Day 1 Isabela Island
There are two options for travelers to get from Baltra to Isabela: 1) One hour vehicle transfer then a 2.5 hour boat trip, or 2) A 30 minute flight. Neither of these transfers from Baltra to Isabela Island are included in your tour cost. Please see approximate costs under Dates & Prices.
You will be picked up from the dock or the airport and transfered to Scalesia Lodge - your home on the island. Visit the Tortoise Breeding Station, a center created to protect the Giant tortoise, this afternoon. Then, you will visit the lagoons, swamps, and mangroves of the Wetlands. Walk along a foot path to see unique bird species, as well as other wildlfe.
Return to the lodge for dinner and your first night in the Galapagos Islands!
Day 2 Sierra Negra and Volcan Chico
- 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today you will experience two of Isabela's best attractions. Sierra Negra is one of the most active volcanoes of the archipelago, and Volcan Chico is the youngest flank of Sierra Negra.
Return to Scalesia Lodge for lunch before setting out the enjoy the stunning beaches. Enjoy your afternoon at your leisure.
Day 3 Tintoreras
- 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Tintoreras is a group of islets reachable only by boat. Walk alongside a maze of narrow lava crevices, broken lava flows, sandy beaches, and stunning coves.
Enjoy lunch at Scalesia Lodge before an afternoon visit to Sucre's caves. Located in the agricultural area of the island, you will see typical vegetation and endemic plants. Next, you will take in panoramic views of southern Isabela from Mirador de Mango. This is also a good place for bird observation.
Day 4 Santa Cruz
- 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Early this morning, you will be taken either to the dock or the airport for a boat ride or flight back to Baltra. (Your mode of transportation is optional at the time of planning your trip.) Pick up and transfer to Puerto Ayora.
Visit Las Grietas, meaning “the Crevasses.” This is a simple name for one of the Galápagos Islands’ most enchanting locations – a series of three elongated, almost rectangular pools amid tall lava cliffs. In the afternoon visit Tortuga Bay beach. Tortuga Bay is located to the southwest of Puerto Ayora, on Santa Cruz Island. Its name means turtle, since it is the favorite place for sea turtles to lay their eggs. After the visit you will be taken to Finch Bay Hotel where you will overnight.
Day 5 Island Tour
- 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Today you will navigate one of these islands: Bartolome Island, Santa Fe Island, Plazas Island, or North Seymour Island. After a full day of adventures, overnight at Finch Bay Hotel.
BARTOLOME / SULLIVAN BAY (Saturday, Sunday)
AM: Bartolome offers one of the most emblematic sceneries of the Galapagos Islands. A 600 – meter pathway complete with stairs and a boardwalk will take you to the highest point of the island where you will be able to learn firsthand about the volcanic origins of the Galapagos Islands.
After the walk a dingy ride along the coastline will give you the opportunity to see the Galapagos penguin. This curious bird nest amongst the fissured lava flows and ventures into the crystal clear waters of Bartolome to fish.
PM: After a short ride on board the yacht, you will disembark en Sullivan Bay on the north eastern side of James Islands. The huge eruption that happened in this place in the late 1800s is clear evidence of the volcanic past of the islands. You will be able to do snorkeling in the peaceful waters of Sullivan Bay. - Dry landing / Wet landing
SANTA FE (Wednesday)
AM: Santa Fé offers a beautiful bay where the yacht anchors and where the visit of the island begins. You will disembark on a small sandy beach where you will be able to see a colony of sea lions and the possibility of seeing the Galapagos hawk. Following the trail, the endemic species of land iguanas from the island of Santa Fé wait beneath the large opuntia cactus to eat its fallen pads or flowers.
PM: After the visit on land you will be taken to enjoy snorkeling in the clear waters of the anchoring site of Santa Fé. You will be able to see a variety of tropical fish and a possibility of seeing sea lions underwater. - Wet landing / snorkeling
SOUTH PLAZAS (Tuesday, Friday)
AM: You will have the possibility of snorkeling in the calm waters of Punta Carrión where you will be able to observe a variety of tropical fish and possibly white tip reef sharks that peacefully rest on the sandy bottom. – Snorkeling
PM: Located a few hundred meters away from the Eastern cost of Santa Cruz Island, South Plazas and North Plazas islands were formed from uplifted seabed, giving it a tilted tabletop quality. You will disembark on South Plazas where you will be greeted by a colony of sea lions. Further up the shore a carpet of scarlet sesuvium succulents serves as groundcover for a grove of luminescent green prickly-pear cactus. Yellow-gray land iguanas sit beneath, waiting patiently for pears to drop.
The trail takes you gradually towards the southern cliff of the island where you will be able to observe nesting swallow-tailed gulls and several sea birds such as tropic birds, Nazca and blue footed boobies fly by. - Dry landing
NORTH SEYMOUR (Monday, Thursday)
AM: North Seymour Island was lifted from the ocean floor by a seismic event, reason why its low, flat profile. Swallow-tailed gulls sit perched in ledges of the cliffs only a few meters high form the shoreline. A forest of Palo Santo trees stand just above the landing site, usually without leaves, waiting for the rain to bring them into bloom. Amongst the emblematic fauna of the island you will be able to see sea lions, land iguanas and blue footed boobies. The trail turns inland where you will find active and dynamic colonies of both species of “magnificent” and “great” frigate birds. - Dry landing
PM: Las Bachas, a beautiful coralline beach located on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, is the perfect place for practicing snorkeling, swimming or to simply enjoy the white soft sand. Several brackish lagoons only a few steps away from the sea are the feeding grounds of various wading birds, from stilts to flamingos. - Wet Landing
Day 6 Return Baltra
A short flight takes you to the Baltra airport for your departure flight.