Flight to Galapagos - Baltra Island
Flight to Galapagos to Baltra Island where you will start your cruise aboard the Guantanamera Yacht after a short drive to the harbor. The deserted, picturesque beach Las Bachas at the northern shore of Santa Cruz invites you for a swim in the crystal-clear water or to relax in the sun. Afterwards you will be visiting the bay Caleta Tortuga Negra which is close by. This bay is surrounded by mangroves where you can spot pelicans and herons. While snorkeling you can have a swim with turtles, white-tip sharks and rays
Plazas South - Santa Fe
Located on the East of Santa Cruz, the main characteristics on the small island South Plaza are the Opuntia cacti and the carpets of red sesuvium, a succulent plant that turns green in the rainy season. The cactus is the main food of land iguanas, which are usually found resting at the cactus’ shade.
The island contains one of the largest sea lion colonies of Galapagos, swallow-tailed gulls and red-billed tropicbirds nesting, and boobies roosting on the South cliff of the island.
Santa Fe has one of the most beautiful coves of all the visitor sites in the archipelago.
A turquoise lagoon with two small white sand beaches are protected by a peninsula where sea lions rest. A trail runs alongside the coast and then crosses through an Opuntia forest. These prickly pear cacti are the largest ones in Galapagos. The Santa Fe species of land iguanas are larger and of a paler yellow than on the other islands. After the hike you can swim or snorkel in the bay in company of sea lions
Española Island: Punta Suarez - Gardner Bay
One of the oldest of the islands, Española is small and flat with no visible volcanic crater or vent. Punta Suarez is one of the most outstanding wildlife areas of the archipelago, with a long list of species found along its cliffs and sand or pebble beaches.
In addition to five species of nesting seabirds there are the curious and bold Española Island mockingbirds, Galapagos doves and Galapagos hawks. Several types of reptiles, including the brilliantly colored marine iguana and the oversized lava lizard, are unique to this island. When heavy swells are running, Punta Suarez is also the site of a spectacular blowhole, with thundering spray shooting 30 yards into the air.
Gardner Bay is on the eastern shore and has a magnificent beach. This beach is frequented by a transient colony of sea lions, and is a major nesting site for marine turtles. Around the small islets nearby, snorkelers will find lots of fish and sometimes turtles and sharks. On a trail leading to the western tip of the island you'll pass the only nesting sites in the Galapagos of the waved albatross, huge birds with a 6-foot wingspan.
Floreana: Punta Cormorant - Devil's Crown - Post Office Bay
Floreana Island is perceived as one of the most exotic Islands of the archipelago. At Punta Cormorant you land on a green olivine sand beach. Following a 100 m long path you will soon reach a lagoon with flamingos, white-checked pintail ducks and other shorebirds. The trail goes on to a white beach made of grinded coral, so it looks like flour.
This is the green sea turtle's nesting place. North of Punta Cormorant, an eroded volcano, Devil's Crown, is a snorkel's delight. To the West, Post Office Bay keeps the legendary post barrel that whalers used to send their mail.
Santa Cruz: Charles Darwin Station – Highlands
Santa Cruz is the second largest island of Galapagos. The small town of Puerto Ayora is the economic center of the archipelago, with the largest population of the 4 inhabited islands (approx. 10.000). Santa Cruz is also the only island where six different zones of vegetation can be seen: Coastal, Arid, Transition, Scalesia, Miconia, and Pampa Zones.
The Charles Darwin Research Station and the Galapagos National Park offices are based here. We will have an opportunity to visit some of the best scientists of their kind. Scientists, park rangers and park managers, among others, who make huge efforts to preserve this Unesco World Heritage Site, conduct the conservation of the islands. The station is also a tortoise breeding and rearing center, where tortoises of different subspecies are prepared for reintroduction to their natural habitats. The most popular inhabitant of this island will probably be Lonesome George.
He is the only survivor of the specific turtle species. The lush greenery of the Santa Cruz highlands is a welcome contrast to the arid scenery of the smaller, lower islands. Points of interest are the famed lava tunnels, a fun and geologically informative visit. The trip to the highlands ends with a visit to the Twin Craters. The vegetation around these is very special and well-known for about 300 fern species and many sunflowers.
Rabida Island - Bartolome Island
Disembark at Rabida Island (wet landing) on a red-colored beach, due to the unusually high content of iron in the volcanic material. A gratifying stroll along the beach of this small island (1.9 sq. mi.) allows the observation of a large colony of sea lions, marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers and several species of Darwin's Finches.
Very close to the beach, hidden behind a strip of green saltbush, is a salt pond where at times Greater Flamingos migrate to; these spectacular birds feed on the brine shrimp found in this saline pond. From June to November pelicans nest in the surroundings.
This is a great place to snorkel from the beach, both for beginners as well as for experienced snorkelers, due to the unique combination of underwater species and submarine landscapes. Chance to snorkel next to Galapagos Penguins. Lunch on board.
This island is one of the most important islands regarding the number of bird colonies found there, that is why this island is also known as the Island of the Birds. It takes 8 to 10 hours to reach the island by boat, sometimes navigating all night. There are two important places to visit:
Prince Phillip’s Steps: Walking through the lava rocks here is astonishing. There is a rosewood forest and many nesting red-footed boobies. This island is full of life. There are frigate birds, red-footed boobies, lava gulls, doves, tropicbirds, petrels and many other kinds of birds. It is possible to scuba dive next to the cliff.
Darwin´s Bay: This enormous bay dominates the island and like Prince Phillips’ Steps, it is the home for large colonies of frigate birds and many other kinds of sea birds.
Seymour North Island - Baltra Airport
You will visit the island Seymour North, which is most of all renown for its frigate birds and their intensive courting rituals. The island is also inhabited by other frigate birds and blue-footed boobies, as well as endemic black lizards and sea lions. After that we will have a short stop at the harbor of Baltra (formerly known as South Seymour). You will cross the Itabaca Channel to Baltra, to take your flight back to the mainland.
NOTE: The operator reserves the right to change the itinerary without warning due to weather conditions, National Park regulations or unforeseeable circumstances.