hike across the visitor trail, a one mile walk through low vegetation on North Seymour. Blue-footed-boobies and land iguanas are abundant on this rocky island.
In the afternoon explore Mosquera islet between Baltra Island and North Seymour. Here, we find the biggest sea lions colony; also it is possible to observe several species of birds. Hike along the white sand beach!
Explore Sullivan Island by walking around the amazing, uneroded, black lava flow covered with lava bubbles. Learn about the plants that thrive in this seemingly desolate landscape
Spend the afternoon exploring Bartolome Island by land and by sea. First take a short hike to view the plant and bird life coexisting with the volcanic landscape. Then swim and snorkel around from the beach on the Northside of the island.
Visit Genovesa, a shield volcano. Rich in birdlife, Genovesa stretched about five miles and is filled with saltwater. Hike up Prince Philip's Steps which give an extraordinary view of the island. Here, we will have a walk on the Barranco path. In our journey, we will observe tropical birds, petrels, common frigates, red-foot boobies, mask boobies, doves, and finches. Return to Galaxy.
In the afternoon head to Darwin Bay beach for a hike in a small forest of mangrove swamp where you will discover a colony of Frigates, marine iguanas, red-foot boobies and mask boobies, the great terrestrial and cactus finch. After this visit inland, you will have the option to swim or snorkel in the bay.
Day 6: San Cristobal
Visit the Interpretation Center to learn about the history and biodiversity of the Galápagos Islands. Take an informative self-guided walking tour to view Galapagos conservation at work. You will learn about the volcanic formation of the islands, the evolution of species, the history of human settlement, and complex systems and management models. Transfer to the airport.
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