Day 1: Galapagos Islands
Upon your arrival to Baltra Airport, you will be transferred to the harbor to get onboard Tip Top II Catamaran. After navigation, you will disembark on Bachas Beach where you will spot sea lions, marine iguanas, white cheeked pintails, black-necked stilts, among other species. This place is also the preferred nesting site of Pacific Green turtles from November to February. After this activity head back to the yacht and dinner.
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Day 2: Galapagos Islands
Early in the morning, after breakfast you will disembark at Genovesa Island specifically to Prince Philips Steps also called El Barranco, the ascend to this place, takes you 100 feet above sea level, to be welcomed by a Palo Santo Forest and species like Nazca boobies. You will also have a panoramic view of all the Island from here. Later in the afternoon, you make a wet landing on Darwin Bay to walk and observe frigate birds, herons, mockingbirds, boobies, shorebirds, turtles, marine iguanas, among others. You can also snorkel or kayak in this island.
Day 3: Galapagos Islands
First activity of the day will be landing on South Plaza Island where you will see various species of land iguanas, marine iguanas, and hybrids of this species. In the afternoon, after lunch, you will head to Santa Fe Island, which is a great place to snorkel and swim along sea lions. This place is also the home of endemic species like the Galapagos Hawk, and native Santa Fe iguanas After this activity, dinner will be served onboard.
Day 4: Galapagos Islands
Early in the morning, you will visit the Highlands of Santa Cruz, where you will see Galapagos Giant Tortoises in its natural habitat at a private reserve. After lunch, you will head to Charles Darwin Research Station where you will learn about the protection and conservation of the island, and visit the Breeding and Rearing Centre for young tortoises and adult Galapagos tortoises in captivity.
Day 5: Galapagos Islands
After breakfast, you make a wet landing in Post Office Bay, a historic site that recalls the days of the whalers, who presumably placed a wooden barrel in the 18th century to use it as a post office then, you will continue to the Baroness Point view, named due to the presence of a particular character who lived on Floreana Island, it is the Baroness Eloisa von Wagner, you will enjoy of the beautiful landscape and the ruins of her house. Return to the Yacht for lunch. In the afternoon, you make a wet landing on Cormorant Point for a short walk to the Flamingo Lagoon of this island. You then continue the walk until we reach the beach called "La Picona" to see marine turtles and their spawning grounds. Optional: time for those who would like to swim and snorkel. Then, we make a panga ride on Champion Islet, a small island off the Coast of Floreana Island. The principal attraction of Champion Islet is the nearly-extinct Charles (Floreana) Mockingbird. Visitors can also observe bird species such as Swallow-tailed Gulls, Nazca Boobies or Brown Noddies. It is a great place for snorkelling; we will see sea turtles, reef fishes, Galapagos Penguins and whitetipped reef sharks. Optional: time for those who would like to swim and/or snorkel. Another option is to head to Devil´s Crown, another spectacular snorkling site.
Day 6: Galapagos Islands
Early in the morning head to head to Suarez Point on Española Island, and you will take a walk along lava beds. and along this trail you can also watch sea lions, sea birds, Marine Iguanas, masked and blue footed boobies, among others. In the afternoon, the yacht will take you to Gardner Bay, to watch sea lions and marine iguanas, you can also swim snorkel or kayak depending on the climate and time.
Day 7: Galapagos Islands
After breakfast, your experienced Captain sails easily around Kicker Rock (Leon Dormido), a massive tuff-rock that juts abruptly almost 500 feet straight from the ocean. Kicker Rock serves as a nesting place for many seabirds. Then you make a wet landing on Cerro Brujo to walk on a white sand beach and observe sea lions, brown pelicans, marine iguanas, and blue-footed boobies.
In the afternoon, you make a dry landing on San Cristobal port, after a short drive, you arrive at Gianni Arismendy Interpretation Center this tour takes you through the geological and human history of the islands and its conservation. You return to the Yacht for dinner and our nightly orientation.
Day 8: Galapagos Islands
After breakfast, the catamaran will take you to Black Turtle Cove, a large mangrove lagoon on the north coast of Santa Cruz Island, where you will see local fauna like pelican and herons, and you may also spot a turtle or golden rays from the beach. After lunch, you will disembark on Mosquera Islet, a reef of rocks and coral (the result of an uprising) and a great white sand beach. You can also observe tide pools, where colonies of sea lions, brown pelicans, blue-footed boobies and sally light-foot crabs reside. The contrast between these bright red crabs on top and blue on the bottom and the black lava is stunning. You can swim or snorkel in this place too.
Day 9: Galapagos Islands
Early in the morning, the yacht will land in Sullivan Bay at Santiago Island where you can witness the rope lava flows, and sea lions that rest through the shore, you can also practice shallow water snorkeling. After this activity you will head to Rabida Island, a red sand beach, with a salt water lagoon where flamingos are usually present, along with Darwin’s finches, and Galapagos Mockingbirds. End of the activities and dinner.
Day 10: Galapagos Islands
After breakfast, you will head to Espinoza Point at Fernandina Island, that is one of the youngest islands with the most active volcano, and where you can spot pelicans, marine iguanas, and flightless cormorants. In the afternoon, you will go take a panga ride to Elizabeth Bay to see marine iguanas, penguins, marine turtles, seabirds and shorebirds, herons and blue-footed boobies. Return to the Yacht for dinner and rest.
Day 11: Galapagos Islands
Early in the morning, the yacht will take you to Urbina Bay, one of the recent examples of geological uplift in the Galapagos, where you will see land iguanas, giant Galapagos turtles, and marine iguanas. You can also snorkel here. Then, you will go to Tagus Cove, a cove between the shoulders of two volcanic craters, which protect it from the open sea; here you will observe penguins, marine iguanas, sea lions and a variety of birds including flightless cormorant and blue-footed boobies.
Day 12: Galapagos Islands
Early in the morning, you will visit Port Egas, a beach located at the west side of Santiago Island, its main attractive is its black sand beach, where you can also see Galapagos Fur Seals, Galapagos Hawks, and salt water lagoons where flamingos can be seen. After lunch, head to Bartolome Island, famous for its Pinnacle rock and its beautiful landscapes where you can take amazing pictures. You can also practice snorkel at this island. End of the activities and dinner.
Day 13: Galapagos Islands
After breakfast you make a wet landing on Chinese Hat, where Lava formations can be seen, formed under the sea and later raised upward, you will spot sea lions colonies resting here. In the afternoon, head to Dragon Hill at Santa Cruz Island, where you can walk through a trail that leads to a hyper-saline lagoon, that is frequently visited by flamingos, pintail ducks and other species of birds. End of the day and dinner onboard.
Day 14: Tip Top II
First activity of the day will be landing at Santa Cruz. Then, you will be transferred to the Twin Craters and a private reserve where you will see Galapagos Tortoises in their natural habitat. In the afternoon, you will go to Charles Darwin Research Station Charles Darwin Research Station where you will learn about the protection and conservation of the island, and visit the Breeding and Rearing Centre for young tortoises and adult Galapagos tortoises in captivity. End of the day and dinner onboard.
Day 15: End of Itinerary
After breakfast, make an early dry landing at North Seymour to see the various species of birdlife that inhabit there, like blue-footed boobies and frigate birds. After this activity, you will be transferred to Baltra Airport and take your flight back to the continent.
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