When you arrive at Baltra airport, our guide will be waiting for you to begin the tour. From the airport we will board a transport that will take us to the Itabaca canal (approximately 15 minutes).
In Itabaca we will take the public ferry to cross the canal, the trip lasts 10 minutes approx. Then we will take our private transportation to Puerto Ayora - Santa Cruz Island (approximately 1 hour). Arrival at the hotel and check-in.
In the afternoon, we will visit Charles Darwin Station, where we can check out giant tortoises in captivity and learn about the breeding program of this iconic animal then, return to the hotel for the Welcome Dinner.
On day 2 you will visit any two islands of the below list (one island per day). Depending on your departure and availability the visits of the islands will vary. Each island is unique in itself and has different highlights to offer. This is an amazing chance to reach out to inhabited islands in the archipelago. Each day tour will include lunch onboard, a walking and a snorkeling activity to maximize your experience.
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
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
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.
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
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 first hand 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
This morning you will visit the beautiful Tortuga bay beach, with our local guide. A 45 minutes walk on a cobblestone path (2.5 km one way) leads you to one of the fine white sandy beaches of the archipelago. An enchanting forest of the tall Opuntia Cactus and volcanic rock surrounds the path, and the view is breathtaking. Throughout your walk you can see finches, yellow warblers, mockingbirds, and lava lizards. An excellent place also for swimming, snorkeling, kayaking or surfing. Marine iguanas, blue footed boobies, sharks, sea birds and sea turtles can be spotted here.
In the afternoon we continue to the highlands of Santa Cruz where we will have a great opportunity to get close and personal with the giant tortoises roaming in their natural habitat. Explore cavernous underground Lava Tunnels where you can view one of the geologic wonders of our volcanic islands. These activities will be followed up with a full lunch in the highlands.
Early in the morning we give you a box breakfast; you will be sailing unaccompanied to San Cristobal island by public speedboat (2 hours). Speedboat rides can be bumpy therefore prepare yourself with seasickness medication.
Upon arrival to Puerto Villamil our representative will meet you at the port and take you to your accommodation. Our specialized guide will arrive to assist with your hotel check-in. Once you are settled, we are going to visit The Interpretation Center, a self-guided museum where you will learn about the natural and human history of Galapagos. Next, we will head to CERRO TIJERETAS, also known as, “Frigate Bird Hill,” where we will be able to see two species of frigate birds, perhaps nesting, and enjoy the best view of Wreck Bay and Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of the Galapagos province. There is also a statue of Charles Darwin for some great photos! Finally, we are going to swim and snorkel in Darwin’s bay.
In the afternoon, we are going to visit LA LOBERIA, a beautiful coral sand beach where we can observe many sea lions and marine iguanas. We will take a short walk to observe the native flora and Darwin´s finches, finishing off the day with your choice of relaxing on the beach or swimming/snorkeling in crystal clear sea water before you return to the hotel.
You will be picked up by your guide after breakfast. Based on availability, you will get to visit either: ISLAS LOBOS or KICKER ROCK. Optional activities may include walking, swimming and snorkeling. After your exciting day you´ll return to the Hotel, followed by Farewell dinner that evening.
*This morning you will have the opportunity to visit one of these beautiful places below describes based on availability.
Located on the west side of the island, a 45 minute boat from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno makes it a great day excursion.
It consists of two stunning vertical walls/rock formation of 500ft. surrounded by abundant sea life (especially sharks including hammerheads!) and a variety of fishes.
While snorkeling around the walls you can have great sightings of marine life, including, sea turtles and sea lions.
During the excursion you also have time to explore one of the many beautiful beaches close to Kicker Rock where you will have time for relaxing on the beach or do some extra snorkeling.
Today we enjoy a box lunch onboard. We arrive back to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno early afternoon where you can enjoy some free time in town.
Is an small islet a 30 minutes by boat from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, surround by wildlife such as frigate birds, blue footed boobies, sea lions colonies, marine iguanas and sea birds. The tour involves a walk for approximately 1 hour follow by snorkeling around the area or you can enjoy some relax time in a nearby beach. Enjoy lunch on board.
We arrive back to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno early afternoon where you can enjoy some free time in town.
This morning you will have breakfast in the hotel and then transfer back to the airport where you catch your plane back to Ecuador mainland (flight is not included).
For your information this trip is not a group tour. You will be guided during activities by various naturalist guides from the Galapagos National Park. During the activities you will meet other passengers from other tour companies which makes a great chance to meet other travelers. Transiting in the speedboats from island to island you will be on your own but your well looked after as we take the hassle out of all the logistics. Tour Operations in Galápagos, are subject to space availability and itineraries may change, due to weather conditions, operational and logistical matters, so the number of excursions and visits are limited, so not specific excursion can be guaranteed.